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In a move considered unusual for a Chinese internet entrepreneur, Alibaba founder and business magnate Jack Ma urged Chinese officials to use big data to stop would-be criminals. Ma announced his ideas on Friday in a televised speech to about 1.5 million domestic security and legal officials. The speech was also published on the Chinese Communist Party’s Commission for Political and Legal Affairs' WeChat account on Saturday, according to Bloomberg.
China's Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco, planned to unveil its self-driving car prototype as part of a splashy U.S. launch for an array of technology products and services, including phones, televisions and entertainment production. Executives from Qualcomm and Lionsgate joined LeEco founder, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, to underscore the importance of the U.S. market to one of China's biggest technology companies.
Major US banking groups Monday announced they would join forces for a new person-to-person mobile payment application to counter services like PayPal's Venmo and Square Cash. The new app called Zelle will launch in 2017 and give consumers the ability to instantly send and receive payments using a smartphone. "Zelle will transform how people manage their financial lives, providing them faster, safer, and more convenient payment options with their friends and family," said Paul Finch, chief executive officer of the banking technology firm Early Warning, which made the announcement.
This weekend saw one of the biggest corporate acquisitions in years as AT&T reached a deal to purchase Time Warner for more than $80 billion. Comcast has a bundle of cable channels and a fiber network — a scary combination for many — but it doesn't have a wireless business (at least not yet). Verizon has a wireless business and a web empire, but it doesn't have any TV channels.
Google is continuing work on a standalone headset that blends virtual and augmented reality, according to Engadget. The device, which has been rumored previously, functions differently from the Daydream VR headset that will soon ship to consumers. Additionally, Engadget now reports that the unannounced product integrates eye tracking technologies and algorithms "to map out the real-world space in front of a user." The result is an experience that's less closed off than current VR headsets and "blurs the line between virtual and augmented reality." From the sounds of it, this merged reality concept seems to resemble that of Microsoft's HoloLens, though we know very little about Google's plans for this product and what features it will offer. The report reveals that some components powering Google's futuristic device are being provided by Movidius, the computer vision company that Intel is acquiring for an undisclosed sum.
The first is a classic novelette from 1941 called the Microcosmic God, by Theodore Sturgeon. The second is Redshirts: A novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi. It’s not long before the crew realizes something profound: they’re not really a spaceship, they’re characters in a crappy science fiction show.
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability — the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects in the foreground. Apple first announced the "portrait mode" ...
iOS apps are actually leaking more data than Android apps, with one important qualifier: The countries where the most leaks are happening.
If you ask Microsoft’s Cortana to spark your imagination today, the software will reply with real-world examples of how to foster creativity, find inspiration, and solve problems, using examples like Velcro creator George de Mestral and novelist Gertrude Stein. Rumor has Microsoft will show off an all-in-one PC that doubles as a drawing tool you can lay flat on a desk. Tying together the whole package appears to be a 3D ecosystem for Windows 10 that loops in the overhauled Microsoft Paint app, the HoloLens headset, and new peripherals for creating these 3D objects and holograms.
Apple is launching its portrait photo mode for the iPhone 7 Plus today with the release of iOS 10.1. The update, which includes some smaller features and bug fixes for other iOS 10 devices, is headlined by the addition of a photography mode that uses the 7 Plus' dual cameras to take portraits with blurred-out backgrounds, making them look a bit more like they were taken on a high-end camera. The feature is technically still in beta — and, for what it's worth, early examples of the portrait mode's results seem pretty hit and miss.
Chinese electronics company Hangzhou Xiongmai is recalling its webcams in the US following last week’s massive distributed denial-of-service attack that shut down multiple websites, including Github, Amazon, and Twitter. Some security researchers, including security firm Flashpoint, blamed the attack on Xiongmai’s lagging security practices and use of a default username and password in its software and camera components. Xiongmai told the BBC that its webcams didn’t make up the majority of the devices in the botnet, however.
In this era of big data, successful enterprises take advantage of data visualization. Microsoft is offering free courses that will train people how to use this reporting technique.
By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet unit Google has been given an extra week to formally respond to allegations by the European Commission that it was blocking rivals in online search advertising, a move likely to delay a regulatory decision on the case until next year. The deadline has been extended to Nov. 3 from Oct. 26, European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said, making it the second extension. "Google asked for additional time to review the documents in the case file.
