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See what it’s like to live in solitary confinement with this terrifying VR experience

Virtual reality is responsible for some of the most fascinating experiences in recent memory, from a tour of Chernobyl to some of the most immersive games in the history of the medium . These are all worthwhile applications of the technology, but it's hard to imagine any of them could be as effective as The Guardian's  virtual experience of solitary confinement , which you can try for free right now. SEE ALSO:  Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball "6x9 is the Guardian's first virtual reality experience," the site explains "which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation." In order to experience the project as it was meant to be seen, you'll need to download the Guardian VR app [ iOS , Android ], plug in your headphones and either hold your phone in front of you or slot it into a Google Cardboard. If that sounds like too much work, you can also watch a 360-degree video from YouTube embedded below — just make sure you have a browser with Flash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odcsxUbVyZA Most people excited about VR know that games aren't the only thing that developers, filmmakers and other creative types are bringing to the medium, but it's nice to see a major publication jumping in headfirst.

Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds a pair of the touch controllers for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, followed the social networking company's announcement on Wednesday of its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split.


Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen are showing in this handout provided by the United States Coast Guard in MiamiIf Apple retrieves anything from the water-damaged phone that relates to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest, for now, a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report. Cohen's family wanted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to treat the phone as evidence in an open missing persons case, but the agency instead on returning it to Stephanos' family, the station reported.


These aren’t Steve Jobs’s last words, but they still managed to inspire a billionaire

Remember back when email chains were a thing? Instead of sharing anything and everything you find online using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, people would pass along anecdotes via email. Several of these chain emails would reach your inbox each day, and you'd forward the best and most inspirational among them to everyone on your contact list. And the best part about them, of course, was that the stories they recounted were almost always completely and utterly fake. We were reminded recently of these silly chain emails by an inaccurate story currently making the rounds online claiming to recount the inspiring last words of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs . Interestingly, the passage was still moving enough to inspire a billionaire even though it doesn't recount Jobs's final words at all. DON'T MISS:  Completely change the look of your iPhone with round folder icons, no jailbreak needed In late 2011 after Jobs's passing, his sister Mona Simpson published the eulogy she had given at his memorial service  in The New York Times . Her moving account of Jobs's last words read as follows: But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve’s capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. Billionaire Virgin boss Richard Branson is well aware that those were Jobs's final words, but he still managed to find inspiration in the "last words of Steve Jobs" meme currently being passed around online. In fact, he found the passage so inspirational that he decided to share it on his blog despite the fact that it's fake. Here it is in its entirety, as reprinted by Branson : The last words of Steve Jobs I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my imminent death. In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming over me. Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not related to wealth. It should be something more important: For example, stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. No, stop pursuing wealth, it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%. With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple's most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours During a recent interview relayed by Macworld , Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gotthell opined that Apple is making a big mistake by continuing to ignore its Mac lineup. Sure, we see updates here and there, but it's clear that Apple has been giving much more of a push to the iPad, a device which I strongly believe has never been a true PC replacement , despite Tim Cook's seemingly blind assertions to the contrary. There’s no indication that people are giving up their Macs to go to Windows, or that new entrants are choosing Windows or Chromebooks rather than Macs,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, in a Wednesday interview. But the slide in Mac sales does show something, Gottheil argued. “The keeping-your-older-PC-longer problem caught up with Apple, too,” he said, referring to, as analysts see it, the heart of the slump in personal computer shipments: Consumers are simply not upgrading to new systems at the rate they once did, either holding onto their machines for years longer or simply not bothering at all. One factor to consider, Gottheil pointed out, was that machines with solid-state drives tend to last longer than older computers that shipped with more traditional hard drives. As a result, new Macs really need to up the ante from a feature prospective in order to compel users to upgrade. And there, Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac—Gottheil cited the line’s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system—and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple’s refusal to add a touch-based screen to the Mac line, and the omission of the Siri digital assistant in OS X. Even just a few years ago, I remember when new versions of OS X would jam pack all sorts of interesting and compelling new features. And sure, iOS is where all the money is at these days, but keep in mind that the Mac is not only more profitable than the iPad these days, it also is a much higher-product line. So while Apple has rolled out some nice improvements with the MacBook, it'd be nice to see Apple roll out some improvements to the entirety of the Mac line far more consistently. The iMac especially seems to be completely off of Apple's radar in recent years. As it stands today, it feels far too often that the Mac is nothing more than an afterthought.

Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch

Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple WatchIf you're willing to wait an hour for it to boot up, you can enjoy the ludicrous pleasures of running Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Developer Nick Lee posted a video to YouTube this evening showing what it looks like once the operating system is up and running. As Lee points out in a blog post, the Apple Watch's specs are well above those of a typical Windows 95 computer, so it makes sense that it should be capable of running the Microsoft's old OS.


How to back up Windows 10 with Western Digital’s My Passport Ultra

How to back up Windows 10 with Western Digital's My Passport UltraFind out about this colorful compact drive that might be the right tool to safeguard your data when you're on the road.


Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cardsHow to stop malware from holding your files and PC hostage.


SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landing

SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landingSpaceX has just published a stunning 360-degree video of its most recent feat: landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Watching the rocket descend from above from the perspective of the ship is extremely surreal, especially when you hear the landing rockets kick in.


‘Battlefield 5’ world premiere event scheduled for May 6th – here’s what we know

Just days after several surprisingly plausible Call of Duty leaks slipped through the cracks, EA announced that it would hold an official world premiere event for the next Battlefield game on May 6th at 4 p.m. ET. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Unfortunately, EA's ship seems to be far less leaky than Activision's, as the existence of the world premiere event is just about all the information we have regarding the next entry in the Battlefield series. An explosion of some nature is all we can see on the event page , but some fans think the phrase "the future of Battlefield " might be a hint as to the setting of the sequel. Could 2016's Battlefield be the long-awaited followup to Battlefield 2142 ? It's certainly a possibility, but there have also been rumors that the next Battlefield will return to World War I or World War II. In other words, unless there's a major leak between now and next Friday, we're going to have to wait and see. As for the premiere event itself, fans can expect to hear from creative director Lars Gustavsson and lead producer Aleksander Grondal about the new entry and the franchise as a whole. With the EA Play event just over a month away, EA likely won't give away everything about the game next week, but we should at least see a trailer. Be sure to tune in for the world premiere event on May 6th at 4 p.m. ET.

Here’s a look at Fujifilm’s next major camera

Here's a look at Fujifilm's next major cameraThe listing, which has apparently been pulled but was captured by Fuji Rumors before it came down, says the device is a fully working "preview unit". Fujifilm, as does many other device manufacturers, often sends out prerelease cameras to special testers to get feedback before the product is brought to market, and it appears that's where this model came from.


