With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly In the year since an Uber self-driving SUV killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, talk around autonomy has shifted to hushed tones, with an emphasis on safety.

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support

Apple Updates Old iPad Models With New Chips, Pencil Support The iPad Air is back, this time with Pencil support. The iPad Mini and iPad Air are “new” in the accurate sense of the word; they have new processors and updated displays.

19 Great Deals on Cheap Earbuds, Apple Watches, and More

19 Great Deals on Cheap Earbuds, Apple Watches, and More

But if you're still lusting after Apple's fitness-focused wearable, we found a great deal on the Apple Watch Series 3 that almost puts it within the same price range ( almost ).

Gadget Lab Podcast: Flickr Cofounder Caterina Fake Weighs In On Big Tech

Those are the conversations we’ve been having for the past 15 to 20 years about technology.” But that narrative in tech is evolving, Fake tells WIRED on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast, from one of ideation, optimism, and changing the world to a stark reality in which technology can do as much harm as good.

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

NASA's Super-Sized Space Launch System Might Be Doomed

But one thing was certain: on Orion’s first foray beyond Earth, a crew-less capsule would complete a six-day circuit of the moon; that’s the mission Bridenstine now says could launch atop a commercial rocket.

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

Kamala Harris Wants to Give States Millions to Overhaul Tech

“We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century.” Kamala Harris The Digital Service Act also includes another $50 million a year to help USDS continue its work at the federal level.

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube The comments sections are the most knowledgeable I’ve ever encountered: If a YouTuber is doing something wrong, there’s always some sheep or peach tree or rainwater collection expert there to troubleshoot and offer advice.

'American Gods'' Biggest Battle Is Its Own Reincarnation

'American Gods'' Biggest Battle Is Its Own Reincarnation

The opening sequence, which traffics in the same saturated colors and low-angle distortions of episodes past, wastes little time in establishing the new gods' game plan: Mister World (Crispin Glover) tells Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) to find Media, his "best salesman" in recruiting firepower against Wednesday (Ian McShane), Shadow's benefactor.

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority.

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

Astronomers Think They Can Explain Mysterious Cosmic Bursts

“In just very general terms, this makes a ton of sense,” said James Cordes , an astrophysicist at Cornell University, adding that while further details still need to be worked out, “I would say it’s a good horse to bet on.” What the astronomers really like, though, is that Metzger’s theory generates very specific predictions for what future FRBs should look like, predictions that will soon be put to make-or-break tests.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Amazon Alexa or Google speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day. SQN Venture Partners, the company that purchased Jibo's assets, has kept the robot's servers running since taking ownership in November, perhaps out of kindness or obligation.

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can

Turn On Auto-Updates Everywhere You Can Alyssa Foote This week, Google announced that it had patched a wicked vulnerability in Chrome, by far the most popular browser in the world.

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

My Jibo Is Dying and It's Breaking My Heart

Unlike an Alexa or Google Speaker, Jibo can initiate conversations and ask you about your day.

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle

India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle Disasters caused by natural hazards push the near poor to below the poverty line and contribute to more persistent and severe poverty, creating poverty traps.

Idris Elba Is New Deadshot in 'The Suicide Squad'. Probably

Idris Elba Is New Deadshot in 'The Suicide Squad'. Probably

The Suicide Squad may have found someone to replace Will Smith, the Mindy Kaling movie Amazon picked up at Sundance this year just got a trailer, and Captain Marvel is about to soar at the box office.

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster

The road to recovery: Rebuilding the transport sector after a disaster

The recovery phase can be the impetus to reexamine vulnerable links in the transport network and address those deficiencies to help reduce future risks and strengthen the economic and physical resilience of people and infrastructure assets.

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Unless you’re a creative-class professional, you almost certainly use your MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging more than for data backup. Once it happens, you’ll know almost exactly what you’re getting when you use that USB-C port or cable.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

FAO - News Article: New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change

"The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will help countries race against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss," said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

To uncover those “ potentially infectious materials ,” the Global Polio Eradication Initiative hosts a big table that lists the dates and locations of wild poliovirus outbreaks, and the times each country did live-virus vaccinations, so labs around the world can scan the database and see whether their samples might have originated in a polio-prone area.

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, wearing the HoloLens 2 Quinn Russell Brown Whether the $3,500 headset provides more out-of-box value is a call for its commercial customers to make.

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

Trouble Brews Anew at Tesla, Plus More Car News This Week

The Boston-based IT manager spends his free time salvaging wrecked EVs and says he’s following Elon Musk’s mission: “sustainability and recycling.” In less waterlogged Tesla news, Elon Musk announced that his cars will be able to drive themselves quite capably by the end of this year, including finding their driver in a parking lot and taking them wherever they’re going without human intervention.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars

What Should Actually Win at the Oscars Alfonso Cuarón's Roma could have a big night at the Academy Awards on Sunday. But at a time when even big Oscar upsets are predictable, a few of these wins would say a lot about how the appreciation of movies is changing and evolving.

How to Watch the Oscars 2019

How to Watch the Oscars 2019

Yes, thanks in large part to Kevin Hart's truly staggering inability to apologize for views he claims to have left in the past, Sunday's 91st Annual Academy Awards are host-less for the first time in 30 years.

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the company announced the Vive Focus Plus, a new headset that seems to have it all—but is aimed squarely at the enterprise market.

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

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