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Digital rights report hits Apple for its secrecy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A new report scoring tech companies’s support for digital rights comes to some surprising conclusions. It ranks Google (GOOG, GOOGL) above Apple (AAPL), puts AT&T (T) atop telecommunications firms and even says some modestly nice things about firms in China and Russia.
LinkedIn is getting a Facebook
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
LinkedIn has a content problem, although not quite the content problem you might think. For LinkedIn, it’s a smart move, albeit a late one, given Facebook’s (FB) own Trending section has been available to users for well over two years now. In my own personal experience toggling between the two, I found the topics and news stories suggested by LinkedIn better catered to my interests and ultimately more useful.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet will cost you a lot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a direct shot at Apple’s iPad Pro. Apple’s (AAPL) original iPad was the standard-bearer for tablets. Straight-up tablets are falling out of style, as consumers increasingly turn toward productivity laptop-tablet hybrid devices like, well… the $599 iPad Pro.
Watch the moment an Amazon drone delivers sunscreen for the first time
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has taken another small autonomous step toward drone delivery.  The company completed its first public United States delivery using one of its Prime Air delivery drones at a robotics conference in California on Monday, within the airspace of the Palm Springs Airport. SEE ALSO: Forget taxis; Dubai wants to fly you around in passenger drones The drone lands in a field, drops off a four-plus pound box of sunscreen bottles, and buzzes back up into the sky. Amazon's first drone delivery took place late last year in the United Kingdom, where regulations are a bit more drone-friendly. The drone delivered an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn.  But Amazon did conduct its U.S. delivery with the FAA's help, which demonstrates coordination and communication on at least some level.  Several legislatures in the U.S. are slowly coming around to robotics. Earlier this month, Virginia passed legislation that allows robots to roam around on sidewalks delivering packages.  Though Amazon doesn't seem to have a plan for ground-based drone delivery, they voiced support for Virginia's move. For them, the greater acceptance of autonomous delivery, the better.  WATCH: Use Jedi mind tricks to command this drone
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet, but it'll cost you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a direct shot at Apple’s iPad Pro. Apple’s (AAPL) original iPad was the standard-bearer for tablets. Straight-up tablets are falling out of style, as consumers increasingly turn toward productivity laptop-tablet hybrid devices like, well… the $599 iPad Pro.
You can now convert your ordinary bike into an electric one
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Don’t have the cash to replace your regular bike with a fancy electric model? Well, you don’t have to. You can now replace your front wheel with an electric one. It’s called UrbanX and has already well surpassed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal, reaching more than $191,000. The wheel will give you a 30-mile range with a 20 mph top speed. It’s also much lighter than the average e-bike, which usually weighs 65 to 90 pounds. UrbanX adds only 15 pounds to your bike, which includes motor, battery, spokes, rim, and tire. ...
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: The best Android tablet you can buy will cost you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 is a direct shot at Apple’s iPad Pro. Apple’s (AAPL) original iPad was the standard-bearer for tablets. Straight-up tablets are falling out of style, as consumers increasingly turn toward productivity laptop-tablet hybrid devices like, well… the $599 iPad Pro.
Apple just bought the app it once crowned 'most innovative' and made it free for everyone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If you can't beat it, buy it. That's what Apple did on Wednesday when it acquired an app...
