in Order to be able to understand who Vladimir Putin is, you must first know where he came from.The New York Times Moscow correspondent Steven Lee Meyers has built a broad portrait of the eastern neighbour of the master.the Book explains how the background stay in strasbourg to block, colourless but the peak always faithful intelligence service of the third series of officers became russia's new tsar.the Book begins with putin's grandfather who put the food themselves to Stalin and still managed to survive.putin's childhood home was a 17-square of the joint housing unattractive in the floor of the house.Judo saved from being bad for you.
the Us federal police FBI director James Comey has called the country's justice ministry publicly rejected president Donald Trump's wiretapping claim, told the New York Times.the NY Times, according to sources Comey presented a claim to the ministry during the weekend.according to the Newspaper situation, where the United states supreme police authority to question a sitting president's honesty, is very exceptional.president Trump has claimed that Barack Obama had ordered his phone get ears on during the election campaign.Trump is, however, not provided any evidence to support the allegation.
the Daylight saving time transition to oppose the citizens ' initiative will have collected a pile of the required 50 000 signatures, so it will go to parliament for processing.the Initiative collected signatures deadline expired April 10. day.the signatures snapped into the required number of on Monday, so soon the summer after the transition.the Clocks were turned one hour forward between Saturday and Sunday night.the government party of at least finns should daylight saving time be rejected, told the new york times.the true finns chairman Timo Soini called the clocks moved ”useless regulation”.
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
For a glimpse at the future of all things Google, you can stream the event live via the video below and on Google s event site.Follow along with us during I/O on Twitter @VentureBeat when Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage at 10 a.m. PDT 1 p.m. EDT .you should follow them, too!The company already released two developer previews of the OS over the last few months this is unusually early for Google , revealing some of the new features planned, like notification improvements, split-screen modes, launcher shortcuts, and a new 3D rendering API.Android VR: After toying with Cardboard for ages — an entertaining, but so-far super low-quality VR experience when compared to its pricer counterparts — Google s rumored Android VR could shake up the industry in a big way, if it ends up being announced today.In an interview earlier this month, Google s head of VR, Clay Bavor, teased the company s next steps:Android VR could end up being a platform, headset, or both.And a few days ago, a placeholder on Google s developer site seemed to officially confirm Android VR s existence.Android Wear: As TechCrunch pointed out, there s an entire panel at I/O dedicated to What s new in Android Wear, Google s smartwatch OS.So far the OS has not blown us away.Project Chirp: Google may be working on its answer to Echo, the surprisingly well-received speaker box that ships with Amazon s personal assistant, Alexa Alexa is like Apple s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft s Cortana .So far the New York Times, Recode, and the Information have all reported on various aspects of alleged product, which may be a reaction to the Echo s early success though Amazon won t share how many Echoes it s sold .Other stuff: More fun rumors and reports include a big update to Project Tango, signs of Android and Chrome OS convergence, some sort of update to Android Pay, and maybe even something in the realm of messaging and chatbots.
At its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google today announced that it will be releasing a virtual assistant device called Google Home — later this year.The technology looks sort of like Google s OnHub router, introduced this year.But more generally, it can answer any question, thanks to the underlying Google Assistant technology that was introduced earlier today.A developer preview is available.Google did not disclose the price of the new gadget.The introduction of the product is not 100 percent surprising given recent rumors.Earlier this month Recode reported on the existence of Project Chirp, an initiative for launching an Amazon Echo competitor that resembled OnHub.And earlier this week the New York Times reported on a very similar type of product that carries the boldly expansive name Google Home, saying it would become available to consumers in the fall.But now that Google Home is real, not just a rumor, we can finally admit that Amazon made this market with its line of voice-activated assistants in the form of Bluetooth-enabled speakers.Now the company is going further to bring Alexa into the home — earlier this week Amazon revealed plans to incorporate Alexa voice commands into the Fire TV set-top box.For Google, this is probably one of the most obvious products to come out with — the company just needed a sufficient reason to do it, like the runaway success of the Echo.
According to the New York Times named Google's standalone Virtual Assistant Home. The publication says that the device will be introduced already tonight, the developer conference, Google I / O. Home is said does not land on the market until the autumn. Just as we heard earlier, the unit should function as Amazon Echo - that is, an artificial intelligence that always listens and can answer questions and perform various commands. AI will play a central role in Google's future as CEO Sundar Pichai. If the rumor is true, we may see Google Home 19:00 tonight Swedish time.
