This PSP has its own version of the “notch”

With ever-expanding screens on phones and disappearing earpieces and home buttons, it only makes sense that you’d see that trend everywhere else. TVs are all screen and no bezel too, and Huawei’s laptop is exploring a similar path too. So it makes sense that the PSP (should Sony choose to release a new version) would do something on the same lines. Yonghwan Kim’s vision for the PSP may, in that regard, be a little too drastic, but it sure looks interesting. Here’s a couple of reasons why it woul...
Tags: Gadgets, Games, Design, Playstation, 2018, Sony, Nice, Huawei, Portable, Product Design, PSP, Yonghwan Kim

Don’t just stir; Stircle

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can’t really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it. Now, of course this is ridiculous. And there are other things to worry about. But honestly, the scale of waste here is pretty amazing. Design house Am...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Starbucks, Seattle, GreenTech, Amron, New Atlas, Stircle

This Video Streaming Breakthrough Could Lead to Smart Glasses You Might Actually Want to Wear

One of the many inconveniences that doomed wearable products like Google Glass and Snap’s Spectacles was the need to charge them every night. Streaming video and data requires a lot of power, and that takes a tremendous toll on a tiny battery. But engineers at the University of Washington say they’ve found a way to …Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Research, Sensors, Cameras, Streaming, University of Washington

This keyboard is Zlanted

The Zlant keyboard -- a compromise between tiny "ortholinear" grid keyboards and a traditional staggered layout -- will be available soon. Plancks are one of my favorite keyboards. However, I've found it to be a little bit of a struggle to get some of my friends into the form factor, especially people who aren't as devoted to mechanical keyboards as we are. Personally, and I'm sure many of you agree, I consider the Planck to have the most efficient form factor for its size. I feel as though man...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Mechanical Keyboards

Kind of Blue: How Miles Davis Changed Jazz

Why is it, as Brian Gilmore writes at JazzTimes, that “even people who hardly listen to jazz adore this album”? Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue hardly needs an introduction. Many thousands of words have been written about its legendary composition and recording, about the extraordinary ensemble responsible for its existence—Davis, John Coltrane, “Cannonball” Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and a young Bill Evans—and about the year of its release, 1959, a watershed moment in the history of...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, James Brown, Williams, Davis, John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Donald Fagen, Facebook Twitter, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Bill Evans, Josh Jones, Richard Williams

AI Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command. Now, a little-noticed tax filing by a research lab called OpenAI has made some of those eye-popping figures public [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: OpenAI paid its top researcher, Ilya Sutskever, more than $1.9 million in 2016. It paid another leading researcher, Ian Goodfellow, more than $800,000 -- even though he was not hired u...
Tags: Google, Tech, Canada, Silicon Valley, Ian Goodfellow, Ilya Sutskever, Pieter Abbeel, University of California Berkeley Those

Barriers to innovation?

Image from Pxhere In March I posted a survey question as a part of my ongoing research into the adoption of new technologies in learning. The background for this question was a statement I made during a keynote discussion session at Learning Technologies in London in January. I was asked about innovation in organisations. From my experience working in all sectors of education and training, I claimed that the most likely sector to innovate with new learning technologies would be primary ed...
Tags: School, Business, Technology, London, Learning, Education, Training, Change, University, Innovation, Learning and development, Secondary, eLearning, Corporate, Primary, Steve Wheeler

Engineers Are Leaving America For Canada

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Bloomberg: The H-1B was created in 1990, part of an immigration overhaul signed into law by President George H.W. Bush that also created the EB-5 investor visa -- the subject of a fracas involving Kushner Cos. seeking Chinese investment -- and the diversity lottery, which Trump has attacked. Today, an estimated half a million H-1B holders live in the U.S. No one tracks exactly how many ditch their skilled visas for the permanent residency C...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Canada, Trump, George H W Bush, Kushner Cos, U S India Pakistan Brazil

Amazon Developing ‘Transhuman’ and ‘East of West’ TV Shows Based On Jonathan Hickman’s Comics

