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Donald Trump's Fake News Awards Website Looks Like Shit, Immediately Crashed  

On Wednesday night, President Donald J. Trump finally made good on a promise, sort of—rolling out the media-bashing "Fake News Awards" he originally touted for January 8th and then pushed back to January 17th as it became clear no one, let alone him, had actually put any effort into executing the idea.Read more...

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2018-01-18 04:59:27



Tim Cook Says Power Management Feature In Older iPhones Will Be Able To Be Turned Off In Future Update  

In an interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. He says that a future update will allow customers to turn off the power management feature that has caused older iPhones to slow down. Mac Rumors reports: According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been

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2018-01-18 03:30:00



Thousands of Rare, First Edition Stephen King Books and Manuscripts Destroyed in Freak Accident  

A Stephen King enthusiast has just been struck a terrible blow that a lot of other fans might feel once they hear the news. A large portion of a private collection of King works, which included original typed manuscripts of Maximum Overdrive and The Eyes of the Dragon, has been lost to an accident.Read more...

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2018-01-18 02:30:05



Amazon Won't Say If It Hands Your Echo Data To the Government  

Zack Whittaker reports via ZDNet of how Amazon still won't say whether or not it hands your Echo data to the government -- three years after the Echo was first released. From the report: Amazon has a transparency problem. Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders it received for customer data in a half-year period. While every other tech giant had regularly published its government request figures for year

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2018-01-18 01:30:00



Apple, Google Reroute Employee Buses After Series of Alleged Attacks Near San Francisco  

Apple and Google have rerouted shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to their out-of-town headquarters after a series of possible attacks broke the vehicles' windows in the past week.Read more...

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2018-01-18 01:01:18



LAPD Is Not Using the Electric BMWs It Announced In 2016  

mi shares a report from CBS Los Angeles: "In a 2016 well-choreographed press conference, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck got out of an electric BMW driven by Mayor Garcetti to tout the city's ambitious project [to provide electric cars for the department]," reports CBS Los Angeles. "The cost: $10.2 million, which includes charging stations." However, the cars have seen very little use. With the monthly lease payment of a little more than $418, one vehicle ends up costing taxpayers over $15 a mile to use

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2018-01-18 00:50:00



Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law  

Apple told employees that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law. "The iPhone maker will begin issuing grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months," reports Bloomberg. Apple also announced today that it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. From the report: Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday. The Cupertino, C

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2018-01-18 00:10:00



Facebook Is a 'Living, Breathing Crime Scene,' Says Former Tech Insider  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network's laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform. "One of the things that I saw consistently as part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protec

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2018-01-17 23:30:00



Project Fi Creates Its Own Version of An Unlimited Plan  

Google's Project Fi mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) has launched a new feature called Bill Protection that will cap your $10 per GB data bill at $60 a month, while still allowing you to use as much data as you want, essentially creating its own version of an unlimited data plan. The Verge reports: Prior to today, Project Fi users were charged $10 per GB no matter how much data they used, which could become quite costly for heavy users. Bill Protection should help alleviate those worries f

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2018-01-17 22:50:00



Meteor Lights Up Southern Michigan  

New submitter Foundryman writes: Amidst fake missile reports in Hawaii and Japan, Michigan gets hit by something real. From a report via Ars Technica: "Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed through the skies of southern Michigan, giving local residents a dramatic (if brief) light show. It also generated an imperceptible thump, as the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that there was a coincident magnitude 2.0 earthquake. The American Meteor Society has collected more than 350 eyewitness a

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2018-01-17 22:10:00



Essential Phone Oreo Beta 3 update now available  

New month, new Essential Phone Oreo beta. Essential today released Oreo Beta 3 for the Essential Phone. If you've got the previous beta release installed, you should get an 106.5MB update over the air. If you haven't yet installed the Oreo Beta on your Essential Phone, you can do so right here. As for what's included with this update, Oreo Beta 3 includes the January 2018 security patches, complete with fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities. Essential says th