This is Google s way of moving beyond the Cardboard headset introduced two years ago.There will be a headset, a controller, and many smartphones that work with Daydream.Google is now working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel on phones that meet the Daydream spec, and the first phones will become available this fall, Google VR head Clay Bavor said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.The controllers, which have their own specification, will also become available this fall.There will be Daydream-compatible apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, HBO Now, Netflix, NBA, Hulu,, IMAX, and Lionsgate, Bavor said.Developers can start building apps for it in the newest Android N developer preview, Bavor said.Games will become available from EA and others.Google has fleshed out Cardboard with support for the Unity gaming engine and made it work with Google apps like Street View and YouTube.And in a striking move, Google recently reassigned Amit Singh from the top post in its Google for Work business Apps, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Platform to the VR business, where he is now vice president of business and operations.While companies like Facebook and HTC took plenty of time and got everything in order before launching VR hardware, Google moved quickly to release the simple and low-cost Cardboard that required an Android phone in June 2014, just three months after Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus VR.Cardboard has gained momentum since then and even got a remodel after a year.Most recently, Engadget and Gizmodo cofounder Peter Rojas published a tweet indicating that Google is working on Android VR and that it would be less powerful than the Vive or Rift.While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google.
Remember when news leaked that Amazon was planning to open a lot more brick-and-mortar shops?Geekwire is reporting that Jeff Bezos said that they re definitely going to open additional stores.However, the number and precise location of the stores remain undisclosed.Reports from the New York Times and Recode claimed that the plans were probably more modest than that, but that they d definitely be headed by Steve Keseel, an Amazon executive who helped with the launch of the first Kindle.I reached out to Amazon by both email and phone but have yet to hear back.This post will be updated as soon as the notoriously secretive Amazon gives us a comment we can publish.
Apple s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music.Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems.And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles.Show notesApple Pay s retailer-backed rival CurrentC may never launch by Caitlin McGarryWhy Apple Pay and other mobile wallets beat chip cards by Brian X. Chen for the New York TimesTwitter is on the right track with this rumored change to its 140-character limit by Caitlin McGarryGoogle s new Spaces app is for group sharing across Android, web, and iOS by Derek WalterGoogle s Gboard doesn t send your keystrokes, but it does leak chicken and noodles by Glenn FleishmaniTunes update coming to address file deletion reports by Nick MediatiTalk to us!Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: find previous episodes, visit Macworld s podcast page or our home on Soundcloud.
Alphabet Inc. s Google outlined several initiatives around virtual-reality in a bid to compete with rivals like Facebook Inc. that have taken an early lead in the emerging technology.Google is already a prolific maker of virtual-reality headsets, with its Cardboard offering that uses a smartphone as a screen and costs $20.Google has given out more than one million of the devices, including to most subscribers of the New York Times as part of a partnership with the paper.Oculus also offers virtual-reality software, including an effective app store that is also available on Samsung s devices, which will compete directly against Google s new VR software.HTC Corp. has partnered with gaming firm Valve Corp. to offer a high-end VR headset, and Sony Corp. is planning its own headset for its PlayStation game console later this year.Google also said its model headset will offer higher-quality experiences than smartphone-based devices, reducing complaints of motion sickness.
On Monday, it also gave us the gift of life, when Kali Kanongata a of Carmichael, California used it to broadcast the birth of his child.Only, according to Kanongata a, he didn t realize the video—which now has over 210,000 views—was public.He told People that he s from the island of Tonga, and he wasn t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this public births for thousands of years.It s questionable whether or not everyone who uses Facebook Live knows their broadcast could be public, and as Gizmodo has previously pointed out, there s even a world map that provides a very easy way into these public broadcasts.Chances are you will.Disclosure: Facebook has launched a program that pays publishers, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, to produce videos for its Facebook Live tool.
Next year's Fitbit fitness trackers are likely to include the ability to make mobile payments.The fitness tracking giant has announced the purchase of a large portion of Coin, a start-up offering advanced payment solutions via NFC technology.While Fitbit says the Coin tech will not be built into 2016 releases, a press release says it could read: will be embedded into future devices.The move into mobile payments, hinted at by CEO James Park in an interview with the New York Times last month, could be key to fending off the challenge from Android Wear and Apple watchOS devices.Although smartwatches are yet to completely prove their worth to most consumers, the ability to make payments by placing the wrist next to a contactless terminal is a great incentive.Park says via Engadget : We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most.
Vigilante hacker considering much bigger cyberheist to make more donations to RojavaRebels in Syria fighting the Islamic State Isis appear to have a mysterious benefactor.A hacker going by the name of "Phineas Fisher" aka "Hack Back", who claimed responsibility for the breaches against the Hacking Team and Gamma Group claims to have donated $11,000 £8,000 stolen bitcoins to Rojava – a Kurdish region in northern Syria, located at the borders of IS Daesh controlled territory.The money was donated to a crowdfunding campaign called the Rojava Plan, which has been set up by the members of Rojava's economic committee and has been described by Fisher as "one of the most inspiring revolutionary projects in the world."@GammaGroupPR May 5, 2016Rojava, which has been cut off from foreign imports and trade due to the ongoing conflict with IS, has reportedly been at war to establish an independent Kurdish homeland.However, according to a report by the New York Times, Rojava, which is believed to be a haven for the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK – a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department – has found to have stark differences in ideology with IS, including following a constitution that decrees religious freedom and gender equality."We are part of the economic committee and do civil projects not military ones," said Rojava Plan's Deniz Tarî.
