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  • Honda's big EV push now includes dirt bikes and scooters

    Engadget RSS Feed Mar 23, 2019 | 20:09 pm

    Honda has shown an affinity for electric cars as of late, but what about the motorcycle crowd?Don't worry, you'll get your fix soon.The automaker has unveiled prototypes for both the CR Electric dirt bike (above) and the Benly Electric delivery scooter (below), offering a peek at how it will approach emissions-free transportation on two wheels.Honda didn't dive into the specs, but the CR Electric appears based on the CRF450 and uses a Mugen-developed motor along with Showa inverted forks.The Benly Electric, meanwhile, borrows the batteries from the bigger (and extremely limited) PCX Electric maxi scooter in an otherwise very similar version of the delivery vehicle. The power packs are easy to swap for couriers who can't wait for a recharge.These are very early machines, and you're not as likely to buy them yourself given that they're specialized models rather than street bikes.They do signal Honda's increased interest in electric motorbikes, though, and that could give existing e-motorbike producers some intense competition.Via: ElectrekSource: Honda Bike (Facebook)

  • Updated 'Battlefield V' roadmap teases Pacific theater combat

    Engadget RSS Feed Mar 23, 2019 | 18:38 pm

    Now that Battlefield V's long-promised battle royale mode is nearly here, how else are DICE and EA going to keep you interested?By moving the action halfway around the world, apparently.The developers have posted an updated roadmap teasing a fifth chapter in fall 2019 that might be set in the Pacific.While the team isn't directly sharing details beyond the hints of "all-out invasion" in a brand new theater, the title ("Awakening the Giant") says a lot.PC Gamer points out that Japan's Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was concerned the Pearl Harbor attack "awaken[ed] a sleeping giant" by dragging the US directly into the conflict.Don't be surprised if BFV has you island-hopping as the US first reels from the Japanese assault and eventually turns the tables.There will be more to do in the intervening months, of course.On top of the planned updates for March through May (such as a Greek map and a Hardcore mode), the June introduction of Chapter 4 will introduce an as yet unnamed five-on-five close combat mode.There will be "several" maps designed just for these tighter matches, and there are hints of an urban close-quarter map.You can also expect another Greek map.You'll get more details about Chapter 4 ahead of[…]

  • Chrome 74 beta supports dark mode in Windows

    Engadget RSS Feed Mar 23, 2019 | 17:05 pm

    Google has released the first beta version of Chrome 74, and it comes with support for Windows dark mode. You'll find that the browser will now automatically load its darker-colored theme if you've switched on "Dark" in the platform's settings. The mode will transform Chrome into a more somber affair, with coloring that's mostly charcoal and a Google logo devoid of its usual bright hues.In addition, it looks like Chrome 74 could turn the browser into a better friend for those susceptible to motion sickness. It can instruct websites to respect your OS-level preferences when it comes to motion and animations. If you've switched on options such as "Remove animations" or "Reduce motion" on iOS, Android, Windows or Mac, it could make sure that the page you're visiting truly doesn't play videos or agitating visual effects that can trigger dizziness and nausea. That said, it will only work for websites that choose to create calmer alternatives to their more dynamic pages.In a post on Google Developers blog about the feature, Developer Advocate Thomas Steiner explained the technology behind the feature:"...with flashing ads, fancy parallax effects, surprising reveal animations, autoplaying videos, etc., the web sometimes can honestly be quite overwhelming... Happily,[…]

  • Shazam review: A big kid in a cape gives us DC's most fun adventure yet- CNET

    CNET News Mar 23, 2019 | 16:00 pm

    DC hits back at Captain Marvel with a superpowered version of classic comedy Big that completes DC's magical transformation.

  • Sorry, the Galaxy Fold, Mate X will make your Android and iPhone more expensive in 2019- CNET

    CNET News Mar 23, 2019 | 16:00 pm

    Phone prices are still rising across the board and here's the proof.

