Are you upset your team isn’t playing in a championship game this weekend and need a reason to watch? Well here’s a reason to watch at least one game on Saturday: Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during this weekend’s NCAA Football Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin. The project is part of a deal between FOX Sports Lab and GoPro to offer… Read More
With the most recent update to Uber’s ride-hailing app, the company has begun requesting users if they are willing to share their location data with Uber app even while the app is not in use. The company says it plans to use the data gained to improve user experience — including offering improved pick-up times and locations. From an article on Business Insider: In August the company moved away from using Google Maps for its service and began using its own mapping technology. Google’s lack of accuracy in many non-Western countries led to increased friction between consumers and drivers. This means the company needs to boost the amount of location data it has. Location data could also be used to provide new channels of revenue for the digital platform. This could include serving ads of local businesses or recommending nearby places of interest to users. Mobile marketing, which relies on accurate location data is a rapidly growing industry and could serve as a revenue windfall for Uber in the years ahead as it faces increasing competition. In fact, revenue from location-targeted mobile ads is expected to grow at an annualized rate of almost 34% between 2014 and 2019, surpassing $18 billion, according to a forecast from BIA/Kelsey.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Seagate and Amazon have partnered up on a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. The Seagate Duet drive’s contents are cloned to Amazon Drive, so you can be pretty confident that your important stuff will be safe. Getting set up with the cloud backup process requires plugging in the drive, signing in with your Amazon account — and that’s pretty much it, from the sounds of it. Drag and drop files over, and you’ll be able to access them from the web or Amazon’s Drive app on smartphones and tablets. If you’re new to the Drive service, Seagate claims you’ll get a year of unlimited storage just for buying the hard drive, which normally costs $59.99 annually. Amazon’s listing for the Duet (the only way to buy it right now) confirms as much, but there’s some fine print: Offer is U.S.-only; Not valid for current Amazon Drive Unlimited Storage paid subscription customers; You’ve got to redeem the promo code within two months of buying the hard drive if you want the year’s worth of unlimited cloud storage; If you return the Duet, Amazon says it will likely reduce your 12 months of unlimited Drive storage down to three, which beats taking it away altogether, I guess.
Seagate and Amazon have partnered up on a $99 1TB external hard drive that automatically backs up everything stored on it to the cloud. The Seagate Duet drives contents are cloned to Amazon Drive, so you can be pretty confident that your important stuff will be safe. Both a physical backup and Amazons reliable S3 cloud infrastructure is a pretty killer combination.
Getting set up with the cloud backup process requires plugging in the drive, signing in with your Amazon account and thats pretty much it, from the sounds of it. Drag and drop files over, and youll be able to access them from the web or Amazons Drive app on smartphones and tablets. If youre new to the Drive service, Seagate claims youll get a year of unlimited…
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in an announcement today that the site will take action against hundreds of its “most toxic users,” and will make changes to prevent some posts from its popular pro-Donald Trump subreddit r/the_donald from appearing on one of the site’s main hubs.
Your phone had a long day. Think about all those texts you sent. And all that internet you browsed. What about those Snapchat selfies? You recharged your phone twice today, and you expect it to be a dutiful servant to you? All your phone wants is a nap. If only it had a place to sleep that wasnt the floor, your bedside table, or pillow (where most humans like me keep their phone at night).
The Phone Bed, as first pointed out by congressional reporter Joe Perticone, is a $100 bed for your phones. Its sold through Thrive Global, Arianna Huffingtons website dedicated to well-being. Note: Phone Bed is not a charging station. No, Phone Bed is a place for your phones and tablets to sleep. Obviously.
Pokémania is in full effect: Nintendo says that the recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon are the fastest-selling games in the companys history in both Europe and the Americas.
According to Nintendo, the 3DS games sold a combined 3.7 million units in the Americas since they launched on November 18th. That marks an 85 percent increase compared to Pokémon X and Y Nintendos previous fastest-selling games over the same span in 2013. Sun and Moon sold 1.5 million units in Europe during their first week of release, including 368,000 in the UK alone, making them the fastest-selling titles in that region as well. In Japan, meanwhile, the games reportedly sold 1.9 million units, slightly less than X and Y. The series as a whole has sold…
Reddit will start issuing warnings, timeouts, and permanent bans to its most abusive trolls, but will also limit the content manipulation capabilities of its own CEO after he apologized today for ethical violations that shook the trust of the online community.
