If you haven't seen 2014's What We Do in the Shadows, you're seriously missing out.Written, directed by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame, it's a mockumentary that follows a group of vampires and their struggles of living in the modern world.It's just been announced that a 30-minute pilot for a TV series based on the film has been picked up by the FX network, and Waititi and Clement will both be returning to the helm.A new cast has been lined up for the spin-off, all playing new characters, so it's fair to assume that What We Do In The Shadows the TV series will focus on a different group of vampires.A full cast list hasn't been revealed yet, but top British talent including Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak (Phonejacker) and Natasia Demetriou are all signed up.It doesn't look like Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will be starring in it this time, but with their oversight we can hopefully expect the same level of comedy and clever writing.
2017 saw a rebound in overall VC funding, approaching dotcom-era amounts.This was fueled by continued investor enthusiasm over the venture asset class, including new late-stage growth funds.The sectors that showed the largest growth were those in the business and financial services and healthcare sectors.With a new wave of innovation in areas like cell editing, and immunotherapy for oncology and infectious diseases, the biotech and life sciences sectors will be ready to raise money in the public markets to help realize their potential.Fewer than 15 unicorns will go public — and the number could be as low as 10.These companies continue to raise almost limitless amounts of cash from an ever-increasing number of global investors.
For the past seven years, Hong Kong has held the title of the world's priciest city for home-buyers, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.James Law, a Hong Kong-based architect, believes that his micro-homes could help alleviate the city's housing crisis.But his tiny home designs are anything but typical — they are concrete water pipes outfitted with all the amenities of a modern home.Called the OPod, the "tube homes" measure 100 square feet.Law's firm, James Law Cybertecture, manufactured the "tube home" pictured below from a 8.2-foot-diameter water pipe.It includes a sofa that folds out into a bed, shelves, a mini fridge, a microwave, and a bathroom with a shower.
Learning braille is a skill that, like most, is best learned at an early age by those who need it.The BecDot is a toy created by parents facing that challenge that teaches kids braille in a fun, simple way, and is both robust and affordable.After finding existing braille toys and teaching tools either too basic, too complex or too expensive, they decided to take matters into their own hands.Jake happens to have a background in product design, having worked for years at a company that creates simple, durable environmental sensors.Once the tag is detected, for instance on a toy cow, up to four braille letters appear, formed by lifted pegs: C-O-W.Yet it affords blind and partially sighted kids the opportunity to learn the alphabet and identify short words at the same time and in much the same way as sighted children.
No, I'm not at an Apple Store eyeing an Apple Watch or iPhone X. I'm actually two and a half miles east of the Las Vegas Convention Center, spending my second day at CES at the Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary.Jardin and other local marijuana dispensaries were expecting a surge in traffic last week as the more than 180,000 attendees of CES flooded into Las Vegas, where recreational weed is now legal.Jardin goes to such lengths in part because it, like others in the legal marijuana business, often gets short shrift in Google's search results or listings on social networks like Facebook or Twitter."We allow ourselves to be exposed and found, and hopefully, like the Steve Jobs' philosophy, we want to offer the best product and the best service the marketplace has to offer."People buy their marijuana while sitting behind a window.That's because about every three to six months, it's banned from the Facebook-owned social network without any warning.
Some chameleons could fit right into the luminescent world of "Avatar."The lizards may be known for changing their colors, but they've also been hiding a different sort of colorful surprise: the ability to glow under UV light.The results are visually stunning."We could hardly believe our eyes when we illuminated the chameleons in our collection with a UV lamp, and almost all species showed blue, previously invisible patterns on the head, some even over the whole body," David Prötzel, a PhD student at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, said in a statement.Prötzel and his team discovered the blue patterns coincided with the shape of bony protuberances under the chameleons' skin.A closer look revealed the lizards' skin to be extremely thin and transparent in those spots.
Technically, the brands merely said that signatures are no longer required, but given that retailers have begged for the end of signature for years, as a practical matter, it will be gone in the U.S. before the summer arrives.A lot of factors are behind this decision (EMV, in-store video cameras tracking purchases, the lack of meaningful signature analysis at the POS, etc.The real issue behind that "come on back here and sign" situation involved the lack of visibility into the payment method.Granted, signature has been pointless for more than a decade, but mobile payments' far superior authentication made it ludicrous.Back in October, Kroger — a $115 billion retailer with almost 2,800 stores — noted a variety of impressive (impressively vague) technology plans: "Kroger will continue building its Internet of Things sensor network, video analytics and machine learning networks and complement those innovations with robotics and artificial intelligence to transform the customer experience."But one specific effort that the company has detailed somewhat is its plans to "redesign front-end to maximize stores for self-checkout, include expanding currently 20-store Scan, Bag, Go pilot to 400 stores in 2018."
