Instead, worried at hurt feelings and a vague possibility of retribution, I apologised.Not my proudest moment, but I can still listen to it – my pathetic wheedling – because the robot recorded, saved and uploaded it to the cloud.Unlike rivals such as Apple s Siri, Microsoft s Cortana and Google Now, it is a physical presence: a 20cm-tall black cylinder, about the size of two Coke cans, which contains Wi-Fi, two speakers, seven microphones and connects to the cloud.When you say Alexa , the wake word , the cylinder top glows blue and speaks with a silky female voice.An Irish friend jokingly branded Alexa a partitionist bitch for saying Ireland had 26 counties the Republic, yes, but include Northern Ireland and it s 32 .Alexa, I said, I m sorry if I offended you.
You're on an island, completely alone, and it's a beautiful day.There are structures all over the island that appear to be human-made.But often, they're in sets:Everything I've just described about "The Witness," a new PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive game from acclaimed game developer Jonathan Blow and his team at Thekla, Inc., is factually accurate on paper.Factually accurate, yes, but not anywhere near as fascinating as the game itself.You walk around, unable to do anything more than walk, look, and activate a puzzle solution mechanism — pressing the X button the PlayStation 4 controller freezes your character in place and presents him with a white dot you can move around the screen.
Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for four long years, but the GTX 1080 s Pascal GPU jumps two process generations, all the way down to 16nm transistors.Some enthusiasts were disappointed that the GTX 1080 didn t feature the revolutionary high-bandwidth memory that debuted in AMD s Fury series, but first-gen HBM is limited to 4GB capacities, and the next iteration isn t expected until roughly the end of the year.You can also create 360 bubble screenshots viewable inside VR headsets or Google Cardboad.The GTX 1080 also supports HDR and copy-protected 4K streams, and offers a new GPU Boost 3.0 system that lets overclockers create per-voltage clock frequency increases that match their individual GPU s capabilities, rather than applying a blanket clock speed increase across the board.Founders EditionWhile the GTX 1080 s prices will start at $599, the only model guaranteed to be available on the May 27 launch date is Nvidia s $699 Founders Edition.Don t buy it yetYes, the GTX 1080 is the most badass graphics card ever created, and a massive leap over what came before—but don t buy it yet.
This time the company has experienced a Partial Inability to Support Optimal Performance PITSTOP of its email systems and of some servers.Our teams are continuing to work incredibly hard to restore those services still [email protected] purdie Hi Fraser, yes all emails will be delivered as soon as issues are resolved.— 123-reg @123reg May 17, 2016El Reg reader Dave wrote about the new PITSTOPs said I vave never had the pleasure of working with such an incompetent shower in my life and that is REALLY saying something .Dave's ire is likely due to the fact this is 123-Reg's second incident in a month.In April, the company managed to lose tens of virtual servers, leaving customers without backup and with only an offer of six months free hosting as comfort.
Oliver Samwer, the billionaire founder of Berlin startup incubator, Rocket Internet, has teamed up with London-based venture capital firm LocalGlobe to back a new property company Goodlord in a £2 million seed funding round.Cofounded in London in 2014 by former Foxtons estate agent Richard White and brothers Philip and Tom Mundy, Goodlord is an online service that allows tenants to pay their holding deposits, complete their references and sign the agreement from their computer, or mobile phone."Our platform connects all the stakeholders and it does it in a way that is transparent and fair to all sides," said White, the company's chief executive, in a statement.Tenants want to go and see a property and say 'Yes I ll take it' and for the deal to happen right there."Goodlord — already transacting thousands of tenancies a month — said it will use the new funding to hire more people to help build out its infrastructure and to add new features across its platform.The company currently has between 15 and 20 staff."Samwer pledged the money through his new fund, Global Founders Capital.NOW WATCH: Bumble founder: Men should stop putting these 4 things in their profilesLoading video...
It looks like Google may be changing the name of their app indexing protocol from Google App Indexing to Firebase App Indexing.Last night, I captured screen shots of Google changing the Google search developer page from saying Google App Indexing to Firebase App Indexing.But it seems Google changed it back this morning to just App Indexing.Yes, Firebase is a company Google acquired back in October 2014.So it is possible Google would renamed their mobile efforts Firebase and bring App Indexing into that.They also announced more features around this that we covered over here.
If reading the previous sentence caused you to become angered and prepared to argue, instead of curious as to why I might say that, you're super-double-extra doomed with a side of "cheque please".The problem with self-identification as a minion-class button-pusher lies in the scope of awareness and the breadth of apathy.They design solutions by considering factors and elements outside the scope of the implementation of the technology.They view things related to business needs, business processes, laws, regulations, diplomacy, user experience concerns and documentation as "necessary evils" to be avoided if at all possible.What percentage of the company's monthly revenue is reasonable to be subscription fees for IT products and services?Whether or not your insert technology is up and running today is a very short-term problem requiring a very short-term focus.
