Researchers Are Working With NASA To See If Comedians Help Team Cohesion On Long Space Missions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: [R]esearchers have found that the success of a future mission to the red planet may depend on the ship having a class clown. "These are people that have the ability to pull everyone together, bridge gaps when tensions appear and really boost morale," said Jeffrey Johnson, an anthropologist at the University of Florida. "When you're living with others in a confined space for a long period of time, such as on a mission to Mars, tensions are li...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Alaska, Antarctica, Mars, Johnson, Houston Texas, Hera, Jeffrey Johnson, University of Florida When

Xiaomi Mi 9 camera specs confirmed – 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, 12MP telephoto lens, 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and Sapphire Glass protection

After confirming new holographic display technology and Snapdragon 855 SoC for the flagship Mi 9 smartphone earlier this week, ahead of February 20 announcement, today Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun has confirmed the camera specifications of the smartphone. Xiaomi Mi 9 camera specifications 48-megapixel main camera with f/1.75 aperture, 6P lens, 1/2.0" Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, 4-in-1 pixel binning 12-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture,  1.0μm pixel size, 6P lens, 2x lossle...
Tags: News, Blogging, Xiaomi, Sony, Bin Lin, Xiaomi Mi 9 camera, Xiaomi Mi 9 camera specs, Sapphire Glass

ARCore V1.7 update brings Augmented Faces APIs, ARCore Elements and UI improvements

Google's ARCore is getting a new update bringing the version number to V1.7. This update brings new Augmented Faces API for the front camera and other improvements. It creates a "high quality, 468-point 3D mesh" of a user's face, which can be used to create effects. The possible use cases include masks, hats, skin retouching, and more. The mesh provides coordinates and region-specific anchors that make it possible to add these effects.ARCore 1.7 also includes 'ARCore Elements,' which are a ...
Tags: Google, Apps, News, Blogging, Arcore, Augmented Faces API

Google testing Scroll-to-Text feature that would let you share link to specific section on a page

Google is currently testing a new feature on its Canary version of the browser and this new feature will allow users to share links to specific sections of web pages, even with those pages that don’t have anchor links. This feature will enable a user to highlight a section of the text on the web and then create a custom URL that points directly to that section. Google is calling this 'Scroll to Text', it would load the URL as usual and scroll to a specific section of the article on that page ...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Apps, Blogging

Apple acquires AI Voice App startup Pullstring

Apple has acquired San-Francisco based startup Pullstring that enables the design and publishing of voice apps, according to a latest report. This purchase could help Apple's Siri compete better with Alexa.  Pullstring was founded in 2011 by a group of former Pixar executives and was originally used to power interactive voice apps for toys. Later on, it broadened its approach with the introduction of IoT products like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. The company raised around $44 million in ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, San Francisco, Siri, Blogging, Rumors, Pixar, Amazon Echo, Oren Jacob, Apple Pullstring, Alexa Pullstring, CRV Greylock True Ventures Khosla Ventures

Samsung's New Galaxy Tab S5e Is Its Lightest and Thinnest Tablet Ever

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab S5e, its lightest and thinnest tablet ever made. "At $399, it's not only far more affordable than the flagship $649 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, it's arguably surpassed it in some ways," reports The Verge. From the report: For starters, the Tab S5e has the thinnest and lightest metal unibody of any Galaxy Tab, measuring 5.5mm thin and weighing just 400 grams -- even compared to the 11-inch iPad Pro at 5.9mm thick and 468 grams, the Tab S5e is both lighter and thinne...
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Bixby

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

Revised proposals attempt to address worries over Manifest v3 API changes Google has proposed changes to its Chrome Extension renovation plan that answer some but not all of the concerns its Manifest v3 technical specification.…
Tags: Google, Software

Steve Jurvetson tells all: about his new $200 million fund, his new partner, his new shopping list, and more

Steve Jurvetson is staging a comeback, disclosing today that his new San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Future Ventures, has raised $200 million for its debut fund. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again,” says Jurvetson, whose career was somewhat famously derailed in the fall of 2017 when a former girlfriend wrote a Facebook post, accusing DFJ — the firm Jurvetson cofounded in 1985 — of “predatory behavior.” DFJ said publicly the next day that it was already investigating “indi...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Spacex, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Venture Capital, Tim Draper, Khosla Ventures, Dfj, Carnegie Mellon, Airbus Ventures, Steve Jurvetson, Memphis Meats, Jurvetson, John Fisher

New Drug Rapidly Repairs Age-Related Memory Loss, Improves Mood

A team of Canadian scientists has developed a fascinating new experimental drug that is purported to result in rapid improvements to both mood and memory following extensive animal testing. It's hoped the drug will move to human trials within the next two years. New Atlas reports: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a key neurotransmitter, and when altered it can play a role in the development of everything from psychiatric conditions to cognitive degeneration. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Va...
Tags: Tech

The Delux Designer Keyboard brings every shortcut you dreamed of to your fingertips

