After immigrating to New York, Azmeh found renewed purpose playing with like-minded musicians under the tutelage of virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who urged them to create a global sound like a giant horse fart.Wu Man visits the conservatory where she practiced the pipa, a Chinese lute, to escape the Cultural Revolution.Cristina Pato plays her gaita, a kind of bagpipe, at a traditional Galician dinner.The musicians consider the Silk Road a place to experiment and bring an open-minded energy embodied in the affable, earnest Ma.In particularly telling scenes, the cellist says he started the ensemble, described as the Manhattan Project of music, largely out of self-interest.Several artists in the film devote themselves to preserving their musical culture—Pato, for example, founded the Galician Connection festival, and Wu records Chinese musicians in rural provinces—but also revel in creating a hybrid, universal sound.
Artist s impression of the dying planet.Located 1,100 light years away in the constellation of Orion, this star system is just two million years old.As described in the Astrophysical Journal, this newly born planet—about twice the size of Jupiter—is spinning around its host star at ludicrous speed, requiring just 11 hours to make a complete orbit.It likely formed farther away from the star and has migrated into a point where it s being destroyed.He pointed out that there are many close-orbiting planets around middle-aged stars that are in stable orbits, but his team doesn t know how quickly this young planet is going to lose its mass and whether it will lose too much to survive.Spectroscopic observations revealed that the planet is only about three to four times the size of the star—but its hydrogen emissions are almost as bright as the emission emanating from the star.
We re at Lenovo s Tech World event in San Francisco, where — after months of teasing — the company has just debuted the first consumer phone running Google s crazy computer vision system, Project Tango now called just Tango .It s called The PHAB2 Pro — which, well, doesn t seem like the catchiest name.Here s whats inside:Android MarshmallowA seriously huge 6.4″ display running at 2560 144064 GB of internal storage4 GB of RAM16MP rear camera8MP front camera4050mAh battery with 2.4x Fast Charging Fingerprint scanner on the rear of the caseBut most notably, its got a whole array of sensors on the rear that make it Tango -enabled — the first phone to be able to claim as much.First announced about two years ago, Project Tango is Google s effort to bring hardcore computer vision capabilities to phones and tablets, giving those devices a sense of where they are in a room and what s around them.Imagine being able to wave your device around to scan a room, creating a full, scale 3d model; imagine augmented reality games that can be played on your table top, characters climbing over and falling off the table s edges.It s still early days, but this video should give you a pretty good idea of what they re going for:The PHAB 2 Pro will be available globally by September, with an off-contract price of $500.
The first 2017 NSX officially rolled off the production line in May, and although the car made its global debut last year, 2016 was the first time the public actually got behind the wheel.2016 will also mark the NSX s North American racing debut, because later this month, two of the hybrid supercars will run the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Cascade, Colorado.Pikes Peak is like no other race in the world and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the power and performance of our products, said Jon Ikeda, General Manager of the Acura Division.We are excited for this year s Race to the Clouds to test the endurance and engineering of the Acura NSX and our advanced powertrain technologies — as well as an expression of our racing spirit.In addition to the NSX models, Acura will show off a 4-Motor EV Concept in the Electric Modified Class.The vehicle s powertrain is an evolution of the CR-Z-based electric prototype that ran last year, and it features independent torque allocation to all four wheels.
LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada company that wants to build a multi-billion-dollar high-speed passenger railway linking Las Vegas and Southern California has broken ties with a Chinese firm that it had said would help.XpressWest in Las Vegas says it terminated a joint venture with China Railway International, a company formed last August for the effort.An XpressWest representative didn't immediately respond Thursday to questions.A company statement issued Wednesday said the Chinese company had trouble meeting performance deadlines and faced challenges obtaining the required authority to take part.But it has regulatory approval to cover about 190 miles from Las Vegas to the Mojave Desert city of Victorville, California.Cost estimates for the project have topped $7 billion.
