Ride-sharing firm Uber will begin allowing users to hail a self-driving car in a US city later this month, it confirms.
Huge leaks of data from US organisations have been attributed by some to Russia, so has the former Soviet state launched cyberwar on the US elections?
Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2 (Eric Newcomer/Bloomberg)(5 days ago)
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2 — After touting profitability in the U.S. early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million.
New York Times:WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook — SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service's millions of users.
LONDON (Reuters) - Ride service Uber [UBER.UL], which enables users to instantly hail a taxi ride using their smartphone, will allow customers to book trips days or weeks in advance in London, the first European city to get the option.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some information security companies that were shut out of the leading system for sharing data on malicious software are revealing more about how their own systems work in hopes of rejoining the cooperative effort, a shift that should improve protections for customers throughout the industry.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese truck driver playing Pokemon Go while driving hit two women, killing one and injuring the other, in Japan's first death related to the Nintendo Co craze.
(Reuters) - WhatsApp, Facebook Inc's popular messaging service, will start sharing users' phone numbers with its parent, allowing for more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on the social network.
Transport app Uber allows customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance.
Mark Zuckerberg is flying to Rome to chat up local Facebook users, days after a devastating earthquake struck central Italy.
Automatic braking is a great safety feature which will soon be standard on virtually all new cars in the United States. But don't trust it to keep you out of an accident, AAA says.
Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS (Bloomberg)(5 days ago)
Bloomberg:Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS — Company looks to catch up as video sharing gains popularity — Engineers test deeper social ties across iPhone, iPad software — Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity …
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.
As the industry races to make driverless cars viable, a small fleet of computer-driven taxis are taking passengers in Singapore.
New independent data suggests that the augmented reality craze is beginning to cool off.
Google will give a lower search ranking to sites with "frustrating" pop-up ads from 2017.
Intimate images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones and racist photos appear on her website after it was targeted in a cyber-attack.
Engineers in the US have built the first self-contained, entirely soft robot - in the shape of a 7cm octopus.
Catholic church authorities in Ireland order a review of social media access for trainee priests after allegations some of them used the gay dating app Grindr.
A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.
It's been a little more than 4 year since Canon unveiled the EOS 5D Mark III. Today, Canon took the wraps off its successor -- the EOS 5D Mark IV. The Mark IV features a 34-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Digic 6+ processor with support for capturing 4K video at 23.98, 24, 25 and 30 fps. In addition, it features a 61-point autofocus system, built-in digital lens optimizer, NFC, Wi-Fi and an ISO range of 100-32,000. The continuous shooting mode is set at 7 fps, compared to 6 fps on the 5D Mark III. It will also take both CompactFlash and SD cards, and there is GPS included in the body for geotagging images. Canon is selling the Mark IV in early September for $3,499 for the body only. They're also selling two new L-series EF lenses -- the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens. President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc, Yichi Ishizuka said in a statement: "Canon's EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV -- the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery." Here's a blast from the past: Canon's EOS 1Ds Mark II. Slashdot reader LoudMusic submitted this[..]
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-day record set earlier this year by astronaut Scott Kelly at the end of his nearly one-year stay aboard the lab complex. Williams now moves up to 17th on the list of the world's most experienced astronauts and cosmonauts. The overall record is held by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who logged 878 days in orbit over five missions. Williams, Soyuz TMA-20M commander Alexey Ovchinin and flight engineer Oleg Skripochka were launched to the space station March 18. They plan to return to Earth Sept. 6 (U.S. time), landing in Kazakhstan to close out a 172-day mission. At landing, Williams will have logged 534 days aloft, moving him up to 14th on the space endurance list. Williams first flew in space in 2000 aboard the shuttle Atlantis, the third shuttle flight devoted to station assembly. He served as a flight engineer aboard the station in 2006 and completed a second long-duration stay in 2010, serving as a flight engineer and then commander of Expedition 22. "I wanted to congratulate you on passing me up here in total number of days in space," Kelly radioed Williams Wednesday. "It's great to see another record broken. [...] But I do have one question for you. And my question is, do you have another 190 days in you?" Kelly was referring to the time Williams' current mission would have to be[..]
A driver playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel in Japan is arrested after hitting two women, killing one of them, say police.
Asian organisations are the worst prepared against cyber-attacks globally, according to US security company Mandiant.
New research led by scientists at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth suggests that humans first started to significantly change the climate in the 1830s, near the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The findings have been published in the journal Nature, and "were based on natural records of climate variation in the world's oceans and continents, including those found in corals, ice cores, tree rings and the changing chemistry of stalagmites in caves." Sydney Morning Herald reports: "Nerilie Abram, another of the lead authors and an associate professor at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth Sciences, said greenhouse gas levels rose from about 280 parts per million in the 1830s to about 295 ppm by the end of that century. They now exceed 400 ppm. Understanding how humans were already altering the composition of the atmosphere through the 19th century means the warming is closer to the 1.5 to 2 degrees target agreed at last year's Paris climate summit than most people realize." "It was one of those moments where science really surprised us," says Abram. "But the results were clear. The climate warming we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
HP reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 4% YoY, marking third decline in quarterly sales since November split (Jonathan Vanian/Fortune)(5 days ago)
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:HP reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 4% YoY, marking third decline in quarterly sales since November split — HP Inc. continues to face challenges during its first year as an independent company. — The printer and personal computer giant said Wednesday that its latest quarterly revenue dropped 4% year over year to $11.9 billion.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Wednesday his organization planned to release "significant" information linked to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before the Nov. 8 election.