Google IO 2016 kicks off with a keynote on 18 MayGoogle IO, the company's annual developer conference that gives an insight into what's coming over the next 12 months, kicks off on Wednesday 18 May 2016 .As always, the event begins with a keynote presentation that could reveal all manner of new products, software and technology that Google and its parent company Alphabet have been working on.Chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team are expected to show off updates for Android, Chrome and maybe even some of the company's 'Moonshot' ideas, such as autonomous cars and Google Glass 2.Yes, Google will live stream a video feed from the keynote on YouTube.IO is often a long presentation, somewhere between two and three-and-a-half hours, so you'll want to plan your drinks, snacks and toilet breaks carefully for the rest of the day.IO 2016 is to start at 10am local time, which we have translated into various time zones below:Honolulu: 7am HSTSan Francisco: 10am PDTChicago: noon CDTNew York 1pm EDTLondon: 6pmParis: 7pmAmsterdam: 7pmMoscow: 8pmMumbai: 10.30pmBeijing: 1am Thursday Seoul: 2am Thursday Sydney: 3am Thursday
Photo: Reuters Staff / Reuters Teslalle new paint shop built a company was guilty of the use of cheap labor, the Bay Area News Group claims. The article alleged that at one point threatened the firm's representative of an injured worker's hospital room, saying that he should not be a lawyer, and that he must leave the hospital, and the company would pay for his rehabilitation by. Bay Area News Group, according bodyshop builders were only five dollars paid by the hour, which is a fraction of the regular earnings in the sector. The Company believes that it is not legally responsible for the alleged actions of the subcontractor, but morally, yes. - We will take steps to make right the injured worker and to increase monitoring to ensure that the alialihankkijamme työpaikkasäännöksiämme adhere to similar does not happen again, Tesla says. ISM Vuzemia are pending against the trial, in which the Company is required, among other things, of $ 2.6 million in unpaid wages.
Google today unveiled Android Wear 2.0, which the company is calling the most significant update to Android Wear since the platform launched over two years ago.Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang promised there would be multiple previews over the summer, with the final release to users slated for the fall.Android Wear 2.0 brings a slew of improvements for both developers and users.It covers the new navigation drawer swipe down in an app and action drawer swipe up in an app components in the Wearable support library and guidance on adopting the new dark color palette.Android Wear apps will now finally be able to access the Internet directly over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or cellular.Yes, that means they don t need to rely on the Data Layer APIs, meaning they no longer require your phone.If this sounds familiar, you re probably remembering the Android Wear update in April 2015 that let you get notifications, send messages, and use apps as long as your smartwatch was online.As a result, developers can now even create their own custom input methods.Last but not least, messages have a new notification template, which is also available on phones and tablets using Android N. The template s layout is supposedly optimized for quick and responsive messaging, as Google has found that this is the app type that is used the most on watches.It s now easier to develop apps that use fitness data and detect activity.That includes Data Saver, Java 8 Lambda support, and emojis.The new Android N developer preview also launched today at I/O 2016, and you can read about features that arrived in the first two previews here and here.Singleton expects the vast majority of Android Wear watches will eventually get Android Wear 2.0.
Forget about buying a new car or tearing out your car's dashboard.Let me be almost recklessly honest: I allow my Android phone to distract me while driving.It s not officially called that—it s still just Android Auto —but Google used that phrasing during my demo, and asked that I make an explicit distinction between Android Auto on phone screens, and Android Auto on dashboard screens.There s a back and home button on the bottom of the screen, a button to engage voice control, and a hamburger menu in the upper left-hand corner of the interface.Google says it will soon bring hotwording to Android Auto so that you can issue commands with a simple OK Google prompt rather than tapping on an icon to get started.Android Auto, now with WazeOne of the best things about Android Auto on your phone screen is that all the applications already supported by the platform will work—this includes Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Waze, for which Google announced compatibility at its I/O keynote.
Again, we are only reporting what someone told the site, but they ve been very accurate in the past.Here goes: According to the site, at least seven actors in full black costumes were seen on an Irish hillside, along with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill.Yes, it s the Knights of Ren, lead by Kylo Ren, taking on Rey and Luke.Kylo challenges Rey, still angered at their last encounter, while the rest of the Knights go after Luke.Then he goes after Kylo.How long have we been waiting to see Luke Skywalker, at his full Jedi powers, kicking ass?