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2018-01-17 21:50:21



A Photo Accidentally Revealed a Password For Hawaii's Emergency Agency  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In the aftermath of an erroneous missile warning that terrified Hawaiians on Saturday (Jan. 13), the state's emergency management agency has come under increased scrutiny, from the poor design of the software that enables alerts to a particularly slapdash security measure by one of its employees. Old photos from the Associated Press inside the agency's office appear to show an unspecified password on a yellow Post-It note, stuck to a computer moni

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2018-01-17 21:30:00



Pressure-sensing implant dissolves when its job is done   

When doctors want to monitor conditions such as swelling of the brain, they'll sometimes implant a sensor that emits a readable electrical signal whenever it's subjected to pressure. The problem is, those sensors have to be retrieved from the patient's body afterwards, requiring additional surgery. That may not be the case much longer, though, as scientists have created an implantable pressure sensor that harmlessly biodegrades... Continue Reading Pressure-sensing implant dissolves

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2018-01-17 21:28:29



iPhone owners will be able to disable CPU throttling in future iOS version, Cook says  

Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview on Wednesday revealed a new iOS function will soon allow owners of iPhones with depleted batteries to disable built-in CPU throttling, a preventative measure designed to lengthen the life span of older handsets.

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2018-01-17 21:16:22



Supermicro Debuts 300W X299 PG300 Motherboard  

Supermicro had its new C9X299-PG300 motherboard that supports Intel Core X-Series CPUs with up to a 300W TDP.

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2018-01-17 21:08:44



The Flash Couldn’t Wait to Put Barry Allen in Jail  

The Flash returned from its midseason break with an event it’s been foreshadowed for a while now: The Trial of The Flash. In the first episode of the season, when Barry was pulled from […] The post The Flash Couldn’t Wait to Put Barry Allen in Jail appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 20:54:48



The World's Top-Selling Video Game Has a Cheating Problem  

China's Tencent Holdings is going after the cheaters and hackers that infest PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as it prepares to bring the world's top-selling game to its home turf. From a report: Ahead of its official debut this year, the biggest gaming company on the planet has enlisted Chinese police to root out the underground rings that make and sell cheat software. It's helped law enforcement agents uncover at least 30 cases and arrest 120 people suspected of designing programs that confer unf

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2018-01-17 20:50:00



Social Media Giants Assure Senators They Totally Have This Terrorism and Propaganda Thing Under Control  

Representatives for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube trekked up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to let senators know how their personal war on terrorism is going. It turns out that things are going well, thanks for asking.Read more...

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2018-01-17 20:46:58



Warning: This link will crash the Messages app on your iPhone  

Over the past couple of years, a strange new phenomenon has surfaced that involves links or strings of characters capable of crashing apps and devices. One of the first widely publicized examples came in the form of the "effective power" bug in early 2015. When iPhone users received a certain string of characters via text message, their phones would automatically crash and reboot. This week, a similar bug began making the rounds online. First discovered by jailbreak developer Abraham Masri, t...

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2018-01-17 20:33:08



Cover Your Home In Qi Pads For $12 Each  

Now that Apple's jumped aboard the Qi train, we're seeing a lot more charging pad deals than we used to. This new model from RAVPower supports 10W fast charging for compatible Android phones, and is just $12 with promo code KINJA63C. At that price, you can afford to put them all over your house.Read more...

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2018-01-17 20:22:49



Apple CEO Tim Cook 'deeply apologizes' for iPhone battery 'miscommunication'  

In an interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has offered an apology to "anybody that thinks we had some kind of other motivation" when the company decided to slow down iPhones with aging batteries. Since news emerged in late last year that Apple does slow down some older iPhones' processors in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns, the company has been swamped with bad press and class-action lawsuits from customers who took the move as a confirmation of "planned obsolescence." At this poin

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2018-01-17 20:14:27



Google Search Will Start Ranking Faster Mobile Pages Higher In July  

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced a new project to improve its mobile search results: Factoring page speed into its search ranking. As the company notes, page speed "has been used in ranking for some time" but that was largely for desktop searches. Starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches on Google as well. In November 2014, Google started labeling sites as "mobile-friendly" to denote pages optimized for phones. The company then spend the ne

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2018-01-17 20:10:00



How tech giants plan to keep fake news out of 2018 election - CNET  

Facebook, Google and Twitter explain during a Senate committee hearing what they're doing to stop propaganda from spreading during the midterm elections.

