It doesn't matter if it's lights, door locks, a plug, cameras, a thermostat, motion sensors, shades or whatever -- the Home app can handle all of it in one place, and you'll be able to control things using Siri voice assistant commands, too.There's a growing list of options, but we're here to help you winnow it down to the best of the best HomeKit devices.Here are our top picks for HomeKit households, all based on years of tests at the CNET Smart Home.You can pair Apple HomeKit devices with your iPhone as soon as you set them up, but if you want to control products when you're away from home, then you'll need a HomeKit hub.Read more: Everything you need to know about Apple HomeKitApple doesn't offer a standalone HomeKit hub, and instead, forces you to choose between three high-priced Apple gadgets that can all do the job: The HomePod smart speaker, a third-gen-or-better Apple TV, or a dedicated, always-on iPad.
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 44 vaping products, including items sold for hookahs and e-liquids, to be pulled from shelves in the United States.These products can’t be legally sold, according to the agency, because the companies behind them do not have the proper marketing authorization.The news arrives amid the FDA’s ongoing investigation of a possible link between vaping and seizures.According to the FDA, the following companies are selling a variety of vaping products illegally, meaning without marketing authorization from the agency: Liquid Labs USA, V8P Juice International, Hookah Imports, and Mighty Vapors.Products covered by the notice include some ‘Hulk Tears’ products, multiple ‘V8P Saltz’ products, and more.The companies have been given 15 working days to respond to the FDA with info on, among other things, when they plan to discontinue distribution and/or sales of applicable products.
Event If you’re thinking about doing machine learning, one of the first choices you’ll have to make is "what will I actually run on my machines?"At MCubed, brought to you by The Register and Heise, our speakers will cover key tools and frameworks, showing you how to get up and running, and if you’re ready, taking you right to the edge of what’s possible.So, if you’re looking to nail down the basics with TensorFlow, David Tyler will get you started.If you want to experiment with TensorFlow in the browser, check out this session from Oliver Zeigermann, while Lars Gregori will take you through embedded and edge applications.Likewise, IAV’s Fabian Bormann will both introduce PyTorch and show how to migrate existing projects to it, while Datanizing’s Christian Winkler will examine the role of mutliple text mining techniques, including word2vec, GloVe, fastText, ELMo and BERTAnd we’ll even consider whether some frameworks are past their prime, with IAV’s Sara Bartram.
Samsung unveiled a quick scanning feature to its Note 10 phone that lets you walk around an object and quickly get a seemingly photo-realistic 3D scan of it in seconds.Samsung dropped the news at its flashy Unpacked event in New York, which aws expected to unveil the company's Galaxy Note 10 lineup.As phone price tags have increased across the industry, and people upgrade less often, handset makers like Samsung have been leaning into other technologies and services hoping to grab attention.iOS 13 comes with new Siri voice, dark mode, privacy features: All the new software Apple will soon deliver to your iPhone.We tested 5G speeds in 13 cities.Here's what we found: Faster speed versus more coverage.
New York, NY--August 6, 2019--By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, a team of researchers at Columbia Engineering have transformed it into a 21st century robotic device that can provide light-touch assistance in walking to the aged and others with impaired mobility.A team led by Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering, has demonstrated, for the first time, the benefit of using an autonomous robot that "walks" alongside a person to provide light-touch support, much as one might lightly touch a companion's arm or sleeve to maintain balance while walking.Their study is published today in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters."Often, elderly people benefit from light hand-holding for support," explained Agrawal, who is also a member of Columbia University's Data Science Institute."We have developed a robotic cane attached to a mobile robot that automatically tracks a walking person and moves alongside" he continued.The device improves the individual's proprioception, or self-awareness in space, during walking, which in turn improves stability and balance.
Realme is clearly one of the fastest growing smartphone brands around, as the latest market-share reports show the company is now a top-ten global player.The good news doesn’t end there for the brand though, as Realme has just announced that it’s hit 10 million users since its May 2018 inception.We are immensely grateful for making us a family of 10 million globally in a short span of 14 months.With your love and support the realme journey will only get better.— realme Europe (@realmeeurope) August 5, 2019It’s a rather big figure for what is essentially a new brand, although the firm started out as an Oppo sub-brand.
Dennelind has a 12-month notice period, however, so he’s going nowhere in a hurry.But he’ll presumably be hoping they find his replacement sooner rather than later so he can have a nice big chunk of gardening leave and get some serious sauna time in.“It is a true privilege to serve as President and CEO of Telia Company, one of Sweden’s oldest and largest companies,” said Dennelind.“During the last years I have, together with the Board and my team, implemented a transformation and re-alignment of Telia into a company that is well-positioned and well-equipped for the future.“Telia Company is now entering a new phase with several opportunities for value-creation and with strong commitment from all our more than 20,000 employees.And it is after careful considerations that I now have decided to leave Telia and take on new challenges.
