Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house.Instead, the goal for Descript is to take that transcription, put it into a word document, and allow an editor or producer to edit the sound file much in the same way a normal writer would edit a word document.“We see ourselves as partly pressing the reset button on how media gets produced to enable a new era of AI-driven media production, where AI is kind of a companion in the process,” Mason said.Rather than diving into software designed for editing sound products like podcasts, Descript aims to build a simple what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface that you would expect when you pop open Google Docs or something to that extent.It’s designed to be simple by mimicking a text document — which makes sense, given decades of refinement, development, and testing landed us with an empty blank document in a browser for all writing purposes.Descript’s origins are within Detour — Session recordings were short, but editing could take hours or even days to end up with a high-quality product for Detour.
Today we’re hearing out a rather worrying vulnerability in a large range of HP notebooks.Apparently, these notebooks came with a deactivated keylogger installed, which is enough to give pretty much anyone pause.The good news, however, is that HP has worked quickly in solving the issue, and beyond that, there’s little chance of anyone actually being affected by this vulnerability.The issue was first reported by Michael Myng, as he stumbled upon the keylogger when someone asked him if he could figure out how to control the backlight to their HP keyboard.He took a look at the driver – which was made by Synaptics – and discovered the disabled keylogger as he was checking it out.Myng describes the whole process over on a blog post to Github.
People who use phone cases fucking love to drag me for going naked, pointing out how foolish and vulnerable I’m being.And yes, phones are stupid expensive now, and the cost for replacing one pains me to think about.But I have gone caseless for years, only cracking my screen once a few years back because I drunkenly dropped it face down on concrete.I have only once purchased a phone case after seeing a viral tweet of squishy seal cases on Twitter.It was completely impractical—it didn’t fit in my pocket and barely fit in my small purse.I dropped the assemblage that day, and my phone landed squish-side down, the once-cute seal I named Squisho was now covered in city pavement trash.
The OnePlus 5T is unable to stream content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies, and other video services in high-definition, despite its HD-capable display and powerful hardware.The deficiency was noted in a thread on the OnePlus forums and points to lack of support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, which many services require for HD streaming.The 5T currently supports Widevine Level 3, which only covers standard definition streams.The Verge has confirmed that both the OnePlus 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, are currently unable to stream Netflix or Amazon Prime Video higher than SD resolution.A company spokesperson says that a future update for the 5T will enable Widevine Level 1, but did not elaborate on why it was omitted from the start.The spokesperson was unable to provide a time frame for when the update will be made available at this time.
The Chinese company on Tuesday introduced the Axon M, a phone that rocks two displays -- one on each side -- that flips open to create a larger combined screen.Lenovo showed off a concept bendable phone called the CPlus that you could wrap around your wrist.Samsung has said that it is working on a foldable phone that it hopes to introduce next year under the Galaxy Note brand.It even released a slick concept video a few years ago.It doesn't bode well that AT is the exclusive US partner for the Axon M -- those previous three phones all received a big push from the carrier with little impact."We are committed to it," said Jeff Yee, ZTE's global vice president of product marketing and strategy.
BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device.Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe.Originally funded via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2015, BuddyGuard’s first product broadly competes with other connected security cameras, such as Google Nest Cam or Netgear’s Arlo, but is positioned as a more intelligent offering.The device uses AI to recognise faces and suspect sounds so that it can proactively alert a home owner of intruders without the need for them to proactively monitor the camera’s audio-visual feed.“Camera solutions are usually nothing more but a camera with a motion sensor, triggering an endless stream of notifications on the user’s phone.This simply isn’t good enough for securing your home,” BuddyGuard co-founder and CEO Herbert Hellemann tells me.
MojoKid highlights Hot Hardware's review of Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones: Google officially launched it's Pixel 2 phones today, taking the wraps off third-party reviews.Designed by Google but manufactured by HTC (Pixel 2) and LG (Pixel 2 XL), the two new handsets also boast Google's latest Android 8.0 operating system, aka Oreo, an exclusive to Google Pixel and certain Nexus devices currently.And in some ways, this is also a big advantage.Though they are based on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor as many other Android devices, Google's new Pixel 2s manage to outpace similarly configured smartphones in certain benchmarks by significant margins (Basemark, PCMark and 3DMark).They also boot dramatically faster than any other Android handset on the market, in as little as 10 seconds.Camera performance is also excellent, with both the 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL sporting identical electronics, save for their displays and chassis sizes.
