Google is updating its search and Maps services with a small but significant update that should make it easier to find the best places to go and things to do when you travel.The next time you’re abroad and look up a place, restaurant, store or point of interest, both Maps and search will surface reviews from locals, translated into your preferred language so you don’t need to decipher them yourself.I typically use Foursquare to scope out places to eat, but they’re usually filled with reviews from travelers from around the world who aren’t always on the mark about which nearby restaurant offers the cheapest or most authentic cuisine.Being able to tap into insights from locals should help folks find better recommendations.Between this and Google’s excellent Trips app that launched last September, the company’s got you covered with the basics for planning your next vacation.The feature is currently rolling out on mobile and should be live worldwide soon.
The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
So far, 360 videos have mostly worked as novelty items that are rarely impressive.But I have to say this motion graphics exercise that starts in a sort of Max Headroom-ish outer space blasts through a deconstructed Tokyo and finally turns into a Space Odyssey-style head trip is one of the finest examples of the technique that anyone’s produced.Japanese R firm Wowlab produced the clip using its own in-house omnidirectional motion graphics platform.There’s not a lot of info about the software beyond what’s on its web page but here’s a really solid explainer graphic:All that matters is that it looks amazing and has a great feeling of momentum while the camera squeezes through the tiniest holes or breaks through to the infinite reaches of space.
Web giant wants to accelerate collaboration amid Western competitionAnalysis Chinese tech powerhouse Baidu plans to "open up" its self-driving car designs to help automakers in China overtake Western rivals.Competition is fierce – in California, 30 organizations including Tesla, Waymo, Honda, Ford, and most recently Apple have been granted permits to test their robo-cars.Waymo is locked in a legal spat with Uber, accusing the dial-a-ride upstart of infringing patents and stealing trade secrets.So given these levels of secrecy, it was a bit of a surprise this week when Baidu announced Apollo: a three-year project open up its self-driving technology.But if you look closer, you can see it's an attempt to dominate the car industry with a go-to driverless control system.
on climate change is an intimation that it is addressing, not debating, reality.It’s called Climate Changed–past tense, as in, climate change has happened.It is still happening, and the articles and videos on the site address the damage that has already been wrought, the worsening scenarios yet to be realized, and what is and isn’t being done about it.It’s a mix of climate news you would expect to see on a news source devoted to covering the topic, like Grist.The differentiating factor here is that, like on Bloomberg proper, the target audience is the business and finance world.The site also serves a gathering place for coverage that has already been happening at Bloomberg through its “droves of reporters [who] regularly file stories on climate change,” as Huffington Post’s Alexander C. Kaufman
You could use a standard downloader to save the videos and then use a separate tool to extract the audio, but why go to such lengths when a free YouTube to MP3 converter can perform both tasks with a single click?There are lots of websites that can strip the audio from YouTube videos and send you the audio file to download, but here we've chosen to focus mainly on desktop software.Here, we've rounded up the very best tools for extracting audio from YouTube videos and downloading it as an MP3 - or any other audio format you prefer.You should only download content when you have the copyright owner's permission.The best free YouTube to MP3 converter – simply paste an URL to convert and save the audioYou would be forgiven for judging Any Video Converter Free by its name and believing it to be a tool for converting from one video format to another.
By 2020, it is estimated that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to a staggering 26 billion.At the end of last year, UK retail giant John Lewis revealed that people searching for smart lighting had increased by 207% in a year, and that overall searches for smart home products were up 670%, with increased demand for smart air purifiers, heating systems, cookers and fridges that can be controlled by a smartphone.But while the likes of Nest, Amazon Echo and Philips Hue dominate the smart home headlines, there are some killer devices that you might not have heard of, from some unlikely brands.There are also 'Welcome home' and 'Wake up' modes, which can be edited to begin the process based on your geo-location or set timings and, using IFTTT skills, you can create a set of recipes to match your mood or the conditions.For example, if your fitness tracker records a bad night’s sleep, you can have a stronger brew automatically made up when you wake.German company Senic wants you to forget the smartphone and instead opt for something more tactile when controlling your smart home.
