Google announced this week that its partnering with mobile carriers by providing new software platforms to help them build out their cellular networks. Its a move that makes a lot of sense: after all, Google builds a lot of internet products, so it probably knows a thing or two about building a good network.
India’s Bharti Airtel and South Korea’s SK Telecom are the first two carriers to sign up to use Googles new network platform. Google claims that its platform will allow carriers to more easily roll out new features, reduce costs, and adapt to new services and traffic patterns, all of which sound like good things for a cellular provider.
Its unclear whether Google is charging for the service or not, but the company has its own…
The Switch is days away from launch, and in preparation Nintendo announced a massive list of indie titles that will be coming to the console at some point in 2017. While many of the titles announced wont be out until later on in the year, the huge amount of indie support is still a sign that Nintendo is taking indie developers seriously on the Switch. Additionally, despite the fact that many of these titles are ports from other consoles, hopefully Nintendo will be able to keep this momentum going with future indie games going forward.
Some of the biggest highlights coming to the new console include Stardew Valley (sometime this summer, with the Switch debuting a new multiplayer feature), Overcooked: Special Edition (later…
I keep hoping weve reached peak vulnerable gadgets, only to hear about another unsecured device. Toys in particular continue being exposed as privacy and security nightmares that anyone with a slight desire to investigate can uncover. This week in toy privacy nightmares, a company called Spiral Toys was found to have exposed 800,000 user account credentials online, as well as 2 million voice message recordings.
The companys CloudPets line, which includes internet-connected teddy bears, stored user credentials in a database that wasnt secured by a password or behind a firewall. Security researchers discovered the MongoDB through Shodan, a search engine for finding vulnerable websites and servers. Their work was independently verified…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters later this year, and part of the oncoming wave of toys and tie-ins that Disney will be launching is this truly spectacular Star-Lord replica helmet. For $100, youll get a light-up version of the glowing helm from the film complete with sound effects. Oh, and its also a fullyfunctional Bluetooth headset. So you can not only look like Star-Lord, but rock out in true Peter Quill style.
Do they sound good? Probably not. At the end of the day, its still a plastic toy helmet. But like the $100,00 diamond headphones, the Star-Lord helmet isnt about specs. Its about style. Throw in a fancy leather duster and some boots, and youre basically Chris Pratt.
Google says its shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014. The company celebrated the number in a blog post today, along with a couple more statistics: people have made 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps on Google Play, and 30 Cardboard titles have over a million downloads apiece. The shipment numbers also presumably dont include mobile VR viewers that arent official Cardboard headsets, but could still be used with Cardboard apps.
Its hard to say how much this tells us about demand for Cardboard headsets, since many were given out for free as promotional tools. The New York Times, for example, mailed over a million of them to print subscribers in 2015, then another round in…
If you tried to apply to Disrupt NY’s Startup Battlefield today, you might have noticed you hit a wall. We’re having some technical difficulties right now with the website, and have decided to extend the deadline to Thursday, March 2, at 12pm PT. We’ll be sure to spread the word when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience. Startup Battlefield is the… Read More
Google has quietly launched a new video conferencing application called Meet by Google Hangouts, which is designed for HD video meetings. The web and mobile application appears to be the latest addition to Google’s lineup of business products known as G Suite, though the product page on the G Suite website listed in the app’s description page on the App Store is not yet live.… Read More
Here’s a brief audio update on the immediate future of HOME: Stories From L.A. The TL;DR version is, I’m slowing down the production schedule to make the project more sustainable over the long term. Give a listen for a little more background on the hows and whys of it all. The show returns this spring for Season 5, and in the meantime, the archive is a great way to load up your podcatcher. (Oh, also: I’m looking for a social media/publicity ninja; if that’s you, drop me a line.)
Mondo Tees has announced a line of Aliens xenomorph tiki mugs, (“in space, no one can hear you drink”), available for pre-order now with ship dates this summer (some glazes only available at Alamo Drafthouses). (more…)
In the last post, we talked about regex, and see how to use them in sed and awk for text processing. Additionally, we discussed Linux sed commands and awk commands. During the series, we’ve written small shell scripts, but we didnt mix things up. I think we should take a small step and write a shell script that can be somewhat useful.
