Amazon's Audible has long had a stranglehold on the audiobook market, but that may be about to change.Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game.The site recently noticed an audiobook banner has been added to Google's Play Store, though the hub the link pulls through to isn't yet live.This comes off the back of Android Police finding references to audiobooks when sifting through APK files for the Google Play app last November.If Google is about to enter the audiobook market, it would see the company going head to head against Amazon once more; both giants are already in direct competition when it comes to cloud storage, smart speakers and a variety of other gizmos you probably don't need in your life.There's no official word on when Google is going to roll out this audiobook service, so keep your lugs peeled.
Jaguar Land Rover's classic departments love a unique project, whether it's bringing the XKSS back from the dead or, in this case, turning a Defender into a freakin' sports car.As part of Land Rover's 70th anniversary, the company's classic division has created the Land Rover Defender Works V8.As the name suggests, the automaker takes one of its classic Defender SUVs -- in either 90 or 110 wheelbase layouts -- and shoves a V8 under the hood.It's not just any V8.It's a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 that puts out about 400 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque.In addition to the engine, Land Rover also shoehorns in a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission (with a sport mode!
Social Bicycles, now officially known as Jump Bikes, has just closed a $10 million Series A round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from Sinewave Ventures, Esther Dyson and others.“At Menlo Ventures, our investment team supports entrepreneurs who are on a mission to change the world—including, how consumers move through it,” Menlo Ventures Managing Director Shawn Carolan said in a statement.“Our 2011 investment in Uber taught us important lessons about the challenges and possibilities for urban mobility technology.Menlo is proud to partner with JUMP, and we believe their dockless e-bike network will be a critical piece of the puzzle.”Jump, which makes pedal-assist e-bikes that don’t require docking stations, plans to use the funding to enter new markets, make additional hires and build on its existing hardware and software products.This comes just a few days after the company became the first stationless bicycle service to receive a permit to launch in San Francisco.
Debate rages on software, HCI slowdown thoughAnalysis Several SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs.We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching.El Reg: Do you agree that on-premises external SANs and filers that only run their supplier's code will be safe and won't need patching, and therefore will perform as before?Access to the platform OS to load external code is restricted (in some cases code cannot be altered whatsoever) and therefore the reported vulnerabilities do not introduce any additional security risk to a customer's environment – provided they follow recommended best practices to protect access of highly privileged accounts.Pure Storage: Current known exploits of Meltdown and Spectre require running crafted code on the CPU being attacked.
When it comes to high-end sound bars I had to wrack my brain to think of anything that approaches the $5,800 Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier in price.(Pricing outside the US wasn't mentioned but that price converts to around £4,225 or AU$7,330) Maybe Paradigm, or Bowers and Wilkins.It also has made a number of budget sound bars, including the Katana, but none like this.The built-to-order Sonic Carrier is polarizing.But if you look past the bling, you get to the roast beef in this deli sandwich.It might look like plastic in the photos but put your hand to it and you'll realize it's CNC machined aluminum.
America’s PC market sneezed in Q4 calendar and the rest of the world caught a cold: global sales declined in the final three months of last year, stats from Gartner indicated – although rival IDC did not concur.Shipments into the channel – retailers and tech distributors – dropped 2 per cent year-on-year to 71.6 million, according to Gartner.This was based on growth in Asia and Latin America, a minor decline in EMEA and an 8 per cent drop in the US.“The US saw a steep decline, which offset the generally positive results in other regions,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner principal analyst.Four of the top five vendors in the US reported declines - US and global PC market leader HP Inc was the only one that didn’t.“PCs are no longer popular holiday gift items,” Kitagawa said.
But the Guardians of the Galaxy wear their crimes on their clothing.On Twitter Thursday, and in a lengthy Facebook post, "Guardians" director James Gunn both confirmed and denied parts of a Reddit theory about the first movie in the series, which came out in 2014.In that film, the Guardians are seen in yellow prison garb, and sharp-eyed fans spotted different colored stripes on each member's pantlegs.Turns out those aren't just for fashion."New thread on Reddit claims that each of the stripes on the Guardians' legs in prison represents a crime," Gunn wrote on Facebook."This IS true, the color of each stripe is a category (murder, arson, burglary, grievous bodily harm).