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2018-01-17 19:53:40



Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories  

 Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation trend. Read More

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2018-01-17 19:52:37



YouTube Toughens Advert Payment Rules  

YouTube is introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from its platform. From a report: In addition, it has said staff will manually review all clips before they are added to a premium service that pairs big brand advertisers with popular content. The moves follow a series of advertiser boycotts and a controversial vlog that featured an apparent suicide victim. One expert said that the Google-owned service had been slow to react. "Google presents the impression

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2018-01-17 19:30:00



Every McDonald’s Will Use Sustainable Packaging By 2025  

McDonald’s is the world’s largest toy distributor. They also sell a fair amount of fast food, and they use a lot of packaging to serve that food to their customers. That’s why it’s […] The post Every McDonald’s Will Use Sustainable Packaging By 2025 appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 19:28:51



Here's Another Chance to Save On LG's Stunning OLED TVs  

If you love inky blacks and vibrant colors—and who doesn't?—this 2017 OLED LG TV is down to $1500 today on MassDrop, or $2300 for 65", about $200 and $500 less than Amazon, respectively. Read more...

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2018-01-17 19:24:10



Apple Says It Will 'Contribute' $350 Billion in the US Economy Over the Next 5 Years  

Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. From a report: The company said it expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion, indicating that it will bring a portion of its $250 billion overseas cash back to the U.S. As of November, the company had $268.9 billion in cash, both domestically and overseas. The job creation will focus

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2018-01-17 18:50:00



Apple's first comedy series to star Kristen Wiig - CNET  

The untitled show is just one of three projects Apple has ordered from Reese Witherspoon's production company.

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2018-01-17 18:42:52



Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features To HTTPS Only  

An anonymous reader shares a report: In a groundbreaking statement earlier this week, Mozilla announced that all web-based features that will ship with Firefox in the future must be served on over a secure HTTPS connection (a "secure context"). "Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," said Anne van Kesteren, a Mozilla engineer and author of several open web standards. This means that if Firefox will add support for a new standard/fea

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2018-01-17 18:10:00



Video: Apple gets ready to ship HomePod after month-long delay  

The HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the market before the end of last year, but Apple issued a statement in November saying it needed more time before the product is ready for customers, giving it an "early 2018" release date.

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2018-01-17 18:09:12



5 smartwatches to check out if you don't want an Apple Watch  

If you use and iPhone and you want a smart watch, the Apple Watch is the obvious answer. There's simply nothing out there that will integrate with an iPhone like the Apple Watch, but not everyone likes the look or the price tag. And if you use an Android phone, the world is your oyster because there are so many different options out there for you. In this post, we've rounded up five terrific alternatives to the Apple Watch that offer different designs and different sets. There's something ...

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2018-01-17 18:06:06



Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? - CNET  

It's been a busy few weeks on the net neutrality battleground. Here's a refresher on where things stand in the form of an FAQ.

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2018-01-17 17:58:18



Nomad's new wireless charging hub is a traveler's best friend  

 If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge what you need to charge, when you need to charge it. Read More

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2018-01-17 17:56:25



Nintendo Labo lets you build Switch accessories from cardboard - CNET  

Nintendo is taking a DIY approach with Labo, which lets you create paper-craft "toy-cons." Clever.

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2018-01-17 17:41:54



Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions  

This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. From a report: The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others -- like many economists -- it's a wasteful misuse of resources. And the most wa

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2018-01-17 17:30:00



Apple rerouting employee shuttles after highway attacks shatter windows on buses during commutes  

 In the past week, five Apple commuter shuttles carrying employees to and from the company’s Cupertino offices have been attacked, several sources tell us. Windows on the buses were shattered by what employees are suspecting was a gun being fired at the vehicles. Read More

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2018-01-17 17:11:27



Facebook watch party turns video into a group experience - CNET  

A test lets people in Facebook groups simultaneously watch and comment on the same Facebook video -- live or already published.

