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Remember One Laptop Per Child? Gone are the weird bulk orders required to get your hands on an OLPC in recent years, now you can just straight pre-order a laptop for $230, which should ship in August. In fact, the laptop is hardly familiar to anyone who has been following One Education's Infinity laptop project — which was originally supposed to be modular, and run Android or Sugar OS.
This is within the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average," the Google executive said. Italy has also demanded more than 200 million euros from Google, which is accused of perpetrating tax fraud there. Like other US-based online multinationals, such as Amazon and Facebook, Google is regularly accused of not paying its fair share of tax both in Europe and in the United States, registering instead in low tax havens.
The Tesla Model S cruising on "Autopilot" failed to pick up a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, sending the driver to his death without any effort to hit the brakes. The first known fatality from autonomous driving technology, it was a nightmare scenario for an industry promoting a way to improve road safety and reduce traffic fatalities that come mostly from human error. Researchers say the tragedy does not change the long-term outlook for autonomous vehicles or their potential benefits, but could dampen enthusiasm for this technology.
Today, New Horizons team received official confirmation that they will get extra funding from NASA to continue doing science with their faraway spacecraft, which visited Pluto in the summer of 2015. During this extension, which will last to 2021, New Horizons will conduct another flyby of an object at the Solar System's edge, as well as collect data on dozens of other deep space objects along the way. The spacecraft’s new target is 2014 MU69, an icy body about 20 to 30 miles across located in the Kuiper Belt — the huge cloud of objects at the fringes of the Solar System.
The company is discontinuing all its Android tablets -- which means it's done with Android for now.
The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S in Autopilot mode has turned up pressure on auto industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology is deployed safely. Shares of Tesla and Mobileye NV, the maker of the camera vision system used in the Model S, rose on Friday as analysts said the accident was likely a short-term setback. On Friday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said U.S. traffic deaths rose by 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015 - the highest annual tally since 2008 and biggest single-year jump since 1966.
This week, Eye-Fi announced that it would be discontinuing services for its older Wi-Fi-connected SD cards. The X1 and X2 SD cards were designed to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to older cameras that lacked it, and worked with a mobile or desktop app for transferring images. Eye-Fi says it started phasing out the X2 cards in 2012 and ceased selling them in authorized channels in March, 2015.
The US government has released numbers estimating that targeted air strikes have killed 64 to 116 civilians outside war zones since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. The statistics offer a rare official look at casualties from the drone program, albeit one that is significantly lower than unofficial estimates. The report doesn’t count deaths in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, which are designated "areas of active hostilities." That leaves anti-terrorism strikes in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story June 29 about Microsoft's Windows 10, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a woman who sued Microsoft in small claims court. She is Teri Goldstein, not Terri. The story also provided an incorrect age for Goldstein. She declined to give her age for publication.
Trade in your old phone at Verizon and get up to $300 toward a new phone or your phone bill.
A man using Tesla's Autopilot died when neither he, nor his car, braked to prevent crashing into a tractor-trailer. Here's how the accident fits into a broader conversation about autonomous driving.
A sleeping driver and a terrified granny are among the many people who appear in popular YouTube videos using the Tesla Autopilot technology - and not always using the system as intended. Many are not "screaming granny" videos, but the more whacky ones often get far more clicks than the straightforward videos.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating the first reported death of a driver whose car was in self-driving mode when he crashed. Joshua D. Brown, 40, died May 7 when his Tesla Model S, which was operating on "autopilot," failed to activate its brakes and hit a truck in Florida.
Cupertino, California's most famous corporate resident hopes to move into its ambitious new home next year, and construction looks to be progressing on schedule.
Neon, Argon and Mercury: we'll see one new BlackBerry each quarter, according to this report.
Technically Incorrect: Accosted by supposed fans in an LA hotel, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows remarkable restraint.
Kanye West's music video for "Famous," which The Verge's T.C. Sottek called "damn genius clickbait," was — until now — damn genius clickbait that was exclusive to Tidal. Now, it's available to watch on YouTube.
The American pop icon reaches 90 million Twitter followers, making her the social media network's top-ranked user.
It's the day before a holiday weekend, which means a lot of people are on vacation and not a lot of people are in the Verge offices right now. So, when presented with the prospect of eating lunch alone, I, like any good citizen of the modern world, turned to the internet for comfort and companionship. Specifically, I turned to "Social Eating," a new Twitch category where people livestream themselves eating or drinking.
