December 7, 2015

Study: Self-driving cars have higher accident rate

Even though they haven't been at fault, self-driving test cars are involved in crashes at five times the rate of conventional cars, a new study finds.

Even when the figures are adjusted to take into account that many accidents involving conventional cars go unreported, the study from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that the rate is still twice as high.


November 4, 2015

Google can make you think you're smarter than you actually are, study shows

All that Google searching might be giving you a big head.

Simon Oxenham at BPS Research Digest summarized a study from the Journal of Experimental Psychology that found that after accessing information on the Internet, people might actually be overconfident about what they think they know.


October 25, 2015

Yahoo's first-ever live stream of an NFL game was a disaster for many

The NFL game in London between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills is the league's first game to ever be streamed live online by Yahoo and for many, the experience has been terrible so far.

Once we get past the idea of watching two unappealing teams on a smaller screen than usual and at 9:00 in the morning, the stream itself was awful for many.


October 23, 2015

YouTube Will Completely Remove Videos Of Creators Who Don’t Sign Its Red Subscription Deal

YouTube made its top video creators an offer they literally couldn't refuse, or they'd have their content disappear. Today YouTube confirmed that any "partner" creator who earns a cut of ad revenue but doesn't agree to sign its revenue share deal for its new YouTube Red $9.99 ad-free subscription will have their videos hidden from public view on both the ad-supported and ad-free tiers. That includes videos by popular comedians, musicians, game commentators, and DIY instructors, though not the average person that uploads clips.


October 18, 2015

‘Gig economy’ brings jobs, but also many freelancers

A cloud-based call center in Texas is opening an office in Scottsdale later this year in part because Arizona is seen as a good place for businesses using independent contractors.

The arrival of LiveOps at SkySong in December will bring 15 full-time jobs paying a median $60,000, which is well above typical salaries in Arizona. It also brings perhaps 5,000 freelance assignments for those looking to work from home, often on commissions.


October 17, 2015

FAA Finally Readying Legal Rules for Drones, Will Require Registration of Every Drone

According to NBC News, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting close to announcing new rules for recreational drone use, beginning with the requirement to register every drone a person buys. Registration itself, however, is not a large obstacle to drone ownership and operation, as registration will only be able to help the FAA keep track of just how many there are and, hopefully, identify aircraft that break rules or cause collisions. But just how effective will this be? And what other laws will come in the way of recreational drone flight?

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Uber Launches Revamped UberRush, Its Local Merchant Delivery Program

Local delivery is one of the most crowded spaces in tech right now, and ride-hailing giant Uber wants a piece of it.

At long last, the company is introducing a fleshed-out same-day delivery program for brick-and-mortar businesses under the name "UberRush." Uber has already started testing this in New York City and is now expanding the pilot to San Francisco and Chicago. The price of delivery will range from $5 to $7.


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October 6, 2015

Why smartphone screens break

NEW YORK — Ask a roomful of people to take out their phones, and you're bound to see several with cracked screens.

Despite engineering breakthroughs, screen breakage has become a part of life, the leading type of phone damage.

In part, we're to blame. We want phones that are bigger, yet thinner, offsetting strides made in strengthening glass. We also want phones to be sleek: A phone that's rugged enough to withstand drops just won't match what we expect smartphones to look and feel like.


September 23, 2015

Teen Receives Call From Tim Cook, iPhone, and Apple Internship After Apple Watch Saves His Life

Apple has been putting a significant focus on health-related topics in recent months, led by the Apple Watch's health and fitness sensors and associated app functionality. In fact, just a few weeks ago at its "Hey Siri" media event, the company showed off some Apple Watch apps that could help doctors keep track of patients and even read the heartbeat of a baby still in its mother's womb.

Now, the Apple Watch is becoming known as a lifesaver, as well, with a story emerging over the weekend about a teenage football player's abnormal after-practice heartrate and his Apple Watch's tracking that led him to determine something was seriously wrong.


Uber launches uberCOMMUTE, a carpooling service, in China - Xinhua

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Uber, the U.S. ridesharing firm, has launched a new carpooling product, uberCOMMUTE, in Chengdu, as the company shifts up a gear in its race to win the Chinese market, the company announced Wednesday.

uberCOMMUTE has been designed for white-collar workers who commute long distances every day, by offering them the opportunity to split the cost of their journeys.