This past weekend, while riding the train from Toronto’s Union Station to my suburban house, I found myself transfixed by a map. I look at transit maps all the time, but it’s always just a fleeting glance; I see where I am and where I need to go, then I’m done. But this time was different. I was struck by how clean and orderly the map looked, and analyzed it for tips on how I could make mine the same. Clearly I’ve been playing too much Mini Metro on my iPad.Mini Metro is a game about making subway maps. ...
The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden just ruled that camera drones qualify as surveillance cameras and require a permit under Sweden's camera surveillance laws. County administrators will have to consider whether use of a "surveillance camera" overrides the public's right to privacy on a case-by-case basis. Aerial photographers and recreational drone users may have to rely on alternative methods to get their footage.
Well, there is, sort of, for a loose definition of "better." For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out a pair of bone conduction headphones, a futuristic-sounding technology that’s about a century old. The company started off making bone conduction headphones for the military, but for the past couple of years it’s been trying to push them into the mainstream (with mixed success). Now, instead of faffing around sending vibrations through the air like a damn clown, bone conduction headphones take a more direct route — sending vibrations straight into the top of your jaw and from there to your inner ear and brain.
Facebook Live is an outstanding way to help establish and extend your company brand. Jack Wallen offers up ten tips that will help you hit the ground running with this new social media experience.
SEOUL/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - LG Electronics said Miele was infringing patents for so-called steam washing machines and has sent a letter demanding that the German domestic appliance maker stop using the technology, setting an end-October deadline for a response. Miele has been and is willfully infringing on LG's patents, LG said in the letter, sent last week and seen by Reuters. Miele, whose roots go back to 1899 when Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann founded a company to manufacture dairy cream separators, confirmed it had received the letter.
Samsung is bringing its Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet to the US five months after it was announced back in May. The tablet, which will retail for $349, will ship with an S Pen (hey former Note 7 owners!) and 3GB of RAM — an improvement on the 2GB of RAM the tablet shipped with when it was released overseas. The Tab A 10.1 won't run the latest version of Android out of the box — it's shipping with Android 6.0 — but hopefully Samsung will give it an update to Nougat in the near future. Samsung says the tablet will be available on its website and from select retailers on October 28th.
Bye-bye, bulk. These insulated jackets are so thin, you'll barely notice you're wearing one.
Microsoft is expected to unveil a Surface-branded all-in-one PC on Wednesday at an event in New York City. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy may have uncovered potential names for Microsoft's Surface PC, or the software features powering it. Conroy has a habit of spotting trademark filings: he found the AirPods trademark, an AirPods case, and Warner Brothers' filing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
On October 21, a Distributed Denial of Service attack on Dyn took many key web properties such as Twitter and Netflix offline. Here are some more details on the attack and the breadth of its impact.
Discover how to install applications when deploying devices using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). This illustrated tutorial takes you through the steps.
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New research shows that the part of the brain that is activated during dishonesty responds less and less as we “get used” to cheating — and that could make us lie even more. Brain scans of the participants confirmed that lying can be a slippery slope: people did lie more over time. When we deceive someone, the part of the brain that regulates emotion — called the amygdala — is activated, and we often feel shame or guilt.
Remember the Turing Phone? You might because you preordered it in August 2015 and received an "evaluation unit" a year later, only to discover it was kind of terrible. After a switch to Sailfish OS in January of this year, the company began shipping its "ultra-secure" phone to early backers with the promise that an upgraded version with the Snapdragon 820 processor would follow this year. Essentially, customers were sent a beta phone and then told the real version would be coming to them soon.Phoneradar reports that a source in Taiwan has now received this upgraded phone. ...
Microsoft recently announced a price hike for British customers purchasing enterprise software and cloud services due to the fall of the pound after the Brexit vote. Here's what you need to know.
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange first outlined the hypothesis nearly a decade ago: Can total transparency defeat an entrenched group of insiders?
The NBA League Pass, a subscription service that allows fans to live-stream games on their phone, tablet or smart TV, has launched a new feature designed specifically for mobile viewers. Called NBA Mobile View, the option provides a viewing experience that's optimized for smaller screens, reports TechCrunch. An explanatory video, for instance, shows a side-by-side comparison of how games are livestreamed for viewers watching on flat-screen TVs at home, for instance, and for viewers using the Mobile View option.
In what's becoming a tradition, Bethesda is getting ready for the release of a big new game by putting out a live-action trailer. The publisher previously did the same for both Fallout 4 and the recent reboot of Doom, and now it's Dishonored 2's turn. The new two-minute clip is called "Take Back What's Yours" and, like the company's previous attempts, it doesn't show what it will be like to play the game, but instead aims to capture the same feeling. ...