Facebook hit with lawsuit over plan to issue new stock

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds a pair of the touch controllers for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, CaliforniaBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Facebook Inc shareholder filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday in a bid to stop the company's plan to issue new Class C stock, calling the move an unfair deal to entrench Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg as controlling shareholder. The lawsuit, filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery, comes two days after the social networking company announced its plan to issue the shares. The rejiggering of Facebook's share structure, effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, follows the 31 year-old's announcement last December that he intends to put 99 percent of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focusing on human potential and equality.


Oculus Rift delays flatten virtual-reality fan fervor

In this Friday, April 22, 2016, photo, Christian Cantrell, a software engineer and science fiction author, poses for a photo at his high-end computer setup that an Oculus Rift camera will go with, at his home in Sterling, Va. Cantrell pre-ordered the device and is still waiting, despite the fact that the gadgets began shipping weeks earlier. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality, oddly enough, isn't immune to the problems that arise in practical reality. Just ask would-be fans of the Oculus Rift headset, many — possibly most — of whom are still waiting for their $600 gadgets more than four weeks after they started shipping .


This is your next jam: Calvin Harris, Local Natives, and more

This is your next jam: Calvin Harris, Local Natives, and moreAre you going to spend your Friday night rocking with Beyoncé’s incendiary new "visual album" Lemonade or Drake’s oh-so-smooth new LP VIEWS? The answer may depend on your streaming service of choice: Beyoncé’s release is remaining a Tidal exclusive for the indefinite future, and Drake’s tight friendship with Apple means VIEWS is going to live within iTunes for a while. Kesha rose above her legal battle by performing on a new Zedd single, her first release since 2013.


Cellphone in missing Florida teens case to be reviewed by Apple

14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen are showing in this handout provided by the United States Coast Guard in Miami(Reuters) - A recovered cellphone at the center of a dispute between the families of two Florida teens who went missing during a fishing trip will be examined by its manufacturer, Apple Inc, in an agreement hammered out during a hearing on Friday, according to a local media report. If Apple is able to retrieve anything from the water-damaged phone that is pertinent to the day the boys disappeared - including photos, texts and social media posts - the data will be given to a judge, who will decide if it is evidence and whether it may be shared with the families, according to a report by WPLG television in Miami. The agreement puts to rest - for now - a row between the families of Austin Stephanos, 14, who owned the iPhone 6 model cellphone, and his friend Perry Cohen, also 14, who had borrowed it to communicate with his family the day they disappeared in July 2015 off the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, according to the report.


5 of the best free iPhone games you might have missed in April

Not every gamer has been enthused by the rise of free-to-play gaming on mobile devices, but it gives everyone a chance to try out all kinds of new experiences without ever spending a cent (unless they want to). In fact, there are so many new games released every month that it can be hard to keep track, which is why we've decided to round up five of the best free iPhone games that launched in April that you need to try. DON'T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours Disney Crossy Road From Hipster Whale, the makers of the original Crossy Road™ with over 120,000,000 downloads, and Disney comes Disney Crossy Road—an all-new take on the 8-bit endless adventure to cross the road without splatting! Tap and swipe your way to a record-setting number of steps with 100+ Disney and Pixar figurines while dodging crazy and unexpected obstacles in the 8-bit worlds of Toy Story, Zootopia, The Lion King, The Haunted Mansion, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and more. Download Disney Crossy Road Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Adventure across Disney’s magical and wondrous worlds in the first mobile app for the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series! Become a hero at the very beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS story in the era of the Lost Masters. Gather LUX—a mysterious form of light—and fight the Heartless as you explore Disney’s worlds. Meet familiar faces and strengthen yourself and your Keyblades! Download Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Loop Drive 2 As it's ancestor, Loop Drive 2 is a casual arcade racing game with a gameplay incredibly easy to get started but frustratingly difficult to master. Basically, all you have to do is drive in circles and avoid crashing your car. Adjust your speed as you accelerate and brake at the right moments to avoid crashing into another vehicle. Earn more coins with every loop, unlock cars, expand your collection and see what suits you best. Survive as long as possible, as you train your reactions, climb leaderboard with higher scores and challenge your friends. Download Loop Drive 2 PKTBALL Prepare to smash it! A hyper-charged arcade smash sport designed to test your skills and reflexes to the max. Fight your way through the leaderboard and become a PKTBALL master! Collect dozens of awesome PKTBUDDIES, featuring DotBoy the retro console, Brains the zombie, Mixtape the vintage cassette and many more. Each PKTBUDDY comes complete with a new court and unique soundtrack, and special guest PKTBUDDIES include PUK, ALONE, HOPIKO as well as other exciting characters! Download PKTBALL War Tortoise Take control of the mighty War Tortoise, a heavy tank armed to the teeth with powerful weapons and automated turrets! Equip weapons, recruit units, build defenses, collect resources, and ultimately defend against a huge onslaught of enemy forces. Combining a shooter, idle gaming, and tower defense, War Tortoise is a unique mix of gaming that anyone can enjoy! Download War Tortoise

This portable battery charger magnetically attaches to your iPhone

This portable battery charger magnetically attaches to your iPhoneThere are a ton of battery packs available today, but most are cumbersome and require an elaborate wrapping of charging cables to hold in one hand if you want to charge your phone while you walk. The 4000mAh slim battery pack with 2.1A output can fully charge an iPhone 6S two times or a 6S Plus once, which isn't bad for such a thin charger. The MagicMount comes with lighting and micro-USB cables, along with a small pad called a MagicPlate that attaches to the back of your phone (which the battery will attach to).


Google, Fiat Chrysler working on self-driving car deal: sources

A Lexus version of a Google Self Driving car is shown in Moutain View, CaliforniaBy Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, and Fiat Chrysler declined to comment. Google has said that it does not want to build self-driving vehicles on its own and has explored alliances with auto companies, but none have been finalized.


Google is testing a wild new feature that allows brands to take over search results

In an effort to further bolster its already successful advertising business, Google is currently experimenting with a new initiative that promises to give companies and marketers unprecedented control the search results stemming from specific queries. According to the Wall Street Journal , Google's new program "allows marketers, media companies, politicians and other organizations [to] publish content directly to Google and have it appear instantly in search results." In one example of the new advertising feature in action, ABC yesterday paid Google for the right to effectively take over the search results page when a user typed in "Jimmy Kimmel." In that scenario, a normal page of search results was replaced with an ABC created "carousel" that featured handpicked posts and videos that users could browse through. At this point it remains unclear if the promotion appeared before every user who typed in the query or if ABC was perhaps able to target certain geographic locations or even demographics. DON'T MISS:  Hidden design details that will make you want Tesla’s Model 3 even more With Google naturally being very protective over its search business - where it generates the vast majority of its billions - we wouldn't expect to see widespread changes anytime soon. As it stands now, it appears that Google is only letting a select few outlets and organizations take advantage of what is admittedly an interesting concept. In other words, we don't anticipate that a query for LeBron James, for example, will ever yield a link to a site selling basketball paraphernalia. But come June when the NBA Finals are afoot, then perhaps we might see a dedicated ad from a company like ESPN or Sprite. "We’re continuing to experiment with the look and feel of this feature, including exploring other potential use cases,” Google said in a statement to the Journal. Broadly speaking, it stands to reason that only blue chip companies like Coke and HBO will be allowed to take part in the  program, which reportedly still lacks an official name.  Besides, we'd imagine that only top-tier companies would be able to afford the presumably high prices Google is commanding for such a service in the first place. Regardless, it'll certainly be interesting to keep an eye on this new advertising initiative in the weeks to come.

