Greg Smith

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Files app on Chrome OS finally adds a way to manage Android files

Android apps have been live for most Chromebooks for some time now, but there was no way to access each app’s files through Chrome OS’s file manager. Thankfully, this is now changing.<p>François Beaufort, a Chromium Evangelist at Google, announced today on Google+ that after a Chrome flag has been …

Google

Apple expected to launch news subscriptions by early 2019

Following its acquisition of all-you-can-read magazine service Texture in March, Apple is planning to launch a news subscription service, Bloomberg reports today. The service is expected to be available within a year, placing the launch somewhere between the annual SXSW and WWDC events, if not …

Airlines back creation of global drone registry: IATA

(This April 17 story has been corrected in the final paragraph to show Aviareto operates a registry that tracks financial interests in aircraft, not ICAO registry for manned aircraft)<p>MONTREAL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world's airlines are backing the development of a United Nations-led global …

Google launches more realistic text-to-speech service powered by DeepMind’s AI

OK Google, sing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious<p>Google is launching a new AI voice synthesizer as part of its suite of machine learning cloud tools. The service, named Cloud Text-to-Speech, will be available for any developer or business that needs voice synthesis on tap, whether that’s for an …

Text-To-Speech

Ping's Bluetooth tracker has GPS and cellular connectivity, too

Bluetooth trackers are a godsend for forgetful people, but they have their limitations. If you’re out of range, there’s no other way to find the …

Batteries

Google's new tool helps test your website's speed and mobile-friendliness

Speed testing services seem to be the new thing tech companies are dabbing into on their free time – just weeks after Netflix launched Fast.com, Google has announced its own tool to help you measure your website’s speed and mobile-friendliness.<p>The site takes your URL and measures on a scale of …

Domino's has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

For a pizza chain, Domino's actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It's embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it's looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU …

SpaceX To Launch First Space Station Mission Since Explosion, With Inflatable Habitat In Tow

Targeting April 8 to return to the International Space Station<p>Last June, during a routine cargo launch to the International Space Station, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket blew up two minutes after takeoff, destroying thousands of pounds of supplies. A faulty strut was to blame. After spending a few months …

Space Exploration

How The World’s Most Beautiful Typeface Was Nearly Lost Forever

After a dispute between its creators, the Doves Type was left to lie in the Thames. A century later, it has finally resurfaced. This is the story of its rescue.<p><b>The history of London</b> can be found in pieces on its riverbed. The old pipes and fossilised horse bones wash up on the shore, and with them …

Internet Heroine Brené Brown Wows SXSW

When Dr. Brené Brown made a speech about vulnerability that would go on to become the fourth most-viewed TED talk, it was “an accident… and I didn’t know they were recording it,” she said.<p>Brown’s passionate explanation of vulnerability had struck a cord and turned her into a star. Recorded at …

Teaching Children How To Code, Without Screens

How a wooden toy called Cubetto may help foster the next generation of digital groundbreakers.<p>It’s generally agreed upon that the ability to code is going to be an invaluable job skill for upcoming generations. So how do you teach preliterate children aged three to seven how to program without …

The 11 highest-paying tech jobs in America in 2016

Glassdoor sifted through the salaries reported by employees who have these jobs, limiting its search to salary reports from the past year, to come up with median salaries.<p>The website also looked at the demand for these jobs, based on the current number of job openings on its site.

8 Key Components of Technology Roadmaps

A technology roadmap (also known as an IT roadmap) is a document which outlines the plan to reach short-term and long-term goals through the use of technology solutions. This type of roadmap typically provides key information which helps organizations make better decisions around technology …

2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Cracking The Vehicle Electrification Code

The thought of owning an electric vehicle has been uncharted territory for many consumers because of concerns around functionality, range limitations and pricing. Several automakers have attempted to deliver a mainstream electric vehicle (EV) in recent years but all have fallen flat, leaving EVs to …

Electric Vehicles

Microsoft’s Cortana will now remind you to keep promises you made in emails

Microsoft’s smart digital assistant — Cortana — is getting a handful of new features from today, with those on the early-stage Windows Insider Program first to get a glimpse of the new tools.<p>Cortana promises to get more intelligent over time, as it learns a user’s individual preferences, and it has …

