Today is the 14th March, which translates into 3/14 if you're one of the minority of people that write down dates in the least sensible manner possible.That makes it Pi Day, and because it's Pi Day the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced an upgraded version of the Model 3 board.Even if they're based in the UK, and should really be writing the date as 14/3.The Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+ isn't a huge overhaul of the ever-popular mini computer, but it does offer a significant boost in speed.More speed means more possibilities, and anyone who's payed attention to Raspberry Pi will know that there are a countless number of those already.The B+ offers dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, support for Bluetooth 4.2 and Low Energy, gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0 - with speeds three times faster than the original Model 3 board.
Apple’s developer conference in June is fast approaching, and the rumor mill keeps on churning about what the company plans to launch during 2018.One report indicates the company is working on an entry-level MacBook that will ship by the end of 2018’s second quarter.An “inexpensive” 9.7-inch iPad is also in the works for the second quarter along with new iPad Pro models targeting the second half of 2018.Apple originally set out to reduce the overall cost by dealing with a China-based display manufacturer, but Apple faced “issues” with the company and decided to rely on South Korea-based LG Display instead.According to the report, the entry-level MacBooks will sport 13.3-inch amorphous silicon panels packing a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, similar to what Apple offers on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro.LG Display will begin supplying these panels in April, enabling the first batch of entry-level MacBooks to enter production by the end of May or at the beginning of June.
There was a security scare at Crufts dog show as a man appeared to run on to the arena as the winner was being announced on live television.Owner Yvette Short, of Edinburgh, could be seen clutching the overall winner, a two-and-a-half-year-old whippet bitch called Tease, as the commotion unfolded and security guards appeared to run down the intruder at the NEC Birmingham.Crufts organisers, the Kennel Club, said they could not confirm if it was a protest of some kind and added they are “looking into the incident”.It happened a day after West Ham United’s security was called into question after a series of pitch invasions and widespread supporter unrest.Unfortunately the best in show moment was ruined by the intruders which caused chaos in the arena and whoever they were they shoved over a load of the lovely pensioners at the front of the crowd.— Zoe London (@zoelondondj) March 11, 2018
G3: Fear Factory — Mary Hodder, Elisa Camehort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor.Recorded live Thursday, March 8, 2018.@stevegillmor, @kevinmarks, @kteare, @DenisPombriant, @fradiceProduced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
Instagram and Snapchat have each removed their Giphy sticker feature after a user discovered a racist GIF could be added to story posts, according to TechCrunch.Instagram and Snapchat each added a Giphy integration to their stories features earlier this year, which allowed users to add GIFs from a library to their stories.Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted a screenshot of the offensive image and tagged Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, demanding that it be taken down.The GIF reportedly appeared when someone searched for the word “Crime”.Giphy allows users to post content to its site, and its terms of service state that users aren’t allowed to post content that is abusive, obscene, offensive, or vulgar.We’ve reached out to the company for comment, and will update if we hear back.
You might know her as the "most beautiful woman in the world," a tag she always hated.We see Thomas Edison," says Alexandra Dean, explaining why she chose to direct "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story," a new documentary on Lamarr's life.The movie plays this week in Australia and the UK to coincide with the celebration of International Women's Day, on Thursday.(It had a limited run in the US last year and will be shown on PBS on May 18.)Women's Day celebrates women's contributions in areas such as politics, technology and science.For Dean, who's produced TV documentaries in the past, Lamarr's story allowed her to explore a question that had bothered her for years: Why are female inventors overlooked?
Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty ImagesWith so many members of the royal family milling around, it can be easy to lose track of who’s who.But the London newspaper Metro made a particularly toe-curling blunder today when it confused the Duchess of Cornwall - who is married to Prince Charles - with the Duchess of Cambridge – accidentally suggesting that 70-year-old Camilla is eight months pregnant.“The Duchess of Cornwall is due to give birth to her third child next month,” the newspaper tweeted alongside a story about Kate.The mistake was pointed out by the Duchess’ son, Tom Parker Bowles, who simply tweeted: “Dear God.“Congratulations on your impending sibling,” comedian Dom Joly replied.
