Pavan Daxini

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson reacts to the backlash and addresses the movie's most shocking moments

<b>WARNING: Spoilers below if you haven't seen "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."</b><p><i>It's getting into the evening hours in Los Angeles on the first full day "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is in theaters. Rian Johnson, the director of the biggest movie of the year, has not stopped moving for a week.</i><p><i>First Los Angeles</i> …

iOS 11: The best new features in one handy list

iOS 11 is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s mobile OS yet, especially for iPad users. Now that it’s available in a public beta, here’s our rundown of the best features so you can decide for yourself whether to install. Spoiler alert: you probably should.<p>Apple Pay takes on Venmo and …

Apple’s new version of macOS is called High Sierra

The name is ‘fully baked’<p>Apple announced a new version of the operating system for its computers today called macOS High Sierra. No, seriously! It will be available as a developer beta today, in public beta later this month, and it will roll out to the public for free this fall.<p>"We talked to the …

China completed the world’s biggest floating solar energy farm

This week, media welcomed the completion of what may well be the world's largest floating solar farm, in the eastern Anhui province. The 40 MW installation sits on a flooded coal-mining town, which adds a kind of poetic element to the story - a shift away from coal and to solar and wind. But poetry …

Elon Musk: I'm Trump's voice of reason

Dave Lee<p><b>Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, a constant source of intrigue (to me at least), is busy positioning himself as the “voice of reason” that lies between Silicon Valley and the White House.</b><p>I’ve written at length about President Trump’s relationship with the technology heartland.<p>On the one …

Snapchat is reportedly seeking $200 million commitments from ad agencies — here's what that means for its IPO

Snap chief strategy officer Imran Khan and global head of sales Jeff Lucas are asking for amounts of between $100 million and $200 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>That would see the biggest advertising group, WPP, more than double its $90 million spend on Snapchat from 2016. WPP CEO …

Facebook Taps Hugo Barra To Head Virtual Reality

Facebook has found a new leader for its virtual reality endeavors.<p>Facebook said on Wednesday that it hired former Google executive Hugo Barra to lead the company’s virtual reality efforts, which include Oculus VR. Barra, who will serve as vice president of virtual reality at Facebook, most recently …

Virtual Reality

Scientists invented metallic hydrogen by squashing it between man-made diamonds

This is a story of a gas acting in a way it shouldn’t.<p>For the first time, physicists from Harvard University turned hydrogen into metal. It proves a concept that was first predicted over 80 years ago by physicists who won the Nobel prize for their work.<p>Hydrogen, the tiniest element on the periodic …

Berlin’s Raisin announces $32 million round to continue its international fintech expansion

Fintech startup Raisin said today that it has raised another $32 million in funding, bringing its total raised to $64 million as it seeks to expand its next generation banking service across Europe.<p>The company offers a marketplace that lets clients compare and open accounts at banks across Europe. …

Samsung and Google could unite over AI

Competition may be good for the soul, but so is collaboration. Samsung said at an earnings call earlier Wednesday that working with its often-partner, sometimes-rival Google will make artificial intelligence better on a range of devices.<p>"Samsung and Google will have to continue to maintain their …

Mobile

Samsung finally explained why Galaxy Note 7 batteries are exploding

Galaxy Note 7 batteries keep exploding, pushing the tally well above the 35 incidents Samsung acknowledged in its global recall announcement. The …

Apple Unveils iPhone7, New Camera Features, AirPods, Games: Pictures

Wearable Tech

Apple announces truly wireless $159 AirPods for iPhone 7, automatically pair with Apple Watch and iPhone 7

As part of the iPhone 7 event, Apple has announced brand new truly wireless AirPods, premium wireless headphones that work in concert with the iPhone 7. The AirPods are independent separate earbuds, that have sensors in the buds to know when they are actually inside your ear.<p>The AirPods …

Apple just dropped some hot new Beats headphones

The future is wireless and Beats are coming along for the ride.<p>Apple officially announced the death of the 3.5 mm headphone jack at today's iPhone 7 …

Mobile Technology

macOS Sierra will be released on September 20 for free to Mac owners

Apple has announced that macOS Sierra will be released to customers on September 20, as part of its media event currently going on. The update is (naturally) free and incorporates several new features, like Siri for Mac, Apple Pay for websites and more.<p>Owners of compatible Macs can upgrade for free …