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2018-01-17 17:11:20



Amazon's Echo, Alexa and Music Unlimited are hitting Australia and New Zealand next month  

 Amazon announced its intentions to launch the Echo down under during its big AWS Re:Invent show back in November. Details were pretty light on the offering at the time, but now the company’s back with specifics a few weeks ahead of availability. Read More

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2018-01-17 17:04:54



Tesla's chief designer describes how the Model 3 design was created  

In a rather short but nonetheless informative and interesting interview with Automobile, Tesla chief designer Franz von Hozhausen details how the Model 3 design came to be. Though not a household name, von Hozhausen, before joining forces with Elon Musk, was the Director of Design for Mazda North America where he helped design cars like the Pontiac Solstice. Since joining Tesla in 2010, von Hozhausen has been the lead designer behind the Model S, the Model X, and more recently, the Model 3. In s

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2018-01-17 16:57:39



Bitcoin Watchers Running Out of Explanations Blame Slump on Moon  

If regulatory concerns aren't enough to explain Bitcoin's 50 percent slump from its record high reached last month, how about blaming it on the moon? An anonymous reader writes: The Lunar New Year, which marks the first day of the year in the Chinese calendar, is being cited by some as contributing to Bitcoin's slump as Asian traders cash out their cryptocurrencies to travel and buy gifts for the holiday that starts Feb. 16 this year. The festivity is celebrated not just in China, but in other A

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2018-01-17 16:50:00



Volumetric photogrammetry — big words, bigger impact on VR  

 Virtual reality: Most people have at least a rudimentary understanding of what the term means. For consumers, VR generally means strapping on a head-mounted display, stepping into a new world and enjoying the experience. The enveloping nature of VR allows people to explore environments in 360-degrees, but for most, how these immersive worlds are created is a mystery. Read More

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2018-01-17 16:32:28



How to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum at their current lows on your iPhone with Coinbase  

Cryptocurrency volatility has generated sensationalized headlines over the past year, with cyclical valuation drops and surges that make even Apple's stock price look relaxed in comparison. Here's a look at how cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum's "Ether" work, and how you can get involved in trading them at their current lows with Coinbase, a popular and easy-to-use iOS app.

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2018-01-17 16:30:20



Nintendo Labo lets you use your Switch to bring cardboard toys to life  

Nintendo on Wednesday introduced a new line of interactive DIY cardboard creations that come to life with the power of the Switch. Dubbed Nintendo Labo, the initiative features packaged kits filled with modular sheets of cardboard that Switch owners can build into objects such as pianos, fishing rods and motorcycles. Once the construction is finished, the Switch and the Joy-Con controllers can interact with the creations (which are called Toy-Cons). Each kit interacts with the console in a uniq

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2018-01-17 16:20:37



Google is rolling out a fix for those Home-related Wi-Fi issues  

 In the latest of a recent spate of bugs plaguing Google’s most recent hardware offerings, a number of Home and Chromecast users have been reporting issues around their devices’ Wi-Fi connectivity this week. Google has since acknowledged the issue on its support page, noting that “In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a… Read More

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2018-01-17 16:17:12



'No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore'  

An anonymous reader shares a report: For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. In a virtuous and profitable cycle, a global network of traders would collect these garments, grade them, and transport them around the world to be recycled, worn again, or turned into rags and stuffing. Now that cycle is breaking down. Fashion trends are accelerating, new clothes are becoming as cheap as used ones, and poor countries are turni

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2018-01-17 16:13:00



How Google Fights Password Thieves  

Google and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company finds new ways to fight back.Read more...

