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How big a threat are drones on Inauguration Day?

Small, cheap units have become very powerful<p>The security detail protecting politicians and onlookers at Donald Trump’s inauguration have a new threat to consider this year: drones. The aircraft any consumer can buy off the shelf have become significantly more powerful since the last time a new …

Gear & Gadgets

Sonos’ new CEO wants its speakers to work with Alexa, Google, and ‘all the services that matter’

Can’t we all just get along?<p>You might have missed it a couple weeks ago, but Sonos has a new CEO: Patrick Spence. In what, by <i>The New York Times</i> account, was a planned and straightforward transfer, Sonos founder John MacFarlane stepped aside to hand the reins to Spence, who came to Sonos four years …

Automation

XXX: Return of Xander Cage is unapologetically dumb and that’s just fine

<i>XXX: Return of Xander Cage</i> is opening on the day of President-elect Trump’s inauguration, and in that context, it’s a surprisingly illuminating film. Back in 2002, when the first <i>XXX</i> movie came out, its ex-government superspy protagonist embodied the same kind of dudebro jingoism that helped propel …

Entertainment

Scientists advising the US military say fears of an AI existential threat are ‘uninformed’

There are plenty of regular threats though<p>Public perceptions of military AI can lean toward the apocalyptic — understandable when prominent figures like Elon Musk warn us about the possible rise of <i>Terminator</i>-style artificial intelligence. But when it comes to the judgements the military actually …

Computer Science

Making Magic: behind the scenes of The Magicians’ Hall of Magic interactive exhibit

Technology and stage tricks combine to bring the TV show to life<p>I’m waving my hands, and the pictures on the wall are moving. Next door, I’m walking through what feels like an entire forest that’s been transplanted inside. A third room, and I lie down in small field to see my outline appear in the …

Special Effects

An Inconvenient Sequel is a superhero movie about a sad Al Gore

The title says it all<p>Al Gore didn't invent the internet, but going solely off his latest film, viewers might assume he singlehandedly launched the modern fight against climate change. <i>An Inconvenient Sequel</i>, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, is a follow-up to the 2006 documentary <i>An Inconvenient</i> …

Environment

It’s judges, not Trump, who will decide Obama’s environmental legacy

Environmental groups are ready to go to court<p>Donald Trump, our new president, has vowed to dismantle many of the environmental policies passed under President Barack Obama. But for the next four years, when it comes to climate policy, the place to watch isn’t the White House — it’s the …

Climate Change

Poll: Are you buying a Nintendo Switch?

January 20th, 2017<p>Last week we learned that the Nintendo Switch gaming console would go on sale March 3rd for $299.99. That price was disappointing for some who had hoped the relatively underpowered rig would undercut the pricing of the Xbox One and PS4. It didn't. In fact, it's more expensive in …

Nintendo

Samsung Note 7 investigation will blame ‘irregularly sized’ batteries and manufacturing flaws, says WSJ

Samsung’s official investigation into the cause of widespread faults with the Galaxy Note 7 will blame “irregularly sized” batteries and manufacturing faults, according to a report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The company is set to announce the results of its inquiry this Monday, January 23, but …

Samsung

Windows 10's new power slider lets you improve battery life or performance

Microsoft is testing a new Windows 10 feature that will let users quickly adjust power options to improve battery life or performance. The software giant has added a power slider option to the main battery section of the taskbar, which greatly improves power management in Windows 10. Currently, …

Microsoft

Kristen Stewart has co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence

It describes the use of ‘style transfer’ in her latest film<p>Here’s a sentence you don’t get to read everyday: Kristen Stewart has surprised the artificial intelligence community by publishing a paper on machine learning.<p>The <i>Twilight</i> actress recently made her directorial debut with the short film <i>Come</i> …

Software Engineering

Donald Trump has surrendered his Android phone

President-elect will be using a more secure, encrypted device in the White House<p>Donald Trump has given up his beloved Android phone ahead of today’s inauguration, the Associated Press reports, though it is unclear what type of device he will use in the White House. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, …

Phones

Amazon launches virtual Dash buttons for even faster ordering

Amazon Dash buttons are Wi-Fi-connected gadgets that let you order certain branded items from Amazon without having to go to the website. They’ve been so successful, an Amazon spokesperson tells <i>Recode</i>, that Amazon is now putting virtual Dash buttons on its website and in its app, finally letting …

Amazon

The Nintendo Switch won’t have Netflix or other streaming apps at launch

Nintendo’s focus at its Switch event last week was on the hybrid portable/home console’s lineup of games, with next to no information on the operating system or other functionality. Now, via some answers provided in response to questions asked by <i>Kotaku</i>, the company has revealed a little more …

Nintendo

Latest Power Rangers trailer gives us a first glimpse at Zordon and the Megazord

Revel in Bryan Cranston’s giant floating face<p>The live-action <i>Power Rangers</i> rebootis about two months away from release, and its second official trailer dropped earlier today with some much-needed cameos from franchise favorites. Not only is this the first glimpse at Bryan Cranston’s Zordon, the …

