Google announced that a dark mode for YouTube is finally coming to Android and iOS.The feature debuted on the YouTube desktop client last year.Dark mode is rolling out to iOS users and coming soon for Android users.Ever since Google included a dark mode for YouTube on desktop, it was only a matter of time until the feature would be supported on the mobile app.Lo and behold, YouTube for Android and iOS is finally gaining the elusive dark mode, reports The Verge.To access the new theme, tap your account icon on the top right, select “Settings,” then select “Dark Theme.” The app will automatically switch to a darker hue, with no app restart necessary for the change to go into effect.
Known as the “Godmother of VR” due to her pioneering work in using virtual reality in journalism, Nonny de la Peña told an SXSW keynote audience today that upcoming 5G wireless networks will help to mainstream VR, untethering users and bringing VR experiences to mobile devices.According to de la Peña, between 5G service, “cheaper, more powerful headsets,” and increasing “demand for “fully immersive, ‘walk around’ content,” journalists will soon be placing viewers inside compelling 3D news events.While the connection between VR and 5G might not be instantly obvious, Qualcomm and other 5G developers have forecast that VR will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the next-generation wireless technology.Earlier this year, Verizon used low-latency 5G to demonstrate how VR could let people experience football and basketball through the players’ eyes in real time, and other carriers have touted VR as a way to let viewers experience concerts and tourist destinations through headsets.Up until this point, de la Peña’s novel presentation of newsworthy events in VR has reached small but enthralled audiences, limited by dependence on powerful computers and wired VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.In a 2015 TED Talk, she showed how VR recreations of the Syrian civil war and the neighborhood where Trayvon Martin was shot evoked profound emotional reactions from viewers.
While much has changed, for instance – in our strategies and product offerings, our mission has always remained the same since day one: to build and serve Asia’s tech and startup community.Throughout the years, we’ve made many changes to meet the needs of our users, such as rebranding our conferences, to expanding stage content, and introducing roundtables to facilitate discussions between industry leaders and attendees.One of the segments we’ve constantly been improving on is Speed Dating – below, we’ll be explaining the adjustments made throughout the years and launching our newest version of Speed Dating at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018 this May 15 & 16.Speed Dating: How it has evolvedIn 2013, we introduced the Startup-Investor Speed Dating segment, and it fast became one of our conference staples.The idea was conceived to meet the needs and demands of startups to connect with established VCs for funding.
Acura is getting ready to reveal its newest SUV, with the completely reworked 2019 Acura RDX set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show at the end of March.It’s a big deal for the automaker, too: the RDX is one of its perennial best-sellers, and so it’s counting on a good response, particularly in the US.To make sure of that, it has taken a particularly US-centric approach to designing and engineering the 2019 RDX.For the first time, the SUV was designed and developed in America, with the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles responsible for the shape of the new car.That, we’ll have to wait until New York to see in full, mind, but Acura says it’s “the beginning of a new era” for its design language.Then again, we do have a pretty good idea of what the automaker has been up to.
Bose has announced at SXSW that it’s working on its own pair of augmented reality glasses, but not in the way that you’d think.Instead of superimposing data over the world visually, like Google Glass or Intel’s Vaunt glasses, Bose’s AR concept unsurprisingly focuses on audio, adding “audible layer of information and experiences” to the real world, according to a report from CNET.Bose isn’t just working on one pair of glasses, either.The company has bigger ambitions for its audio AR as an entire platform for developers to build off, and to that end, the Bose is releasing a Bose AR SDK and setting up a $50 million fund to invest in companies that will build things with Bose AR.For now, the company is showing off a pair of glasses with integrated headphones at SXSW (which will be available sometime this summer in limited amounts for developers and manufacturers), but Bose says that its AR platform can “be built into headphones, eyewear, helmets and more.” Bose AR isn’t just about audio, either.The devices will use sensors to track head motions for gesture controls and work with GPS from a paired smartphone to track location.
The Geneva Motor Show is home to many supercars and outlandish apparitions, but the collaboration between Italdesign, Audi and Airbus on the Pop.Up Next flying car concept is one of the more out there.It’s an updated version fo the Pop.Up that Italdesign and Airbus brought to the show last year, this time including an Audi-branded components of the modular flying/driving system.The addition of Audi brings some car smarts, including expertise in battery electric ground-based vehicles and autonomous driving, while Airbus has been refining its quadcopter top and working together with the design firm and the automaker on how to better hand off the two-seat passenger capsule between the wheels on the ground and the rotors in the sky.The capsule itself features its own built-in battery pack, which then pairs up with larger batteries in both the ground module (aka big skateboard) and the air module (the drone-looking thing).The passenger module itself is little more than a reinforced cockpit, with large, nearly full glass doors for easy ingress and egress.What I like about this design is that it eliminates a lot of the issues around how and where a flying-driving vehicle would land, and what kind of expertise would be required to operate it, both of which are huge sticking points on the PAL-V, for instance.
