Apple announced today a further investment in its recycling programs and related e-waste efforts, which includes an expansion of its recycling program for consumers and the announcement of a new, 9,000-square-foot Material Recovery Lab based in Austin, Texas, focused on discovering future recycling processes.The company also reported the success of its existing efforts around recycling and refurbishing older Apple devices, and keeping electronic waste from landfills.The expansion of the recycling program will quadruple the number of locations in the U.S. where consumers can send their iPhones to be disassembled by Daisy, the recycling robot Apple introduced last year — also just ahead of Earth Day.The robot was developed in-house by Apple engineers, and is able to disassemble different types of iPhone models at a rate of 200 iPhones per hour.Daisy can now disassemble and recycle used iPhones returned to Best Buy stores in the U.S. and KPN retailers in the Netherlands.Customers can also send in iPhones for recycling through the Apple Store or through Apple’s Trade In program online.
Leading up to Mother’s Day, both AmazonBest Buy cut the price in half for the Facebook Portal smart display.Facebook optimized the Portal for video calls to mom (and anyone else) with A.I.-powered Smart Camera features.Smart Camera follows you as you move around the room during conversations so Mom can see you, unless you physically leave the room.The Smart Camera lens also widens automatically when more people are on a call in one location — the lens even accommodates more people joining after the call starts without required intervention.Facebook addresses privacy concerns by encrypting all calls on the Portal.When Facebook launched the Portal and the larger Portal+ model, which is not on sale despite earlier speculation, the social media company promised that Facebook does not listen to, view, or save Portal video call content.
Photo by Leon Neal/Getty ImagesPolice in London have shut off Wi-Fi access in some of the city’s tube stations this morning as an attempt to disrupt action by climate change protestors.So far this week, more than 300 protestors from the Extinction Rebellion group have been arrested in the UK’s capital, targeting main roads, bridges, and tube stations.The group wants the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by the year 2025, and has said that civil disobedience and mass protest are the most useful tools to raise public awareness.On Wednesday morning, protestors targeted the Canary Wharf station of London’s Docklands Light Railway, an above-ground light rail system.The DLR is one of a number of rail systems in London, which include the Underground, Overground, and Crossrail.
Microsoft has just unloaded some announcement regarding future products, services, and public appearances but those are, of course, still to come.But as good as it is to be looking to the future, one shouldn’t forget the present, especially when there are more current customers to satisfy than new ones.Along with the forward-looking announcement, Microsoft has also started rolling out the April 2019 update for Xbox One systems to prove it hasn’t forgotten about the here and now.Sometimes it’s the paper cuts and small wounds that sting more than big ones.Likewise, small user experience annoyances often take the enjoyment of an otherwise perfect system.The Xbox Update for April 2019 addresses those concerns in order to help Xbox One owners get to the things they want faster and easier.
A rootkit-driven malware strain that first appeared only late last year has already spread to tens of thousands of systems worldwide, researchers say, as its creators use it to drive false traffic for web-based advertising.Bitdefender said it began analysing the malware that it calls Scranos last year, finding that while it already has a high degree of sophistication it is also being actively developed, with its developers using infected systems to test new components and update older ones.Scranos began by infecting systems in China, as Tencent warned in January, but is now found on systems worldwide, with France and Italy amongst its top international targets, as well as India, Romania, Brazil and Indonesia.The malware initially infects systems via a Trojanised application that may appear to be cracked software or a legitimate utility such as a video player or an e-book reader.It is signed with a legitimate security certificate, probably stolen, that was issued to a Shanghai-based health company.The certificate hasn’t been revoked in spite of the misuse, Bitdefender said.
They have the same last name, but Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus were unveiled to the world in completely different ways.Less than a month ago, Apple put on a splashy event to reveal its subscription streaming service, Apple TV Plus.It christened the service with a name, paraded high-wattage stars through the Steve Jobs Theater, and CEO Tim Cook got to hug Oprah Winfrey.People love to speculate about whether every new streaming service could be a "Netflix killer."That includes HBO, Showtime and -- crucially -- Apple.But Apple TV Plus will be launching in the midst of Disney's all-out marketing blitz splashing its $7-a-month price in front of everyone.
