Samsung Electronics Co. introduced two new tablet computers at a Barcelona event that also offered a glimpse of how the South Korean technology giant planned to move past last year’s massive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone recall.
LG’s smartphone business, having run up losses chasing early adopters with envelope-pushing features, seeks a different demographic with its new G6: users who prioritize fundamentals like screen size and battery life.
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Consider poor Elon Musk. I don’t mean that as an expression of sympathy. To be clear, it’s hard to feel sympathy for any tech CEO who continues to cozy up to Donald Trump even after Travis Kalanick has bailed. What I mean is this: Consider the possibility that Elon Musk might soon be poor. The idea is not so far fetched. According to a recent earnings call, […]
Uber was just starting to turn the narrative on this whole sexism thing. The incredibly clever whisper campaign-- we’re bad but so is the rest of Silicon Valley! -- was working. Because, yes, sexism is prevalent, and as I wrote a few weeks ago studies show most white men in tech DGAF about diversity. And everyone likely to be pissed at Uber right now wants t […]
“Hardware is hard. It's called hardware for a reason.” So said Marc Andreessen at a PandoMonthly in 2013. He was talking about a mantra that had appeared in Silicon Valley among founders and investors: “Hardware is the new software.” Software, to quote another Andreessenism, was eating the world, thanks to new tools and cloud-based services that were ma […]
It's a tale as old as time...Hollywood takes something that was already pretty popular and decides to do it again and again until it's everywhere you look. This year, it's Beauty and the Beast, which you probably know is getting the live action treatment starring Emma Watson unless you've been imprisoned in a weird castle where dishes com […]
Director Asghar Farhadi's absence at the Oscars on Sunday spoke almost as loudly as the award itself. The Iranian filmmaker, who won his second Oscar for The Salesman, did not accept the award in person because he and other members of the film's cast boycotted the awards following President Donald Trump's travel ban. "It’s a great honor t […]
Important Oscars update: Nicole Kidman claps weird. Clapping, of course, is a joining of the hands with fluctuating levels of force as a sign of glee or respect. It's hard to do weird, but Nicole Kidman is managing it quite well. SEE ALSO: Your guide to the 2017 Oscars, in highly accurate charts Look, we know this is a strange thing to call out — it […]
The G5 and G5 Plus make a compelling case for continuing Motorola's tradition of making Android phones that you can't believe are this cheap. The post Motorola's Killer Cheap Phones Just Keep Getting Better appeared first on WIRED.
Ofgem, the U.K. government’s regulator for gas and electricity, has revealed that projects trialled under the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) could save 215 tonnes of CO2. The program ran for six years, ending in 2015, with the aim of helping Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) develop cost effective and energy efficient solutions for the smart... Read mor […]
The Internet of Things is sweeping across the globe at breakneck speeds, and before we know it, our entire lives will be facilitated by connected technology. We’re already seeing the IoT make an incredible impact on how the industrial world operates, and we’re seeing it seep into household goods to bring convenience and efficiency to... Read more » The post […]
PARC, the research and development arm of Xerox, announced on Tuesday that it has secured part of $19 million in federal funding from the Energy Department to develop peel-and-stick sensors for homes, businesses, and other buildings. The peel-and-stick sensors will be able to detect air quality, temperature, humidity, occupancy, and more, according to PARC. […]
This post is about a better world brought by human ingenuity. It’s about a human opportunity, an invitation to founders and investors in advanced economies to come and help us change the lives of billions of humans. Come join the movement to help mankind move forward for a better, fairer future. It’s time! Read More
The idea of a cashless society is one of the topics that stirs up a heated debate when it comes to the digitalization of banking and society. While the anonymity of cash acts as an enabler for the illegal economy, many fear that the lack of said anonymity will inevitably lead to an Orwellian society where individual freedom is limited. Read More
Turns out there might actually be money in VR hardware. Since going on sale just four months ago, Sony details to the NYT that the company has sold 915 thousand of its virtual reality headset, the PS VR. The article also details that Sony had originally set internal goals to sell one million headsets in the first six months of sales, a number that the compa […]
The tiny Balkan state of Macedonia, with a population just a quarter the size of New York City's, received an outsized spotlight in Western media last fall. A BuzzFeed news investigation revealed that teenagers in the town of Veles, Macedonia were making a small fortune creating pro-Donald Trump fake news stories. The teens were happy to convert clicks […]
In 2016, the British people made a momentous decision about their future. The country voted for Brexit — to leave the European Union. Much of the debate before that vote focused on the issue of immigration, and the effect immigration is having on British life. In some parts of the UK that divide has grown more stark in recent years. The small market town of […]
The nerve agent that was used to kill Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is among the most deadly chemical weapons developed. It's also been banned by the United Nations. According to Malaysian investigators, two female suspects coated their hands with the liquid toxin and wiped it on Kim Jong-nam’s face as he waited for a flight […]
Journalist Lea Majcen is an overnight celebrity in Slovenia, after stumping government official Tilen Smolnikar with basic interview questions about his work as head of the country's renewable energy sector.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won his second Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this time for The Salesman. Farhadi, in protest of President Trump’s executive orders banning travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, was not present to accept the award. In his place, the award was accepted by two Iranian-American scientists […]
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho just took the stage at the Academy Awards to perform the song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana. Miranda opened the performance with a quick spoken-word intro before Cravalho finished it solo. You can watch it above. Moana was a classic Disney coming-of-age tale, but it was praised by critics for its impressive exec […]
O.J.: Made in America, directed by Ezra Edelman, produced by Caroline Waterlow, and distributed by ESPN Films, has won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. The seven-and-a-half-hour film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of last year, and debuted in theatrical limited release last May. The documentary incorporates 72 new interviews with a […]
On Monday, Trump will announce major cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency as he starts to build the budget for the next fiscal year, according to reports from Axios and the New York Times. A top official reportedly told Axios we can expect “transformational” cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency,…Read more...
White House press secretary Sean Spicer—exhibiting behavior typical of a jealous lover or an uptight prep school principal—reportedly arranged a surprise phone check for White House staffers in an effort to crack down on information leaks. According to Politico, Spicer became aware last week that information from a…Read more...
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While we were expecting Amazon to score an Oscar first for Manchester by the Sea, Netflix ended up beating out that film with a Best Documentary (Short Subject) Oscar for The White Helmets. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film centers on a gro...
There's no question that deforestation is a problem, as it affects everything from climate through to biodiversity. But gauging the severity of deforestation isn't easy -- simply measuring lost forest cover doesn't tell you the effect it can have on...
For expert players, most video game AI amounts to little more than target practice -- especially in fighting games, where it rarely accounts for the subtleties of human behavior. At MIT, though, they've developed a Super Smash Bros. Melee AI that sho...
The Galaxy S8 is officially on the way. Samsung just sent out invites to the press for its Unpacked 2017 event, taking place on March 29. It shows off the silhouette of a phone, so there’s no doubt there as to what Samsung will be unveiling. The invite has the tagline “Unbox your phone,” which probably alludes to the phone’s longer aspect ratio and curved sc […]
Ahead of the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, Nokia has brought back its beloved 3310 feature phone. The device’s near-indestructible build and practical design made it a smash hit worldwide when it launched back in 2000, and it’s now back with a bunch of new features. The $50 handset features a design that draws heavily from that of the original 331 […]
It’s been 30-odd years since the movie Revenge of the Nerds became a sensation. Even still, it seems Hollywood is only now finally ready to recognize that geek is chic. Over the past decade technology has become a central theme in movies and TV. While I do become agitated when obvious tech gaffes are displayed for all to see, it’s nice to see the depiction […]