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May

19 best movie and TV spaceships: The star craft that defined our childhood


Science fiction films and TV shows have graced us with some amazing spaceships over the last few decades, often becoming as iconic as the characters and stories themselves.

Now with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Alien: Covenant currently on the big screens, it only seems fitting to take a look at some of the biggest and best spacecraft to ever to have made it onto the big and small screens. 

The Death Star (Star Wars)

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No list about fictional spaceships would be complete without a reference to the Death Star – the moon-sized battle station built by the Galactic Empire with the sole purpose of blowing up planets with a rather unpleasant super laser.

As the Emporer’s pet project, it was akin to Hitler’s wonder weapons but, luckily for the Rebels, it had one weakness in an exhaust port that meant a cheeky and well-aimed proton torpedo could put an end to the threat. See Rogue One for the reason why it was there.

Borg Cube (Star Trek)

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Resisting the Borg making their way into this list would be futile. These monster spaceships dwarf most other ships on our list, apparently spanning 3,000 metres on each side.

They’re the scourge of the Star Trek Universe, assimilating or laying waste to everything in their path. Equipped with disruptor beams, high-yield photon torpedoes, various tractor beams and multi-adaptive shields these ships have a heavy arsenal to fight off any foe.

Inside, the menacing Borg drones are ready to destroy or assimilate anyone and everyone they come across. A force to be reckoned with.

Martian flying saucer (Mars Attacks!)

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A slightly more comical, though no less deadly, threat to the human race came in the form of the flying spaceships and their passengers from Mars in the 1996 film Mars Attacks!

Tim Burton apparently wanted to make the aliens and the special effects look as fake as possible for comedy value and as an homage to alien films from previous generations. The result was some hilarious-looking beings and flying saucers that perfectly matched the collectors’ card series it was based on. 

Max (Flight of the Navigator)

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In the 1986 classic ‘Flight of the Navigator’, a small boy called David is transported through space and time by an alien spacecraft from the planet Phaelon by a robotic commander known as Max (short for “Trimaxion Drone Ship”).

David’s journey includes a space trip to the alien craft’s home planet 560 light years away and a transport through time eight years into his future. In the meantime, his brain is used to store copious amounts of data including star charts, alien technical manuals and more.

Max and his spacecraft make it onto our list because of the comedy value of the pilot and the fascinating journey David goes on. We also can’t forget all the alien creatures he meets along the way. Cracking film for children of all ages!

Heart of Gold (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

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From the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Universe, the Heart of Gold is a magnificent spaceship equipped with the infamous and revolutionary Infinite Improbability Drive making it capable of travelling anywhere in the galaxy in an instant. Unfortunately, that’s coupled with the danger of randomly and unfortunately altering reality in doing so.

Stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy and a man who had been voted “Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe” no less than seven times, the Heart of Gold was later used to accidentally rescue Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect from an untimely death, as they floated unprotected in space. It also turned two missiles into a whale and bowl of petunias. Handy.

It’s a fantastic ship if you can cope with the sunny disposition of the automatic doors with Genuine People Personalities and the downtrodden depressing drone of Marvin the paranoid android.

Klingon Bird of Prey (Star Trek)

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The Klingon Bird of Prey is a heavily armed warship from the Star Trek universe, first encountered by Starfleet and Captain James T. Kirk in 2153. Armed with a cloaking device and a deadly arsenal of weaponry, it’s a menacing foe in the right hands.

Not the prettiest ship to look at, but then neither are the crew. Though we wouldn’t say that to their faces.

Discovery One (2001: A Space Odyssey)

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With a graceful and sleek design, Discovery One first made its way onto our screens in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This nuclear-powered interplanetary spaceship is particularly interesting thanks to being operated by HAL 9000 the Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer that controls the ship’s systems and interacts with the crew.

When HAL turns bad and decides to kill the crew to prevent them disconnecting his cognitive circuits things become interesting. Another of man’s journeys into AI gone bad, the film is great and the spaceship is a corker too. Unless you’re a passenger of course.

The TARDIS (Dr Who)

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Although it might not be a spaceship in the traditional sense, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) makes it onto our list because of its sheer awesome quirkiness.

Bigger on the inside than it appears on the out and capable of travelling anywhere through space and time at the press of a button, it helps The Doctor explore the Universe and deal with everything from Daleks to Cybermen.

