Google is pulling the plug on its failed Google+ social network, intended as a competitor to Facebook and Twitter, after it uncovered a data breach on the platform last year.The closure is part of a broader spring-clean that sees the company doing away with services including a popular inbox organising app and its URL shortening service.Google launched Google+ in 2011 as its fourth attempt at a social network, and aggressively pushed the service, integrating it with Gmail and from 2013 forcing YouTube users to use it to post comments on videos.Those wishing to review apps on Google Play were also obliged at one point to sign up for a Google+ account.But users found the interface confusing and the network used some unpopular policies, such as a strict “real name” rule that shut down accounts of those who used pseudonyms.After Google+ founder Vic Gundotra left the company in 2014, Google began to separate the network from other services, running sucessful features such as Hangouts and Photos as standalone tools.
According to a post some years back by the magazine that stated, “Though many holidays have cloudy origins, the history of April Fools’ Day is particularly blurry, as there are several competing claims for the invention.”So, April Fools’ Day’s beginning is somewhat of a mystery, but its prankster purpose is pretty clear.If you own a company, you probably can attest to how many one-time buyers visit your website around the holidays.Remarketing is a brilliant technique that can help you drive sales after the holiday rush.Rather than letting your seasonal shoppers forget all about you, you can create compelling content on smaller holidays that will turn one-time shoppers into repeat customers.As your fellow brands in the first part of the year regroup from the holiday rush, you should be analyzing inventory and looking forward to upcoming events: Mother’s Day, Father's Day, wedding season, etc.
Intel Capital today announced an investment of $117 million in 14 startups doing things like making AI inference faster, helping manufacturers deploy AI systems, building semiconductors, and creating disruptive tech beyond AI in health care and communications.The companies hail from China, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Companies supported as part of the announcement include Landing AI, a company created by former Google Brain cofounder Andrew Ng that helps manufacturers apply AI to their business practices, and Untether AI, which makes chips specifically for neural net inference.An Intel Capital spokesperson declined to share specific amounts invested in each startup.Intel Capital routinely invests between $300 million and $500 million annually in startups creating unique, forward-thinking, or disruptive solutions.Other AI startups that received backing today include:
Paleontologists working in the northern United States have uncovered one of the most remarkable collections of fossils ever discovered, dating back to the day a giant asteroid slammed into a shallow sea on the primordial Earth 66 million years ago.In the immediate aftermath of that asteroid impact, unimaginable flooding swept across the planet.Earth shook with severe quakes the likes of which had never been felt before.Though the asteroid landed in what is now Mexico, it was so devastating that the effects were felt thousands of miles away, due to the Earth's tumultuous rumbling.Hellfire and glassy, tiny beads -- tektites -- rained down upon the soil before dust and soot clouded the atmosphere.Life perished quickly and the bodies of the dead settled in the soil, glassy beads still wrapped in their bones.
Ubisoft’s The Division 2 is the latest game to tackle accessibility options in the AAA space, launching with an assortment of settings aimed at increasing inclusivity for gamers with disabilities.While Ubisoft has been vocal about its work on accessibility for some time now, even including accessibility options in prior releases such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Far Cry New Dawn, The Division 2 is a particularly great opportunity to take the feedback given on those games and apply it to a live service game, bringing an experience that is playable for as many players as possible, across major platforms.When The Division 2 first starts up, you’ll encounter a setup menu.It’ll include the options Enable Menu Narration (English only), Large Fonts, Game Language and Dialogue Language.“I’ve already been leaving feedback that the inventory needs to [be] read, as do the tutorials and other objectives to allow for an experience that will be, at the very least, easier without sighted assistance.”“The negative aspects I have with the game are minor, but can be improved upon.”
