Text messaging is now viewed as an old technology among consumers who carry around smartphones in their pockets. But in the aviation industry, it’s still relatively new tech that’s about to allow for potentially huge efficiency gains at every US airport.
Believe it or not, commercial airlines and flights across the US still rely on voice communication and writing details down when a pilot speaks with air traffic control. Clearance to take off, or changes to flight plans, requires voice communication, which is slow, inefficient, and prone to error. That is all set to change, however, as text messaging is finally being allowed by the FAA as a form of communication. This new system is called Data Comm.
Winter may be coming in Westeros, but it is long gone from our TV viewing schedules. The NBA and NHL conference finals are wrapping up this week, while summer TV shows start to pop up on the schedule. That means reality dreck like The Island, The Briefcase and I Can Do That, but NBC is also bringing a new scripted series called Aquarius starring David Duchovny. This season of Louie wraps up on FX, and if you haven't already bought his recent comedy special online it will air immediately after, and the Halt and Catch Fire starts on AMC. Gamers can check out expansions for Game of Thrones, The Evil Within and Dragon Age,while PS4 has a next-gen exclusive on Ultra Street Fighter IV. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).
Blu-ray & Games & Streaming
Amazon will begin paying taxes in individual European countries instead of funneling sales through low-tax Luxembourg amid ongoing investigations into the tax strategies of American tech companies in Europe.
Amazon's new tax practices went in to effect on May 1, with local divisions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain already recording their own revenue, an Amazon representative said. The strategy shift, which was first reported by The Guardian, could result in a larger tax charges in certain countries.
So what exactly makes these so much better than the cheap pots and pans you bought in college? The secret is their three-layer construction that sandwiches a layer of fast-heating aluminum inside two layers of layer of durable and heat-retaining stainless steel. That means your pans get hot fast, stay hot longer, and distribute heat very evenly. If you find yourself reading Skillet or Foodspin with any regularity, you’ll love these. [Emeril by All-Clad Tri-Ply 12-Pc Stainless Cookware Set, $155]
Check out the rest of today’s best deals:
Cybercriminals are targeting employees who browse the Web or check their email from point-of-sale (PoS) computers, a risky but unfortunately common practice.
Researchers from security firm FireEye recently came across a spam campaign that used rogue email messages masquerading as job inquiries.
The emails had fake resumes attached that were actually Word documents with an embedded malicious macro. If allowed to run, the macro installed a program that downloaded additional malware from a remote server.
Chinese technology firms Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi have also expressed an interest, sources told PC-Tablet. In those cases however, the companies are allegedly motivated by increasing their brand exposure in U.S. and European business.
No party has taken definite steps towards an acquisition, and this is not the first time Microsoft has been rumored to buy BlackBerry.
Last year, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary “Pony Car” with the 2015 Mustang, a thoroughly reworked and reimagined model the company hopes will keep this ‘60s icon relevant well into the 21st century.
Greatness always attracts imitation, though. The original 1964 ½ Mustang created any entire “pony car” segment, which is still going strong today.
It took Chevrolet about two years to answer Ford with the first-generation 1967 Camaro, but its rival to the redesigned 2016 Mustang arrived much more quickly. Like its Ford foe, the 2016 Camaro aims for poise and efficiency as well as muscle.
The pilot episode of CBS' upcoming show Supergirl has appeared on torrent sites 6 months before its planned release, TorrentFreak reported Friday.
The series, starring Glee's Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El a.k.a Supergirl, is scheduled to arrive in November. But the pilot episode is available right now on torrent sites, and in full HD resolution no less.
The 46-minute pilot, first released on torrents by pirate groups Dimension and LOL, seems to contain no visible digital watermarks. Pirated pre-releases are often watermarked, since they usually come from copies of videos sent by the studios for screening purposes. The pilot appeared ten days after the first trailer for the series was released.
LAST WEEK was the most exciting seven days in technology since 2015 began. That is, of course, because we celebrated the first INQUIRER Tech Hero Awards, showcasing the best in business IT with companies including VMware, MicroFocus and Raspberry Pi, which scooped the award for the Product of the Year.
Not that it matters, but some other stuff happened last week too. Microsoft, for example, made a U-turn on remarks that pirates will be able to bag themselves a free copy of Windows 10, which it appears developers aren't too interested in.