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Researchers have created the first completely soft-bodied robot, dubbed the 'octobot.' The palm-sized machine's exterior is made of silicone. And whereas other soft robots have had at least a few hard parts, such as batteries or wires, the octobot uses a small reservoir of hydrogen peroxide as fuel. The basic design can be scaled up or down, increasing or decreasing fuel capacity depending on the robot's job. As the field of soft robotics advances, the scientists envision these robots being used for marine search and rescue, oceanic temperature sensing, and military surveillance. The report adds: "When the hydrogen peroxide washes over flecks of platinum embedded within the octobot, the resulting chemical reaction produces gas that inflates and flexes the robot's arms. As described online today in Nature, the gas flows through a series of 3D-printed pneumatic chambers that link the octobot's eight arms; their flexing propels it through water." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs (Jim Weber/LinkedIn Pulse)(5 days ago)
Jim Weber / LinkedIn Pulse:Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs — I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones' online bully and terrorists. Apparently those who post a GIF …
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmodo: "Two Harvard undergraduates have created a service called Legalist that uses what they call 'data-backed litigation financing,' analyzing civil lawsuits with an algorithm to predict case outcomes and determine which civil lawsuits are worth investing in," reports Gizmodo. The process is very similar to what billionaire Peter Thiel did when he secretly funded a lawsuit from Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. "Legalist says it uses an algorithm of 58 different variables including, as [Legalist cofounder] Eva Shang told the Silicon Valley Business Journal, who the presiding judge is and the number of cases the judge is currently working on. The algorithm has been fed cases dating back to 1989 and helps people figure out how long a case will last and the risks associated with it. In a presentation at Y Combinator's Demo Day on Tuesday [Legalist was developed as part of Y Combinator's Summer 2016 class], the founders claimed that the startup funded one lawsuit for $75,000 and expects a return of more than $1 million. Shang says the $1.40 is earned for every $1 spent in litigation financing, which can prove to be a profitable enterprise when you're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars." Shang told Business Insider in reference to the Gawker lawsuit, "That's the kind of thing we're staying away from here." The company will supposedly be focusing on commercial and small-business lawsuits, and will not be backing lawsuits by[..]
Legalist, a startup launched by a Thiel Fellow, will fund lawsuits in exchange for up to 50% cut of settlement based on algorithmic calculation of winning (Biz Carson/Business Insider)(5 days ago)
Biz Carson / Business Insider:Legalist, a startup launched by a Thiel Fellow, will fund lawsuits in exchange for up to 50% cut of settlement based on algorithmic calculation of winning — It's a startup idea that looks like it's ripped straight from the headlines. — This summer, Forbes revealed that tech luminary Peter Thiel …
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers. Backstage is expected to launch by the end of the year, possibly this fall, on mobile and desktop, initially with select popular YouTube accounts and with limited features, VentureBeat has learned. Akin to a Facebook Timeline or Twitter profile, Backstage will live alongside the Home and Videos tabs within individual YouTube channels. Posts shared to Backstage will appear in reverse chronological order, and, crucially, will also appear in subscribers' feeds and notifications, making them highly visible to fans. While Backstage is expected to introduce entirely new types of content to YouTube, including tweet-like text posts and topical polls, it also presents new opportunities for video sharing. Backstage will eventually enable users to share both traditional YouTube videos and Backstage-only videos, possibly creating an opportunity for more intimate, or even ephemeral, video sharing between YouTubers and their fans. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The world's largest aircraft crash landed at the end of its second test flight on Wednesday.
Hours after Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, his successor Tim Cook sent an email to reassure employees about the company's future.
Apple's co-founder has a warning for the company: Keep the headphone jack.
Swiss Post, the national postal service in Switzerland, will test robots next month in three cities to deliver food and medicine.
The Indian government is investigating the leak of more than 22,000 pages of documents that reveal secret data about its new high-tech fleet of submarines.
Getting good WiFi at a sporting event isn't easy. But researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory think they've solved this problem.
Bill Gates' net worth has crossed the $90 billion threshold, according to a real-time rankings from Bloomberg's Billionaire Index.
In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe.
Despite almost two years of silence, NASA never stopped searching for its long lost spacecraft STEREO-B.
Imagine a mostly dead planet with a heavy, toxic atmosphere 90 times thicker than ours and surface temperatures that reach 864 degrees: hot enough to melt lead.