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreen

DIY smart mirrors are still irresistible, and this one has a touchscreenEvery few weeks a new homespun smart mirror pops up on Reddit. The formula is pretty staid by now: put an LCD and a Raspberry Pi behind a one-way mirror, and now you have a weather widget to look at while you brush your teeth. There are even GitHub repos to do the software work for you. And yet I always click on each new project. It's always worth an upvote.


Harnessing the Power of Blockchain

Harnessing the Power of BlockchainSince becoming a worldwide phenomenon in 2008, Bitcoin and digital currency have remained at the forefront of ever-evolving changes in the payments industry. A once obscure digital currency has sparked not only global interest, but also a flurry of innovation and technological advances.From beginning as a niche payment mechanism for...


Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale will be made into a series at Hulu

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale will be made into a series at HuluHulu has given a series order to The Handmaid's Tale, a show based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. Atwood will serve as a consulting producer for the series. Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) will star as Offred, a handmaid whose sole function in society is a reproductive one.


Start-up uses drones to maintain wind turbines

Start-up uses drones to maintain wind turbinesDespite the hoopla generated by Amazon's announcement that it would like to deliver parcels by drone at some point, the most successful initial application of the technology has been much more humdrum.I have written a few times recently about the growing use of drones to provide monitoring services, whether it's to help navigate the oceans,...


Do Smart Cities Need To Do a Better PR Job?

Do Smart Cities Need To Do a Better PR Job?//please note, this is embargoed until May 3rdSmart cities are something I've touched on a bit recently, with an article on INSEAD the latest to highlight the benefits to citizens and institutions of having smarter urban areas.It's a message that I think is fairly obvious, yet a recent report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology...


Apple’s stock suffers worst week since 2013

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration takenBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Friday ended its worst week on the stock market since 2013 as worries festered about a slowdown in iPhone sales and after influential shareholder Carl Icahn revealed he sold his entire stake. Shares of Apple, a mainstay of many Wall Street portfolios and the largest component of the Standard & Poor's 500 index, have dropped 11 percent in the past five sessions. Confidence in the Cupertino, California company has been shaken since posting its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales and first revenue drop in 13 years on Tuesday, although Apple investors pointed to the stock's relatively low valuation as a key reason to hold onto the stock.


Justin Timberlake reminds us of the inevitable death of all things

Justin Timberlake reminds us of the inevitable death of all thingsAt the end of every April, clever people on Tumblr and Twitter would post images from N’Sync’s "It’s Gonna Be Me" video, marked with the caption "It’s Gonna Be May." In fact, the lyric used the word "me," but when sung aloud, it sounded like "May" (the name of the forthcoming month), and the tension of the dual meanings made us happy and caused us to laugh. The laws of our tribe dictate that we should be angry with Timberlake for drawing back things of the past. Timberlake is himself a creature of the past now.


6 ways to save links with free Google tools

6 ways to save links with free Google toolsOften when browsing, you'll come across links you may want to save for future use. Here are six ways you can save and share your links with Google.


The original Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters for two nights in June

The original Ghostbusters is coming back to theaters for two nights in JuneThe original Ghostbusters is returning to select American theaters for two nights this June, just in time to rescue those fans who need to brush up on the series before Paul Feig's all-female reboot hits the big screen in July. Fathom Events is going to rerelease the 1984 classic in over 750 theaters around the US on June 8th, which happens to be the 32nd anniversary of the movie's theatrical debut. If you make your way to one of these anniversary screenings, you'll be rewarded with more than just the chance to watch Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd roam New York in search of the paranormal.


FCC chairman Tom Wheeler praises Comcast as it moves away from set-top boxes

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler praises Comcast as it moves away from set-top boxesSpeaking in a press conference yesterday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler praised Comcast for its decision to partly unbundle its pay-TV service from its proprietary set-top box, according to a report from Ars Technica. Wheeler said it "points a way forward" for the industry to stop forcing customers to lease hardware they don't need. Cable companies blasted the FCC back in February after it announced plans to mandate pay-TV services be made available to makers of third-party set-top boxes.


Apple exec says you should never mention iPhones when discussing iPhones

Any iPhone users out there when have been around long enough to have bought an early iPhone 4 unit will remember the unexpected cellular signal loss they may have experienced. The antenna was on the outside of the phone, and Apple’s engineers didn’t foresee this problem: holding the phone by its antennas might mess with cellular reception. But then late Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs famously explained that if you experienced signal issues while using the iPhone 4, you were probably holding it wrong. Now, a different Apple executive is telling us we’ve been doing something else wrong when it comes to the iPhone. DON’T MISS:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours For some reason, Apple’s senior vice president Phil Schiller decided to fix the Internet this week, telling us that there’s no such thing as “iPhones” or “iPad Pros.” There’s no plural for these devices. It turns out that I’ve never had two iPhones. Not because I sold off the older model when buying a new release, but because I’ve been doing it wrong. It turns out you can’t have two or more iPhones, iPad Pros or Macs. But according to Apple's Phil Schiller, you can have two "iPhones devices," "iPad Pro tablets" or "Mac computers." You can also apparently have "two iPhone" or "three Macintosh." https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725791354769399808 https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725937759022514176 https://twitter.com/pschiller/status/725938369826414592 Now that the Internet knows what the correct plural of iPhone is, Schiller should also pay a visit to Tim Cook and Luca Maestri's offices. It turns out they said “iPhones” and “iPads” during the company's earnings call  earlier this week.

Exclusive: Yahoo’s bidder shortlist points to cash deal -sources

File photo of a man walking past a Yahoo logo during the Mobile World Congress in BarcelonaYahoo Inc has shortlisted close to 10 bidders in the auction for its core Internet assets, including Verizon Communications Inc, with most offers involving cash rather than a combination with another company, according to people familiar with the matter. Some bidders that did not make the shortlist because their first-round offers were not specific enough are still being kept close to the process by Yahoo's advisers, the people said. One of those bidders is Liberty Media Corp Chairman John Malone, who has proposed a tax-efficient merger with one of the companies he controls, the people said.


Watch Glenn Beck smother his face in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump

Watch Glenn Beck smother his face in Cheetos dust to look like Donald TrumpOn his radio show today, Glenn Beck and three friends dipped their faces in Cheetos dust to look like Donald Trump. You see, Donald Trump's fake tan gives him the skin tone of an Oompa Loompa on a tropical vacation. The footage comes to us via Right Wing Watch's YouTube page.


Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise?

Survey: How do you secure your mobile devices in the enterprise?Mobile devices offer powerful productivity, but there is also the risk of security breaches. Tech Pro Research's survey looks at the best practices for securing these devices.


Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platform

Microsoft releases workflow automation tool Flow, and PowerApps custom app platformMicrosoft recently released an automation tool called Flow that could be a competitor to IFTTT, and a new platform for businesses to build internal apps.


Addiction Aftercare Treatment Needs A Makeover

As a grateful recovery addict and alcoholic, having spent time at a residential treatment facility and also, as the founder of a company that is revolutionizing the way aftercare support at treatment facilities is done, I've learned a thing or two.The bridge back from residential treatment to "reality," let's call it, is one of fear,...

Amazon’s Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don’t have to

Amazon's Echo can now buy your mom flowers so you don't have toIt's Friday, so that means Amazon's Echo is learning new tricks. On the lesson plan this week is the ability to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. This integration is clearly timed for the upcoming Mother's Day holiday in the US on May 8th, and will let you order four different flower arrangements with your voice.


Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edge

Cyber threat hunting: How this vulnerability detection strategy gives analysts an edgeForensic experts indicate cyber threat hunting is an improvement over what currently exists for detecting security threats. Find out what makes cyber threat hunting unique.


Twitter just killed off the most useful Twitter account

Twitter just killed off the most useful Twitter accountIt was an account Twitter created that sent you custom alerts based on the people you had chosen to follow. If 10 of them all followed the same person suddenly, MagicRecs would send you a direct message with the name of the account and which of your friends followed it. If a bunch of your friends all retweeted the same tweet, MagicRecs would let you know about that, too.


Uber is offering yacht rentals in Dubai because it’s still a luxury product

Uber is offering yacht rentals in Dubai because it's still a luxury productUber's stated mission is "transportation as reliable as running water." Now, that literally includes luxury vessels that operate on running water. This Saturday, Uber is offering yacht rentals to residents of Dubai for 300 AED (or $82). Uber's Dubai general manager, Christopher Free, said the new Uber Yacht service is an outgrowth of the success of the ride-hail company's on-demand helicopter service at Coachella, Sundance, and in the Hamptons.


Today’s best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free

It's time to close out the week with one last batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Yesterday's list included a whopping 15 premium apps that were all made free for a short time, and a number of them are still free downloads today as well. Friday's list packs 10 new apps though, and you'll find them all laid out below. MUST SEE:  This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Mobo WiFi Pro Normally $0.99. Do you want to get the info of the Wifi hotspot around? This app will help you easy and fast to do that! We had a lot of the Wifi hotspot info over the world! Main functions: - Detect your location and get free the Wifi. 1、WiFi Map to find more free WiFi. 2、Discovery channel . 3、Take screenshot to find WiFi spots. 4、Now you can test your WiFi speed. Download Mobo WiFi Pro OftenType Normally $1.99. Use quick keys to avoid repeated typing of email, surname, signature and many more! Featured in "Best Apps" list by AntyApps.pl Appadvice.com: "It’s the perfect app for users who need access to snippets of content over and over." OftenType is a custom keyboard app which expands iPhone keyboard with additional quick keys keypad. You can easily increase your productivity by optimizing repeated typing. After set up you’ll only need one tap to type email, surname, address and other thing you have to type over and over again. FEATURES: - unlimited keys quantity - easy to set up and use - secure information storage - icons set for all your needs - extensions to store up to 4 snippets in one key - multiple lines of text in one key - clear iOS style interface IMPORTANT: Your data is securely stored on your iPhone, we don’t spy on what you are typing. OftenType PRIVACY POLICY: - We do not collect any data you enter inside your custom quick keys. It is stored locally on your device. - We do not record your login information, IDs, addresses, e-mails etc. that you store in the app. - We need Full Access to load your data from application to quick keys outside the app. It's the only way in iOS design to use quick keys for custom information. - We do not use internet connection to copy or view the data inside your quick keys. Default keys set includes email, name, address, phone, phrases to texting, signature, company name & security ID. All titles are customizable, you can use them for any other texts you have to type often. Please, mind that password form fields usually disable third party keyboards. It’s beyond our power to fix this, though it’s more secure not to store your password inside an app. Download OftenType PDF to Audio Offline Normally $0.99. This app is working 100% in offline mode: - Read (offline) - Listen (offline) - View (offline) - Scan (offline) - Annotate (offline) Read, Listen, View, Scan, Annotate almost anything you want on your iPad and iPhone. This super quick tool will help you stay better organised. You will use it constantly, at home, office, university or on the road, every single day. This app can convert for you any Text File (PDF, RTF, FB2, TXT, PPT, DOC, XLS, HTML) to speech and more then this you can save this audio file. Another great thing that you can do is that he will read the text from any photo. Just have a look at the list of things that this app allows you to do: - Read PDF, RTF, FB2, TXT, PPT, DOC, XLS, HTML Files - View PDF, RTF, FB2, TXT, PPT, DOC, XLS, HTML Files - Read the Text, Convert it to Speech and Save it in Audio format direct from a Photo - Scan your Documents - Convert PDF, RTF, FB2, TXT, PPT, DOC, XLS, HTML formats in to Speech and Save it in Audio format - Convert text into speech directly from web - Import Documents direct from your Cloud - Import Documents direct from your eMail - Export Audio file direct to your Cloud - Export Audio file direct to your eMail - Share Audio file with your friends - Read and Save in Audio format any Document in over 120 Languages !!! - Much more... Download PDF to Audio Offline Alien Sky Normally $2.99. Reality is boring! Create fantastic and futuristic visions with the power of Alien Sky. With Alien Sky, you can customize your sky with an amazing collection of high resolution space objects. Alien Sky also includes a set of futuristic lens flares optimized for your space explorations. Featured on ProductHunt.com Apple Watch App Included! Get your daily dose of inspiration with our featured photo app, AlienSky for the Apple Watch. As a bonus, we've added a cool Solar Flare animation to show off the amazing Apple Watch display. Alien Sky gives you complete control over sky customization, allowing you create fantastic visions and otherworldly photos. Why settle for a boring sky? There is simply nothing else like this in the app store. USER REVIEWS "Amazing app for creating cosmic creations and stellar sky scenes." "Fantastic app, create epic space images, just brilliant!" "This is an amazing photography app! There isn't another one in its class when it comes to photo FX!!! It allows you to take your images and give them a true SciFi feel. I love it and use it often!!!!" FEATURES - Space Objects such as Planets, Moons, and Galaxies - Bright Suns and Distant Stars - Futuristic Lens Flares Turn your everday photos into fantastic visions with Alien Sky. Tag your photos with #AlienSky for a chance to be featured! Download Alien Sky Snapy Loader PRO Normally $0.99. ◉Disclaimer: This app is not affiliated with Snapchat, Inc.◉ Do you wish you could send it to your Snachat friends an image or video saved in your camera roll? You can do it right now through the best Uploader for Snachat ---- Upload Snap Come on and upload your images or videos saved on your camera roll to Snachat. Apply filters, write messages, enhance images, draw and much more before sending your image to your Snapchat friends. Our features: - Support Stories: You can post story from Camera Roll - Supports both photos and videos - Add stickers and draw on your snaps Simply follow this easy steps: 1. Open SnapUpload and login with your Snachat credentials. 2. Select the image/video you want to upload to Snachat. Apply filters, drawings, or enhance the look of your images. 3. Choose which friends will receive the Snap. Hit send. That's it! Download Snapy Loader PRO Photo Tagger Normally $1.99. Photo Tagger allows you to tag your photos and search them quick and easily. Photo Library sync and tagging also available. Fully functioning camera and filter features included you may edit your images to perfection before saving them for fast search later. Download Photo Tagger ES File Explorer Normally $4.99. Easily view images, audio, videos, PDF documents, Word documents, Excel documents, ZIP/RAR files and more. FEATURES - Integrated PDF Reader - Supports Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint - Supports Apple iWorks documents - Multiple clouds (Dropbox, OneDrive and more) - Integrated music player - Copy, move and zip multiple files - Passcode protect files - Transfer files from your PC/Mac using Wi-Fi - Built-in search feature - Sort files by "Name","Date","Size" or "Kind" - Share files by email, bluetooth and Facebook. - "Open in" feature allows you to open files in other apps - Create and extract ZIP files Download ES File Explorer Safe Flights Normally $0.99. Best Flight Safety Guide App in iOS! With a large database, we could provide you over 15,000 Flight Accidents info, which includes 500+ Airlines and 140000+ Flight Records. Updated every 24 hours! Use us before you book a flight ticket ! Know every accident related to your flight, airline or aircraft beforehand, and choose the best flight to your budget. Safe Flights' main feature: Safe Flights is a search engine that organizes Flight Information, Flight Accidents Records and Airline Information to help you to choose a safe flight. We want people to care more about flight safety rather than cheap ticket price. - Powerful search engine - to provide all related accidents in history - Easy Search- by entering flight number, airline name or aircraft type - Reliable search results - All the accidents records & details will be listed to offer a reliable summary other than a meaningless number of crash possibility. - View the latest News for Flight Safety Download Safe Flights Style Normally $2.99. Style is a super fun short video recorder. It is very easy to use and you can make cool videos with just a few simple steps. Capture fun moments of your life and share your stories by recording short videos with Style today Adjustable Recording Speed: Change recording speed and you might be surprised at the results. Creative Filters: different filters to add artistic flavors to your videos. Fun Scenes: Add different themes and make your videos more fun. Various background music: Choose from different genres of music to match different types of videos. Real-time Sharing: One touch to share on Facebook, Twitter. Don’t let the inspiring and fun moments of your life just pass. Use Style to capture these moments and make your own short movies! Download Style Touch Search Normally $1.99. * Before "Touch Search" - Tedious & inefficient - Open Web Browser. - Type keywords - Open another tab for another search engine - type keywords - again, again * With "Touch Search" - Type once & Just Touch - No retyping same keywords on every search engine * Special functionality - Customizable Search engines(Search engines, Dictionaries, Shopping sites and more) - Reorder Search engines and former search engines displayed first. - Widget & 3D Touch support - iPad & iPad Pro compatible * When you read books or news paper, you can use dictionary * Copy Text, open Widget, Touch "Clipboard" and just Touch, Touch, Touch. * Long Press appicon, type keywords once, and just Touch, Touch, Touch Download Touch Search