Hey, you don’t have to say that anymore when you talk to Cortana.That’s right, your days of needing a two-word wake word for Microsoft’s artificially intelligent assistant are long behind you.From now on, all you need to say is “Cortana,” and Cortana will stand (metaphorically speaking, of course) at attention.This falls in line with Amazon Alexa, which only requires users to say her name in order to be activated.For now, the only place in which you can actually be so straightforward with Cortana is with the Cortana-powered Invoke speaker by Harman Kardon.As it stands, the revision to the Cortana wake word isn’t live yet on Cortana for iOS, Android, or Windows 10, but should soon be making its debut.
Recently listed as the 10th most congested city in the world, Ford has chosen Miami as the testing ground for their autonomous fleet of cars.The motor company's autonomous test cars have already began hitting the streets.The plan is for their research and interaction with local residents to help inform the design of a purpose-built self-driving vehicle that Ford plans to launch in 2021.But they're not doing it alone.Ford are particularly interested in autonomous delivery services, and have partnered with both Dominos and Postmates (an on demand delivery service for just about anything) to conduct pilot programmes."The development of self-driving vehicles hints at a whole new way of moving people and goods.
The Germany company that has spent the last five years trying to make bus travel sexy again announced today it has launched a new version of its service for trains.Around Europe, the lime-green FlixBus fleet has become ubiquitous thanks to its low fair, digital booking, and buses packed with amenities like movies and wifi.The parent company, FlixMobility, has now created FlixTrain, which seeks to bring many of those same features the train industry.“We looked at trains, and we did our homework in terms of how it works, what its customers are,” said Jochen Engert, FlixBus co-founder and Managing Director.“And ultimately we believe the train is just a larger bus.”FlixBus works by partnering with local bus operators and plugging them into the company’s scheduling and ticketing system, in addition to creating the brand and services on the environmentally-friendly buses.
Lyft has been on a roll for the last couple of years, surprising everyone by taking massive, Great White-sized bites out of Uber's market share, and has worked on building its reputation.In the latest instance of this, Lyft is offering free rides for students to the March For Our Lives protest which is set to take place in Washington D.C. later this month.If you're not sure what March For Our Lives is, it's a response by students in the wake of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting that hopes to shame Congress into working to stop the epidemic of school shootings in America.The March For Our Lives protest is scheduled to take place on March 24."We believe there is something seriously wrong when the threat of gun violence is so frequent and real throughout our country.And like many, we are inspired by your leadership," Logan Green and John Zimmer, founders of Lyft, said in a letter to the organizers of March For Our Lives.
Samsung has teased the New York launch of its 2018 range of QLED TVs with a flash teaser trailer.The launch will take place at 11am EST on March 7, 2018 in New York at the American Stock Exchange in Manhattan.As it’s only a teaser trailer, there isn’t much more information than that.We know that there are going to numerous sets on offer, but that’s really no surprise.Innovating in 'brand new ways'Included alongside the video (below) is a vague statement about Samsung’s progress: “Throughout the continuous evolution of its technology, Samsung always designs its products around the lifestyles of its customers.
Worried it's poisoning polity, Twitter seeks metrics to measure its healthTwitter's decided the time is right to measure "our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation".The company on Thursday called for help to create "health metrics".If the company finds it promotes "healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking" it will feel it is healthy.A certain malaise would be indicated by "abuse, spam and manipulation".The company knows it can't develop precise metrics itself, so has decided to "look to experts around the world for counsel and support."
Despite the vast number of initiatives to bring gender equality to the software development world, there’s still a lot of work to be done.HackerRank published its 2018 Women in Tech Report today, which looks at employment trends for female software developers.Among the report’s findings, which were shared exclusively with TNW, it shows that women are struggling to advance in their careers, and increasingly languish in junior-level roles.For the sake of the study, HackerRank defines junior developers as “Level 1 software developers.” Senior developers are identified by their title, such as “senior software developer,” “manager,” and “director.” It also includes C-suite and vice president roles.These languages are sought-after by employers, according to Hacker Rank’s 2018 developer skills report.Over 10 percent of women who responded to the survey work in the financial services sector.
