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How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers figured out how to generate power from falling raindrops — which could solve the biggest problem with solar energy

One of the biggest problems plaguing the widespread adoption of solar power is, quite simply, rainy weather.<p>Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into electricity. But when it's cloudy or rainy, they're rendered useless. There are batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall, designed to store …

Dubai Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World's First Blockchain-Powered Government

Dubbed as the “city of the future”, Dubai, which plans to have robot cops, flying taxis and autonomous vehicles on its roads in coming years and appointed a minister in-charge of Artificial Intelligence recently, is planning yet another transformation: to become the world’s first blockchain-powered …

Blockchain

Apple breaks file sharing on Macs while fixing 'huge' password security flaw

In its haste to fix the macOS High Sierra bug that allowed anyone to take control of a Mac computer with a blank password, Apple broke file sharing for some users.<p>Having been notified of the “huge” security hole on Tuesday, the company’s security engineers raced to fix the problem, releasing an …

Information Security

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need To Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround.<p>If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching our new cover story on the dramatic impact he’s had on …

Apple releases six new videos covering iOS 11 iPad features

As we move closer to the public release of iOS 11, Apple tonight has shared a series of new ‘how to’ videos for iPad features that come along with the newest software.<p>The last series of videos from Apple shared earlier this month featured Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Siri along with the iPhone 7. …

The Saudis’ strategic failure

Two years ago, the Saudi government put in place a strategy intended to protect its position in the world oil market. The plan was to increase their …

The Iran deal has Obama 'held hostage' while the Middle East descends into chaos

On October 18 of last year, the US, the European Union, China, Russia, and Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, ensuring that Iran's nuclear program would be peaceful for at least a decade and securing a signature foreign-policy achievement for the Obama administration.<p>Credible …

How to unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch

Today, alongside the rocky iOS 10 rollout, Watch OS 3 was released. This new version of software brings a laundry list of new features to the Apple Watch, such as the new Application dock, Control Center replacing Glances, an SOS mode and much more.<p>Another standout feature found in Watch OS 3 is …

Apple Watch

This BBC documentary is the spookiest thing you'll see today

Since the 1970s, thousands of people across the globe have reported hearing a strange humming sound incessantly pulsating in their ears – and we’re not talking about tinnitus.<p>In fact, some claim the weird sound has persisted for so long that it has started driving them nuts, disturbing their …

Ladies and gentlemen, the smartest thermoses on Earth

OnePlus X is official: 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801, 13MP camera and premium glass back for $249

At an event in London this morning, OnePlus finally took the wraps off its latest smartphone. It’s not a the company’s flagship device, but at its price-range it certainly seems competitive. Even before the event this morning, the company lauded the phone as a precision work of art, and it’s easy …

Leaked Continuum Video Shows Microsoft Has Found Its Mojo Again

Something has happened at Redmond. Whatever it is, it’s been enough to stir a few echoes back here with someone who left Windows as a platform over a decade ago for OSX. Of course I could sit here and quote statistics all night long about Android vs. Windows vs. OSX (and iOS in its various forms) …

Windows 10

Riyadh’s plan to raise $27bn from bond sales is a sign that its economic battle with United States is taking its toll<p>News this week that the Saudi government is to raise more than $27bn from bond sales is a sign that the strain of getting involved in a spending battle with the world’s biggest …

Oil

Thick, heavy, nearly indestructible: in praise of the original iPad

Easy for kids to use, hard for them to break<p>It's hard to imagine a child just one to two years old meaningfully interacting with a computer from the PC era. But the rise of smartphones and tablets, mobile computers with a touchscreen interface, has changed all that. My son has been using an iPad …

DxO’s iPhone camera attachment promises DSLR quality shots in your pocket

DxO One, a new attachment for your iPhone, claims it’ll bring DSLR-quality photos to your smartphone and tablet.<p>The new gadget resembles those popular old Sony Handycams and attaches to the bottom of your iPhone or iPad via the Lightning port to add an extra higher-quality camera.<p>In the tiny …

Apple offers solutions as users report Apple Watch charging issues, iPhone battery drain