And yes, it s Google assistant — lower-case assistant — not Google Assistant.We really need to help them get things done in the real world.This is why we re evolving search to be more assistive, Pichai said when speaking about Google assistant during the opening keynote of Google I/O, Google s big annual developers conference held today.No catchy name for Google inside The move still doesn t give Google s assistant a catchy name like Apple Siri or the aforementioned Alexa and Cortana assistants.Google assistant in Home & AlloFor example, the newly announced Google Home voice-activated home assistant was described as having Google assistant built in.Similarly, the new Allo messaging app was said to have Google assistant smarts, helping you automatically respond to messages or to converse with Google itself to get things done.
Images from the ground and satellites have helped quantify the destruction, but this shot from the International Space Station somehow ties the scale of the destruction together much more clearly.The photo was taken by an Expedition 67 crew member on May 14th, from 240 miles away.Yes, the astronauts have some pretty sweet cameras.DON T MISS: Bionic eye restores man s vision after being blind for 40 yearsIn the top of the river, you can see the Athabasca river, and the oil sands that give Fort McMurray a reason for existing.This photo was taken four days ago; since then, the fire has been driven further north, into the mining camps you can just see in the top of the image.Firefighters are continuing to battle the blaze, but until a combination of lower winds and rain comes together, it will be difficult to get the situation under control.
You probably ask Google 100 things every day - but now you're going to do it with your voice instead of your keyboard.Just say "We want to bring the kids to this one" and it'll bring up PG-friendly showings and ask if you want to book a ticket.Say yes and it'll buy your tickets, putting a QR code on your phone so you can walk right through the lobby and into the theatre.Check - just ask for an album and it ll start playing on one speaker, and you can set it to stream to every Google Home speaker at once, multi-room style.With no buttons, subtle LEDs and removable fabric shells that mean you can customise each speaker to match the room it s in, Google Home looks that little bit slicker than Amazon s Echo.Google is still tweaking the design and features, but expect to get your hands on Google Home later this year.
Nokia tune its balance sheet more productive use of intellectual property. Brand leasing, timesharing does not require Nokia to little investment, but almost royalties flowing directly through income and ability to pay dividends. Jukka Oksaharju, Nordnet's share of strategic "Yes accord any importance in Nokia is. A good case of a license agreement to increase Nokia's business to some extent. Hannu Rauhala, OP analyst "These competitive market requires more than well-known brand. It will be difficult to shake, and offer something thrilling oikukkaille market.
Nokia tune its balance sheet more productive use of intellectual property. Brand leasing, timesharing does not require Nokia to little investment, but almost royalties flowing directly through income and ability to pay dividends. Jukka Oksaharju, Nordnet's share of strategic "Yes accord any importance in Nokia is. A good case of a license agreement to increase Nokia's business to some extent. Hannu Rauhala, OP analyst "These competitive market requires more than well-known brand. It will be difficult to shake, and offer something thrilling oikukkaille market.
Next-generation Swedish fighter aircraft was unveiled on Wednesday at a well-attended ceremony in the hangars of the defense group Saab's Tannefors in Linköping. But he also notes that: - Then there is of course to go from a true sound and light show into an operational military system, and it takes after a few years as well. - Yes, a continuous increase in the defense budget will certainly occur. But you have other needs as well, we will have new radar systems, we will have new submarines, and it's pretty expensive things to be set. In addition, Sweden has also Brazil ordered the new single-seater plane, Gripen E. The first order is on 36 planes, eight of which will be two-seater, and then named Griffin F. These planes will be largely manufactured in Brazil by a consortium led by the aircraft manufacturer Embraer. Gripen F will also be a model that future versions of the Gripen system, such as Griffin Marine, or Sjögripen and Gripen EW electronic warfare are supposed to be based.
Food for when you re exercising is a whole product category these days.The book Feed Zone Portables has an alternative: homemade, portable food that has the nutrition you need, while tasting great.Is it possible to eat on the run without sucking down something that tastes like synthetic cake frosting?The answer is yes, according to the authors, exercise physiologist and cyclist Allen Lim and chef Biju Thomas.The RecipesThe snacks in this book follow a few basic plans, each with sweet and savory variations.At room temperature, cooked food is safe for four hours.
Again, we are only reporting what someone told the site, but they ve been very accurate in the past.SPOILER WARNINGHere goes: According to the site, at least seven actors in full black costumes were seen on an Irish hillside, along with Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, and Mark Hamill.Yes, it s the Knights of Ren, lead by Kylo Ren, taking on Rey and Luke.Kylo challenges Rey, still angered at their last encounter, while the rest of the Knights go after Luke.Then he goes after Kylo.How long have we been waiting to see Luke Skywalker, at his full Jedi powers, kicking ass?
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