  • Huawei's website seems to leak the P30 Pro ahead of launch event- CNET

    CNET News Mar 23, 2019 | 15:52 pm

    The P30 Pro might've appeared early on Huawei's own site.

  • Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

    TechCrunch Mar 23, 2019 | 13:34 pm

    Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau and Airbus, has begun chauffering the Bay Area's elite.

  • A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

    TechCrunch Mar 23, 2019 | 13:13 pm

    A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents wanting to know where […]

  • How Do You Pronounce Buttigieg? The Internet Counts the Ways

    Feed: All Latest Mar 23, 2019 | 12:04 pm

    As the Internet falls for presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's millennial POV, first it has to learn how to say his name.

  • A week of game streaming and earthquakes

    TechCrunch Mar 23, 2019 | 12:01 pm

    From Extra Crunch We hope all of you enjoyed the conversation with Eric Peckham and Lucas Matney on GDC and game streaming. For those who couldn’t join, a transcript should be coming shortly. Our enterprise reporter Ron Miller has a dive into how Salesforce became the model for enterprise SaaS companies, with some great early […]

  • Space Photos of the Week: True Colors Shining Through

    Feed: All Latest Mar 23, 2019 | 08:00 am

    From nebulae to Andromeda to candy-colored Titan, space is full of spring hues.

  • Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse

    Technology : NPR Mar 23, 2019 | 08:00 am

    It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It's about to get worse as more streaming services launch this year.

  • Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

    Feed: All Latest Mar 23, 2019 | 07:00 am

    Jared and Ivanka used private messaging against the rules, and more security news this week.

  • The Best Upholstery Cleaners for Every Kind of Stain Removal

    How-To Geek Mar 23, 2019 | 06:00 am

  • You Can Now Use Threaded Replies on Messenger

    MakeUseOf Mar 23, 2019 | 05:30 am

    You Can Now Use Threaded Replies on Messenger Facebook Messenger can now handle threaded replies. In a nutshell, this means you can reply specifically to one comment in a chat without derailing the whole conversation. Which makes it especially useful for group chats involving multiple people. How to Use Threaded Replies on Messenger Creating a threaded reply in Facebook Messenger is extremely simple. All you need to do is press and hold down on the individual message to which you want to reply. Alongside the existing option to add an emoji, you’ll now see a “Reply” button. Click this, and write your response as normal. When you hit...Read the full article: You Can Now Use Threaded Replies on Messenger

  • Should You Use Hubitat to Automate Your Smarthome?

    How-To Geek Mar 23, 2019 | 04:40 am

  • Geek Trivia: Which Video Game Series’ Protagonist Derives His Name From Iconic Sci-Fi Writers?

    How-To Geek Mar 23, 2019 | 00:02 am

  • 5 Online Calculators for Everyone That Aren’t About Math

    MakeUseOf Mar 22, 2019 | 22:30 pm

    5 Online Calculators for Everyone That Aren’t About Math If you hated math, then calculators were your best friends. That hasn’t changed for the adults in us. From the ancient abacus to the latest smartphone app, the humble calculator has helped you keep track of large numbers. But thanks to the web, a calculator isn’t always about math or arithmetic. Here are five useful but cool online calculators that can help you stay on top of your time, habits, sleep, and life itself. Free Time Calculator: Visualize Your Free Time About 40% of our time is spent sleeping. That’s a big but necessary chunk of your life. What about...Read the full article: 5 Online Calculators for Everyone That Aren’t About Math

  • Pinterest Is Rare ‘Unicorn’ Preparing an I.P.O. Without Hemorrhaging Cash

    NYT > Technology Mar 22, 2019 | 17:14 pm

    The start-up, which lets people create virtual “pin boards,” officially joined the herd of tech companies stampeding to the public markets this year by unveiling its offering prospectus.