Amazon is continuing its streak of devoting serious resources to produce highly ambitious genre television shows. The company is now developing writer Jonathan Hickman‘s comics Transhuman and East of West into shows for its streaming service, and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will executive produce both shows for his Skybound Entertainment. Learn more about Transhuman and East of West below. Transhuman After dropping a frankly ludicrous sum of money for the rights to produce a Lor...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Television, Movies, Walking Dead, Sci-fi, America, Adaptation, Jeff Bezos, Hickman, Amazon Netflix, Robert Kirkman, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Jacob Hall, Transhuman

Download an Archive of 16,000 Sound Effects from the BBC: A Fascinating History of the 20th Century in Sound

I was crate digging at my local used vinyl emporium a little while ago and came across some sound effects records from the early ‘60s. Nothing amazing, until I checked the track list and noticed “Sounds of Football Match -- ‘Block that Kick!’” If you’re a Beatles fan like me, you’ll know what I suspected and then found to be true: I was holding the source of not just one, but several of the sound effects used in “Revolution 9” as well as the bird effects heard on "Across the Universe" and “Blac...
Tags: Google, College, Bbc, Everton, David Bowie, Sheffield, Monty Python, Terry Gilliam, David Attenborough, Archives, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, BBC Radio, KCRW, Abbey Road, Blondie More Ted Mills

These ex-Facebook and Google engineers are helping companies kick abusive people off popular internet sites

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal we asked an ex-Facebook engineer how tech can be used to prevent internet sites like Facebook from being abused. Pete Hunt is the CEO founder of a startup called Smyte which was formed to tackle exactly this problem. He says that finding bad actors is relatively easy by searching for signals. The hard part is to not accidentally catch the good guys "in the net." In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg's exhaustive Congressional testimony over the Cambrid...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Hunt, Jpmorgan, Congressional, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Cambridge Analytica, Smyte, Pete Hunt

North Korean Leader Says He Will Suspend Arms Tests, Shut Nuclear Test Site

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced early Saturday morning that the regime no longer needs nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. Kim said Saturday that "under the proven condition of complete nuclear weapons, we no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket tests, and that the nuclear test site in northern area has also completed its mission," state-run KCNA reported Saturday. CNN reports: A North Korea source told CNN that Kim has f...
Tags: North Korea, Tech, Cnn, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Donald Trump, KCNA

Facebook users are mad as hell over the Cambridge Analytica scandal (FB)

Facebook users were angry after the enormous data breach and trust in the company has plummeted. Many have exacted revenge by deleting their account, and a study of 3,000 users in the US showed that they want Facebook punished in other ways. The Ponemon Institute found that they expect compensation and greater regulation after 87 million accounts were scraped for data by Cambridge Analytica. More honesty could help Facebook in the future. There's a simple reason why #DeleteFacebook was trend...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, US, Trends, Zuckerberg, US Facebook, Ponemon Institute, Cambridge Analytica, Ponemon, Christopher Wylie, DeleteFacebook, Ponemon Zuckerberg

Meet Daisy: Apple’s 200-phone per hour recycling robot

Say hello to Daisy, Apple’s latest iPhone recycling robot. Equipped to dissemble 200 iPhones every hour, Daisy allows the company to access parts traditional recyclers cannot.
Tags: Apple, Science, Daisy, Daisy Apple

Audit Approved of Facebook Policies, Even After Cambridge Analytica Leak

Nicholas Confessore reports via The New York Times: An auditing firm responsible for monitoring Facebook for federal regulators told them last year that the company had sufficient privacy protections in place, even after the social media giant lost control of a huge trove of user data that was improperly obtained by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The assertion, by PwC, came in a report submitted to the Federal Trade Commission in early 2017. The report, a redacted copy of whi...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Britain, New York Times, Federal Trade Commission, Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan, Nicholas Confessore