India says no to most of Apple's demands
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government.  Despite the company’s imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian government remains committed to not folding to the Cupertino giant’s demands.  SEE ALSO: Apple had its best year ever in world's fastest growing smartphone market When asked if the government has accepted the iPhone maker’s demands, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha (Council of States) that the ministry has said "no" to "most" of them. Apple has put up an "unprecedented" list of demands before the government. "Apple India has sought concessions, including duty exemptions on manufacturing and repair units, components, capital equipment including parts and consumables for smartphone manufacturing and service/repair for a period of 15 years," Sitharaman added. Apple sees big potential in India. The company’s CEO paid his maiden visit to the nation last year and expressed desires to bolster the company’s business in the country. Even though India remains one of the few places that has shown strong iPhone sales, there is no easy way for Apple to continue the momentum. For one, more than 50 percent of iPhones sold in the nation last year were iPhone 5s models. The four-year-old iPhone sells for under $300 in the country. Analysts say the company needs to lower the prices of the iPhone, which are higher in India due to domestic import laws. Apple's solution of sorts was to try to convince the Indian government to permit sales of refurbished iPhones — a proposal India was quick to discard.  Now Apple’s biggest bet at making iPhones affordable (and possibly to get India to say yes to refurbished iPhones) is if it could start manufacturing locally.  The Indian government offers various benefits to overseas companies to setup manufacturing plants in India as such efforts help in creation of new jobs and foster the development of cities and states.  Mashable was first to report about Apple’s plans to manufacture iPhone SE in India starting as early as April. It appears Apple will have to make do with the same usual incentives that other international brands get. WATCH: You can now take selfies... with your feet?
Twitter says it shuttered 377,000 accounts that promote terrorism in six months
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
In its latest transparency report, Twitter said it shuttered a total of 376,890 accounts "for violations related to promotion of terrorism," bringing the 17-month total up to the end of 2016 to 636,248.
Amazon is continuing to define what consumers expect
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
More recent Amazon initiatives such as Prime Now and Flex Delivery aim to deliver orders to your doorstep in two hours or less. When Amazon (AMZN) began offering free two-day shipping to Prime members, that fast shipping time became the new expectation for many customers who were previously accustomed to waiting much longer for their packages. Now, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is setting the bar even higher  with initiatives such as Prime Now and Amazon Flex, which ship goods to you in two hours and in some cases promise one-hour delivery.
Nintendo explains Switch Joy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo has issued an official statement regarding the cause of the left Joy-Con connectivity issues plaguing the Switch, vowing that there's no inherent design issue, but a "manufacturing variation."
You’re not as secure online as you might think
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The problem with our grasp of cybersecurity isn’t so much that we remain dangerously illiterate — it’s that we think we know what we’re doing anyway. The Pew Research Center was a little more diplomatic than that though in characterizing the findings of a new survey of Americans’ understanding of online security. “Many Americans are unclear about some key cybersecurity topics, terms and concepts,” wrote Kenneth Olmstead and Aaron Smith in their introduction to “What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity.” But it’s that thinking that probably leads many internet users to make choices that they think make them more secure, but, in reality, leave them as exposed as ever.
Smart gym bag promises to clean itself and everything inside it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Ever had the experience of opening your gym bag to be greeted by the smell of sweaty workout clothes? The folks behind new Kickstarter Paqsule think they’ve come up with a solution: a bag which cleans itself.
You can now search for a doctor using emoji, because 2017 is sorrow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Feeling heartburn? Just type ❤️. Zocdoc, an online service that helps you find doctors and schedule appointments, has revamped its search to be more user-friendly. It's calling the initiative "patient-powered search," and it's all about finding ways to help those in need speak naturally, according to the company's blog post. SEE ALSO: Google's new messaging app translates your voice into emoji  The revamp aims to address the "disconnect between medical speak and patients' own colloquial language—think 'gyno' not 'obstetrician-gynecologist.'" This also means you can search for doctors with emoji. There's 蠟 for allergies, ❤️ for heartburn and ✈️  for travel medicine. You can even use the   emoji to find and book with a gastroenterologist.  "We see it more as a fun addition to the experience, rather than a core feature of the product" a representative from Zocdoc said via email. Is this really necessary, though? The emojification of apps of every kind is far from new, and it's getting a bit ridiculous. While it's important especially in areas like health care to make experiences as user friendly as possible, we don't need Zocdoc to behave like our actual friends do. Forcing emoji into apps results in combinations like ☀️ for dermatologist and   for primary care physician—at which point, they're not even useful. Sorry Zocdoc, we give this one a . WATCH: Indulge your fear of heights with China's latest glass bridge
Snapchat is proving its street cred with TV advertisers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Snapchat desperately wants to carve out a piece of the $70 billion in brand spending that...