Logitech has launched a new mechanical gaming keyboard for those that aren’t necessarily into the flashy and wild designs typically associated with the hardcore gaming community.The Logitech G413 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a full-size board that features the company’s in-house Romer-G switches.Actuation distance checks in at 1.5mm with 3.0mm of total travel distance and an actuation force of 45g.Logitech rates the switch durability at 70 million keypresses.The board is backlit with five levels of brightness although your color choices are limited to red or white.A six-foot USB 2.0 Type-A cable connects the board to your computer and there is a pass-through port so you’re effectively not losing a port.
Nearly three years after the original Fire TV Stick launched, Amazon has brought its miniscule video streaming dongle to India.The Android-based device plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and packs a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, Bluetooth 4.1 for connecting to remotes and game controllers, and support for Dolby Audio 5.1 surround sound.That means that unlike Google’s Chromecast, Amazon’s dongle can run streaming apps and be controlled without a phone (though there’s an optional app for that).It can serve up 1080p video from Amazon’s own Prime Video service, which launched in India last year, as well as others like YouTube and Netflix.A remote control with an onboard mic comes bundled with the Stick, so you can search with your voice.However, it likely doesn’t yet support other Alexa-based features for things like controlling smart home gadgets.
Microsoft today announced that its most recent Windows 10 preview build lets you test out new battery-saving technology.Not only will your Windows 10 PC run certain programs more efficiently, you can also now use a slider to decide whether to run your system at the recommended level, in a way that will preserve its battery life, or in a way that will provide better or the best possible performance.Microsoft first dropped the slider into a Windows 10 preview in January, but it didn’t actually do anything.Now it’s good for something, so long as your PC has a sixth-generation Intel Core chip or something newer.You can also adjust battery usage for each app, from Settings System Battery and clicking “Battery usage by app,” Bill Karagounis, Microsoft’s director of program management for the Windows Insider Program and OS fundamentals, wrote in a blog post.“We leveraged modern silicon capabilities to run background work in a power-efficient manner, thereby enhancing battery life significantly while still giving users access to powerful multitasking capabilities of Windows,” Karagounis wrote.“With ‘Power Throttling,’ when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes — work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work.”The power throttling feature is in addition to the battery saver feature that arrived in Windows 10 in 2015.Microsoft is asking Insiders to flag incidents of apps performing poorly with power throttling enabled.The place to report these cases is the new Throttled Applications subcategory within the Power and Battery category of the Feedback Hub.
As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple on Tuesday updated GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for Mac and iOS, so that those apps are now free.Before today, those apps were free to users who bought a new Mac, iPhone, or iPad, and the free download was a one-time event.Now the apps are free all the time.Before Tuesday, the iOS versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers were $10 each, while the Mac versions were $20 each.On iOS, GarageBand and iMovie were $5 each, while on the Mac, GarageBand was $5 and iMovie was $15.You can save a considerable amount of coin if you’ve put off buying any of these apps.