Today, Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, announced that its flagship Nova 2s (6GB/128GB) version will officially go on sale on March 2.This device was released in December 2017 and it has a 4GB RAM and 64GB memory variant.However, potential buyers will have to fork out 3399 Yuan ($535) to own this device.Huawei Nova 2s is powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960 coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal memory which is expandable to 256GB via microSD card.The processor is supported by a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU.It is equipped with an LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen having a 78.5% screen-to-body ratio with a 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution.
It looks like the second generation of Samsung’s voice assistant could be with us within the year.Speaking at MWC 2018, Samsung’s mobile chief seemed to confirm that the plan was to launch Bixby 2.0 at the same time as the Note 9 in 2018.Of course, this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard rumblings of a release of Bixby 2.0 so it’s worth taking this prediction with a generous pinch of salt, although it coming from Koh himself does make it a little more likely.A big year for BixbySpeaking to ZDNet, Koh said: “For Bixby 1.0, we focused on a fast rollout to the market.Expanding the ecosystem was difficult.
With the rise of smartphones, we’ve seen a lot of people spark an interest in photography, which has been a nice side effect of putting a halfway decent camera in the pocket of pretty much everyone.What happens when you’re ready to graduate to something a little more advanced?Taking the plunge into the world of DSLR cameras can be a little intimidating, but Canon is hoping to make that transition smoother for a lot of people with its new EOS M50.While Canon designates this mirrorless camera as an entry-level shooter, it also thinks the M50 might have some intriguing features for veterans, too.This is the first M-series camera capable of shooting 4K video, and though it doesn’t mention frame rates in today’s announcement, it does say that it can capture HD video at 120 frames per second.That implies that it can shoot 720p videos in slow motion, so we can probably expect 24 frames per second for 4K.
In a new essay posted to his website, musician Neil Young called out major tech companies such as Google for linking to piracy websites and thus depriving musicians of income, and wondered how the next generation of musicians will survive.In his post, Young begins talking about his 1996 album Broken Arrows, and how the lyrics for the song “Music Arcade” made him reflect on his earlier successes, which he’s not sure can be attained by musicians nowadays.“Today, in the age of FaceBook [sic] GOOGLE and Amazon,” he writes, “it’s hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did.” He goes on to say that Google profited immensely from searches (including ones for piracy websites), but left artists out of the loop.These aren’t exactly new issues: the RIAA has complained for years that Google makes it too easy for users to find pirated music.Young has been a fierce critic of online music services in the past, pulling his music from streaming services over complaints about the sound quality in 2015.He put his money where his mouth is in December, launching The Neil Young Archive, a collection of almost all of his music, available in a high-quality format.
Like Y2K and the Mayan prophecies concerning December 21, 2012, the apocalypse heading for New York City comes with that “mark it on your calendar” feature you just don’t get from surprise nuclear attack.So, in just over a year, the stretch of the L subway train that runs from the west side of Manhattan, along 14th St, and through the tunnel into Brooklyn will go on a 15-month hiatus.Some 225,000 New Yorkers ride the L train through that tunnel every day—more than the population of Birmingham, Alabama.The subway line is the key connection between neighborhoods that have boomed in recent years—Williamsburg, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant—and Manhattan, where most of their residents work.Since announcing its intention to make all those people find a new commute route in 2016, transportation officials have been working to manage the situation, and most of all, find ways to keep erstwhile subway riders from climbing into cars, in a city that already has some of the world’s worst traffic.It includes increased service on the lines to which most L riders are likely to convert (the JMZ, which runs over the Williamsburg Bridge, and the G, which connects to lines that run into lower and midtown Manhattan).
You’ll soon be able to trap Ghostbusters ghosts in augmented reality à la Pokémon Go.A short demo of the game Ghostbusters World was showcased at Google’s MWC booth, highlighting functionality made possible by the public release of Google’s ARCore augmented reality platform.Details are pretty slim for a wide release date other than it’s “coming 2018”.The title will call on ghosts from the franchise’s “films, TV shows, comic books, theme parks, and video games” according to a press release.Ghostbusters is obviously no Pokémon when it comes to the cult following behind it, but the game does seem like it could have some pretty similar gameplay to Pokeémon Go when it launches.The studio behind the title, South Korea-based publisher FourThirtyThree Inc. has launched a number of popular games including Blade for Kakao, Monster Super League and Seven Guardians.