Lightning Network can be a real improvement to Bitcoin – once it matures

With blockchains facing scaling issues depending on their makeup and governance, as well as their popularity, some, like Litecoin, have implemented the Lightning network as a way to address overcrowding, which leads to slow and expensive transactions. Scalability has become a byword with the success of certain cryptocurrencies as their popularity leads to the need to function with more and more users. Bitcoin, as blockchain’s popularity has grown, has had its own demons to fight when it comes to...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Lightning Network, Litecoin, Syndication, Hard Fork

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Long-Term Update 10: Going Ultra

Calling it the “A4 Minus $4,500” probably wouldn’t be good for business, but that price cut is at the heart of the A4 Ultra’s appeal. Compared to the all-wheel-drive A4 I’ve driven over thousands of miles, the front-wheel-drive A4 Ultra is less powerful, more efficient, less fun, and—oh yeah—way cheaper. Now that I’ve driven the A4 Ultra base model, our long-term A4, and even the spiffy S4, I can speak to how much of our long-termer’s well-rounded package is retained in the more affordable base-...
Tags: Apple, Epa, Audi, Long Term Reviews, Ultra

German Supreme Court Rules Ad Blockers Legal

New submitter paai writes: The publishing company Axel Springer tried to ban the use of ad blockers in Germany because they endanger the digital publishing of news stories. The Oberlandesgericht Koln (Germany's Higher Regional Court of Cologne) followed this reasoning and forbade the use of ad blockers on the grounds that the use of white lists was an aggressive marketing technique. [The business model allows websites to pay a fee so that their "non aggressive" advertisements can bypass AdBlock ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Germany, Tech, Axel Springer, BGH, Bundesgerichtshof Federal Court of Justice

Twitter is down again for some [Update: It’s Back]

Rough week to be in Twitter support. Three days after the site experienced downtime across the globe, the site was hit by another outage.’s service site is currently listing an “active incident,” leaving many users unable to tweet. In other cases, the site isn’t loading at all, instead serving up internal server errors or messages stating that the service is “over capacity.” Here in the States, at least, the issue doesn’t appear to be quite as widespread as Tuesday’s incident. We’v...
Tags: Social, Twitter, Tech, States

Google Play is hosting a disturbing amount of cryptocurrency malware

Google is suffering from an epidemic of malicious cryptocurrency apps on the Play Store – and it seems the internet giant is struggling to curb the influx. Security researcher Lukas Stafanko has come across another rogue copycat of popular cryptocurrency app MyEtherWallet designed to steal your private keys and surreptitiously drain your funds. But here is the worst part: the malicious app purportedly remained available to download for four days before the Big G purged it from its software distr...
Tags: Google, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork, Lukas Stafanko

‘Transform’ Shows How to Use Digital Technology to Boost Customer Experience

It’s one thing to launch a business, but a different issue to change how a business operates to fit a major shift in the marketplace.  That “but” is at the heart of success or failure of a business.  Businesses recognize that they are in a customer-centric environment. But what should an operation that is customer-centric look like to be effective? One book that strives to answer that question is Transform – A Rebel’s Guide for Digital Transformation by Gerry McGovern.  The book covers a digita...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Greece, Sales, Business Books, Cisco, General Electric, Gerry McGovern, McGovern, Microsoft Cisco, Technology Books, Customer Care Words, Dimitrius

The Best Phone Accessories of 2018

Even if you've already found the phone of your dreams and the case that you can't live without, no trip outside your home is complete without being fully geared up with the latest in mobile tech. So, to make your life just that little bit easier, we're sampling all the best phone accessories that the market has to offer here at POPSUGAR - and bringing our highest-recommended products straight to this page, all in one place. Ahead, check out the latest gadgets that you'll soon find yourself unabl...
Tags: Religion, Tech, Digital Life, Best of 2018

There may be a surprise winner in YouTube's latest advertising mess: YouTube

Once again, a bunch of big name advertisers have been spotted running ads next to objectionable content on YouTube. This time, the controversy could actually help YouTube, by nudging more brands to buy its most expensive ad offering, which promises human vetting of content. The story is also probably great news for TV ad sales people. YouTube has another brand safety disaster on its hands. And this time, it could actually help the Alphabet-owned video giant. Late Thursday, – from Under Armo...
Tags: Google, New York, Youtube, Trends, Cisco, Adidas, OpenSlate Zefr