LinkedIn is a getting a Facebook
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
LinkedIn has announced Trending Storylines, a new section for web and mobile that shows news and content it thinks you’ll find relevant and interesting. In some ways, it's more useful than Facebook's newsfeed.
Why Apple announced its new iPad with such little fanfare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple (AAPL) just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, “Hey, let’s announce a new iPad.” Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. Apple’s new-ish iPad debuted with little fanfare.
Jeff Bezos takes this massive robot for a ride
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrated this insane-looking, 13-foot-tall mechanical robot at the second annual MARS (Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration) conference. The robot, called Method-2, is a product of Hankook Mirae Technology, a South Korean company. If you think it looks like something out of a sci-fi flick, that’s because the creator worked on major sci-fi films such as “Terminator” and “Transformers.” Bezos must have felt the same way, since he was quoted as saying “Why do I feel so much like Sigourney Weaver?” referencing the actress’s 1986 flick, “Aliens. ...
David Pogue tested 47 pill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
You want to hear some numbers that’ll curl your toes? An estimated 187 million Americans (58%) are on at least one prescription drug. (Source: Network for Excellence in Health Innovation [NEIH]). 110 million prescriptions a year are never even picked up. (Source: CVS Pharmacies based on 2008 data.) Up to 50% of us don’t take our medicines as prescribed (wrong times, wrong amounts, wrong meds), according to NEIH. And roughly 125,000 Americans die every year as a result. (Source: Research cited by the then-US surgeon general in 2012.)
Google is making it easier to plan your night in or out
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Google has updated its Android and iOS apps to make it easier to find what you want as fast as possible. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) wants to make searching the web on your smartphone a bit easier with new shortcuts for its Android, iOS and web apps. The shortcuts, which will appear just below the search bar in the Google app, will provide users with quick access to things like the weather, entertainment, places to eat and drink and sporting events in your area.
Make your next purchase using these smart sunglasses
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Visa is testing a prototype that will let you use sunglasses to make purchases. A small NFC chip inside one of the arms will be linked to your Visa account. Instead of swiping your debit card, you would tap the payment terminal to make the transaction. Visa says the concept plays well into its tagline, “Everywhere you want to be.” Let’s just hope these shades don’t wind up where you don’t want them to be: lost. Source:  https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/14/visa-is-testing-nfc-sunglasses-that-can-pay-for-stuff/ More:
Facebook’s secretive and ambitious hardware group is preparing for its debut next month
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The all-star roster of tech veterans that Facebook began assembling one year ago is quietly...
Facebook's mysterious hardware group is working on everything from AR to mind reading
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The all-star roster of tech veterans that Facebook began assembling one year ago is quietly...
Young, sexy, and adventurous? Guess says its new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch is for you
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Fashion brand Guess has announced the Guess Connect smartwatch range, new models powered by Android Wear 2.0 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear platform. The watches will come in styles suitable for men and women.
