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Sony's turntable for audiophiles is now on sale for $599.99

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:33

Sony's PS-HX500 turntable, which was a standout at CES back in January, is about to launch at retail. Today the company announced that it's taking orders for the $599.99 turntable, and the device will be hitting stores on May 22nd. If all you're looking to do is relax, lean back, and listen to some records, well, there's not much setting Sony's new unit apart from a slew of great alternatives.


This PC's Pop-Up Privacy Cam Is Brilliant

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:28

With all of the horror stories about creeps spying on peeps through their webcams, it's no wonder that many folks just tape over webcams. But HP has a smarter solution with its new Pavilion All-in-One, available in July and starting at $749. With a simple push, you can pop-up this PC's Privacy Camera to turn it and the microphone on, or push the camera back down to turn it all off.


Warning: Sex and Tesla Autopilot do not mix

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:28
Once self-driving cars take over, you’ll be able to do plenty of other things while sitting behind the wheel and waiting to get to your destination. You could sleep, work, watch TV, and plenty more. However, one Canadian expert is concerned about one other distraction when driving in semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars: Sex behind the wheel. DON’T MISS: Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner "I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars," Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence’s Barrie Kirk told the Toronto Sun . "That's one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, 'Take over.'" Canadian authorities are worried that drivers will ignore paying attention to the driving part when it comes to cars that have self-driving abilities. Systems such as Tesla’s limited Autopilot feature aren’t fully autonomous, meaning they should be used with the driver ready to pick up manual control on a whim – Volvo recently blasted Tesla for its Autopilot that will disengage in situations where it can’t determine the course of action. "The issue of the attentive driver is ... problematic," wrote federal officials in notes for Transport Minister Mark Garneau. The notes cite media reports where Tesla drivers engaged in questionable practices behind the wheel like reading a newspaper or brushing their teeth. Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t meant to take full control of the vehicle and needs human supervision in its current form. The Canadian government is looking to develop laws that would govern self-driving cars. The regulations will require that vehicles be equipped with a "failsafe mechanism that can respond to situations when the driver is not available. Ontario also wants an expert in autonomous vehicles to be in the driver’s seat, ready to take control at a moment’s notice. Officials also suggest that car makers deploy “black box” data recorders inside autonomous vehicles.

Spotify just got way easier to navigate on iOS

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:09

Spotify is making a small but meaningful design change on iOS today: it's removing the hamburger button and replacing it with a navigation bar along the bottom of the screen. This better matches the rest of iOS, and — more importantly — does a better job of putting commonly used features right in front of users. The hamburger button — those three lines in the top corner of the screen that reveal a slide out menu — has always been a bit more of an Android thing, and even there is on its way out.


Let's talk about emoji

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:08

Kim Kardashian created Kimoji. Giphy just launched a GIF keyboard. Starbucks has its own branded emoji. Bitmoji personalized emoji and was acquired by Snapchat. Soon, every company, celebrity, and perhaps regular human, will get their own custom keyboards. Do emoji degrade our language? Are brands corroding communication? Are we doomed to brandspeak? Jake and Ashley discuss live, on-air, in real time, on Facebook.


Ellen Pao launches advocacy group to improve diversity in the tech industry

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:04

Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist, today announced the launch of Project Include, an advocacy group aimed at improving diversity in the technology industry. The group was started by Pao and fellow female engineers and executives, including members of Slack, Pinterest, and other Bay Area VC firms. "Project Include started as dinner brainstorming sessions on how to make tech meaningfully more diverse," Pao said in a statement.


10 last-minute gadgets that your mother is going to love

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:57
On Monday we published a Mother's Day gift guide that was unlike all the other guides you see around the web. Instead of including cooking tools and beauty supplies, we focused on cool tech gifts that today's mothers will definitely be into. Of course, some mothers are more into technology than others, so we wanted to share one more guide for all you last-minute Mother's Day shoppers out there. Today's Mother's Day gift guide still focuses on gadgets, but they're all items that more traditional moms might appreciate. After all, not every mom wants a tablet or a digital camera for Mother's Day. As was the case with all the items in yesterday's guide , today's 10 devices are all Amazon Prime eligible so they'll arrive in time for Mother's Day this Sunday, May 8. DON'T MISS:  300 free wallpapers that will breathe new life into your iPhone (or Android phone) This nifty little light will automatically illuminate your mom's purse when she opens it to dig around for the cell phone she never answers when you call her. Brainstream SOI Handbag/Purse Light with Automatic Sensor : $31.99 with free Prime shipping Healthy frozen treats are a breeze with this cool gadget. Just drop in some ice and fresh fruit, and you're done. Yonanas Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker - 100% Fruit Soft-Serve Maker (Black and Silver) : $49.59 with free Prime shipping This cute little "Angry Mama" cleans any microwave in no time, no elbow grease required. Kitchen Gizmo Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner : $14.49 with free Prime shipping The perfect gift for any expectant mother. These stuffed animals come with a little recorder that she can bring to her next ultrasound. It'll record 20 seconds of her baby's heartbeat that will replay each time she gives the stuffed animal a hug. We've included three different options here: Lil' Monkey Heartbeat Bear Kit : $26.99 with free Prime shipping Lil' Giraffe Heartbeat Buddy : $26.99 with free Prime shipping Lil' Elephant Heartbeat Bear Kit : $26.99 with free Prime shipping Every mom just wants to chill out and read a book every now and then, so get her a device that will hold thousands of options. The Kindle is the best in the business, and right now it's on sale! Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers : $59.99 with free Prime shipping Help your mom enjoy her next cup of coffee in style. Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., Chrome : $22.49 with free Prime shipping There isn't a mother on the planet who would refuse the help of a robot when it comes to vacuuming the house. iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot : $594.99 with free Prime shipping What, you're going to buy your mom a robot to vacuum but you're still going to make her mop? iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot : $254.99 with free Prime shipping Your mom will think of you every time it snows when she gets into a car that's already nice and toasty. Viper 4105V 1-Way Remote Start System : $42.99 with free Prime shipping The next time your mother is out in the back yard enjoying a hot cup of coffee or reading a book on her new Kindle, this patio umbrella light will let her relax as long as she wants even after the sun goes down. Amir Patio Umbrella Light - Wireless 24 LED Lights At 12,000 lux - 3 x AA Battery Operated, Umbrella Pole Light : $17.99 with free Prime shipping