This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Tech firms are increasingly using data to help advertisers balance their TV and digital ad budgets.Data firm Lotame is rolling out a new product that aggregates app, web, and smart TV data that advertisers can use to create and measure audiences for ad targeting purposes.Lotame has to compete with marketing clouds like Salesforce and Adobe and a growing number of ad-tech firms that are also helping advertisers with ad targeting.Click here for more BI Prime stories.
Amazon has added a new feature in its Alexa smartphone app that allows users to opt out of having their voice recordings reviewed by humans.The feature comes amid growing privacy concerns over the practice, which is used to help the company — and others like it — improve the quality of their AI assistants.Finding the feature in the Alexa app isn’t entirely simple, however.Voice-activated personal assistants are a revolutionary technology for individuals who are disabled or otherwise unable to use a smartphone, and they’re a massive convenience for the rest of us.The assistants, including Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, are all available on smartphones in addition to smart speakers.However, privacy concerns about these assistants reached a tipping point in April when Bloomberg reported that a team of humans was tasked with listening to a small number of these user voice recordings in order to help improve the company’s software algorithms.
If you’ve just purchased a new PC, it is likely running either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.While these two versions of Windows will help you accomplish the same everyday computing tasks, Windows 10 Pro is slightly more advanced and more expensive at $200.It exclusively features encryption features like Bitlocker, and the ability to use Remote desktop to sign in from a PC while on the road.These features are all absent from the $140 Windows 10 Home.While all these features might not be for the average consumer, more technical-savvy users might want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to enjoy these.Luckily, if you’re wanting to switch from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro Microsoft makes it very easy.
The photography industry has long been – indeed, continues to be – dominated by men, but recent years have seen manufacturers and organizations attempt to address this gender imbalance through various approaches.Competitions and grants have become one way in which female photographers have been able to showcase their perspective on everyday matters, and Leica is now doing its bit to help create a more diverse pool of photographic voices with a new initiative.The US arm of the photographic specialist has launched the Leica Women Foto Project, a platform that will play host to ongoing programs and events designed for female photographers, as well as a photography award dedicated to the project.The award itself will see three photographers receive a $10,000 prize to support a personal project that's relevant to today's social and political climate, as well as the use of a Leica Q2 for a year.Once the year is up, the three recipients will pass those cameras on to next year's three winners, but will receive another camera in its place to help them continue their work."We enable growth through an expansion of thought when we actively support inclusivity through the photographic medium," says Kiran Karnani, Director of Marketing for Leica Camera North America.
The new option, which will appear during the setup process of a new Android phone, will allow users to select choose a default provider rather than Google being the immediate default.The new addition is being implemented following an EU Commission anti-trust ruling in 2018.The EU said Google had unfairly favored Chrome and its own search products on the Android platform.It was fined $5 billion for the offense.Regarding the new options, Google said Android users will have the opportunity to select a “search provider to power a search box on their home screen and as the default in Chrome (if installed).” Users may still change provider later.Google showed off an example of what this screen would look like on its blog, pictured below:
Google must be getting tired of leaks for its upcoming Pixel 4.In a tweet and blog post, Google outlined the two features – along with the new tech embedded in the phone that makes them possible.Pixel4 Learn more https://t.co/PYY0AFcnyI pic.twitter.com/f9v51VbXWdJuly 29, 2019Motion Sense is made possible by Soli, a motion-sensing radar Google says it’s been working on for the last half-decade.Soli is apparently a scaled-down version of the common technology, but used to detect intricate finger gestures instead of planes and ships.You’ll be able to use it for simple controls, like switching songs or apps, which makes it sound a lot like the LG G8’s Hand ID gesture control.
At just three years old, Alyssa Carson knew she wanted to be an astronaut, and since then, she’s worked tirelessly.Carson could soon become the first human to set foot on Mars — even if it means never returning back to Earth.“[In that episode] all the friends went on this imaginary adventure in their backyard which eventually brought them to Mars.So far, the training Carson has done to prepare for a trip to Mars is with Project PoSSUM, a private citizen science organization which works in developing the Final Frontier Space Suit Design, EVA.“We’re studying the earth’s upper atmosphere, and the ultimate goal is to have a suborbital flight into the mesosphere — the highest layer of the atmosphere,” Carson said.A trip to Mars may only seem possible in an episode of The Backyardigans, but last year, NASA announced its plans to launch a mission to the red planet by 2030.
There is a lot of talk about the nursery of the future, and most of it revolves around smart home tech.Smart lights provide soft illumination so you don’t trip over a stray rattler.Smart cameras let you peek in without waking the baby.Pampers is launching Lumi, a smart diaper that sends a push notification when your baby has a wet diaper.The system works thanks to a moisture strip built into the diaper and a reusable activity sensor.Parents attach the sensor to the exterior of the diaper.