ICO to investigate allegations of driver delivering side order of creepyA customer of takeaway delivery firm Just Eat has alleged a driver from an eatery used her phone number to ask her for a date.Michelle Midwinter claimed that, after using Just Eat to order a takeaway, she had received an uninvited WhatsApp message from someone she didn’t know.According to screenshots shared on Twitter, the person first said he was “a fan” and then identified himself as the driver who had just delivered her meal.He went on to ask if she enjoyed her meal, and then followed up minutes later with a message saying: “If you have a [boyfriend] tell me, I don’t want to make any problems”.About 20 minutes later, she alleged, the driver upped the creepy levels by reportedly saying: “Good night [baby] see you next time when I get your meal.”
The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would extend a controversial government spying power known as "Section 702" for another six years—without new privacy safeguards that had been sought by civil liberties groups.Debate over the legislation now shifts over to the Senate, where it faces a filibuster threat from both Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)."If this Section 702 bill comes to the Senate, I will filibuster it," Wyden wrote in a tweet shortly after the House bill passed.Wyden opposes the legislation because he believes that it offers too few protections for Americans' privacy rights.The powers granted by Section 702 are only supposed to be used against foreigners on foreign soil.But a Americans' communications can get swept up in the NSA's surveillance dragnet if they communicate with people overseas.
As an extra layer of security, Skype has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted “Private Conversations.” Currently available for Skype Insiders, users will now have more protection over the content they send within conversations.Using Open Whisper System’s Signal Protocol, Private Conversations provides end-to-end encryption for Skype audio calls, along with any text messages, images, videos, and audio you send.All content will also be hidden while on the app, so any Preview messages you send won’t show up in your Chats or notifications.Open Whisper Systems has become the industry standard when it comes to encrypted communication.WhatsApp also worked with the organization back in 2016, to develop its own form of end-to-end encryption.Some might even be familiar with Open Whisper’s own messaging service app called Signal, available for Android and iOS.
If you've seen electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, it probably had something to do with scientists researching brain waves by wiring a bunch of electrodes to somebody's skull.Now European researchers have an easier approach they think will break the technology out of the lab.At the CES 2018 tech show, a Belgian technology center called Imec is showing off a much simpler EEG headset that'll gauge your emotions.It can help with therapy but also tackle other things, like changing your video game as you play, improving memory when you're learning, matching music to your mood or even adjusting your mood by changing your music."With the integration of music playback, the system can not only measure, but also influence the emotions of the person that is wearing the headset," Imec said.The system uses artificial intelligence technology to instantly identify the wearer's emotional state.
A bunch of blokes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – STEM – jobs reckon they are the victim of "reverse discrimination" from efforts to diversify the ranks in tech companies.This is according to a study by Pew Research, which said this week that an August survey of men in STEM careers showed that 19 per cent of fellas claim to have experienced gender discrimination and 7 per cent believe their gender makes it harder for them to succeed at work.Nearly one fifth of the men surveyed – the type of guys who account for 80 per cent of the tech staff and 75 per cent of leadership at Google – said they simply can't get a fair break in the industry and have the deck stacked against them.Specifically, the broflakes said they had experienced gender discrimination against them at some point."Today the white male is the enemy," said one member of the allegedly oppressed group occupying 77.8 per cent of Intel's engineering roles and 80.2 per cent of its executive jobs."I’ve seen too many qualified white males passed over for promotions or advancement in favor of a woman and/or minority.