Man devises genius airplane tracker for his house near LaGuardia Airport

Jeremy Merrill lives underneath a flight path to LaGuardia Airport in New York. Merrill is a curious man.<p>After watching countless planes land at …

Flying

A Tiny Selfie Drone You Don’t Need To Register With The FAA

The palm-sized ONAGOfly is an affordable GPS-enabled drone that automatically takes photos using smile and obstacle recognition technology.<p>Normally the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires registration for unmanned aircraft systems. Nearly 300,000 drone owners have registered since the …

The Deadly Delay Over Self-Driving Cars

Steve Goldbloom recently visited Google HQ to understand how their engineers are trying to create the safest driver on the road:<p>From a reader who’s really bullish about self-driving cars:<p>I noticed that the author echoed complaints from ethicists about the failure of autonomous vehicle engineers to …

Autonomous Cars

Blue Origin Makes History By Landing Reusable Rocket A Second Time

Blue Origin stole another “first” out from under Elon Musk and SpaceX on Friday, sending its New Shepard rocket—the same one it launched and landed …

Zach Sims Of Codecademy On Running A Company That (Still) Doesn’t Charge Users

Though the four-year-old online platform Codecademy now teaches employable tech skills to 25 million users around the globe, it still doesn’t charge for its services, some early testing notwithstanding. The company is choosing instead to remain focused on growth before introducing what CEO Zach …

How to block a phone number on your Android phone

Keeping in touch with family and friends has become easier and faster thanks to our Android smartphones. However, not all people who can contact us through our mobile phones are people that we love and cherish. Some are spammers, annoying strangers, telemarketers, or other unwanted callers. You …

Tesla Autopilot promo shows what it can do for your commute

Why let fans make the videos when you can do it yourself? Tesla Motors just made public a new video -- if it ever runs as a TV ad, it could be the company's first one -- promoting its Autopilot feature that does a lot of the driving on its own. Now, there have been some (mostly driver caused) …

Tesla

Allumette is a beautiful virtual world from an Oculus Story Studio veteran

A tiny, uncanny city of floating clouds<p>One of the most powerful styles of virtual reality is something I call the diorama technique. Instead of attempting to make a photorealistic environment, the creator shrinks a virtual one down to the size of your immediate surroundings. The world becomes a …

Lyft integrates Google's Waze to pick up passengers faster than Uber

Pitched as an improvement for Lyft's driver-facing app<p>Lyft announced Tuesday that it is joining forces with Google's Waze to improve navigation and congestion avoidance for the ride-hail service's drivers. Lyft will integrate Waze's Transport SDK (software development kit) into its app, allowing …

'Detective Pikachu' Is Pokémon's New Game/Fever Dream

Today, The Pokémon Company debuted the trailer for a new game on Nintendo’s 3DS, <i>Detective Pikachu</i>. This being the “Year of Pokémon,” aka the 20th anniversary of the franchise, there are a number of new Poké-related games coming out including <i>Pokken Tournament</i> for Wii U and <i>Pokémon Go</i> for mobile.</i> …

Uber is tracking dangerous drivers with smartphone sensors

Uber is using smartphone sensors to record if drivers are going too fast or accelerating too aggressively.<p>The pilot programme uses gyroscopes and GPS …

Apple may soon have paywalls in its News app to make publishers happy

Apple News is about to support subscription content hidden behind paywalls, according to a new report from Reuters.<p>Citing two sources familiar with Apple’s plans for its News service, existing sites like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times will be able to slip a paywall between you and …

Personalized News

CIA document from the 60s details how to take better photos of UFOs

As we all learned from X-Files, the truth is out there. Or, in this case it might be hidden somewhere in 130,000 formerly classified documents from the US Air Force’s (USAF) UFO investigations between 1947 and 1969.<p>Using the Freedom of Information Act to file over 5,000 requests, on everything from …

Aussie startup that displays ads for lower phone bills launches in the U.S.

Almost nobody likes looking at ads, but they might be a little more acceptable if you were getting paid for it.<p>Australian startup Unlockd wants to …

Digital Advertising

Microsoft's new iOS app serves up news stories based on your job

Microsoft just quietly launched yet another experimental iOS app.<p>The company released News Pro, a new iOS app that uses Bing News to deliver …