Consistent access to clean water is something billions lack, and part of that is the inability to check whether one’s water is clean or not.Lishtot could help change this with a tiny device that instantly determines if water is safe to drink just by analyzing the electric field around it — no strips, no microfluidics, no toxic chemicals.He had with him two plastic cups of water, to one of which had been added a contaminant.Pressing the test button, he moved the TestDrop toward one cup — blue light, clean.Do the same for the other — red light, contaminated.I thought it might be some kind of spectroscopy, but where was the emitter?
Ford is bringing crowdsourced navigation app Waze to its SYNC 3 infotainment system, the companies announced at CES 2018.The app will be available via Ford’s AppLink tech, offering up a Waze interface powered by your phone on the in-car central display on vehicles equipped with SYNC 3.The app will support both touch and voice input, and will be available when you plug your smartphone into the car’s USB port.Turn-by-turn directions and other speakers will play through your vehicle’s stereo system, and the app will have all the same features that it offers on your phone, including community-sourced incident, weather and road condition reports and more.Ford and Waze says this is going to roll out during “the coming weeks,” to any 2018 model year Ford car running version 3.0 or later of SYNC 3.Other cars with SYNC 3 will get an over-the-air update (which can also be installed via USB) to turn on the Waze functionality.
Ever since the stronger-than-steel fabric Dyneema burst onto the scene, outdoor companies around the globe have been hankering for a taste.Choucas designed the lightest climbing harness to date; Blackjak crafted an emergency jacket that weighs 70 grams; and Hyperlite Mountain Gear created an entire line of backpacks, stuff sacks, and shelters made from the wonder material.Now, Haglofs enters the ranks with the V-Series — the first-ever puff jacket featuring a Dyneema face fabric.Heralded as the toughest down jacket in the world, Haglofs has created a product that really stands out from the crowd.Puff jackets are notorious for their lack of durability and susceptibility to rips and tears — but the Swedish-based company seems to have found the ultimate solution.The jacket’s face fabric is comprised of a Dyneema, polyester, and polypropylene blend that is extremely breathable, completely waterproof, and ultra lightweight.
Although 2017 is deemed to have been one of the worst years for tech (think Uber, sexual harassement, and net neutrality), startups in Silicon Valley haven’t suffered from a shortage of capital.According to a report released by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), 2017 saw the highest annual amount of capital deployed to the startup ecosystem since the early 2000s.The change isn’t so notable when compared to 2016, but looking at previous years, the numbers were considerably larger (9,183 in 2013, 10,406 in 2014, and 10,463 in 2015).This can be explained in part by the fact that companies want to remain private longer (think Uber and Airbnb).“You’re seeing this from the seed level all the way up to the unicorn level,” Nizar Tarhubi, an analyst with PitchBook, told VentureBeat in a phone interview.“Typically, companies in today’s market are older and a bit more mature, and with that comes a bigger fundraise.”
Why record the entire world around you?These are not questions to be answered at CES in Las Vegas, merely questions to be asked.I wore Orbi Prime, which claim to be the first pair of 360-degree camera glasses, and I have no idea what I was recording.But hey, I looked okay.Orbi Prime has four 1080p cameras: two in the front frame, and two at the ends of the arms.It records 4K quality video and can output to a phone via Wi-Fi.
It’s been just a few days since The Register first reported that all Intel x86-64x processors were subject to a severe security vulnerability, and already Intel has been hit with at least three separate class action lawsuits related to the vulnerability.The Register first reported the news on 2nd January, noting that the solution to fixing the vulnerability could result in slowdown of the affected computers.Intel has since claimed that any performance penalties would be negligible, and today Google, which has implemented a fix on its affected servers (which host its cloud services, including Gmail) wrote that, “On most of our workloads, including our cloud infrastructure, we see negligible impact on performance.”Plaintiffs in three different states disagree.As Law.com first noted, a class action complaint was filed 3rd January in United States District Court for the Northern District of California.Since then Gizmodo has found two additional class action complaints filed today (just eleven minutes apart)—one in the District of Oregon and another in the Southern District of Indiana.