With traditional university programs getting more expensive and competitive, we’re seeing a boom in the number of alternative programs that are taking advantage of the internet and more flexible teaching and learning formats to fill the gap in the market.Today, the online education startup with 31 million students and some 2,700 courses is adding six new full degrees — including its first bachelors’ degree — in partnership with five top universities.The participating schools and their respective degrees are Arizona State University offering a Master of Computer Science; Imperial College London offering a Global Master of Public Health; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offering a Master of Computer Science; and both a Master of Applied Data Science and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.And from what we understand, there is a sixth university — an Ivy League school — that will also be announcing one more course as part of the mix at a separate date.Maggioncalda didn’t specify what kind of cut Coursera will get out of these degrees, but it will be a significantly larger amount of revenue per user than its normal courses.He said that typically online program management providers (there are many) keep around 80 percent of the revenues, but because Coursera’s technology to ingest and deliver the courses is better, its cut is “dramatically lower.”
A new technique that abuses poorly secured servers is fueling record-breaking denial-of-service attacks, along with notes demanding the targets pay hefty ransoms for the debilitating flood of junk traffic to stop.As Ars reported last week, memcached, a database caching system for speeding up websites and networks, lets DDoS vandals amplify their attacks by an unprecedented factor of 51,000.Two days later, DDoS mitigation service Akamai/Prolexic reported the 1.3Tbps attack against Github, just slightly topping previous records set in 2016.On Monday, researchers from a separate DDoS mitigation service, Arbor Networks, reported a 1.7Tbps DDoS that also relies on the newly documented memcached amplification method.The attack targeted an unnamed customer of a US-based service provider."It's a testament to the defense capabilities that this service provider had in place to defend against an attack of this nature that no outages were reported because of this," wrote Carlos Morales, who is vice president of global sales engineering and operations at Arbor.
A collaboration between TIM, Huawei and Fastweb to create one of the first 5G antennas is designed to show why it’s worth the effort.The BariMatera5G project is a high-profile piece of 5G virtue-signaling by these three tech players.It has left the lab and officially hit the airwaves today with some kind of symbolic switch having been flicked, no doubt.As a result the Italian cities of Bari and Matera will be among the first in Europe to live the 5G dream, or at least be ready for it once devices turn up.The precise aim of the project is to use the 3.7-3.8 GHz band to achieve 75% coverage of the two cities’ testing area by 2018.The testing has already hit 3 Gbps in the field, we’re told, but it’s about a lot more than just enhanced mobile broadband, which is just as well as merely a step up in speeds-and-feeds is unlikely to be enough to make 5G a success.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you may have felt a recent disturbance in the Force.In fact, FFG already offers a dizzying array of games set in a galaxy far, far away.In the market for a mission-based game that plays like a sci-fi dungeon-crawler?Then there’s the collectible dice game, the four-hour galaxy-spanning epic, and the three separate tabletop RPGs.Star Wars: Legion is a miniatures battle game that pits armies of Rebel and Imperial troops against one another in deadly tactical combat.Where X-Wing and Armada let players fight it out in the cold void of space, this new release takes the action planetside, with ground-based clashes between forces of infantry, vehicles, and giant mechanical war-walkers.
It turns out not all AIs are created equalVideo An AI bot managed to exploit a hidden bug in popular 1980s arcade game Q*bert to rack up impossibly high scores after being programmed using evolution strategy algorithms.Evolution strategies (ES) are interesting offer an alternative to the more traditional reinforcement learning (RL) methods that have been used to train machines to beat humans at Go or Chess.A paper published last week by a trio of researchers from the University of Freiburg, Germany, showed that in some cases the performance for ES can exceed that achieved with RL.Patryk Chrabaszcz and Frank Hutter, co-authors of the paper, told The Register that they don’t know where the bug comes from and why it exists in the game.The output determined by ES is actions the bot chooses to take in order to play the game.
U.S. internet users between the ages of 18 and 24 are flocking to Snapchat and Instagram, usually on a daily basis, according to the new Social Media Use in 2018 report from Pew Research Center, released Thursday.Pew surveyed 2,002 U.S. adults about their use of eight online platforms—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp—and it found that 78 percent of respondents aged 18 through 24 use Snapchat and 71 percent use Instagram, with 82 percent and 81 percent of those users, respectively, doing so on a daily basis.YouTube was tops among user percentage in that age group, at 94.Other findings by Pew included:68 percent of respondents use Facebook, with about three-quarters of them saying they do so on a daily basis.35 percent of U.S. adults say they use Instagram, up from 28 percent in the last survey.
