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25 August

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 19:48
    A weasel using a woodpecker as its own private convertible; a wolf stuffing its snout in another wolf’s mouth; a reindeer comically failing to camouflage itself with some leaves. The internet has an insatiable appetite for bizarre wildlife pictures. But, like anything that brings us joy on the internet, these photos always came with the condition that they might not be entirely real. Truths Behind Fake Nature Photography, a Facebook page created by concerned nature enthusiasts, is trying to educate the public by calling out fakes when they spot (...) (The Verge)
  • 19:32
    Garmin has a robust wearable lineup that includes activity trackers, smartwatches, and even an analog watch with activity features. The Garmin Fenix Chronos is a watch designed for people who don't like to sit in front of computers all day that will start at $899. The Fenix Chronos comes with standard activity features like step, calorie, and sleep trackers, as well as more advanced tracking for physical activities like biking, golf, and open-water (...) (The Verge)
  • 18:57
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigators said Thursday they are investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's ... (Associated Press)
  • 18:27
    Kanex released its GoPower Watch earlier this week, which it claims is the "world’s first cordless portable charger for Apple Watch." It’s a 4000mAh USB battery pack with an integrated, Apple-approved Watch charger on top along with a second USB port for charging a phone. Adding insult to injury, the Kanex GoPower Watch costs $99.95, which is almost comically expensive for what you’re getting — a good 5000mAh battery pack can be found for around (...) (The Verge)
  • 18:00
    The first trailer for No Man’s Sky, published in December 2013, promised a universe with enough planets, creatures, and vegetation that it could not be fully explored by one player in a lifetime. My buddy Austin Walker concisely dismantled that logic at Vice before the game’s release, but No Man’s Sky has nonetheless attracted a good deal of controversy. To explain the game, and the community’s reaction, I invited my colleague Andrew Webster to the (...) (The Verge)
  • 18:00
    Facebook is open sourcing a set of computer vision software tools that can identify both the variety and the shape of objects within photos. The tools, developed by the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) team, are called DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet, and all three work in tandem to help break down and contextualize the contents of images. While human beings can discern the various elements of a photograph in mere seconds, the process is much harder for computers, which perceive pixels as a series of number values corresponding to changes in (...) (The Verge)
  • 17:49
    Homeland Security is looking into the hack of comedian Leslie Jones' iCloud account, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Yesterday afternoon, personal photos were taken from Jones' iCloud account and posted to her Tumblr, along with her driver's license and passport. Jones' team eventually took her Tumblr down, but not before the photos surfaced elsewhere. (The Verge)
  • 19:53
    Researchers have discovered a scarily effective piece of malware, authored by an Israeli "cyber arms dealer," that can completely hack an iPhone if the user clicks on one link. First found by a UAE human rights defender who was sent a malicious link, the spyware uses a series of zero-day exploits to thoroughly take control of a users' iPhone. Ahmed Mansoor, the human rights defender in question, was sent the link earlier in August. It was in a text message which promised him information if he nofollowed the link. Instead, he sent the link to researchers at Citizen Lab, who analyzed the (...) (BGR News)
  • 19:52
    Amazon is starting a site offering research, reviews and other information on new and used cars. The latest venture by the e-commerce powerhouse will compete with established players in the field including ... (Associated Press)
  • 12:10
    By Christophe Van Der Perre SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The first driverless taxi began work on Thursday in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore.     Developer nuTonomy invited a select group of people to download their app and ride for free in its "robo-taxi" in a western Singapore hi-tech business district, hoping to get feedback ahead of a planned full launch of the service in 2018. "This is really a moment in history that's going to change how cities are built, how we really look at our surroundings," nuTonomy executive Doug Parker told Reuters. Parker, (...) (Reuters)

TechCrunch

Boing Boing

Yahoo! News: Technology News

TechCrunch

  • 15:47
    Seemingly emboldened by the temporary success of Deliveroo “riders” who held a series of protests in London over proposed changes to the formula by which they are paid, couriers working for rival on-demand food delivery service UberEATs are planning a “strike” of their own in the U.K. capital city. Read More -- Europe, TC, ubereats

Boing Boing

  • 19:19
    Lancaster University's Aurora Watch issued an alert on Tuesday that the Northern Lights would be clearly visible in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the alert was cancelled after the scientists determined that the data from one of their magnetometers was spurious. A surge in geomagnetic energy is indicative of auroras but this particular spike was likely caused by a lawnmower. "We believe the interference was caused by University staff mowing the grass on a sit-on mower," Aurora Watch stated. "We’ll work with the facilities team to try and avoid an incident such as this occuring in the (...) -- Post, atmosphere, aurora, magnetometer, sensors
  • 19:17
    French artist Patrick Commecy transforms boring buildings into something else Via Amusing Planet: French artist Patrick Commecy and his team of muralists transform dull and boring facades around France into vibrant scenes full of life. His hyperrealistic painted-on windows, balconies and tiles closely resemble their real-life counterparts. Hanging in the balconies and outdoor space, Commecy would often incorporate figures of famous and influential persons from the history of the town the mural is (...) -- Post, art
  • 19:10
    One of my favorite management techniques, back during the dotcom boom and bust, was to have engineers on my team solve their differences with Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots! A quick check shows Rock 'em Sock 'ems aren't gone, but I haven't seen a set in years. Mine are in a box in my basement, marked for the last start-up wherein I attempted decision-making by robot duel. The controls? Kinda awful. Opponents sliding forward/back and side-to-side tends to keep the boxing ring bouncing about. Those buttons also take a lot of force, and over time one robot or another's head latch would get (...) -- Video, He knocked my block off!, technostalgia, Things I miss