"The Dark Souls of X" is such a common cliche that there’s an entire Twitter account dedicated to mocking it. The phrase is usually an unnecessary substitute for saying a game is hard: Super Hexagon is the Dark Souls of mobile games, Super Meat Boy is the Dark Souls of platformers, Homefront: The Revolution is the Dark Souls of cooperative multiplayer. For something that feels genuinely of VR, you might look to Left-Hand Path — a literally and figuratively dark fantasy game whose creator has described it as Dark Souls for the HTC Vive.
Apple responded today to Spotify's controversial claims that the iPhone maker was intentionally rejecting the streaming service's app to prevent it from competing with Apple Music, saying Spotify is asking for "preferential treatment" in the App Store's approval process. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell sent a letter, obtained by BuzzFeed News, to Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez outlining the company's stance and calling into question Spotify's claims of anticompetitive behavior. "There us nothing in Apple’s conduct that 'amounts to a violation of applicable antitrust laws.' Far from it," he adds.
Previously a Tidal exclusive, the controversial NSFW video is now available for everyone (of age) to see.
After a 10 year run, the Senate will finally stop issuing BlackBerry smartphones to its staff.
Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk has become the face of a new kind of 3D printing technology that allows for the creation of a fibrous, hairy material called Rottlace. Designer Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group came up with the concept, which Björk is putting into practise on the Tokyo leg of a Björk Digital virtual reality event series which started June 29 and runs until July 18. Björk's own face was used as a basis for the prosthetic covering, which mimics soft tissue, muscle and rigid bone structure within a single print, Mediated Matter said in a statement.
Business Technology Weekly is TechRepublic's news podcast, featuring top tech headlines. This week we discuss HP's Device-as-a-Service model, what the Brexit means for tech, and Google's data policy.
If you own an older vehicle and have been looking to try out Apple's CarPlay, JVC may have a solution for you. The company has released the KW-V820BT, its aftermarket receiver featuring CarPlay. The receiver, which costs $600, features a 6.8-inch resistive touchscreen, Bluetooth audio, and standalone Spotify and Pandora apps, alongside Apple's OS.
And not just some namby-pamby, semi-automation, either.
By Joseph Menn and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A pitched legal battle between ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft, involving accusations of hacking and corporate spying, ended with a settlement this week that did not require either company to pay money, according to sources familiar with the agreement. The settlement coincided with news that Lyft was working with investment bank Qatalyst Partners to pursue strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. The settlement would remove a legal risk for potential partners, though it could not be learned whether the deal or timing was linked to a possible transaction.
The fun thing about British author Roald Dahl has always been his authentic streak of malice. Which may explain why Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Dahl’s book The BFG feels so sleepy and dull: It replaces most of the sense of threat with sentiment, and plays up the whimsy at the expense of any other emotion. It feels like a neutered version of Dahl, one without the gleeful derangement of Gene Wilder in the 1971 screen adaptation Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, or Anjelica Huston in the 1990 version of The Witches.
Is it round? It is square? A seemingly miraculous Illusion of the Year finalist plays with your brain and leaves you befuddled.
BlackBerry isn’t ready to give up on Android. The company is reportedly planning to release three new Android phones this year, which will come out one per quarter for the next three quarters, according to VentureBeat. CEO John Chen mentioned the creation of two new Android phones earlier this year.
The Smart ForTwo Cabriolet will be the cheapest top-down fun you can have in the US, with a starting price well below $20,000.
By John Ruwitch HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Friday went public with a new drive to display its determination to stamp out fake goods, urging brands to help its anti-piracy campaign rather than trade rebukes on the issue. The U.S.-listed online shopping powerhouse has been dogged by accusations its sites are flooded with copy-cat products, culminating with its ejection this year from a U.S.-based anti-counterfeiting alliance only weeks after being admitted. At an intellectual property conference it's hosting in Hangzhou, Alibaba on Friday unveiled a new online system to help track and remove fakes as its top anti-piracy official called for more cooperation with makers of branded goods.
The ATS is also receiving some updates, but we told you about those already.
Now you can tell people what you had for breakfast in languages you don't even know.
You'll soon be able to post on Facebook in multiple languages using a new automatic translation feature, the company said today. If you write a post in English but publish it in Spanish, for example, any of your friends or followers who use Facebook in Spanish would see that Spanish translation of your post. The new composer, which will work for all permutations of the 45 languages Facebook currently translates, is beginning to roll out today.
