'Star Citizen' team will share its schedule with the public
Nov20

'Star Citizen' team will share its schedule with the public

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Of all the complaints about Star Citizen‘s development, transparency is one of the biggest. Outside of basic goals, it’s hard to know how well the epic-scale space game is coming along at any given moment — there are concerns that Cloud Imperium Games is frittering away all that crowdfunding money. The company wants to put some of those fears to rest, though. As of Star Citizen‘s 2.6 alpha, the studio will share its internal development schedule with the public on a weekly basis. Cloud Imperium will clean up the details to make them more accessible, but you’ll know whether or not there’s a change or setback. You’ll see this publication continue if it’s “well received,” company founder Chris Roberts says. Significantly, Cloud Imperium hasn’t offered a schedule for the single-player Squadron 42. There’s no mention of why, but Polygon notes that the title was originally supposed to arrive in fall 2015 and was a no-show at an event a year later. Star Citizen is the game that remains relatively on track — you’re more likely to benefit from weekly updates on its progress than something that’s on the backburner. That won’t be much consolation if you wanted more info on both projects, but at least one of them won’t seem like as much of a black box. Via: Polygon Source: Roberts Space Industries Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Ben Heck's reverse-engineered Game Boy Printer
Nov20

Ben Heck's reverse-engineered Game Boy Printer

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s a bit late for Ben to break the warranty on this particular piece of hardware: The Game Boy Printer was released ages ago, which means it’s ripe for being reverse-engineered! First we need to know what we’re dealing with, so Ben performs a teardown to reveal the microcontroller and RAM, at which point he determines what pin-outs are needed to connect to an Arduino. That’s not all, though — we also need to know how to talk to the printer, and the easiest way to do that is with an oscilloscope and an original Game Boy Camera to snoop on the data stream. Not everything is so straightforward, however: Ben hits a snag and the printer stops partway through printing. What could he be missing? What other hardware should Ben reverse-engineer? And what have you reverse-engineered? Let us know over on the element14 Community. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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After Math: Are you kidding me?
Nov20

After Math: Are you kidding me?

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It’s been a brutal week for American democracy but there’s still plenty of face-palmingly bad news from the tech sector to go around. Apple’s trying to bilk its customers out of $300 for a coffee table book, Stephen Hawking figures we’ve got less than a millennium before we completely destroy the Earth and neo-nazis are building an army of “fake black people” with which to harass Twitter users. On the plus side, you’ll be able to take some free online courses from Oxford next year — at least until the Trump brand internment camps open. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Mini unveils its first hybrid vehicle
Nov16

Mini unveils its first hybrid vehicle

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Tiny-carmaker Mini unveiled it’s hybrid all-wheel-drive Countryman E at the LA Auto Show today. What’s intriguing is that while it’s an AWD vehicle, the front wheels are powered by the gas engine while the rear are connected to an electric motor. Those two powertrains pump out a combined 221 horsepower. The 1.5 turbo-charged internal combustion engine that puts out 134 horsepower while the rear motor outputs 87. Like most hybrids, the vehicle offers multiple driving modes based on range and motoring style. Like its gas-powered sibling introduced last night, the new Countryman E is eight inches longer and one inch wider than the current vehicle. That translates to more cargo space for what Mini insists will be “awesome beach barbeques.” The new Countryman E’s electric system is based on the platform used by parent company BMW’s all electric i3 and i8 vehicles. That pedigree will extend to an all-electric Mini that Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the BMW board of management said the automaker would launch in urban areas in 2019. According to Schwarzenbauer the Countryman model accounts for 25 percent of all Minis sold so it’s not that big of a surprise that the automaker choose it to be its first hybrid. Unfortunately, there’s no word on the range of driving in pure electric mode, what Mini expects the MPGe to be, when it’ll be launched or pricing. Developing. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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LeEco's first phone for the US nails the basics but fails on software
Nov16