Better still, the inside of the TARDIS is equipped with all sorts of rooms and even boasts a swimming pool and art gallery.

Moya (Farscape)

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Moya is the name of another unusual spaceship appearing on our list thanks to being a part-organic sentient being. As if a living, breathing spaceship wasn’t impressive enough, Moya also includes a four-armed Pilot who is physically bonded to her and works as navigator, operator and companion as well as a link to the crew.

Moya offers nothing in the way of weaponry, so her only defensive manoeuvre is to activate a “starburst” which allows the spaceship to travel through space-time at incredible speeds.

Moya appeared on sci-fi cult series Farscape which sadly ended in 2003 but remains fondly in our hearts.

Serenity (Firefly)

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Serenity is a space craft from the TV series “Firefly” which only made it to 14 episodes before being cancelled (much to the dismay of its fans).

The ship was home to nine people who lived and fought on the losing side of a civil war in what is essentially a space western in a universe where Earth had been abandoned many years before.

Serenity is a basic ship, with simple fittings and fixtures and isn’t really much to write home about. But she is a place to live and a vessel of salvation for the crew who are perpetually trying to keep out of trouble. With no weapons to speak of, Serenity is another space craft on our list whose only defence is to cut and run.

Apollo 13

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Real-life rocket Apollo 13 made it onto the big screen in the form of a film of the same name. It tells the true story of the seventh manned space mission and the third rocket launch that was intended to land on the moon.

The real space craft was launched in 1970 and suffered an oxygen tank explosion when 205,000 miles from Earth, this resulted in the need to abandon the moon mission and an incredible, desperate struggle to get the astronaut’s home.

Apollo 13 makes it to the list, not for being a great spaceship (after all it went a bit wrong) but because of the heroic mission and safe return of the crew.

Planet Express (Futurama)

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The animated Planet Express ship was a ship designed and built by Professor Farnsworth – the mad scientist and owner of the Planet Express delivery service.

The ship itself is nothing particularly special, being armed with just one cannon and no sign of any cloaking device, but it makes it onto our list because of the crew.

An eccentric robot who’s prone to theft, by the name of Bender, a cryogenically frozen down-on-his-luck delivery boy named Philip J. Fry and the ship’s Captain, one-eyed mutant Turanga Leela. With this bunch of characters on board, the ship gets into plenty of scrapes, jams and accidents, but mostly always comes back in one piece.

Prawn mothership (District 9)

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Looming over the Johannesburg skyline in the film District 9 was the crippled alien mothership belonging to the Prawns, an insectoid race of alien creatures who landed on Earth in the late 20th Century.

This alien spaceship is unusual and makes it to our list because it’s probably one of the only alien space crafts from a film which hasn’t come to Earth for the purpose of invasion, destruction or colonisation. No, the crew of the Mothership just want somewhere to live and eat cat food.

Starbug (Red Dwarf)

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Starbug is the designation for the small, green, bug-like shuttlecrafts of the Jupiter Mining Corporation’s mining ship Red Dwarf.

These little robust, mistreated but much-loved spacecraft are home to the hapless crew which includes the last surviving member of the Human race Dave Lister, his loathed hologram companion Rimmer, mechanised service droid Kryten and their friend who evolved from a pet cat.

Starbug itself is nothing special to look at, but through the various episodes and series of Red Dwarf it does garner many enhancements that at various points include a cloaking device, the ability to travel underwater, laser cannon upgrades and a super tachyon-powered drive.

Crashed onto many planets and thrown into many scrapes, Starbug proves itself to be an extremely formidable craft.

The Space Cruiser (Rick and Morty)

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The Space Cruiser looks like something someone’s mad, drunk Grandfather bashed together in their garage. Which is pretty much exactly what happened.

This UFO-like flying machine was created by mad scientist Rick Sanchez in order to aid his insane adventures around the Galaxy with his Grandson Morty.

It’s not much to look at, but it does boast some pretty special gadgetry that includes a battery which houses an entire Universe (in miniature form known as a Microverse), some artificial intelligence and a vast array of hidden weaponry that appears to keep his Granddaughter Summer Safe from all threats in one episode of the show.

Rick and Morty has only seen two seasons so far, but the Space Cruiser has already been on some pretty wild rides.

