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NASA pioneer John Glenn has died

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:28

Famed astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn has died at the age of 95, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Glenn had been hospitalized for the past week at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.


Crazy video shows Apple store being robbed in 13 seconds flat

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:22
If Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that a well-orchestrated heist needs to be efficient and adhere to a pre-determined and rigid timeline. In the 1995 movie Heat , for example, Robert De Niro and his bank robbing crew gave themselves three minutes inside of a bank before embarking on an escape. Similarly, Patrick Swayze and his crew of bank robbing and Presidential-masked hooligans also adhered to a strict timeline in the oft-overlooked 1991 classic Point Break . With life having a tendency to imitate art, a group of what appears to be three teenagers pulled off an impressive heist at an Apple retail store in San Francisco. While we've seen Apple Store robberies before, this particular incident is notable because the thieves managed to pull it all off in alarmingly quick fashion. From start to finish, our criminal trio needed only 13 seconds before making off with a collection of iPhones and other Apple products. The incident went down in the evening hours on Friday, November 25 and was captured on in-store security cameras, an interesting tidbit in and of itself given that most Apple retail stores do an incredibly good job of masking the location of innumerable surveillance cameras. Video of the incident can be seen below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tYNRqNxFI Notably, a similar heist in San Francisco transpired just four days later, though it remains unclear at this point if both incidents were carried out by the same crew of individuals. As it stands now, the San Francisco Police Department is still looking far and wide for the individuals responsible. As a final note, it's worth pointing out that the iPhones the thieves made out with are altogether worthless as they are easily traceable and "locked into a demo mode."

LinkedIn notifications in Windows will be a special kind of hell

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:08

As part of Microsoft’s finalized acquisition of LinkedIn, the Windows maker this morning outlined a series of goals it has for its new social network. One of those goals includes the implementation of LinkedIn notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center, so you will never again miss the note telling you that a complete and total stranger is trying to connect with you. One cursory glance at your LinkedIn profile is like being crushed under an avalanche of ignored responsibilities.


Yik Yak lays off 60 percent of employees as growth collapses

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:03

Yik Yak has laid 70 percent of employees amid a downturn in the app’s growth prospects, The Verge has learned. Employees who were affected were informed of the layoffs Thursday morning, sources told The Verge. Yik Yak employed about 50 people, and now only about 20 remain, the company said.


This is how Apple will use the iPhone 8 to improve on an iconic Samsung feature

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:01
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 came out with a revolutionary design, a gorgeous display that wrapped around the edges. Samsung then used the same edge design for its Galaxy S7 and Note 7 devices, without really explaining why we’d need a curved display, other than it looks cool and feels great in hand. There are edge-only features, but it’s nothing you couldn’t live without. This year, rumors suggest that it's Apple's turn to copy Samsung. At least one 2017 iPhone version will sport a wraparound display, multiple reports have claimed. Apple worked on such technology for years, according to various patents, and a new filing proves that the Cupertino-based giant is looking to define the edge. Found by Apple Insider , a patent application titled Electronic Devices With Display and Touch Sensor Structures describes devices that would feature curved displays extending beyond both lateral edges. Filed on May 19th, this year, the patent argues that curved screens might extend the viewable area of the screen and deliver information — which is what Samsung’s edge does. But that won’t be the edge display’s only feature. “It can be challenging to gather touch input from a user and to display images for a user efficiently,” Apple explains. “For example, when a user supplies touch input to a touch screen display, the user's hand may block images that are being displayed on the display. Buttons and other input devices may be used to gather input from a user, but this type of input device may not be as convenient and versatile as a touch sensor. Displays are sometimes not visible from certain directions and may be smaller than desired.” Apple also explains that the edge walls could actually contain virtual buttons under the screen. Such buttons could replace the physical buttons we have on the left and right side of current iPhone models, including the mute and volume rockers, and the standby button. “Touch input on sidewalls in device 10 may be used as a control for a camera (e.g., a virtual shutter button input), may be used as input in other virtual button scenarios, may be used in implementing a volume slider button or a slider button for controlling other device operations (e.g., screen brightness, color settings, contrast settings, etc.),” Apple notes. The wraparound display can have various edge shapes and doesn’t necessarily need to be curved. Apple also explains in the patent that such curved edges may be used on foldable devices which would fold right along the edges to increase or decrease the overall size of the device. Apple notes that ceramic and sapphire glass might be among the materials considered for making devices with wraparound screens.

Raumfeld finally releases the Google Cast support it announced almost a year ago at CES 2016

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:58

Raumfeld announced today that it's releasing an update for its wireless speakers to add Google Cast support. The Cast update is available today over Wi-Fi and is compatible with all current Raumfeld speakers. The addition of Google Cast comes almost a year after its original announcement at CES 2016, where it was initially planned for a spring release.


