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GrubHub and Yelp now offer delivery from over 80,000 restaurants

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 11:16
To combat rival services DoorDash and UberEats, Grubhub is expanding its partnership with Yelp to deliver meals from over 80,000 US restaurants on the food listing company's site and app. This finalizes GrubHub's $288 million acquisition of Yelp's Ea...

Volkswagen reveals its electric Pikes Peak race car - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 11:14
The I.D. R electric prototype will climb Pikes Peak on June 24.

Games will soon livestream directly to Facebook

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 11:00
Facebook is determined to challenge Twitch, Mixer and YouTube for the livestreaming throne, and it might have claimed an important edge: built-in broadcasting. The social site has unveiled a programming kit that lets developers build Facebook livestr...

Hackers Are So Fed Up With Twitter Bots They're Hunting Them Down Themselves

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:55
An anonymous reader writes: Even if Twitter hasn't invested much in anti-bot software, some of its most technically proficient users have. They're writing and refining code that can use Twitter's public application programming interface, or API, as well as Google and other online interfaces, to ferret out fake accounts and bad actors. The effort, at least among the researchers I spoke with, has begun with hunting bots designed to promote pornographic material -- a type of fake account that is particularly easy to spot -- but the plan is to eventually broaden the hunt to other types of bots. The bot-hunting programming and research has been a strictly volunteer, part-time endeavor, but the efforts have collectively identified tens of thousands of fake accounts, underlining just how much low-hanging fruit remains for Twitter to prune. Among the part-time bot-hunters is French security researcher and freelance Android developer Baptiste Robert, who in February of this year noticed that Twitter accounts with profile photos of scantily clad women were liking his tweets or following him on Twitter. Aside from the sexually suggestive images, the bots had similarities. Not only did these Twitter accounts typically include profile photos of adult actresses, but they also had similar bios, followed similar accounts, liked more tweets than they retweeted, had fewer than 1,000 followers, and directed readers to click the link in their bios.

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Philips tests LiFi in a real office

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:47
This week, Philips announced that its LiFi, or Light Fidelity, tech is currently being tested at the offices of Icade, a French real estate investment company. LiFi provides broadband internet through lights, using LEDs to transmit a high-speed conne...

Rylo’s shoot first, frame later camera is ideal for casual adventure-seekers

TechCrunch - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:39

Action cameras are a gadget that mostly cater to a person’s wish to see themselves in a certain way: Most people aren’t skiing off mountains or cliff diving most of the time, but they aspire to. The issue with most action cameras, though, is that even when you actually do something cool, you still have to shoot the right angle to capture the moment, which is itself a skill. That’s the beauty of Rylo, a tiny 360 camera that minimizes the skill required and makes it easy to get the shots you want.

Rylo is compact enough to have roughly the footprint of a GoPro, but with dual lenses for 4K, 360-degree video capture. It has a removable battery pack good for an hour of continuous video recording, and a micro USB port for charging. In the box, you’ll get either a micro USB to Lightning, or micro USB to micro USB and USB C cables, depending on whether you pick up the Android or the iOS version, and you handle all editing on the mobile device you already have with you always.

The device itself feels solid, and has stood up to a lot of travel and various conditions over the course of my usage. The anodized aluminum exterior can take some lumps, and the OLED screen on the device provides just enough info when you’re shooting, without overwhelming. There’s no viewfinder, but the point of the Rylo is that you don’t need one – it’s capturing a full 360-degree image all the time, and you position your shot after the fact in editing.

Rylo includes a 16GB microSD card in the box, too, but you can use up to 256GB versions for more storage. A single button on top controls both power functions and recording, and the simplicity is nice when you’re in the moment and just want to start shooting without worrying about settings.

The basic functionality of Rylo is more than most people will need out of a device like this: Using the app, you can select out an HD, flat frame of video to export, and easily trim the length plus make adjustments to picture, including basic edits like highlights, color and contrast. Rylo’s built-in stabilization keeps things surprisingly smooth, even when you’re driving very fast along a bumpy road with what amounts to nearly race-tuned tires and suspension.

Then, if you want to get really fancy, you can do things like add motion to your clips, including being able to make dead-simple smooth pans from one focus point to another. The end result looks like you’re using a gimbal or other stabilized film camera, but all the equipment you need is the Rylo itself, plus any mount, including the handle/tripod mount that comes in the box, or anything that works with a GoPro.

You can even set a specific follow point, allowing you to track a specific object or person throughout the clip. This works well, though sometimes it’ll lose track of the person or thing if there’s low light or the thing it’s following gets blocked. The app will let you know it’s lost its target, however, and in practice it works well enough to create good-looking videos for things like bicycling and riding ATVs, for instance.

