Tech


Engineers Design An Origami Shield That Deflects Bullets
- February 20, 2017

After consulting with law enforcement and several federal departments, professor of mechanical engineering Larry Howell and his BYU team realized that current bulletproof shields and barriers, which are heavy, cumbersome and lack portability, were well overdue for an update. (more...)
YouTube will kill unskippable 30-second ads next year YouTube will kill unskippable 30-second ads next year
- February 18, 2017

Recognizing that they're not tremendously popular, especially among data-capped mobile users, the company is pushing shorter formats to advertisers, such as the six-second unskippable ad that it launched past year. The change in advertising strategy may be a sign that YouTube is trying to be a more attractive platform for users than Facebook. And ads that pop-up while you're viewing long videos will still be presented. (more...)
SoftBank Renews Interest In Sprint Merger With T SoftBank Renews Interest In Sprint Merger With T
- February 18, 2017

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere.Steve Marcus/ReutersSoftBank, the Japanese telecom company that owns Sprint , is looking to make another run at T-Mobile US, Reuters' Liana Baker reports . Negotiations for a possible sale are expected to begin in April. The merger was denied by US lawmakers and Softbank set its eyes on making Sprint a profitable and viable third-place carrier with plans to move on AT&T and Verizon's dominance. (more...)
Ghost Recon Wildlands' open beta runs from February 23-27
- February 17, 2017

Ubisoft will host an open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands from February 23 to 27, the company announced . You'll get an exclusive mission to play through, "Unidad Conspiracy", where you spark a war between drug gangs. Players can of course confront Montuyoc right away... at their own risk. Just like in the full game, players will also be able to experience the title's four-player co-op, allowing them to play with three friends on the same platform, as well as its traditional single ... (more...)
Inflation hits 30-month high to move closer to target
- February 17, 2017

The fuel component of CPI rose afresh on rising crude oil prices and weaker rupee. However, fuel group inflation accelerated 18.14% in January from 8.65% a month ago, due to rising petrol and diesel prices. BoE Governor Mark Carney this month warned of "twists and turns" ahead as Prime Minister Theresa May starts two years of formal Brexit talks. Strong consumer spending helped power growth in the final months of previous year, with GDP expanding by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, in ... (more...)
Miami Dolphins release former top draft pick DE Mario Williams Miami Dolphins release former top draft pick DE Mario Williams
- February 17, 2017

Williams, 32, contributed 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the 13 games he played last season. With Ereck Flowers expected to make a position change, Albert is certainly worth a look if the New York Giants are unable to land Andrew Whitworth on the open market. (more...)
BMW M4 CS, next-gen Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
- February 17, 2017

Hoping to capitalize on consumers' fond memories of their salad days, it's reviving the Eclipse moniker, this time applied to a crossover, with the name " Eclipse Cross ". On the road, the Eclipse Cross will emanate a sharp and active appearance. The new compact SUV will be added to MMC's crossover SUV line-up which now comprises the ASX compact SUV, and the Outlander and Outlander PHEV midsize SUVs. (more...)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s (BRK-B) closing price of $167.28
- February 17, 2017

The airline investments, meanwhile, suggest that Buffett has overcome his two-decade aversion to the sector after an unhappy - though, he has said, profitable - investment in US Air Group. Major Berkshire investments such as Wells Fargo & Co (WFC), The Coca-Cola Co (KO) and IBM are Buffett's ideas, but the 86-year-old has given more responsibility to Todd Combs and Ted Weschler in recent years. (more...)
Germany anxious of jobs cuts from possible sale of GM's Opel
- February 17, 2017

Any such talks without their consent would be "an unprecedented violation of all German and European co-determination rights", the two said in a joint statement. 2016 was to be a year of break even, but it lost $257 million, blaming Britain's Brexit vote for $500 million in foreign exchange losses. In 2015, Barra and GM's board quelled an attempt by an investor group to install representatives on the carmaker's board by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders, and to target 20% or ... (more...)
7 reasons why Facebook will autoplay sound despite complaints
- February 16, 2017

If you're freaking out about Facebook starting to autoplay videos with sound by default, at least it won't pause or play on top of music you're already listening to through apps like Spotify. Phones set to silent will not play with sound . Vertical videos will now expand to fill the screen. You can scrub through videos, and pin videos in a picture-in-picture style window so you can watch while scrolling through the rest of your timeline. (more...)
Facebook live stream captures shooting of 2-year-old
- February 16, 2017

Johnson said he was a documented gang member and known to police. The man and the boy, who was identified as Lavontay White , as well as a 20-year-old woman, were shot while sitting in their auto on the city's West Side, police said. "I can't go to the hospital ... this bullet in my stomach". The shooting occurred in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue at 1:30 p.m., according to preliminary police information. (more...)
Vauxhall to get new French owner? Vauxhall to get new French owner?
- February 15, 2017

With that knowledge, GM's eagerness to offload the Opel and Vauxhall brands becomes understandable. The French vehicle maker who owns Peugeot, Citroen and the DS brand already work with GM Europe's brand and share production and development of SUVs and people movers. (more...)
Apple original content "in the next few months"
- February 15, 2017