Say hi to Samsung Bixby, the new voice assistant in the Galaxy S8
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Samsung has a new voice. And it has world-changing ambitions. In the upcoming Galaxy S8, users will find an extra button on the left side of the phone, just below the volume controls. Pressing it will activate Bixby, Samsung's new voice assistant. Once activated, Bixby will help you navigate what's arguably the most sophisticated piece of technology you own — the smartphone in your hand. If Samsung gets its wish, though, Bixby will eventually do much more than just help you order Lyfts or set up complex calendar appointments. The long-term vision is for Bixby to act as a kind of uber-interface for all of Samsung's products: TVs, wearables, washing machines, even remote controls. SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S8: all the leaks in one place Samsung designed Bixby with a specific goal in mind, one that veers away from its fellow voice assistants — Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana and the Google Assistant. Those platforms were generally built to help users quickly perform common tasks ("Remind me to buy milk") and perform search queries ("What's the capital of Brazil?"). Bixby, on the other hand, is all about making the phone itself easier to use, replicating the functions of many apps with voice commands. Yes, Siri et al. already do that to a certain extent — you can easily set a reminder with your voice, for example — but the voice integration typically only handles the basics. The goal of Bixby is to voice-enable every single action in an app that you'd normally do via touch, starting with Samsung's apps. So, not just "set a reminder to buy pickles at 6 p.m., but "Set a reminder on my Shopping List to buy pickles at 6 p.m. and make it repeat every week, then share the list with my wife." Bixby speaks Injong Rhee, CTO of Samsung Mobile and the architect behind Bixby, says the voice assistant is nothing short of an "interface revolution," freeing users from hunting down hidden functionality within menus and hard-to-find screens. "Bixby is an intelligent user interface, emphasis... on 'interface,'" Rhee says. "A lot of agents are looking at being knowledgeable, meaning that you can ask questions like, 'Who's president of the U.S.?' A lot of these are glorified extensions of search. What we are doing with Bixby, and what Bixby is capable of doing, is developing a new interface to our devices." Bixby architect Injong Rhee, CTO of Samsung Mobile. Image: Pete Pachal/Mashable Although it makes its debut on the Galaxy S8, it will soon spread. Rhee sees the Bixby button eventually spreading to all kinds of smart-home devices, from TVs to refrigerators to air conditioners. "Anywhere there is an internet connection and a microphone, Bixby can be used," he says. "There is some technology in the device, but a lot of it lives in the cloud. That's why the range of devices goes beyond just a smartphone. It means it can be in any device we produce." Samsung began work on Bixby about 18 months ago, Rhee says. It grew out of the company's S Voice tool, which has been on Samsung phones since 2012. (The timing might explain why Samsung's smart fridge — announced right around then — failed to deliver on its planned integration with Alexa.) S Voice hadn't progressed much over the years, but then last year Samsung acquired the much-hyped Viv Labs and its sophisticated assistant, a strong indicator of the company's renewed interest in voice control. However, Rhee says Viv's technology is planned for future updates to Bixby and doesn't have a role in the initial release. The name Bixby came out of Samsung's focus groups, but it was actually their third choice overall. It was the top pick among millennials — a demographic the company is specifically targeting with the Galaxy S8 — so it won out. (Rhee declined to say what the other names were.) It's also distinctive enough, with hard consonants, for it to work well as an activation word. Bixby, which will initially speak just English and Korean, is intended to be a user's "bright sidekick," helping them navigate their devices in a more natural way. "[What came before], it's been people trying to learn how the machine interacts with the world, but... it should be the machine learns how the human interacts with the world," Rhee says. "The learning curve shouldn't be steep." All talk, all action For an app to be considered Bixby-supported, every possible touch action needs to be mapped to a voice command. Rhee explains that, for a typical app, there are about 300 different actions the user can perform. That doesn't sound too bad until you consider there are around 15,000 different ways to perform them. And the ways to verbalize those actions number in the millions. That's a lot of stuff to map out. Still, Samsung says it's up for the challenge, at least as far as its built-in apps are concerned. But what about third-party apps? Considering the amount of development work, will Snapchat or Facebook ever work as well with Bixby as Samsung's apps? Rhee says Samsung has a plan to get third-party apps talking to Bixby, and an SDK to be released at a later date will introduce tools that make the mapping much easier. He also suggests Viv's technology can help here, too. "Viv Labs is coming in by way expanding our vision into third-party ecosystems. It doesn't necessarily have to be all of the touch commands that they can perform. At a minimum, [Bixby will perform] the basic functionalities: like the settings, or changing the language from English to French." On the Galaxy S8, a total of 10 apps will be Bixby-supported, Rhee says, with a second "wave" coming a few weeks later. Out of the gate, users will be able to use Bixby with Contacts, Gallery, Settings, Camera, Reminders and a few others. Another way Bixby is different from its peers: it will be aware of what you're doing on the phone and suggest different actions depending on what's