MacRumors

  • 18:56
    Apple today released an iOS 9.3.5 update for the iOS 9 operating system, almost a month after releasing iOS 9.3.4 and a few weeks before we expect to see the public release of iOS 10, currently in beta testing. iOS 9.3.5 is available immediately to all devices running iOS 9 via an over-the-air update. iOS 9.3.5 is likely to be the last update to the iOS 9 operating system, introducing final bug fixes, security improvements, and performance optimizations before iOS 9 is retired in favor of iOS 10. iOS 9.3.4, the update prior to iOS 9.3.5, included a critical security fix patching the Pangu (...) -- iOS 9

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 18:54
    In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National ... (Associated Press)
  • 18:51
    WhatsApp will start sharing data with its parent company Facebook shortly, in spite of the promises the company made when it was first acquired. Facebook will get access to your phone number and other data so that it can deliver better friend suggestions... and serve targeted ads. But you’ll be able to opt out and stop WhatsApp from sharing any of your info with Facebook. In this post, we'll tell you exactly how to do it. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just solved the only mystery left By default , you’ll be opted into sharing your phone number with Facebook. Once the feature rolls (...) (BGR News)
  • 18:37
    The new site within Amazon.com can steer you to research on thousands of cars and trucks, as well as customer reviews. (CNET)
  • 18:36
    US startup nuTonomy on Thursday began trialling autonomous taxis in Singapore, beating Uber to the starting line. (CNET)
  • 18:20
    A few days ago I told you that the Nexus 5 had just died . It became obsolete, officially, since Google isn’t supporting the handset anymore. Owners of one of the best and most popular Nexus devices ever made, the Nexus 5, will never get the Android 7.0 Nougat release, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with Marshmallow forever. Hardcore users not afraid to tinker with their devices will get Nougat running on the Nexus 5 in the near future thanks to a custom ROM from Android hackers. In fact, the first Nougat-based build has already been released. DON’T MISS: iPhone 7: New leak may have just (...) (BGR News)
  • 18:17
    Volkswagen has reached an agreement to resolve litigation with its US dealers related to Dieselgate, including both the TDI vehicles and the value of Volkswagen franchises. The settlement includes cash payments and "additional benefits" to dealers, though final details of the settlement — including the total amount of compensation — have yet to be worked out. The final agreement is expected by the end of September and will need to be approved by a judge overseeing the (...) (The Verge)
  • 17:52
    Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook ... (Associated Press)
  • 17:48
    (Reuters) - Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The subsidies Uber grants its drivers was the main reason for the loss, finance head Gautam Gupta told investors in a quarterly conference call, Bloomberg said, citing sources. The company lost about $520 million in the first quarter of the year and another $750 million in the second quarter, Bloomberg (...) (Reuters)
  • 16:01
    Popular messaging service WhatsApp said it would start sharing users' phone numbers with parent Facebook Inc , marking a notable shift in its stance on privacy. When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, founder Jan Koum vowed to protect data of its users, saying the deal would not affect its privacy policy. The change in policy, WhatsApp's first since the deal, will allow for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on Facebook, according to a WhatsApp blog (...) (Reuters)
  • 15:05
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images and reviews on Amazon.com for a large number of car models, ranging from Tesla Motors' 2014 Model S to the iconic Ford Mustang 1965. Amazon Vehicles would be an extension of the existing Amazon Automotive store, the company said. (Reuters)
  • 14:55
    Financial technology groups from more than 20 cities across the world plan to form a federation of 'fintech' hubs this year in what would be the first attempt to coordinate and globalize web-based innovation transforming the financial industry. Fintech is under the global spotlight because of its promise - or threat - to 'disrupt' traditional financial activity. One of fintech's fastest growing areas is the 'blockchain' protocol, which could enable the clearing and settlement of securities such as stocks and bonds without the need for intermediaries such as (...) (Reuters)
  • 13:19
    Ride service Uber [UBER.UL], which enables users to instantly hail a taxi ride using their smartphone, will allow customers to book trips days or weeks in advance in London, the first European city to get the option. Uber began offering scheduled rides in June in Seattle, targeted particularly at business customers. Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based app avoided having a mandatory waiting time of five minutes imposed upon it and other private hire car firms in London as part of proposals by transport bosses to regulate the (...) (Reuters)

