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Hacking the friendly skies: creating apps for wearables at 36,000 feet

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 21:00
Few activities are as taxing, time-consuming and mentally draining as air travel, and there are hundreds of thousands of travel-related apps to help us get from point A to point B with as little hassle as possible. But there's always room for...

Engadget Live Seattle is this Friday!

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 20:50
To all our wonderful friends in Seattle, let's make it clear: there's no better place to be this Friday (July 18th) at 7PM than the Showbox SODO for our second Engadget Live event of the year! Why is this a cant-miss event? Flip through the gallery...

GM wants voice-controlled cars that learn what you really mean

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 20:28
Voice control is easy to find in cars, but it's not always intuitive. You often have to use specific syntax, which might be hard to remember when you're barreling down the highway. GM may have a smarter approach in store, though. The Wall Street...

GM wants voice-controlled cars that learn what you really mean

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 20:28
Voice control is easy to find in cars, but it's not always intuitive. You often have to use specific syntax, which might be hard to remember when you're barreling down the highway. GM may have a smarter approach in store, though. The Wall Street...

PayPal's app can now save your loyalty cards

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 20:01
If Joe's Diner gives you a free slider every ten meals, you may no longer need to schlep around a punch card if you use PayPal. It's latest iOS app now works with loyalty cards from select retailers just by scanning a barcode on your physical card....

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Slashdot - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 19:43
An anonymous reader writes: My niece, who is graduating from high school, has asked me for some career advice. Since I work in data processing, my first thought was to recommend a degree course in computer science or computer engineering. However, after reading books by Jeremy Rifkin (The Third Industrial Revolution) and Ray Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind), I now wonder whether a career in information technology is actually better than, say, becoming a lawyer or a construction worker. While the two authors differ in their political persuasions (Rifkin is a Green leftist and Kurzweil is a Libertarian transhumanist), both foresee an increasingly automated future where most of humanity would become either jobless or underemployed by the middle of the century. While robots take over the production of consumer hardware, Big Data algorithms like the ones used by Google and IBM appear to be displacing even white collar tech workers. How long before the only ones left on the payroll are the few "rockstar" programmers and administrators needed to maintain the system? Besides politics and drug dealing, what jobs are really future-proof? Would it be better if my niece took a course in the Arts, since creativity is looking to be one of humanity's final frontiers against the inevitable Rise of the Machines?

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FCC extends the deadline for comments on net neutrality until Friday night

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 19:34
The FCC asked for comments on its proposal for a new version of net neutrality -- that sets up rules allowing ISPs to sell access to "fast lanes" -- and the internet has responded loudly. Over 647,000 messages were received as of last week, and today...

FCC extends the deadline for comments on net neutrality until Friday night

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 19:34
The FCC asked for comments on its proposal for a new version of net neutrality -- that sets up rules allowing ISPs to sell access to "fast lanes" -- and the internet has responded loudly. Over 647,000 messages were received as of last week, and today...

Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

Slashdot - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 19:00
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today announced the release of mozjpeg version 2.0. The JPEG encoder is now capable of reducing the size of both baseline and progressive JPEGs by 5 percent on average (compared to those produced by the standard JPEG library libjpeg-turbo upon which mozjpeg is based). Mozilla today also revealed that Facebook is testing mozjpeg 2.0 to see whether it can be used to improve the compression of images on Facebook.com. The company has even donated $60,000 to contribute to the ongoing development of the technology.

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Nike's new baseball glove construction doesn't take months to break in

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 19:00
If you've ever had to break in a new baseball glove, you know that the process take time -- usually a few months at best. It can take all of Spring Training for pro players to get the leather worked out, but even then, fielders are left with hauling...

ESPN dusts off its Fantasy Football app ahead of draft day

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:28
Football season will be here in a matter of weeks, so to help fantasy football enthusiasts keep tabs on their rosters, ESPN has updated its suite of apps dedicated to the task. In addition to a fresh coat of paint for the UI, you'll be able to create...

ESPN dusts off its Fantasy Football app ahead of draft day

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:28
Football season will be here in a matter of weeks, so to help fantasy football enthusiasts keep tabs on their rosters, ESPN has updated its suite of apps dedicated to the task. In addition to a fresh coat of paint for the UI, you'll be able to create...

ESPN dusts off its Fantasy Football app ahead of draft day

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:28
Football season will be here in a matter of weeks, so to help fantasy football enthusiasts keep tabs on their rosters, ESPN has updated its suite of apps dedicated to the task. In addition to a fresh coat of paint for the UI, you'll be able to create...

LeapTV combines Wii-style controls with educational games

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:01
Plopping kids down in front of the boob tube can be a great way for parents to snatch a few seconds of peace, but now kids can be entertained with LeapFrog's LeapTV active video game console. The company's been known for its educational tablets, but...

LeapTV combines Wii-style controls with educational games

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 18:01
Plopping kids down in front of the boob tube can be a great way for parents to snatch a few seconds of peace, but now kids can be entertained with LeapFrog's LeapTV active video game console. The company's been known for its educational tablets, but...

Some new Windows Phones won't let you change your web search provider

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:37
If you're picking up a shiny new Lumia 630 or 930 in the near future, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. The Verge has discovered that at least some unlocked versions of either Windows Phone won't let you switch Internet Explorer's default...

Some new Windows Phones won't let you change your web search provider

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:37
If you're picking up a shiny new Lumia 630 or 930 in the near future, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. The Verge has discovered that at least some unlocked versions of either Windows Phone won't let you switch Internet Explorer's default...

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Slashdot - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:35
First time accepted submitter neanderslob (1207704) writes Last Friday, over a year after the petition gained the required signatures for a response, the White House rejected a We the People petition to "Allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states." The letter went on to defend the administration by citing their initiatives "in promoting vehicle efficiency." In response, Tesla is firing back, blasting the White House for a lack of leadership on the issue and stating "138,469 people signed the petition asking the White House to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consumers in all 50 states. More than a year later, at 7.30pm EST on Friday as most of America prepared for the weekend, the White House released its disappointing response to those people. Rather than seize an opportunity to promote innovation and support the first successful American car company to be started in more than a century, the White House issued a response that was even more timid than its rejection of a petition to begin construction of a Death Star." There's a legal issue here: the executive can't just wave state law aside. But they could suggest Congress write new laws instead of just noting that Congress would need to take action.

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Yahoo Japan will erase your digital footprint after you pass away

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:10
What happens to your online life after you've passed away? Unless you've left your passwords in the will, those Facebook and Twitter profiles will linger on for years to come. If you'd prefer your digital life to be as neatly tidied up as your real...

Yahoo Japan will erase your digital footprint after you pass away

Engadget - Tue, 15/07/2014 - 17:10
What happens to your online life after you've passed away? Unless you've left your passwords in the will, those Facebook and Twitter profiles will linger on for years to come. If you'd prefer your digital life to be as neatly tidied up as your real...

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