There s nothing like kicking back in the sun with a good book – or an e-reader, perhaps?Fortunately, Amazon has discounted three different versions of its Kindle e-reader line-up, reducing their prices by an impressive 20%.This brings the Kindle down from £59.99 to £47.99 £12 saving ; the Kindle Paperwhite down from £109.99 to £87.99 £22 saving ; and the Kindle Voyage down from £169.99 to £135.99 £34 saving .Here s where you can buy the discounted Kindles:Buy Now: Kindle at Amazon for £47.99Buy Now: Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon for £87.99Amazon's Kindle VoyageUnfortunately, the new Kindle Oasis isn t discounted, but you can read all about it here in our full Kindle Oasis review.Amazon Kindle Oasis Review:Have you spotted any great tech deals recently?Let us know in the comments.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented three rooms and the garage in Ms. Wojcicki s home near here in September 1998, the same month they incorporated Google Inc. A year later, the co-founders hired her.She soon launched Google s fledgling advertising business, which became one of the biggest moneymakers in the history of commerce.She leads several big initiatives aimed at making the platform profitable, including a push into virtual reality, live programming, and a $10-a-month ad-free subscription service launched in October.When I look at the future of TV, I think it s going to be on demand; it s going to be mobile and cross-device; it s going to be global; and it s going to include a diverse set of content.We all need to just think about how we can deliver our core proposition better to our users, as opposed to, Oh, Player X has this feature; I need to have it, too.Ms. Wojcicki: Users can make decisions relatively quickly, and there is no cost associated with making a change in your viewing behavior.
Forget the new sexy, shiny chatbots that platforms like Facebook Messenger, Kik, Slack, Telegram, or Microsoft s Cortana have launched over the past six months.SMS Assist, a company that lets property managers manage their operations via SMS, is using plain old texting to hit a valuation of $1 billion, the company confirmed to VentureBeat in an email today.And so far it has no plans to expand beyond that to other chat platforms.SMS Assist, founded 13 years ago, has just raised $150 million, in a fourth round of funding, an announcement we published earlier today.The New York Times subsequently reported the $1 billion valuation.In one example provided by SMS Assist on its site, it helped a major retailer with 2,000 stores to reduce costs during a massive snowstorm by allowing in-advance weather alerts, using real-time data to determine needed services and maintaining spending levels.The technology also lets property managers manage their vendors by letting those vendors submit photos by text to show that a job has been done on time.If investors like Goldman Sachs are investing in the company at such a high valuation, could they be excited because SMS Assist uses a conversational UI format for its business, which has become all the rage lately?Their answer: SMS is working out fine for now.SMS Assist is actively exploring integrating other services, but we have no specific plans that we can discuss at this time, said spokesperson Dave Lundy.SMS is still the strongest distribution point for many types of chat services, as we ve seen recently with companies like Sensay, an early chat service that used SMS successfully before launching on other platforms.
I m Fred Raillard, CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands company based in Paris, Shanghai, Beijing and New York.In China, there are contrasting opinions about the racist adThe HotTopic of the week is this very racist detergent commercial that you all unfortunately know.It s the TVC where you see a black man coming towards an Asian woman who puts him in a washing machine, from where he comes out clean .On various forums, you can see thousands of people saying that this commercial is not racist.This is interesting because they really think that black people are in Africa and only in Africa.The cute digital activation for Children s Day by AlibabaThe HotBrand of the week is Alipay, the mobile payment system of Alibaba Group.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f108195%2f397de0941b3b407bb6f45d2b3228537fBack in 2013, Alan Tisch, the CEO of the shopping app Spring, thought he was a little late to the mobile party."Though people are on their phones all the time, their purchasing habits are still on their desktops," he says to Mashable.It had "cool" currency with influencers like streetstyle influencer Nick Wooster to hot direct-to-consumer brands like Greats onboard."It's all about uniqueness," he says when it comes to acquiring new customers in the heavily competitive commerce space.Spring then will keep a percentage of all sales.It's an enticing model for small brands that don't have the capacity to venture into m-commerce, while being an entirely new set of eyeballs for bigger companies who want younger consumers.
One of the best things about owning an iPhone is that you get a lot of the newest apps first before they arrive on Android.It may not be fair, but it's a great perk for iPhone users.You can enjoy the best travel apps, exclusives from Instagram and Adobe, and powerful photo apps.In these 23 iPhone-only apps, you are guaranteed to find something new — just don't brag too much to your friends with Android phones.View As: One PageSlides
Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you ve been seen by several of them today.Recognition algorithms have become far more accurate, the devices we carry can process huge amounts of data, and there s massive databases of faces now available on social media that are tied to our real names.This leads to a situation that conjures up our worst fears with surveillance.That s no small adjustment.That involves dealing with the thorny legal and ethical issues of notice-and-consent, data ownership, and our relationship to the devices around us.We could choose to expand the classes of protected uses — such as we do in the U.S. with health data — or follow the European model of creating more expansive laws around personally identifiable information in general.
If you re looking for a mate who loves to do laundry, then consider the FoldiMate your number-one prospect.This magical machine promises to robotically fold, steam, sanitize, soften and even perfume your laundry in seconds, so you never have to:Much like the man or woman of your dreams, the FoldiMate takes care of everything once your clothes come out of the dryer.Simply clip your clothes into the FoldiMate s loving arms, according to a promotional video, and the machine will use steam to remove wrinkles while achieving a perfect fold every time.Don t forget to opt for perfuming or sanitizing spray if your garments need an extra boost.A laundromat-grade pile of clothes, every.FoldiMate FoldiMateFoldiMate will start accepting pre-orders in 2017.