Thunderbird 3 (Thunderbirds)

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Thunderbird 3 was the main spaceship in the International Rescue team’s arsenal of vehicles. Effectively a reusable, vertically launched space rocket, it was used for space rescue missions and trips to Thunderbird 5 – the team’s space station.

Boasting chemical lift-off rockets and an ion drive for use in the void of space, Thunderbird 3 was an impressive spacecraft in various ways, not least of which was the ability to be controlled remotely by a device on pilot Alan Tracy’s wrist.

USS Enterprise (Star Trek)

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The USS Enterprise has been on our screens, big and small, in various guises over the decades. It’s been blown up, crashed, shot at and taken on bold new missions across stretches of space that no man has been before.

Indeed, Gene Roddenberry’s spaceship became such an influential vessel that NASA even named its first space shuttle after it.

Various versions of the Enterprise were Captained by big names from the Star Trek series including James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard and Johnathan Archer.

The ship itself is pretty special for various reasons, including the presence of the holodeck in the Next Generation version and a wide array of weaponry and tactical offensive and defensive capabilities including photon torpedoes, ramming speed and a detachable saucer for emergency situations.

Dark Aster (Guardians of the Galaxy)

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Dark Aster makes it onto our list for being one of the most menacing alien ships to hit the big screen.

Dark, angry and foreboding, this mammoth corkscrew-like spaceship was taken by Ronan the Accuser to destroy all Nova citizens in his path with the intended eventual destruction of the planet Xander as his end goal. But first, he’d have to get through the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Milano (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)

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In the original film, Star-Lord Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) used his ship, the Milano, to enter the Dark Aster and save the Galaxy. In the process, the Milano was badly damaged. As payment for saving Xander, Nova Corps paid to rebuild and fix up the Milano for Quill.

Now back on the big screens, we’ll once again get to see the Star-Lord doing his thing in this magnificent flying bird.

16
May

Uber really wants to be your one-stop transit app


While you’d think that Uber would balk at mass transit, it’s really quite friendly to the concept. One of its best-known third-party app tie-ins, Transit, lets you hail a car from the same app that gives you real-time bus schedules. And now it’s returning the favor: an update to Uber’s Android app (iOS is coming) shows you Transit-sourced departure times within a block of your destination. If you need to catch a commuter train and are wondering whether or not you’ll reach the station in time, you won’t necessarily have to jump between apps. You’ll still need to launch the dedicated Transit app to see a wider list of departures, but it’s hard to knock the convenience.

The integration is only available in the US right now, and only for about 50 cities (Boston, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco are some of the larger examples). It won’t work everywhere that Uber and Transit are available, unfortunately.

With that said, there’s no doubt that Uber wants to see this feature expand. If it’s going to create an viable alternative to owning a car, that means acknowledging that riders can’t (or just won’t) always use its service for the entire length of a trip. You might be more likely to use Uber if you see it as part of a larger transportation picture, especially for those times when it would be cheaper to take a shorter Uber ride and bus the rest of the way.

Via: VentureBeat

Source: Uber Newsroom, Google Play

16
May

Microsoft partners with the UN to track human rights abuses


In what’s described as a “landmark” partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Office, which will support the development of new technology tools for the intergovernmental organization. That includes “Rights View,” a dashboard tool that lets the UN use big data and cloud computing to track potential human rights issues globally in real time.

“As a global company that sees the problems of the world, we believe that we have a responsibility to help solve them,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a statement. “We have an untapped opportunity to use the power of technology to collect data, analyze that data and equip the United Nations to advance human rights around the world.”

It was only a matter of time until the UN jumped on the big data analysis bandwagon, something Microsoft is already using to track crime in New York City. The software giant will also help the UN bring aboard other private companies to use their technology in positive ways, as well as promote the UN’s “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.” As you can probably guess, the latter is a way to highlight potential issues that could arise from doing business around the world.

Source: The UN

16
May

What to expect at Google I/O 2017


For the second year running, Google’s massive I/O developer event will take place at the storied Shoreline Amphitheater, right around the corner from the company’s Mountain View headquarters. Last year’s conference had a host of major announcements worthy of such a high-profile venue — it’s where Google Home, the Google Assistant and the Daydream VR headset were all introduced.

But this year, things seem like they’ll be a little quieter, at least in terms of big consumer-facing hardware. It’ll probably be a year of refinement, where big initiatives continue to be polished. We’ll be there all three days this year, bringing you breaking news, analysis, interviews, videos and more. Without the benefit of a crystal ball, here’s what we think we’ll be talking about this week.