A small number of early Apple Watch users are reporting problems charging the device, as well as excessive drain of the paired iPhone’s battery, according to posts on Apple’s discussion forums and Twitter. According to training documents received by 9to5Mac, Apple is already aware of the issues, …

Thin is in: The 2015 MacBook hands-on review

Imagine an iPad Air sliced in half. The top half peels up to reveal a pin-sharp high-res screen. The other half has a full-size keyboard that’s almost flat.<p>This is the new MacBook; Apple’s latest crazy thin laptop that, as usual, is dividing the tech punditsphere.<p>With no ports but one, some think …

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

Accessory makers are solving Apple's MacBook problem

We like Apple's 12-inch MacBook with its sleek look, high-res screen and scant mass -- but we have a big problem with the single USB-C port. For one, it doubles as the lone power connector, meaning you can't even charge your MacBook and transfer files at the same time. Another issue is finding …

Gear & Gadgets

Hands-on: Apple’s all-new Music app in iOS 8.4

With the release of the first developer beta of iOS 8.4 this evening, Apple gave us the first look at the oft-rumored redesign of the Music app. With the expected announcement of Apple’s streaming music service happening in June, the Music app redesign has been expected for several months now. The …

CleanMyMac 3 Frees Up Valuable Space On Your Mac

There are plenty of apps out there that claim to clean your computer and get rid of the junk, but the latest release of CleanMyMac does that in a quick, attractive looking package.<p>The new version, released today, sports an attractive user interface and has been optimized for OS X …

Apps

How-To: Upload your photos into iCloud Photo Library from your iOS device and iCloud.com

Apple announced Photos last year during the WWDC. The Photos app along with iCloud Photo Library will allow you to store all of your photos in the cloud with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, provided you upgrade your iCloud storage space to accommodate your iCloud Photo Library. Photos will end up …

Meet Olio, the high-end smartwatch that's about to take on Apple

Olio is a higher-end smartwatch that launched its first two collections today. The limited-edition pieces feature "top-of-the-line materials and craftsmanship typically found in high-end Swiss watches," the company states in a release.<p>One of Olio's co-founders, Steve Jacobs, has led product …

Uber offices raided by police in France and South Korea

Uber is under seige on two separate fronts today, as police in South Korea have arrested a pair of its executives, according to <i>ZDNet</i>. At the same time, <i>Le Monde</i> is reporting that French Police have raided Uber's offices in Paris. In Korea, the situation is a bit more serious: Seoul police charged …

South Korea

8 things we learned from Tim Cook’s interview with Fast Company

Tim Cook tells how Apple avoids Microsoft-style screw-ups, how many Apple Watches the company plans to sell, and why he keeps Steve Jobs’ office exactly as he left it in a new interview filled with fascinating tidbits.<p>The interview in <i>Fast Company</i> comes in the run-up to the March 24 launch of</i> …

Edjing's Crossfader Gives DJs Even Less Reason to Own Turntables

Budding bedroom DJs and wannabe DMC finalists will be getting a new a new tool to add to their arsenal later this year in the form of a wireless crossfader called Mixfader.<p>Launched today by DJIT – the company behind the popular DJ app Edjing – the Mixfader does as you might expect: it let’s you …

One company is trying to sell a smartwatch that powers phones, tablets, TVs, and more

Near the end of 2013, a company called Neptune came out with a crazy idea: build a playing card deck-sized smartwatch that could run without a smartphone. It accomplished that feat at the expense of being large and ungainly, making Android Wear behemoths like the Moto 360 look svelte by comparison. …

Arrange Your iPhone Icons Any Way You Want With Makeovr

One of the biggest gripes I have with the iPhone 6 Plus is that there’s no way to permanently bring my homescreen icons closer to the bottom of the giant screen. With Makeovr, a new web app, there’s finally a way.<p>Makeovr is fairly straightforward; take a screenshot of an empty page of your …

Blippar App Overhaul Aims to Identify Everything Around You

Anyone who drinks Pepsi or reads a fashion magazine has come into contact with Blippar, the image recognition and augmented reality app that connects users with a huge number of products and services by serving a layer of brand-based interactive content.<p>Today at SXSW, Blippar’s CEO and founder …