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City of Los Angeles Appoints Inaugural Chief Design Officer

Recently, long-standing architecture critic for the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne announced that he was stepping down to take up the position of …

Urban Design

Hangouts Chat w/ bots and deep Google integration available today for all G Suite users

Last March, Google revamped Hangouts for the enterprise by splitting it into separate Meet and Chat apps. The former is for video conferencing and has been available for several months now, while the latter messaging component is launching today.<p>Hangouts Chat is now available for all G Suite users …

Spotify files for its unusual IPO

Music streaming giant Spotify today filed for a $1 billion IPO, although that figure is likely a placeholder that will change. Axios had previously …

Morgan Stanley

State of the Union 2018: Read the full transcript

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. Read the President's speech as prepared for delivery and released by the White House:<p>Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans:<p>Less than 1 …

Amazon Fire TV

Google acquired Redux, a U.K. startup focused on audio and haptics

Alphabet, the umbrella corporation of Google, Inc. etc., has quietly acquired a UK-based startup called Redux, reports Bloomberg.<p>Redux was founded in 2013 out of Cambridge, and built technology that uses vibrations to turn surfaces of phones or tablets into speakers or provide haptic feedback.<p>The …

Startups

Google's AI guru predicts humans and machines will merge within 20 years

Public perception of artificial intelligence technology, in 2017, seems to lie somewhere at the intersection of existential fear and cautious optimism. Yet there’s a growing movement of people who believe AI is crucial to the evolution of our species. These people aren’t outsiders or outliers — …

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

Oculus Rift review: Virtual reality is always almost here

Virtual Reality is<p>Always almost here<p>For a long time, the hopes and dreams of many virtual reality fans could be summed up with two words: Oculus Rift. Helped by the rise of cheap smartphone displays, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey took a technology that most people considered a retro curiosity and …

Virtual Reality

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

Holy Smoke! New Raspberry Pi Zero Costs Just $5…

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has upped the ante when it comes to low cost single board computers, announcing a new addition to its family of microprocessors today, called Pi Zero. And it costs… just $5. (£4 in the U.K.)<p>Or it <i>should</i> cost $5, albeit you may have to shop around the various Pi resellers …

Raspberry Pi

Donald Trump often says things that stretch the truth, but they fire up the faithful

Donald Trump’s campaign trail commentary flows seamlessly but is often vague on specifics, and even facts.<p>He says he saw “thousands of people” cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the<p>Sept. 11attacks. Not true, say local law enforcement and elected officials.<p>He is …

The Figment iPhone case is also a VR viewer

Virtual reality is slowly but surely marching toward the mainstream, and it's dragging 360-degree video along with it. With that, the number of ways we can watch this content is growing, too: Samsung finally released a consumer version of the Gear VR, the Oculus Rift is on the horizon, and <i>The New</i> …

Virtual Reality

NASA Teams Up With Universities to Prep Robots for Space Exploration

Two university groups have been selected to help upgrade NASA robots that could one day explore deep space and perhaps even Mars.<p>Teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University were awarded prototypes of NASA's R5 humanoid robot for advanced research and development …

Space Exploration

Eric Schmidt thinks a ruling by Europe's top court threatens 'one of the greatest achievements of humanity'

Re/code has managed to get its hands on a recording of the American businessman addressing the Internet Association trade group.<p>Schmidt reportedly said he was "very worried" by the European Court of Justice's (ECJ) revocation of the Safe Harbor decision.<p>The end of Safe Harbor<p>Safe Harbor, created in …

Privacy

Here's everything we know about Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens

Rather than doubling down on mobile, Microsoft has decided to look into the future — and the result is HoloLens.<p>The headset, which has been at least three years in the making and is rumoured to be released sometime in early 2017, is all part of the new "One Windows" strategy that sees Microsoft …

Augmented Reality

U.S. to force drone owners to register devices soon, report says

The general rules governing the use of commercial and non-commercial drones are still in flux, but one major rule is reportedly set to be enacted …

Drones

Facebook Is Following You

You sacrifice privacy to use social media. Is that a fair deal?

Social Media

Everything You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Massive Hardware Event

Microsoft this morning announced a grip of new hardware, including Surface products, high-end smartphones, a wearable, Windows 10 for the Xbox One and its first laptop.<p>The laptop, called the Surface Book, stunned in an event marked largely by products Microsoft watchers were expecting.<p>TechCrunch …

Microsoft Surface

A visit to Jay Leno's garage

Facebook may be developing a virtual reality video app

Facebook took a big leap into the virtual reality market when it purchased Oculus VR last year, but that's about where its work with VR stopped. Now, Facebook itself may be starting to work on virtual reality, too. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Facebook is developing a mobile app for viewing …

Virtual Reality

Google just had one of the best days in Wall Street history

Google just added more than $60 billion to its market capitalization.<p>The company’s stock closed at $699.62 Friday (July 17), an all-time high for the search giant, up about 16% on the day. The company’s market cap is now approximately $478 billion, according to FactSet.<p>It was a monumental day for …

Wall Street

Microsoft made a better YouTube search engine than Google

YouTube might never be dethroned as the king of online video, but Microsoft has just made a compelling case for visiting Bing before you watch anything on YouTube.<p>Microsoft gave a much-needed makeover to its Bing video search feature this week, and the final product is pretty good. It features …

Bing

Google 'Doodle' celebrates Sally Ride, 1st American woman in space

Google has paid tribute to America's first woman in space with a series of five animated "Doodles" appearing on its website today, May 26.<p>The whimsical scenes, displayed one at a time, randomly, with each refresh of the page, are timed to celebrate what would have been Sally Ride's birthday. Born …

Space Exploration

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Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC.<p>So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, …

Google

10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.</i><p>Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve …

Startups

Family Time: 5 Cool Places to Sleep

The family vacation, like the concept of family itself, has evolved. No matter who you’re traveling with, here are five intriguing and unusual places to lay your head that are bound to please everyone in your brood.<p>> Glass Igloos<p><b>Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Finland)</b><p>No night-lights or tech toys …

The 10 Best Amusement Parks for Families

Providing picture-perfect moments and memories to last a lifetime, amusement parks are ideal places for family fun, but not all parks are designed for smaller visitors. Featuring the conveniences and necessities that children demand and parents appreciate, the country's 10 best family-friendly …

Amusement Parks

Dramatic photos say it all: A 'breathtaking' ice spectacle at Niagara Falls

Becky White has lived in Niagara Falls, Canada, her whole life, and always likes to see the falls in the winter because the view is so clear.<p>When she visited Friday morning, the view was different. Ice had formed not just at the base of the falls, but along the sides and on top.<p>"I am used to seeing …