The Department of Justice announced that its Antitrust Division is reviewing how the world’s largest technology companies have gotten that way and whether their business practices reduced competition or hurt consumers.In a statement the DOJ said that it will consider “widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media and some retail services online.”The language appears to be targeting Alphabet (the parent company of search giant Google), Amazon and Facebook specifically.Last week representatives from technology companies were hauled in before Congress to testify about their companies’ policies and practices.They were met with withering criticism from both the left and the right sides of the aisle over their businesses practices.Amazon was taken to task for its data collection and private label practices; Google for its ad business and manipulation of search results; and Facebook for just about everything involving the scope and breadth of its business or planned businesses.
After a couple of weeks from the previous ones, new rumors arrive.Further confirming the design of the Huawei Nova 5i Pro.The protagonist of a substantial leak with lots of unofficial press renderings and hardware specifications.Huawei has announced the nova 5 series last month with the nova 5, the 5i, and a 5 Pro models.Alongside these, the company was also expected to unveil the 5i Pro, but that didn’t happen.The smartphone will have a hole for the front camera in the 6.26″ FHD + display.
Need a new phone fast and don't like the look of the budget options out there but really don't want to spend $1000 on the latest flagship?That's what we've got for you today with this Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deal.The summer Walmart sale has been extended with site-wide discounts on tech, appliances, home items, and more.One of the best deals we've seen is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus phone that's on sale for just $237.99.That's a massive $600 price cut for the refurbished Samsung smartphone in 'excellent condition'.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus features a beautiful 6.2-inch end-to-end display that flows seamlessly into the aluminum shell.
Business travel SaaS startup, TravelPerk, has announced it’s more than doubled the $44M Series C round we wrote about just nine months ago — taking in a further $60M from its existing investors, which brings the round to $104M, and the business’ total raised to date to $134M.Investors increasing the size of their Series C commitment are Kinnevik, partners of DST Global, Target Global, Felix Capital, Sunstone, and LocalGlobe.A mere three years ago the 2015-founded, Barcelona-based startup had bagged a $7M Series A — with a pitch to take the pain out of business travel booking.Co-founder and CEO Avi Meir says this momentum is behind the Series C expansion.“We always knew that expanding this round was an option depending on performance, and as we exceeded even our most optimistic targets, we had the choice to stay on our same path or become even more aggressive.”“The team has grown 250% since January and bookings on the platform have increased by 300%,” he adds.
If you're trying to make a new chemical process for, say, pharmaceutical or materials research, you need to find the best of each of these variables.In a new publication in Nature, University of Utah chemists Jolene Reid and Matthew Sigman show how analyzing previously published chemical reaction data can predict how hypothetical reactions may proceed, narrowing the range of conditions chemists need to explore.Their algorithmic prediction process, which includes aspects of machine learning, can save valuable time and resources in chemical research."Once we have that we can adjust features of any reaction and actually predict how that adjustment will affect it.""So then you systematically change the conditions."But with several variables in each reaction--Sigman estimates around seven to 10 in a typical pharmaceutical reaction--the number of possible combinations of conditions becomes overwhelming.
Netflix has altered a controversial suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why more than two years after the teen series was released."We've heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help -- often for the first time," Netflix said in a statement Tuesday."As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show.So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we've decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one."13 Reasons Why is based on a 2007 novel by Jay Asher and follows a character named Clay as he listens to cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker that detail the reasons for her recent suicide and pin the blame for her decision on others, including friends and classmates.All 13 episodes of the first season were released March 2017.
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Elon Musk's neurotechnology company Neuralink pulled the veil back on its ambitions to implant chips in people's brains during a live presentation on Tuesday.During a Q, Musk surprised his Neuralink colleagues by announcing that the firm had tested its technology on monkeys with some success.Neuralink President Max Hodak said he wished the company didn't have to experiment on animals but it's a necessary "step in the process."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Elon Musk took his colleagues by surprise with an unplanned announcement at a presentation by his secretive neurotechnology company Neuralink on Tuesday.Musk cofounded Neuralink in 2016 and its goal is to create a chip which could enable a "brain-computer interface."
Summer’s finally here, and with it come blistering temperatures baking much of the U.S. As you swelter in a blistering home or office, you’ll inevitably do the mental math: do you grab a fan, grit your teeth and suffer through it — or do you crank up the air conditioner, resigned to the monster utility bill to follow?Split the difference by creating a comfortable micro-climate around you that doesn’t involve cooling an entire building.The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner accomplishes just that — and right now, you can save $20 on this eco-safe and wallet-friendly summer reliever for just $79.It may not look like a game-changer, but once you crank up this 2019 Red Dot Design Award-winner, you’ll feel its cooling powers in full effect within 10 minutes, dropping the air temperature up to 59 degrees.All you do is fill the water tank in this ultra-portable, leak-proof unit, plug it in, set it on your desk, table or countertop, then let the cartridge start absorbing water.That water spreads through the cooling pads, then gets dispersed with air jets, evaporating the water and lowering the surrounding air temperature.