For public radio fans, this means you ll soon get mobile apps that offer access to the full PRX catalog, including The Moth Radio Hour and the Radiotopia podcast network.And even if you re not a fan, the combined PRX-RadioPublic enterprise is a noteworthy attempt at creating a hybrid media business model.Now he s transitioning over to serve the same role at RadioPublic, and he told me that by building its own mobile apps, the company is hoping to help an entire industry rethink radio.In fact, RadioPublic has already raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Project11, The New York Times, Graham Holdings, UP2398, Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund, Matter Ventures, American Public Media, McClatchy and Homebrew.Shapiro described the decision to make RadioPublic a for-profit as very deliberate, saying it will allow the company to pursue a different kind of growth plan while remaining very aligned around the purpose and the mission.Kerri Hoffman, a longtime PRX executive who s taking over as CEO, said that launching RadioPublic allows PRX to relieve some of the internal tensions we have about our ambitions around how do we reach the audience in an increasingly mobile age.
It may be hard to imagine a time before they existed, but Apple's retail stores celebrated their 15th birthday on Thursday.When they first opened, the concept of an Apple Store seemed like a risky proposition — The New York Times called it "an aggressive move during an economic slowdown".At the time, Apple's computer business was doing ok, but the personal computer landscape was still dominated by Windows PCs.The iPod was a success, but in the pre-iPhone days Apple didn't have a lot of money to burn on ventures like retail.Fifteen years and 479 stores later, the bet Apple made paid off.Apple stores generate more revenue per square foot than any other retailer — even jewelry stores.Before they officially opened, Steve Jobs made a video walkthrough of the Tysons Corner, VA store to give folks an idea of what the stores would look like.Some things, including the genius bar and long wooden tables, have remained the same, while the overall layout of the stores has since evolved.The video is a blast from the past, and comes from a time when Apple was still the underdog, trying new things to differentiate themselves from all the other PC makers.
Image: FacebookThis afternoon, in a scene plucked from one of my work-related anxiety dreams, New York Times reporters Nick Corasaniti, Maggie Haberman, and Thomas Kaplan pitched stories to politics editor Carolyn Ryan on Facebook Live while thousands of people watched it happen.This is all to say that streaming a pitch meeting on Facebook Live is a decently brave move, especially since half-baked story ideas that haven t been subject to fact-checking or strenuous research are a pillar of pitch meetings.It s customary in pitch meetings for editors to ask follow-up questions of writers to suss out whether the stories they re pitching have legs, and we see that happen in this video.About four minutes into the live stream, Haberman and Kaplan pitch a story about the possibility of a third-party candidate for president, Gary Johnson, and his likely VP choice, Bill Weld.Ryan asks if that was on the record and Haberman says, yes, Not only on the record, but unsolicited.And indeed, Haberman and Kaplan s article on Weld went live on the Times website basically around the time the live stream began.
Google currently offers a cardboard smartphone holder that acts as a low-tech headset but offers a less-than-realistic virtual world.On Thursday, it said it will soon start selling a plastic headset in which consumers will insert their smartphones and a controller that serves as a virtual hand.Google for instance announced it will start offering YouTube videos for virtual reality and has partnered with news organizations, such as the New York Times, to try to bring readers into stories.Indeed, some of the most popular apps for Facebook s Oculus Rift headset allow people to step into the shoes of an American football quarterback or star basketball player.He then showed how people could build their own virtual drum kits they could play with virtual sticks before throwing the virtual drums across the virtual practice room.asked Mike Podwal, product manager for Google s cardboard VR headset.
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Announced at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California this Thursday, Google said that it will use the expertise of both IMAX and Chinese firm Yi Technology to develop a new generation of 360-degree cameras, designed specifically to film for VR.It could well be some time, as Google previously developed a 360-degree camera rift with GoPro, called Odyssey, and that took a famously long time to come to market.Wevr and the New York Times have both purportedly made use of the GoPro-powered rig thanks Variety and Google has also outfitted its YouTube recording facilities with the same cameras for those who want to use them.Chances are that whatever price tag Google ends up putting on its IMAX/Yi Technology camera set up, it will be a high one.Whether Google will look to borrow a few feature ideas from Ozo and some of the other competitor VR camera rigs remains to be seen.The firm also recently announced that it was revamping many of its smartphone apps to better support VR content, so expect a continued drive from Google towards a virtual future over the next few months.