Zhou Hang, founder and CEO of ride-hailing service Yidao Yongche (易到 in Chinese), admitted yesterday in a statement that the firm has cash problems.He blames this on its controlling shareholder LeEco diverting to other purposes an RMB 1.3 billion fund originally earmarked for the firm, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.Zhou made the statement in response to a stream of negative publicity about the firm’s troubled operations recently.Rants and complaints against the ride-hailing service have kept growing over the past few months.Drivers of the ride-hailing service feel aggrieved for being unable to receive their payments from the car-hailing platform, while passengers grumbled that there are often no cars available even if they opt to pay higher fees for their trips, and found it difficult to have their prepaid funds refunded.Yidao was the runner-up with a mere 3.6% share in the ride-hailing market last year (in Chinese) dwarfed by the 94.6% share of marker leader Didi Chuxing (滴滴出行 in Chinese).To fend off intense competition from rivals and expand its own presence, Yidao had to resort to a strategic investment from outside investors to fund its subsidy campaigns, a common practice seen in the car-hailing market in the past few years.In October 2015, internet giant LeEco’s automobile unit LeSEE bought a 70% stake in the firm, becoming its controlling shareholder.As of the end of last June, the firm had attracted a whopping RMB 6 billion in deposits from 6.53 million customers in its 227-day 100%-rebate campaign (in Chinese).Yet the high subsidies offered to drivers and customers have led to a strain on the cash flow of the firm, and the situation has gotten even worse when its majority shareholder LeEco itself has faced a big cash flow squeeze since last year suffering from excessive expansion.There have been reports that LeEco delayed payroll for its U.S. employees this month and scrapped its planned US$2 billion acquisition of U.S television maker Vizio Inc, signs that the technology giant has been embroiled in a cash crunch.Although LeEco has recently managed to secure an RMB 15 billion funding program from real estate titan Sunac, it seems the beleaguered internet titan still has trouble getting their arms around the mess of the car-hailing service.What Yidao is facing is not a mere creditor’s rights dispute, but may be a mass incident hampering social stability, Zhou warned.Zhou has gradually faded out from the management since the firm was controlled by LeEco and recently rumored to have left the firm to Shunwei Capital, a VC firm set up by Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun.In response to Zhou’s statement, Yidao and LeEco have refuted the cash diversion charges in a joint statement last night and said they have injected roughly RMB 4 billion in the car-ailing platform to bolster the firm’s development.According to LeEco, the RMB 1.3 billion in debate is part of an RMB 1.4 billion syndicated loan to Yidao, which LeEco pledged its real estate LeEco Mansion as collateral.The parties have agreed to use the loan for daily capital turnover of LeSEE and Yidao.Of the total amount, RMB 100 million will use to fund Yidao’s business, while the balance goes to LeSEE.
The company is ready to share its new strategy with buyersBakish: Bloomberg via Getty Images; Moran: ViacomTo call Viacom’s 2016 upfront “chaotic” would be an understatement.With the future of the company very much in doubt (founder Sumner Redstone and then-CEO Philippe Dauman were publicly battling over the firm’s future, and Viacom was widely expected to merge again with CBS), last year’s upfront approach for Viacom was less about grabbing every available ad dollar and more about simply riding out the storm.What a difference a year makes: with its future now set as an independent company, Robert Bakish installed as permanent CEO and president, and Sean Moran tapped to succeed Jeff Lucas as the company’s ad sales chief, the firm has a fresh attitude and a new upfront approach to match.Says Moran, “There is a renewed energy that I haven’t seen here in many, many years.”
(Reuters) – Microsoft said on Thursday it had received at least a thousand surveillance requests from the U.S. government that sought user content for foreign intelligence purposes during the first half of 2016.The amount, shared in Microsoft’s biannual transparency report, was more than double what the company said it received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the preceding six-month interval, and was the highest the company has listed since 2011, when it began tracking such government surveillance orders.The scope of spying authority granted to U.S. intelligence agencies under FISA has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks, sparked in part by evolving, unsubstantiated assertions from President Donald Trump and other Republicans that the Obama White House improperly spied on Trump and his associates.Microsoft said it received between 1,000 and 1,499 FISA orders for user content between January and June of 2016, compared to between 0 and 499 during both January-June 2015 as well as the second half of 2015.The number of user accounts impacted by FISA orders fell during the same period, however, from between 17,500 and 17,999 to between 12,000 and 12,499, according to the report.The U.S. government only allows companies to report the volume of FISA requests in wide bands rather than specific numbers.FISA orders, which are approved by judges who sit on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, are tightly guarded national security secrets.Even the existence of