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xto6: Next-generation JavaScript Modernizer

• Source<br>• Jan 7, 2016<p>xto6 is a nice library made in JavaScript that keeps your JavaScript code clean and readable. Among its features, you can find …

We test the 2016 Ford F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist

There are some automotive tasks that are more or less impossible the first time you attempt them, no matter your skill level. Remember the first time you had to back a trailer into position? Yeah, you'd have more luck disarming a nuclear bomb than getting the trailer where you're aiming.<p>Ford is …

RVs

Google admits Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption, conversations can be wiretapped

Following a Reddit AMA on government surveillance, Google has admitted that while it does encrypt Hangouts conversations, it does not use end-to-end encryption, meaning the company itself can tap into those sessions when it receives a government court order requiring it to do so. This contrasts …

Privacy

You can now use an iPad as a monitor for a Windows PC

Duet Display has been transforming old iPads into fast MacBook displays for months now, but it’s turning its attention to the Windows world today. For just $9.99 you can download Duet and use an iPad as a monitor on a Windows PC. There’s no complex setup, and it’s really just plug and play to turn …

Why Uber (and everyone else) wants to buy Nokia's maps

Good maps are hard to find<p>Nokia's mapping technology is up for sale as the Finnish giant refocuses on network infrastructure, and Uber is reportedly willing to pay $3 billion for it. The taxi-hailing service is one of several companies rumored to be interested in Nokia's mapping business, known as …

Carnegie Mellon University

Google now lets you order food delivery, straight from search results

Google recently launched a new food delivery option through its search results.<p>The next time you search for a nearby restaurant through Google on your phone, there may be an option to "place an order" in the search results next to the icon of a truck.<p>Once you tap this option, you're then instructed …

Verizon Likely To Retain TechCrunch And Engadget

Sources say Verizon has no plans to spin off the tech blogs once the $4.4 billon acquisition is approved. But the future of the Huffington Post is much less certain.<p>According to multiple sources inside AOL, Verizon plans to retain most of AOL's editorial properties once the $4.4 billion acquisition …

Sustainable kettle brews up a Kickstarter storm

Sleek, chic and streamlined: that's the James Dyson Award-winning Miito, a new kind of kettle that looks nothing like a kettle at all. The rod-and-plate ensemble uses induction technology to save power and water by heating up precisely the amount of water you need and no more.<p>The kettle was …

Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming

Don't give up on physical media just yet. That's the message from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), which this week announced that it's completed work on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. The format offers support for 4K resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels and "significantly expands" the color …

Apple is the greenest tech company in the world, according to Greenpeace

Under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino company has made a major push to become environmentally friendly, committing to drawing 100% of its energy from renewable sources over the long-term.<p>This year the company has began work on two solar-powered data centres in Ireland and Denmark, and it is also …

Is Netflix seriously going to revive 'Top Gear' as 'House of Cars?'

Ever since Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer in a row over steak, the future of <i>Top Gear</i> has been completely up in the air. The BBC appears to have distanced itself completely, leaving Clarkson and his co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond to speak to other broadcasters about creating a brand …

Gmail’s New Login Screens Hints At A Future Beyond Passwords

Google quietly rolled out a new login screen for Gmail this week, and not everyone is happy with the update.<p>Where before, Gmail users would enter their username and password on the same page, the new login flow separates this process. Now, you’ll first enter your username, then be directed to a …

How to find a misplaced iPhone using the Apple Watch

The ping feature, thus far, is my favorite feature of the Apple Watch. Sure, I'm still getting to know its various charms, but right from the start I've come to rely upon and love the ability to ping my iPhone from the Apple Watch, saving me from needing to ask a friend or my wife to call my phone …

All developers can now access the App Analytics beta

Patient iOS developers haven’t had long to wait for their time with Apple’s new App Analytics tool; the beta is now open to everyone with an iTunes Connect Admin, Finance, or Sales account.<p>The new platform appeared earlier this month, but those interested had to file a request for access. It aims …

Personal Information

Sleeping Giants, Weeping Plums: Japanese Landscape Photography - Photographs and text by Hidenobu Suzuki | LensCulture

My photographs are like Japanese paintings.<p>I feel that realism is a more Western style. Through my landscape photographs, I’d like to express emotions and spiritual feelings.<p>Contemporary theater, art and music stimulate the brain and liven people’s mood. But emotional art heals people and leads …

