Friday Morning Report

By Craig Cmehil | a different view before the weekend

Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130 bucks

Snapchat’s long-rumored camera glasses are actually real. The startup’s first foray into hardware will be a pair of glasses called “Spectacles” and will go on sale this fall for $129.99, according to The WSJ.<p>The glasses will only come in one size, but will be available in three colors – black, teal …

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Uber now requires drivers to take selfies for added security

Uber announced today that it’ll require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests. The new feature, called Real-Time ID Check, is described as a way to prevent fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised, but some critics say it’s an …

Security

If Aliens Call, We Might Not Want To Answer, Says Stephen Hawking

Listen up, NASA.<p>Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, <b>do not answer ―</b> at least, not without careful consideration.<p>The renowned theoretical physicists hosts “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new short film available on the streaming service …

Stephen Hawking

Soaring peregrine falcon population pivotal to conservation discussions

Wildlife conservationist Peter Ewins remembers finding abandoned nests and broken eggs when he searched for peregrine falcons in the 1980s in places where they had nested for centuries.<p>The world’s fastest animal, a magnificent raptor that can hit speeds of nearly 400 kilometres an hour as it swoops …

Demographics

Twitter shares jump more than 20% on reports of possible acquisition by Google or Salesforce

It’s no secret that Twitter is open to acquisition offers, but a new report suggests that the social network has received expressions of interest from at least two notable tech companies — Google and Salesforce.<p>According to CNBC, Twitter may receive a formal bid “shortly,” with Twitter’s board keen …

Google

New Google Wi-Fi router may share stage with Pixel phone Oct. 4

Called Google Wifi, the device is expected to cost $129, according to a new report.<p>Sure, people eagerly await the latest rumors about coming …

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Apple’s Siri-based Echo rival has reportedly begun prototype testing

Amazon’s Echo speaker has been the surprise hit of the past couple of years, taking the awfully fragmented smart home tech market and giving everyone a central device to communicate with. Its popularity has prompted plenty of copycats, and a new <i>Bloomberg</i> report indicates that Apple is stepping up …

Amazon

iPhone 7. Apple Just Showed Us The Future

The iPhone 7 is here. It’s the best iPhone ever. It’s the first iPhone without an analog headphone jack. It’s also the clearest sign for Apple’s …

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Neighbor Unlocks Front Door Without Permission With The Help Of Apple's Siri

The smart home is supposed to make our lives safer and more efficient, but it’s clear the technology still has a long way to go.<p>According to Reddit post by user “sportingkcmo,” he had his house equipped with an August Smart Lock, a Bluetooth-enabled door lock that users operate using their phone, …

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Google launched a free tool to crowd-spy on illegal fishing from space

If you’ve longed for adventures on the high seas but couldn’t live the dream for whatever reason, your time has come. On Sept. 15, film star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio unveiled Global Fishing Watch for the public at the US State Department’s Our Ocean 2016 conference. It’s a free …

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SpaceX explosion is causing some to question Elon Musk's ambitious plans

When one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets exploded on a launch pad just before a test on September 1, the spaceflight community collectively gasped.<p>Private spaceflight's golden child had failed again, for the second time in about 15 months.<p>The September explosion destroyed the Israeli-built AMOS-6 …

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NASA tested a rocket engine — and did something unusual in the process

NASA recently released slow-motion footage of an SLS booster rocket engine being tested. Part of the Space Launch System scheduled to launch in 2018, NASA left the nozzle plug inside the booster — creating an incredible on-camera effect.<p><i>Video courtesy of NASA</i><p><b>Follow TI:</b> On Facebook

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Larry The Mammoth's Skull Is Confusing Paleontologists

National Park Service biologist Peter Larramendy first noticed a mammoth tusk poking out of a river bank in September 2014, while conducting a stream …

Mircosoft surpasses IBM's Watson in speech recognition

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>A team of Microsoft researchers has achieved the lowest error rate for speech recognition on record at 6.3%, overtaking prior record holder IBM Watson’s 6.9%.<p>The news …

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Six Ancient Legends That Are Based On Real Events

Humans above all else are storytellers, and myths and legends ignite our imaginations.<p>The <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, a well-known contemporary fable, tells of …

Mythology

Enterprise Geeks

In case you have been with this community for more than 5 years, chances are good that you are ware of a group of SAP Community members, called the …

SAP SE

How to unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch learned many new tricks today, one of which is unlocking nearby Macs. Here's how to set it up.<p>Today, alongside the rocky iOS 10 …

OS X

Apple TV TVOS 10 now available, brings HomeKit and dark mode, but no single sign-on yet

The latest free software update to the Apple TV box, TVOS 10.0, is available today complete with smart home control, voice-powered category search …

Entertainment

Earth Temperature Timeline

Earth Temperature Timeline<p>Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1732/<br>Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): …

Humor

Raspberry Pi passes 10M in sales, new starter kit announced

The Raspberry Pi is an affordable computer built for education and programming.<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation has reached a big new milestone: It has …

Raspberry Pi

Amazon Echo will soon speak up without voice commands, report says

Alexa is ready to speak freely.<p>Amazon's digital assistant will soon be able to talk to you even if you haven't issued a voice command, according to a new paywalled report from <i>The Information</i>. As the outlet put it, your Echo could tell you when your Uber has arrived rather than waiting for you to …

Amazon

Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

Google announced today that it intends to purchase Apigee, an API management platform that went public last year, for $625 million or $17.40 a share.<p>The company, which helps customers build digital products with open APIs, has an impressive customer list including Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, …

APIs

Microsoft opens its UK data center region to Azure and Office 365 customers

Microsoft today announced that its U.K. data center region is now online. The new region, which the company announced last November, currently offers support for Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and Office 365, with support for Dynamics CRM Online slated for the first half of 2017.<p>With the new data …

Microsoft

India's richest man offers free 4G to one billion people

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> India's richest man is rolling out a $20 billion mobile network that could bring lightning-fast Internet to hundreds of millions of people.<p>Indian consumers are already celebrating the arrival of Mukesh Ambani's new Reliance Jio service, seizing on the billionaire's promise to …

India

Microsoft is allegedly creating a Slack competitor

If you can't buy them, compete with them.<p>That seems to be Microsoft's motto, since recent reports from MSPowerUser speculate that the company is working on creating a Slack competitor — with the help of Skype, of course.<p>Microsoft planned to buy the messaging app for $8 billion back in March, but …

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Driving While Distracted: Is the Textalyzer the new Breathalyzer?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Ben Lieberman's son, Evan, was killed in a car crash five years ago, he spent months trying to get the driver's phone records.<p>"People thought I was crazy, and it was like, 'What are you trying to prove here?' " said Lieberman, of Chappaqua, New York.<p>Evan, then a college freshman, was …

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This designer handbag leader is competing against Fitbit and Apple

There's a new and seemingly unlikely player diving into the fitness tracker and smartwatch markets today.<p>Michael Kors -- the company behind the high-priced designer handbags -- introduced Michael Kors Access this morning.<p>The new line of wearable technology is anchored by a $350 smartwatch, complete …

Michael Kors

iPhone 7 Leaks: Apple Expert Forecasts What Features To Expect On New iPhone

Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this Wednesday. While the hoards of loyal fans have already been pondering the …

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