Other companies are trying to do similar things with their own hardware, including GoPro with the Fusion and Insta360 with its Insta360 One. But Rylo’s solution has the advantage of being dead simple to use, with easily portable hardware that’s durable and compatible with existing GoPro mount accessories. The included micro USB to Lightning cable isn’t easily replaced, except for from Rylo itself, and it’s also small and easy to lose, so that’s my main complaint when it comes to the system as a whole.

In the end, the Rylo does what it’s designed to do: Takes the sting out of creating cool action clips and compelling short movies for people working mostly from their mobile devices. It’s not as flexible for pros looking for a way to integrate more interesting camera angles into their desktop workflow because of how tied content captured on the Rylo is to the Rylo app itself, but it seems clearly designed for a consumer enthusiast market anyway.

At $499, the Rylo isn’t all that much more expensive than the GoPro Hero 6. It’s still a significant investment, and the image quality isn’t up to the 4K video output by the GoPro, but for users who just want to make cool videos to share among friends using social tools, Rylo’s ease of use and incredibly low bar in terms of filming expertise required is hard to beat.

Google Pay now lets Las Vegas Monorail riders use phones to board

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:35
Google announced today that it's making purchasing and using tickets for the Las Vegas Monorail a little bit simpler. Now, riders will be able to buy tickets online through the Monorail site, save them to Google Pay and then just wave their phone nea...

'Phat' PS3 Owners Have Until April 15 to Claim $65

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:31
If you own one of the so-called "phat" PlayStation models then Sony will pay you $65 as part of its "OtherOS" settlement.

Apple reportedly testing in-house MicroLED screens - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:23
The screens may eventually replace the OLED displays from Samsung and LG that are currently being used by the tech behemoth.

Microsoft Brings Native HEIF Support to Windows 10

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:10
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is bringing support for the new HEIF image format to Windows 10. First popularized by Apple with iOS 11, HEIF is a new image format that uses less storage space while preserving image quality. The new image format is used by default on Apple's iPhone X and other devices running iOS 11. While Microsoft's online services like OneDrive already supported HEIF since the release of iOS 11, Windows 10 didn't natively support the new format as of yet. But with the upcoming Redstone 4 update -- possibly called the Spring Creators Update -- the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10 will support HEIF by default. Further reading: CNET.

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How to buy a high-end camera in 2018

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 10:00
When photography or filmmaking becomes a consuming passion or a career rather than a hobby, you might look longingly at fancier equipment. Luckily, "enthusiast" cameras have edged so close to professional gear that there's no need to spend $4,000-plu...

If a Facebook exec deletes his tweet, does it still make a sound? - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:24
There's a delete button next to every tweet. One Facebook executive, in the midst of a scandal, used it to remove statements he'd made. But the internet didn't forget.

HTC Vive Pro premium VR arrives April 5 for $799 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:00
And the original Vive gets a price cut. But keep in mind: All you get with the Vive Pro is the headset.

Allrecipes, eMeals cook up meal kit with AmazonFresh delivery - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:00
You can select meals for the week, create shopping lists and order groceries online for delivery or pickup at Walmart and Kroger stores.

HTC's Vive Pro headset is available to pre-order for $799

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:00
Once staunch rivals in high-end VR, it now seems Facebook-owned Oculus and HTC are treading different paths. While Oculus is gearing up to launch a more affordable standalone headset, HTC has gone in the opposite direction with the Vive Pro, a new to...

Amazon simplifies gaming competitions and prizes with 'GameOn'

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 09:00
Much as it has with every other retail sector, Amazon has steadily expanded its gaming presence, especially since it purchased Twitch in 2014. Now, it's unveiled a service that will allow it to break into another gaming arena. Built on Amazon's massi...

Google Offers Retailers a New Way to Compete With Amazon

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-03-19 08:31
Retailers can work with Google to ensure a search doesn't end in an Amazon purchase.

Report: Apple Is Trying to Make its Own Displays

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-03-19 08:31
If successful, Apple will no longer have to rely on another company for its screens.

LG wants to take webOS beyond TVs with 'Open Source Edition'

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-19 08:14
WebOS used to power HP's long-dead Palm devices and early tablets, but since LG got a hold of it in 2013, it's mostly been associated with smart TVs and refrigerators. LG is hoping to push the the platform beyond that, however, with a new release cal...

How I went dark in Australia's surveillance state for 2 years - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-19 08:00
They called me the nameless one, the ghost who commutes, the silent passenger who refused to get a transport card.