  • Students In Ukraine Learn How To Spot Fake Stories, Propaganda And Hate Speech

    Technology : NPR Mar 22, 2019 | 16:25 pm

    A new report says students who received media literacy training were 18 percent better at identifying false reports than students without the lessons. Girls gained more knowledge than boys.

  • Pinterest is growing, but not as fast as Twitter or Snap were when they filed their IPOs

    Recode -All Mar 22, 2019 | 15:41 pm

    Pinterest is growing, but not as fast as Twitter or Snap were when they filed their IPOs Pinterest just filed for its IPO, and the big question will be whether it’s a social media company, an e-commerce company, or a search company. Pinterest’s business is growing steadily, but not at the same clip as other big advertising-driven tech IPOs from the past decade. According to new IPO paperwork filed Friday that offered the most detailed look yet at Pinterest’s business, Facebook, Twitter, and Snap were all showing faster pre-IPO growth.Pinterest reported revenue of roughly $756 million in 2018, growth of 59 percent from the year before. Pinterest’s 2017 revenue of roughly $473 million also represented 58 percent growth over the year prior. That’s not bad, but it’s also not the kind of hyper growth we’ve seen from other advertising-driven tech businesses at the time of IPO. Pinterest is not just a social network or a communication business, but it is a consumer app that makes all of its money from advertising. That means it competes for ad dollars with places like Facebook, Twitter, and Snap, so it’s no surprise Pinterest also listed all three companies as competitors in its S-1 paperwork. Twitter’s business nearly tripled in the full year before its IPO, and Facebook’s nearly doubled. Snap’s[…]

  • We Want To Hear From You About Facebook Live

    Technology : NPR Mar 22, 2019 | 15:16 pm

    Facebook Live has played a key role in the spread of violent images on social media. What do you think Facebook should do with this feature?

  • 6 Emerging Cyber Threats to Lookout for in 2019

    ReadWrite Mar 22, 2019 | 12:00 pm

    6 Emerging Cyber Threats to Lookout for in 2019 2018 showed us an accelerated growth in cyber threat activities. Data breaches, attacks using malicious software and insider threats were among the most familiar forms of attack. Many well-known organizations suffered from these cybersecurity disasters and compromised data of millions of users. Exactis, a marketing and data aggregation firm suffered the largest data leak of […]The post 6 Emerging Cyber Threats to Lookout for in 2019 appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

    NYT > Technology Mar 22, 2019 | 11:10 am

    Machine-learning systems could be a boon to medicine. But they also can be hacked to mislead, researchers are discovering.

  • The 5 Best Chromebooks for Every Type of User

    MakeUseOf Mar 22, 2019 | 11:00 am

    The 5 Best Chromebooks for Every Type of User There has never been a better time to buy a Chromebook. Chrome OS has matured quite a bit since it debuted in 2011, and Chromebook manufacturers are competing to build the best Chromebook at the most affordable price. Portability, ease of use, battery life, great performance, support for Android apps—these are just some of the reasons why Chromebooks are perfect for students, office workers, travelers, remote workers, or casual users for browsing the web and checking email. Convinced but not sure which Chromebook to buy? You can’t go wrong with any of the following options, which are all contenders for...Read the full article: The 5 Best Chromebooks for Every Type of User

  • Understanding Today’s IT Hierarchy

    ReadWrite Mar 22, 2019 | 10:11 am

    Understanding Today’s IT Hierarchy An Information Technology (IT) department is charged with the responsibility of developing and managing a company’s technology assets. This includes developing technology and apps for external and internal use, managing the company’s email systems, overseeing business intelligence and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms, setting up and troubleshooting networks, backing up data and ensuring the security […]The post Understanding Today’s IT Hierarchy appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Security flaw put RBS customers at risk of cyber-attack

    BBC News - Technology Mar 22, 2019 | 09:17 am

    Software designed to prevent cyber-attacks had a bug that could have let hackers get at machines.

