Amazon may have recently greenlit another season of its comedic superhero series The Tick, but it’s also cleaning house of other original programming that, presumably, hasn’t been doing as well.According to reports from Variety and Deadline – the latter confirmed by an “Amazon insider” – the company is now cancelling three other comedies, including Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson.Notably, Soloway’s debut effort with Amazon, Transparent, brought the company multiple Golden Globes, but her newer show led by Kevin Bacon didn’t connect with audiences, Deadline says.Soloway, however, has an overall deal with Amazon so may come back with other series in the future.Meanwhile, Notaro’s One Mississippi had a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes for its latest season, but it’s also unclear to what extent the C.K.Louis scandal came into play here, given that Louis was titled as an exec producer on the show.
Google’s Gboard keyboard for iOS and Android packs a bunch of useful features, but it’s not flexible enough to get me to switch from SwiftKey.However, it looks like the company is working on adding a ‘Smart Reply’ feature to the keyboard, and if it happens, it’ll probably do the trick and convert me.Smart Reply is already available in certain Google apps, like Inbox, Gmail, and Allo.Now, 9to5Google has spotted code that details the inclusion of this feature in an upcoming version of Gboard for Android, which leads us to believe that, based on the contents of your screen, it’ll suggest contextually relevant phrases that you can use to reply with, just by tapping once instead of having to type.Since it’s still sorta in the works, we can’t yet see what the feature will look in Gboard.But for reference, here’s how Smart Reply works in Gmail:
Satori, the infamous successor of the notorious Mirai botnet used to hijack hundreds of thousands of IoT devices worldwide, is now hopping onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon.According to researchers from China-based Qihoo Netlab 360, the Satori variant – dubbed Satori.Coin.Robber – is designed to target vulnerable rigs that runs the Claymore Miner software to mine Ethereum and replace the wallet address of the host with the hackers' own address.First spotted on 8 January, the botnet has been scanning for Windows systems that run Claymore and hacks into the mining rig via their management port 3333.The most recent pay record connected to the botnet shows the Satori variant is still actively mining and has a hashrate of 2162.77 MH/s.The account has already cashed out a little more than 2 Etherium coins (currently worth $2,028, £1,467), with another 0.066 in ETH left in the balance.Satori.Coin.Robber works "primarily on the Claymore Mining equipment that allows management actions on 3333 ports with no password authentication enabled (which is the default config)", researchers said.
Up until now, it seemed like the mainline Fable series had been put to bed for good.Microsoft shut down Lionhead Studios in 2016, and ever since Fable 3‘s release way back in 2010, we’ve only received spin off titles that don’t really do much to capture the original trilogy’s feel.That may all change shortly, as new rumors claim that Microsoft is looking to revisit the Fable series and has a new game in development.With Lionhead now a thing of the past and series creator Peter Molyneux off on other (just as controversial) endeavors, who’s going to make the game?As it turns out, Microsoft has apparently tapped Playground Games, the team behind the Forza Horizon series, to make this new Fable game.So say anonymous sources speaking to Eurogamer, at any rate.
It appears as though Lyft fared better last year than its scandal-ridden rival Uber: according to the ride-sharing app’s 2018 Economic Impact Report, its drivers earned $3.6bn last year, up from $1.5bn the year prior.The report also claims that about a quarter of a million Lyft passengers got rid of a household vehicle last year thanks to the availability of ridesharing.Additionally, 50% of passengers said they use their car less because of Lyft, while 25% said that owning a personal vehicle is less important to them now.According to the report, Lyft passengers spent an additional $2bn in their local communities last year, a jump from 2016’s $750m.Lyft drivers also provided passengers with a total of 375 million rides last year, which the company said saved its users “92 million travel hours compared to other transportation.”The report sums up a year in which Lyft made a big marketing push to get the word out about its service.
Minister says commish is 'free to disregard' framework if it is 'irrelevant'The government has moved to allay fears over amendments to the Data Protection Bill that critics say could undermine both the law and the powers of the UK’s privacy watchdog.The changes, for a Framework for Data Processing for Government, were quietly inserted at the Bill’s final committee stage in November – but soon faced a backlash from privacy groups, opposition parties and the Information Commissioner’s Office itself.Critics were concerned that the new clauses granted the secretary of state broad powers to determine the content of the framework, while making it hard for the ICO to either challenge that content or even enforce data protection law.In the most recent House of Lords debate on the Bill, Lord Ashton of Hyde – government minister for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – moved to justify the framework.However, he did then acknowledge the ICO’s concerns – the body said back in December that the new clauses “go beyond" their stated ambition and "create different risks".