Mark Zuckerberg has made a modest new year’s resolution: to fix Facebook and make the world a better place.“The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot to do,” the CEO said in a post on his personal account.“Whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent.”It’s a sharp change of direction since 2016, when Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that hoax news stories shared on Facebook could have influenced the outcome of the US presidential election.“There is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw some fake news,” he said in an on-stage interview.Zuckerberg retracted the statement in 2017 following a tweet in which President Trump claimed Facebook had a specific agenda against him.
A winter storm blanketing America’s East Coast is proving so brutal that frigid iguanas are toppling from trees and sharks are dying from cold shock.The record-breaking cold snap is powered by a rapid plunge in barometric pressure that some weather forecasters are calling bombogenesis or a “bomb cyclone”, which has brought high winds and swift, heavy snowfall.‘Sharkcicles’ And Stunned Sea TurtlesThe Atlantic White Conservancy has reported finding three thresher sharks washed up in Cape Cod within the last week.We hauled the shark off the beach and it is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later.Additionally, more than a dozen sea turtles are recovering at NOAA’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
IOTA is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that enables machines to securely transact data and money with each other for a micro fee.It continues to gather pace, with a more than 400 percent increase in token value since the successful launch of its data marketplace in November 2017 and a significant investment from Robert Bosch Venture Capital in December of last year.To build a global alliance of smart mobility testbeds — platforms to think through innovations and test new applications, processes, products, services, and business models to determine their usefulness, suitability, and viability before implementation.ITIC’s focus is to build a global network of open and closed testbeds to determine which AI-based mobility services — in “smart city” environments — will work.As a result of this rigorous testing, it creates a test data pool that can be utilized by the entire smart mobility ecosystem.That means developers can gain access to test fleets and infrastructures within ITIC’s worldwide network of testbeds.
Here’s what we know so far.In 2017, Google’s Project Zero team in collaboration with researchers at a number of different universities identified an absolutely massive problem with speculative execution, one of the techniques employed in modern microprocessors as a way of improving performance.It then solves them in advance and in parallel fashion.The result is that the CPU wastes some cycles performing unnecessary calculations, but performs chains of commands much faster than if it waited to process them one after the other.However, there’s a serious flaw in the way modern processors are hardcoded to use speculative execution — they don’t check permissions correctly and leak information about speculative commands that don’t end up being run.As a result, user programs can possibly steal glimpses at protected parts of the kernel memory.
Public Health England has got a new, jaunty little healthy eating slogan it hopes will soon enter the public consciousness alongside the classic "five a day" — "two a day max."This refers to snacks for children, and it's parents who should be paying attention to it.The Change4life campaign warns that the average child manages to consume three unhealthy snacks and drinks each day, leading to this poor average kid absorbing three times the recommended amount of sugar and working his internal organs as hard as a Tate & Lyle factory.Hence the new slogan and advertising campaign, which sort of rhymes, and warns: "100 calorie snacks, two a day max," and would like parents to look at the nutritional information of the things their child is whining about having before letting it have it, keeping ideal snack sizes to less than 100 calories per rustling-packaged thing.PHE's Alison Tedstone said: "The true extent of children’s snacking habits is greater than the odd biscuit or chocolate bar.Children are having unhealthy snacks throughout the day and parents have told us they’re concerned.
First previewed alongside the Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3C and Alcatel 1X at the just concluded China Mobile Global Partner Conference Forum, the upcoming Alcatel 5 has made it through at FCC with a couple of images giving us an idea of what the device holds in terms of designs.The pictures revealed by FCC appears to be made of a brushed metal back design with a single rear camera with LED flash, a fingerprint sensor and an Alcatel branding at the rear.The front of the device reveals a tri-bezel-less design (very slim bezels) with the screen edging to three sides of the phone except for the upper chin where the dual selfie cameras, a LED flash, and a sensor resides.Still, on the designs, at the bottom of the device is a USB-C port flanked on both sides by speaker grilles, while the 3mm audio jack and a noise canceling mic are both located to the top.While not disclosed by the FCC visit, the Alcatel 5 is believed to sport a 5.7” 18:9 display and powered by an MT6750 processor with unknown RAM and memory sizes.The device will most likely boot Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with a 3000mAh battery and full connectivity options.