LeEco's first phone for the US nails the basics but fails on software

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. LeEco is a name you’ve probably never heard of, but the Chinese electronics company has been popping up everywhere over the past year. It’s well-known in China for its TVs and phones, and also has subsidiaries in the music, film and even bicycle-making businesses. Like many other Chinese phone makers before it, LeEco is eyeing the US market, with its first offering being the Le Pro3. This $400 Android phone covers the basics, delivering excellent hardware, respectable performance and all-day battery life, though it misses the mark with its heavily skinned software. Hardware For a phone that costs just $400, the Le Pro3 is seriously well-constructed. Everyone I’ve shown the device to has been instantly impressed by how premium it feels. It’s just dense enough to feel expensive, but not so much that it’s heavy. Still, LeEco won’t score points for creativity here. This phone’s rectangular silhouette and slightly curved rear is reminiscent of other Android phones like the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and Huawei Mate 9. Its brushed metal back has a glossy coating, and is home to both a fingerprint sensor and a slightly protruding camera. My review unit is silver, though an equally attractive gold version is also available. There aren’t any physical buttons on the Pro3’s front (the volume rocker and power button are on the right edge); instead, capacitive navigation keys sit below the screen. These light up when touched, but otherwise disappear into the background, making them hard for new users to find. Over time, though, I remembered where they were and found myself poking at them instinctively, without having to look. LeEco made some odd choices with the Pro3’s design that have proved unpopular on other phones. It has left out a headphone jack and a microSD card slot for expandable storage, so you’re stuck with the 64GB of onboard space (and 5TB of cloud storage through LeCloud, which is nice). For audio, you’ll have to use the USB-C port at the bottom of the phone, and plug in either the USB-C headphones or USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter that are included. What was LeEco thinking? Surely it can’t believe it has as much cachet as say Apple, which itself has caught flack for doing away with such a common port. Oh, and if you were thinking that the reason for removing this jack was to enable water resistance, you’d be mistaken — the Pro3 will not survive dips. According to LeEco, removing the headphone jack is feasible now because USB-C tech, together with a customized chip on its earphones, have improved audio quality...

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Brain-altering Halo Sport headphones are available to everyone
Nov16

Brain-altering Halo Sport headphones are available to everyone

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Until now, Halo Neuroscience’s signature brain-bending headphones were only available to very specific groups: college-level athletes, pro athletes and the military. They helped build up hype for the eventual public release. That all changes today, however: you can buy your own set of Halo Sport headphones for $699. As before, that high price stems from the Sports’ “neuropriming.” The over-ears send electrical currents to your brain that, at least in theory, make it extra-receptive to training. You won’t be inherently faster or stronger, but you might hit your goals sooner than you would otherwise. How well do they work, though? It’s hard to quantify, since there are other factors that go into an athlete’s success beyond their receptiveness to training: the quality of that training, the athlete’s other traits and, of course, the competition. Oakland Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie is having a good year so far after wearing the Halo Sport, but the Olympians who used them? Their results are… mixed. Natasha Hastings helped win gold in the Rio Olympics’ 400m women’s relay. Mike Rodgers’ sprint relay team was disqualified in its final race, though, and Michael Tinsley was knocked out in the first round of the 400m hurdles. This doesn’t mean that the brain-altering technology is ineffective. However, it does suggest that you should temper your expectations. No matter how well the Halo Sport works, you aren’t guaranteed fame and glory — you may perform better than you would otherwise, but you probably won’t win championships or smash records unless you’re already talented. Via: CNET Source: Halo Neuroscience Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook is gearing up to serve ads on Apple TV and Roku
Nov05

Facebook is gearing up to serve ads on Apple TV and Roku

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Facebook is preparing to make (more) money by selling ads that will be shown on TV — connected TV, that is. According to Recode, the social network will start showing video ads on apps that run on set-top boxes, including Apple TV and Roku. The company hasn’t figured out the best format and length yet, but it will begin running tests as soon as next week. A spokesperson told Recode that these tests will help the team determine the best way to “deliver (over the top) video ads through Audience Network,” which is Menlo Park’s ads platform. Facebook aims to serve the most targeted ads possible by taking note of both IP addresses and the FB account that’s currently logged into the set-top box. Clearly, the company hopes to have an up-and-running prominent ads platform as video-on-demand and streaming services become more common. Even if you’re chosen to be one of the testers, though, you won’t be seeing those targeted ads just yet. It will test the waters by promoting its own services, such as Facebook Live, and its non-profit partners. Source: Recode Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Software update will annoy Galaxy Note 7 owners into a return
Nov04

Software update will annoy Galaxy Note 7 owners into a return

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. While Samsung continues its quest to retrieve every Galaxy Note 7, a software update that reduces how much the phone’s battery can be charged is finally rolling out in the US. Even though it’s still apparently unclear exactly what caused so many of the phones to overheat, smoke and/or start fires, the idea is that this will increase participation in the recall. Another “feature” of the update is a system of pop-up notifications about the recall anytime an owner reboots, charges or turns on the screen of the device The update itself first appeared in Korea back in September, while in the US T-Mobile is the first carrier we’ve seen listing its availability. Samsung says that so far, “nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices have been replaced through the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program.” Most owners have apparently opted for a replacement Samsung device, which, thanks to a few other software tweaks, may work a little more like the phone they’re leaving behind. Anyone who still has a Galaxy Note 7 is asked to return it by contacting Samsung or their carrier for a replacement device. Source: Samsung Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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SpaceX engineers have solved their exploding rocket mystery
Nov04