Last week, Reddit CEO Stuff Huffman, who goes by the handle Spez, secretly edited users’ comments in the pro-Trump subreddit… Read More
Amazon’s popular Snowball storage container got a major update today at the company’s re:invent conference. Though largely overshadowed by the new batshit crazy AWS Snowmobile, the aforementioned Snowball will be getting a storage increase to 100 terabytes in addition to computing functionality. Users of the new Snowball Edge will be able to perform basic analysis on their data… Read More
At a meeting with shareholders Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked numerous times what the company is doing about Windows Phones, and why do they keep hearing that Microsoft is abandoning smartphone manufacturer business. The stakeholders also asked why the company is seemingly focusing more on Android and iOS rival platforms instead of its own. From a report on GeekWire: Microsoft shareholder Dana Vance, owner of a Windows Phone and a Microsoft Band, said he received an email about the Microsoft Pix app but was surprised to learn that it was available for iPhone and Android but not Windows Phone. Ditto for Microsoft Outlook. He also alluded to reports that Microsoft has put the Band on the back burner. Given this, he asked Nadella to explain the company’s vision for its consumer devices. As part of his response, Nadella said Microsoft’s Windows camera and mail apps will include the same features as in Microsoft’s apps for other platforms. “When we control things silicon-up, that’s how we will integrate those experiences,” Nadella said. The company will “build devices that are unique and differentiated with our software capability on top of it — whether it’s Surface or Surface Studio or HoloLens or the phone — and also make our software applications available on Android and iOS and other platforms. That’s what I think is needed in order for Microsoft to help you as a user get the most out of our innovation.” Another shareholder, who says he uses his Windows Phone “18 hours a day,” said he has heard Microsoft is “stepping away from mobile.” He asked, “Can you calm me down … and tell me what your vision is for mobile?” Nadella answered, “We think about mobility broadly. In other words, we think about the mobility of the human being across all of the devices, not just the mobility of a single device. That said, we’re not stepping away or back from our focus on our mobile devices,” Nadella said. “What we are going to do is focus that effort on places where we have differentiation. If you take Windows Phone, where we are differentiated on Windows Phone is on manageability. It’s security, it’s Continuum capability — that is, the ability to have a phone that can act like a PC. So we’re going to double-down on those points of differentiation.”
Famed iPhone and PlayStation cracker George Hotz is resurrecting the DIY autonomous car project he canceled in October. But this time, theres a twist: instead of selling a physical product, Hotzs Comma.ai is releasing the companys self-driving software, as well as the plans for the necessary hardware, which Hotz calls Comma Neo. All of this code will be available for free in fact, it is already on Github.
Hotz framed the self-driving software, called Open Pilot, as an open source alternative to [Teslas] Autopilot during a press event that was held in a San Francisco house that serves as Comma.ais headquarters. He claimed that the Open Pilot and Comma Neo combination provides almost all the same functionality as Autopilot 7,…
USB-C is here to stay, so it may be time to start investing in some compatible external drives. And the EX1, the first external drive from SSD manufacturer Plextor, looks like it’ll fit the bill nicely.
SSDs in general are faster and more reliable than disc-based drives, with Plextor claiming read / write speeds of 550 MBps for the EX1. Additionally, the use of an SSD allows the EX1 to be much smaller than most disc drives, which is nice. Plus, it uses USB-C, which means that in theory you can connect it to an Android phone in addition to the usual support for Apple and Windows computers.
The EX1 comes in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacity options, and offers a choice between a gold or silver anodized aluminum…
In a briefing with press today, Motorola Mobility chairman and president Aymar de Lencquesaing said that the company will likely develop a Tango augmented reality mod for the Moto Z line of smartphones. De Lencquesaing did not say when the mod would be released or how much it would cost. Other Moto Mods already released range in price from $99 to $299.
Lenovo itself recently released the Phab 2 Pro, the first consumer Tango phone, but its a 6.4-inch, near-tablet sized device. A mod for the 5.5-inch Moto Z would provide a much more practical phone to use and allow users to add or remove the Tango functionality as they desired.