Android O

Even though Google started releasing developer previews of Android months ahead of I/O, the event is still where we get into the nitty-gritty of how the company’s mobile OS will change this year. We haven’t seen many big consumer-facing features in Android O just yet, although the revamped notification system sounds like it could be incredibly useful as more and more apps vie for our attention. Ditto that for the “copyless pasting” system that Google teased a few weeks ago — we should definitely hear more on that front.

Otherwise, we’re looking at a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements, but two of them could significantly impact the way people use their phones. Google is yet again promising to have made major advances in power-saving thanks to a new “background limit” feature that’ll restrict what apps can do when they aren’t front and center. Background services, location updates and “implicit broadcasts” will all be subject to automatic limiting by Android to help developers create apps that don’t trash your battery life — expect to hear more about how that all works during Wednesday’s keynote.

Just a few days ago, Google spilled the news about “Project Treble,” the latest attempt to make it easier for all Android smartphones to be updated to the most current operating system. Ever since it launched, phones that weren’t under Google’s direct control (like the Nexus and Pixel lines) lines have had to wait months for the latest version. And, sometimes it never arrives at all. But Project Treble’s new modular approach to Android means that from O forward, devices should receive updates much faster.

We haven’t heard too much about Instant Apps after they were introduced at I/O 2016. But the idea of being able to quickly load run a full Android app by clicking on a URL could make life a lot easier for Android users. Google did start limited testing of Instant Apps earlier this year, and we’re hoping to get some news about when they might be ready for consumers. Otherwise, we should hopefully hear about some Android O features that hasn’t been announced yet — there will almost certainly be some surprises in store.

Google Assistant

The Google Assistant was probably the biggest announcement at I/O 2016, and that’s all because CEO Sundar Pichai said he wants it available basically anywhere you use Google. And he wants it to be personalized to you. One year in and that goal hasn’t quite been met yet, although there’s no doubt that Google’s conversational AI bot can be smart and useful in the right circumstances. Thus far, the main limitation has been availability. Assistant is integrated right into the Google Allo chat app, but it’s been hard getting users to switch over from texting, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger and the plethora of other messaging apps out there. Pixel smartphone owners have it baked right in, and it’s rolling out to other Android phones as well, but there are still plenty of smartphones without it. And while Google Home is a good first attempt to take on Alexa, Amazon has a big lead here in sales and third-party compatibility.

We expect Google to address the challenges facing the Assistant head-on at I/O. We’ll likely see partnerships to get the Assistant on more smart home hardware and better ways for third-party developers to work with Google’s AI bot. We’ll surely hear about new capabilities, as well — earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Google would bring the Assistant to the iPhone and start building it into GE’s home appliances. Those would be two big ways for the Assistant to reach more customers.

Daydream VR

Perhaps the most exciting developments will come from Google’s ever-growing virtual (and augmented) reality teams. Google’s DayDream VR platform launched at last year’s event, and while it was a bid to improve the quality of mobile VR experiences, the impact has been limited. The headset only works on Google’s Pixel phones and a handful of other devices. Expect an update on Daydream, although it may be just more colored headsets rather than anything major. We’d keep an eye on Tango too: the company’s 3D-mapping phones are one of the strongest augmented reality offerings so far. Google says it’s no longer a project, which sounds like Tango is ready for prime-time.

Android Auto

Earlier this week, Google announced that Android Auto would be the default option for infotainment in new Volvo and Audi vehicles. Cars with this new software will be on display at I/O this year, so we’ll get to see what happens when Android Auto is the one and only solution for music, navigation and other voice-activated features. Google teased something like this back at I/O in 2016, when we got to see a concept Maserati where Android ran every screen in the car — it even controlled the heating and A/C. While Volvo and Audi’s cars don’t go this far yet, it’s still notable to see new vehicles where you don’t need a phone to use Android Auto. Hopefully it’ll be better than the stock infotainment system found in most cars these days.

Everything else

Android Wear: It’s been a year since Google first took the wraps off Android Wear 2.0, a major upgrade to the company’s smartwatch OS. But it was delayed far past the original fall launch timeframe, and in the last 12 months most Android Wear products were not terribly compelling. Google is almost certain to mention Wear onstage, but what exactly it’ll have to share is a bit of a mystery. With Wear 2.0 only just making its way to consumers, we don’t imagine it’ll get much of an overhaul this year.