SpaceX engineers have solved their exploding rocket mystery

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Investigators looking into September’s Falcon 9 explosion believe they have finally found their culprit, CEO Elon Musk said during an appearance on CNBC today. According to Musk, the explosion that destroyed the rocket and its payload was caused by a “really surprising problem that’s never been encountered before in the history of rocketry.” Last week, the company said it suspected the problem had something to do with one of three carbon fiber helium tanks that sit inside the main fuel tank. As the New York Times reports, the liquid oxygen fuel froze solid as it was flowing into the rocket’s second stage, which set off the chain of explosions. Although Musk didn’t share any details about how the frozen oxygen may have affected the helium tanks, he did offer a vague explanation and confirmed that his engineers had been able to replicate a ruptured helium tank. “It basically involves a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites and solid oxygen,” Musk said. “Oxygen so cold that it actually enters solid phase.” The New York Times also points out that oxygen freezes at –362 degrees Fahrenheit and the latest Falcon 9 rockets use supercooled liquid oxygen that is usually around –340 degrees. The helium inside the carbon fiber tanks is even colder at –452 degrees and may have caused the liquid fuel to freeze. While NASA has already handed off the ISS supply run to SpaceX competitor Orbital ATK, Musk and company believe they will be ready to put another Falcon 9 on the launchpad by the middle of December. Source: CNBC, New York Times Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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EE updates its £130 Robin tablet for kids ahead of Christmas
Nov02

EE updates its £130 Robin tablet for kids ahead of Christmas

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It was a year ago to this very day that EE began offering the first Robin tablet: a bumper-bound slate designed with kids in mind. And with Christmas fast approaching, the carrier has today launched an updated, second-gen Robin to fill those empty stockings. It brings a few welcome, albeit relatively minor improvements on the hardware front. You’re still looking at a 7-inch (1,024 x 600) display, quad-core 1.1GHz processor and 2-megapixel camera, but both RAM and storage have doubled to 2GB and 16GB, respectively. The new Robin also comes with a different bumper that includes a carry handle/kickstand, and apparently, of the device’s 40 preloaded e-books and apps, some of the games now feature gesture controls, responding to what the front-facing VGA camera sees. The 4G tablet still runs EE’s kid-friendly Kurio OS (based on Android 5.1 Lollipop) and comes with Hopster preinstalled, which offers kids shows, songs and a variety of other educational content. Depending on the contract you choose, you get either a three-month free trial of Hopster, or two years of unlimited access. All the parental controls are still part of the package, and improved it’s said. These include app permissions, internet filters and time limits, with support for multiple profiles. It kinda feels like EE has done the bare minimum here though, plugging some pretty minor improvements to keep the Robin’s price tag at £130 on pay-as-you-go. Amazon’s Fire Kids Edition tablet might be a better option, starting at £95 with a two-year guarantee and free access to plenty of appropriate content. If your sprog requires 4G data and/or you’d rather spread the cost, however, then EE’s Robin can be picked up on 24-month contracts from £16 per month (with a £30 upfront payment). Source: EE Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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SpaceX is ready to resume testing rockets following its accident
Oct30

SpaceX is ready to resume testing rockets following its accident

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. SpaceX hasn’t yet pinpointed the ultimate cause of its Falcon 9 explosion from September, but it’s far enough into the investigation that it’s ready to get back to business. The private spaceflight firm now says its inquiry is in an “advanced state,” and it’s confident enough that it plans to resume stage testing in Texas within the “coming days.” The company still hopes to resume flight by the end of the year. As for the accident? SpaceX has narrowed down the likely cause to one of the composite overwrapped pressure vessels inside the liquid oxygen tank. Investigators can consistently reproduce a problem solely through the pressure and temperature conditions experienced while loading helium. Appropriately, SpaceX is improving its helium loading conditions so that it can “reliably” service Falcon 9 rockets going forward. The updates are good news for SpaceX in more ways than one. It’s in a scramble to regain trust from partners worried that they’ll lose payloads in the future — they need to know that explosions like this are unlikely to happen again for a long, long while. SpaceX also needs to show that its long-term plans for manned flights and Mars colonization won’t face similar setbacks. Via: Ars Technica Source: SpaceX Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Ben Heck's multi-system retro controller
Oct30

Ben Heck's multi-system retro controller

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Using a build idea from the element14 Community, Ben takes an ESP8266 module and creates the ultimate all-in-one retro gaming controller for the Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive / Genesis and Nintendo Entertainment System. To get the digital signals from the buttons across the wireless transmission to the receiver, Ben will have to use shift registers such as the 74HC595 to combine the bits into a data stream. It’s not all straightforward, though: Felix steps in to help with LUA scripting and the team hits a snag with the programming. Fortunately, designing the enclosure is a lot simpler thanks to Autodesk Fusion 360. After a lot of testing, soldering and taking apart a Sega controller, the team creates a controller of wonder. Which consoles would you control? Would you design it any differently? Suggest a build on the element14 Community. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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After Math: Well that's terrifying
Oct30