September 18, 2015

Fusion Of Native And Programmatic Underway With New IAB Specs

Many advertisers and publishers hope to meld native-ad units with programmatic buying tools, and this may finally be possible thanks to a new specification from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

The IAB's OpenRTB 2.3 spec could underpin a programmatic-native ecosystem if it's adopted in the ad-tech world.


September 7, 2015

Unearthed Atari Games From Landfill Fetch More than $100K

Buyers from 45 states and 14 countries have paid more than $100,000 for a cache of Atari game cartridges dug up from a New Mexico landfill last year, including "E.T. The Extraterrestrial."

The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games more than 30 years ago, reported The Alamogordo Daily News.

A film crew documented Joe Lewandowski as he dug up the Atari cartridges, reported The Associated Press. In addition to the "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles.


Awesome tech you can't buy yet:

At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We've cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

The Hierarchy of IoT “Thing” Needs

I received a lot of feedback on an article I wrote a few months ago about changing the way we perceive the "Things" in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The gist of my argument was that we should start treating these "Things" more like people — not in the sense of giving them the right to vote and the responsibility of paying taxes, but in the sense of thinking about them the way you would think about an employee hired to fulfill a specific function. Our perception of smart "Things" needs to be "people-ified," if you will.


Windows 10 Worst Feature Now Installing On Windows 7 And Windows 8

Last week came the warning, now comes the roll out. The most criticised aspect of Windows 10 is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8 after Microsoft released upgrades which enable the company to extensively track what users are doing. The releases bring good and bad news…


August 26, 2015

Is Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Cortana A Better Alternative To Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Google Now?

The digital assistant world has long been dominated by Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri. For a long time, it was the only option available, but recently the arrival of Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana and Google Inc.'s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Now has heated things up.

Cortana works on both the iOS and Android and has brilliant voice recognition capabilities, which tie in very well with Google's search engine. There had long been stiff competition between Google Now and Siri, and it seemed that Now would edge out Siri as the preferred choice. All of this changed with Cortana\'s arrival.


August 24, 2015

Microsoft's Hello facial detection system tells twins apart

Just how secure is Microsoft's Windows 10 new Windows Hello facial recognition system? Even your identical twin won't be able to break into your PC, according to a test carried out by The Australian.

Six pairs of twins took part in the newspaper's test. One twin created a new Windows 10 account on a Lenovo ThinkPad and registered their face with the system. The other twin would then try to log in.


August 17, 2015

Startup energy brings Disney's BB-8 droid toy to life

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — If it weren't for someone willing to entertain a new idea, the new "Star Wars" droid, BB-8, wouldn't be rolling into living rooms this holiday season.

The robot — which looks like a mechanical head on a spinning ball — was the brainchild of filmmakers behind "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," who were unaware their puppetry-animated character could function in real life.


Customers can don a Samsung VR set and take a trip to Peru

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Welcome to this reality: a store where you can buy shoes, eyewear and coffee, and also take a 360-degree immersive video trip to Peru.

Shoppers at the Toms flagship store here can don Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality goggles, which are tapped into a Samsung phone, in what's believed to be one of the first consumer retail VR experiences.


August 16, 2015

Sesame Street at HBO: do the pros outweigh the cons?

For anyone who's taken a trip down Sesame Street, Thursday was both a sad day and a happy one.

After years of struggling to stay on PBS amid a lack of profitable revenues, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy-winning program, announced it had struck a deal with HBO to move the show over to the premium cable network. PBS was left with a consolation prize: new episodes will continue to air on the channel, but only following a nine-month window.


Seven Things We Still Don't Know About Alphabet, The New Google

Google's mammoth announcement Monday that it is restructuring as Alphabet clarified some things about Google — it's serious about its "moonshots," for one — but raised just as many questions, if not more, about its future.

