Monthly Archives: April 2018

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Lamborghini Huracán Hits Concrete Pole So Hard It Splits In Half

If it looks like part of that Lamborghini Huracán was on fire at some point, it’s because it was. Luckily, the fire has since been put out and all is (relatively) right again in the world.

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Viacom launches studio dedicated to shows for YouTube and Facebook

Viacom has come a long, long way from the days when online video was seemingly its mortal enemy. The media giant has formally launched Digital Studios, a wing dedicated to (you guessed it) original internet shows. The initial programs in the works ar…

A look at what the Windows 10 April 2018 update brings

Enlarge / Did I pick a picture of a clock because the update was released late or because the update’s biggest feature is Timeline? The world may never know. (credit: John Loach / Flickr)

After some delays, the newest major update to Windows 10, the April 2018 Update, has just scraped into April. It’s available to download right now and will start distribution on Windows Update on May 8th.

Even with its extended development period—a blue screen of death crash was discovered late in the process, forcing Microsoft to delay the release by a few weeks—the new release feels very similar to its predecessor. While the last couple of updates have tried to push new directions—virtual and augmented reality in the Fall Creators Update, 3D graphics in the Creators Update—with Microsoft trying to promote them as being themed collections of features gathered together, the new update doesn’t have any particular overarching theme. Instead, it’s a bunch of improvements to various parts of Windows, along with one particularly notable new feature.

That big new feature is one that we initially thought we were going to get in the Fall Creators Update: Timeline. Timeline adds a new dimension to the Windows task switcher (the one shown when you press Win+Tab, or click the “Task view” button on the taskbar): specifically, time. The default view when you first enter the switcher is the same as it ever was, showing all the windows you have open so that you can instantly pick between them. But it now has a scrollbar. Scroll the screen down and you’ll see historic documents, browser tabs, and applications.

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F1 Could Do A Miami Race Next Year And Drop Azerbaijan: Report

Formula One could host a grand prix in Miami as soon as next year, according to a tweet from Dutch website Ziggo Sport F1. The outlet claims the Miami race could replace the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, known for its great racing and also plenty of controversy about the country it’s raced in.

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As AI advances rapidly, More Human Than Human says, “Stop, let’s think about this”

Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting

More Human Than Human comes along at a time when perhaps no reminder is necessary: leaving life to bots—whether that means machine learning, artificial intelligence, genuine human-like androids, etc.—might get messy for us humans. Westworld gives us one version of a sentient-machine uprising every Sunday, and news cycles like those involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook provide gentler reminders that creating increasingly intelligent tech platforms can lead to unwanted manipulation and consequences right now.

But the new documentary (which debuted at South by Southwest and plays at the acclaimed Hot Docs Festival in Toronto this week) doesn’t set out to paint a picture of some futuristic hellscape. Instead, it wants viewers to pause for a second to consider the forever promise of technology. “We grew up in the shadow of the space program, really believing that tech was going to make our lives better,” co-director Tommy Pallotta told Ars. “For five decades, we’ve seen this promise that tech would create more leisure time for us [and] that it’ll make all our lives better. It’s kind of insane we’re still sold the same promise, but what do we really have to show for it?”

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This AE86 Toyota Corolla Comes With A Matching Custom Car Hauler

If bringing our childhood Hot Wheels toys to life is the true goal of custom car building, Miles’ Isuzu Box Truck wins, air bag’d and decked out to match his 3SGE-powered AE86 Corolla.

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Sonos filing hints at upcoming smart home theater speaker

If you've been planning on upgrading your home theater, you might want to hold off a little longer. According to a new FCC filing, Sonos could be coming up with a new smart home theater speaker in the near future. Variety reports that the model numbe…

Here’s Some Rare Footage Of The SR-71 Blackbird Testing

On May 1, 1960, as the Cold War was heating up, CIA pilot Gary Powers was shot down flying a U-2C spy plane over Soviet airspace, dropping from 70,000 ft to 30,000 ft before he could safely eject. The United States tried to cover up the mission, but the pilot and his U-2 were both recovered, forcing the U.S. to admit…

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Invasive, toxic caterpillars that can kill are about to invade parts of London

Enlarge / Thaumetopoea processionea in procession around an oak tree. (credit: Kleuske)

An invasive, toxic species of caterpillar has officials in the UK on edge. Authorities are now warning residents to avoid the caterpillars and their prickly, poisonous hairs that can irritate and kill.

It’s time to be vigilant! Oak Processionary Moth spotted in parks across Bexley,” the Royal Forestry Society tweeted last week. (Bexley is a south-east London borough.)

So far, officials have only seen nests and emerging larvae of the toxic oak processionary moth, or OPM (Thaumetopoea processionea). The larvae, aka caterpillars, aren’t expected to fully hatch and begin moving around and eating oak foliage until around mid-May, at which point they pose a danger to humans as well as the trees.

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Google I/O 2018 preview—What we’re expecting from Google’s big show

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Google’s biggest show of the year, I/O 2018, will start up in just a few days. In addition to tons of developer talks, the show typically serves as a coming-out party for a bevy of Google announcements.

I/O hasn’t necessarily been your typical tech announcement event where months of pre-leaks reveal 90 percent of what will happen. But while we can’t know what’s coming for certain—everyone remembers those skydivers wearing augmented reality glasses, right?—we can go into this year’s show with a few informed predictions. Based on our analysis of evidence, past news, and Google’s usual release schedules, here’s what we’re expecting at Google I/O 2018.

Android P Developer Preview 2

This first one is easy. Every year Google releases a new developer preview of Android at I/O, and Google’s own schedule says we’ll get a new developer preview in “May,” the same month as Google I/O. A new preview of Android P is pretty much a lock. The real question is “What do we expect in the second Android P Preview?”

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