The 2016 election put Democrats in charge of the House, the State Senate, and the governorship.The state reps could have just voted, of course, but each of those 41 Democrats in the House was probably the sponsor of at least one of those bills.“We have a limited pot of money to spend on new legislation every year,” says Chris Hansen, a state representative from Denver and chair of the House Appropriations Committee.The result of some concept work by a Microsoft Research economist named Glen Weyl, quadratic voting is designed to force people to express their honest opinions about their choices by attaching a cost.But not so fast, because the cost of a vote increases exponentially—with the square of the number of votes, to be precise.Two votes cost four dollars; three votes cost nine.
Microsoft has admitted that hackers had access to some of its Outlook, Hotmail and MSN email accounts for at least three months.The software company would not say how many accounts were compromised in the breach that lasted from 1 January to 28 March.Hackers stole login credentials for a Microsoft customer support agent and were able to access people’s emails and read subject lines, folder names and other email addresses.A Microsoft spokesperson said: “We addressed this scheme, which affected a limited subset of consumer accounts, by disabling the compromised credentials and blocking the perpetrators’ access.”The company said the hackers would not have been able to access the email content of the majority of users affected.However, it said a small group of less than six per cent of those affected was provided with additional support as their emails could have been accessed.
When Super Smash Bros. 4 launched, Nintendo released an adapter to support four up to four GameCube controllers on Wii U.Ultimate launched late last year.The official Nintendo adapter is, sadly, hard to find for a reasonable price, but there are numerous options that get the job done well.We’ve rounded up the best Nintendo Switch GameCube controller adapters below.Switching between console and PC mode is as simple as pressing a button.Pdobq’s adapter supports rumble and turbo features for applicable GameCube controllers.
An intriguing new discovery in Peru shows ritually sacrificed guinea pigs were decorated with colourful earrings and necklaces by 16th-century Incas – a finding that comes as a complete surprise to archaeologists.The Incas constructed several administrative centres in the area, Tambo Viejo being one of them.As such, the 100 guinea pigs at Tambo Viejo “represent the single largest find known for the entire former [Inca] territory,” wrote Valdez in the study.The ritual killings happened around 400 years ago, some two centuries after the arrival of Europeans to the New World.The more remarkable aspect of the discovery, however, has to do with something scholars of Inca history have never seen before.The guinea pigs found at the site were decorated with earrings and necklaces made from colourful string.
Update (2:37pm ET 04/11/2019): Shortly after this article was published, Walmart lowered the price of our featured deal by another $50 to $799.Today's list is headlined by a deal on Dell's G5 15 gaming laptop—a configuration with Intel's Core i5-8300H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU is down to $799 at Walmart.The chassis is mostly plastic, the 15.6-inch 1080p display isn't exactly high-end, and, this being a gaming laptop, the whole thing isn't very thin (0.98 in.)Xbox Game Pass 3-month membership for $1 at Microsoft (list price $29.97).Netgear Orbi (RBK23) Mesh WiFi System - Router + 2x Satellites for $219.99 at Amazon (clip $40 coupon - list price $299.99).Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th-gen) Laptop - Intel Core i5-8250U, 14" 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,063.30 at Lenovo (use code: THINKTAXTIME - list price $1,519).
It's been a big day for science.And an even bigger day for women scientists.On Wednesday, we Earthlings got our first direct look at a black hole, thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, an array of eight radio telescopes around the world working together to create the image.But in the midst of making jokes about how that photo kinda sorta looks the eye of Sauron and wondering how this newfound information could impact Albert Einstein's theories of gravity, social media focused on making sure one of the women behind the project gets credit for her contributions.Katie Bouman, an MIT grad, helped develop a computer program while still in school.Along with others, it helped create the image of the black hole.
Uber unveiled a new product Tuesday called “Uber Vouchers” that’s designed to help businesses sponsor free or discounted ride-hail trips for their customers.It’s the company’s latest service aimed at growing the B2B (business-to-business) market, and the announcement comes right before Uber is expected to officially announce its public offering.Companies that already offer customers transportation such as shuttle services or rental cars, be it in the hospitality sector or in the insurance space, can now use Vouchers to offer Uber rides instead.Bars and restaurants can offer discounted “designated driver” rides to customers who have been drinking.Sports teams can bundle rides with other loyalty perks in an effort to encourage fans to make the trip to see the next game live.Businesses can sign up for Vouchers by visiting uber.com/vouchers.
While the former CEO of Nissan and Renault Carlos Ghosn is currently in jail, his lawyer and communication team released a new video statement.The seven-minute video was shot hours before his latest arrest.“This is about back-stabbing,” he said.“If you are listening to me through this video today, it means that I was not able to make the press conference that I planned for April, 11,” Ghosn said.Ghosn took advantage of every minute he had before his latest arrests.“I'm innocent of all the charges that have been brought against me,” Ghosn said.