Chrome OS: Google also announced its intention to bring Android apps to Chromebooks last year — but like Wear 2.0, the launch has been slow going. Samsung and Google announced the Chromebook Pro at CES, a laptop built specifically with Android apps in mind. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t hit that release date, though there are signs we might see it announced before long — perhaps on stage this week, in fact. From the software end, we’re expecting more details on how Google can encourage developers to write apps that’ll work on both phones and laptops.

Fuschia: This one is a bit of a longshot. Last week, screenshots and details about Google’s mysterious “Fuschia” operating system were posted by Ars Technica. In a lot of ways, it looks like a new mobile phone OS that leaves behind a lot of the baggage that Android has accumulated over the years. That’s just what this current version looks like; it doesn’t mean Fuschia is necessarily destined for phones. Google hasn’t made any public statements about what they’re doing with it, but there’s an outside chance we’ll hear about it this week.

Android O’s name: A new version of Android means a new dessert-themed code name. Oreo? Oatmeal cookie? There aren’t a lot of mainstream treats with an O at the beginning. Last year, Google punted this to the crowd, taking suggestions for what the name would be. It wouldn’t surprise us to see them do the same thing this year.

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16
May

Labour’s election manifesto: What it means for UK tech


The UK has entered election season, which means it’s time for all of the major political parties to cough up their manifestos. Today it was Labour’s turn to put forward its proposed vision, which includes better broadband access, more investment in renewable energy and a renewed effort to tackle cybercrime. Most of these ideas are covered in vague, broad strokes — there’s a lot to cover in a manifesto, after all — but they’re still worth reading and considering, if only to get a general sense of what Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn thinks is most important for the country.

To keep our cities and towns powered, the Labour party is promising investment in new, “state-of-the-art low carbon gas and renewable electricity production.” Exactly where that money would go, and how much would be allocated is unclear, although the party does stress it’s “committed” to green energy projects such as tidal lagoons” Labour says it would also ban fracking to help free the country from its fossil fuel dependency, while supporting nuclear projects and people already working in the field. Such a transition wouldn’t be easy, and Labour admits that better carbon capture and storage solutions would be needed short-term.

All of this feeds into one big mission for Labour: To source 60 percent of the UK’s energy consumption from zero-carbon and renewable sources by 2030. “A Labour government will put us back on track to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and Paris Agreement,” the manifesto reads.

Internet access is slowly improving, but still there are towns, streets and buildings suffering from woeful broadband infrastructure. The opposition party is promising “universal” superfast (generally defined as 24MB of higher) broadband availability by 2022. If elected, it would also tell the National Infrastructure Commission “on day one” to start investigating how ultrafast (300Mbps) broadband can be rolled out over the next decade. In the cities, Labour wants citizens to have better access to public Wi-Fi, and will look at bringing “uninterrupted” 5G coverage to major roads and railways. Oh, and it generally wants to improve 4G coverage too.

To boost employment and general living standards, the party is set on growing the “digital economy,” a popular buzzword for startups and other internet-enabled companies (which, by this point, is almost all businesses.) Part of that push will include a “Digital Ambassador” tasked with promoting Britain as a good place for investment and entrepreneurs.

To keep Britain on the cutting edge, a Labour government would also prioritise science, technology and health-based research. It would commit “extra research investment” and be “welcoming” to research staff who are keen to work in the UK. The party would also look to maintain the country’s membership of Euratom, the pan-European atomic energy regulator, and the European Medicines Agency. As a single example, Labour says it would focus on the design, development and manufacturing of ultra low emission vehicles — electric, hydrogen and the like.

Uber and Transport for London have had plenty of legal tussles over the last couple of years, debating how the ride-hailing company should be defined (and taxed) in the capital. Labour wants to settle the debate once and for all by reforming the current legislation that governs taxi and private hire services. New rules would include “national standards to guarantee safety and accessibility” and fresh guidelines that can both keep up with innovation and ensure that different companies can compete.

On the internet, the Labour government is keen to tackle “the growing threat of cybercrime” by providing police with additional equipment and resources. It would also force technology companies to introduce new policies that can help protect children and tackle online abuse. These would ensure “young children understand and are able to easily remove any content they shared on the internet before they turned 18.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Conservatives are pushing for a similar rule. Finally, Labour wants to sort “the broken ticketing market” that allows scalpers to quickly scoop up tickets and sell them on at an absurd markup.

