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Samsung's big, beautiful Galaxy Note 7 lands August 19th

Another year, another Galaxy Note. Samsung just unveiled its new Galaxy Note 7 in New York this morning, and you'll be able to get one for yourself in the US starting August 19th. We got the chance to take one for a test drive prior to the show, and one thing quickly became clear: Samsung might not …

How Instagram’s Head Engineer Is Using Quantum Mechanics To Manage His Team

James Everingham’s passion for physics predated his management role at Instagram. Here’s how he’s brought one to bear on the other.<p>I didn’t intend to go into computer science, and I definitely didn’t expect to become a manager. Instead, I started out thinking I’d be a laboratory scientist. In …

Computer Science

Phones without headphone jacks are here... and they're annoying AF

<i>"Wah wah wah. Get over it Ray."</i><p>That's the response I expect to hear from all the apologists who think that smartphones without headphone jacks are …

First Justice League Footage Premieres at Comic-Con

Director Zack Snyder premiered the first <i>Justice League</i> footage at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The footage aired after Snyder revealed that Henry …

Comic Books

Oil and water: Here's Ubuntu Linux's Unity desktop running natively on Windows 10

When Microsoft introduced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) the common refrain was that you could use it to run Linux's beloved Bash tool but full Linux desktops were out.Turns out that wasn’t exactly true.It didn’t take long for people to note you could run an X server for windowed Linux …

Linux

8 books you must read to become a better writer

All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way?<p>Study the craft.<p>Reading books can take you farther  —  and faster  — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and …

Writing

Verizon's new data plans are woefully outdated

On Wednesday, Verizon took the wraps off some changes to its wireless plans it promises will "transform your wireless experience." But really, other than some clever marketing names, the new features aren't revolutionary. In fact, they're outdated.<p>Let's start with the most egregious. "Overages are …

Google to step up smartphone wars with release of own handset

Google is planning a shake-up of the smartphone market by releasing its own handset, a move that would tighten its grip on mobile software and see it compete directly with the iPhone.<p>The technology giant is in discussions with mobile operators about releasing a Google-branded phone that will extend …

These bizarre Japanese electric vehicles could change how we get around cities

Companies are coming up with all kinds of interesting vehicles to help people get around. From hoverboards to passenger drones, vehicles aimed at helping people travel short distances are all the rage these days.<p>Yamaha is the latest to reveal a concept vehicle that gives us a glimpse of what …

Yamaha

The latest iPhone 7 leaks show what's replacing the headphone port

Many of the details of the so-called iPhone 7 are well established: It will be physically similar to the current iPhone 6S and 6S plus, but it could have an improved camera, as well a new rear design with hidden antenna lines.<p>Oh, and it's going to be missing a port for plugging in headphones.<p>Here …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft Follows LinkedIn Acquisition With Chatbot-Based 'Wand' Buyout

Microsoft has announced it is acquiring natural language and AI messaging startup Wand Labs as part of a larger strategy to build out "conversation as a platform" (via <i>TechCrunch</i>).<p>Founded in 2013 by former Google staffer Vishal Sharma, Wand Labs' stated aim is "to tear down app walls, integrate your …

Monohm's circular 'anti-smartphone' is up for pre-order

Back in 2015, while I was trawling the halls of Mobile World Congress, I stumbled upon a device known as the Runcible. It was a strangle, pebble-like object with limited functionality -- its creator, Aubrey Anderson, described it as a "quieter" gadget to help people relax and live slightly more …

People are still buying new consoles weeks ahead of E3

Every month, the NPD Group lays out the top-selling hardware and software in the gaming industry, tracking physical sales of everything from Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s to <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> and <i>Minecraft</i>. There are slow months and busy months, dips in the console market and peaks in the software …

Clinton claims historic victory in Democratic primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for …

Government

Phonebloks creator isn't entirely happy with Project Ara

Dave Hakkens, the brains behind the Phonebloks modular phone concept, thinks Google could do better when it comes to Project Ara. In a blog post, Hakkens said he wasn't happy that the modular phone's latest version puts its processor, battery, antenna, sensors and screen in a single skeleton and …