Seen through the eyes of the Huawei P30 Pro, the streets of Paris are beautiful, vibrant, and full of life.From the urban skyline to street portraits, from architectural detail to everyday selfies, the P30 Pro can do it all.It has its limitations, but what we’ve seen so far is very impressive.Thanks to this clever trick, the P30 Pro can zoom in by up to 5X optical, 10X lossless, and 50X digital.The P30 Pro may become the phone of choice for spies and paparazzi.On a less creepy note, I loved using the P30 Pro’s zoom camera to take pictures of artwork and architectural details.
More than six years after the release of Borderlands 2, developer Gearbox Software is finally ready to move onto the next chapter of the loot-shooter franchise.Borderlands 3 is real and the studio announced the game with a flashy trailer that shows off an even more ambitious project than its predecessors.In the Borderlands 3 announcement trailer, we see several Vault Hunters moving across a very Borderlands-like desert wasteland, peppered with metal buildings and neon signs.One Vault Hunter grows six blue arms, which is likely her special ability, and we also see Lilith’s fiery wings come from her back.Tiny Tina will be making a return as a slightly older character, as well, and Sir Hammerlock will be back.The environments won’t all be the same desert apocalyptic areas you’re used to in Borderlands, however.
Media Molecule's upcoming sandbox game Dreams is entering Early Access on April 16.Early Access will allow players a chance to get their hands on Dreams' creation tools before the game's full release – but it won't feature everything we can expect in full release, such as story mode, and spaces will be limited.Check out the announcement trailer below:Early Access will grant players access to Dreams' interactive tutorials and arcade games, templates and additional content created by Media Molecule, as well as content created by the community during the Dreams Creator Beta.PS5: all the games, specs, news, and rumors for Sony’s Playstation 5How to participate in Dreams Early Access
Sometimes it’s the little details that are the most charming, and while the 2020 Jeep Gladiator may be the automaker’s long-anticipated pickup truck, it’s one handy camera which could make all the difference off-road.While a reversing camera comes as standard, Jeep is also offering a front facing camera on the new Gladiator, and it’s all about getting the best perspective while you’re focusing.You might think you have a pretty good view of the road ahead of you in your current car.Point that in the direction of an off-road track, however, and suddenly things may seem very different.If you don’t, though, you’re reliant on how much you can see ahead of the front lip of the hood.Not such a problem if you’re on the highway, no, but if you’re trying to squeeze around tight trails between trees or rocks, or avoid falling off the side of a steep cliff, then that six feet can suddenly feel a whole lot more intimidating.
Most of us spend too much time staring at screens and would be happy to take a break from information overload.That continues in modern cars, where touchscreens, warning chimes and even full-digital instrument clusters bombard drivers with information.Ford, however, thinks it has a solution thanks to a new function in the 2020 Explorer called Calm Screen.In 2020 Ford Explorer SUVs equipped with the optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, drivers can activate the Calm Screen setting to hide all driving data except for the car's current speed and fuel level.Ford nicknamed the function "Mindful Mode."It "offers a break from the constant stream of information and alerts bombarding us," Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer brand marketing manager, said in a statement today.
In this case, though, it turns out that the paper and the underlying theory are much more interesting than that takeaway.Essentially, modern physics tells us that two observers of the same event may never agree on the result, even if they have all possible knowledge.This is already accepted as part of special relativity, but now we have experimental proof that it applies to quantum mechanics as well.I am standing on a platform and measure the speed of an approaching train to be 180km/hr.Imagine a pole vaulter with a 100-meter-long pole trying to fit the entire pole into a building that is only 30 meters long.If the pole vaulter approaches the building at near the speed of light, an observer in the building will measure the pole to only be 20 meters long.
The body will vote on a compromise announced last month that has received the backing of key European governments.The legislation is controversial, with two provisions receiving the bulk of the criticism.Article 11 aims to help news organizations collect more licensing fees from news aggregators like Facebook and Google News.European governments approve controversial new copyright lawBoth provisions are maddeningly vague—laying out broad goals without providing much detail about how those goals can be achieved.First, EU-wide institutions pass a broad directive indicating how the law should be changed.