a specific FISA order is rarely disclosed publicly.The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the FBI obtained a FISA order to monitor the communications of former Trump advisor Carter Page as part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign.Parts of FISA will expire at the end of the year, unless U.S. lawmakers vote to reauthorize it.Privacy advocates in Congress have been working to attach new transparency and oversight reforms to any FISA legislation, and to limit government searches of American data that is incidentally collected during foreign surveillance operations.Microsoft also for the first time published a national security letter, a type of warrantless surveillance order used by the FBI.Other technology companies, including Twitter and Yahoo, have also disclosed national security letters in recent months under a transparency measure of the USA Freedom Act that was enacted into law by the U.S. Congress in 2015.(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
Kim Pallister, director of Intel’s virtual reality center of excellence, will moderate a fireside chat with science fiction writer and Magic Leap game maker Austin Grossman our upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic.Register today and receive 20 percent off current ticket prices.Use the code Deantak.Pallister leads Intel’s virtual reality (VR) project lab in Hillsboro, Ore. His team is working to improve the state of VR technology and to bring VR to mainstream audiences.In his current role, Kim forecasts the progress of VR and the ingredient technologies responsible for driving VR experiences.Assisting Intel’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners, from Microsoft to HTC and Oculus, Kim works closely with the underlying solutions making VR possible.Prior to rejoining Intel in 2007, Kim worked on Microsoft’s business development team conducting deals for MS Casual Games services, including MSN Games, Xbox Live Arcade and Windows Live Messenger.From 1998 to 2005, he served as games technical strategist at Intel.Austin Grossman straddles the lines between books and games, as he is both a novelist and game designer.His novels include Soon I Will Be Invincible, YOU: a novel, and Crooked.
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Indonesia will finish evaluation of alternative cities that could serve as its new capital by year-end, according to a Today report.The government is determined to move out of Java, where the current capital Jakarta is located, according to Bambang Brodjonegor, head of the National Planning Board (Bappenas).A site being considered is Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan."It has to be outside Java," said Brodjonegor."The final decision will come within this year."Other shortlisted cities under consideration were not disclosed, but Brodjonegor pointed out the assessment includes land availability, natural resources around the city and funding for construction of the new capital.
Qualcomm Inc. fired back at Apple Inc. in their legal battle, defending its business model and seeking damages from Apple over withheld payments for technology used in iPhones.Qualcomm, whose chips and patents are widely used in smartphones, accused Apple of mischaracterizing the chip maker’s business and encouraging international regulators to attack it.The filing, which Qualcomm said it made late Monday in a federal...
Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services, operator of online payments platform Alipay, is looking to escalate its use of blockchain technology this year, which would provide more reliable and trustworthy data for its businesses, partners and customers.In a keynote presentation at the Internet Economy Summit in Hong Kong on Monday, Ant Financial chief technology officer Cheng Li said the initiative was part of the company’s goal to make financial services more inclusive and accessible.Blockchain, the digital ledger technology behind cryptocurrency bitcoin, provides a series of networks of databases that allow participants to create, disseminate and store information in an efficient and secure manner, eliminating the need for a central authority and bringing greater transparency for regulatory reporting.Fraud is a growing global problem in the supply chain, and no product is immune to itCheng said Ant Financial will open up its blockchain-powered charity platform, called Ant Love, to more organisations from this month, allowing charity outfits, auditors, donors, media and other relevant parties to better track information on donation history, project disclosures and governance rules.Established last year, Ant Love records the donations made by about 450 million Alipay users and connects them to various charitable groups and non-governmental organisations.
Sometimes in the mercurial world of business acquisitions, things don't work out, and that's the case for Chinese firm LeEco and its proposed bid to buy US television giant Vizio for $2 billion.The companies announced today they are calling off the deal, citing "regulatory headwinds."Chinese regulatory hurdles were rumored to be standing in the acquisition's way.LeEco, a huge, multi-faceted tech company in China, has products in nearly every category, from phones to VR to smart bikes to cars as well as internet services.A Vizio deal would have allowed LeEco to continue its push into the US market, which it launched head first into last year.But alongside LeEco's ambitions are reports it's struggling to stay afloat; the company is said to have a serious cash flow problem and reportedly delayed paying US employees late last month.