After Math: Well that's terrifying

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Halloween is tomorrow so here are some stories to scare the pants off you. Google’s AI can now encrypt its thoughts from its human handlers, Turkey’s descent into a police state is accelerating, Twitter straight up murdered Vine and, horror of horrors, Gilmore Girls is somehow back on television. Numbers, because how else are we going to track the body count? Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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A real-world Hyperloop preview, and more in the week that was
Oct30

A real-world Hyperloop preview, and more in the week that was

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Hyperloop cometh: Danish architecture firm BIG just gave the world a sneak peek at a 93-mile track designed to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the University of Waterloo is set to test the world’s first levitating pneumatic system next week. Tesla is having a great month as it turned a profit for the first time in two years and unveiled its next-generation Powerwall 2.0 system. Meanwhile, Henrik Fisker gave the world a first look at his upcoming ‘Tesla-killer” supercar, which is set to launch next year. And Otto delivered the world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck: 51,744 cans of Budweiser beer. 2016 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, but fortunately clean energy is on the rise. According to a new report, the world’s total capacity for generating renewable electricity is now higher than coal. Sunflare debuted a new type of ultra-thin solar “wallpaper” that sticks to just about anything, while Singapore is getting ready to launch a massive floating photovoltaic array. Iceland is sourcing clean energy from another source: the center of the Earth. The nation is drilling the world’s “hottest hole” to harvest geothermal energy from liquid magma. Could seaweed-eating supercows save the world? A team of Australian scientists found that adding dried seaweed to cattle feed can cut methane emissions by 70 percent. Meanwhile, a futuristic new farm in Indianapolis is able to grow veggies with 100% renewable energy and 90% less water. In other design and technology news, researchers developed a wave-powered desalination buoy that cuts the price of clean water production in half, and the TetraPOT uses mangrove trees to protect seashores from storms and rising tides. Air Shepherd is using drones to hunt poachers poisoning wildlife with cyanide, and a new 3D-printed heart on a chip could end animal testing for good. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the ASUS ZenBook 3
Oct30

The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the ASUS ZenBook 3

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. ASUS’s latest ultraportable the ZenBook 3 is often compared to Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. And can you blame people? The laptop is even thinner and lighter than Apple’s two-pound wonder, but just as fast and with longer battery life. And it comes with a mini dock in the box, adding precisely the sort of ports you’d be missing on the MacBook (and would only have access to if you paid extra for an adapter). On paper, then, it’s precisely the computer Windows-using travelers have been looking for. Depending on your needs, that may still be the case, but in practice we found the ZenBook 3 isn’t everything we hoped it would be. In particular, we found the keyboard and trackpad uncomfortable to use, and we had some concerns about the build quality too. It’s possible you’ll disagree with us there, but you owe it to yourself to get some hands-on time with the machine at a local store before buying, if at all possible. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Dishonored 2's' live-action trailer is all about glorious revenge
Oct24

'Dishonored 2's' live-action trailer is all about glorious revenge

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Just as we saw with Fallout 4 last year, Bethesda is hoping to amp you up for Dishonored 2 by making it seem more real with a live-action trailer. The two-minute piece is narrated by Emily, the kidnapped princess you rescued in the first game, who lays out her drive for revenge like Game of Throne’s Arya Stark. They killed her mother; took her kingdom; and framed her friend (Corvo, the bodyguard assassin who returns for another round of fun) for murder. Now she’s back to take what’s hers. In the run-up to Bioshock Infinite, the original Dishonored was something of a surprise. It was an action game that offered plenty of choices, both in terms of how you played it (you were free to be bloodthirsty, stealthy or something in between), and how you handled major choices. Based on what we’ve seen from other videos, it looks like Dishonored 2 is doubling down on that freedom with even more ways to slaughter (or trick) your enemies, including the casual use of time travel. Dishonored 2 hits stores on November 11th. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Android Pay is coming to hundreds of thousands more websites
Oct24

Android Pay is coming to hundreds of thousands more websites

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Android Pay will already let you know where it works in the real world, but soon it will be available at hundreds of thousands more places online. Thanks to new partnerships with Visa and Mastercard, Android Pay users will soon be able to zip through online checkouts at any site that already accepts Visa Checkout or Masterpass. The new deal is a big step for Google’s plan to build a universal payment system and will allow users to pay online with a quick fingerprint scan on their Android device. (Or whichever other authentication method you prefer.) In other words, you’ll be spared the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords when you’re shopping around the web. Users only need to link up their Visa Checkout or Masterpass accounts to their Android Pay account. Unfortunately for stressed-out holiday shoppers, Google says the new integrations won’t show up in the app until “the early part of 2017,” so you’ll have to stick with Android Pay for Chrome until then. Source: Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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AT&T's internet-only DirecTV service launches in November
Oct24