A 69-year-old retired airplane pilot named Peter Browne has created the most lovable mechanical contraption this side of Short Circuit. Built with pal Mervyn Huggett, who I have to imagine was birthed whole cloth for an abandoned J.K. Rowling novel, the machine prepares the three core parts of a morning meal: the protein (an egg), the grain (toast), and the beverage (tea, naturally).According to the YouTube page of SWNS TV, the project took "a total of 1,000 hours" over three months of construction. ...
The Echo smart speaker and Fire TV previously were only able to reorder items.
This mouse has an accelerometer, gyroscope, 50 buttons, and an OLED display to make you the ultimate gamer
The Z mouse will bring you to another dimension, mannnn. But not actually. What it’ll do is let you use your mouse in unconventional ways. Like: Swiftpoint You can tilt it to different angles to control when you crouch or lean during a game without having to hold down a key.Or: Swiftpoint You can pivot the mouse so you can run forward while also turning to the side.And finally: Swiftpoint You an use it "in the air" because why do you need to keep a mouse on the ground, right? This function apparently gives you better control when pitching, rolling, and yawing. ...
A pirate with the username Thuy Pham surreptitiously inserted a copy of the 1995 teen movie within another 360-degree video on YouTube.
In May, Nicole Cliffe and Mallory Ortberg announced that today would be the end of The Toast. Today, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has written a farewell message for a blog. Of course, The Toast commenters are right to be excited and right to be a little suspicious.
The age of the Blackberry as the go-to mobile device in Congress is finally coming to an end. Senate staffers were informed this week that BlackBerry devices won't be issued after the already-limited supplies run out. "BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices (Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport, and Classic) has been discontinued," reads a memo from the Sergeant at Arms office received by reporter Jim Swift.
It's been possible to use Amazon's Echo and Alexa assistant to make basic purchases - reorders of existing products, a handful of select items from Amazon - since the device launched, but today the Echo's purchasing abilities are being greatly expanded. The products do have to be eligible for Prime shipping, and Amazon says it is adding more products to the list every day. Once you ask Alexa for a product, say coffee, Alexa will suggest a Prime eligible product and tell you the cost.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has officially crossed the barrier over into Jupiter’s magnetosphere, the powerful magnetic field that extends millions of miles around the planet. NASA believes Juno entered this region of space between June 24th and 25th.
The last Android phone I bought was the Galaxy S6, specifically because it did VR. Right now, if you're looking for a phone, you basically have a choice between Samsung (if you want good VR, or just like curved edges on things), and everybody else.
There will also be people playing pinball. "Things like pinball get people over the seriousness of artwork," says Zander Brimijoin, the company's creative director. When we visit Red Paper Heart's office in mid-June, the project, is still under construction.
Unfortunately, it's "bring your own snack” and they don't know an Afghan biscuit from a Scooby Snack. The OED has your back. The OED continually updates their list of words to keep abreast of modern colloquiums and phrases.
After what was thought to be a slow news week, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul bring in resident cybersecurity expert Russell Brandom to explain the cryptocurrency Ethereum and how there was a recent attack on the Decentralized Autonomous Organization which stole $53 million. Then, later on in the show a surprise guest pops in to give us breaking news on the Android.
A Brazilian judge has ordered a block on 19.5 million real (roughly $6 million) owned by Facebook, according to a new report by O Globo’s G1 news service. It’s the latest move in an ongoing legal fight with WhatsApp, which saw days-long telecom blackouts of the service in both May and December. According to the order, the 19.5 million real blocked by the judge constitute unpaid fines by WhatsApp.
Sony is preparing to add three new, cheaper models to its 4K TV lineup. The X700D, the X750D, and the X800D are the latest additions to Sony's XBR lineup, and the new sets will be available in five different configurations:XBR-49X700D, 49-inch, $999.99 MSRPXBR-55X700D, 55-inch, $1,499.99 MSRPXBR-65X750D, 65-inch, $2,299.99 MSRPXBR-43X800D, 43-inch, $1,299.99 MSRPXBR-49X800D, 49-inch, $1,499.99 MSRP
If you’re looking for a premium, ultraportable laptop, there aren’t many options to be found in the Windows world. In terms of premium design and ultraportable features, the Spectre is as good as you can get. It’s priced premium too: the Spectre starts at $1,169, and the unit I’ve been testing sells for $1,249.