Welcome to PRIME CHEAP, our series about things that are good, cheap, and part of Amazon’s Prime Day sales.Hey, we gotta eat too.Some of us hoard photos, while others keep large collections of high-quality music.Cloud services are all great, but if you have terabytes of stuff lying around, you can spend too much on cloud storage.So, SanDisk’s 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD for just $135.99 will serve you well.And because it’s Amazon’s Prime Day sale, it’s down from its original price of $349.99.
The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications (NOAPIP) on Tuesday requested regulators, including the Cyber Administration of China (CAC), to suspend the service of three reading platforms for up to three months.Why it matters: A new wave of cleanups targeting online reading platforms comes just two months after the last.The increasingly frequent inspections and punishments highlight NOAPIP’s determination to rein in the online reading industry.The three suspended apps are Midu Novel, Beijing-based Jinjiang Wenxue Cheng, and Bytedance’s Tomato Novel.Besides top-ranked Midu Novel, Jingjiang Wenxue Cheng is ranked 14th and Tomato Novel is far lower, 97th on Apple’s China App Store free reading app download rankings as of Tuesday afternoon, according to online data providers Qimai.Details: In the notice dated Tuesday, the NOAPIP censured the three platforms for allowing lowbrow and sexually suggestive content, which “damaged readers’ interests” as well as “corrupted the industry’s culture.”
Hailed as a pioneer by Photonics Media for his previous discoveries of supercontinuum and Cr tunable lasers, City College of New York Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert R. Alfano and his research team are claiming another breakthrough with a new super class of photons dubbed "Majorana photons."They could lead to enhanced information on quantum-level transition and imaging of the brain and its working.Alfano's group based its research on the fact that photons, while possessing salient properties of polarization, wavelength, coherence and spatial modes, take on several forms."Photons are amazing and are all not the same," Alfano states.Their focus "was to use a 'special super form' of photons, which process the entanglement twists of both polarizations and the wavefront to probe and would propagate deeper in brain tissues, microtubules and neuron cells, giving more fundamental information of the brain than the conventional photon forms."These unique photons can travel with different wavefronts.
Ajit Pai is continuing his multi-year battle against local broadband regulation with a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate Internet access.If approved, Pai's proposal would "Prohibit LFAs [local franchising authorities] from using their video franchising authority to regulate most non-cable services, including broadband Internet service, offered over cable systems by incumbent cable operators."These efforts appear to have followed the decision by the Supreme Court of Oregon in City of Eugene v. Comcast, which upheld a local franchising authority's imposition of an additional 7% "telecommunications" license fee on the provision of broadband services over a franchised cable system with mixed-use facilities.To address this problem, we now expressly preempt any state or local requirement, whether or not imposed by a franchising authority, that would impose obligations on franchised cable operators beyond what Title VI allows.Despite the Oregon Supreme Court ruling against Comcast, Pai's plan says "the majority of courts... have interpreted section 622(b) to prohibit states and localities from charging fees that exceed those expressly permitted by Title VI."Pai's proposal also declares that "in-kind" contributions required by local franchising authorities must count toward that 5 percent cap, "with limited exceptions, including an exemption for certain capital costs related to public, educational, and governmental access (PEG) channels."
A new paper details how small samples of ubiquitous building materials, such as tile or brick, can be used to test whether a facility has ever stored high enriched uranium (HEU), which can be used to create nuclear weapons.The technique could serve as a valuable forensic tool for national or international efforts related to nuclear nonproliferation and security."We can now use the housing structure itself as part of any nonproliferation monitoring efforts," says Robert Hayes, an associate professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University and author of the paper."This work details the theory to test building material samples to differentiate between the forms of uranium used in nuclear power and the HEU that's used to develop nuclear weapons."The technique builds on previous work done by Hayes and his research team.The method requires testing a relatively small core sample of the relevant building material, about the size of your pinkie finger.
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.The firm is one of a handful of marketing tech startups that provides software to help marketers manage customer data.The startups are trying to fend off marketing clouds like Adobe and Salesforce that are rolling out similar technology for marketers.Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani said that competition from marketing clouds actually helps startups by helping grow their awareness.Seattle-based Amperity has raised $50 million in Series C funding to grow its staff and products that help marketers group email, web, e-commerce and loyalty program data.The company uses machine learning to help brands with things like sending loyalty program members special emails or creating lookalike models for targeting ads.