Oracle acquires cloud-based warehouse management company LogFire

Oracle today said that it has acquired LogFire, which provides a cloud-based service companies can use to manage their product inventory. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.<p>The LogFire service will remain available for now. The team will join Oracle’s supply chain management cloud division.<p>“Supply …

Oracle

LG's new V20 wants to be the all-in-one flagship the G5 wasn't

When LG unveiled its hardy V10 last year, it was... well, it was a little weird. With a beefy body, a double-selfie camera and a tiny second screen, the V10 was the result of LG taking risks. Lo and behold, the phone was reviewed surprisingly well. Then the G5 happened. Being the first modular …

Amazon launches restaurant delivery for Prime members in London

Back in July we reported that Amazon was set to launch a restaurant delivery service in London for its Amazon Prime customers and now the e-commerce giant has done just that.<p>Dubbed Amazon Restaurants, the service is available in select postcodes via the Amazon Prime Now app and promises to let you …

Everything Apple announced at today's iPhone 7 launch event

Kicking off with a cameo from talk show host James Corden and Pharrell driving Tim Cook to the event, Apple took a straightforward approach to promo’ing its new show: <i>Carpool Karaoke</i>. Cook segued nicely from Corden’s car to the main stage and detailed Apple Music’s new look and its 17 million …

Mossberg: I just deleted half my iPhone apps — you should too

Pokémon Go may be a sensation, but the novelty of the App Store is over<p>Welcome to Mossberg<i>, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.</i><p>Over the past few days, I’ve …

From a young age we are told to aim high. Yet the more driven we are, the more likely we are to feel miserable, says happiness expert Raj Raghunathan. Here’s what we should try instead<p>The key to happiness, according to the latest research, is knowing where to look. We’re conditioned from a young …

Happiness

Google is using its highly intelligent computer brain to slash its enormous electricity bill

DeepMind made headlines for beating the best human in the world at the notoriously complex board game Go and it's recently started working with hospitals in the UK on a number of healthcare projects but the startup is yet to make any money for Google, until now.<p>Google announced on Wednesday that it …

Amazon Video now lets you download movies and TV straight to Android SD cards

One of the big advantages of Amazon's video-streaming service has always been the ability to download its content on mobile devices. That way, if you're taking a flight, or just want to save on battery, you can watch films and TV shows without having to connect to the internet. Now, Amazon has made …

Here's Why Google Is Open-Sourcing Some Of Its Most Important Technology

We think of art as the most human of endeavors, but in recent years we’ve learned that machines can understand creativity too. There are algorithms that evaluate songs and movies for record companies and movie studios. One music professor even created a program that wrote compositions which drew …

Artificial Intelligence

Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence. I was at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company’s CEO was touting the company's progress in building more intelligent apps and services. Each morning, he told me, he puts on a HoloLens, which enables …

Uber is trying to make you forget that surge pricing exists

Say goodbye to the lightning bolt and hello to upfront fares<p>Surge pricing has long been Uber’s Achilles’ heel: during periods of excessive demand, when there are more riders than drivers, Uber increases its normal prices to encourage drivers to flood the zone. Drivers love it, often waiting to …

Chinese supercomputer is the world's fastest — and without using US chips

China now has more of the world's fastest supercomputers than the US<p>A Chinese supercomputer built using domestic chip technology has been declared the world's fastest. The news highlights China's recent advances in the creation of such systems, as well the country's waning reliance on US …

How “Silicon Valley” Nails Silicon Valley

When Dick Costolo attended the University of Michigan, in the nineteen-eighties, his major was computer science, but he was surprised to find that he also had a knack for improv comedy. After graduation, he moved to Chicago and took classes at the Second City Theatre. Unlike some of his peers …

The MacBook OLED touch bar rumor has been turned into a cool 3D concept

Martin Hajek makes a habit of creating super realistic 3D renders of rumored gadgets or cool concepts, and his latest is quite a beauty. Recreating the OLED touch bar that has been reported as part of an upcoming MacBook Pro overhaul, Hajek imagines a laptop that inches an extra bit closer to …

Sony's PlayStation 4 Neo: Bad news for Microsoft, great news for you

Sony wants to stay on top<p>Sony has confirmed that yes, the company will be releasing a new version of the PlayStation 4 that’s more powerful. It will support 4K resolution and should help PlayStation VR games look much better.<p>And it won’t be at E3.<p>This was smart<p>Getting this out of the way now allows …

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