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2018-01-17 16:05:04



Within Next Five Years Your Pizzas Will Probably Be Delivered by Autonomous Cars, Domino's Pizza CEO Says  

In an interview with The Street, Domino's Pizza outgoing CEO Patrick Doyle said in three to five years at the earliest he expects driverless cars and voice orders to shift the way the world orders pizza. From the report: "We have been investing in natural voice for ordering for a few years. We rolled that out in our own apps before Amazon launched Alexa and Alphabet launched Google Home...[and] we are making investments...to understand how consumers will want to interact with autonomous vehicles

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2018-01-17 15:34:00



Google just made it more difficult than ever to make money on YouTube  

YouTube has been in the spotlight repeatedly over the past several months, but rarely for anything encouraging. Most recently, the video sharing platform was lambasted for allowing YouTube star Logan Paul to upload a vlog prominently featuring the body of someone who had allegedly committed suicide. The Google-owned property then refrained from laying down the law on Paul until an uproar from users forced its hand days later. But as worrisome as the Logan Paul episode was for frequent visitors

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2018-01-17 15:26:13



Watch a thought race across the surface of the brain  

 Although neuroscientists have a general idea of what parts of the brain do what, catching them in the act is a difficult proposition. But UC Berkeley researchers have managed to do it, visualizing based on direct measurement the path of a single thought (or at least thread) through the brain. Read More

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2018-01-17 15:09:38



Global Warming Predictions May Now Be a Lot Less Uncertain  

Researchers claim they've reduced the uncertainty in a key metric of climate change by 60 percent. That could have implications for how humanity arrives at climate goals like it did in Paris.

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2018-01-17 14:59:07



Black Lightning Is Something New and Exciting in Superhero TV  

Everyone wants a superhero show now. ABC has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Syfy’s getting Krypton, Hulu has Runaways, and Netflix has all its Defenders shows. Nobody has pulled it off quite so well as The CW. […] The post Black Lightning Is Something New and Exciting in Superhero TV appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 14:57:47



Batman and Catwoman's Engagement Just Ran Into a Complication and Her Name Is Wonder Woman  

As thoughtful and emotionally satisfying as writer Tom King's recent run on Batman has been, one of the major drawbacks is that every time something even remotely good happens to someone, you know it won't be long until some kind of twist of fate snatches their happiness away.Read more...

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2018-01-17 14:51:16



Days After Hawaii's False Missile Alarm, a New One in Japan  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Japan's public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter -- just days after the government of Hawaii had sent a similar warning to its citizens. The broadcaster, NHK, corrected itself five minutes later and apologized for the error on its evening news (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source). The initial texts cited J-Alert, a system used by the gove

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2018-01-17 14:50:00



Explore 130 Years of National Geographic Covers in Just Two Minutes  

One of the last magazines that's still worth reading in print form, National Geographic has featured some fascinating stories over the years, but most of us likely pour through each issue to marvel at the photography. First published way back in 1888, the magazine celebrates its 130th birthday in 2018 and is kicking…Read more...

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2018-01-17 14:09:42



Philippine Lawmakers Worry China Telecom May Be a 'Trojan horse'  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at giving China access to state secrets. The Southeast Asian country aims to name a third telecom operator within the first quarter that will break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom State-run China Telecom has been named as a possible investor in that third entity. President Rodrigo Dut

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2018-01-17 14:08:00



Two pairs of popular Bluetooth earbuds just dropped to $16 each on Amazon  

Today is quite a day for anyone on the hunt for a new pair of Bluetooth earbuds. Earlier this morning we told you about a wildly popular pair of wireless earbuds that sound better than AirPods, and they're on sale right now for just $23 and change. Before you snag that deal, however, we have two more for you to consider. The SMARTOMI HAP-1 Bluetooth Neckbuds and the SMARTOMI MOTTO Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones are both discounted right now on Amazon, with prices dropping to just $16 each us

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2018-01-17 13:55:39



11 tips to help you get better at Rocket League - CNET  

Tired of getting dunked on in Rocket League? Here are 11 tips to help take you to diamond and beyond.