US election was most 'talked about' in 2016: Facebook

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:47

The US presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016, in a year filled with discussion and debate on issues that were both serious and light-hearted. The bitterly contested election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton was ranked as the leading issue, followed by Brazil's political developments which included the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, Facebook said in a blog post. Other subject matters shared among Facebook's 1.79 billion users were more sober, with the fourth leading topic the "Black Lives Matter" movement, followed by the election in the Philippines of Rodrigo Duterte.


Urban Outfitters is now selling horribly overpriced ‘designer’ drones

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:42

As someone living in Brooklyn with a small amount of disposable income, I’ll admit to having at least a fleeting interest when I heard that Urban Outfitters would begin selling “designer” drones today. Drones like this can be a lot of fun.


Shiny Pokemon, holiday costumes hidden in the code of the new Pokemon Go update

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:42
Earlier this week, Niantic announced a new update for Pokemon Go which will add Pokemon type icons to Gym battles and give trainers the ability to transfer multiple Pokemon to the professor at once. Those are welcome changes that players have been requesting ever since the game launched this summer, but as usual, the most exciting elements of the update are hidden in the code. As soon as the APK for the update appeared online, the sleuths over on The Silph Road began mining through the data, looking for any hints of additional, unannounced features. With so many events and updates scheduled for December, they expected to hit the jackpot — and it turns out they weren't far off . Here are the highlights of the datamining expedition: Sound files for the next 100 Pokemon have been added to the game. A "gender" tag suggests that Pokemon Go may soon differentiate Pokemon genders. More code has been added for Shiny Pokemon variants. Avatar customization is being overhauled, and it looks like trainers will soon be able to change their hair, shirt, pants, hat, shoes, eyes and backpacks. The code also indicates that players will be able to buy and unlock customization items as well. Pokemon costumes are coming! It appears that Niantic is going to allow Pokemon to access costumes for certain events. Does that mean we can dress Pikachu up like Santa? We'll find out soon. While there's not telling how long it will be until some of these features make their way into the game, it has never taken long for datamines in the past to come to fruition. Plus, some of these are time sensitive, such as the Pokemon holiday costumes, so we should see those sooner than later. Be sure to check out the full list of discoveries at  The Silph Road .

The Facebook board was terrified Mark Zuckerberg would ditch the company for public office

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:30

When Facebook changed its stock structure earlier this year, the legal filings contained one very interesting clause. A line in the SEC filing, first spotted by Forbes, allowed Zuckerberg to retain control of the company without remaining as CEO, provided he left the company for public office. The broad strokes of the agreement were simple enough: Zuckerberg wanted to sell massive quantities of Facebook stock to fund the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, but he didn’t want to lose any of his voting power as Facebook’s primary shareholder.


YouTube reaches settlement over unpaid royalties to songwriters

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:24

YouTube keeps trying to show that it’s a friend to the music industry. Earlier this week it published a blog post highlighting the fact that, in the last year, it paid out more than $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. Today came an announcement that YouTube has reached a deal with the National Music Publishers’ Association to pay millions in royalties to songwriters.


I finally know what it’s like to get dumped by Natalie Portman and murdered by Kristen Stewart

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:10

The New York Times has produced a special VR-based video package as part of its annual Great Performers series. In addition to showcasing stellar performances from the likes of Ruth Negga, Don Cheadle, and Trevante Rhodes, it has a greater gift to bear. You, too, can know what it feels like to be dumped by Natalie Portman.


Congrats to Amazon on the biggest troll of the year

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:02
It's not quite the end of 2016 yet, but I'm going to call it a little early: Amazon's social media PR department wins the prize for troll of the year. In 12 months that have included the rise and fall of fake news, the election of a reality TV star to the biggest office in the world, and season 7 of  The Walking Dead , that's no mean feat. https://twitter.com/amazongames/status/806292512356732928 Tuesday saw Amazon, the biggest online retailer of things in the country, tweet out that it had some "exciting announcements" to make about the NES Classic in the coming days. You would be excused for thinking ( I sure did! ) that this meant Amazon would have some kind of chance to buy a NES Classic Edition online this week. That would make sense. But no! https://twitter.com/amazongames/status/806898643504599041 As it turns out, what Amazon actually meant is that it's going to sell a limited number of NES Classic Editions (at this point, I'm assuming that means they have one console per store) in Amazon's three physical bookstores on the West Coast. Awesome. Objectively, there's no reason to be mad here. Amazon only promised an exciting announcement, and I guess it kinda delivered. But Amazon must have known the hype around the NES Classic right now, and people were always going to make that assumption from that tweet. So, well played on the elaborate troll I guess, and huh tickets to San Diego aren't as expensive as I thought.