Alphabet's structure codifies what Google has been doing informally for some time. It has increasingly consolidated its core money-making businesses — ads, search, Android, YouTube, and others — under the capable hands of former product chief Sundar Pichai, who will continue overseeing those areas as CEO of Google after the restructuring. And it has ached for freedom and autonomy for its more far-flung projects, especially when it comes to units like Calico that have little to do with Google's original business, or acquisitions like Nest, where CEO Tony Fadell was brought in with promises of independence within Google.


August 15, 2015

Two plead guilty in border drug smuggling by drone

When 28 pounds of heroin made it across the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico in April, it didn't come by the usual methods of car, truck or tunnel. It came by drone, federal authorities said Wednesday, making it the first cross-border seizure by U.S. law enforcement involving the new smuggle-by-air tactic.


August 9, 2015

How to integrate social selling into a sales and marketing plan

Whether you own a business and manage your own sales force or you're paid to lead a sales team, your biggest ongoing challenge is answering the question: How do I get my team and systems to produce better sales results?

No one can argue old school sales techniques like making cold calls, sending direct mail, attending networking events, and hitting a few trade shows every year works. But none of them work particularly well when we see failure rates of 80 percent or more.


August 8, 2015

Sorry China, the Internet You’re Looking for Does Not Exist in Chinese Stock Markets

The long arm of China's massive internal security apparatus just reached further into the heart of the country's web. On August 4, China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced that it would embed law enforcement officers at major Internet companies, which appear to include China Mobile, U.S.-listed Alibaba, and Tencent, which owns WeChat, the country's largest social network. The online press release did not specify a time frame, but emphasized that creating rooms for "web police" in each company's offices would aid the timely discovery and prevention of evils like terrorism, fraud, the theft of personal information, and, of course, "rumors," meaning whatever the government decides is a speech crime. In a paternalistic flourish, the MPS reminded companies they must be "a model of self discipline in the industry," and refrain from publishing "vulgar [or] harmful information."


August 7, 2015

A drone dropped heroin, marijuana and tobacco in an Ohio prison yard

(Reuters) - A drone dropped a package of heroin, marijuana and tobacco in the recreation yard of an Ohio prison last week, sparking a fight among inmates trying to pick up the contraband, prison officials said on Tuesday.

"Upon reviewing the cameras, it was determined that a drone passed over the recreation yards immediately before the fight began," the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in an incident report.


August 5, 2015

Best latest selfie smartphones you can buy this month

New Delhi: Clearly, nothing beats a GoPro 3-Way with a GoPro mounted on it if you are looking for the perfect selfie, but lets leave that to the professionals. For mere mortals, the selfie is best done with a smartphone. But not all of them have been designed for that purpose.


August 2, 2015

Robots do check-in and check-out at cost-cutting Japan hotel

SASEBO, Japan (AP) — The English-speaking receptionist is a vicious-looking dinosaur, and the one speaking Japanese is a female humanoid with blinking lashes. "If you want to check in, push one," the dinosaur says. The visitor still has to punch a button on the desk, and type in information on a touch panel screen.


Tempe moves forward on Google Fiber ultra-high-speed Internet

Valley residents moved a step closer to plugging in to Google Fiber's ultra-high-speed Internet service Thursday night as the Tempe City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the tech giant.

The agreement "gives us approval to build a network in the city of Tempe," said Angie Welling, Google's public policy and government affairs manager. Under the agreement, Google is granted the access it needs to dig, bury lines and hang wires, Welling said.

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IoT: A Fog Cloud Computing Model

Internet of Things (IoT) represents a remarkable transformation of the way in which our world will soon interact. Much like the World Wide Web connected computers to networks, and the next evolution connected people to the Internet and other people, IoT looks poised to interconnect devices, people, environments, virtual objects and machines in ways that only science fiction writers could have imagined.

In a nutshell the Internet of Things (IoT) is the convergence of connecting people, things, data and processes is transforming our life, business and everything in between.


August 1, 2015

Engineers create world's first white laser beam

Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people's homes and in the screens of their electronics. Lasers are more energy efficient than LEDs, and the ASU researchers claim that their white lasers can cover 70 percent more colors than current standard displays.


Man shoots down drone hovering over house

We need to talk anti-aircraft weaponry.

More and more so-called enthusiasts are sending drones into the sky. This means that more and more normal humans are becoming enthusiastic about shooting them out of the sky.