A heaven-sent for every creative, the Delux Designer was designed for your spare hand. You know, the one that isn’t wielding the Wacom stylus. With 28 absolutely essential keys (including 12 specially programmable hotkeys) and a dial, the Delux Designer is the only keyboard you’ll ever need to work your creative software.The Delux Designer occupies a third of the space a regular keyboard takes. In fact, it strips down the regular keyboard to its bare essentials, putting all your important shor...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Designer, Keyboard, Product Design, Wacom, Jie Chen, Delux, Delux Designer

800 Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts Are Now Online: Browse & Download Them Courtesy of the British Library and Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Buried Giant begins with an immersive depiction of what it might have been like to live in a European village during the middle ages. Or what it might feel like for us moderns, at least. The couple at the center of the story spends several pages fretting over the loss of a candle, their only one. Without it, their nights are pitch black. In the day, they wander in a fog, unable to remember anything. Though the cause of this turns out to be dark magic, one can’t help t...
Tags: Google, Books, England, College, France, History, Libraries, British Library, Kazuo Ishiguro, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, France England, Mirador, Polonsky Foundation, Durham NC Follow, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Huge Study Finds Professors' Attitudes Affect Students' Grades

A huge study at Indiana University, led by Elizabeth Canning, finds that the attitudes of instructors affect the grades their students earned in classes. The researchers conducted their study by sending out a simple survey to all the instructors of STEM courses at Indiana University, asking whether professors felt that a student's intelligence is fixed and unchanging or whether they thought it could be developed. Then, the researchers were given access to two years' worth of students' grades in ...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Indiana University, Elizabeth Canning

Google Is Forcing Some Nest Customers to Reset Their Potentially Compromised Passwords

After Nest contacted its customers earlier this month urging them to better secure their accounts, it appears the company is now taking the reins.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Passwords, Cameras, Nest

18,000 Android Apps Track Users By Violating Advertising ID Policies

18,000 Android apps with tens or hundreds of millions of installs on the Google Play Store have been found to violate Google's Play Store Advertising ID policy guidance by collecting persistent device identifiers such as serial numbers, IMEI, WiFi MAC addresses, SIM card serial numbers, and sending them to mobile advertising related domains alongside ad IDs. Bleeping Computer reports: AppCensus is an organization based in Berkeley, California, and created by researchers from all over the world w...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Tech, Cnet, Berkeley California, IDs Bleeping Computer, AppCensus, Tom Temple Run

How Google Business Can Help Your Local SEO Ranking

Today, everyone with a website wants to be noticed in the search results and there are loads of tactics to help you rank well as a local business entity, but there is no silver bullet. As with most SEO issues, this is always a combined effort. One of many pieces of the local SEO puzzle is Google My Business, a dashboard for managing listings. But what is it exactly and why is it so important for local SEO? What is Google My Business? Google My Business is an interface that empowers busines...
Tags: Google, General, Radio, Google My Business, Knowledge Graph Google, Google Never, Google Insights Google

71 Presidents' Day tech deals that are worth your time — from Google, Amazon, Apple, and more

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Presidents' Day Weekend is the first time to catch a bunch of great deals after the holidays, especially for tech. To save you time, we looked through sales from Best Buy, Walmart, Lenovo, and Dell to find the 71 best deals. We've broken them down into six categories: computers, smart home accessories, headphones and speakers, TV ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Walmart, Intel, Chromebook, Logitech, Dell, MacBook Air, Lg, Lenovo, Amazon Echo, Canon, Business Insider, Epson

Tommy Honton, Experience Designer

Our guest this week is Tommy Honton. Tommy is a Los Angeles-based experience designer who specializes in weaving interactivity and game mechanics into narrative storytelling. Across the United States, he’s produced interactive and immersive work for audience sizes ranging from 1 to 80,000. He’s also the co-creator and designer of the critically-acclaimed escape room Stash House and co-founder of the interactive exhibition Museum of Selfies. You can follow him on Twitter @angelalansburyd. Subs...
Tags: Google, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, United States, Ray, Google Doc, Ray Jones, Stash House, Tommy Honton, Tommy Honton Tommy, Museum of Selfies You, Trakt

Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. The company makes voice experience design tools, artificial intelligence to power those experiences, and toys like talking Barbie and Thomas The Tank Engine toys in partnership with Mattel. Founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives, PullString went on to raise $44 mill...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Apps, Hardware, Developer, Entertainment, Siri, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Barbie

Samsung To Stop Making 4K Blu-Ray Players, Report Says

According to a report from Forbes, Samsung may be exiting the 4K Blu-ray player market. "After launching its first 4K players in 2017, the company didn't add any new players to its lineup in 2018," reports CNET. "A high-end player for 2019 along the lines of its UBD-M9500 was in the works, the report says, but has now been scrapped." From the report: One of the reasons for pulling out could be that the existing players' format support has lagged behind the rest of the industry. For example, inst...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Samsung, Tech, Sony, Panasonic, Dolby Vision, Cnet, Oppo, Forbes Samsung, Dolby Vision Samsung

