More than 50 million users were left in the dark about how Brightest Flashlight shared their location and device information with third parties.
Earlier this week, I accidentally stumbled into the wrong part of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Inside an enormous, empty event space, a small group of young engineers tinkered with a futuristic machine that looked to be part hovercraft, part Mars rover. When asked what they were working on—just a stone’s throw from ringing slot machines and filthy nightclubs, mind you—one team member indicated that it was a lunar lander. Pardon?
“Well, like, it goes to the moon,” he explained matter-of-factly.
Today, Moon Express, the startup behind the project, unveiled the MX-1, its first spacecraft that’s designed to do exactly as the engineer described—to land on the surface of the moon. The privately held company, which is backed by billionaire Naveen Jain and is competing for Google’s Lunar X Prize, which is offering prize money to the first craft that can get to the moon, move 500 meters, and send back two broadcasts. The company is in Las Vegas for Autodesk’s University conference, where it plans to unveil the MX-1, which is in on track not only to deliver payloads to the moon by 2015, but potentially return to earth with treasures of its own. “One of the Holy Grails is to prove that we can bring something back,” says Moon Express CEO Bob Richards.
Google has revealed that some of its server clusters have taught themselves to recognize real-world objects on their own.
"The most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper—a beautiful blend of advanced technology and crafted design."
FiftyThree has a new stylus for its Paper app. It’s called Pencil.
Designers Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel realized that our sizing system is a broken one, and decided to change it up. Using 3-D body scan data from more than 1,000 men, they created Stantt, a line of casual button-down shirts that come in 50 sizes, with three measurement variables: chest size, waist size, and sleeve length.
Now, Japan’s NEC Corporation thinks it can sell robotic butlers, and to do so, it’s using the power of cuteness. The machine NEC just revealed is called PaPeRo Petit, and it is a reincarnation of some older robot tech NEC has been working on for years under its Partner-type Personal Robot research program. At just inches high and less than three pounds, the new machine is much smaller than its predecessors, but it still packs in impressive tech. This includes camera-based facial recognition, microphones and speakers, and a sensor package that can monitor the environment by measuring temperature and distances to objects.
The X Prize-like competition is open to anyone with a compelling idea about using technology to help curb America’s epidemic of gun violence.
"I think in general, we’re worried a little bit," says Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock, a publicly traded company and one of New York City’s biggest technology outfits. "Tech should definitely be one of the main pillars of the campaign of whoever is planning on running the city, and we haven’t heard too much detail."
Regardless of their business interests, most every New York techie I spoke with admitted they’d be voting Democratic when the time came—and that they support DeBlasio’s advocacy for public education and economic rights.
Organized by LinkedIn, DevelopHer is the only Silicon Valley hackathon that is exclusively for women. Now in its second year, DevelopHer sprung out of LinkedIn’s Hackdays, which bring engineers in cities across the country together for coding competitions. The first DevelopHer had about 70 participants—this year, the number jumped dramatically because the event (held October 25th and 26th) was timed to coincide with TechWomen, a U.S. State Department mentorship initiative that brings female STEM leaders from Africa and the Middle East to the U.S.
in its conception, its design process, and how it interacts with customers, Ministry of Supply arguably has more in common with the likes of Apple and Google than with J. Crew or Uniqlo.The company will prototype a limited run of a certain product (perhaps 50 to 200 units), sell it to customers, and solicit feedback. This infrared thermograph of the Aviator chinos was used to help the company understand where the heat gathers on the body in motion and inform design tweaks.
Cecilia Abadie, a Google Glass Explorer and resident of California, Land of the Technologically Free, is sparking a big debate on her Google Plus page right now after she scanned a photo of a ticket she got last night for wearing Google Glass while driving.
According to the ticket, the precise charge against Abadie is “Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass).” Abadie was first pulled over for speeding, which she received a citation for and claims was justified. But she adds, “The cop was being really nasty and asking me again and again why I was wearing Google Glass in the car.”