AT&T's internet-only DirecTV service launches in November

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You don’t have to sit on pins and needles wondering when AT&T will launch DirecTV Now, its flagship internet-only streaming service. As part of a discussion of the Time Warner acquisition, AT&T chief Randall Stephenson has revealed that DirecTV Now will be ready in November. It might be a bargain, too — Stephenson vows that it will carry a price “radically lower” than competing offerings. Just what that means isn’t certain (which services and tiers are included in this comparison?), but it’s promising. The news takes on added meaning in light of the Time Warner buyout. AT&T already had HBO and Cinemax lined up for DirecTV Now, but the Time Warner deal would give the streaming service a virtually guaranteed source of popular TV without having to work hard for a license. It could theoretically keep the price low without depriving you of must-watch programming. That’s assuming that regulators approve the deal in the first place, of course — there’s a concern that AT&T could punish rivals by either charging them more for Time Warner channels or denying some channels altogether. Source: CNBC Now (Twitter) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Apple rolls out updates for the Watch and Mac
Oct24

Apple rolls out updates for the Watch and Mac

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Apple launched updates on Monday for the Watch and Mac, mostly focused on squashing some bugs in each of the systems. The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update adds an automatic smart album just for iPhone 7 Plus Depth Effect images, improves the security of Safari, fixes a glitch that caused text to paste incorrectly via Universal Clipboard, and improves the reliability of Auto Unlock with the Apple Watch. The macOS update also improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office with iCloud Desktop and Documents, and fixes an issue with Microsoft Exchange accounts preventing Mail from updating. On the Watch side of things, update 3.1 improves battery life but doesn’t add any new features, according to release notes published on MacRumors. WatchOS 3.0 was a major overhaul and the latest update finesses some of its functions, squashing a bug that stopped the Watch Series 2 from charging fully, fixing another glitch that prevented Force Touch from working with some apps, and addressing one issue that made Activity rings disappear from the watch face. Also, the timer shouldn’t notify users twice once it’s finished anymore, Messages effects will work with Reduce Motion enabled and Watch wearers have the option to replay bubble and full-screen effects in Messages. The Watch update is available across Series 2, Series 1 and first-generation models. Source: MacRumors Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Pokémon Go' offering spooky bonuses for Halloween
Oct24

'Pokémon Go' offering spooky bonuses for Halloween

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.If there’s one thing our (fictional) mom always told us, it’s that we shouldn’t go out walking at night with our smartphone on show. The folks at Niantic Labs feel differently, and think that poorly lit Fall nights around Halloween are the perfect time for everyone to catch some pocket monsters. The company is launching a “global in-game event” to encourage Pokémon Go players to go out and catch some spooky ‘mons. From October 26th to November 1st, “spooky” Pokémon like Gastly, Gengar and Golbat will appear much more frequently. In addition, every monster you catch will net you double the number of candies — six, rather than the standard three. The game’s buddy system is also getting a Halloween tweak, with your buddy handing you four candies instead of one every time you walk a pre-set distance. Oh, and Professor Willow will give you two candies for every monster you give up. Best grab a scarf, it’s gonna be cold out there. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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SolarCity will give Airbnb users a rebate on solar panels
Oct18

SolarCity will give Airbnb users a rebate on solar panels

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. AirBnB has had a tough time touting its happy userbase while it doggedly fights citywide bans and its own racist hosts. One of their promotional tacks has been the environmental benefits of choosing home rentals, as the company did two years ago when a study they funded found that using private residences to host guests was greener than traditional hotels. Today, they’re announcing a different climate-conscious deal with clean energy company SolarCity: AirBnB guests and hosts get a $1000 rebate if they load up their homes with solar panels. That rate drops to $750 back come April 2017 and expires completely by the end of next year, though users must apply for the deal through their site here. Existing SolarCity customers who become AirBnB hosts get a $100 coupon for the service, which is enough to snag at least a single night out in most cities. The deal is an odd startup partnership on its own, but especially so after Tesla and SolarCity announced their $2.6 billion merger at the beginning of August. But all details on what solar cell setups qualify for the $1000 rebate are hidden behind the energy company’s application page. In other words, no idea whether AirBnB customers will be able to get their own Elon Musk-certified roof made of solar panels. Source: SolarCity press room Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol
Oct18

Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Science has a long and storied history of looking for one thing but finding something better instead. Penicillin, radioactivity, science boxes…I mean microwave ovens — all of these discoveries came in the the search for something else. On Monday, researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee announced that they too had unintentionally discovered something incredible: a means of transforming carbon dioxide directly into ethanol using a single catalyst. The team was already looking for a way to convert C02 into ethanol but were convinced that doing so would require multiple steps and catalysts. Turns out they were wrong. The system is surprisingly simple. The team created a tiny array of nanoscale copper and carbon spikes mounted on a silicon surface. A nanodroplet of nitrogen sits on the tip of each point. When exposed to carbon dioxide and a small electrical charge, this catalyst sets off an complex chain reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process and converts the gas into liquid ethanol. What’s more, because the catalyst is so small, there is virtually no side reactions so the ethanol is quite pure. I mean, you wouldn’t want to make a martini with it but it can go straight into a generator and work. Plus, the entire reaction works at room temperature. close up of the carbon nanospikes – Image: ORNL Were this technology ramped up for commercial or municipal use, it could provide a viable alternative for utility-scale batteries, like the one’s Tesla sells. That is, in times of excess energy production from renewable resources, rather than store that electricity in a giant battery, we could instead convert it to ethanol and use that to power generators when renewable sources aren’t producing. Plus it would be carbon neutral since the carbon dioxide generated from burning the ethanol would be reclaimed by the catalytic process. There’s no word, however, on when this accidental invention will make it out of the lab. Via: Popular Mechanics Source: Oak Ridge National Lab Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Twitter's troll problem likely killed Disney's bid
Oct18

Twitter's troll problem likely killed Disney's bid

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.The last few months have seen many reports about massive companies like Disney, Verizon, Google and Microsoft purchasing Twitter, which continues to struggle with questions about its value and utility. Disney ultimately pulled out, and a new report from Bloomberg claims its because of the company’s toxic image. That toxicity stems from ongoing concerns about online abuse taking place on Twitter, something the company has been working on but ultimately failed to change in any meaningful way thus far. It sounds like Disney was pretty close to pulling the trigger on this deal, though. The media giant had hired two investment banks to evaluate potential deals and had meeting with Twitter, but ultimately the issues Twitter faces with online abuse as well as the cost put Disney off. Even though Twitter continues to lose money, it’s still valued at about $12 billion. But the shadow of Twitter’s massive abuse problem appears to not have fit with Disney’s family-friendly image. High-profile and “regular” users alike can easily be targeted by swarms of anonymous trolls, and Twitter just hasn’t found the right features or policing methods to reduce that concern. A few months ago, it was reported that the company was working on a tool that lets users block certain keywords; it’s a feature that has been under construction for about a year, but it’s the kind of thing the company should have rolled out a long, long time ago. As long as the company continues dragging its feet on such obvious solutions, trolls will have a big voice on Twitter’s platform — something that’s a problem for both users and potential buyers. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Clinton campaign considered Tim Cook and Bill Gates for VP
Oct18

Clinton campaign considered Tim Cook and Bill Gates for VP

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. One of the nuggets of information to come from the Podesta emails leaked by Wikileaks is a correspondence that lists business and tech leaders as potential running mates for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. If you’re running against a business man, you might as well fight commerce with commerce. CNN reports that on March 17th, Podesta sent an email filled with political figures and business leaders that were considered by top Clinton campaign staffers. In a odd choice of separating those individuals, Podesta organized the names into “food groups.” One of those groups included Apple CEO, Tim Cook, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates. The email also contains GM CEO, Mary Barra and Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz. But in the end, Clinton decided to stick with a politician like herself and picked Tim Kaine killing our dreams of an iPhone in every pocket and an Apple car in every garage. Source: CNN Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Cyanogen ditches its mobile OS in favor of a modular strategy
Oct10