Entertainment

Samsung will reveal the cause of the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding battery this Sunday

The press conference takes place in Seoul<p>Samsung announced today that it would reveal its investigative findings on the recalled Galaxy Note 7 this Sunday evening. The press conference is taking place in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, January 23rd at 10AM. Due to the time difference, it will be live …

Samsung

This app doesn't just do your homework for you, it shows you how

A little confession from me. I was homeschooled (that's not the confession part), and in 8th grade my algebra textbook had the answers to half the problems in the back. And when I was stumped, I would cheat.<p>Sorry, mom!<p>Of course, cheating at math is a terrible way to learn, because the whole point …

Education

Uber to pay $20 million to settle claims it misled drivers about pay, financing

Uber will pay $20 million to settle a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission that it misled drivers about earnings and vehicle financing, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting. The consumer protection agency alleged that Uber publicized misleading statements about the amount of money drivers could …

Uber

Unicode Committee will meet next week to discuss adding redhead emoji

Will it finally be time for ginger justice?<p>Ginger emoji are in the works, according to a report by <i>Emojipedia</i>. The Unicode Committee will be meeting next week at the Apple campus in Cupertino, CA to discuss how to implement emoji with red hair in upcoming Unicode standards.<p>A proposal suggests …

Unicode

Watch an Atlas V rocket launch an infrared surveillance satellite

The United Launch Alliance is kicking off its first mission of the year with the launch of its Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening. The vehicle will be sending an infrared surveillance satellite into a high orbit for the US Air Force. Take off is scheduled for 7:46PM ET, …

Space

How to keep your phone and your photos safe at the inauguration

Simple precautions for an unpredictable event<p>On Friday, hundreds of thousands of people will arrive in downtown Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump. Many will be there to celebrate the incoming president, but a significant number will also be there to signal opposition, as part of the …

Civil Rights

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will star in DC’s Black Adam spinoff film

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will soon star in his own DC Comics movie. <i>Deadline</i> reports that the actor will star in <i>Black Adam</i>, a companion to the upcoming <i>Shazam!</i> where he’s already set to play the superpowered anti-hero.<p>Johnson has been linked to the <i>Shazam!</i> project since 2014 when the casting was …

Entertainment

Nexdock turns Intel’s Compute Card into a 2-in-1 laptop

Turn a credit card computer into a full laptop<p>Intel announced the Compute Card at CES 2017 a few weeks ago. It’s a credit card-sized device that’s essentially a full computer, complete with CPU, GPU, and wireless connectivity. It’s designed to let hardware manufacturers easily add computer …

Batteries

Julian Assange has yet more reasons for not keeping his Manning promise

In a Q&A on Periscope today, Julian Assange continued to squirm around questions over what exactly would be required for him to fulfill his promise to face charges in the United States should President Obama grant clemency to Chelsea Manning, as he did on Tuesday.<p>The problem, Assange seems to say, …

Julian Assange

Mark Zuckerberg is suing Hawaiian land owners to secure his 700-acre island getaway

When privacy is paramount<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to protect his privacy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he purchased a 700-acre plot of land in 2014 for more than $100 million. Starting last month, Zuckerberg began filing lawsuits against Hawaiian land owners …

Facebook

Obama’s NASA made strides on commercial space, but stumbled on exploration

How the past eight years have shaped NASA<p>Under the Obama administration, NASA has had a dynamic eight years. The Mars Curiosity rover landed, intact, on the surface of the Red Planet, and the Kepler mission launched to find planets outside our Solar System. NASA’s Juno spacecraft put itself into …

Space

Watch GM’s self-driving car navigate the streets of San Francisco

At least, it says it’s self-driving<p>Like most of its competitors, General Motors is betting hard on autonomous cars being the future of transportation. But unlike Ford, Google, Uber, and others, GM has been pretty secretive about its self-driving cars, refusing to release images or footage of any …

Driverless Cars

Driver in fatal Tesla Autopilot crash had seven seconds to take action

It’s not known what he was doing at the time<p>The Tesla driver killed in a crash while the Autopilot system was activated last year would have seen the tractor trailer for at least seven seconds prior to impact, according to the NHTSA investigation of the accident. This should have given the driver …

Tesla

Beeline is a bike compass that lets you choose your path

Navigational devices for bikes are nothing new, but Beeline is a different kind of bike GPS. The Bluetooth device doesn’t give riders a direct route to their desired location, but instead points them in the right direction with an approximation of how far they have left to travel. Riders get to …

Wearable Tech

Adoptly, the Tinder for child adoption, is indistinguishable from parody

And maybe it is a hoax, after all<p>Technology startups are fleeting and prone to failure, cropping up and disappearing as fast as our screen-addled attention spans. But rarely does one stick out quite like Adoptly, an apparently earnest attempt at making a Tinder-like mobile app for child adoption. …

Silicon Valley