Wells Fargo Agrees to $1 Billion Fine Over Home and Auto Loan Abuses

Wells Fargo got hit with a $1 billion fine Friday -- the largest ever issued by America's consumer protection agency. An anonymous reader quotes Reuters: Taken together, the mortgage and auto programs ensnared more than 600,000 customers and will require nearly $300 million in refunds, the bank has said. The programs allowed Wells Fargo to earn fees from unneeded car insurance and penalties on mortgage paperwork that the bank had botched. For homebuyers, Wells Fargo promised to "rate lock" or fr...
Tags: America, Tech, Wells Fargo, Reuters, Wells Fargo Agrees

Boston Tech Watch: Kyruus, Kolide, Nano-C, BookingBug

Time to catch up on the latest tech headlines from the Boston area: —Westwood, MA-based Nano-C said it closed an $11.5 million funding round that was capped off by a $3 million investment from Ray Stata, the co-founder of Norwood, MA-based semiconductor company Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI). Founded in 2001, Nano-C has developed “nanostructured” carbon materials and chemicals based on MIT research and designed for use in electronics and renewable energy products. —Boston-based health IT st...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Boston, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Mit, Devices, Vc, Fireeye, Cleantech, Matrix Partners, Healthtech, Data Analytics, PeakSpan Capital, Analog Devices

Users Don't Want iOS To Merge With MacOS, Apple Chief Tim Cook Says

Rebutting a widespread speculation, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company is not working toward building an operating system that both Macs and iPhones could share. From his interview on Sydney Morning Herald: Later, when I ask about the divide between the Mac and iOS, which seems almost conservative when compared to Microsoft's convertible Windows 10 strategy, Cook gives an interesting response. "We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are ...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Microsoft, Tech, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Sydney, Mark Gurman

FTC Privacy Audits of Companies Like Facebook and Google Are ‘Woefully Inadequate'

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress last week, several lawmakers grilled him on Facebook’s failures to comply with a 2011 consent decree that required the social media company to submit routine privacy audits to the Federal Trade Commission. Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, Congress, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica

TNW’s Big Spam: Meet the weed wizard

Tomorrow, marijuana mogul Rosenfeld will host TNW Answers and take all your stupid questions for glorious 4/20. But TODAY he’s taking over TNW’s Big Spam.   Meet Socrates Tech ganjapreneur Socrates Rosenfeld is the CEO of Jane Technologies and online cannabis marketplace, Jane. As a former platoon leader in the US Army, he faced a difficult transition back to civilian life. Cannabis saved his life, and after studying business and technology at MIT, he created an online ecosystem for cannabis sal...
Tags: Startups, Newsletter, Tech, Mit, US Army, Jane, Rosenfeld, Socrates Rosenfeld, Jane Technologies

This week’s best deals: Save $150 on a Google Pixelbook, sip on $1 margaritas, snap up shopping bargains and more

This week shoppers will find bargains on clothing, sewing supplies, wine, water and more throughout the Southland. In addition to following the tips in my column, this is a good time to visit thrift stores, as there is a rise in donations in April and May, which means a better selection of items from which to choose. BARGAINS FOR GOOD A selection of vintage stores and restaurants in downtown Torrance will be offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent, as well as donating a portion of sales proceed...
Tags: Google, Deals, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Hyundai, Universal Studios, Whole Foods Market, Southern California, Torrance, Applebee, ASG, Arrowhead, Yorba Linda

RANKED: The best-looking iPhone designs, from the original iPhone to the iPhone X (AAPL)

Apple has made a lot of gorgeous smartphones over the years. While the iPhone has evolved plenty over the years, particularly with regards to functionality, we thought it'd be fun to just focus on how the exterior of the phone has changed over the years, and rank our favorite looks. Here are the best-looking iPhone designs of all-time, from the original iPhone to the iPhone X: 12. The original iPhone We've written extensively about how terrible the very first iPhone was from a technical stan...
Tags: Apple, Trends

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