Most of these ideas sound decent, however it’s hard to judge them without knowing intricate policy details. There’s also the issue of funding — it’s easy to promise radical change, but another to find the necessary cash from the public purse. That’ll be for Labour to figure out if it’s elected — a tall order given the current polls, but not outside the realm of possibility.

Source: Labour Manifesto 2017

16
May

Keep tabs on your kid’s location while you binge watch Netflix


It seems like everyone wants to get into your living room. From the Apple TV to Google Home to Amazon’s range of devices, your house is the site of the next battle for connected device supremacy. Instead of a voice command gadget with a screen like the Alexa Show, though, Samsung is looking to use its line of smart televisions to keep you connected with friends and family. The company is bringing location-sharing app Glympse to the Tizen operating system on the Samsung Smart TV.

Samsung already preloads Glympse on its Family Hub series of smart refrigerators, which may seem like an even weirder place to check up on where your kids are, but there you have it. Both the refrigerator and television versions of Glympse now have a way to create private groups of family and friends, and they’re easy to create. You’ll just type in that friend or family member’s phone number and they’ll get a text to add themselves to the group. Once added, everyone else in the group will be able see where that person is in real time on any Glympse-enabled screen.

Glympse isn’t a simple location-sharing app, either, unlike Apple’s Find My Friends app or Facebook Messenger location features. One of the more handy uses is letting your friends know when you’ll arrive with a simple tap within the Glympse app. Now that it’s on TVs and refrigerators, you have a better chance that the group will see your messages or ETA.

Glympse is also slated to integrate with devices from Logitech, General Motors, Volvo, Logitech, Garmin, Navdy, GoGo and Mojio. If nothing else, having Glympse everywhere will help you keep track of those important to you, whether you’re watching the big game or grabbing a snack during halftime.

16
May

Pluto TV adds ‘ALF’ and other classics to its free streaming library


Last we’d heard of Pluto TV, the ad-supported streaming service had just gotten a slew of shows from Hulu. Now Pluto is adding video-on-demand in the form of movies and TV shows from Lionsgate, MGM and Warner Bros. to complement its current programming according to Variety. Expected titles include the full run of ALF (seriously) in addition to the quirky Ryan Gosling movie Lars and the Real Girl among “thousands” of others. Pluto signed the deals earlier this month, and the programming should start appearing today.

Most of Pluto’s offerings thus far are relatively niche, focusing heavily on web video providers, so maybe this move could help attract a mainstream audience. After all, when you’re cord cutting, having something new to watch — regardless of source — is better than having nothing to watch at all.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Variety, Pluto TV

16
May

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 10.2.2 to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.2.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one day after releasing tvOS 10.2.1, a minor update that introduced unspecified bug fixes and security improvements.

tvOS 10.2.2 is designed for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Registered developers can download the update by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes.

Because of the installation requirements, tvOS betas are only available to developers, so tvOS 10.2.2 will not be available to the public until the final version of the software is released to the public.

We don’t yet know what’s included in tvOS 10.2.2, but most tvOS updates to date have been minor in scale, and that’s likely the case with tvOS 10.2.2 too.

tvOS 10 will soon be followed by tvOS 11, which we expect to see introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5.

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16
May

Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3.3 to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update to developers, one day after releasing iOS 10.3.2, a minor bug fix update that introduced minor bug fixes and a long list of security updates.

Registered developers can download the first iOS 10.3.3 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile is installed.

We don’t yet know what’s included in iOS 10.3.3, but with a 10.x.x version number, it’s likely to be another minor update that focuses on bug fixes and security improvements rather than outward-facing changes. If anything notable is found in the beta, we’ll update this post.

iOS 10.3.3 may be one of the last updates we see to iOS 10, as Apple is starting to shift focus to iOS 11. iOS 11 will be introduced at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on June 5. The update will be in testing for several months before seeing a fall public release.

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16
May

Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.5, a minor update that introduced a fix for a bug with USB headphones and other small improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

We don’t know yet what’s included in the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update, but with the debut of the next-generation version of macOS approaching, it’s likely to feature minor bug fixes, improvements, and security enhancements.

Development of macOS is wrapping up as Apple transitions to macOS 10.13, which will be introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

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