dryriver writes: Everybody who was into computers in the 1980s and 1990s remembers Commodore producing amazingly innovative, capable and popular multimedia and gaming computers one moment, and disappearing off the face of the earth the next, leaving only PCs and Macs standing.Much has been written about what went wrong with Commodore over the years, but always by outsiders looking in -- journalists, tech writers, not people who were on the inside.In a 34 minute long Youtube interview that surfaced on October 9th, former Commodore UK Managing Director David John Pleasance and Trevor Dickinson of A-EON Technology talk very frankly about how Commodore really failed, and just how crazy bad and preventable the business and tech decisions that killed Commodore were, from firing all Amiga engineers for no discernible reason, to hiring 40 IBM engineers who didn't understand multimedia computing, to not licensing the then-valuable Commodore Business Machines (CBM) brand to PC makers to generate an extra revenue stream, to one new manager suddenly deciding to manufacture in the Philippines -- a place where the man had a lady mistress apparently.The interview is a truly eye-opening preview of an upcoming book David John Pleasance is writing called Commodore: The Inside Story .The book will, for the first time, chronicle the fall of Commodore from the insider perspective of an actual Commodore Managing Director.
Feminists have vandalized a plaque commemorating the two men who discovered the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson.The sign, which is outside The Eagle pub in Cambridge, England, commemorates the double helix discovery Watson and Crick made in 1953.The sign has "+Franklin" scrawled on it, a reference to chemist Rosalind Franklin's work, which was also instrumental to the discovery.Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, five years after the discovery was made public.Franklin's name was spotted by Cambridge University linguist Andrew Caines, who took a picture of it.“I was just walking past and I noticed the graffiti and took a photo," he said in an interview with the Cambridge News.
Backstage Capital, the venture firm focused on funding underrepresented minorities, recently acquired The Door for an undisclosed amount in cash and equity.The acquisition makes quite some sense given The Door’s similar focus on helping underrepresented founders get funding.The platform specifically connects those founders to investors.As part of the acquisition, The Door Founder Yves Louis-Jacques will join Backstage Capital as a venture partner.In his role, he will also be in charge of The Door’s product development and initiatives with limited partners.“I am intrigued by the idea of using technology to answer two of the most frequently asked questions I’ve heard while building Backstage Capital,” Backstage Capital Founder and Managing Partner Arlan Hamilton told TechCrunch.
In 1979 the followers of J. R. "Bob" Dobbs founded a satirical religion called the Church of the Subgenius.(Slackware Linux reportedly drew its name from the "pursuit of Slack", a comfort-seeking tenet of the 38-year-old parody religion.)Combining UFOs and conspiracy theories with some social critiques (and a few H.P.Lovecraft characters), the strange group is now re-emerging online with an official Facebook page -- and a slick new video channel.In "Adventures in the Forbidden Sciences," former church CEO K'taden Legume announces that in January of 2016, "the Subgenius Foundation received an overdue bill for a storage locker in the Pacific Northwest registered under the name J. R. Dobbs.Behind the steel door was a freight elevator leading deep underground to what was long considered to be a myth: The church's long-abandoned forbidden science laboratories.
As self-driving cars circle around grassy knolls and past parked cars at the closed-course facility, passenger doors suddenly fly open to test whether vehicles will safely steer out of the way.Jaywalking zombielike mannequins scoot out in front of moving automobiles to teach the cars to stop for pedestrians before it's too late.Self-driving cars use a series of sensors, lasers and cameras to "see" their surroundings and detect traffic, pedestrians, bicyclists and other obstacles.Automakers from Toyota to Ford to Volvo all have projects underway, as do Silicon Valley giants including Google, Apple and Tesla.It brought a small fleet of self-driving cars to passengers in Pittsburgh in September 2016.The company has since driven more than 1 million autonomous miles and is testing about 200 cars in Pennsylvania, Arizona and California.
A few weeks back, UploadVR caught wind that Microsoft’s iconic Halo franchise would be coming to its new line of Windows 10 virtual reality headsets, which are made by partners such as Asus and Dell, though we didn’t know in what form.Halo Recruit is coming to all Windows VR headsets at launch on October 17.It will be a free, albeit brief experience designed to introduce players to the possibilities of Halo in VR.It’s developed by 343 Industries, the team behind Halo 4 and Halo 5, and it will offer you a glimpse of your favorite characters in VR.Halo Recruit will also be at retail demo stations in the coming weeks.We asked Microsoft whether this was the entirety of its Halo plans and received the following statement in response:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: About three quarters of all honey worldwide is contaminated with pesticides known to harm bees, according to a new study.Though the pesticide levels were below the limit deemed safe for human consumption, there was still enough insecticide in there to harm pollinators.The finding suggests that, as one of the study authors said, "there's almost no safe place for a bee to exist."Scientists analyzed 198 honey samples from all continents, except Antarctica, for five types of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are known to harm bees.They found at least one of the five compounds in most samples, with the highest contamination in North America, Asia, and Europe.The results are published today in the journal Science.
