Amazon is working on a video game streaming service, like Netflix but for video games, according to a new report in The Information.Amazon's competition at Microsoft and Google are already openly preparing similar services.And Sony is out ahead of everyone else: The company has been operating the PlayStation Now streaming service for years.Amazon's already a major video game retailer, and it operates the largest video game livestreaming service in the world with Twitch.The company's next move into gaming, though, is even more ambitious: Amazon is working on a Netflix-like service for playing games, according to a new report from The Information.Like Sony's PlayStation Now, the new service from Amazon will reportedly allow players to stream games rather than having to buy and download individual titles.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., January 10, 2019--Intentionally "squashing" colloidal quantum dots during chemical synthesis creates dots capable of stable, "blink-free" light emission that is fully comparable with the light produced by dots made with more complex processes.New research at Los Alamos National Laboratory suggests that the strained colloidal quantum dots represent a viable alternative to presently employed nanoscale light sources, and they deserve exploration as single-particle, nanoscale light sources for optical "quantum" circuits, ultrasensitive sensors, and medical diagnostics."In addition to exhibiting greatly improved performance over traditional produced quantum dots, these new strained dots could offer unprecedented flexibility in manipulating their emission color, in combination with the unusually narrow, 'subthermal' linewidth," said Victor Klimov, lead Los Alamos researcher on the project."The squashed dots also show compatibility with virtually any substrate or embedding medium as well as various chemical and biological environments."The new colloidal processing techniques allow for preparation of virtually ideal quantum-dot emitters with nearly 100 percent emission quantum yields shown for a wide range of visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths.The next frontier is exploration of colloidal quantum dots as single-particle, nanoscale light sources.
UTARI, or The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, has signed an agreement with Newcastle Manufacturing to configure and demonstrate a network of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, that can use lights to support emergency response operations at night.Travis Kunkel, former emergency medical technician and president of the Mineral Wells, Texas-based technology/manufacturing firm, has a real passion for emergency responders and for UAVs."I thought if we could properly equip UAVs with lights, that they could become standard-issue equipment on ambulances and investigation vehicles."Mickey McCabe, executive director of UTARI, said the institute is hopeful that this proof-of-concept phase of the agreement will lead to other phases currently in discussion.Newcastle started as a consulting company in 2002, offering professional services for manufacturers, logistics and supply chain industry.The company has recently added UAVs to its menu of manufacturing and consulting options.
It's not just you, spam calls have become way more prevalent in recent years.It's even estimated that almost half of US mobile phone calls in 2019 will be spam.T-Mobile plans to help people fight spam by rolling out its caller verification technology.On Thursday, T-Mobile announced it's launching a feature called Caller Verified, which is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 through the latest software update.T-Mobile says the feature is coming to more smartphones later this year.With the new tool, incoming calls on the T-Mobile network will read "Call Verified" only when the company has confirmed that the call is "authentic and not intercepted by scammers."
In 2018, the Consumer Electronics Show faced charges of sexism after it failed to secure a single woman speaker for its keynote speeches over the course of the event.In September, the Osé, a robotic woman’s sex toy, was named an honoree at the convention’s Innovation Awards in the robotics and drone product category after a panel of judges scored the product’s tech.But conference organizers at the Consumer Technology Association reversed the decision, saying that the award was a mistake and—in a letter to the device maker—that it had the right to disqualify products that the association deems “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s image.”However, not all is lost for Lora DiCarlo, the company behind the vibrator.Today, Charlie Hughes, vp of YouPorn, sent an open letter saying that ahead of the vibrator’s rollout next month, the adult-entertainment site would give Lora DiCarlo $50,000 worth of advertising for a month on the site.“As you know,” Hughes wrote, “most social media and television platforms don’t accept ads from sexually focused businesses, but we would be proud to promote Osé on YouPorn.”
Toyota announced on Wednesday it’s recalling another 1.7 million vehicles globally as part of the ongoing Takata airbag replacement program.Around 1.3 million of the vehicles are in the U.S.The largest multi-automaker recall in history started in 2009 after it was discovered Takata’s airbag inflators could degrade over time and, if activated, spray sharp metal fragments toward the vehicle’s occupants, causing injury or even death.Toyota’s latest recall involves vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2015, and includes various Lexus models, as well as Sienna, Corolla, Matrix, Scion XB, and 4Runner vehicles.Specific details regarding the automobiles involved in the recall can be found on this Toyota webpage.The Japanese car giant says affected owners will receive direct notification of the recall by first class mail “or other means” starting in late January 2019.