on screen. So if you press the button while, say, looking at a single photo in the Gallery, editing and sharing controls are probably more relevant to you than searching. And if Bixby doesn't understand every aspect of a complex command, it will take you as far as it can rather than just hitting you with a "Sorry, I didn't catch that." All this "awareness" brings up an important question: How much data is Samsung collecting about you? Rhee says most user-specific data is kept on the device, but, as a cloud service, Bixby needs to store some information in the cloud. It's not yet clear what the exact breakdown is. The button Having a dedicated button for Bixby brings a number of advantages. For starters, it means Samsung won't have any need for Clippy-style pop-ups directing users to the assistant — people will inevitably find it on their own. It also ensures there will be far fewer accidental activations than if Bixby were mixed into a home button — something users of Siri are all too familiar with. "We actually have done a lot of research to have the Bixby button as part of the home button like our friends in Cupertino," Rhee says. "A lot of people find it a little awkward to use it in public. The home button is a very overloaded place — there's a lot of functionality into it. Having a dedicated button really removes a lot of friction." And since the idea is to press and hold, lifting your finger when you're done, Bixby will know definitively when you're done speaking. Still, there will also be a wake-up phrase — you can just say "Hi Bixby," to activate the assistant at any time. It's the dedicated button that really epitomizes Samsung's approach, and if it indeed ends up on all Samsung products, Bixby will become much more than just a smartphone assistant — it'll become the gateway for Samsung to finally, truly become a major player in the internet of things. Sure, Samsung has had its "Smart" devices for a long time, and its low-power Tizen OS is ideal for powering the many products with connections to the internet. It also acquired SmartThings in 2014 to strengthen its IoT brand. But until now, Samsung has lacked a gateway for its customers to really take advantage of that interconnectivity. For most, it's hard work hunting down the right settings on your phone to connect a smart TV to an air conditioner, but what if you could just tell Bixby to do it? And if you can talk to it from all those devices — asking any question or even making phone calls — then you're really onto something. "It's actually omnipresent in a sense," Rhee says. "Even if I speak to Bixby in, say, a washing machine, you can still do a lot of things that you do on your phone. For instance, you can say, 'Bixby, send a text to my friend Michael,' or 'Make a phone call.' That's the vision." The more capable assistant Amazon and Google already know this, and the success of Alexa and buzz around Home are a testament to the unquestionable efficiency of adding voice control to devices. But Samsung, with its high standard of controlling all functions of a device via Bixby, might end up with the advantage. Alexa, for all of its "skills," often falls short of full control (you can turn on or dim LED lights, for example, but might not be able to select specific colors), so the market has room for a more capable competitor. Of course, how and when Bixby will mix with third-party products and services remains an open question. "Philosophically, what we are looking at is revolutionizing phone interfaces," Rhee says. "We understand our applications better than anybody else out there — that's why we started with our own technology, but going forward we have plans to work with our partners." Eventually, Rhee says a Bixby app might come to non-Samsung Android phones and even iOS, possibly partnering with Google Assistant for search-related queries (though he cautions Google and Samsung haven't "gotten to the specifics" on how that would work). At the same time, Bixby control could extend to all kinds of smart products, not just Samsung ones. That would probably take a level of cooperation with competitors that Samsung hasn't really shown before, but if Bixby becomes ubiquitous in the long term, whatever OS this or that device is running will become less relevant. That's a future Samsung is clearly hoping for, since software has traditionally been its weakness. Samsung may be a chief Android partner, but it's struggled to differentiate its many services from Google's, and the company lacks an OS of its own (Tizen notwithstanding). Samsung's browser, Samsung Pay, S Health — they're all duplicates of Google products, and are widely regarded as inferior. That's why Bixby may be the best thing to happen to Samsung software in a long time. If customers respond, Bixby could, in the long term, finally get Samsung users to think of its phones as Samsung phones rather than just the best-performing Android phones on the market. All Android vendors try to differentiate to some extent, but Bixby's app-simplifying skills and potential IoT capabilities are a compelling sell. Bixby represents an important step for Samsung when it comes to services: finally a good answer to "Why should I use your software?" Effortless voice control of everything — not just your phone — is a tantalizing promise, and if Samsung can pull it off in the long term, its "bright sidekick" might end up being the only assistant we actually want to talk to. WATCH: Samsung's wireless earbuds double as a fitness-tracker
How Hackers Can Break Into Your Accounts Without Your Password
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
And how to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
Nintendo reportedly doubling Switch production after strong early sales
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A report from the Wall Street Journal claimed that high early sales have led Nintendo to double production of the Switch. The console passed 1.5 million units sold in just over a week.