A smartwatch is the first and the last companion of your smartphone when it comes to continuous pairing and sharing essential features to boost your productivity while doing what a watch and a fitness band can do.Today's smartwatches can perform a ton of novel tricks, such as enabling you to search the internet with your voice, tracking your exercise over GPS, and letting you check-out at the grocery store without pulling out your wallet.There's a lot to talk about the features but we keep doing that in our reviews, so let's skip it and take a look at the best smartwatches you can buy in India right now.Looking for something running Google's OS?Samsung's latest goes big against Apple - literallyOS: Tizen OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.3" 360 x 360 Super AMOLED | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Band sizes: S (105 x 65mm) L (130 x 70mm) | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 3 days | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G
Intel has long been proud of its drone-based light shows — including airing a (pretaped) halftime show at the last Superbowl.Today at its CES keynote, the company introduced a new version of those drones, called “Shooting Star Mini.” The innovation here?They’re tiny and totally safe to fly indoors, above the heads of the audience.They are interesting because they can locate themselves in space without the need for GPS.Intel capped its keynote with a lightshow that was impressive — at least if you were in the arena to get the full effect of the tiny drones flying in 3D space.The song they danced to was Kygo’s “Stargazing,” of course.
This week a variety of Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were leaked in codes indicating a wide variety come spring 2018.The Samsung Galaxy S9 is said to come in two variants, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is said to come in three.The most awesome of these is tipped a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with 6GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.The list of variants tipped by tipster Rookie Martian today suggests combos we’ve seen before.Before with Samsung, before with other brands – basically not a whole lot of surprises are to be found here.The goodness is in the confirmation of these combos coming on this upcoming season.
It's not about what bands you listen to.It's all about the headphones you listen on.After all, if you're paying $5,000 for 4G-connected headphones with gold plating and LCD touchscreens, you'd better be damned sure someone sees you while you're listening to those sweet, sweet tunes.French startup Debussy is keen to make your listening device (whether it's your phone, your laptop or even your old-school iPod) totally redundant.The company took to the show floor at CES Unveiled in Las Vegas to show off prototypes for its range of high-tech, connected headphones, promising a "musical life without limitations."In fact, you don't even need to be limited by your phone screen.
Samsung just announced the 2018 version of its Family Hub smart refrigerator, and this year’s model adds deeper support for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant and even adds SmartThings integration and AKG speakers “for sound that is deep in bass and rich in mid-range.” We might be running out of things to add to a refrigerator.The new Family Hub can connect to and control third-party devices that are part of the SmartThings smart home ecosystem such as lights, thermostats, home video cameras, and more.So from this fridge’s screen, you can adjust a SmartThings-compatible thermostat or view what’s happening outside your front door or in another room of the house with a SmartThings-compatible camera.(There’s still a camera built into the inside of the fridge so you can get a quick peek at what you need from your smartphone at the grocery store.)Bixby was previously added to Family Hub fridges, but it only handled basic voice commands.This year’s fridge gets the full capabilities of Samsung’s rival to Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
Blizzard released a new patch late yesterday for Overwatch’s Public Test Realm, which is where the studio tries out changes to the team-based shooter before making them official.The update weakens two of Overwatch’s most powerful characters, the healer Mercy and the bomb-chucking Junkrat.Overwatch has over 35 million players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.It’s important for Blizzard to keep the game’s roster of 26 heroes balanced to limit frustration among players.Happy players don’t quit Overwatch, and they’re more likely to spend money on loot boxes.Players complained that this mechanic was unfair and uninteresting, as Mercy would often hide out of sight of a fight, wait for her team to die, and then fly in and revive them.
Instead of the metallic droids you may be imagining, they are developing robots made from soft materials that are more similar to biological systems.Such soft robots contain tremendous potential for future applications as they adapt to dynamic environments and are well-suited to closely interact with humans.A central challenge in this field known as "soft robotics" is a lack of actuators or "artificial muscles" that can replicate the versatility and performance of the real thing.However, the Keplinger Research Group in the College of Engineering and Applied Science has now developed a new class of soft, electrically activated devices capable of mimicking the expansion and contraction of natural muscles.The newly developed hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic (HASEL) actuators eschew the bulky, rigid pistons and motors of conventional robots for soft structures that react to applied voltage with a wide range of motions."We draw our inspiration from the astonishing capabilities of biological muscle," said Christoph Keplinger, senior author of both papers, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Fellow of the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
This makes Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, furious at the chip giant.Torvalds asks: "Is Intel basically saying 'we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything'?"Linux inventor and founder Linus Torvalds is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, which is why he's become one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of the so-called Meltdown bug, which was revealed on Wednesday and could enable an attacker to steal confidential information, including passwords."I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPU's, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed," Torvalds wrote in a sharply-worded email sent on to a Linux list on Wednesday."Or is Intel basically saying 'we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything'?"Torvalds, one the world's best-known programmers, is still deeply involved on a day-to-day basis with Linux, a free and open-source operating system he first developed in 1991.