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. President Barack Obama is announcing new steps to reduce gun violence, mainly by helping manufacturers understand what law enforcement agencies need from so-called smart guns. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental health records with the federal background check system.


Why Hollywood will adapt web videos and memes into big summer movies

Why Hollywood will adapt web videos and memes into big summer moviesWhile nostalgically binging on old internet comedy from my childhood, I was struck by an epiphany: just as the comical repacking of 1980s nostalgia during the 2000s made cheap toys and crummy cartoons into flashy movies, so too will the web videos of the late 1990s and early 2000s become fodder for shallow, rushed movies and brand tie-ins over the next decade. Maybe, somehow, in the shadow of the superhero movie glut, you've already forgotten the rush to adapt board games into movies. In the mid-2000s, I and members of my generation — folks who are too old to identify as millennials, and too young to care about Pearl Jam — collectively lost our minds when toy company Hasbro threatened to adapt the intellectual properties of our childhood into films.


Supreme Court approves legal authority to hack anonymous computers

Supreme Court approves legal authority to hack anonymous computersIt just got a lot easier for law enforcement agents to hack anonymous computers over the internet. Last night, the Supreme Court approved changes to the rules of criminal procedure, enabling warrants for searches of remote computers, regardless of their physical location. A number of experts have criticized hacking warrants as granting unnecessarily broad powers. In a 2014 editorial, law professor Ahmed Ghappour argued the warrants would result in widespread intrusions into other countries, potentially violating other countries' sovereignty.


How Technical Do Product Designers Need to Be?

How Technical Do Product Designers Need to Be?How technical do Product Designers need to be in order to be effective at their job? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Adam Michela, Designer and Engineer at Facebook, Airbnb, Dropbox, Last, Gowalla, and more, on Quora.I believe that the...


EU roaming charges drop sharply on Saturday

EU roaming charges will be scrapped next year as part of efforts to create a more unified market in EuropeThe European Union will scrap phone roaming charges outright on June 15, 2017 ending fees loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travellers across Europe. "This is not only about Europeans saving money, this is about bringing down barriers in the digital single market". "We welcome the slashing of roaming prices," said Monique Goyens, head of the European Consumer Organisation.


Watch Seth Rogen and Zac Efron lose to Conan O’Brien at Mario Kart 8

Clueless Gamer is one of our favorite segments on Conan O'Brien's TBS show. Typically Conan gets to sit down with a hotly anticipated game weeks before its release and stumble through it with his producer Aaron Bleyaert or a celebrity guest. This week was different, as Conan decided to play the Wii U classic Mario Kart 8 with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron to promote  Neighbors 2 . SEE ALSO:  New report sheds light on Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One hardware updates In case you missed the first movie, Neighbors is about a couple who have to deal with the fact that the house next door to them turns into a fraternity house. In the sequel, the same thing happens again, but this time with a sorority. Keeping with tradition, Conan decided to play Mario Kart 8 with Rogen and Efron, but it wouldn't be any fun if there weren't stakes. So Rogen and Efron decide that if Conan loses, they get to draw on his face. What exactly do they get to draw on his face? Well, you'll have to watch the video (NSFW) to find out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhlZGtcRdUo To be honest, I'm not 100% sure how they got away with this, even on cable television. It's incredibly entertaining, but I imagine Team Coco won't use the same rules if they end up play Uncharted 4 or Doom in the next few weeks. Neighbors 2 comes to theaters on May 20th, 2016.