Last August, reports emerged that U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Cuba had suffered a host of mysterious ailments.Among other things, ultrasonic frequencies—from 20 to 200 kilohertz—don’t propagate well in air and don’t cause the ear pain, headache, dizziness, and other symptoms reported in Cuba.The chirping tones, centered around 7 kHz, were indeed audible, but they didn’t suggest any kind of weapon.That work has taught him that modern electronics often behave in unpredictable ways and that such devices can be manipulated—intentionally or inadvertently—using carefully crafted acoustic or radio interference.To Fu, the ripples in the spectral readout suggested some kind of interference.He discussed the AP clip with his frequent collaborator, Wenyuan Xu, a professor at Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China, and her Ph.D. student Chen Yan.
It's a big week for Sky Q; not long after announcing thousands of hours of new UHD content and Spotify integration, Sky has now announced a new partnership with Netlifx.This new partnership will see the Netlix app integrated into Sky Q as well as the creation of a brand new Sky TV package which will include the full Netflix service.If you're an existing Sky and Netflix customer, you'll be able to open the app on your Sky Q box and sign into your Netflix account as you would on any other device.This will, of course, mean that your Netflix and Sky accounts remain separate and you'll be paying the same separate monthly fees.If you want to bring your subscriptions into one package, you'll have to move onto the new Sky TV bundle which has Netflix included as part of the overall package and then cancel your existing Netflix subscription.The agreement also extends to Sky's no-contract Now TV streaming devices, which will soon have their very own standalone Netflix app.
TechRadar has spent nearly 30 hours checking out the very best the show has to offer and finding the most impressive devices to give our hotly-contested awards to.Judges from the US, Middle East and UK got together to thrash out what they considered to be the best technology around, taking into account the impact each device had, the technological innovation, the buzz it generated around the show and - quite simply - which they liked the most."As we approached MWC this year, we weren't sure what to expect.The rumor mill wasn't spilling out as much info on great phones and tablets, and we were worried that there wouldn't be much to talk about," said Joint Global Editor in Chief, Gareth Beavis.The Sony Xperia Ear Duo is a really innovative invention from Sony - we've not seen its like from a major brand before.The judges liked its combination of alternative fit, stylish design but mostly the fact that it can play music at a pleasant volume while letting you hear the world around you... an impressive feat.
Just a few weeks ago, a Barclays analyst said the wait time for replacing the battery in an iPhone was about two weeks and would be improving.Now, the firm says the average wait time has jumped to three to four and a half weeks, with some stores having a wait time of nine to 10 weeks, according to 9to5Mac.The initial bump in wait time was a result of Apple slashing the price of battery replacement to $29 back in December 2017.The company admitted it was intentionally slowing down older phones in order to compensate for aging batteries and slashed the price of battery replacement to make up for it.As a result of the discount, the average wait time for battery replacement jumped up to four weeks in January, but then fell to around two weeks in early February.Barclays found that battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are largely responsible for driving up the wait times again.
A couple of things to know about Google Clips: First, it is absolutely, unequivocally not a life-logging camera.It’s not exactly the “set it and forget it” device that we thought we were getting when the company first announced it way back when at its Pixel 2 event.It’s an interesting concept — and one that could certainly appeal to parents looking to capture those little moments without having to keep a smartphone or camera screen at the ready all the time.The result is an extremely minimalist object, roughly the size of a silver dollar.There’s no built-in viewfinder, for several reasons, including, but not limited to: price, battery life and the desire to simplify the product as much as possible.In fact, the videos shot on device can be saved as either of the latter two and, even more handily, an animated GIF.
Picture this: you’re hanging out with your kids or pets and they spontaneously do something interesting or cute that you want to capture and preserve.But by the time you’ve gotten your phone out and its camera opened, the moment has passed and you’ve missed your opportunity to capture it.It is meant to capture your toddler’s silly dance or your cat getting lost in an Amazon box without requiring you to take the picture.But if it fails, then it’s just another gadget that promises to make life easier, but requires more work and maintenance than it’s worth.All that happens, Google tells me, is that the app will download a handful of images from your account and send them to the Clips camera, where it will run its face-matching algorithms locally.Inside is what supposedly makes Clips special: it’s running Google’s people-detection algorithms to recognize familiar faces and “interesting” activity and then automatically capture moments that you might care about.
AT is not interested in creating fast lanes and slow lanesDoes that count as a promise the FTC can investigate?
Much of the U.S. Midwest has received above normal precipitation this winter.A NASA rainfall analysis provided a look at the precipitation that contributed to current flooding.Recent heavy rainfall and melting snow has caused flooding from eastern Texas to Michigan.Major flooding is expected along the Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky.On Feb. 23, the National Weather Service noted that several locations along the Ohio River near Louisville were under flood warnings.Parts of Arkansas and Indiana are also preparing for major flooding.