Dallas says “ghost calls” to 911 from T
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Last week, a child in Dallas died after his babysitter's repeated calls to 911 went unanswered. Local authorities have not confirmed that the tragedy was related to an ongoing 911 ghost call problem.
There's finally a smartwatch for watch aficionados
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Tag Heuer is well-known for making a solid Swiss timepiece at an accessible price point. What is...
Pogue’s Basics: Make Amazon Echo tell you when it's transmitting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Amazon Echo is getting to be crazy popular. It’s like Siri for your home.
The 8 features we want in the iPhone 8
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple’s next iPhone needs to be more than your average update. Apple’s (AAPL) next iPhone is always an absurdly important product for the tech giant. No matter how well the company’s services arms — Apple Music, iCloud, etc. — perform, the iPhone is Apple’s make-or-break product.
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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
For one big week in March every year, Austin, Texas is overrun by culture and tech. Yes, I’m talking about the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals. It's not cheap to attend, so Yahoo Finance's David Pogue has a two-minute tour for you.
Beer in space: Budweiser wants to set up a brewery on Mars, apparently
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If humans do ever get to colonize Mars, it's likely some of them will want to enjoy the occasional beer. Well, Budweiser says it'd like to set up a brewery on the red planet to "officially be the first beer on Mars."
China's police are now shooting down drones with radio
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A Chinese city's police department is arming itself with more than 20 drone-jamming rifles to crack down on illegal drone flights. SEE ALSO: Use Jedi mind tricks to command this drone Police in Wuhan, central China , are going to be equipped with 20 of these rifles, which work by emitting radio signals that force the drones to land purportedly without damaging them. Image: Weibo The drone-killing rifles will be used during the upcoming 2017 Wuhan Marathon, to raise security. Image: WEIBO Wuhan police demonstrated the drone-killing rifles last week, where they shot down six drones, according to the Chutian Metropolitan Daily.  The rifles don't come cheap, at 250,000 yuan ($36,265) each, and they will have a range of roughly 1 km (0.6 miles). Image: Weibo Unauthorised drone flights have disrupted airport safety in China, as well as large-scale events, according to the Wuhan police. Earlier this year, a drone pilot in Hangzhou was arrested for flying a DJI Mavic Pro dangerously near civilian airliners. And in Hong Kong, three operators were arrested for flying a drone over a Formula E event. Operators of drones that are more than 7kg have to be licensed, according to draft law issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2015. Rules are generally more relaxed in rural China than in urban, built-up areas, but drones must keep out of restricted airspace and follow rules set by the military and the government.  The new rules also forbid deliveries made by drone in built-up, urban areas, and require all drones to register to their place of manufacture, weight and maximum altitude before they are allowed to take off. WATCH: Flame-throwing drones make for badass trash removers
Microsoft is working on technology to help the visually impaired learn to code
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft Research is working on Project Torino, an educational initiative to teach coding to the visually impaired via a physical programming language intended for children age seven to 11.
Netflix says it could start giving you different versions of a show depending on how you watch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Netflix wants to recut some of its original shows and movies so that they'll be better to watch...
