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Alphabet Inc. shareholders reject employee-backed diversity proposals

Alphabet Inc. shareholders today voted down several proposals that would tie pay to diversity goals in an effort to promote equal wages among females and people of color.<p>“At Alphabet, diversity and inclusion activities by individual contributors have been met with a disorganized array of responses, …

Race & Ethnicity

Hate your boss? B12 is designing work without (human) managers

Online labor marketplaces have been around since the dawn of the internet. Post a task, select a worker, verify the work, and submit a payment. There are dozens of companies that broker labor services, and the rise of these marketplaces has been a large factor in encouraging as many as a third of …

The Physics of Why Bigger Drones Can Fly Longer

You can get a drone in a wide range of sizes. Some of them fit in your palm (like the Syma X20) while others are quite large. But have you noticed …

Drones

Dear Google, When are you going to fix Android Wear?

Smartwatches are in a funny state. They’re not really all that popular amongst the populace at large, but they’re not exactly busts either. The Apple watch is still the big seller in terms of market penetration. Android Wear is no slouch either, with many OEMs producing a wide array of options. …

Wear OS

Adobe wants you to use voice commands to edit photos

Adobe just released a concept video depicting an iPad user making simple edits to his photos by issuing voice commands. Hit the play button above to check it out.<p>The tech shown in the clip isn’t particularly exciting, as it seems like you could probably achieve the same result much faster using the …

All electric trains in the Netherlands now run on wind energy

The Netherlands has been harnessing the power of the wind to drain bodies of water, saw timber and to produce oil for centuries. Now, the country is also using it to run all its electric trains. The Dutch railways network (NS) started using wind energy generated by the turbines owned by electric …

Trains

HTC U Play specs price and release date: everything we know

<i>Editor’s note: HTC did not allow us to record any footage of the HTC U Ultra and U Play due to the non-final software.</i><p>While the new HTC U Ultra is certainly the star of the new U line-up, the U Play is the perfect mid-range device for HTC fans that want something a bit smaller and don’t mind less …

Google quietly shut its internet drone project last year

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has shut down the firm's project to create solar-powered drones that could provide internet connections to …

Tanvas wants to let you feel fabric through your touchscreen

New surface haptics let you feel different materials, like silk, cotton or even grass, on your touchscreen.<p>Imagine shopping for clothes on your iPad and actually being able to feel the fabric before you make a purchase. That's the idea at the core of Tanvas Touch -- a surface haptics technology on …

Apple May Have Underestimated Demand for the iPhone 7 Plus

Apple said it was caught off guard by how many people want to buy its biggest smartphone, the iPhone 7 Plus, and the miscalculation may hit profits …

Here's What Scientists Think The World Will Be Like in 2045

Still no hoverboards.<p>The world will be a very different place in 2045.<p>Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to …

Microsoft Surface gains at Apple iPad's expense

Microsoft says sales of its tablets surged 38 percent year over year in the company's first quarter.<p>Things are looking up for Microsoft's Surface.<p>The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant reported that sales of its tablets surged 38 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period a year …

Android 7.1 feature spotlight: Google Camera actually takes a photo on voice command

This article is part of our <b>Android 7.1 Nougat Feature Spotlights</b> series.<p>Trying to set a timer on cameras, both on smartphones and dedicated units, …

Android News

There's an inactive one-handed keyboard hidden inside iOS code

In these days of big iPhones, smaller-handed individuals have trouble typing up a storm on their iOS devices. However, since iOS 8 (at least), Apple has toyed with an edge-swipe activated one-hand keyboard. To keep characters closer to your thumb, it squishes character keys and expands copy and …

Android Phones

Report: Samsung to recall phones after explosion claims

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung will issue a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone as soon as this weekend after its investigation on …

Rewriting the tablet

How Lenovo brought a dream design to life<p>By Dan Seifert | Photography by Sean O'Kane<p><b>Tablets were supposed</b> to be the future. They were supposed to get us off the desk and away from the laptop, and usher us into a touch-enabled world of productivity and entertainment. A dream of computing where our …

