Fishing has never sounded particularly enticing to me, but PowerVision s new underwater drone certainly fires me with enthusiasm.Unveiled at CES this week, the PowerRay is a submersible robot that uses sonar technology and internal fish luring lights to detect and attract fish up to 30 meters under water.Designed to redefine recreational fishing, the drone leverages its powerful fishfinder component to track down fish and film it in 4K.The device is also equipped with a Wi-Fi connection which lets you beam video and images captured on its integrated camera straight to your smartphone via its dedicated app for iOS and Android.What is even more impressive about the PowerRay is that it also supports integration with virtual reality.PowerVision has built a functionality that allows users to pair the drone with the company s VR goggles for a more immersive experience.
Look, we ve been a little amped about Acer s absurd curved display laptop, the Predator 21-X.It has a stupid name, isn t practical or reasonable, and if you have brittle bone disease it would probably destroy your lap.But it s also a laptop with a 21-inch curved display and goddammit that is as cool as it is stupid.It is also, we ve just learned, going to be very very expensive.As in it starts out at $9000.As in you could buy nine perfectly good laptops for the same price as one Acer Predator 21-X.
Last summer, we first tipped you off to the Roost Smart Water and Freeze Detector, a smart-home device that helps you and the planet save water and money.And now, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Roost has announced that its eco-friendly device is finally available for pre-order.If you head over to GetRoost.com, you ll be able to place a request for one of these detectors for $50.And given that Roost claims this gadget could help save homeowners and insurance companies more than $8 billion a year in potential water losses and related claims payments, that price sounds like quite a bargain.While Roost has been in the smart-home space for some time with its Smart Battery and Smart Smoke Alarms, both meant to protect you from fires , the company is expanding its product offerings and casting a wide net when it comes to its Wi-Fi-enabled product line.More: The Helixot backpack isn t just waterproof, it s fully submersible
A Vermont electric utility found code connected with the alleged Russian hacking campaign on its networkhacking with a laptop in hotel roomA utility in the US state of Vermont has said it discovered malware connected with Russian hackers on one of its systems, a day after president Barack Obama expelled diplomats and shuttered facilities in retaliation for alleged Russian hacking during the election.Burlington Electric said it had found the malware on a laptop not connected to grid systems after the Department of Homeland Security DHS provided it and other utilities with the signatures of code used in Grizzly Steppe, the DHS term for a hacking campaign it says was organised by Russian authorities. We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization s grid systems, the utility stated.Vermont public service commissioner Christopher Recchia added that the malware did not pose any immediate threat.
She was previously listed in stable condition, with her brother reporting that she was out of emergency to the Associated Press on Friday evening.While there has been a lot of growth like the rise of Facebook Live, the popularity of AI assistants like Google Home and Amazon s Alexa, and advances in the self-driving market — we re taking a look at some events and products that didn t have such a grand time in no particular order .As the fastest-growing app of all-time, it s no surprise that fans have taken their enthusiasm for Super Mario Run to the streets — quite literally in the case of YouTuber Devin Super Tramp.sees a real-life Mario impersonator run, jump, and roll his way to saving Princess Peach from a dubious gang of Shy Guys.The gadget paradise CES comes to Las Vegas every January for just four short days.And biggest or not, it s certainly enormous: CES 2016 saw 177,393 attendees and spanned 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space.
Two months after a report found African-American passengers were subject to bias on ride-hailing platforms, Uber and Lyft say they are taking steps to address those concerns.Pressed by a U.S. senator to explain how they prevent their drivers from discriminating against minority passengers, both ride-hailing companies said they have strong anti-bias policies in place — which they recently reiterated to drivers — and promised to look into doing more.While no single technology can eliminate bias in society, we always strive toward a better experience for all of our customers, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in a letter to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota.In light of that goal, and the survey s findings, we are committed to examining any root issues and possible product mitigations.The news highlights a tricky issue faced by sharing-economy companies, which try to prevent racism on their platforms without taking full responsibility for their users actions.Airbnb earlier this year unveiled new anti-discrimination measures after an outpouring of complaints from guests who said they were denied a place to stay based on their race or gender identity.Franken wrote letters to Uber and Lyft in early November after a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research found African-American passengers in Seattle and Boston waited longer to get rides using the apps, and were more likely to have their trips canceled.The senator asked the ride-hailing companies to explain how they would address these issues, requesting answers no later than Dec. 16.