Imagine if your toilet seat could detect the signs of congestive heart failure — it’s an unusual idea, yes, but one that researchers have turned into reality.Researchers with the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a smart toilet seat able to measure biometrics while the patient is seated, including heart rate, how much blood the heart is pumping, and more.The smart toilet seat was developed by Heart Health Intelligence CEO and RIT postdoctoral fellow Nicholas Conn and colleagues.The device is more than a mere concept and will soon go through the FDA’s clearance process, eventually arriving for purchase by hospitals for patients to take home.Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the heart muscle is incapable of pumping blood properly.A number of symptoms arise from congestive heart failure, including a rapid heartbeat.
Buzkashi, the centuries-old Central Asian sport in which men on horses fight over a decapitated, disemboweled goat or calf carcass, is surely one of the world’s strangest spectacles.The rules vary by country, but most buzkashi matches have no teams, no clock, and no clearly defined playing field.From the moment she first heard of this extreme sport, Spanish photographer Anna Huix knew she wanted to shoot a match.She finally got her chance in March 2018 on a two-week trip to Tajikistan, a mountainous, landlocked former Soviet republic bordered by Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and China.“I’m fascinated by traditions, and buzkashi is a very old tradition,” Huix says.There seemed to be something wild and raw about it.” The fact that she was six months pregnant at the time was no deterrent to her curiosity.
The first ever 2019 BMW X7 is, without a doubt, built to satisfy the cravings of modern car buyers.We all know that SUVs – or sport utility vehicles – are the current darlings of the car buying crowd; you have to be a brave automaker to not have an SUV of some sort in your lineup.It not only equates to a more spacious interior for the second and third-row passengers, but the longer wheelbase also helps with a more comfortable and luxurious ride.The SAV term was first coined for the BMW X5: whereas other SUVs prioritized being rugged, athletic, and borderline industrial in their nature, the E53 X5 was the exact opposite.BMW does offer an xOffroad package, raising the X7’s ground clearance, adding an off-road specific differential lock, front skid plate and under guard, and user-selectable off-road modes.You either love it or hate it.
Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.One day after refreshing the iPad lineup, Apple has announced a series of spec bumps for the iMac.The new 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs have faster processors, more RAM, and, perhaps more importantly, AMD graphics cards.Looks like it's hardware week for Apple.Only one day after the announcement of the new iPad Air and iPad Mini, Apple has taken the wraps off of a new iMac, too.
Google unveiled its “vision for the future of gaming” today, a cloud gaming service called Stadia.First up among games for the service will be id Software’s upcoming first-person shooter Doom Eternal.The game will run at 4K resolution with HDR color at 60FPS.Stadia is Google’s effort to move beyond console gaming.During its presentation today, the company demonstrated how players will be able to view a game clip on YouTube, and then instantly access it to play without a download or installation.
Researchers from Stanford University have announced they have created a new way to make hydrogen from ocean water.The scientists have demonstrated a new way to separate hydrogen and oxygen gas from seawater using electricity.The team notes that existing water-splitting methods require highly purified water.In California, water is scarce with the state being in a drought and having barely enough water for critical needs like drinking and cooking.The team says that it’s not conceivable to use purified water.Hydrogen is appealing as a fuel source for cars and other needs because it produces no carbon dioxide when burned, it only produces water.
The Inbox by Gmail app will join Google+ in digital oblivion in two weeks, it seems.We've known that Google was discontinuing the personalized email app for a few months, but some people got a notification saying it'd shut down April 2.Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Use these helpful cleaning apps to inspire you to sweep last year's mess out the back door and get your house tidied up.FlyLady (download for iOS), based on the FlyLady website, makes cleaning less stressful by dividing your house into zones, like the kitchen or living room.Then you can focus on one zone at a time.FlyLady notifies you when it's time to move on to a new zone.If you're looking for an app to motivate your kids to do chores, look no further, OurHome (download for iOS or Android) can help.Set a deadline when you want each chore finished by.