Especially, as in the case of William H. Merideth, the drone is hovering over your house.


July 30, 2015

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic “Ink”

Green 3D Printer Prints Living Designs From Organic "Ink"
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Project PrintGREEN is turning 3D printers into on-demand gardeners after designing a "green" 3D printer in 2013. The printer produces living prints, printing customized objects in a variety of sizes and forms. The project was created at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, conceived of by students Maja Petek, Tina Zidanšek, Urška Skaza, Danica Rženičnik and Simon Tržan, with help from their mentor Dušan Zidar. The project's goal is to unite art, technology, and nature, creatively producing living designs with the help of technology.

The "ink" in the machine is a combination of soil, seeds, and water which can be designed to print in any shape or letter. After drying, the muddy mixture holds its form and begins to sprout grass from the organic material. PrintGREEN's slogan is a twist on the old conservationist motto, "think before you print," telling their audience to "print, because it is green." You can follow the project's progress on their Facebook page here. (via My Modern Met)

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July 26, 2015

Hack of connected car raises alarm over driver safety

SAN FRANCISCO — Don't send your old clunker of a retro-mobile to the automotive junk yard just yet. It may be the safest machine on the road.

In an article published Tuesday, Wired magazine reports on how it engaged two hackers to see if they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee from the comfort of their living room while writer Andy Greenberg sat nervously at the wheel while the SUV cruised the highway at 70 mph.


Video of gun-shooting drone in Clinton prompts FAA investigation

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The FAA is investigating after a video of a drone shooting a hand gun in Clinton, apparently created by a local teen, was posted to YouTube. You may think military officials are the only people who can legally have a machine like this but Clinton Police tell News 8 what is seen in the video doesn't appear to violate any state laws.

Bill Piedra is CEO of a Manchester based company called Flying Robots. He is also a drone enthusiast who, as part of his business, constructs drones that deliver flotation devices to people in danger of drowning, but with this video he has concerns it may have ramifications for his entire industry.


FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger

The FCC has approved AT&T's $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation's largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider. The combined firm will have around 26 million TV subscribers, making it the largest pay TV company in the country. That created some concern for regulators, but apparently not enough to stop the deal. Instead, it's been approved with conditions, including the expansion of the company's high-speed internet program. Additionally, the conditions are meant to ensure that the combined company will still include affordable internet options and give subscribers the option to access rival video services online. The Justice Department said this week that it had closed its investigation of the deal.


July 25, 2015

Nike and Apple court defeat underlines fitness trackers' dirty little secret

Nike and Apple have agreed to settle in a class action lawsuit alleging that the two sold the Nike FuelBand fitness tracker knowing that the device's biometrics measurements were inaccurate.

As a result, Nike will pay out $2.4 million in claims to people who bought the FuelBand between January 2012 and June 2015. Apple, which sold the FuelBand in its stores up until March of this year, will pay nothing.


July 13, 2015

Galaxy Note 5 will have 4GB RAM

Leaks for the supposed Samsung's next phone, the Galaxy Note 5, have been emerging in quickfire succession, and the latest one from SamMobile on Monday claims the Note 5 will run with 4 GB of RAM.

RAM stands for random access memory, and it's the short-term memory where often-used apps stay in your phone's proverbial back pocket, ready to open quickly when you need them. 


Dropbox tip leads to arrest of army corporal on child porn charges

Dropbox played an instrumental role in arresting a corporal in the US Army Reserve on charges of child porn possession, according to an arrest affidavit from the Austin Police Department seen by Business Insider.

The affidavit said a 27-year old man named Michael Nieto is in custody at the Travis County Jail after a tip from Dropbox indicated he had 38 child porn videos uploaded to the cloud storage service.


July 5, 2015

Chicago Levies "Cloud Tax" on Spotify, Netflix, Other Streaming Services

Starting this September, users of streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix in Chicago will be subject to a 9 percent "cloud tax," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The city voted on Wednesday to extend its amusement tax, which taxes entertainment industries such as cinema and sports, to digital services, and expects the tax to bring in $12 million a year.