MobileCrunch

TechCrunch

Boing Boing

BetaNews.Com

  • 18:51
    Today, Linux celebrates its 25th birthday. This is certainly cause for celebration in the open source community. Surprisingly, however, after all this time, many people don't understand that Linux is simply a kernel, and not an operating system. Yes, it is used as a component of operating systems, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Android, Tizen, and more, but a kernel alone does not an OS make. Linux's longevity is a testament to the open source community as a whole, and not just one man, such as Linus Torvalds. True, he invented the kernel back in 1991 and maintains it to this day,… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

TechCrunch

  • 18:16
    Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More -- TC, Google

Boing Boing

  • 18:33
    I just watched a few of the demo videos for the Shaper Origin. It's a handheld, computer numerical control, router that allows you to cut precise shapes into flat stock. Since it is handheld, there's really no limit to the size of the things you want to cut out. Looks really cool. It costs around $1500. https://youtu.be/Z9585iFup68 https://youtu.be/9JAMzARLiNw https://youtu.be/p_wk3q8jWcs -- Video, makers, tools
  • 18:27
    In the past, saving a well worn pair of shoes or boots was a very frustrating mission. Freesole urethane shoe glue is amazing, and good for a lot more than shoes! I've had a lot of success using Freesole to repair wetsuit booties, flip-flops, and a pair of Asolo hiking boots. The booties and flip-flops were both cases of reattaching rubber to neoprene. The hiking boots had a crack in the sole. All three have been held together wonderfully by Freesole. Freesole is a urethane glue that remains super flexible after it cures. The Freesole creates a super strong bond between the surfaces and (...) -- Review, DIY shoe repair
  • 18:21
    Uber lost at least $1.27 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the first six months of 2016, Bloomberg reports today. (more…) -- Post, picks, uber
  • 18:21
    These unusual "radio drama staircases" are inside the BBC's sound studios. When an actor is recorded walking up or down the stairs, the different surfaces (wood, carpet, cement) give the acoustic impression of unique locations for the radio drama. Samuel West shot the image above at BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Apparently, they are actually functioning staircases that lead somewhere in the building. (via Neatorama) -- Post

MacRumors

  • 14:16
    Apple is working on its own social networking app, in the style of Facebook and Snapchat, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The company, "seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks," will focus on video in the new app, letting users record a video, edit it, apply a filter, add doodles, and then send it out to friends. Apple's goal is said to make the app quick and easy to use, with one-handed controls and an interactive process that includes shooting, editing, and uploading videos "in less than one minute." Apple and CEO Tim Cook are said to be looking to its (...) -- iOS 10, bloomberg.com
  • 10:59
    Apple today announced the artist lineup for its 2016 Apple Music Festival, the free annual concert series that takes place at the London Roundhouse theater from September to 18 to September 30. Headliners at the festival's 10th anniversary this year will include Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975, Apple revealed. "Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans," said Oliver (...) -- Apple Music, Apple Music Festival
  • 15:47
    WhatsApp has updated its terms of service and privacy policy to reflect that it will begin sharing select data with Facebook, including the phone number a user verifies during the registration process and the last time a user accessed the service. Facebook, which acquired WhatsApp in 2014, will use the information to provide better friend suggestions and targeted ads and offers to users of its own service. By coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp. And by connecting your (...) -- Facebook, WhatsApp

TechCrunch

  • 17:57
    I’m incredibly honored to announce Ash Carter, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF 2016. After we chat for a few minutes he will take questions from the audience. The United States is sitting at a crossroads right now between fighting traditional battles with guns, tanks and warships and battles that will be fought online with… Read More -- TC

BetaNews.Com

  • 18:20
    When you go to Google it's usually to search for something, but from today you'll also be able to play games like solitaire and tic-tac-toe there -- both on the desktop and in the Google app. And that's not all. You'll also be able to settle arguments with a toss of a coin, and hear the sounds of your favorite animals. Google has long included fun extras and hidden Easter eggs in its search service, so these latest inclusions simply carry on that fine tradition. If you want to play Solitaire, all you need to do is search for "solitaire"… [Continue (...) -- [Continue Reading]

TechCrunch

Boing Boing

Wired News: Top Stories

TechCrunch

ReadWriteWeb France

  • 17:34
    Component suppliers Mobileye and Delphi announced on Tuesday a new partnership, called Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP), that aims to have a driverless system road ready by the end of 2019. The two firms will share technology to build the driverless system, which we assume will be licensed to automotive manufacturers. Delphi will supply the hardware—radar, LiDAR, and cameras—Mobileye will provide real-time mapping, a mobile vision system, and multi-domain controller. See Also: Mark your calendars: 2021 will be huge for autonomous cars Automotive manufacturers already (...) -- Mobileye and Delphi aim for autonomous tech by 2019, ReadWrite

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TechCrunch

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