New trailers: Snowden, Southside With You, X-Men: Apocalypse, and more

New trailers: Snowden, Southside With You, X-Men: Apocalypse, and moreIt's a weird week when Edward Snowden is the biggest action hero in new movie trailers, but here we are and I guess it's kind of great? Snowden very much appears to be a pop-friendly retelling of those events, but it may well do a good job of explaining to people the gist of what happened and what's still going on — even if that means having to hear Nicolas Cage reference the "internet haystack." Snowden comes out on September 16th.


How SpaceX’s Red Dragon could change the way we land on Mars

How SpaceX's Red Dragon could change the way we land on MarsSpaceX's bold plan to put a Dragon spacecraft on Mars in 2018 will rely on a type of landing technique known as propulsive landing — a way of using rocket engines to go down instead of up. As the Dragon descends toward the Martian surface, eight SuperDraco engines embedded in the spacecraft's hull will fire, slowing down the vehicle's descent and allowing it to land gently on the ground. It's akin to how SpaceX lands the first stages of its Falcon 9 rockets on Earth, and it could be a revolutionary way of landing on Mars.


Red Bull debuts its partially closed cockpit solution

Red Bull debuts its partially closed cockpit solutionThe Red Bull Racing Formula One team officially debuted its partially closed cockpit solution during practice this morning in Russia. The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the sport's governing body, announced in February that Formula One cars will be required to use some sort of cockpit protection starting in the 2017 season. Red Bull is calling its solution the "aeroscreen," and driver Daniel Ricciardo took one lap with it fixed to his car.


Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in May

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in MayThere’s an existential question that the staff of The Verge has struggled with since we launched the site: what is the best version of Blade Runner? This May it’s going to get a little more difficult to make an evaluation, because the theatrical cut of the film is disappearing from Netflix.


This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours

Every time I publish a post that includes a photo of my iPhone at the top of the page, my email inbox and Twitter DM box fill up a little quicker than usual. Why? People always seem to love the wallpapers I use on my iPhone. I'm not a designer and I don't do anything particularly special to find wallpapers or to make them, but I do put some effort into the wallpapers I use. There are so few things Apple allows users to do to customize the look of the iPhone, so I try whatever I can to give my phone a little extra flair. How do I always manage to make my iPhone look so much better than yours? It's time to let the cat out of the bag. MUST SEE:  Completely change the look of your iPhone with round folder icons, no jailbreak needed My secret really isn't a secret at all. In fact, I've written about it before here on BGR. I'm a big fan of minimalism, which is probably why I like the look of iOS so much in general following Apple's big UI revamp that eliminated skeuomorphism. Beyond the general style of the OS though, that also means that I like to keep things simple with my wallpapers. Some people like to use photos as their wallpapers and as they say, to each his (or her) own. I have a few issues with using photographs as wallpapers, though, and the biggest is that they're often too busy and bright. As a result, icons and especially the text beneath them tend to get lost in the fray. Photos on your lock screen are fine, on the other hand. You'll still see your baby, or a sports car, or your cat, or whatever else all the time, and the iPhone UI darkens and blurs the lock screen wallpaper anytime notifications are displayed above it. As a result, notification text is still crystal clear regardless of the image shown behind it. On home screens that's not the case, so I do the blurring myself. It really couldn't be easier. You can use any one of dozens or even hundreds of photo editors to blur images on the iPhone (or on Android, of course), but I use a free app called Gradify . In addition to blurring, it also lets you add patterns or manipulate colors if you want. Open the app, load any photo you'd like, and get to work. Once you get the hang of the controls, it typically takes less than 20 seconds to blur an image to your liking and then save it to the camera roll. As an extra step if the photo I start with it particularly bright or colorful, I sometimes also then open it in the Photos app on the iPhone and tweak the saturation or brightness a bit using the built-in editor. The colors and content of the photo you start with will obviously determine what the end result looks like, so be sure to play with lots of source photos. You'll find an example below (click to enlarge). Before: After: As you can see in those pictures, I sometimes use the original photo on my lock screen and the blurred version on my home screen just to add an additional layer of cohesiveness to my iPhone's UI. I'll do my best to keep responding to as many "Hey can you send me that wallpaper?!" emails as I can, but I figured it was about time I teach a man to fish.

John Romero puts Blackroom Kickstarter on hold to finish gameplay demo

John Romero puts Blackroom Kickstarter on hold to finish gameplay demoJust a few days ago John Romero, the iconic game designer best known for his work on Doom and Quake, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new, classic-style first-person shooter called Blackroom. Prior to being cancelled, the Blackroom Kickstarter raised more than $130,000 from just over 2,200 backers.


Belgium plans to distribute iodine pills to entire country in case of nuclear catastrophe

Belgium plans to distribute iodine pills to entire country in case of nuclear catastropheBelgium plans to distribute iodine pills across the country as a safety measure against a nuclear disaster, according to a report from the BBC. Although the 11-million-person country previously had rules for distributing the pills to only some people located near nuclear power plants in the country, the health minister reportedly said that a new proposal would distribute the pills nationally. Iodine pills, which can help block the absorption of some radioactive material, have long been distributed in places around the world as a precautionary measure.


Who knew RC helicopter stunts could be so cool?

Who knew RC helicopter stunts could be so cool?For years, flying RC helicopters has been a hobby for many enthusiasts. But few people have done it as well as Tareq Alsaadi, who has seemingly mastered the art(?) of doing insane tricks that could never be replicated in an actual helicopter. In what can only be described as five minutes of unexpected entertainment, Alsaadi flips and twists and starts and stops his helicopter across a field in South Africa, ultimately leading us down a YouTube rabbit hole that will take us straight into the weekend.


How I Embraced My Failure

How I Embraced My FailureI grew up poor. My family and I lived in a studio apartment in Delhi. I had one set of clothes, one pair of shoes, and I remember my father going an entire winter without a sweater. Seeing my parents struggle, I felt a duty to help the family by earning money when I was old enough. I rounded up a few friends and sold phones we purchased at a...


Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek needs more funds in market fight-CEO

Go-Jek's founder Nadiem Makarim speaks during Indonesia E-Commerce Summit & Expo at Serpong district near JakartaGo-Jek, a play on the local word for motorbike taxis, has become popular among commuters on the traffic-clogged streets of Jakarta as its phone app removes much of the hassle of finding a driver and negotiating fares. Go-Jek, which has a network of more than 200,000 motorbike taxi drivers, is battling aggressively with other ride-hailing apps such as Grab and Uber [UBER.UL], driving rates lower to gain market share in the country of 250 million people. The company, which already operates in big Indonesian cities like Bandung and Surabaya, also plans to broaden its reach and add more drivers.