GAO Gives Congress Go-ahead For a GDPR-like Privacy Legislation

An independent report authored by a US government auditing agency has recommended that Congress develop internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections, similar to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). From a report: The 56-page report [PDF] was put together by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), a bi-partisan government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress. Its reports are used for hearings and drafting leg...
Tags: Congress, US, Tech, Eu, GAO, House Energy and Commerce Committee, US Government Accountability Office GAO, Privacy Legislation

'Google, this is bogus as hell' — one of the fathers of the internet blasts Google for how Chromecast behaves on his home network

Internet pioneer Paul Vixie publicly ranted about Google this week after he bought a Chromecast device and tried to stream videos to his TV over his home network. The Chromecast was trying to do something Vixie hadn't allowed any device on his home network to do: blab about his network to an outside entity, in this case, to Google. It led to an ironic situation where the streaming stick was trying to circumvent some of the very internet technologies that Vixie helped to invent.  Of course Vixi...
Tags: Apple, Google, White House, Trends, Chromecast, Huawei, Dns, AT T, Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF, Google Chromecast, RBL, Paul Vixie, VMware Cisco, Vixie

Atlassian is 'rewriting the playbook' in cloud software, and customers love it so much it could raise prices without anyone complaining, says analyst (TEAM)

After Atlassian reported blockbuster earnings last quarter, BTIG analyst Joel Fishbein says customers now see Atlassian's products as "must-haves." If Atlassian raised its prices by 7-15%, customers likely wouldn't complain that much because its software products are seen as essential for companies. The demand for products for software developers will only grow, Fishbein says, and Atlassian's acquisition of Opsgenie make a splash in the IT space as well. If Atlassian, the $25 billion Aussie ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Atlassian, Splunk, Jira, U S Bureau of Labor Statistics, BTIG, Joel Fishbein, Fishbein, Atlassian Fishbein, ServiceNow Read

US Labor Organization AFL-CIO Urges Game Developers To Unionize In Open Letter

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gamasutra: In the wake of Activision Blizzard's massive layoff wave, a move that was announced in the same call as the company's record quarter, the union federation AFL-CIO has published an open letter to game developers urging members of the industry to organize. The AFL-CIO itself is the largest labor organization in the United States and counts 55 individual unions (and more than 12.5 million workers) among its affiliates. The letter, readable in full...
Tags: Tech, United States, Kotaku, AFL CIO, Gamasutra, Shuler, Liz Shuler, US Labor Organization AFL CIO

Apple just reportedly bought a startup that specializes in helping companies build voice apps

Apple has acquired Pullstring, a startup that helps customers publish voice apps, according to Axios. The acquisition could be part of an effort by Apple to catch up to Amazon, the current leader in the voice assistant space. Pullstring was last valued at $163.57 million, according to PitchBook, but the terms of the deal were not specified in the report.  Apple has acquired Pullstring, a company that helps companies publish voice apps for platforms like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Siri, United States, Barbie, Alexa, Strategy Analytics, Mattel, PitchBook, Alexa Amazon, Pullstring

10 Catchy WordPress Landing Page Themes

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Tags: Business, Technology, Web Design, Wordpress, Marketing, Reader Submission, Landing Pages, Wordpress Themes, Landing Page Templates, Catchy WordPress Landing Page Themes

40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory

Forty countries, led by Japan and the European Union, have agreed to require passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to come equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as 2020. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the new regulation will become compulsory for all countries that adopt it during an upcoming June […] The post 40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Technology, Safety, Government, European Union, Regulation, United Nations, Autos, News Blog, Automotive Safety, Automatic Emergency Braking, U.N, Advanced Driving Aids, UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Marriott now lets you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack

Hotel chain giant Marriott will now let you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it has put in place “a mechanism to enable guests to look up individual passport numbers to see if they were included in the set of unencrypted passport numbers.” That follows a statement last month from the company confirming that five million unencrypted passport numbers were stolen in the data breach last year. The checker, hosted by security firm OneTrust, will ...
Tags: Tech, Marriott, Starwood

CBS Interactive’s Marc DeBevoise on Streaming Boom, Content Strategy, and Apple

Not everyone wants or needs to be Netflix to succeed in the streaming space. And not everyone sees Apple’s enigmatic new service as a threat. Even as rival streaming services offer gobs of content, CBS Interactive’s president and COO Marc DeBevoise sees the company’s targeted original programming strategy continuing to attract viewers to its All […]
Tags: Apple, News, Netflix, Cbs, CBS Corp, CBS Interactive, Marc DeBevoise, COO Marc DeBevoise

Design-Driven Charging Stations by Leon’s Electric Trout

Offering a little charm, character and warmth to a functional tech product As our phones get slimmer, sleeker and more stylish, there are a few brands working on docking stations that keep up. Like many companies, Leon’s Electric Trout was born out of a simple, everyday dissatisfaction. David Stychno (who is design director at a software company during traditional work hours) explains, “My girlfriend and I were always fighting over …
Tags: Iphone, Design, Tech, Apple Watch, Charging Stations, Start-ups, Leon s Electric Trout, David Stychno

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