In addition, Lenovo and Moto will be combining many of their global branding efforts under the Moto banner,…
Robotic arms seem like they belong in Sci-Fi movies, car factories and the dreams of DIY nerds. Dobot wants to change that, with a shiny new Kickstarter campaign bringing entry-level robotics to the desktop. The robot is extendable and can be equipped to deal with any number of tasks, including cutting, moving, printing, picking-upping, soldering and a ton of other -ings. Dobot M1 costs $1,399. Read More
Amazon today announced the launch of Greengrass, a new service that will be built into IoT devices to bring them better and smarter compute capabilities. As AWS CEO Andy Jassy noted in today’s keynote at Amazon’s re:Invent developer conference, Amazon expects that the majority of on-premises hardware will soon be IoT devices as enterprises move their servers into the cloud.… Read More
In a curious study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles showed that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — altering brain activity by zapping specific regions with magnetic pulses — can apparently increase people’s libido, at least briefly. Neuroscientist Nicole Prause and her colleagues targeted the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (at the left temple), a region involved in reward-seeking. New Scientist explains the curious protocol used by the researchers:
…A vibrator was either connected to a sheath that the penis goes in or a small hood that fits over the clitoris. Electrodes on each participants head measured the strength of their brains alpha waves, which are weaker when people are more sexually aroused.
During the experiment, 20 people were given TMS for about two minutes, designed to either excite or inhibit the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Next, each volunteer was taken to a room where the EEG electrodes were placed on their head. They were then left to attach the vibrator themselves.
Finally, each participant carried out a task that involved pressing a button as fast as possible when shapes appeared on a screen. Depending on how quick they were, they were given a genital buzz lasting between half a second and five seconds but only after a pause.
Their brainwaves were recorded during this waiting period. They know theyre about to be sexually stimulated, but it hasnt actually happened yet, says Prause. It is the closest analogue for measuring desire in the lab, she adds.
As predicted, after excitatory TMS, participants alpha waves were weaker suggesting they were more sexually aroused than after inhibitory TMS. The team couldnt measure any changes to peoples sex lives, as the effects of a single session of TMS are short-lived.
This morning, United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno unveiled a new website that allows satellite makers to figure out what it will really cost to launch a vehicle on one of ULAs rockets. Its like going to Ford or Chevy and building your car, Bruno said, except in the end you wind up with a more than $100 million rocket that can take cargo to space. And just like checking out on Amazon, the website allows you to save your rocket and submit it to ULA to start the process of finalizing a launch contract.
The site, called RocketBuilder.com, looks to be ULAs attempt to further infiltrate the commercial satellite market, after launching mostly government satellites and NASA missions for the past decade. Bruno says the site is meant to…
The biggest problem with most smartwatches has been finding a way to deal with the “watch” portion of the design. When it comes down to it, it’s difficult for even the nicest-looking smartwatch to compete with the classic style and look of an analog watch.
Grayton, a mechanical watchmaker, is trying to take a different approach. Its latest watch is an Indiegogo project called the Origin, that aims to take a mechanical self-winding timepiece and embed smart features directly into the strap.
The Origins band connects to an Android or iOS device via a Grayton app and can track fitness activity, control music using a button concealed in the band, and vibrate to signal notifications. The band charges through a concealed USB port hidden at…
Should Uber be able to track you even when youre not using its app? Uber seems to think so, but some customers are worried that the ride-sharing giant is yet again overstepping its bounds.
Last month, Uber launched a major update to its app, streamlining many of its features in the interest of making it easier to use than ever. As part of the refresh, the company is now asking customers for their permission to collect location data even when they are not using the app. This includes tracking riders five minutes after their trip ends, and even when the app is in the background of a customers smartphone.
Uber says it needs to be able to track its customers even when theyre not using the app in the interest of being the…
Google today announced the launch of App Maker, the newest entry in the low-code, drag-and-drop app building market. Like its competitors from Microsoft and numerous startups, App Maker promises to make it easy for anybody to quickly develop basic apps that serve a very specific purpose inside an organization. The new service features a cloud-based drag-and-drop development environment that… Read More