Cyanogen ditches its mobile OS in favor of a modular strategy

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Cyanogen is abandoning its dreams of becoming the third big mobile platform in favor of rolling out a modular approach to smartphone software customization. The Cyanogen Modular OS program empowers device manufacturers to introduce “intelligent, customizable Android smartphones using different parts of the Cyanogen OS via dynamic modules and MODs, with the ROM of their choice, whether stock Android or their own variant,” according to new CEO Lior Tal. Tal replaces co-founder Kirt McMaster as CEO; McMaster will transition to executive chairman of the board, a more outward-facing role. Co-founder and former CTO Steve Kondik is now chief science officer. Cyanogen’s first dance with modularity was the MOD program, which enabled partners to tweak deep, formerly closed levels of the Android ecosystem to create a custom OS. For example, Microsoft added Skype to the Android dialer while enabling Cortana to take voice-activated selfies (Microsoft and Cyanogen partnered heavily on the MOD platform). However, this program required working with the OS’ full stack, a laborious and ultimately limiting feature, Tal says. Now, manufacturers will be able to ship phones that use discrete aspects of the Cyanogen OS. These phones can use the stock Android OS and pull in custom features and apps from the Cyanogen side. “Android has become extremely fragmented, causing serious security vulnerabilities and few or no incentives to device manufacturers to deliver software upgrades and/or security patches,” Tal writes. “Increased demand for lower-priced smartphones, coupled with the specifications arms race, has left manufacturers focused on scale and efficiency while compromising investment in software and services.” Cyanogen has been on shaky ground recently. Executives laid off roughly 20 percent of the Cyanogen workforce, or about 30 people, in July. Rumors at the time suggested the company was moving toward developing apps, though Kondik denied the pivot. Tal says the Cyanogen OS has tens of millions of users, though a report by The Information in August found this figure was exaggerated. Source: Cyanogen Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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'Maguss' wants your help bringing its mobile spellcasting to life
Oct10

'Maguss' wants your help bringing its mobile spellcasting to life

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. If you like the idea of a Harry Potter-like mobile spellcasting game and aren’t that attached to J.K. Rowling’s universe, you can now plunk down some cash to get it. The Maguss team has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring its Pokémon Go-style augmented reality wizardry to life. Pledging at least $19 (normally $25) will get you access to the beta test when it starts on December 10th. However, you’ll likely want to pay more to get the full experience — spending $39 ($49 if you’re not an early bird) gets you a Bluetooth-based physical wand on top of beta access 9 days earlier. You can contribute more if you want to either get into the alpha test (November 10th) or duel your friends. Maguss isn’t guaranteed to launch as planned, but it’s one of the more realistic crowdfunding projects we’ve seen. The game has already been in development for two years — this is just the finishing touch. Its biggest challenge may simply be the potential for pressure from Harry Potter copyright holders. Creator Ondrej Tokar hasn’t received any confirmed legal nastygrams (whether from publishers or Warner Bros.) and has taken steps to distance Maguss from the world of Hogwarts, but there’s no certainty that the lawyers will stay away. Source: Indiegogo Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Assistant is getting a sense of humor from 'The Onion'
Oct10

Google Assistant is getting a sense of humor from 'The Onion'

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. As Google Home gets closer to launch, the AI assistant is not only getting smarter, but also a little more friendly and — hopefully — a whole lot funnier. As the Wall Street Journal‘s Christopher Mims notes in a piece about friendly AI like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, Alphabet’s big play for the space includes hiring up comedy writing alumni of Pixar and The Onion. While none of the major AI assistants on the market today or coming soon are truly “artificial intelligence” (that is: the device itself doesn’t actually understand the conversation) people have a natural tendency to form an emotional connection with the little robot voice in the kitchen speaker. So, subtle improvements like a witty joke or unexpected bit of humor can go a long way to improving the user experience, especially as voice and conversation becomes the interface itself. Although Siri and Alexa already have a few jokes in their repertoire, they tend to be pretty bad and definitely don’t have quite the same punch as the topical humor of “America’s Finest News Source.” Since Amazon and Alphabet’s endgoal is to get Alexa and Google Assistant into any connected device within earshot, then it’s good to know those devices will at least have a sense of humor about listening to us humans 24 hours a day. Via: CNET Source: Wall Street Journal Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The best pressure cooker
Oct10

The best pressure cooker

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.By Lesley Stockton This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here. After 40 hours of research and testing—including cooking 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans, and 12 pounds of brown rice—we think the best pressure cookers for most people are the electric Instant Pot IP-DUO60 (for hands-off cooking) and the stovetop Fagor Duo 8-Quart (if you want more manual control). Of the 12 pots we tried, these two offer the best combination of great performance at a reasonable price. They’ll help you get dinner on the table in less than half the time of cooking in a regular pot. And unlike the finicky, volatile pressure cookers of the past, our picks are totally safe and easy to use. Who should get this A stovetop pressure cooker can double as a regular pot for boiling pasta or heating soup. Photo: Michael Hession Anything that you would braise, stew, or boil, you can make in a pressure cooker—but faster. These pots that use steam under pressure to cook quickly have long been popular in other parts of the world, like Europe and India, because they’re so efficient (they save time and electricity). It’s a great tool if you’re often out of energy at the end of the day but need to put something nutritious on the table for your family. If you live at high altitude (above 3,000 feet), a pressure cooker will help you make meals in a timely fashion. Because the boiling point of water decreases as elevation increases (PDF), boiling a pot of noodles or beans in a regular pot can take longer because you have to cook at lower temperatures. A pressure cooker solves this by increasing the cooking temperature. If you have an old pressure cooker (made before around 1990), you might want to upgrade. Those older cookers are the ones notorious for blowing their lids, but newer models are totally safe. How we tested Brisket browned darker in stovetop cookers, like this one from Kuhn Rikon. Photo: Michael Hession We put all the pressure cookers—stovetop and electric—through the same tests. We cooked unsoaked black beans, brisket, and brown rice. We sautéed onions and aromatics, and seared some beef to test how well the cookers could sauté. After all of our testing, the end result was more or less the same. Any cooker will cook basic dishes, like beans and braised meat, no problem. The difference was how usable they were and how well they seared meat....