7 ways Facebook tried to copy Snapchat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Ever since Snap reportedly spurned a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook back in 2013, the social network has unleashed a slew of features and services that appear to be inspired by Snapchat’s core mission of ephemeral messaging or based upon a particular Snapchat feature.
How to avoid falling for email scams
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Early one Sunday morning my editor, Yahoo Finance’s Erin Fuchs, checked her personal email and was surprised to have a message from PayPal (PYPL). It doesn’t matter who you are, or what email service you use. If you have an email account, you’ve absolutely received some kind of scam, or phishing email just like my editor.
Two fake news writers reveal how they ply their trade
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Fake news writers Jestin Coler (center) and Jeffrey Marty (left) speak at SXSW. AUSTIN — A keynote offering a sometimes-uncomfortable perspective on fake news at the South by Southwest Conference here started with a pitch suggesting a different story. The description below a generic title on the conference’s website for Tuesday’s talk by Yasmin Green, director of research at Google’s Jigsaw project, implied she’d speak about countering the radicalization of at-risk audiences.
Silicon Valley’s favorite sneaker has a wear
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Allbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers are a hit among tech workers. Walk the streets, halls and open offices of Silicon Valley, and you’ll notice many tech workers wearing them: Allbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers. “Wearing Allbirds is like wearing slippers everywhere,” said one startup founder, who likes the comfort they offer because of the materials used and relative lack of structure.
Alexa, vacuum the rug, and make it snappy — Roomba adds voice commands
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Everyone's favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with naught but your voice.
Samsung made a TV with wooden borders that looks like a picture frame
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Innovation in TV design is moving away from the dark and sleek to something a little more home-y...
Alexa, vacuum the rug, and make it snappy — Roomba now responds to your voice
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Everyone's favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with naught but your voice.
Your Next Car Will Be Delivered Like a Pizza
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Carvana is betting convenience will make used-automobile lots a thing of the past.
Twitter accounts hijacked with 'Nazi' hashtags in Turkish
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A diplomatic spat between Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany spread online on Wednesday when a large number of Twitter accounts were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish. The attacks, using the hashtags #Nazialmanya (NaziGermany) or #Nazihollanda (NaziHolland), took over accounts of high-profile CEOs, publishers, government agencies, politicians and also some ordinary Twitter users. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused the German and Dutch governments of Nazi-style tactics, drawing protests from both countries, after Turkish government ministers were barred from addressing political rallies there to boost his support among expatriate Turks.
How ‘video understanding’ could transform Facebook
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Understanding video is a multi-year challenge Facebook argues could transform the social network experience for the better. Facebook (FB) users spend over 100 million hours a day gobbling up video on the social network. A photo is one static image, but a video is essentially copious images sequenced in a particular order to show a narrative in motion: a Siamese kitten purring or a professor in the middle of a BBC interview interrupted by his two young kids.
‘Middle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ will bring the Tolkien-inspired action to new heights. The Eye of Sauron might see everything, but even the observant dark lord himself probably didn’t see “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” coming. It turns out, however, that “Mordor” was just the first chapter.
The car of the future debuts at SXSW
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Here’s a sneak peek at what we could be driving around in 2020. The startup Nio debuted the Eve at SXSW. This futuristic self-driving machine does more than just drive – it has an artificial intelligence engine called Nomi that acts like a personal assistant, and can understand and talk to its passengers. Nio has sliding glass digital doors and an interior that displays data to passengers. The cabin is more like a living room, with reclining seats and folding tables. ...
Venture investor on Trump: 'We are in absolute unmitigated crisis'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
AUSTIN—Chris Sacca showed up at South By Southwest (SXSW) in one of his cowboy shirts and with plenty of cowboy attitude. The Lowercase Capital investor and “Shark Tank” regular spent an hour in a Saturday-afternoon onstage interview holding forth—bluntly and often profanely—on issues ranging from his problems with President Donald Trump to Uber’s self-inflicted PR nightmare to what’s wrong with startup culture. “We are in an absolute unmitigated crisis right now,” Sacca said.