Microsoft has given up on Windows 10 1809, the troubled feature upgrade of last year that was delayed by months, data from an analytics vendor showed.The Redmond, Wash. developer largely abandoned efforts to distribute the October 2018 Update, aka 1809 in its four-digit yymm format, last month, apparently deciding that it would, like many of its corporate customers, simply skip one feature upgrade to solve the problem of two on a collision course.According to AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 1809 powered just 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of March 26."It looks more and more likely that Microsoft seems to be giving up on  in favor of upgrading users straight to the next version," AdDuplex noted in a post its website.Because Microsoft decides how quickly an upgrade is adopted by controlling when consumers' PCs automatically download and install each refresh, it was clearly responsible for the slow uptake.(Microsoft did not give 1809 the "business ready" green light until after AdDuplex's data collection, ensuring that those who had installed it were largely consumers and very small businesses running Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
Germs that exist in gyms apparently also hang out on the International Space Station.A diverse population of bacteria and fungi -- similar to the ones found in hospitals, gyms and offices on Earth -- has been found on surfaces inside the ISS, according to research published Monday in the journal Microbiome.As part of a NASA initiative, samples of bacteria and fungi were collected from eight locations throughout the ISS during three flight missions over a period of 14 months.They were then analyzed back on Earth by a group of scientists, including several with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."In light of an upcoming new era of human expansion in the universe, such as future space travel to Mars, the microbiome of the closed space environment needs to be examined thoroughly to identify the types of microorganisms that can accumulate in this unique environment, how long they persist and survive, and their impact on human health and spacecraft infrastructure," the researchers wrote.Most of the organisms found on the ISS were ones associated with humans, according to the study.
A journal published by Russia’s Ministry of Defence became the subject of mockery this week after publishing claims that “Russian specialists” have communicated with dolphins, crashed computer programs, and even looked into safes using the power of telepathy.As first highlighted by Russian media outlet RBC, the February issue of Army Collection featured a story titled “The Super-Soldier of Future Wars.” In it, reserve colonel Nikolai Poroskov detailed a variety of bizarre abilities related to “parapsychology,” a science once used by “Babylonian priests.”According to Poroskov, Russian special forces in Chechnya employed these parapsychological techniques, which he elsewhere compared to “superpowers.” From Army Collection:The uninitiated know little about this unique technology.But one aspect is clear—telepathic contact.They mentally gave the animals commands that they performed.
- With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum.With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be getting drowned out amidst the political noise.Michael Kearney, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, found that while partisan users form highly partisan social networks on Twitter, moderate users - or those less politically engaged - continue to avoid politics, potentially creating an important void on social media."We are not necessarily getting farther and farther apart - it's just the people in the middle are becoming more quiet and withdrawn," Kearney said."If you fail to consider all the people in the middle who do not care about politics as much, it seems like there is a more clear division when there is not, so social media might be artificially creating this sense that we are becoming more polarized."Kearney found that rather than increasing exposure to diverse viewpoints or sheltering users with self-reinforcing filter bubbles, social media simply amplifies and reflects the trends found in broader media environments.
In theory, the open source nature of web technology should allow anyone with the appropriate skills to innovate and implement an alternative browser.In practice, however, the path is gated where high value media is involved, because the major browser makers incorporate Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology and the firms that license DRM keys don't have to be responsive or support new ideas.Developer Samuel Maddock found this out to his cost.He's been working on an open source Electron-based (Chromium) browser called Metastream that allows users to stream videos in sync with one another.After four months of waiting, the firm responded to his request to license their proprietary DRM code, in conjunction with the castLabs API, with a denial."I'm sorry but we're not supporting an open source solution like this," says the note from Widevine, which Maddock posted to his website.
To view this content, please click on the headlineThis week AR hype machine Magic Leap will finally – finally!– start selling its headset to the public but you'll need to go to one of three AT stores in Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, to buy them.Thanks to the company's effort to build buzz in the tech community, we finally got to try the glasses on without having to sign an NDA or go to its headquarters in Florida because it was giving demos at the Intel Capital conference in Phoenix on Monday night.It's been eight years since the company first started promising to revolutionize pretty much everything.But it missed deadline after deadline, in large part because it can't make a critical component of its system work.