Brian Eno’s The Ship, and the family tree of ambient music

Brian Eno's The Ship, and the family tree of ambient musicHow is Brian Eno still finding uncharted waters after half a century spent making music? On The Ship, his first solo album in four years, Eno fuses his signature yawning soundscapes and substantive vocal work for the first time. The result is an album that occupies a space somewhere in between the ambient realm Eno helped to define and traditional songcraft.


Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review: Android Wear climbs a mountain

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review: Android Wear climbs a mountainAs a company that’s very used to getting people to strap little computers to their wrist, however, it’s perhaps not surprising that Casio has taken a different approach with its first smartwatch. It’s safe to say I’m not really a hiker, but I did want to test the Smart Outdoor Watch as fully as I could, so I strapped it to my wrist one recent weekend and set off to the summit of Mount Takao — a popular and reasonably non-threatening mountain just outside Tokyo. To understand the Smart Outdoor Watch at all, you have to understand the category it sits in — and I don’t mean smartwatches as a whole.


‘The Punisher’ will be Marvel’s next Netflix series

It looks like The Punisher made an impact. On Friday, Marvel announced that Netflix has officially ordered a Punisher spin-off series following the character's critically praised debut in the second season of  Daredevil . Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle with Steve Lightfoot ( Hannibal ) serving as executive producer and showrunner. SEE ALSO:  Captain America: Civil War’s post-credits scenes have been revealed The Punisher will be the sixth Marvel series ordered by Netflix, following Daredevil , Jessica Jones , Luke Cage , Iron Fist and the ensemble miniseries The Defenders . It's still unknown whether or not The Punisher will join The Defenders now that he's starring in his own series, but there are definitely still plenty of threads to explore. "We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from 'Marvel’s Daredevil,'" said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, "Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring 'Marvel’s The Punisher' to Netflix." No release date or plot information was revealed, but with Luke Cage releasing this September and The Defenders expected to begin production before the end of the year, it might be a while before we see Frank Castle again. Until then, we can just keep watching Daredevil season 2 over and over again to get our Punisher fix.

Google faces first EU fine in 2016 with no deal on cards: sources

Google and European Union logos are seen in SarajevoGoogle is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said. There are few incentives left for either party to reach a deal in a six-year dispute that could set a precedent for Google searches for hotels, flights and other services and tests regulators' ability to ensure diversity on the Web. Alphabet Inc's Google, which was hit by a second EU antitrust charge this month for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, shows little sign of backing down after years of wrangling with European authorities.


Everything wrong with the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ plot

Critics loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens  — let's not forget, though, that movie critics are often completely useless — and it’s definitely a movie to see this year. That doesn’t make this Star Wars episode perfect, however. We’re still looking at a clone of  A New Hope , and there are several plot holes that we're not terribly happy about. But the overall Star Wars universe J.J. Abrams envisioned is a very enjoyable one. Star Wars fans have probably noticed some of the issues with Episode VII , but if you haven’t then the following 19-minute video will show you some of the strange decisions Abrams & Co. made in movie. DON’T MISS: Captain America: Civil War's post-credits scenes have been revealed YouTube channel CinemaSins is an expert at roasting movies, and you must see the video it created for the latest Star Wars film. Not only does it highlight all the inconsistencies in The Force Awakens , but the clip does a tremendous job at recapping the entire movie in less than 20 minutes. The “bloopers” reel at the end is also hilarious – but we won’t spoil anything for you. That said, don’t watch this clip if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet because there are obviously plenty of spoilers . If you've already seen the movie, then it's time to check out how Disney messed up Episode VII. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6_zvQQ5P8w If you’re looking to see more funny Star Wars clips, check out this fake but hilarious outtakes video  starring Kylo Ren.

Amazon’s profit and revenue surge sweeps away doubts

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York CityAmazon.com Inc's shares jumped in early trading on Friday, a day after the company reported profit and revenue that swept away analysts' estimates along with doubts about the online retailer's investment spree. "While it's tempting to try to pull out each component of AMZN’s strong 1Q (and generally recent) performance, we think it's the combination of many factors - the 'AMZN Flywheel', Prime, a growing distribution footprint, getting closer to customers, 3P (third party), AWS … the list goes on." The "Amazon Flywheel" refers to founder Jeff Bezos' strategy of offering the biggest selection of goods at the lowest prices and providing the best customer experience to create a "positive feedback loop".


Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

In this photo taken on Thursday, April 7, 2016, an old man fishes in a lake that connects to the nearby Techa River, near the village of Muslyumovo, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which is polluted with radioactive waste from Mayak nuclear plant. Mayak has been responsible for at least two of the country’s biggest radioactive accidents. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility’s decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring nations. (AP Photo/Katherine Jacobsen)MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.


Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: my favorite camera

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review: my favorite cameraFujifilm’s new X-Pro2 is a tough camera to review by any ordinary metric — it’s an exotic tool that defies rational purchasing decisions. There are cameras in its price range that will give you better image quality, and there are cheaper cameras — even from Fujifilm — that offer more features. It’s still a convincing, chunky facsimile of a rangefinder camera, with shutter speed and exposure compensation dials designed to be used with lenses with aperture rings.


IBM launches new cloud services for blockchain

People walk past an IBM logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SpainIBM on Friday announced new services to help companies design and develop blockchain technology in a secure environment in the cloud, a network of computers where users are increasingly storing their data and computing work. The blockchain, the underlying technology behind bitcoin, is a digital tool for doing a slew of functions such as recording and verifying transactions. The technology, according to its many supporters, would make it easier to create cost-efficient business networks without requiring central control.


The Punisher is officially getting a series on Netflix

The Punisher is officially getting a series on NetflixAfter months of rumors, Netflix has officially given the green light for a The Punisher series. Entertainment Weekly reports that Marvel has just ordered a new series starring the gun-toting vigilante first introduced in Daredevil season 2. Jon Bernthal is set to reprise the role of Frank Castle, army veteran turned anti-hero, for the show. Writer and producer Steven Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.


Everything we know about the suicide at Apple’s headquarters this week

This has been an incredibly difficult week for Apple . The company shed more than $40 billion in market capitalization on Tuesday evening following its fiscal first-quarter earnings report, which showed a much steeper decline than Wall Street was expecting in both profit and iPhone sales. Then, just one day later, tragedy struck Apple's Cupertino, California headquarters when one of the company's employees was found dead in a conference room on campus. The story is still unfolding two days later. DON'T MISS:  Completely change the look of your iPhone with round folder icons, no jailbreak needed The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 call placed from Apple's Cupertino campus at approximately 8:35 a.m. PDT on Wednesday. According to a brief press conference later that morning, the call came from an Apple employee who said that there was a “person down” on campus. Upon responding, police found the body of a young male who was later confirmed to be an Apple employee. On Thursday evening, the Santa Clara County coroner’s office identified the deceased male as 25-year-old Edward Mackowiak, according to Reuters . A LinkedIn page that has now been deleted listed Mackowiak as a software engineer at Apple, and the company had earlier confirmed that he was an employee. A cause of death was then released on Friday morning. In a written statement, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said: "The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was suicide and the cause was a gunshot to the head." TMZ  had reported soon after the story broke on Wednesday morning that a gun was found by police near Mackowiak's body. “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker,” an Apple spokesperson said on Thursday in a statement given  to Matt Keller , a reporter with local ABC affiliate ABC 7 . “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple. We are working to support them however we can in this difficult time.”