This allows you to share your machine's resources over the internet and receive a portion of the mining profits in return.There are a number of programs available to help manage your crypto-mining.If you're an experienced computer user, you may prefer to install the free operating system Linux and make use of one of the text-only programs such as CGminer.Before getting started, if you want to be sure a mining program will work with your particular device or operating system, the Bitcoin Wiki has a very helpful list.We also show you how to mine BitcoinsA flexible mining program that supports almost every platform
This is GM's truly driverless debut, a car that will have to handle the world on its own.“We’ve put together four generations of autonomous vehicles over the course of 18 months,” says Dan Ammann, GM’s president.It spent a reported $600 million on Cruise Automation, and put the San Francisco–based startup in charge of its effort to develop fully autonomous vehicles.And it has flexed its manufacturing muscles (perhaps its biggest advantage coming in), configuring its Orion assembly plant north of Detroit to build this latest generation of robocar.“Either you can do that or you don’t have a business,” says Kyle Vogt, who founded and heads Cruise.These systems aren't perfect, and they won't work everywhere or all the time.
Social media giants are once again being asked to testify before the U.S. Congress — this time, about “extremist propaganda.” Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will each have representatives testify before the Senate Commerce Committee next week, on January 17.The hearing, called “Terrorism and Social Media: IsBigTechDoingEnough,” is expected to look into how the platforms handle extremist content.The Commerce Committee’s leader, Sen. John Thune, said the meeting is designed to discuss how social media platforms are handling extremist propaganda and what the tech giants are doing to prevent the spread of those posts.According to Recode, the networks’ handling of hate speech, racism, fake news and other abusive content could also become part of the discussion.Facebook’s global policy management head, Monika Bickert, Twitter’s director of public policy and philanthropy, Carlos Monje, and YouTube’s global head of public policy and government relations Juniper Downs will present testimony to the committee.Questions on how social networks handle extremist content have led to several changes within the networks over the past two years, but the hearing will discuss if those steps are enough.
My parents have made fun of me barking at my phone to do stuff for years, but I actually enjoy chatting it up with Google, Alexa, and their kin.In fact, it’s by far the largest presence the company had at CES in my four years coming to Vegas.There’s a huge outdoor venue to show off its devices, and ‘Hey Google’ ads are plastered everywhere.But I’ve also seen it in Pressure Cookers, toasters, and shower heads.And Amazon certainly isn’t resting on its laurels, announcing it’s bringing Alexa to Toyota vehicles, Windows PCs, and an ever-increasing gamut of IoT devices.While part of me is looking forward to the convenience of smarter appliances, another dreads the fragmentation sure to follow.
As one of the largest technology companies in the world, Samsung was omnipresent at CES 2018, with a host of new and enhanced products.In personal computing, its most significant introductions include a pair of new pen-enabled notebooks in the Notebook 7 Spin and the Notebook 9 Pen, to go along with a long-lasting Notebook 9, and some enhanced displays that improve performance and quality.Shoneel Kolhatkar, Samsung Senior Director, Product Marketing, stopped by the Digital Trends booth and began his session talking about the Notebook 9 Pen.This is a 13.3-inch convertible 2-in-1 that brings Samsung’s extensive S Pen capabilities to a Windows 10 notebook.Kolhatkar described the Notebook 9 Pen as “the best of productivity and the best of portability,” and went on to focus on the functionality brought to Samsung notebooks by the S Pen software.Next, Kolhatkar discussed the importance of the “prosumer,” or the typical consumer who uses PCs to get work done.
Fibaro, an award-winning manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) home solutions, is showing off new capabilities, device integrations, and products at CES 2018 in Las Vegas this week.Fibaro announced at CES that its ecosystem of smart home products, including controllers, sensors, remotes, and gateways, will all now integrate with three of the smart home market’s leading control platforms: Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant.The Fibaro devices are compatible with leading audio/visual brands including Bose, Sonos, and Bang Olufsen, among many others.The company’s research and development department continues to explore additional integrations, particularly those emerging in the automotive and smart home appliance sectors.Fibaro has also opened up its platform further to allow community members to create and test integrations that can be used with Fibaro products.In another innovation announced this week, Fibaro says that customers using an iPhone X to control their smart home platform can disarm their alarm system using Face ID, Apple’s face-recognition feature.
Skagen is known for its simple watch designs that still make a statement on the wrist.While the company has a line of hybrid smartwatches, it had yet to offer a full touchscreen smartwatch alternative.At CES 2018, the fashion brand debuted the Falster, a smartwatch powered by Android Wear.On the outside, the Falster features a fully-round touchscreen and a 42mm stainless steel case.Under the hood — as with almost all Android Wear smartwatches — the watch is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.While the dial is black on all of the color variants, you can choose between a silver, rose gold, or black case.
Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown.The solution is to either optimize the application code, or move to a more powerful and expensive host server to take the extra load.The software fixes – which are available for Linux, Windows, and macOS on Intel CPUs – move the operating system kernel into its own separate virtual memory space, protecting it from Meltdown exploits.Light installations, such as simple web servers, will be mildly affected.Machines hammering disk storage, slamming the network, or otherwise making lots of system calls, may experience up to 30 per cent reduction in performance.AMD and other non-Intel processors on the market are not affected by this design cockup.
At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Alexa was showing up in all sorts of devices.Ahead of CES 2018, Amazon’s voice assistant is prepping to do more in your kitchen by adding voice control to your microwave.As part of an expanded Smart Home Skills API, developers will be able to integrate microwave-centric voice commands into devices.Some of the examples Amazon gives in its developer blog include, “Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken,” and “Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high.” If your microwave has a much-used preset, you will be able to turn it on with a voice command, too.Manufacturers such as General Electric have already made some wall ovens compatible with Alexa.While being able to ask it to set your oven to 350 degrees while your hands are messy is convenient, being able to say, “Alexa, set the microwave to 80 percent power for three minutes” means fewer buttons to press.
Expedia is being sued after IBM claims it has used four of its patents from between 1980 and 2005.IBM has filed a lawsuit against online travel giant Expedia, over the use of four patents dating back to the 1980’s.The lawsuit was filed last week, accusing Expedia and a number of its subsidiary travel sites of infringing IBM patents regarding how content is delivered, including aspects such as ad technology and sign on processes.Both website and mobile apps of Expedia’s have been targeted in the lawsuit as well as subsidiary sites including HomeAway, Hotels.com, Hotwire and Orbitz.The four patents causing conflict between the two companies includes US patent 5,961,601, which dates back to 1996 and covers how to preserve communications over a web browser via a CGU program.Filed in 2005, the second US patent 7,631,346 looks at how to handle single sign-on with a service provider that then uses credentials with other services through the system.
This is a call for the founders of the best and most innovative startups in Europe.For the fifth consecutive year, we are setting out Tech5, our mission to find Europe’s fastest growing tech companies and honor them at TNW Conference 2018, a premium stage for business ventures.Five years later, Tech5 represents an unmissable appointment for Europea’s tech ecosystem: every spring, high-growth startups get the opportunity to be showcased to an audience of VCs, influencers, and journalists.Tech5 finds and showacases tomorrow’s tech powerhouses.It’s no coincidence that the competition’s finalists ended up raising over €10 B in the past four years.Thanks to our unique blend of massive exposure and qualitative networking, winners can deepen their relationships within the ecosystem, connecting with key influencers.
Image: Resistance SF / FacebookBetween suggesting cuts to aid for Palestine and sharing praise from a Fox News commentator, President Donald Trump last night managed to tweet out another casual threat of nuclear war.It’s not the first time Trump has sent such a message, but for critics of Twitter, it’s yet another reminder of how the social media company has abandoned principles in the face of the president’s bombast.Protestors in San Francisco organizing under the name “Resistance SF” responded with a message of their own — projecting the phrase “@jack is complicit” onto the walls of Twitter’s headquarters.In an accompanying Facebook post, the group said that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was “[breaking] the rules of his own company” and “[endangering] the world” by letting Trump keep his account.The group says Dorsey should “resign or ban @realDonaldTrump,” and is planning a protest outside Twitter’s San Francisco offices this Wednesday 3rd.
Microsoft has announced plans to acquire Avere Systems, a hybrid cloud data storage company based in Pittsburgh.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Founded in 2008, Avere Systems helps enterprises blend on-premises and public cloud data storage, while offering a mix of software and hardware-based services.Though many companies have already gone all-in on the cloud, there are benefits to keeping some things “in-house” — it enables faster data-transfer speeds, for example, and it can offer greater peace of mind in terms of privacy.Adopting a hybrid approach allows some tasks to be managed on a company’s premises, while other tasks — particularly those that may require significant processing power — can be managed in the cloud.Notably, Avere Systems already counts both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google’s Cloud Platform as cloud partners, but not Microsoft.
(Reuters) — Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, (Girl We Got a) Good Thing by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion along with injunctive relief.Spotify failed to get a direct or a compulsory license from Wixen that would allow it to reproduce and distribute the songs, Wixen said in the lawsuit, filed in a California federal court.Wixen also alleged that Spotify outsourced its work to a third party, licensing and royalty services provider the Harry Fox Agency, which was “ill-equipped to obtain all the necessary mechanical licenses”.In May, the Stockholm, Sweden-based company agreed to pay more than $43 million to settle a proposed class action alleging it failed to pay royalties for some of the songs it makes available to users.Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing this year, has grown around 20 percent in value to at least $19 billion in the past few months.