Google has announced a collection of important app updates. The Google Maps apps for iOS and Android are both making the switch to "material design," the new aesthetic behind Android Lollipop. The scheme is more bright and colorful, and uses touches like animations and drop shadows to reinforce the connection between interface elements. Google has also integrated OpenTable reservations for US restaurants, and pickup times and prices for Uber cars. In the latter case, users must also have their platform's Uber app installed....

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A new system lets police forces track the way their officers are driving---and even if they're buckled in.

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Google Maps on Android and iOS is getting some updates today, with a sleek new interface, the ability to make dinner reservations via OpenTable, and Uber estimates. Read more on the Google Maps blog.


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There's a mobile payment war on right now. Big stores like CVS and Walmart are not supporting Apple Pay or Google Wallet, leaving their customers with no good mobile payment option. This may change soon, though.


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Can't get enough of Charlie Rose and Bob Schieffer on your TV box? CBS is apparently bringing its focus on original reporting to a digital-only news channel starting tomorrow, CBS Interactive head Jim Lanzone announced at the Web Summit in Dublin,... -- For more information read the original article here.

Not even a deal with Microsoft could get CNN's anchors to use the Surface Pro 3.

During election coverage on Tuesday night, some viewers spotted iPads hiding behind propped-up Surface Pro 3s, GeekWire reports.

Even the good people at CNN who have Microsoft surface tablets in their face hide iPad ... -

— Melbourneer (@_Melbourneer_) November 5, 2014

CNN commentators using Microsoft @surface tablets as iPad stand. Facepalm.

— Adam (@adamUCF) November 5, 2014


Someone familiar with CNN's operations told Mashable, however, that anchors aren't actually forced to use any type of equipment and the Surface tablets weren't part of a product placement deal. Instead, the Surface tablets were there to give anchors a view of the channel's ongoing coverage.

Of course this isn't the first time that Microsoft has had a problem getting people to properly use its Surface Pro, or even call it by the proper name. The company also has a five-year, $4 million deal with the NFL, in which coaching staff must use its tablets on the field, if they use any tablets at all. Microsoft had to coach announcers to call the tablets by their proper name after they continued to call the Surface Pro 3s "iPads."

Looks like CNN anchors might be the ones in need of coaching now.

(Via Gizmodo)

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If you've seen "Star Wars," chances are you've seen the futuristic hologram projectors that create three-dimensional images in the air.

While we're still far from seeing a person projected onto thin air, a new holographic display from Japanese firm Aerial Burton is getting closer, according to

Aerial Burton's display is incredibly promising thanks to its ability to project three-dimensional images onto thin air using highly focused pulse lasers.

While similar methods have worked in water and fog in the past for a more detailed image, Aerial Burton's technology doesn't require water, mist, or fog, meaning you can see its holographic projections using air as the medium.

Here's how it works.

The machine uses a 1kHz pulse laser and sends the laser through a 3D scanner, which reflects and focuses the laser onto an exact place in the air above. The laser ionizes the air's molecules in that specific spot, which results in the flashes of light that make up each point.

laser hologram GIF

For now, Aerial Burton's display is "low resolution," meaning it's capable of only basic shapes, but the team is working on finding a way to create more-complex images while using air instead of fog, which is tougher since air is far less dense.

Aerial Burton is hoping to market its technology to be used during emergencies, as the highly visual holographic display could alert citizens and potentially direct them to safety. The team is also hoping to shrink the laser technology necessary so it fits inside of a car, allowing it to stay mobile.

You can see more the new display in action in the video below:

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SoundCloud, the user-created audio streaming platform currently used by 175 million unique listeners each month, confirmed today that it has inked its first licensing deal with one of the major record labels: the Warner Music Group — whose roster includes David Guetta, The Flaming Lips and Sheryl Crow — will partner with the streaming company around its ad-supported, creator… Read More
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A Swedish white-hat hacker has discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X Yosemite that may extend to previous Mac operating systems as well, reports The Hacker News' Mohit Kumar.

The vulnerability, called "Rootpipe," appears to have been discovered by Emil Kvarnhammar, a consultant at IT security firm TrueSec.

Rootpipe allows intruders with direct access to gain administrator-level privileges on Macs running OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, or Mountain Lion without a password.

The security flaw gives attackers the opportunity to steal information, install malicious programs, or erase users' hard drives.

Kvarnhammar, for his part, appears to be waiting for Apple to patch Rootpipe before saying much about it:

Details on the #rootpipe exploit will be presented, but not now. Let's just give Apple some time to roll out a patch to affected users.

— Emil Kvarnhammar (@emilkvarnhammar) October 16, 2014

Rootpipe has probably been around since at least 2012, according to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

Apple has not publically acknowledged the security flaw and is expected to patch it in mid-January 2015, reports ZDNet.

We've reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post if we hear back.

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Jawbone is releasing a new fitness band that can track everything from your resting heart rate to your precise sleep cycles and the temperature of your skin.

The UP3, which launches later this year for $179.99, will use three different sensors to monitor your health instead of the one featured by its predecessor.

While the Jawbone UP 24 and many other fitness trackers use only an accelerometer to count your steps and calories burned, the UP3 also includes sensors for measuring temperature, body composition, and hydration.

The UP3 measures both the temperature of your skin and your environment so that the device can tell whether your body temperature is reacting to the conditions around you.

The wristband can also measure your resting heart rate and respiration rate. Soon after launch, Jawbone will issue an over-the-air update that brings a few new features including on-demand heart rate monitoring, hydration tracking, and stress and fatigue monitoring. Jawbone also says its heart rate monitor won't drain the wristband's battery.

In addition to adding new functionality, Jawbone has also improved on the UP fitness band's existing features. Rather than just tracking your activities, the UP3 learns about your workouts over time. This means you may not have to actually log your activities manually if you wear the wristband often enough for it to pick up on your habits.


So if you go for a run, Jawbone will ask if you went for a run when you navigate to the app to log your workout. If the app is correct, you simply tap the "Yes" button to log your run. If it's incorrect, you can add the activity manually. The goal, according to Jawbone, is to make it so that UP wearers use the app more for interacting with friends on their team rather than manually logging their activity.

Jawbone says it has improved its sleep-tracking features, too. It now shows you how long you've been in REM sleep in addition to deep and light sleep.

Although the new UP3 has more sensors than Jawbone's previous model, the company managed to make the wristband incredibly thin. It is slimmer than its predecessors and most other fitness bands out there, and Jawbone will be releasing various different styles. The plain black band will be available at launch, and other styles like the one pictured will be released soon after.

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