Twitter used CES to detail some new features it will begin testing, for both users and publishers.Karissa Bell of Mashable reported that Twitter will establish a beta program in the coming weeks for people who want to test its new experimental features, which could change the way conversations appear on its platform.One of the features to be tested is a new design for threads on Twitter with the goal of making conversations easier to follow.The social network is experimenting with threaded tweets, similar to Reddit posts, in which replies to a tweet will be nested so that it is easier to see which replies are directed at which users.Color-coded labels were also part of the mix.Twitter director of product management Sara Haider told Bell, “We’ve spent a lot of time on making sure that people can find what they’re looking for when something is unfolding in real-time.
When I first heard about the Samsung Notebook Flash, it sounded like a less expensive version of one of our favorite slim, stylish notebooks, Microsoft's Surface Laptop.Starting at $350 (roughly £275 , AU$490), the 13.3-inch laptop is intended for students or anyone looking for a stylish, inexpensive laptop for everyday use.It'll be available in multiple colors and the keyboard deck was described as having a textile finish that sounded like the Alcantara fabric Microsoft uses on its Surface devices.Samsung manufactures its own plastics and, over the years, it has experimented with various finishes and textures to those plastics.For example, its Chromebook 2 from a few years back had a plastic lid textured to look like leather and even had "stitches" around the edge.For the Flash, Samsung used plastic that looks and feels like burlap.
At a press event in New Delhi, Huawei launched its new mid-range smartphone, the Huawei Y9 (2019), in India.The Huawei Y9 sports a 3D arc design that ups the aesthetics as well as ergonomics of the phone and there’s dual camera both at the front and back.Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS LCD | 19.5:9Processor: 2.2GHz Kirin 710 Octa Core | Mali-G51 MP4 GPUStorage: 64GB; expandable using a microSD card
On Wednesday, Amazon Web Serivces announced DocumentDB — a new document database service that's compatible with MongoDB, a popular open source database.In October, MongoDB — the $4.4 billion company behind the database of the same name — took defensive moves against larger cloud platforms taking and selling its software for profit without giving back.AWS, in particular, has a reputation for profiting off of free software from smaller companies, while contributing little code to the companies."More than anything, it shows how much developers love the MongoDB API and DB and how desperate Amazon was to have something in this case," Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder of MongoDB, told Business Insider.On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services announced a new document database service, based on technology from $4.4 billion open source software company MongoDB — confirming previous reports that such a product was in the works.That's because in October, MongoDB announced a new license, called the Server Side Public License (SSPL), in response to Chinese tech giants like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba repackaging and selling its free software.
Black Mirror is a show that takes hypothetical looks into the future of modern tech.Playtest is one of those episodes that seems like pure science fiction.Playtest follows a young fellow named Cooper, who lands a job as a tester for a game company that specializes in survival horror games.At his new gig, he tries out some new AR technology that warps his reality into the most terrifying experience possible, based on the responses from its user.VR/AR technology isn’t yet immersive enough to recreate an experience as powerful as Playtest, but an up-and-coming full-body haptic suit could change that.Using electro-tactile haptic feedback, the Teslasuit can mimic sensations like bumping into a wall, touching an object, or the impact of a punch in AR/VR settings.
Kangaroo still wants to keep smart home security simple, but maybe not quite as simple as before.At CES 2019, it's expanded its lineup to include a climate sensor, a door sensor, a keypad siren, a doorbell cam and an indoor cam.All will launch later this year and maintain the company's goal of being affordable and easy to setup.The climate sensor gauges temp and humidity.You can also put it on the floor and it'll watch for leaks.Both of these new additions will cost $30 like the original motion sensor and they all connect directly to your Wi-Fi router.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would probably like to see his personal challenge for 2019 turn out a wee bit better than his personal challenge for 2018 ended up.Zuckerberg pledged in a Facebook post to hold a series of public discussions—on his Facebook or Instagram pages, or via other platforms—to discuss the future of technology in society with leaders, experts and community members in different fields.He added that those discussions will focus on “the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes and the anxieties.”Zuckerberg wrote, “There are so many big questions about the world we want to live in and technology’s place in it.How do we build an internet that helps people come together to address the world’s biggest problems that require global-scale collaboration?How do we build technology that creates more jobs rather than just building AI (artificial intelligence) to automate things people do?
