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Facebook and Microsoft to build private internet highway underwater | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook and Microsoft are going underwater.<p>The two technology companies announced on Thursday they are to install an undersea cable from the east coast of the US to Spain to help speed up their global internet services.<p>Fast connectivity is particularly important to Facebook, which wants to …

Facebook

Tonight's SpaceX rocket launch: start time, live stream, and what to expect

SpaceX will attempt its fifth rocket launch of the year this evening. The company will use its flagship Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the THAICOM-8 telecommunications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). GTO is a high-elliptical orbit more than 20,000 miles above the Earth, and a common …

Satellites

Will a Conscious, Intelligent AI Emerge in Our Lifetimes?

How likely is it that artificial intelligence will achieve a human-level intelligence in the next 10 years, 20 years, 100 years, or for that matter …

The 'Robots Replacing Foxconn Workers' Story Is Less Sexy Than You Think | Motherboard

On Sunday, the <i>South China Morning Post</i> reported that Foxconn is “culling” 60,000 workers from its factory in Kunshan, with robots taking over much of the workload. Other outlets, like <i>The Stack</i>, characterized the move as layoffs in preparation for the reign of our new robot overlords, but the truth …

Foxconn

Watch the first expandable habitat inflate on the International Space Station tomorrow

The International Space Station is ready to deploy its first expandable habitat. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which was delivered last month by one of Space X's rockets, will finally be inflated to its full size starting at 5:30AM ET tomorrow, according to NASA. The event will be …

NASA

Magic Leap will let 10 developers build apps for its mysterious augmented reality tech

Augmented (or "mixed") reality startup Magic Leap is maybe, theoretically, possibly getting closer to showing off its nearly mythical but reportedly amazing technology. At a Q&A session that he attended via telepresence robot, CEO Rony Abovitz announced a program that would let 10 outside …

Augmented Reality

Powering nanotechnology with the world's smallest engine

In the minuscule world of nanotechnology, big steps are rare. But a recent development has the potential to massively improve our lives: an engine …

Instagram Shuts Down Access From Other Apps

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing many third parties to access the images in its feeds. If you have …

Personalized News

Apple rehires cryptography expert to tighten security 

Renowned practical cryptography expert Jon Callas is returning to Apple to help the iPhone-maker stay ahead of hackers and the FBI in its on going battle with security.<p>Callas co-founded well known secure communications companies such as Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corp. This will be his …

Security

iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s next flagship

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has …

Mobile Photography

Report: Apple planning Siri SDK for WWDC as it builds Amazon Echo/Google Home hardware competitor

Last week Google officially took the wraps off of its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, while earlier this month the original Siri creators unveiled their latest personal assistant Viv. Now, The Information reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo-like device.<p>The report explains that Apple …

Amazon

Rocket League is the first game to support cross-network play between Xbox One and PC

If you play soccer-meets-cars game <i>Rocket League</i> on Xbox One, your pool of opponents is about to get a lot bigger.<p>Today developer Psyonix is releasing an update for the Xbox version of the game that will allow for cross-platform play between Microsoft's console and PC players on Steam. …

Xbox One

Researchers Try To Preemptively Imagine The Worst Things A.I. Could Do

War, famine, unemployment, and campaign finance<p>Fiction is full of evil robots, from the Cylons of “Battlestar Galactica” to the vengeful replicants of <i>Blade Runner</i> to the iconic, humanity-destroying Terminators. Yet these are all robots built from good intentions, whose horrific violence is an …

Research

Apple granted patent for iPhone-based car key, including limited/temporary keys

Using an iPhone or Apple Watch to unlock (or even summon) a car is no big deal these days, but an Apple patent granted today describes an extremely powerful and flexible approach that includes the ability to create limited, temporary ‘keys’ for others.<p>The patent describes a primary device …

iPhone

Hyperloop will cover its pods in a new, super-real material: Vibranium

Well, this should help quell concerns that Hyperloop is a science fiction pipe dream...<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies revealed Tuesday morning the name of a specially developed material that it will use to line the exterior of its pods: "Vibranium."<p>Some of you Marvel nerds might recognize …

Hyperloop

Could this ‘Mars Base Camp’ really send astronauts to the Red Planet in 2028?