July 1, 2015

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg thinks telepathy tech is on its way

Besides virtual reality, laser-toting satellites and artificial intelligence, what other futuristic technologies is Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg interested in? Oh, you know, telepathy.

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology. You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like," wrote Zuckerberg during his latest online "townhall Q&A".


June 25, 2015

4D movie seats may be coming soon to a theater near you

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Koenig sat back in his seat for a recent screening of "Mad Max: Fury Road." But this was no ordinary theater chair.

As the theater darkened and death machines rumbled across the desert on screen, Koenig's chair rumbled with them. As bullets whizzed by Furiosa, the movie's heroine played by Charlize Theron, puffs of air shot out of Koenig's headrest. Wall-mounted fans in the theater gusted desert winds and fog machines pumped smoke from the mayhem.


Five awkward emails Google's 'Undo Send' will save you from

The wheel, the telegram and now, Google's "Undo Send" email feature. There's nothing like an invention that truly changes the fabric of life. Even better are those that save us: hydraulic braking, say, or rehab.

This is the news that the tech giant is rolling out a feature allowing users to pull back emails – up to 30 seconds after hitting send. The feature has been around for a while, but hidden in Google's labs section.


June 21, 2015

Elon Musk's SpaceX is holding a competition to design Hyperloop Pods

Elon Musk's Hyperloop transportation concept seems like a bit of a pipe dream, but it could be inching closer to reality.

Musk's company SpaceX is holding a competition in June 2016 for university students and independent engineering teams to design Hyperloop Pods. SpaceX will construct a mile-long test track at its California facility and help the competitors with development of the pods, according to information obtained by Mashable.


Tech-savvy cheats beware: Universities are banning smartwatches

In an attempt to stop students from dialling up test answers on their wrist, a number of Australian universities are taking steps to ban smartwatches from the exam room.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and La Trobe University are two local institutions that have recently restricted the devices during exam time, iTnews reports.


Is pricey Border Patrol drone program worth the cost?

SIERRA VISTA — The drone's radar spots the men first — four red dots moving on Ajo Mountain, a half mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The radar operator sits more than an hour's flight away, with the rest of the drone's flight crew, in a trailer at the edge of the Fort Huachuca military base in southern Arizona. He taps at his keyboard. A powerful video camera mounted on a ball beneath the Customs and Border Protection Predator B zooms in.


Opendoor launches home shopping experience to buy, sell and tour a home 24/7

When a buyer wants to tour a home, waiting on an agent's or homeowner's schedule can become yet another hassle in the home buying experience. Opendoor, a residential marketplace that allows homeowners to instantly sell their home online, aims to change that.

Today the company launched four new self-serve home buying features in Phoenix designed to reduce the hassle and headaches of the home shopping experience and put the power of convenience into the palms of their customer.


June 14, 2015

Exploring the Amazon

NOT long after Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, said he would pay $250m of his own money for the chronically loss-making Washington Post, in August 2013, he sat next to the newspaper's editorial-page editor, Fred Hiatt, at a dinner. It was a perfect opportunity to influence the Post's line, but Mr Bezos reportedly preferred to talk about other things on his mind, such as exploring the dark side of the moon.

Technology, not journalism, is Mr Bezos's passion. So far he has been the sort of proprietor newshounds dream of, with a light touch on editorial matters and a willingness to finance experimentation and bear losses. After years of shrinking ambitions and cost-cutting under its old owners, the Graham family, Posties are experiencing a period of expansion and excitement under Mr Bezos. As other American papers have continued to cut staff, the Post has hired more than 100 newsroom employees since the takeover was announced.


June 5, 2015

U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit

Washington (CNN)Four million current and former federal employees, from nearly every government agency, might have had their personal information stolen by Chinese hackers, U.S. investigators said.

U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government's computer networks. China called the allegation irresponsible.

The Office of Personnel Management, which is conducting background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial statements and get new credit reports.


Facebook Now a Place for Prisoners, Too

One day at work, Larissa admitted to logging onto Facebook "to see my kids' Easter pictures."

She had been put on work furlough because the Alabama Department of Corrections deemed her a low security risk. She was allowed to leave prison to work shifts at a local Burger King.



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