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2018-01-17 13:49:16



Bitcoin drops below $10K after three days of cryptocurrency correction  

 The crypto crash that began two days ago accelerated yesterday and today, with essentially all top 100 coins down anywhere between 15-30 percent. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is hovering around $450 billion, down ~30 percent from $650 billion just 48 hours ago. Yesterday, Bitcoin was just a few dollars away from dropping below $10,000, but it bounced back around $11k,… Read More

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2018-01-17 13:46:50



You can preorder Nintendo LABO for the Switch right now on Amazon  

What is Nintendo LABO? Good question! Announced on Wednesday evening, Nintendo LABO is a new supplemental gaming line that's unlike anything you've ever seen before. In a nutshell, it's like Google Cardboard on steroids. Nintendo LABO kits are do-it-yourself kits that come as flat cardboard sheets. You pop out the pieces outlined on the cardboard and then follow the animated directions on your Nintendo Switch to assemble the LABO product. The end result is an interactive creation the likes of wh

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2018-01-17 13:28:38



Nintendo Teases “Kid-Friendly” Announcement For Switch  

2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games […] The post Nintendo Teases "Kid-Friendly" Announcement For Switch appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 13:14:25



Buy a Galaxy S8 or Note 8, get a free pair of AKG Bluetooth headphones - CNET  

Samsung's latest phone promotion includes a free pair of wireless headphones.

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2018-01-17 13:09:51



Salmonella Probably Killed the Aztecs  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico's Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years as many as 15 million people -- an estimated 80% of the population -- were wiped out in an epidemic the locals named "cocoliztli." The word means pestilence in the Aztec Nahuatl language. Its cause, however, has been questioned f

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2018-01-17 13:00:00



Siri's podcast-promoting 'Give me the News' feature is now out of beta  

 A few weeks back, Apple added “Give me the news” to Siri’s repertoire of tricks in the latest beta version of iOS. The feature comes as the company is readying its smart assistant for the imminent arrival of the HomePod, the company’s first smart assistant-driven device. The feature is now out of beta here in the States and the U.K. Asking Siri for the news will default… Read More

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2018-01-17 12:57:12



Google's AutoML lets you train custom machine learning models without having to code  

 Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise — build custom image recognition models. While Google plans to expand this custom ML model builder under the AutoML brand to other areas, the service for now only supports computer vision models. Read More

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2018-01-17 12:55:59



Apple video content push reportedly helping increase actor's salaries in negotiations with TV networks  

Apple's drive for video content is seemingly having a wider effect on how much actors get paid, with a report claiming Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bolstered their pay from HBO for a project following after Witherspoon made a similar high-value deal for an Apple-commissioned drama.

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2018-01-17 12:52:41



Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything  

 Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More

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2018-01-17 12:48:15



28 Secret Mouse and Trackpad Shortcuts You Probably Didn't Know About  

Operating a mouse or trackpad is super easy, but behind their simple exteriors these intuitive input devices hide a whole host of shortcuts and extra features that aren't immediately obvious—and if you don't already know about them, you're missing out. Here are our favorites.Read more...

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2018-01-17 12:48:02



NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball - CNET  

A NASA camera got a look at the fireworks caused by a spectacular meteor breaking apart over the US Midwest.

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2018-01-17 12:44:49



The Crucial First Step in the Legal Battle to Save Net Neutrality [Updated]  

A cadre of public interest groups and at least 22 attorneys general have filed petitions this week challenging the FCC order that seeks to gut net neutrality. But before the real legal challenge begins, net neutrality advocates are fighting to ensure the case is heard in their court of choice.Read more...

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2018-01-17 12:42:50



Nintendo to reveal a 'new interactive experience' for the Switch today  

As successful as the Nintendo Switch has been in the ten months since it launched, the console is still lacking in terms of features and functionality. It doesn't have a web browser, it can't play Netflix and with 32GB of storage, it fills up too easily. When or if Nintendo will address any of these issues remains to be seen, but on Wednesday, a teaser for "a new interactive experience" popped up on the company's Japanese Twitter account and UK website. "Tune in to discover a new interactive ex

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2018-01-17 12:41:39



Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free  

 Amazon has quietly launched a new feature that’s seemingly aimed at helping the retailer better compete with discount shopping apps such as Wish and others. In the Amazon iOS app and on the web, Amazon recently added a new section offering products under $10 that ship for free. Some of the products are also available on Prime, but the feature doesn’t appear to be limited to… Read More

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2018-01-17 12:38:29



'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' stars blast film's all-male version - CNET  

Mark Hamill, John Boyega and director Rian Johnson mock the bizarre no-women edit. If only Carrie Fisher were here.