The main reason for learning to write a shell script is to be able to create your own Linux utilities. Understanding how to write useful and practical scripts is important. Sometimes, however, it helps to do something fun to learn a concept or skill. The scripts in this post can be lots of fun! And they help empower the concepts behind the script.
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue its Skype WiFi service as of March 31. The global retirement of the service is to allow the company to focus on “core Skype features.” Skype WiFi allows for paid Internet access through hotspots around the world, and is something that proved quite popular with travelers looking to minimize data roaming charges. After the cut-off date, Skype WiFi will no longer be available, and the various mobile apps will no longer act as a hotspot finder.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After a year of rumors, YouTube is finally drawing back the curtain on its latest play for entertainment industry domination — a live TV service. Distinct from YouTube Red, the new service YouTube TV, which has been in the works for years at Google’s internet video behemoth, has quietly been inking contracts with media companies to distribute their content on its TV service. The service is fairly low-cost, with a family of six accounts available for $35 per month, and no long-term contract required. Earlier reports from the Wall Street Journal set pricing for the service somewhere between $25 and $40 per month. However, it will only launch in markets where it can offer full, live local broadcast feeds. That’s planned for the months ahead, but YouTube didn’t offer an exact date. “We decided to create an offering that would give them all of these can’t miss live moments,” said YouTube exec Robert Kinsel of YouTube TV’s offering. He explained that YouTube has partnered with all of the broadcast networks, in order to offer “comprehensive national coverage with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox all included.” In addition, the service is getting USA, FX, FreeForm, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business. ShowTime is available for an additional fee. Missing, however, is HBO. For sports fans, the service includes national coverage from ESPN, FoxSports, and NBC SportsNet. Also offered are regional sports networks from Fox and Comcast, SEC Network, Big Ten and ESPNU. Fox Soccer Plus is available as an add-on. In addition, YouTube TV includes YouTube Red’s 28 original series. Some other features of the service include a DVR that will never run out of space and that’s cable of simultaneous recordings, a visual TV guide, search feature, and voice support integration via Google Home.
With Node’s release strategy, odd-numbered releases like the 7.x line are short-lived but feature cutting-edge capabilities still in an experimental phase; even-numbered lines represent Long Term Support lines for enterprises to adopt.
A proposal floated this week on an OpenJDK mailing list calls for porting the JDK (Java Development Kit), including the Java Runtime Environment, Java compiler and APIs, to both the distribution and the musl C standard library, which is supported by Alpine Linux. The key focus here is musl; Java has previously been ported to the standard glibc library, which you can install in Alpine, but the standard Alpine release switched two years ago to musl because its much faster and more compact
In the world of computers, the central processing unit (CPU) is–well–central. Your first computer course probably explained it like the brain of the computer. However, sometimes you can overload that brain and CPU designers are always trying to improve both speed and throughput using a variety of techniques. One of those methods is DMA or direct memory access.
As the name implies, DMA is the ability for an I/O device to transfer data directly to or from memory. In some cases, it might actually transfer data to another device, but not all DMA systems support that. Sounds simple, …read more
The Super Bowl has ended, the Oscars are done, and now its time for the seasons next big event: the 2017 Amazon S3 web server outage. Dont want to miss out on the internets biggest event? Dont worry, weve put together a list of the best places to watch so you can make sure that youre not missing any of the action.
When is the Amazon S3 outage?
Right now! Amazons web servers power a whole bunch of sites, including images here at The Verge, so chances are if youre on the web, theres stuff affecting you as you read this. Isnt technology amazing?
PORTAL is designed for homes with lots of devices and many neighbors. WiFi devices all share the same airwaves, and just like an old highway with not enough lanes, your internet slows to a crawl whenever there are too many people and devices crowding the same channels. Mesh 2.0 patented technology and 9 dedicated antennas act like a shield to keep your WiFi maxed out at the speed you pay for. The result is consistently fast reliable internet, lag-free gaming and smooth ultraHD video streaming everywhere in your home.