No more 'Pokemon Go' at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial

TOKYO (AP) — It was a bit touch and go for Hiroshima officials, but the atomic bomb memorial park in the western Japanese city is now Pokemon No.<p>The …

Nissan may stop making its own electric car batteries

Nissan has long made its own electric car batteries thanks to Automotive Energy Supply, its team-up with NEC, but it appears to be having second thoughts. Sources speaking to both <i>Nikkei</i> and <i>Reuters</i> understand that Nissan plans to sell its controlling stake in AES, with NEC likely following suit. …

Electric Vehicles

'Water-resistant' Samsung Galaxy S7 Active fails water resistance test

A Samsung phone that is advertised as being "water resistant" actually isn't, accoring to Consumer Reports.<p>The problem appears limited to the Galaxy S7 Active, a rugged model available only through AT&T in the US. The standard S7 and S7 Edge models have the same claims on water resistance and …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung's new 4TB SSD is only $1,499

Solid state drives have become a lot more accessible since I bought a 60GB Intel SSD four years ago just to install Windows 7 and a few games. Samsung’s 850 EVO Seriesis one of the most popular SSDs on Amazon, and you can get the 500GB version for what my puny Intel SSD cost when I first built my …

Samsung

Waterless toilet turns waste into clean water and power

With every flush, this toilet creates water and electric power for those who need it most.<p>The "Nano Membrane Toilet," developed by a group at Britain's Cranfield University, received a grant during the second round of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. This …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

Apple releases new betas for iOS, macOS, watchOS and yes, even tvOS

Dear developers, today is update day. Apple just released the third beta for the next major iteration of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS — that’s a lot of megabytes. The third developer betas squash bugs and tweak new features as the final versions of these operating system updates will be released in …

Self-driving Mercedes-Benz bus takes a milestone 12-mile trip

CityPilot has taken a key early step towards fully autonomous public transportation: The Mercedes-Benz self-driving bus program saw one of its Future Bus vehicles drive 20 km (or around 12.4 miles) in the Netherlands, on a route that connected Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the nearby town of …

Pokémon Go makes million within minutes

By now, you must have heard a thing or two about Pokémon Go. Psh, it’s not just a mobile game – it’s a cultural phenomenon! But can you guess just how much Niantic makes within minutes from Pokémon Go? Well, let’s just put it this way: it’s a lot.<p>With AppInstitute’s real-time tracker, you can see …

Snapchat wants to show you ads based on what's in your images

Snapping an image of a coffee mug? How about adding a filter with a Starbucks logo to really complete the picture?<p>That sort of scenario may soon be …

Machine Perception

Using digital screens to inspire better health

Mark McDermott Contributor<p>Mark McDermott is CEO of ScreenCloud.<p>Digital signage is an industry that just keeps getting bigger. Reports show that digital signage adds a 31.8 percent upswing in overall sales volume. Digital video reaches more than 70 percent of the public. However, while 42 percent of …

Google's Android has gotten so out of control that $55 billion Salesforce had to take drastic measures

Unlike with the Apple iPhone, it's up to smartphone manufacturers, not Google, to push out updates to customers. So there's no guarantee that any given phone will get the operating system upgrades.<p>There's also a ton of different hardware, some of which does a better job supporting certain features. …

Find accounts worth following with Snapchat's 'Suggest' feature

Without question, the number one complaint I hear about Snapchat from those that have written it off is that finding good content on the platform is a chore. They’re not wrong.<p>I actually had this conversation recently with a colleague here at The Next Web who’d mentioned that he didn’t use Snapchat …

Snapchat

Hands-on: The ZTE ZMAX Pro is a whole lot of phone for $99

Earlier today ZTE announced its newest device, the $99 ZTE ZMax Pro. On paper, it’s a whole lot of phone for an off-contract device.<p>After spending a few minutes with it, there’s a lot to like.<p><b>Specs</b><p>Here’s the basic rundown:<p>1080p 6-inch LCD<br>• Snapdragon 617 processor<br>• 2 GB RAM<br>• 32 GB storage<br>• microSD slot (up …