A chat with Niantic CEO John Hanke on the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Just shy of three years ago, Pokémon GO took over the world. Players filled the sidewalks, and crowds of trainers flooded parks and landmarks. Anywhere you looked, people were throwing Pokéballs and chasing Snorlax. As the game grew, so did the company behind it. Niantic had started its life as an experimental “lab” within Google — an effort on Google’s part to keep the team’s founder, John Hanke, from parting ways to start his own thing. In the months surrounding GO’s launch, Niantic’s team shrank dramatically, spun out of Google, and then rapidly expanded… all while trying to keep GO’s servers from buckling under demand and to keep this massive influx of players happy. Want to know more about the …

This Robot Fish Powers Itself With Fake Blood

This story begins thousands of feet up in the air with migratory birds, and ends with a robotic fish swimming through the water below. To prepare for their journeys, birds fatten up big time, perhaps doubling their weight, essentially turning themselves into feathered batteries. Over many days and many miles, they burn that energy reserve to power their wings and keep themselves from starving and freezing. Eventually they reach their destinations emaciated. A fine idea—thought engineers from Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania—for a new energetic system for machines. It got them thinking: fat is a cool battery, but not necessarily feasible to replicate in a robot. But blood? In a human, blood distributes oxygen and energy for cells throughout …

15 Insane People On Facebook That Make Crazy Look Sane

Facebook gives the craziest and most misguided of souls a place to vent their thoughts. The resulting news feed can at times appear post apocalyptic, riddled with nonsense, and aggressively ignorant. We’ve got a nice slice of flat earthers and anti-vaxxers in this dump of insane people going full crazy on Facebook.  1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15

Was This Extravagant Influencer Viral Proposal Actually All A Scheme To Get Sponsored Content?! – Perez Hilton

Currently unfolding online is the multi-city, multi-day “surprise engagement” of fashion blogger Marissa Fuchs to her longtime BF Gabriel Grossman. Social media went into a mini-frenzy when Fuchs, known as @fashionambitionist, posted a video to Instagram of Grossman announcing he had planned an elaborate scavenger hunt to pop the question. However, it may not be as much of a surprise as many initially thought. Ch-ch-check out the video in question: View this post on Instagram … STILL NO RING!!! Was completely shocked when I walked into Prime112 and Gabe’s family was NOT there and mine too!!!! 🥰♥️ Prime112 is Gabe’s family’s favvvorite restaurant, last time we were in Miami we ate at EVERY Prime restaurant. Instead the room was filled with …

Is the 2018 MacBook Pro Apple’s best laptop yet? We break it down for you

Apple says the improved keyboards in the new 2019 MacBook Pros shouldn't have the key-repeating issue many users have experienced. Image: dustin drankoski / mashable Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors. That’s cool — faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing — but the most important change is to the controversial “butterfly” keyboards. Apple says it’s improved the keyboards so that a single-press doesn’t produce double keystrokes. SEE ALSO: Apple 15″ MacBook Pro (2018) review: Serious power for a select few Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven’t experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes. Apple was likely prompted …

Trumps Next Big Test for Congress: Will They Let Him Stiff Them on Iran?

As the possibility of armed conflict with Iran grows more real, lawmakers in Congress are struggling to settle on whatif anythingthey are obligated to do as the only branch with the constitutional authority to declare war. Many lawmakers, including a odd-couple coalition of libertarian-minded Republicans and mainstream and progressive Democrats, are increasingly worried that the Trump administration might use, as a legal basis for war, the 18-year old authorization of military force, or AUMF, that Congress approved immediately after the September 11th attacks. And as the possibility of conflict inches closer, they are making a play to force the administration to come to Congress and actually convince them military action is necessary. In the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and …

President Trump to nominate Army’s Mark Esper as permanent defense secretary

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 2, 2019. (Associated Press) President Trump had announced Tuesday that Shanahan was withdrawing from consideration for a permanent appointment to lead the Pentagon because of family matters. In that same message, the president revealed that Esper was his choice to succeed Shanahan. “I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!,” the president wrote.

These Queer Activists Are Still Putting Their Bodies On The Line

#ItGetsBetter,” he says. “I was like, ‘OK, things are great now.’”    Then, on June 12, the Pulse nightclub shooting happened. “The news was unfolding throughout the day, [and] it kept on getting worse. I was beside myself,” Eli recounts. So he started posting on Instagram and Facebook. “I didn’t know what else to do. I’m thinking, I guess that’s what millennials do.” He posted messages of strength and urged people to call their queer friends and tell them they loved them. People messaged him back asking him what to do. “I was like, how should I know?” The following night, organizers held a vigil in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Eli posted on Instagram that …

Inside the Project Runway Finale Runway Show

NEWSLETTERS The Daily Beasts Obsessed Everything we cant stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture. By Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy This week: Making it work at the Project Runway finale. The Tony Awards!!! You should be obsessed with Maya Erskine. Deep feelings about Toy Story 4. The greatest reality TV episode…ever? I Got to Go to the Project Runway Finale I have two distinct memories of going to college in New York City [redacted] years ago: Poverty! And watching Project Runway. They are actually two very interlinked memories. I could not afford to be a person out and about in New York City, so I stayed …

Is your products AI annoying people?

James Glasnapp Artificial intelligence is allowing us all to consider surprising new ways to simplify the lives of our customers. As a product developer, your central focus is always on the customer. But new problems can arise when the specific solution under development helps one customer while alienating others. Let’s consider one personal example taken from my own use of Amy.ai, a service (from x.ai) that provides AI assistants named Amy and Andrew Ingram. Amy and Andrew are AI assistants that help schedule meetings for up to four people. This service solves the very relatable problem of scheduling meetings over email, at least for the person who is trying to do the scheduling. In concept, this idea seems advantageous to …

Cute little puppy meets big dog for the first time

Here is little Beau the Labrador-Poodle Cross, meeting his new best friend Hank the Boxer-Lab Cross for the very first time. Beau was extremely nervous at first, but soon was jumping and desperately trying to get Hank to play. Hank was playing the big brother role well, and put Beau in his place a few times with a couple of well placed growls when Beau pushed it too far. Looks like they’ll get on just fine! More Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …

Not OK, computer: how it feels to have your music leaked

When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists, having music leaked can be devastating In 1997, Radiohead imagined a future in which technological dependency and out-of-control consumerism had merged to form a dark, digital void. OK Computer, the bands third album, painted prescient pictures of riot police at political rallies and anxious lives lived in suburbs surrounded by endless motorways. The digital advances promising to bring us together, it seemed to warn, would instead corrode and cause chaos. Last weeks big Radiohead news wouldnt have sounded out of place on that albums technosceptic vision of tomorrow. The band had been hacked, Tuesday, and 18 …

The Harsh Reminder You Need About Your Toxic Ex To Knock Sense Into You

By God & Man By God & Man Aries Texting him would be stupid. You don’t need to talk to him. You need to forget about him. Taurus He hasn’t learned anything. He’s the exact same person. Giving him another chance is a recipe for heartbreak. Gemini He never cared about you. The only person he’s capable of caring about is himself. So you should start caring about yourself. Cancer He isn’t sorry he hurt you. He’s sorry you’re not around to feed his ego anymore. Leo Yes, you might be single for a while. But single is better than returning to the hellhole he called a relationship. Virgo He isn’t going to watch your story. Stop posting in the …