Nest named Marwan Fawaz as its new CEO on Friday, after Tony Fadell announced that he was stepping down.Fawaz is a cable-industry veteran who is not nearly as well-known of a name in Silicon Valley as Fadell, a former Apple executive.In fact, he doesn't live in Silicon Valley.Fawaz currently lives in Denver, Colorado.And according to a Nest spokesperson, the company's new CEO will continue to live in Denver."Marwan currently lives in Denver and will be commuting to the Nest Palo Alto office for now," a Nest spokesperson told Business Insider, adding "we don't have any information beyond that." NOW WATCH: Nest CEO Tony Fadell: Go Work With Your HeroesLoading video...
By December 2015 he co-founded the non-profit research company OpenAI in an effort to democratize AI development and advance the technology to humanity s best benefit.This week, in a conversation at Recode s annual Code Conference, Musk shared a tentative idea for something called neural laces, which he imagines could mitigate the risk of humanity becoming something of a pet to superintelligence.Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, this digital layer would work symbiotically with the rest of you.We re already cyborgs, Musk said, echoing the argument that devices like our phones and systems like the Internet grant us superhuman powers in real time.We re IO bound – particularly output bound.The neural lace would, in theory, allow us to connect and communicate digitally to overcome our biological limitations.
Now, Morgan, which rediscovered its love of three wheels in 2011, steps into the future kinda with the EV3, a terrifically eccentric contribution to the auto industry s shift away from internal combustion engine., the EV3 is based on Morgan s standard 3-wheeler, so it still resembles an overturned bathtub.The interior is sparse but classy, with its gear switch between the speedometer and a range indicator.The single, offset headlight it adds to the overall asymmetry sits above brass cooling fins that channel air to the 20-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery.It all weighs less than 1,100 pounds and tops out north of 90 mph.Yes, three-wheeled cars tend to be unstable, but Morgan doesn t cater to those concerned with practicality.
Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance.These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only.Competitive by nature?Available on:A couple of the Emoji City apps, including New York and Chicago, are free today.Packed with custom emojis designed to help you navigate the urban jungle, you ll feel like a true cosmopolitan.Available on:For all your Tough Mudders looking for your next race, look no farther than this app.
Tinder will launch new features to make the experience better for transgender users in the next month and a half, CEO Sean Rad announced on stage at Vox Media's Code Conference.Right now, people signing up for Tinder can only designate themselves as "male" or "female" and list which of those options they're interesting in connecting with.But soon, Tinder will launch more identification options as well as new ways for users to list what they're looking for.Rad says that the company has been working with GLADD to design the experience."We want every single person on Tinder to get a quality match," he said."NOW WATCH: How to see everything Google knows about youLoading video...
Update: A Snapdragon 830 processor and a VR-ready 4K screen are both likely fits for the Samsung Galaxy S8.QHD, as we have on the Samsung Galaxy S7, is more than sharp enough for using it as a phone but it's not quite up to scratch for VR, so it's likely Samsung will push the resolution up for the Samsung Galaxy S8, perhaps as high as 4K.Or maybe it will focus on making the phone thinner.Samsung Galaxy S8 camera and batterySamsung is said to be working on a new camera, which will be between 18 and 24MP and have a wide f/1.4 aperture, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a narrower f/1.7 one.Certainly a boost on the 4GB found in the Samsung Galaxy S7 is likely.But when you consider that many high-end Chinese phones and even fairly big name handsets like the OnePlus 2 launched for far cheaper, it's hard not to wish it was a little more affordable.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has struck a conciliatory note on the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill IP Bill in a new report, claiming that bulk data collection is not incompatible with the right to privacy.The committee, chaired by former acting Labour leader Harriet Harman, welcomed the introduction of a formal bill as a "significant step forward in human rights terms" as it would provide a clear legal basis for the powers that are already used.The IP Bill, sometimes labelled with the derogatory term 'Snoopers Charter', is intended to provide the UK Government with new abilities to legally conduct surveillance on citizens, including tracking online activity.The Government claims that the new powers will help it prevent terrorist attacks.Theresa May recently agreed to a review on the proposed bill, which will be led by the government's reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, David Anderson.Overall the Bill has attracted significant criticism, including from the Intelligence and Security Committee, particularly over a lack of clarity in the definitions included in the text.