As bad as Planet of the Apps looks, Apple Music's other original show looks like the exact opposite. 9to5Mac says that Apple will also feature winning apps in the App Store. "We're going to revolutionize social media". This sounds like an interesting element of the show that Apple isn't ready to unwrap the full details on yet. (more...)
Positive iPhone 8 Buzz Boosts Apple's Target Price to $150 Positive iPhone 8 Buzz Boosts Apple's Target Price to $150
- February 15, 2017

Vetr cut shares of Apple from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $137.23 target price on the stock.in a research note on Wednesday, February 8th. Data source: Apple's quarterly operating data. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 336,275 shares of company stock worth $41,954,409. In Apple's first fiscal quarter of 2017, the tech giant reported 5% year-over-year growth in both iPhone revenue and unit sales, reversing a three-quarter streak of declining iPhone sales - a ... (more...)
Tesla officially launches in the UAE
- February 14, 2017

While speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, Musk told the audience that he wants a potential employee to tell him the "story of your life and the decisions that you made along the way, and why you made them", he said , according to CNBC . (more...)
SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Stands Atop Historic NASA Launchpad for 1st Time SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Stands Atop Historic NASA Launchpad for 1st Time
- February 14, 2017

The upcoming launch is notable because it will be the company's first from the historic Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 is slated for no earlier than next Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 on a critical cargo flight for NASA to deliver over two and a half tons of science and supplies to the six person crew living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). (more...)
Steam Direct to Replace Steam Greenlight: Valve Steam Direct to Replace Steam Greenlight: Valve
- February 13, 2017

Steam Direct is still in the early development stages. This service catalyzed the curation process by giving community members a say in what games made it onto the store. Such has been a natural part of company growth and content. "Another reading of "recoupable" would mean you are supposed to kickstart your fee somehow, or it comes out of your games sales, or something". (more...)
Chelsea fans blame one player for their 1-1 draw with Burnley Chelsea fans blame one player for their 1-1 draw with Burnley
- February 13, 2017

His tactical approach of three central defenders, shielded by central-midfielders N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic (with two attacking wing-backs) has worked wonders for his side, helping them establish a comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League. (more...)
Sprint's limited time promo offers five lines of unlimited data for $90 Sprint's limited time promo offers five lines of unlimited data for $90
- February 12, 2017

Adding a second person takes the total to $90 per month. One line is priced at Dollars 50 per month. All the lines will have unlimited data, though Sprint notes "Data depriortizatioan applies during times of congestion", meaning they are subject to being throttled. (more...)
Ford inks billion-dollar AI deal
- February 12, 2017

With this investment , Argo AI, a company that has been started by executives from Google and Uber self-driving divisions, will receive a huge boost. Argo AI, led by Google and Uber veterans, will combine with Ford's existing team to develop a fully self-driving vehicle. Rander is also a cofounder who serves as the company's COO. (more...)
Nintendo Turns The Switch Into A Crying Baby
- February 11, 2017

Most are pretty basic, like milking a virtual cow, for example, but one of them - a game Nintendo calls simply " Baby " - might indeed be the absolute worst game concept in the history of video games. I'm not sure why anyone would want to show off their JoyCon shaking skills in front of friends and family, but hey, every family is different I guess. (more...)
Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe Are Identical In This Instagram Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe Are Identical In This Instagram
- February 10, 2017

Reese Witherspoon and her daughter Ava Phillippe were totally #twinning at the premiere of "Big Little Lies" on February 7 in Los Angeles! She said: "We talked about nothing to do with work". "We met that night and I remember thinking, I had such a crush on him and he wasn't interested in me", she recalled. Ava has posted a number of pics on her own Instagram account of them together. (more...)
The 6 best new features of Android Wear 2.0 The 6 best new features of Android Wear 2.0
- February 09, 2017

An illustration of a shelf display for the watch was sighted somewhere. The LG Watch Sport features a 1.38-inch P-OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The watch also supports connectivity options such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC , and LTE. That battery is not driving almost as much hardware though as the LG Watch Style does not get LTE, GPS, or NFC chips nor does it get the heart-rate monitor. (more...)
Apple gets Amazon Fire TV exec to join its Apple TV team
- February 09, 2017

The news of Twerdahl's switch from Amazon to Apple was first spotted by Bloomberg . Apple hiring a member of the Fire TV team may come with some controversy. Apple's move represents the renewed focus to Apple TV and providing more content for the device. It's thought the failure to secure such deals is the reason Apple's long-rumoured TV streaming service is yet to launch. (more...)
Facebook Expands 'Safety Check' To Facilitate Aid In Emergencies Facebook Expands 'Safety Check' To Facilitate Aid In Emergencies
- February 09, 2017

Those who need help, meanwhile, can search within "find help", to connect with others in their area who are able to provide assistance. "Safety Check was used for the first time in the United States in June after a gunman massacred 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida". (more...)