  • AI is Changing How We Pay Taxes, and How They’re Collected, Too

    ReadWrite Mar 22, 2019 | 09:00 am

    AI is Changing How We Pay Taxes, and How They’re Collected, Too Over the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has been steadily advancing in complexity, utility, and sophistication. Overall, that’s been good news for consumers and businesses alike, who are seeing increased use of the technology in everything from the latest in digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa to customer services tools that are enhancing customer experiences […]The post AI is Changing How We Pay Taxes, and How They’re Collected, Too appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Why bots probably aren't gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition

    BBC News - Technology Mar 22, 2019 | 07:39 am

    Questions have been asked about whether all the 3m signatures on the petition are genuine.

  • Recode Daily: Facebook faces yet another privacy mishap

    Recode -All Mar 22, 2019 | 06:31 am

    Recode Daily: Facebook faces yet another privacy mishap Plus: Jack Dorsey is hiring a crypto A-team, Rent the Runway becomes a unicorn, and Apple is planning for its new TV service. Facebook employees had access to the passwords of hundreds of millions of users. It’s another damaging revelation about the social media giant, which has faced sustained criticism over its privacy practices in recent years. The security publication Krebs on Security first reported that Facebook had stored personal passwords of users on unencrypted company servers in plain text, making them readable to thousands of employees. Facebook confirmed the issue, which it initially discovered in January in a “routine security review” and has since resolved. According to the company, there’s no evidence that employees improperly accessed the exposed passwords — so far. As Kurt Wagner writes, the situation will provide regulators — who are already investigating Facebook’s privacy practices — with “yet another arrow” they can use to try and regulate the company. [Kurt Wagner / Recode][Want to get the Recode Daily in your inbox? Subscribe here.]Jack Dorsey is hiring direct reports to work on cryptocurrency projects, and he’s offering to pay them in bitcoin. Square CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that the company is hiring a team of engineers[…]

  • Facebook staff 'flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought'

    BBC News - Technology Mar 22, 2019 | 05:54 am

    Facebook says concerns raised about data-scraping were not related to the previously reported scandal.

  • Four short links: 22 March 2019

    All - O'Reilly Media Mar 22, 2019 | 05:40 am

    Explainable AI, Product Management, REPL for Games, and Open Source Inventory XAI -- An explainability toolbox for machine learning. Follows the Ethical Institute for AI & Machine Learning's8 principles. The Producer Playbook -- Guidelines and best practices for producers and project managers. Repl.it Adds Graphics -- PyGame in the browser, in fast turnaround time. ScanCode Toolkit -- detects licenses, copyrights, package manifests and dependencies, and more by scanning code ... to discover and inventory open source and third-party packages used in your code. Continue reading Four short links: 22 March 2019.

  • Automating ethics

    All - O'Reilly Media Mar 22, 2019 | 05:15 am

    Machines will need to make ethical decisions, and we will be responsible for those decisions.We are surrounded by systems that make ethical decisions: systems approving loans, trading stocks, forwarding news articles, recommending jail sentences, and much more. They act for us or against us, but almost always without our consent or even our knowledge. In recent articles, I've suggested the ethics of artificial intelligence itself needs to be automated. But my suggestion ignores the reality that ethics has already been automated: merely claiming to make data-based recommendations without taking anything else into account is an ethical stance. We need to do better, and the only way to do better is to build ethics into those systems. This is a problematic and troubling position, but I don't see any alternative. The problem with data ethics is scale. Scale brings a fundamental change to ethics, and not one that we're used to taking into account. That’s important, but it’s not the point I’m making here. The sheer number of decisions that need to be made means that we can’t expect humans to make those decisions. Every time data moves from one site to another, from one context to another, from one intent[…]

  • Money-losing companies that went public in 2018 did better than profitable ones