Siri might be the oldest player in the personal assistant game and Alexa might be the new darling, but Microsoft s Cortana has one thing the others, even the new Google Assistant, don t. It s available on multiple platforms and devices, including Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS.In the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 next year, Microsoft will take advantage Cortana s cross-platform abilities to bring at least three new features to the platform, including a universal and improved notifications across devices.The Universal Clipboard feature is something macOS users have already been experiencing starting with version 10.12 Sierra .In essence, this means that text you copy from one device will be available in another.The difference is that, in Microsoft s implementation, it should be compatible anywhere Cortana is.Users will be able to select a device to copy to as well as get notified about its progress.
A generation ago the teleconference was a luxury, convened only by those with status and something to say.That s a triumph for telecommunications, but a downer for those who have lost untold hours to unnecessary or unproductive calls.But with a few behavioral tweaks and attitude adjustments, your company can clean up its teleconference etiquette and turn these marvels of remote collaboration back into the brisk, informative sessions they were meant to be.Get on your feet.Software developers, a notoriously meetings-averse bunch, gave us the gift of the standup meeting, which is exactly what it sounds like: a meeting conducted on one s feet.Hosts introduced participants, managed connections and disconnections, and even moderated questions, while keeping time when necessary.Office admins often make effective hosts.
Last week, the UK government proposed a series of strict measures to curb dangerous flying of personal drones.To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.People unwrapping their brand new drones this Christmas have been cautioned to brush up on the rules and risks of flying their devices before taking it to the skies.Following a series of near-misses with aircraft, aviation authorities and police have warned new drone owners that those caught flying their new devices dangerously could face up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine, The Guardian reports.One of the proposals includes mandating that anyone who buys a drone in the UK to register it and take a test to show they understand the safety guidelines.
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup!This time, we talk about our favorite Star Wars games, Super Mario Run makes a lot of money, and we listen to the beautiful voice of Waluigi sing a Christmas carol.Enjoy, and have a happy holiday!Pieces of flair and opinionNewsMobile and social
The fingerprint reader in the Apple iPhone 5S is integrated into the home button.The company had previously announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that all apps submitted to the App Store will need support the App Transport Security ATS feature starting January 1st, 2017.It has not yet set a new deadline.ATS is a feature first introduced in iOS 9 that forces apps to communicate with internet servers using encrypted HTTPS HTTP over SSL/TLS connections.It s an improvement over the third-party frameworks that developers previously used to implement HTTPS because it ensures that only industry-standard encryption protocols and ciphers are used.Even if ATS is enabled by default in iOS, on a technical level app developers can disable some of its features or can opt out of it entirely through various exception settings that ATS makes available.
Do you know where all your holiday presents are?If you still haven t crossed off everyone on your list—or maybe your list suddenly expanded because your nephew is bringing his new girlfriend to Christmas dinner, or a coworker surprised you with a thoughtful gift—there s still time to get something for them.iTunes gift cards are good for music, movies, apps, books—anything you can buy without leaving iTunes, basically, although you can t use them to gift iTunes items to another person.Check out Groupon or Living Social for things like massages, getaways, spa treatments, and fun activities in your city.And don t forget to Google for your city s local theater and arts scene—tickets or a membership are a great last-minute gift they can enjoy when the wrapping paper s long been recycled.Seamless offers email-friendly gifts, and so does GrubHub.
22 people have died and at least 70 have been injured after an explosion occurred at the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, Mexico, a city north of Mexico City.The blast is especially terrifying because the thick smoke plume covers the entire market while fireworks were still catching fire and going off in every direction.Nearby homes were also damaged in the explosions and the scene remains dangerous, according to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente.Here are some photographs of the aftermath:Continúan paramédicos de Cruz Roja apoyando en la remoción de escombros tras el incendio en el mercado de Tultepec pic.twitter.com/J3HTyb9osf— Cruz Roja Mexicana @CruzRoja MX December 20, 2016
The European Commission has found that Facebook provided misleading information about its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp following an investigation into the deal.The commission s complaint relates specifically to the sharing of user data between Facebook and WhatsApp.In a submission to the EU made in August 2014, Facebook said it would not be possible to create a reliable automated system for matching users.In August 2016, WhatsApp announced that it would be linking WhatsApp user phone numbers with Facebook user identities.In a statement of objections sent to Facebook, the commission said it took the preliminary view that in 2014 Facebook knew full-well it was technically possible to merge the two databases of user data.As a result, the commission has expressed concern that Facebook intentionally, or negligently, submitted incorrect or misleading information at the time of the merger, in breach of its obligations under EU regulations.