By using gestures, users can match their movements to the robot's to complete various tasks."A system like this could eventually help humans supervise robots from a distance," says CSAIL postdoctoral associate Jeffrey Lipton, who was lead author on a related paper about the system."By teleoperating robots from home, blue-collar workers would be able to tele-commute and benefit from the IT revolution just as white-collars workers do now."They presented the paper this week at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Vancouver.With these systems, a delayed signal could lead to nausea and headaches, and the user's viewpoint is limited to one perspective.The CSAIL team's system is halfway between these two methods.
Ex-CEO says company stayed silent about hack to stop crims piling on with more attacksEquifax was just as much of a trash-fire as it looked: the company saw the Apache Struts 2 vulnerability warning, failed to patch its systems, and held back a public announcement for weeks for fear of “copycat” attacks.Those Infosec for Absolute Dummies tips were made official by ex-CEO Richard Smith, by way of evidence published by a US House committee ahead of his in-person appearance Tuesday.Smith's written statement [PDF] to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce says the company received the US CERT's advisory for CVE-2017-5638 on March 8, and IT was told to patch it in accordance with the company's policy of patching within 48 hours of notifications.That didn't happen: “We now know that the vulnerable version of Apache Struts within Equifax was not identified or patched”."On March 15," Smith's testimony continues, "Equifax’s information security department also ran scans that should have identified any systems that were vulnerable to the Apache Struts issue identified by U.S. CERT.
With Chalk, launched today, users can draw on the screen, adding a detail to real-world conversation previously unseen on competitors like Skype and FaceTimeChalk’s primary purpose is to solve problems over a video call.With many of us providing tech support to our parents, Chalk allows us to give a live explanation complete with augmented reality details drawn on to their actual environments.So, “turn this knob” or “use this button” is no longer a description, but a video tutorial of sorts.With Chalk, you can draw on the screen to give instructions.Your Chalk Marks stick where you put them with augmented reality technology from Vuforia and ARKit.
Retro Games and Koch Media have jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon and announced the impending launch of what they call TheC64 Mini, a 'reimagining' of the best-selling home computer of the 1980s.Launched in 1982 by Jack Tramiel's Commodore Business Machines, formerly a typewriter company, the Commodore 64 was an upgrade replacement to the company's previous VIC-20.Popular with gamers thanks to its hardware sprint handling, 16 colour support, and impressive SID-chip four-channel on-board synthesiser at a time when rival systems like the ZX Spectrum were producing bleeps and bloops, the Commodore 64 is generally recognised as the world's best-selling model of home computer - meaning there are plenty of former owners out there interested in a recreation.Following Nintendo's success with the NES Mini and SNES Mini, Retro Games and Koch Media have announced they are producing a mini-console of their own: TheC64 Mini, henceforth to be written as 'the C64 Mini,' launching in early 2018.Around half the size of the original machine, the C64 Mini includes 64 built-in games, switchable image filters which aim to reproduce the free-aliasing effect of old cathode-ray tube (CRT) displays on modern pixel-perfect liquid crystal displays (LCDs) via an HDMI connection, and a bundled Competition Pro-inspired USB joystick for control.The good news ends there, however.
Sometimes, though, things go wrong.On Saturday, for example, passengers on Air France flight 066 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris to Los Angeles looked out of the window and saw something disturbing.4 engine -- that's the one on the outside of the right wing -- had endured an explosion.One passenger, Miguel Amador, speculated this had been caused by a bird strike.But the front cowling and the fan disc had completely come off.The A380 has four engines.
Let's say you identify a new market, one that you think is going to be very receptive to your product.The cost of advertising to this market may be prohibitive: The best publications are frightfully expensive, and your ads couldn't appear for six months, anyway.With a modest campaign to a known target audience, you can acquire a mailing list, develop mailing materials (including direct-mail letter, flier, reply card), launch a mailing and start to receive results in just a few months.Once you mail off the requested material, you then follow up with additional material or a phone call/fax/e-mail to use your skills at transforming the lead into a prospect.Look to develop new senior customers by some thoughtful mailing-list shopping:What magazines do the elderly read and can you get mailing labels for subscribers in your market area?