    Recode -All Mar 21, 2019 | 12:46 pm

    Money-losing companies that went public in 2018 did better than profitable ones That says more about the market than the companies. Public investors are doing something counterintuitive: They’re valuing unprofitable companies higher than they are profitable ones that entered public stock exchanges last year. Those are the findings from a new PitchBook report on the stock performance of US unicorns.The study looked at the median stock-price change for startups valued at more than a billion dollars when they went public.For the unprofitable* ones that went public in 2018, their median stock-price growth has been 120 percent on an annualized basis, from the IPO offering price through March 12 of this year. The median decline for stocks that were profitable has been 57 percent for 2018. DocuSign, for example, has been consistently unprofitable before and after its April 2018 IPO. It’s currently trading at about $57, well above its $29 offer price.**In general over the past nine years, profitability has barely made a difference for performance.A couple big caveats here: Only a couple of the 20 US unicorns that went public last year were profitable, so the sample size is very small. Also, since this data is looking at compound annual growth rates, big jumps or dives in price for first-year stocks will[…]

  • Russia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means.

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Mar 21, 2019 | 09:30 am

    The plan is going to be tricky to pull off, both technically and politically, but the Kremlin has set its sights on self-sufficiency.

  • Tech Fix: I Deleted Facebook Last Year. Here’s What Changed (and What Didn’t).

    NYT > Technology Mar 21, 2019 | 07:34 am

    Our personal tech columnist didn’t lose touch with his true friends — but strange things did occur, including Instagram thinking he was a woman.

  • Four short links: 21 March 2019

    All - O'Reilly Media Mar 21, 2019 | 06:15 am

    Newsletters, Confidence Intervals, Reverse Engineering, and Human Scale Email Newsletters: The New Social Media (NYT) -- “With newsletters, we can rebuild all of the direct connections to people we lost when the social web came along.” Scientists Rise Up Against Statistical Significance (Nature) -- want to replace p-values with confidence intervals, which are easier to interpret without special training. Sample intro to p-values and confidence intervals. Cutter -- A Qt and C++ GUI for radare2 reverse engineering framework. Its goal is making an advanced, customizable, and FOSS reverse-engineering platform while keeping the user experience in mind. Cutter is created by reverse engineers for reverse engineers. Computer Latency at a Human Scale -- if a CPU cycle is 1 second, then SSD I/O takes 1.5-4 days, and rotational disk I/O takes 1-9 months. Also in the Hacker News thread, human-scale storage: if a byte is a letter, then a 4kb page of memory is 1 sheet of paper, a 256kb L2 cache is a 64-page binder on the desk, and a 1TB SSD is a warehouse of books. Continue reading Four short links: 21 March 2019.

  • China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Mar 4, 2019 | 06:50 am

    In spite of tensions with the US and its allies, Huawei is rapidly building a suite of AI offerings unmatched by any other company on the planet.

  • The race to make a lab-grown steak

    Top News - MIT Technology Review Feb 27, 2019 | 05:00 am

    Meat production spews tons of greenhouse gas and uses up too much land and water. Is there an alternative that won’t make us do without?

  • This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 20:00 pm

    This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually 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 more »The post This smart grid program could save millions of tons of CO2 annually appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • 3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 19:15 pm

    3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure 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 3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructure appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors

    ReadWrite Dec 14, 2016 | 18:30 pm

    PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors 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. Instead... Read more »The post PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensors appeared first on ReadWrite.

  • Why space is becoming a dangerous place to do business

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    Internet startup OneWeb has plans to deploy hundreds of new satellites into Earth's orbit, and founder and chairman Greg Wyler wants to make sure it's done safely.

  • LAPD audit reveals dangers of high-tech policing

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    An audit of the Los Angeles police department is raising questions about new technologies law enforcement is using nationwide with little oversight.

  • Pinterest files to go public. Its not-so-secret weapon: Moms

    CNN.com - RSS Channel - App Tech Section Dec 31, 1969 | 17:00 pm

    Pinterest, a service that lets users bookmark or "pin" images ranging from recipes to home design, filed paperwork to go public.