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Report confirms IoT botnet took down Krebs' security site
Oct06

Report confirms IoT botnet took down Krebs' security site

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Two weeks ago, security researcher Brian Krebs’ site KrebsOnSecurity got knocked offline by one of the biggest DDOS attacks ever recorded, which peaked at 620 Gbps. What happened? Akamai, which had been protecting the site for free but ultimately had to unload it as the sustained traffic would have cost them millions of dollars, released a postmortem today. In it, they confirm that the attacker mainly used the Mirai malware to ovewhelm Krebs’ site, though there may have been another botnet involved. But the most crucial distinction from a normal DDOS strike: These bots were mostly IoT devices. The majority of the estimated 145,000 devices were security cameras and DVRs used in home or office settings. Many of these were using either default passwords or easily-guessed ones (“1234,” “password,” “admin”). Around half of the traffic came from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, indicating where the compromised devices were located. The volume of traffic was uniquely large, nearly double what Akamai had previously seen in a 363 Gbps attack back in June. Finally, a large portion of the traffic connected directly from the botnet to the target, rather than reflect or amplify traffic as is typical for DDoS strikes. As Softpedia notes, researchers thought this direct flood to be hardly possible as it would require the attacker to directly control a large volume of bots. Krebs’ site was likely targeted after he’d busted a two-person DDOS-for-hire outfit in early September that had been responsible for a “majority” of the denial-of-service cyberattacks in recent years. Days after Akamai reluctantly stopped protecting the site, he finally got KrebsOnSecurity back online after getting help from Alphabet’s Project Shield, a free service that protects journalists from denial-of-service assaults. A DDoS expert noted that an Akamai-level defense would cost Krebs $150,000 annually, far beyond the budgets of most independent writers and newsrooms. While this report confirms much of what was already suspected, it also cements how easily a voice can be silenced, especially since the Mirai malware’s author open-sourced its code for anyone to use. Via: Softpedia Source: Akami blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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This is how your parents will watch esports
Oct06

This is how your parents will watch esports

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Christina Alejandre ended up chatting with UFC President Dana White backstage at the Turner Studios in July, just before the final game of ELEAGUE’s debut Counter-Strike: Global Offensive season. As VP of esports and ELEAGUE at Turner Sports, Alejandre was pivotal in producing that first season, and she told White how excited she was for the final game, which would be broadcast live on TBS. It was more than excitement, she explained; something more powerful was pulsing through her veins. White knew exactly what she was trying to describe. “There are very few people in this world who can identify exactly what you’re saying,” Alejandre remembers White saying. “What you’re feeling is the first time that I saw UFC on Fox.” UFC has been a household name for years now, and esports are on a similar path. Alejandre is one of the most influential esports shepherds in the business, as she’s working to make professional gaming as visible on television as traditional sports. She works for Turner Sports, where she helped establish ELEAGUE, the first US esports league to stream directly to television in a regular, predictable schedule, just like football, baseball or, of course, UFC matches. The Turner Sports crew sets up the Overwatch Open (Image credit: Engadget) ELEAGUE started in 2016 as a competitive CS:GO league, airing games on TBS every Friday night for three months straight over the summer. The final game took place on July 30th, handing out more than $500,000 to the top teams. Already TBS has started preparing for season two, which kicks off Oct. 21st, and for the ELEAGUE Major, a prestigious tournament sponsored by CS:GO developer Valve. This will be the 10th Major tournament ever held, and Turner Sports was selected to host after completing just one three-month CS:GO season. That’s a huge accomplishment for Alejandre. “It’s almost unprecedented that they would have chosen us, because they choose a lot of other big companies that have been around a long time, and they have done amazing work with their stuff, so for us to get chosen was — it was a little bit humbling,” she says. “We’re just very, very, very excited that it happened.” ELEAGUE isn’t all CS:GO, all the time. Turner and its ELEAGUE partner WME IMG just wrapped up the first professional Overwatch tournament to ever hit television, the Overwatch Open. The grand finals were televised live on TBS on Sept. 30th, filmed live in front of a sold-out audience. The television aspect is crucial to Turner Sports’ success as an esports trailblazer. Professional gaming has infiltrated...

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