Alon Carmel

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181,000 drones registered with FAA in two weeks

The FAA says 181,000 drones and counting have been registered since December 21.<p>In December, the agency made it mandatory for hobbyists to register their drones before flight.<p>"We're encouraged by the registration numbers we're seeing so far," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told reporters at the …

Drones

Vidyo app allows you to record your iOS device’s screen without jailbreaking

It may not be available for long, but a new screen recording utility has appeared on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The app, called Vidyo, costs $4.99 and allows users to record their device’s display by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection (via MacStories).<p>Because Viydo simulates an …

Apps

Tim Cook is sitting on $310M of unvested Apple stock, at today’s market value

A regulatory filing from Apple on Wednesday revealed that CEO Tim Cook earned just $10.3 million in 2015, versus about $25 million for Apple’s other executives. Meanwhile, as of September 26, Cook is sitting on unvested Apple stock worth about $310 million, based on today’s trading price of around …

Regulation

Yahoo looking to slash 10 percent or more of its workforce - Business Insider | Reuters

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc YHOO.O is working on a plan to cut its workforce by at least 10 percent and it could start the process as early as this month, Business Insider reported, citing sources.<p>The Yahoo logo is shown at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California April 16, 2013. …

Alibaba Group

Airbnb racks up damage bills after New Year's Eve parties, orgy

In Oakland, it was a 200-person rager. In Montreal, it was a drug-fueled orgy in the living room. In London, it was a raucous party that ended with a …

FAA's B4UFLY app tells drone operators if it's okay to fly

Flying drones is a lot more complicated than it used to be. These days, drone pilots need to register their toys with the FAA, be aware of drone-specific laws and even notify local airports of their flights in certain sceneries. It's a lot to keep track of, which is why the FAA has released B4UFLY, …

Facebook Wants to Kill Phone Numbers Forever

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Apple has reportedly acquired facial recognition company Emotient

A tweet from CNBC (and a report from The Wall Street Journal) indicates Apple has purchased Emotient, a service that gauges your emotional response to things like videos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Emotient’s stated focus is revenue growth based on customer satisfaction. It uses facial …

Artificial Intelligence

BeastGrip transforms your iPhone into a pro camera rig

The iPhone camera is great at photos and videos, but if you want to take your shots to the next level, you need some extra gear. BeastGrip is the easy-to-use solution that enables photogs to attach all sorts of components like stabilizers, mics, lights, and DSLR lenses to the iPhone to make a …

Depth Of Field

Snap, The 4K Flying Camera With Auto-Tracking, Is Ready For The Spotlight

Snap, a flying camera we first wrote about in September, is ready for the spotlight as it takes the stage today to compete in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES. The device, made by Vantage Robotics, provides an alternative for those who want professional aerial shots but don’t want the …

Drones

Samsung built the most amazing TV ever

Samsung rarely disappoints when it debuts new TVs. Its latest marvel, launched at this year's CES, definitely is one of the best ever.<p>The new TV technology allows you to stack televisions like Lego bricks. When you move them or even spin them around, a powerful processing engine powering the …

Televisions

Facebook says humans and bots are the new apps in 2016

Messenger hits 800 million users<p>Facebook thinks it knows what the future of mobile computing is, and — surprise, surprise — it apparently looks a lot like Messenger. In a blog post celebrating the company's stand-alone chat app reaching the milestone of 800 million monthly users (making it the …

Apps

Peel Turns Your Apple Watch Into A Universal Remote Control

Does it make sense to use your Apple Watch as a remote control for your media devices? Smart remote maker Peel thinks so, having just launched a universal remote control application for the Apple Watch which lets you operate over 400,000 models of home electronics, including not only televisions, …

Tesla's Model S now drives up to meet you

When Tesla first unveiled its semi-autonomous driving upgrades for the Model S, it made much ado over the ability to summon your car -- you wouldn't have to go into the garage (or walk across a large parking space) just to get moving. Well, that option is finally here. The newly available 7.1 …

Here’s What It’s Like to Use the Oculus Rift

I’ve been strapping on the Oculus Rift since it was just the germ of an idea. Back in 2012, in a back room at E3, developer John Carmack put a device …

Apple is not building a tool for transferring your iPhone data to Android (updated)