Wall Street signaled skepticism on Monday that AT&T Inc would secure the government approvals needed to carry out its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc , with shares of both companies falling as analysts scrutinized the deal. Time Warner shares were trading some 20 percent below the implied value of AT&T's $107.50 per share cash and stock offer, indicating investor doubts that the companies would be able to complete the transaction. The deal, announced on Saturday, would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted assets and reshape the media landscape.
The third season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, a Twilight Zone-esque anthology TV series about technological anxieties and possible futures, was released on Netflix on October 21st. If Black Mirror could be summed up in one sentence, it'd probably be "Technology is exciting, but people are awful, and they keep finding the worst ways to apply it." The anthology series had a seven-episode run on Britain's Channel 4 from 2011 to 2014, and Netflix is now producing new episodes, but the show hasn't changed much. At its best, it's insightful, satirical, and bleak enough to shock even viewers jaded by the endless, pummeling violence of shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Short-selling firm Muddy Waters said in a legal filing on Monday that outside cyber security experts it hired have validated its claims that St. Jude Medical Inc cardiac implants are vulnerable to potentially life-threatening cyber attacks. Muddy Waters released a 53-page report from boutique cyber security firm Bishop Fox, the latest piece of evidence to emerge in an ongoing dispute over claims made in August by the short-selling firm and cyber research firm MedSec Holdings that St. Jude cardiac implants are vulnerable to hacking. St. Paul, Minnesota-based St. Jude has strongly disputed those claims, which are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
During Friday’s massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on DNS service provider Dyn, one might be forgiven for mistaking the maps of network outages for images of some post-apocalyptic nuclear fallout. Aside from offering little detail and making a DDoS literally into a glowing red menace, they also obscured the reality of just how centralized a lot of internet infrastructure really is.
You don't have to go out to get a great cocktail. Make it at home with your Amazon Echo and Alexa.
Starting October 26th through to November 1st, Pokémon Go will be running its first in-game event, which will offer special rewards during Halloween. For starters, you’ll encounter more of what developer Niantic calls the "spookiest pokémon," which includes ghosts like Gastly, Gengar, and Haunter, and also Drowzee and Zubat for some reason.
The non-profit group Xprize, which creates global competitions to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems using technology, is launching two new competitions today: one to address access to fresh water, the other to address women’s safety. The two challenges were chosen because of their importance on a global scale, Zenia Tata, the executive director of global development and international expansion at Xprize, tells The Verge. "These issues are extremely valuable for everyone, no matter where they are," Tata says.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has given more details about his plan to colonize Mars.
Tom Merritt examines five ways Brexit could affect the tech landscape, including EU regulation, data portability, IT hiring, and more.
Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea are being offered a new compensation package. In a move to appease Galaxy Note 7 owners who had to exchange their faulty devices for a Galaxy S7 after reports of battery fires and exploding phones, the South Korean electronics and mobile giant announced an upgrade program that will make them eligible for a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 when they're launched next year. Customers will be able to upgrade to the forthcoming models at half the price of the Galaxy S7.
The NBA doesn't think it makes sense to give fans streaming games on a smartphone the exact same vantage point as people watching at home on a large TV screen. Beginning tomorrow, Mobile View will appear as a third option alongside the typical home and away feeds when in League Pass. Mobile View is available on both phones and tablets, but not League Pass apps designed for TVs.
Microsoft is returning to New York City this week to host a special press event on October 26th. While Microsoft held a similar event last year in October, this year's show is expected to include less hardware, with more of a theme around 3D and creativity. As always, you'll be able to follow along with our live blog for immediate updates on Microsoft's announcements.
Pinto, widely regarded as a talented mammalogist, had a prior record of misconduct. In 2008, while a biology masters student at Texas Tech University, he was admonished for inappropriate behavior with an undergraduate. "He would come into the room and ask for hugs, but just the girls." The details uncovered by The Verge have now forced the chair of TTU’s biology department, behavioral ecologist Ronald Chesser, to step down pending an investigation of extremely sexist remarks he made at Baker’s retirement party last year, which were caught on video.
Not long after The Verge was founded in late 2011, I heard from Nocs, a small team from Stockholm that had managed to get its impeccably tiny and minimalist headphones into Apple stores. All of these in-ear headphones had that unmistakeable purity of Scandinavian design: beauty achieved through purity of purpose, simplicity, and efficiency.