Scientists manipulated mice to make them lose track of time

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 14:00

In a study published today in the journal Science, researchers at Portugal’s Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown stimulated certain brain cells (or neurons) in mice to make them produce more of a much-hyped chemical called dopamine. Blocking the neurons from producing dopamine made them overestimate the amount of time that passed.


Yup, Samsung just stole one of the iPhone 7’s hottest new features

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:43
On Thursday morning, Samsung unveiled the seventh color option for the Galaxy S7 edge: Black Pearl. The glossy black colorway will be exclusive to the 128GB version of the flagship phone, and will debut in select markets (though Samsung doesn't say which) on Friday, December 9th. Does that sound eerily familiar? Does it sound anything like the much-lauded new Jet Black color that's exclusive to Apple's upper-tier 128GB and 256GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models? In addition to Black Pearl, the Galaxy S7 edge is also available in Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, Pink Gold and Blue Coral, the last two of which were made available after the launch of the phone in March. This brings the total number of color options to seven, for those keeping track. "While [the Pink Gold and Blue Coral colors] were largely inspired by calming, natural hues, Black Pearl was designed to be modern and striking," says Samsung in a blog post . "The sleek black finish blankets the entire device – edges and all – and adds depth to its glass design. The result is a stylish all-black aesthetic that captures the essence of the color in its purest form." Although Apple didn't invent glossy black electronics, it's hard not to laugh when Samsung announces its own glossy black phone a few months after Apple's glossy black phone becomes the most sought-after smartphone on the market. And it doesn't help that Samsung's Pink Gold color  was announced shortly after Apple added Rose Gold to its palette for the iPhone 6s. At the end of the day, no one really minds if Samsung follows Apple — as long as it doesn't follow Apple blindly. For example, just because Apple thought it was a good idea to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack doesn't mean Samsung needs to do the same with the Galaxy S8 . Just steal the good stuff, please!

Sandberg: False stories on Facebook didn't sway election

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:39

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg says she doesn't think misinformation spread on the social media platform swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.


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Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:39
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Watch this free app eject water from your iPhone 7’s speaker

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:18
When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 2 during the company's big press conference this past September, one of the highlights of the presentation was when Apple announced that the new model is so water-resistant that users can actually shower and swim with it. Apple went into some detail about the water-proofing process it used, and the company discussed a challenge that presented itself: what could be done about water that got into the Watch's speaker cavity to prevent it from distorting the sound? The answer ended up being a combination of a sensor to detect water and a special tone played by the speaker that actually pushes the water out of the speaker cavity. It's a very cool solution indeed, so why wasn't it also implemented on the water-resistant iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the most water-resistant iPhones yet. They're rated to survive for 30 minutes under 3 feet of water and come out unscathed, but tests have shown that they can actually last longer than that at even greater depths. Of course, Apple doesn't encourage people to use their new iPhones in water, but people will obviously throw caution to the wind now that the iPhone is officially water-resistant. One Redditor who took his iPhone 7 into the shower to listen to music noticed that water got into the speaker cavity and distorted the sound. Rather than wait for it to dry out, he had an idea: Why not force the water out with sound? Using a free iPhone app called Sonic , Reddit user "PointlessPankcake" was able to push water out of the speaker cavity using the same concept as the Apple Watch Series 2 speaker. By playing a sine wave at a specific frequency — in this case, 165 Hz — he was able to eject moisture away from the speaker. In fact, according to his post on Reddit , he was actually able to watch as little drops of water came "bouncing out of the speaker." Then a quick wipe with a towel or any other absorbent material will remove the resulting surface water. "I found the resonant frequency of the water in the grill to be around 165 Hz," he wrote . "Using the free app ' Sonic ,' I generated a tone that literally pushed the water out of the speaker. You may have to change the tone a little to get the water out of your phone, just know that it's close to 165. Anyways, while the tone is playing, you will see little drops or bubbles bouncing out of the speaker, take a piece of absorbent material and dab them up as they come out of the speaker grill." Download Sonic from the App Store right here and see for yourself.

New innovation hub in Silicon Valley details the explosive growth of IoT

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:09

IngDan opens its first U.S. IoT experience center with interactive tech gadgets on display to the public.


Hulu will now let you create profiles for up to six people

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 13:03

Hulu Hulu announced today that users can now create multiple profiles through the company’s website. More devices will support profiles over the next couple of weeks, but for now, it’s limited to Hulu.com. Each account can maintain up to six individual profiles that will remember everyone’s viewing history and Watchlist. It’ll also, of course, make recommendations. There’s also a kids-oriented profile to wall off inappropriate content. ...


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