Every year since 2009, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has publicly announced his New Year resolutions; for 2019, he intends to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society — the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties.”Zuckerberg noted in his Facebook post that the plan is to involve “leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields” in these conversations every few weeks, and make them publicly available.On the one hand, I feel like I don’t have the energy to keep up with Zuck this year: his 2018 resolution was to fix what’s broken with Facebook, and I don’t believe he succeeded on that front.Over the past couple of years, I’ve lost faith in what the company stands for, and I wish I could use its services less often, and hear less about Zuckerberg & Co.’s antics and failures than before.On the other hand, I’m keen to see what comes of this effort, and whether Zuckerberg can have honest conversations about the questions he’s raising about the responsibility of giving people a voice, about decentralizing authority, and about helping communities come together.My concern is that, regardless of what he learns from these talks, Zuckerberg will still have to keep advertisers happy and put money in shareholders’ pockets.
In its CES announcements, Google revealed a bunch of useful updates to Google Assistant including navigation, travel, and translation features.Here are the most notable changes that’ll help you in your daily interaction with Google Assistant.Now, Google Maps users on iOS and Android will be able to ask for navigation assistance with their voice.For example, you can say “Hey Google, take me home,” to open Google Maps and get directions for your commute.Additionally, you’ll be able to share your ETA with friends, play music or podcasts, or search places along your route, using just your voice in the Maps appGoogle Assistant can now help you check-in to your flight, and save and retrieve your boarding pass.
There are times when you might regret buying a $30,000 chair.But the moment you're sitting in a deluxe massage chair shaped like a Lamborghini is not one of them.If CES is all about showcasing the latest and greatest tech, then you can file the Lamborghini Massage Chair in the "greatest" category.Created by Bodyfriend, a company that started out in South Korea and now calls Los Angeles home (specifically, a ritzy home near Beverly Hills), the LBF-750 massage chair is about as premium as you can get.Modelled after Lamborghini's Aventador Roadster, the chair looks like Transformers' Bumblebee mid-transformation -- the sleek lines, the sharp edges, even down to the start button that perfectly mimics the ignition of the real thing and a revving sound that roars when you start your massage.But it's not just about looks -- this chair delivers under the hood, or, more accurately, headrest.
When it's ready, Sunflower Labs won't be a simple or a cheap security system, but it could be a pretty effective one.The startup behind the system plans to officially start selling it later this year or early next year, but the team at the show didn't yet know a price.You'll set the hive in your yard, but it supposedly has a strong enough antenna to talk to your router.The sunflowers complete the system.They look like garden lights and you place them strategically around your yard, connecting them to power through a daisy chain cord.They do cast light, but they also have built-in motion and vibration sensors.
That's where Yukai's Bocco Emo, an updated version of the original Bocco robot, comes in.Meant to offer companionship for children and senior citizens while also keeping tabs around the house, the Bocco Emo robot arrived at CES 2019 and includes more empathetic features than its predecessor.Like its predecessor, which launched in 2015, the Bocco Emo can still read out text messages, control your smart home devices and notifies you if your doors are locked.However, it can also give you weather info and appear more "empathetic" and expressive.It responds when it hears its name and emotes when it reads out messages.It can also recognize the emotional state of the speaker depending on their tone of voice and react accordingly.
Lockly has a new smart lock at CES 2019 -- the Lockly Secure Pro.The Secure Pro deadbolt costs $300; the latch model costs $330.Both come in satin nickel and venetian bronze color finishes.There's five different ways to access the lock -- with a regular ol' key, via a key pad, with a fingerprint scan, via the app and with either Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands.The lock runs on AA batteries and is supposed to last for at least a year.Lockly's Secure Pro smart locks are expected to ship in early 2019.
CES is the Super Bowl of the technology world: the annual event where close to 200,000 tech enthusiasts, journalists, tastemakers, and industry pros all descend on the Las Vegas strip to see what we’ll be talking about and lusting over in tech in 2019.But there’s a whole lot to see; according to the Consumer Technology Association, more than 4,400 companies are exhibiting at the show this year — one of the biggest shows yet!But don’t fear: Digital Trends has dozens of correspondents and editors scouring the show floor to find the coolest new gadgets out there.LG Signature OLED TV RWe’d be crazy if we didn’t lead off with LG’s rollable TV.There are still a lot of questions about its price, but LG promises commercial availability by the end of this year.