I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn't know it. I found it interesting to see which spots Google logged for me over the past week or month, and I don't plan on disabling the service. It's nice to know, however, that I can delete portions of my location history or all of it, as well as disable the feature from tracking me in the future.
It's finals week at UC Davis, and the campus is gearing up to help students who may find themselves in crisis mode with today's launch of a mobile-friendly Web site that directs them to the most appropriate resources on campus and beyond. The service could be life-saving, given suicide is reportedly the second-leading cause of death among college students.… Read more
So you bought an iPad Air that turned out to be a demo model. So what?
That was the reaction of some after a Canadian woman was sold one at Target. She found photos and contacts already loaded on it and didn't think this constituted a brand-new tablet.
"What is so hard about plugging it into your computer and doing a factory restore from within iTunes? Rocket Science," offered one CNET commenter to her story.
So please, now listen to a different tale. It's that of Monica Hall. At the end, please consider what sort of … Read more
Uber passengers may be getting a faint whiff of pine trees in their next ride. That's because the car service is kicking off a promotion to deliver Christmas trees to customers' doorsteps.
To promote its service, Uber has teamed up with The Home Depot to deliver on-demand Christmas trees in 10 US cities for one-day only. On Thursday, people will be able to open their Uber smartphone app, click on "UberTree," and have a freshly cut Christmas tree and stand at their home or office within minutes.
"Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree … Read more
Most of us take for granted the ability to handle chores like loading a washing machine and turning it on. For some people with disabilities, though, it's not so simple. Commercial laundry solutions company JTM Service in the UK hacked a washing machine in partnership with manufacturer Miele to create the Woof to Wash machine. The washer is designed to be used by assistance dogs.
Duffy, a 2-year-old golden Labrador, is the test pilot for the machine. The pooch is trained by Support Dogs, a charity organization that provides assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. Duffy opens the washing machine door, loads it from a laundry basket, closes the door, and then barks to activate a voice sensor to turn the machine on.… Read more
For a company with as much expertise in running massive data centers packed with computing power, it's got to sting that Amazon Web Services gets all the glory when customers need cloud-computing infrastructure.
Which is doubtless why Google is happy that its Google Compute Engine is out of testing and now generally available to all comers. The service offers a pool of servers on which customers can run various versions of Linux, paying for usage and riding assurances that the systems will be up and running at least 99.95 percent of the time.
Ari Balogh, a Google vice … Read more
Supercomputing, by definition, is never going to be cheap. But a company called Cycle Computing wants to make it more accessible by matching computing jobs with Amazon's mammoth computing infrastructure.
On Tuesday, the company announced a new record use of its technology: a simulation by Mark Thompson of the University of Southern California to see which of 205,000 organic compounds could be used for photovoltaic cells. The simulation drew upon the power of 156,314 processor cores at Amazon Web Services for 18 hours to test the chemicals with Schrodinger Materials Science software for computational chemistry, Cycle Computing … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Compelling interview with a 15-year-old girl who can feel the emotion of machines.
- Xbox One preorders ship early, reveal large game file sizes.
- Amazon to begin offering Sunday delivery option for purchases.
Remember when you used to let friends and family borrow a DVD? Streamnation would really like you to start doing that again, but with your digital media.
What started off as just a way to store, stream, and share your own original photos and videos is now also a way to view and lend your movie and TV show collections to friends and family as well as borrow from theirs.
After a week of intense interest in what Google has been building on barges in the San Francisco Bay and in Maine's Casco Bay, the mystery may well be over: The tech giant is developing a reconfigurable, invite-only showroom for Google X-related projects and products.
According to a report from CBS' San Francisco affiliate KPIX, Google has been working on the project for more than a year, and the plan is to make the showroom movable and also capable of being taken apart and reassembled as needed. The idea is that elements of it could be on the water … Read more