Formula E is about to wrap up its second season this weekend with a double-header finale in London that promises to be a thrill. Two drivers have been waging an excellent battle for the drivers’ title, and the team championship is also up for grabs. In Formula E’s debut season, the drivers’ championship was decided in the last laps of the final races in London.
Natasha Khan and Devonté Hynes don’t have that kind of star power, but their new albums — as Bat for Lashes and Blood Orange, respectively — are proof you can tell an effective story about yourself without the strength of personality reserved for pop’s upper echelon. Khan’s always had a deft hand with characters, and her discography is littered with memorable single-name figures.
SAN FRANCISCO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Apple Inc fought back on Friday against Spotify's claims that the U.S. tech giant had hampered competition in music streaming by rejecting an update to the Swedish service's iPhone app. The two companies have gone head to head in the battle for music streaming customers since Apple Music was launched in more than 100 countries last year. Apple's entry into the field sparked concerns from music streaming companies such as Spotify, which have argued that the 30 percent cut Apple takes of subscriptions in its App Store give its own service an unfair advantage.
"The New Man in Charge" is a 12-minute epilogue that seems to have been included as a DVD feature, made up of what appears to be unused footage from season 6. "The New Man in Charge" is pure function, just 12 minutes of bluntly explaining Lost's mysteries for those who haven't been paying attention and questioned the series at its every turn. In fact, like all people at The Verge, I am a staunch defender of the Lost finale (jk most of them hate it).
Is Intel's Management Engine a backdoor for security groups and hackers, or just a feature created to aid businesses? Jack Wallen dives in and draws his conclusions.
Each and every July — since perhaps the dawn of time — our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook feeds are bombarded with low-lit and grainy photos of fireworks displays. The truth is even as smartphone cameras improve with each new device cycle, they're still not very capable when it comes to snapping a solid photo of anything in the dark at a distance. The "X-Pro II" or "Lo-Fi" filter will only do so much, and it's often that the only decent photos you'll see are saturated to death.
Expanding its focus on charitable giving, Facebook is now letting users start standalone Pages where they can raise money for charity. The new feature, launched yesterday, lets ordinary people collect donations for the US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit of their choice, set fundraising goals, and let their friends and followers know why they should give. "Fundraisers allow nonprofit supporters to set up a dedicated page to share their story, tell others about a nonprofit’s mission, and rally around a fundraising goal," reads the announcement post on the Nonprofits on Facebook page. Facebook launched Pages for nonprofits last fall, letting organizations like Mercy Corps and the World Wildlife Fund raise money directly from the News Feed.
Everything’s internet-connected, so why not your keyboard? Das Keyboard launched a Kickstarter yesterday for its 5Q, which it hopes will be the first cloud-connected keyboard on the market. What exactly does a cloud-connected keyboard do?
BMW announced this morning that it will "bring solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production" by 2021, just five years from now. The plan is a partnership with Intel, which will supply processing power, and Mobileye, the Israeli supplier of driver assistance systems and sensors that supplies a large percentage of the auto industry. The announcements have all come as a part of BMW's 100th anniversary celebrations, which have seen the launch of three concept cars from BMW (and its brands Mini and Rolls-Royce) that prominently feature self-driving tech.
Android has a sweet new name, a Florida man has his eyes set on Apple and Andy questions what's inside a Mars bar.
By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is teaming up with Intel and Mobileye to develop new technology for the auto industry that could put self-driving cars on the road by around 2021. The alliance highlights a shift in the dynamics of research and development in the car industry, which until recently saw automakers largely dictating terms for suppliers to manufacture their proprietary technologies at specified volumes and prices. Now carmakers are increasingly striking up partnerships with technology firms using open technology standards, seeking to harness their expertise in areas including machine learning and mapping as they race against Silicon Valley companies such as Google , Tesla and Apple to develop driverless vehicles.
When's the right time to send your friend a face with a long nose, or a severed arm taking a selfie? How about a clown face? The answers range from sometimes to never.
Its creators call it "hyper-reality": a virtual experience overlaid onto physical space, creating impossible places that visitors can touch as well as see. On July 1st, after months of running limited "beta testing," The Void is opening its first public attraction: a Ghostbusters-themed experience in New York City’s Times Square, located inside the Madame Tussauds wax museum. Ghostbusters: Dimension is short and linear, although there are supposedly hidden Easter eggs for visitors to find—it’s a walk-through three-person experience, not a vast virtual world.