Netflix's huge exclusive deal for new Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies will begin to take effect in September

In a blog post, Netflix's head of content, Ted Sarandos, announced that "from September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar."<p>The deal actually began to take effect for all films released in theaters since the start …

Televisions

This Is The Must-Have Phone Accessory Of 2016

Of the many major announcements Google made at its annual developer conference last week, from the debut of a connected jacket, to a smart home …

Virtual Reality

Get a pure Android experience and killer specs for $299 unlocked

If you want the latest and greatest Android experience on the market, by all means shell out $650 or more on a Galaxy S7 or HTC 10. They’re great …

Mobile Technology

Clinton Cash film aims to cause likely Democratic nominee maximum damage

The makers of a film opening in Philadelphia during July’s party convention hope its scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s finances will resonate with Sanders supporters<p>When delegates to the Democratic national convention gather in Philadelphia at the end of July to – almost certainly – nominate Hillary …

Government

MIT Wants You to Swallow This Origami Robot Pill to Retrieve Other Crap You've Swallowed

According to MIT, Americans swallow over 3,500 button-sized batteries every year. Say what? But instead of educating the public about <i>not</i> swallowing …

A Major Mystery About Earth's Magnetic Field Has Just Been Solved

For the first time, physicists have observed a mysterious process called magnetic reconnection—wherein opposing magnetic field lines join up, …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Artificial Intelligence

The next stop on the road to revolution is ambient intelligence

Gary Grossman Contributor<p>Gary Grossman is a futurist and public relations and communications marketing executive with Edelman.<p>It’s easy to see a rainbow when it’s in the distance, but more difficult to discern when you are in its midst. Though it’s still early days, we’re now in the midst of the …

Artificial Intelligence

7 foods to boost your mental performance

Research shows that nutrients in food can have a significant positive impact on cognitive performance. Cognitive impairment is increasingly attributed to oxidative stress, a condition that involves excessive harmful molecules called free radicals or oxidants. Since these free radicals can lead to …

Sony developing movie based on internet meme 'Slender Man'

Sony's said to be working on a horror film about "Slender Man," the paranormal character who rose to internet fame in recent years. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, Screen Gems, a studio that's part of Sony Pictures, is currently in talks to develop a movie based on the chilling meme. The report …

Ford and Microsoft just invested $253 million into the $2.8 billion company at the heart of the cloud wars

This deal values three-year-old Pivotal at $2.8 billion, Business Insider has learned.<p>Microsoft is also joining the round as a new investor, joining returning investors VMware, EMC, and GE. GE bought its first 10% stake in Pivotal in 2013 for $105 million.<p>Basically, Pivotal sells a set of software …

Home Depot

New Apple app launches in Britain that pays people to get fit | Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A free smartphone app that will pay people to be physically active launches on Wednesday in Britain, with users given digital “sweatcoins” depending on how many steps they take that can be exchanged for rewards or traded like money.<p>Co-founder of sweatcoin Oleg Fomenko poses …

Startups

Disney scanner identifies gadgets by their electromagnetic field

If someone placed your naked smartphone on a table alongside two identical models, how would you determine which one is yours? If you're an engineer at Disney Research, you would pull out a little scanner and immediately pinpoint the handset based on the noise it emits. It definitely sounds a …

Hulu CEO confirms plans for a live TV streaming service in 2017

This morning at the Hulu Upfronts in New York, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed the recent report from The Wall St. Journal which indicated that the company was developing a live television streaming service to complement its current on-demand offering. While Hopkins was light on details like …

Televisions

2 huge reasons you need a VPN

While in Syria, Nouhran ran a blog under a hidden identity through which he examined the country’s situation from a liberal point of view and aimed to provide a voice for the millions of ethnic and religious minorities. Nouran used a VPN daily to unblock social media websites and stay anonymous …