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2018-01-17 12:32:56



Senate Democrats, 22 States Fight To Restore Net Neutrality  

Senate Democrats are on the verge of achieving a majority vote that could eventually restore the consumer protections. At the same time, 22 states are suing to block the FCC's repeal decision.

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2018-01-17 12:29:44



Rewire Your Brain With This Discounted Weighted Blanket  

It's the winter, so you're probably feeling anxious and tired, a general malaise if you will. If you need a break from all the craziness and just can't get your brain to turn off for one second, you're gonna want to check out a weighted blanket. This one is down to $140 once you clip the $10 off coupon, which is an…Read more...

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2018-01-17 12:29:42



Silicon Valley Is Ready to Spend Millions More on Its Anti-Aging Obsession  

This month, the famed Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator put out a call for companies working to "help people live healthier for longer." If you're a scientist or entrepreneur who wants to increase human longevity and "healthspan," Y Combinator will give you up to $1 million to do it.Read more...

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2018-01-17 12:24:19



Apple stock climbs on word of planned US investments & repatriated cash [u]  

Apple stock rose nearly $3 in Wednesday trading following the midday announcement of plans to invigorate the U.S. economy, including repatriating billions of dollars in foreign cash reserves. [Updated with news on employee stock bonuses]

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2018-01-17 12:13:21



The Fascinating History of 10 Extra Letters the English Alphabet Used to Have  

At 26 letters long, the English alphabet isn't the most complicated string of symbols and characters to master, even for a five-year-old. But that's because it has been put on a strict diet over the years that helped it slim down and shed 10 additional letters that were either deemed superfluous, redundant, or just…Read more...

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2018-01-17 12:04:24



Startups Race to Create Cancer Screens from DNA  

Entrepreneurs are selling VCs a vision of cheap, surgery-free cancer screening based on blood tests, even before symptoms appear.

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2018-01-17 11:56:16



Fan-Made Voldemort Origin Story Brings the Magic  

More than 20 years after Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger entered the pop culture zeitgeist, the magical world of Hogwarts continues to captivate audiences of all ages. Case in point: Fan […] The post Fan-Made Voldemort Origin Story Brings the Magic appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 11:55:12



Nintendo Announces Nintendo Labo, A Wild New Experiment For Switch  

Nintendo today announced Nintendo Labo, a wild new experiment for the Switch that will allow players to insert the console into assorted pieces of cardboard, creating items like robots, fishing rods, and pianos.Read more...

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2018-01-17 11:42:55



Study shows software used to predict repeat offenders is no better at it than untrained humans  

 COMPAS, a piece of software commonly used in the justice system to predict which offenders will find themselves behind bars again, is no better than soliciting random people on Mechanical Turk to determine the same thing, a new study has found. Oh, and they’re both racially biased. Read More

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2018-01-17 11:41:52



Sixa Re-Opens Rivvr Wireless VR System Pre-Orders, Eyes March Delivery  

Sixa's Rivvr wireless VR solution is back from the dead. The company announced that pre-orders are open again, and the hardware would ship in March. And this time around, the device meets all the necessary certification requirements.

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2018-01-17 11:41:05



Google Has Made It Simple for Anyone to Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI  

Google released a new AI tool on Wednesday designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The software is called Cloud AutoML Vision. In an accompanying blog post, the chief scientist of Google's Cloud AI division explains how the software can help users without machine…Read more...

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2018-01-17 11:39:43



A Popular Crime-Predicting Algorithms Performed Worse Than Mechanical Turks in One Study  

When researchers put a popular criminal justice algorithm up against a bunch of Mechanical Turks, they came out about even.

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2018-01-17 11:38:42



Meltdown & Spectre discoveries credited to 22-year-old German genius  

The identification of the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities in Intel- and ARM-based processors -- including chips used in Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- can be credited almost entirely to a Google security researcher in his early 20s, Jann Horn.

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2018-01-17 11:33:17



Just Get The Damn Flu Shot  

The flu tends to be the leaky basement pipe of disease: It's easy enough to avoid doing something about it, right up until the point it completely bursts and ruins your month. But the flu is much more deadly than a flooded basement. Even at its weakest in recent years, the virus killed at least 12,000 Americans during…Read more...