Computer scientists have created an AI program capable of predicting the outcome of human rights trials. The program was trained on data from nearly 600 cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and was able to predict the court's final judgement with 79 percent accuracy. Its creators say it could be useful in identifying common patterns in court cases, but stress that they do not believe AI will be able to replace human judgement.
T-Mobile US Inc raised its forecast for customer additions for the year and Chief Executive John Legere said AT&T Inc's proposed plan to buy Time Warner Inc could help T-Mobile to carve out more market share. AT&T on Saturday proposed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in a bid to acquire content to stream over its network to attract a growing number of online viewers. "I would say the great news is (AT&T is) going to be further unfocused than they are now and the upside opportunity to continue to acquire businesses in the space for us is tremendous," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said.
Microsoft’s Surface event in New York City is expected to yield new Surface hardware and details about the next Windows 10 software update. What we won’t see is a refresh of the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book — instead, we’re likely to see a new all-in-one Surface for the desktop as well as new Surface-branded keyboards and a mouse. Apple’s “hello again” event is on Thursday and is expected to focus heavily on the Mac.
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian ride-sharing service Ola has partnered with German carmaker BMW to strengthen its luxury mobility segment, the app-based taxi aggregator said on Monday. The tie-up will allow Ola cab operators to avail cheaper credit to buy BMW cars, receive after-sales support and guaranteed buyback, Ola said in a statement. BMW-certified instructors will also train drivers about auto safety systems and technology, the statement said. The agreement follows Ola's partnership, announced last month, with India's top SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra. ...
Samsung is offering Note 7 owners in South Korea the chance to upgrade their phone to a Note 8 for half the price when the as-yet-unannounced handset becomes available next year. In a statement on Monday, Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone launching next year through an upgrade programme. The news seemingly confirms that Samsung will be continuing the Note line despite the disaster of the Note 7, which was permanently discontinued earlier this month.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday a South Korean media report that the firm was in talks to acquire French audio equipment maker Focal for up to 300 billion won ($265.44 million) was not true. South Korea's Financial News newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said earlier talks between the two firms are in final stages and that Samsung plans to complete the acquisition by the year-end. "The report from Financial news on acquisition of the French audio equipment maker, Focal, is not true," Samsung, which is battling a crisis with the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, said in a statement, without elaborating further.
Google's Deep Dream software proved that computer imagination can be strange and hallucinogenic. This imagery is the work of computer scientist Gabriel Goh, who created a neural network that mashes together two existing programs. The first is a Deep Dream-like image generator from MIT that uses deep learning to look at libraries of pictures and create similar images, and the second is an open source program from Yahoo that automatically detects and filters pornography.
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft plans to increase prices for some enterprise services by up to 22 percent in Britain following the plunge in the pound, likely hitting thousands of companies and government departments who rely on its cloud and software products. Microsoft said it would increase prices for its enterprise software by 13 percent and for its cloud services by 22 percent from Jan. 1 next year, becoming the latest tech company to raise fees in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. Britain's shock vote on June 23 triggered the biggest one-day fall in sterling against the dollar and the pound is now down 18 percent against the U.S. currency, prompting computer makers such as Apple , Dell and others to increase prices in Britain.
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is offering an upgrade program option to Galaxy Note 7 customers in South Korea who trade in their recalled device for a Galaxy S7 phone, marking its latest attempt to retain customers. In a statement on Monday, Samsung said customers who trade in their Note 7 phone for either a flat-screen or curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7 can trade up for a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone launching next year through an upgrade program. In addition to offering refunds or exchanges for a Galaxy S7 smartphone, Samsung has already offered financial incentives amounting to 100,000 won ($88.39) to affected customers in South Korea.
By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - The first cross-border transaction between banks using multiple blockchain applications has taken place, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Wells Fargo & Co said on Monday, resulting in a shipment of cotton to China from the United States. Australian cotton trader Brighann Cotton Marketing bought the shipment bound for the port city Qingdao from U.S. division Brighann Cotton in Texas, the companies and their banks said in a joint statement. The blockchain trade, for 88 bales, totaled $35,000, Commonwealth Bank told Reuters.
Now, he’s partnered up with BMW to helm The Escape, a new entry in the company’s The Hire series of short action films, which just hit the web today. As the FBI closes in, the security contractors tasked with taking one of the clones away mounts an escape, hiring The Driver to whisk away Five (played by Dakota Fanning). The head of the mercenary group, the Punisher himself, Jon Bernthal, hops in the side passenger seat, and the convoy makes its escape.