Using a VPN can secure your browsing and give you access to region-locked websites and video. NordVPN's mobile apps overhaul promises easy use, but there's a potential problem that users have noticed.
Still waiting on that passenger car, though.
London is an international hub for financial-technology firms. Some of these fast-growing start-ups are now weighing in on how the UK's vote to leave the EU will affect the industry.
As part of a deal for a past funding round, the HR software company agreed to slash its valuation and give investors more ownership.
By Maya Nikolaeva and Julien Ponthus PARIS (Reuters) - ING Group is working on a Europe-wide platform enabling customers to handle all their bank accounts, including money transfers, in one place, in response to upcoming rule changes and growing competition from non-bank rivals such as Apple . Regulatory changes are set to make the online banking world even more competitive. The EU revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) means member states will have until January 2018 to offer freedom for customers to make banking transfers between various bank accounts with the help of a third-party player.
The California-based electric car company announced the news today in London, where this weekend Formula E will wrap up its second season with a pair of races around Battersea Park. Faraday Future will be entering the series thanks to a technical partnership with Dragon Racing, one of the 10 existing Formula E teams. The company will also become a stakeholder in Dragon Racing, which is currently owned by Jay Penske (the son of motorsport legend Roger Penske), though the two sides declined to say how much Faraday will control.
There, I entered the MetroNaps EnergyPod — pods that look like very comfy chairs you'd expect to see on a spaceship. The goal of the partnership between the two companies is to make the MetroNaps napping experience even better, by bringing in Pzizz’s "proven solution" to inducing sleep, says MetroNaps CEO Christopher Lindholst. The psychoacoustic techniques Pzizz uses are supposed to induce sleep.
Daniel Tiger and other educational pals will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Apple is apparently in exploratory talks to acquire Jay Z's streaming service Tidal, for an undisclosed amount, according to The Wall Street Journal. If Apple does manage to keep all the Tidal artists, it's feasible that Apple could catch up with Spotify's 30 million paid users in the next year or so (the acquisition of Tidal alone would push it to nearly 20 million paid subscribers), but that 100 million number looms large, and Apple will have to make some changes to reach that target.
Artificial intelligence is becoming a serious part of our lives. Get ready for machines that know you -- really, really know you.
From a gas grill to an all-terrain party cooler, here's the gear we can't wait to get our hands on this July.
Just a bunch of cylinders which are also rectangular prisms when you look at them in the mirror, but when you turn them round they become rectangular prisms which are cylinders in the mirror. This is, apparently, the 'ambiguous cylinders' illusion, the creation of Kokichi Sugihar, a professor of engineering at Meiji University in Japan. Like this illusion, the ambiguous cylinders rely on the viewer looking at a structure from a certain angle— in addition to some judiciously placed folds that look like curves when seen back to front.
Aiming to reach younger voters, a software developer has released an iOS keyboard with emojis depicting the Democratic candidate.
A feeling that’s been festering for a week, ever since I read this Washington Post article titled “I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything” by Jeff Guo, who, I presume, is the devil.
The new restaurant is also brimming with wireless (and wired) chargers for your phone.
Chinese online retailer JD.com said on Friday that Britain leaving the European Union could make British goods cheaper to buy but it was premature to say if the move would significantly impact the group's business. The pound has dropped almost 8 percent against the dollar since last Friday, the steepest daily decline in the post-1973 floating-exchange-rate era, after Britain's Brexit vote stunned global markets. It is however too early to say if there will be a significant impact on business," Tony Qiu, head of JD Worldwide, told a news conference in Paris.
In the finale of CNET's historic crowdsourced sci-fi novel, the war on Earth is over, but the story of the multiverse may just be getting started.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is planning to attach a video camera to a shark's fin to watch it feed in the Pacific.
It's not just women who are monitoring their reproductive systems using internet-connected gadgets — now men can get in on the fun too! Say hello to Trak, a portable centrifuge that offers an easy way to test sperm count at home. The company behind Trak, Sandstone Diagnostics, unveiled the product years ago, but last month announced FDA approval, with Trak now set to go on sale in October this year for $159.99. Users just fill a disposable propellor-shaped cartridge with their semen, and place it in the centrifuge.