Nextbit Robin will be $299 at Amazon for a week

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:44

Nextbit announced that its Robin smartphone will be available for $299 through Amazon from May 4th through May 10th. The Robin features a unique industrial design and a software system that will automatically back up your photos and apps to Nextbit's cloud servers, extending the device's 32GB to more than 100GB without the use of an SD card or higher costs associated with more on-board storage.


‘Dishonored 2’ will come to PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 11th

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:37
One of the most celebrated games of the last generation is getting a sequel, and now we know its release date. Bethesda announced on Tuesday that Dishonored 2  would finally be making its way to store shelves on November 11th, a little over four years after the first game released in 2012. SEE MORE:  Watch the first trailer for ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,’ coming November 4th Unfortunately, that's all that Bethesda was willing to spill about the Arkane Studios game. More information will be available in Game Informer's cover story (hitting newsstands this weekend), but Bethesda is saving the gameplay reveal for its E3 2016 showcase, which will be held in Los Angeles on June 12th at 10 p.m. ET. "Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2 ," says Bethesda. "Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano?" "Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes as you play through each of the game’s hand-crafted missions." Dishonored 2 launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 11th, 2016.

Lifestyle-as-a-service app Hobnob explains why small is the new big

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:22

Digital products are infinitely replicable. Real world events, on the other hand, are exclusive and limited. One app is trying to put a new premium on access to people and events in real life.


Rich people build a one-off carbon fiber Batmobile to take on a rich people adventure

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:20

Some wealthy car enthusiasts have taken a Lamborghini Gallardo and used a lot of carbon fiber and engineering talent to turn it into a stealthy, Batmobile-esque hypercar / fighter jet on wheels. Now they're going to take it from Dublin to Bucharest on the 2016 edition of the Gumball Rally.


A Chinese company can use the name 'iPhone' for non-Apple products, court rules

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:13

A long-drawn-out battle has been ensuing between tech giant Apple and a Chinese company you probably haven't heard of — and it's not looking good for Silicon Valley's star child. Apple recently lost a trademark suit against Beijing's Xintong Tiandi Technology, which has been selling leather goods like handbags, cell phone cases, and more with the brand name "IPHONE," Quartz reported. The trademark dispute between Apple and the local Chinese company began in 2012 as Apple fought to gain exclusive rights over the iPhone brand.


You can now watch Drake and Zane Lowe's hour-long Beats 1 interview

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:11

While many of his fans were listening to his new album Views for the first time, Drake was conducting an extensive interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe live on Beats 1. Drake and Lowe's conversation isn't hard-hitting or revelatory, but it's interesting to hear him hold court on some of music's other major figures. The most exciting piece of information revolves around a potential Kanye West collaboration: "We were supposed to do a mixtape together, an album together," says Drake.


Watch Tesla’s ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’ eliminate air pollution in seconds

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:01
Tesla this week really seems intent on letting the world know about the "Bioweapon Defense Mode" feature it debuted on the Model X. In a blogpost published earlier this week, Tesla posted some interesting scientific data highlighting the effectiveness of its air filtration system. As Tesla tells it, when a driver turns on the Bioweapon Defense Mode feature, the Model X's air filter is 300 times more effective at filtering out bacteria, 700 times more effective at filtering smog and an impressive 800 times more effective at filtering out viruses. DON'T MISS:  Watch Barack Obama roast Donald Trump then drop the mic in his final Correspondents’ Dinner "Inspired by the air filtration systems used in hospitals, clean rooms, and the space industry," Tesla writes, "we developed a HEPA filtration system capable of stripping the outside air of pollen, bacteria, and pollution before they enter the cabin and systematically scrubbing the air inside the cabin to eliminate any trace of these particles. " "The end result," Tesla continues, "is a filtration system hundreds of times more efficient than standard automotive filters, capable of providing the driver and her passengers with the best possible cabin air quality no matter what is happening in the environment around them." Putting their money where there mouth is, Tesla late on Monday published a video to Twitter which highlights how the air pollution level inside a car drops drastically when Bioweapon Defense Mode is engaged. Watch air pollution levels inside Model X drastically drop when we turn on Bioweapon Defense Mode in Beijing pic.twitter.com/HLjyvj3H2C — Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) May 3, 2016 For those interested, below is a video of Elon Musk introducing the feature for the first time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q800iL6AWJM

Puma's Track Robot Will Make You Run Faster

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:00

Puma has developed a speedy line-following robot called the BeatBot.


#FredinChina: Durex launches the weirdest PR event ever

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:58

I'm Fred Raillard, CEO, Co-founder and Creative Chief Officer of FRED & FARID, a social, content, tech solutions for brands company based in Paris, Shanghai, Beijing and New York. In partnership with FRED & FARID, BFM Business launches #FredinChina, a social media podcast in "Chine Hebdo", the weekly radio broadcast of Mathieu Jolivet....