When are we going to Mars? The aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s answer is 2028 — but that date comes with an asterisk.<p>The company last week unveiled its vision of a “Mars Base Camp.” This is a 256-foot segmented spacecraft that would carry astronauts to Mars just 12 years from now, under the …

Space Exploration

Google's Paris HQ raided in tax probe

<b>French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation.</b><p>Reports say about 100 tax …

Medium, Mozilla, and Kickstarter Signed a Letter Against Zero-Rating | Motherboard

A coalition of leading open internet advocates is pressuring federal regulators to crack down on the controversial broadband industry practice of “zero-rating,” calling it a threat to net neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible.<p>Zero-rating refers to a …

Net Neutrality

So many leaks. So many fakes. Is the real iPhone 7 one of these designs?

It's spring, which means the flowers are blooming, we've got our light jackets on (or no jackets), and most importantly: iPhone 7 rumors are leaking — pretty much every day.<p>Apple's next flagship iPhone(s) aren't expected to be unveiled until September, but the Internet is already awash with lots …

Mobile Photography

One company has a big edge in the fight to dominate the Internet of Things

Most of the innovation on the so-called Internet of Things is locked up in patents held by the companies that make the innards of sensors, routers, and other devices, according to a study by LexInnova, a consultancy.<p>The study finds that the companies with the greatest number of IoT patents globally …

Internet

4 ways Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop will change how we travel

If you are like most, you probably find air travel to be a stressful experience.<p>There’s the commute to the airport, the long lines to check your bag, the security check, and then once you’re finally on the plane, there’s the tight squeeze of sitting for several hours with barely any legroom.<p>And …

Elon Musk

DJI updates their drones with Facebook Live Streaming support

Image via: Flickr<p>23/05/2016<p>DJI has today announced that they will be updating their series of drones this week.<p>This comes after the company first …

Facebook

Apple and Google are playing catch-up — and that's a good thing

One of the complaints I'm hearing with increasingly regularity in the wake of an Apple or Google launch event is that the company in question is "playing catch-up." <i>Hey Apple, nice job with that Surface Pro clone. Ok Google, I see you have your own Alexa now.</i> There's actually validity to these …

Google

Yes, It's Still Okay to Celebrate Women in Tech

​ELLE toasts the third annual Women in Tech Power List.<p>"You have to meet..." "Here, take my card..." "Oh, which class were you at HBS?"<p>You could hear snippets of conversation like this moving around the room at San Francisco's Mourad last night, where ELLE celebrated its third annual Women in Tech …

Women's News

Microsoft Doesn’t Want HoloLens to Be the Next Google Glass

No consumer marketing at all.<p>When Google introduced its Google Glass smartglasses four years ago, it turned to Glass-sporting skydivers buzzing a San Francisco convention center, Glass-adorned models at a glitzy fashion show and a Twitter TWTR campaign to notify early “Glass Explorers” of their …

Augmented Reality

Scientists Can Virtually Wander Around Mars for Miles with HoloLens | Motherboard

A normal commute for most people involves crawling through traffic or crowding onto buses and subway cars. But for researchers involved in OnSight, a mixed reality tool developed jointly by Microsoft and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the daily grind has an interplanetary dimension.<p>“My …

Augmented Reality

Daydream believers? How Android VR changes the consumer virtual reality landscape

This year's Google I/O may have fallen short of our lofty dreams of a fully standalone VR headset, but it did still paint a pretty clear picture of …

Google

When Should the Police Be Able to Get Into Your Phone?

With fingerprint sensors, it's easier than ever to unlock your phone — especially for the government.<p>In February, a woman in Glendale, California, was compelled by a search warrant to unlock her iPhone with her finger, an action that some experts say falls in a legal gray zone.<p>That happened around …

Security

One of the top Apple followers is worried that it could turn into BlackBerry

If Google is right about the future, there are troubling signs to suggest Apple could meet the same fate as BlackBerry, according to top Apple follower Marco Arment.<p>In a blog post, Arment argues that BlackBerry was great at creating phones and dominated the market before Apple released the …

BlackBerry