Gaia GPS off-road navigation app gains Android Auto compatibility
Where you’re going, you don’t need roads. You may, however, still need maps. Gaia GPS Gaia GPS adds Android Auto compatibility to its navigation app, offering drivers an alternative to Google’s first-party Google Maps and Waze apps. However, Gaia’s focus on off-road and backcountry navigation makes it unique from... Read more
Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages
Officials at the federal Bureau of Reclamation reported this month that the West’s two big reservoirs—Lake Mead in Nevada and Arizona and Lake Powell in Utah and Colorado—are deteriorating toward “dead pool” status, where stored water is at such a low level it can’t spin the massive hydroelectric power... Read more
Activision Blizzard employees stage walkout and thousands sign petition for anti-discrimination action
All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. Watch now. Hundreds of Activision Blizzard employees joined a walkout today to protest the company’s initially harsh response to allegations of sex discrimination at the company that makes games such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. The... Read more
Best car insurance companies for 2021
Before you get behind the wheel of a car, it’s necessary to be covered by some sort of auto insurance. This isn’t just an optional part of driving — in fact, drivers are required by law to have car insurance in 48 states. While there are many options for... Read more
Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out After Allegations of Rampant Sexism
Employees at the gaming giant Activision Blizzard staged a walkout today, capping off a week of escalating tension over how executives have handled accusations of discrimination and sexual harassment at the 10,000-person company. Outside Activision Blizzard’s office in Irvine, California Wednesday morning, employees held signs with messages like “Believe... Read more
How voice biometrics can protect your customers from fraud
All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. Watch now. Voice identity verification is catching on, especially in finance. Talking is convenient, particularly for users already familiar with voice technologies like Siri and Alexa. Voice identification offers a level of security that PIN codes and passwords can’t,... Read more
Google and Facebook issue vaccine mandate for office workers
As countless offices prepare to reopen this fall, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the specifics, namely whether or not employees will need to be vaccinated. Tech companies are now some of the first employers to make their position clear: If workers want to return to the office,... Read more
Biden warns cyber attacks could lead to a “real shooting war”
Enlarge / US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo attend a plenary session of a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, on June 14, 2021. President Joe Biden has warned that cyberattacks could escalate... Read more
Experiments in Fast Image Recognition on Mobile Devices
Our journey in experimenting with machine vision and image recognition accelerated when we were developing an application, BooksPlus, to change a reader’s experience. BooksPlus uses image recognition to bring printed pages to life. A user can get immersed in rich and interactive content by scanning images in the book using... Read more
Arthur will come to an end on PBS after 25 seasons
So long. PBS All good things must come to an end. Beloved PBS Kids show Arthur will wrap up after its 25th season, which debuts in 2022. Arthur, which first aired in 1996, follows the titular character (an aardvark) and his other animal friends as they navigate school, friendships... Read more