Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Netflix has made a real ‘Netflix and Chill’ button


Square could take hit on IPO with Jack Dorsey leading Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The much anticipated initial public offering from Silicon Valley payments company Square could take a price hit if its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, takes a second and possibly more demanding job: running Twitter.

A distracted CEO juggling two companies, neither of which is …


Apple might have another new campus, and it's in Google's backyard

Apple has reportedly closed on a deal for a second spaceship-like campus, this time in Sunnyvale, California. The Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that Apple will lease a new complex called Central & Wolfe from Landbank Investments LLC, following speculation last month that the two …


Alphabet will ‘do the right thing’ as Google avoids being evil

“Don’t be evil” was part of Google’s code of conduct, and often resurfaced when critics didn’t like the direction the company was taking. On Friday, Alphabet was officially born, and reworked Google’s creed to “Do the right thing.”

It’s important to note Google kept the ‘don’t be evil’ line in its …


Tip of the Day: How to Create To-Do Lists in Notes

The improvements to the Notes app are some of the most helpful upgrades for iOS 9. Now you can add links, include sketches, and create checkable to-do lists. Whether you want to set yourself weekly goals or you want a grocery list you won’t forget at home, it’s easy and ever so efficient.

To create …


Amazon could cut prices and launch a super-fast database to take on Oracle and SAP next week

Amazon is hosting its annual AWS re:Invent tech conference next week in Las Vegas, where it talks to customers about its popular Amazon Web Services cloud computing service.

There's one rumored new product that could be announced: a new super-fast "in-memory" database.

At least that's what Merrill …


Clever Repurposing Ideas For Those Household Items You Only Use Once

One of the best feelings is when you can use an item for multiple purposes. Like when your Pringle container can hold pipe cleaners or pasta! There's …

This Guy Might Have Made the Biggest Scientific Findings of the Century

On a sunny afternoon, at a bustling cafe less than a mile from Stanford University’s Palo Alto campus and more than 5,000 miles from his home, an …

Charles Darwin

22 absurd camping supplies no one will ever need

There's nothing better than spending a few days in the wilderness. Except for the fact that there's no WiFi, television, kitchen, quesadillas, electricity, bathrooms or stereo systems.

With the rise of ridiculous tech that nobody needs and our over-connected lifestyles, glamping has unfortunately …


The Checker cab is coming back in the form of a limo and a 'sport pick-up'

The Checker cab is coming back. Well, at least the brand is. A Massachusetts-based car parts company has secured the rights to use the classic trademark on cars, and it sounds like it's going to do it right.

So far, all we have are sketches for two prototypes, but it's clear that the classic Checker …


Scotland Yard opens its ‘Black Museum’ files on notorious murder cases

In the summer of 1924, onlookers crowded around an infamous seaside murder scene, peering over the gate of the cottage near Eastbourne where typist Emily Kaye had been lured to her death by a man she thought was the answer to her romantic prayers. Amid a fever of national interest, the cottage’s …


Apple has an idea that would change the iPhone's screen as we know it

Apple has made some significant changes to the way the iPhone looks over the past few years.

While these alterations have been substantial — such as the move from the glass back of the iPhone 4/4S to the all-aluminum design of Apple's most recent iPhones — the basic form factor has stayed the …


Tim Cook: Apple will offer an Apple TV API to open up universal search beyond initial launch partners

The Apple TV is launching later in October but many of the details about the device remain under wraps. At the announcement, Apple announced that the Apple TV Siri universal search feature will include data from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO. Many had hoped that Apple would be more open …


Selfies will kill off passwords 'within five years', says MasterCard

Mastercard has started rolling out a new technology that could allow customers to make purchases online by taking a selfie rather than entering a password.

As previously rumored, the technology, called MasterCard Identity Check, will enable shoppers to make payments simply by placing a finger on the …


$2 billion startup GitHub's next mission: Turn you into a programmer

The San Francisco startup GitHub, which has been called the Facebook for programmers, seems to have it all.

To date, GitHub has racked up 11 million registered users, over 36 million unique visitors every month, $350 million in venture funding, and a $2 billion valuation.

With over 21.1 million code …


'Major' IBM breakthrough breathes new life into Moore’s Law

Silicon is dead. Long live, carbon nanotubes.

In transistors, size matters — a lot. You can’t squeeze more silicon transistors (think billions of them) into a processor unless you can make them smaller, but the smaller these transistors get, the higher the resistance between contacts, which means …


Elon Musk elaborates on his proposal to nuke Mars

A few weeks ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was likened to a James Bond villain after he announced his idea to nuke Mars on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He said it was the most rapid way to induce climate change on the planet. Now the billionaire has clarified those comments a bit further. He …

Elon Musk

4 Design Tweaks That Make El Capitan Worth the Upgrade

I’ll come right out and say it: OS X El Capitan isn’t that exciting. However, Apple’s newest operating system wasn’t meant to be a revelation but …


Plastic-Eating Mealworms Could Help Reduce Landfill Waste

Environment Photo credit: Mealworms munching on styrofoam. Mealworms are the larvae form of the darkling beetle. Yu Yang / StanfordMealworms could be …


Dawn Returns Striking New Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Space Photo credit: The Occator crater, shown, is home to the brightest spots on Ceres. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.NASA has released new …


"Moonspike" Project Plans To Crash A Spacecraft Into The Lunar Surface

Getting to the Moon is no mean feat – but one company wants to prove it can be done on a budget. Called Moonspike, the organization has today …

Space Travel

This Is the Insane Metallic World NASA Wants to Explore Next

NASA announced the finalistsfor its next round of planetary explorations. There were the usual suspects—Venus, Jupiter’s asteroids—and, then, there …


Ancient Greek grave 'for Alexander the Great's friend Hephaestion'

Opulent underground monument in northern Greece was for Hephaestion, closest friend and general of Alexander the Great, archaeologist claims

An opulent underground monument in northern Greece that caused a stir when excavated last year may have been a symbolic grave - but not the final resting place …


Amazon to Stop Selling Apple TV and Chromecast

SEATTLE — Amazon said on Thursday that it would stop selling devices from Apple and Google that compete with its own streaming media players, escalating the entertainment battle between the major tech companies.

Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast are popular items in Amazon’s electronics store. But …


Amazon teams with GE, Samsung to make devices that reorder their supplies

The Seattle online retailer adds 11 partners to its Dash Replenishment Service program to create printers that can order ink and washers that can buy …


Skype’s Star Trek-style translator is now available to all Windows users

Microsoft has today added its Star Trek-style translator to Skype for Windows.

With live translation available for six voice languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish) and 50 messaging languages, it’s a big step in breaking down barriers in communication.

Released for preview …


Student's smart glove converts sign language into text and speech

A student's invention could make communication for the impaired easier to manage.

Student Hadeel Ayoub has invented a smart glove which translates …

Sign Language

Google and Microsoft's patent peace: 3 unresolved questions

Patent peace between Google and Microsoft is a pretty big deal – here 3 questions people should be asking.

This week brought good news for the tech industry as Google and Microsoft buried the hatchet in their bitter, long-running patent feud. The peace deal, reported on Wednesday, will see the …


IBM aims to replace silicon transistors with carbon nanotubes to keep up with Moore's Law

Keeping the information economy humming isn’t easy.

IBM has developed a way that could help the semiconductor industry continue to make ever more dense chips that are both faster and more power efficient. Strap on your science hats while I explain what IBM has accomplished, and why it matters, …