When those leaders represent the liberal stronghold of Silicon Valley and that future President is Donald Trump, however, it s anything but.So after Tim Cook and other top tech executives met with the President-elect last week, the Apple CEO explained his visibly uncomfortable attendance to employees on Monday, basically saying it s better to have a seat at the table than stand screaming in the hall.Asked in an internal communication how important it was for Apple to engage with governments in light of last week s meeting, Cook wrote, Personally, I ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be.The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena, said Cook in an Apple Web posting obtained by Techcrunch.In the same answer, Cook reaffirmed Apple s commitment to its ideals, pledging to continue stand ing up for what we believe in :Governments can affect our ability to do what we do.
The game industry s professional academy, the AIAS Foundation, has announced the scholarship recipients for its WomenIn program.The Los Angeles-based group, which is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, awarded scholarships to 11 women students for the 2016-2017 academic school year.Each student will receive $2,500 to advance their academic careers in video-game related programs at four-year colleges and universities.The AIAS puts on the Dice Summit game conference each spring in Las Vegas.These eleven AIAS Foundation WomenIn scholars are great examples of how and by whom the games industry will continue to grow and diversify in the future, said Don Daglow, president of the AIAS Foundation, in a statement.We are proud to support their education and to welcome them to the 2017 D.I.C.E.Conference and pair them with experienced industry mentors.
If you, like me, like subtle shades more than in-your-face blingy material, the matte black edition of the Blackview P2 might suit your taste.Let s have a look at the full Blackview P2 specifications, and a bit more.That said, the phone is yet to land in anyone s hands besides the factory so it s hard to say if it s really going to be any good besides pleasing to the eye .Anyway, let s make do with what we have for now — photos an info.Blackview P2 specifications, photosDisplay: 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080pProcessor: MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-coreRAM: 4GBROM: 64GBCameras: 13 mega-pixel rear, 8 mega-pixel frontBattery: 6000mAhOther: RGB notification LED, Fingerprint scannerColours: Matte Black, Champagne Gold, Mocha Grey, Iron BlueFirst, take a look at the photos.It does appear to have thin bezels, but based on what we ve learnt from previous Chinese phones, we ll wait for the real thing to see really how thin they are.Next, we also have some info about the software on the Blackview P2.Here are the highlights according to the company.Optimized audio via software to greatly enhance the user experience when using earphones/Bluetooth headset, and other sound equipments.Any installed apps on the smartphone can be encrypted by the users fingerprint.Moreover, the notifications from certain user-selected apps could also be encrypt by fingerprint.Greater control over screenshots.Users can take screenshot of a certain part of the screen instead of a whole screen;Screen mirroring.
Apple is going to war with the EU over its record-breaking $14 billion tax bill — with senior executives claiming that the regulators ignored tax experts and corporate law in order toIts combative stand and firey rhetoric underlines its anger with the European Commission, which said on Aug. 30 the company's Irish tax deal was illegal state aid — and ordered it to repay up
But Apple would like you to know that you ve just discovered the tip of the iPad iceberg.She will provide a list of restaurants near you when you tell her I m hungry, and she also can help with daily chores.Tap the microphone button on the keyboard, say what you want to write, and your words will be converted into text.Turn Zoom on for full-screen or picture-in-picture view, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its native size.Touch or drag your finger around the screen and VoiceOver tells you what s there.Activate the Larger Dynamic Type feature to increase the size of the text within apps.
This year, we've added two new trophies: Audio System of the Year, won by Bowers & Wilkins; and Infotainment System of the Year.For 2016, our Infotainment System of the Year goes to Audi. CockpitBMW iDriveFord SYNC 3/SYNC and MyFord MyLink/IntelliLink/Cue plus OnStarTesla Touchscreen As connectivity, apps, smartphone integration for voice calls and texting, as well as email , GPS navigation, and