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2018-01-17 11:21:13



New leases give Apple a large footprint in Los Angeles for content push  

Apple has reportedly leased more than 200,000 square feet of prime real estate in Culver City, California to support its expanding efforts in original video content.

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2018-01-17 11:20:12



Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA  

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson to act on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post this morning. If President Donald Trump has his way, DACA… Read More

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2018-01-17 11:17:02



Samsung Hands Out Limited-Edition Olympic-Themed Galaxy Note 8  

Samsung is celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics with a themed smartphone. More than 4,000 PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games Limited Edition Galaxy Note 8 handsets will be delivered to athletes and staff. The special […] The post Samsung Hands Out Limited-Edition Olympic-Themed Galaxy Note 8 appeared first on Geek.com.

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2018-01-17 11:16:02



Microsoft's reportedly ready to revive the Fable franchise - CNET  

You might soon be able to return to the land of Albion in the rumored Fable 4.

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2018-01-17 11:04:35



YouTube star wins damages in landmark 'revenge porn' case - CNET  

Chrissy Chambers is awarded compensation in a civil case over intimate images posted online without permission.

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2018-01-17 11:03:31



Charge Your MacBook and Nintendo Switch on the Go With Anker's New USB-C PD Battery Pack  

Anker's reader-favorite PowerCore battery packs run the gamut from tiny tubes that fit into your pocket to massive blocks of energy that can power your devices for days at a time. Today's deal is quite firmly in the latter camp.Read more...

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2018-01-17 10:58:23



Supply chain in uncharted territory with three iPhone flagships, bracing for reduced component orders  

Component producers in Apple's supply chain for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are expecting orders for the parts to reduce in the first quarter of 2018, but it appears that they are using previous sales metrics based on two flagship model phones, rather than three for the predictions.

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2018-01-17 10:51:04



Wednesday's Best Deals: Lenovo ThinkPads, Lodge Cast Iron Skillets, Dash Cams, and More  

Pick up discounts on Lenovo ThinkPads, the essential cast iron skillet, and an Anker dash cam. Read more...

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2018-01-17 10:46:25



Even More Rumors About the Comic Book Heroes and Villains Coming to the Venom Movie  

Disney unleashes a bevy of sneak peeks at Ant-Man and The Wasp, Mary Poppins, and more. Supergirl could recruit another familiar Superman supporting character. A new rumor suggests Marvel is wiping its slate of animated series clean. Plus, an update on the Y: The Last Man TV show. Behold, Spoilers!Read more...

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2018-01-17 10:44:22



Tim Cook says you'll soon be able to turn off the system that slows iPhones as the battery gets older  

 As we learned back at the end of December, Apple has been limiting the maximum performance of iPhones as the batteries within get older. The goal, they’ve stated, is to prevent random device shutdowns as time goes on and the battery’s output starts to wane. But that’s something they ought to have explained better from Day 1 of the software change; most users would never… Read More

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2018-01-17 10:43:19



iOS 11.2.5 beta 6 now available to developers and public testers  

Time for another iOS 11.2.5 beta update. Apple has unleashed iOS 11.2.5 beta 6. The update is available to registered developers as well as public testers in the Apple Beta Software Program. If you're in either of those camps, you can get this update by going into Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. There don't appear to be any major new features in iOS 11.2.5. One thing that has been added is the ability for Siri to play daily news podcasts when you ask abou

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2018-01-17 10:42:22



How the Gig Economy Exposes Workers to Cybersecurity Risks  

Tech firms spend serious time and money trying to secure their employees and infrastructure from hackers. But gig economy companies like Lyft and Handy pay far less attention to cybersecurity for their contractors and, in some cases, encourage insecure behavior, researchers say—potentially exposing workers to greater…Read more...

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2018-01-17 10:42:05



Nintendo Labo uses carboard 'Toy-Cons' video - CNET  

It's one of the wackier console accessories we've ever heard of, but it also looks like it aims to celebrate STEM concepts through building.

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2018-01-17 10:40:52






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