Sony wants to patent a contact lens camera with image stabilization and autofocus

Sony wants to patent a contact lens camera with image stabilization and autofocusEvery time I see a patent for these, I get slightly less freaked  outby the idea of putting electronics in my eye, and slightly more excited for my soon-to-be laser vision. The latest company to join in the hypothetical race for a technology that barely exists is Sony, with the Japanese tech company applying for its own smart contacts patent. The patent, which doesn't appear to have been approved yet, describes a "contact lens and storage medium" capable of controlling an "image pickup unit" (aka a camera).


McLaren has an F1 for sale, which is a big deal

McLaren has an F1 for sale, which is a big dealThe McLaren F1 is widely regarded as the supercar's supercar: utterly dominant during its production run in the ’90s, still capable of running with the latest and greatest some 20 years later. It wasn't until Bugatti's Veyron came out that the F1 lost its title of world's fastest production car — and even now, it's the world's fastest production car with a naturally aspirated engine. MSO — McLaren's customization, restoration, and maintenance service — just announced that it is offering F1 chassis number 069 for sale, which was one of six F1s built in the final model year of 1998.


Inventor builds incredible HoverBike that actually flies

When he’s not busy designing thermite cannons  or wearable weapons that involve throwing flames, Colin Furze comes up with all sorts of clever ideas – or takes inspiration from his YouTube fans. For his latest stunt, he created an amazing HoverBike that can actually lift a person off the ground and fly around. DON’T MISS: Apple issues statement following apparent suicide at Cupertino headquarters Furze’s video are always intense and there’s no doubt about it, this creative man knows what he’s doing, even if he's not a trained engineer. We’ve seen many of his crazy contraptions in the past, and they always work. Sure, you might not find the HoverBike in a store anytime soon, and Furze’s concept needs plenty of polishing before becoming a commercial product. But the machine he’s made from scratch – okay, okay, some of the parts he purchased preassembled – is still impressive. The HoverBike, as he calls it, has no steering wheel, no breaks and no seat. But it’s got two motors and two accelerators that should be enough to get it airborne. In the following videos, you can see Furze’s detailed account of the build process, including the final video where the actual flight takes place. And yes, before you ask. There will be fireworks... just you wait and see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQxPGOnwBGs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFtmrUscNqA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ToBgypNwL4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soxxPyaAT1k

Benchmarks never tell the whole story

Benchmarks never tell the whole storyDxOMark's cameraphone test has grown into the 3DMark of the mobile world — a multifaceted, widely used performance exam that churns out a definitive scalar score — and it's producing similar effects. Phone geeks are comparing and disputing scores while manufacturers are taking notice and actively optimizing their cameras to produce higher DxOMarks. Take HTC's 10 as the most recent instructive example.


TiVo agrees to $1.1 billion acquisition by Rovi

TiVo agrees to $1.1 billion acquisition by RoviDigital entertainment company and patent hog Rovi has agreed to buy DVR-maker TiVo in a $1.1 billion deal. The acquisition was rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning by Rovi, saying it will adopt the "iconic TiVo brand" as the name for the new company. Following the usual regulatory approvals, the acquisition is scheduled to go through in the third quarter this year.


Samsung’s Bedtime VR Stories is an ambitious app for remote parenting

Samsung’s Bedtime VR Stories is an ambitious app for remote parentingFans of virtual reality say the technology is going to connect people like never before, and Samsung obviously believes in this vision. The tech company has unveiled a new prototype app, Bedtime VR Stories, designed to let parents telling their children bedtime stories over virtual reality. The app is still a prototype at this point, but Samsung says it's currently being tested with select families in the UK.


Where to download and stream Drake’s new album ‘Views’

No, you don’t need Tidal for this one. Unlike Beyoncé’s Tidal launch of her newest album, Drake went directly to Apple for his latest release. Views , the new 20-track album that also includes hit single "Hotline Bling," can be purchased on iTunes straight away, or streamed on Apple Music if you’re a subscriber. The album will be an Apple exclusive for one week, Drake confirmed. DON’T MISS: Captain America: Civil War's post-credits scenes have been revealed Coming out just days after Beyoncé’s newly released Lemonade became an instant hit online, Views is Drake’s fourth studio album. The rapper released it just as he was preparing to do an interview with DJ Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Apple’s radio station. Drake teased the track list for Views on Thursday via Instagram, as seen above. The album features guest appearances by Rihanna, Future, PartyNextDoor, Pocaan, the late Pimp C, WizKid, and dvsn. Also of note, the album version of "Pop Style" on Views doesn’t include contributions from Kanye West or Jay Z, as heard in the single version. You can purchase the entire album on iTunes ( follow this link ) or stream it and download it for offline listening if you’re an Apple Music subscriber. And if you’re also looking to get Beyoncé’s Lemonade  without signing up for Tidal while you’re shopping for music this weekend, follow this link .

Rovi buying TiVo in $1.1B cash-and-stock deal

FILE - In this file photo taken March 1, 2010, a TiVo Wireless N Adapter is displayed in New York. Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday, April 29, 2016 that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion.


Will.i.am’s smartwatch available for pre-order in the UK

Dial, by Will.i.amThe Dial, the latest wearable by singer, rapper and entrepreneur Will.i.am, is now available for pre-order in the UK, reports Engadget.


First Click: Have we reached peak Apple?

First Click: Have we reached peak Apple?Apple’s incredible growth that saw the company report record quarterly earnings over a span of 13 years was untenable. Any one company would be thrilled by the success brought by the Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, or even the iPad. It makes me wonder: have we reached peak Apple?


Fairphone’s Google-free open source OS is now available to download

Fairphone's Google-free open source OS is now available to downloadThis includes trying to find conflict-free minerals for use in their phones' construction, but also the software that lives on these devices. This means users will have to find their own apps for email, maps, and a browser, but in exchange they get more control over their software. For most of us on Android, Google's services are just too integral to give up, and the benefits of an open source mobile OS are a bit niche.


Rovi to buy DVR maker TiVo for $1.1 billion

A Tivo Bolt is displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vega(Reuters) - Rovi Corp, a provider of digital entertainment guides, said on Friday it would buy digital-video recorder pioneer TiVo Inc in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion. The $10.70 per-share cash-and-stock offer represents a premium of 13.6 percent to TiVo's Thursday closing. TiVo's shares, which have shot up about 23 percent since the New York Times first reported about a potential deal on March 24, were trading at $9.74 before the opening bell on Friday.


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