Malware hidden in Nvidia GPUs can infect Macs too, say developers behind proof of concept

Anonymous developers who have successfully infected Nvidia GPU cards with malware on both Linux and Windows machines say that the same can be done on Macs, and that they will release the proof soon. The aim of the whitehat developers is to raise awareness of this new method of attack, reports <i>IT</i> …

Malware

Volvo XC90 Lounge Console: The chauffeur's choice

The Swedish carmaker made its most luxurious SUV yet by removing the front passenger seat entirely.<p>Save for a single-cab pickup with a straight-up bench seat, a true three-seat vehicle is rare. There are basically the McLaren F1, Ferrari 365P, and, now, this Volvo XC90 concept.<p>Yet since Volvo is …

Apple Developed a Super Resolution Mode for iPhone Cameras Using Image Shifting

One of the technologies that’s emerging in the camera world is using sensor-shifting to capture high-resolution photos. It involves shooting a …

Hysterical video shows why phone calls on the Apple Watch are going to be a nightmare

We’re all looking forward to the Apple Watch, but there’s one thing I’m definitely <i>not</i> looking forward to: the ability to answer phone calls on my wrist. And this clever video shows exactly why.<p>The NSFW video below, by New York-based YouTube comedy team Rated WTF, is already pretty hysterical, just …

Apple Watch

Twitter Buys Live Streaming App Periscope

If you looked at this week’s sudden Meerkat phenomenon and thought “hey, Twitter should buy this,” then you’re on the right track. According to sources we’ve spoken with, Twitter has been in talks to purchase live streaming app Periscope, which many private beta users have compared to</b> …

Apple Exploring iPhone Waterproofing Methods

Apple has a patent application in with the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that describes a few different methods for waterproofing electronic devices like the iPhone. The patent describes coating certain internal components like the main circuit board with a hydrophobic coating, presumably not unlike the …

IKEA and Samsung launch embedded wireless charging range

Office 2016 For Mac Preview Now Available, No Office 365 Subscription Required

Microsoft already told us Office 2016 for Mac was coming, but the public preview is out now as a free download, without any Office 365 subscription required. The updated software includes support for Retina displays, as well as iCloud syncing, and has a look and feel more in tune with the versions …

MakerBot Launches Starter Lab to Make 3D Printing Accessible

MakerBot announced today its new initiative called Starter Lab. The aim of the project is to make 3D printing more accessible to schools and organizations.<p>The lab kit consists of MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printers, a Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner, MakerCare protection plans for the hardware, parts …

Apple Watch predicted to take 55% of the 2015 global smartwatch market with 15.4M units shipped

Research firm Strategy Analytics released its latest report today forecasting global Apple Watch sales and smartwatch marketshare for 2015. The firm’s predictions put Apple’s anticipated global smartwatch marketshare at more than half with 54.8% reached in 2015. Notably, that forecasted percentage …

Apple's larger ‘iPad Pro’ expected in October

Reports indicate larger 12.9in iPad could be released in second half of 2015 with new USB ports aimed at business users<p>Apple’s rumoured “iPad Pro” has reportedly been delayed by production issues surrounding its bigger screen.<p>The 12.9in business-focused iPad will begin production in the second half …

Intel says it's time for work without wires

Intel is getting one step closer to its goal of eliminating cables from personal computers, saying Thursday that its newest chip for work computers -- which packs in several wire-free features -- is now available.<p>The fifth-generation Core vPro processor provides improved performance, longer battery …

This website will make you nostalgic with a musical timeline of your life

There’s nothing better than a little nostalgic music, right? Retrojam, a free website, generates a nice visual timeline of popular music from your childhood from just your birth date.<p>Once you put in the date of your birthday, the website lays out a timeline with playlists from different eras of …

Pop Music

Google is making fake human skin to test its cancer-detecting nanoparticles

Last October, Google announced that it was working on magnetic nanoparticles that would seek out cancer cells in the bloodstream and report back to a smart wristband. Now, if this didn't sound bizarre enough, it turns out the search giant is also using synthetic skin to develop the technology.<p>the …

Why the Apple Watch’s first apps might disappoint you

When the first iPhone came out in 2007, third-party apps were limited affairs: glorified web apps without a lot of access to the iPhone’s more advanced functionality. According to a new blog post from Eleks Labs, a developer working on an Apple Wacth Tesla app, the same could be true of third-party …

Smartwatches