Amazon this week confirmed that it will start paying taxes in individual European countries, rather than running nearly all of its sales revenue through Luxembourg. The decision, reported by The Wall Street Journal, comes amid ongoing investigations into the tax practices of Amazon, Apple, and other multinationals in Europe. An Amazon spokesman told the Journal that the policy change went into effect on May 1st, and that the company will begin reporting revenue in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The Guardian reported on Amazon's UK tax change last week.
Move could pressure others to follow suit
Until now, Amazon has funneled nearly all of its European sales revenue through Luxembourg, under a low-tax agreement. European regulators opened an investigation into the tax arrangement last year, and in January announced that the deal may give Amazon an illegal advantage over its competitors. Earlier this month, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager announced that investigators would not announce a decision by the June deadline they'd previously announced, citing a lack of data. The probe also covers tax arrangements that Apple and Starbucks have agreed to in Ireland and the Netherlands, respectively.
It’s hard to believe that it was only years ago that director Duncan Jones was freaking out in Comic-Con’s Hall H about the fact that he was adapting one of his favorite videogames. Now, he’s in the homestretch on Warcraft; there are only, like, 50 more visual effects shots to go.
Sound like a lot? When Jones started working with Industrial Light and Magic on the film, they needed to do well over 1,000. “It’s been an incredibly ambitious thing,” Jones says. “I think we’ve delivered something pretty special.”
He’d better. Not only is World of Warcraft, the MMORPG he’s adapting, a huge game with a massive fanbase he needs to please, but he also has to also deliver a movie that non-gamers will pay money for. As history has shown, that’s not something that’s necessarily easy. (See: Prince of Persia, Doom, Postal, Bloodrayne, Wing Commander … should we keep going?)
Chinese e-commerce site and Alibaba rival JD.com is putting its money into fresh fruit and vegetables after it led a $70 million Series C round in FruitDay, a company that sells fresh produce across China.
The investment in six-year-old FruitDay, which claims to be China’s largest online produce firm, also included participation from previous backers Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and ClearVue.
FruitDay imports over 80 percent of its produce from overseas, and it claimed to be on course to hit 10 million customers before the end of the year — up fourfold from last year.
If you want Google’s revamped Photos app to be a complete surprise, look away now: Android Police has got some authentic-looking screenshots showing off the new software as well as some details about how it works. We’re expecting Google to launch the new product at some point during Google I/O later this week.
As you would expect from Google, search plays a prominent role in the new apps: Your photos get automatically tagged with their contents, so you can run a quick search for “dog” or “beach” and get back all the matching images without having to label them all yourself. Like the current app integrated into Google+, the new one lets you back up photos at a reduced size (which doesn’t count against your space quota) or at their original resolutions (which does).
If you've ever thought that "what was your first pet's name?" is a lousy way to keep intruders from resetting your password, you now have some evidence to back up your suspicions. Google has published research showing that security questions aren't that secure at all. In many cases, your answers are straightforward enough that attackers stand a decent chance of getting them right in 10 guesses or less. And you probably don't want to use bogus answers to throw people off the scent, either. Many of those who try this strategy use common words and make it easier for someone to get in.
So what's the alternative, then? Google doesn't think that multiple security questions would help, since that increases the chances that you'll forget at least one answer and lock yourself out. Instead, websites are better off using SMS-based reset codes, alternate email addresses and other methods that someone can't crack with a good guess. Thankfully, big sites like Google already do this -- the big challenge is getting your favorite store or social network to follow suit.
[Image credit: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo]
BlackBerry plans to lay off an unspecified number of staff in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas.
The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.”
The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate resources in ways that will “best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business.”
Ford has announced a massive push in its sustainability agenda with the launch of the MyEnergi Lifestyle pilot program for China, aiming to increase take-up of renewable energy sources and efficient vehicles while reducing power bills by as much as 60 percent for Chinese families.
The automotive company has joined forces with Chinese-owned appliance manufacturer Haier -- as well as local solar power company Trina Solar and electric vehicle charging company Delta Electronics -- to roll out the initiative in Beijing and Shanghai. While the MyEnergi program has been in pilot stages in the United States since 2013, the move marks a major shift into the mainstream for Ford's energy-efficiency program.