Apple is reportedly developing a tool that will let existing iPhone users more easily switch to Android. Such an option would be a big departure for Apple with its closed ecosystem, but it is apparently the result of pressure from carriers, rather than because the American company suddenly wants to …

Personal Data

OKCupid adds features for polyamorous couples

Some people turn to online dating to find that special someone. And apparently an increasing number are looking for special someone<i>s</i>.<p>OKCupid is adding features for polyamarous users. A new option lets couples who are in open relationships and looking for additional partners link their profiles …

Relationships

At 2016 Golden Globes, Amazon Wins Best TV Comedy, But Netflix Goes Home Empty-Handed

According to Golden Globes award ceremony host Ricky Gervais, the prizes from the Hollywood Foreign Press are “worthless.” This might be a slight exaggeration. More importantly, for streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, the awards further legitimize them as valid competitors in the …

Golden Globes

Ford is testing autonomous cars in the snow

If you've ever driven in the snow you know how difficult and dangerous it can be. Which makes Ford's announcement that it's testing fully autonomous cars in this less-than-optimal environment better suited for skiing pretty exciting. The test vehicles use LiDAR and high-resolution 3D mapping to …

Apple underestimated how many people were using its News app

Eddy Cue says 'we don't know what the right number is'<p>Apple News only launched last September, but the app might have more users than the company previously thought, Apple's Eddy Cue said yesterday — Apple has been underestimating the number of people who read stories on its Apple News app since …

Facebook.car joins Apple.car, but neither means a car is coming

Nearly everyone seems to want an Apple Car, and those hopes were raised higher earlier this week when it was revealed that the Apple.car domain had …

NASA's Armageddon Office Aims To Protect Earth From Doomsday Asteroids

Space agency unveils new Planetary Defense Coordination Office.<p>Rest a little easier tonight, Earthlings: NASA has just launched a new office aimed at protecting the planet from potential doomsday asteroids.<p>The Planetary Defense Coordination Office will oversee all of the space agency's efforts to …

Asteroids

Tesla’s cars can now park themselves

Tesla’s electric cars continue to get more futuristic.<p>Over the weekend the company announced a new software update for the Model S and Model X that enables the vehicles to park themselves in their owner’s garage, as well as get themselves ready to go for a drive.<p>Dubbed “Summon” by the company, the …

Tesla

Apple Music turns up the heat on Spotify as it reportedly hits 10m subscribers in 6 months

Apple hit a major milestone of 10 million paying subscribers for its streaming music service, only six months after it launched, reports the Financial Times.<p>That’s half the size of Spotify’s current user base. But what’s interesting is that it took Apple five years less than its rival to attain …

Apple Music

Sticker shock: Uber's NYE surge pricing outrages some passengers

Uberissued plenty of advance warnings before New Year's Eve, but that didn't stop passengers from complaining about the ride-hailing app's surge pricing -- which sent fares skyrocketing in hot spots around the world.<p>Although taxi drivers in Los Angeles are not allowed to hike fares during peak …

Transportation

A new Chrome extension completely filters Donald Trump off your internet

The software analyses websites for the use of his name and stops access to any website that contains it.<p>Its creator says that the tool hasn't just been created to filter out the often incendiary pronouncements of the presidential candidate — but in the hope of broadening the debate, too.<p>"I hope …

This wearable tent makes sure that bikers never get wet

To solve this problem, the Amsterdam-based bike design company Vanmoof designed a poncho that keeps riders dry, even in snow or a downpour. Called the Boncho, it's like a wearable tent that repels water.<p>"Just have the Boncho inside your bag, and don't worry about the weather," Vanmoof's CEO and …

Wearable Tech

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Solar Panel

And let the device recharge itself<p>Instead of searching for an outlet to keep your phone alive, what if all you needed was some sunshine? An MIT startup has created a transparent coating that transforms surfaces into solar panels.<p>The Trick<p>Typically solar panels soak up photons from the sun’s rays …

Clean Energy

Samsung's Dolby Atmos 'soundbar' uses two rear speakers to put sound above you

True surround sound has always required lots of speakers, and the clutter only increases if you want a no-compromise Dolby Atmos system with "3D" sound. Of course, people have always wanted surround without the hassle, and that's why all-in-one soundbars exist. Now, Samsung is promising to deliver …