Nuclear waste facility receives its first shipment since 2014 accident

Enlarge / A truck from Idaho arrived at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant at night. (credit: WIPP)

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, began accepting shipments of transuranic waste (PDF) this month for the first time since February 2014 when an explosion of a drum of plutonium and americium waste halted all deliveries.

WIPP is the only facility that accepts waste from the nation’s Cold War-era nuclear weapons production sites. The waste has been kept at those production sites for decades and includes “contaminated items such as clothing, tools, rags, residues, debris, soil.” The New Mexico facility, carved into a 2,000-foot-thick salt bed in the 1980s, is intended to be a long-term storage solution (a very long-term solution) for all the waste that’s distributed at facilities across the country.

The 2014 accident at WIPP occurred when a worker packed a shipment of waste in

Continue reading “Nuclear waste facility receives its first shipment since 2014 accident”

Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community spaces

Apple’s retail stores have long had a social side. You might not visit just to hang out, but the combination of free workshops and an abundance of connected devices gives you a reason to stay besides gawking at the latest products… if just to check up on Facebook. And now, Apple is banking on that social aspect as a selling point. The company is both redesigning its 100 largest stores and launching new “Today at Apple” workshops to turn its stores into community spaces of sorts. The shops are still very much geared toward sales, but you’ll have more reasons to swing by on a frequent basis.

Via: The Verge

Source: Apple, CBS

Verizon bungles launch of $70 gigabit plan, which costs more than $70

Finding out the price for Internet service shouldn’t be this difficult.

Verizon’s rollout yesterday of a $70-per-month gigabit Internet plan was pretty confusing.

The Verizon announcement said the gigabit service would be immediately available to more than 8 million homes and did not say that the $70 price would only be available to certain customers. But it turned out that the $70 price was only for customers who don’t have Verizon FiOS service today. Existing customers who tried to upgrade yesterday were told that the standard price was as much as $200 a month.

After exchanging many e-mails throughout the day yesterday with a Verizon spokesperson, we now have a better understanding of what went wrong and what should happen next. Verizon promised a “revolutionary speed and a revolutionary price.” But there’s more than one price.

Read 23 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Article Image

Alphabet’s autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro $250 off, (Product)RED Leather iPhone 7 Case $30, Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard $23, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro 256GB w/ Touch Bar now $249 off

Apple (Product)RED Leather Case for iPhone 7: $30 (Reg. $45)

Daily Deals: Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard $23, Toshiba 55-inch 1080p HDTV w/ Chromecast $330, more

Beats Powerbeats3 W1-enabled Wireless In-ear Headphones down to $130 shipped

BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones go to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Magic on iOS free (Reg. $1)

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro $250 off, (Product)RED Leather iPhone 7 Case $30, Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard $23, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro 256GB w/ Touch Bar now $249 off

Apple (Product)RED Leather Case for iPhone 7: $30 (Reg. $45)

Daily Deals: Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard $23, Toshiba 55-inch 1080p HDTV w/ Chromecast $330, more

Beats Powerbeats3 W1-enabled Wireless In-ear Headphones down to $130 shipped

BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones go to $120 at Amazon and Best Buy

App Store Free App of the Week: Cut the Rope Magic on iOS free (Reg. $1)

Powermat CEO calls wireless charging a ‘standard feature in the next iPhone’

Wireless charging is widely expected to be on one if not all new iPhone models later this year, and the CEO of a prominent wireless charging technology company appears to consider it a done deal. Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski called wireless charging ‘a standard feature in the next iPhone’ ahead of any official iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 announcement.

more…

Powermat CEO calls wireless charging a ‘standard feature in the next iPhone’

Wireless charging is widely expected to be on one if not all new iPhone models later this year, and the CEO of a prominent wireless charging technology company appears to consider it a done deal. Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski called wireless charging ‘a standard feature in the next iPhone’ ahead of any official iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 announcement.

more…

Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Article Image

Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre short film

Behold: It’s No Game, written by an AI and starring the great David Hasselhoff. (video link)

Last year, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin released the stunningly weird short film Sunspring. It was a sci-fi tale written entirely by an algorithm that eventually named itself Benjamin. Now the two humans have teamed up with Benjamin again to create a follow-up movie, It’s No Game, about what happens when AI gets mixed up in an impending Hollywood writers’ strike. Ars is excited to debut the movie here, so go ahead and watch. We also talked to the film cast and creators about what it’s like to work with an AI.

The scenario in It’s No Game is sort of like Robocop, with about 20 hits of acid layered on top. Two screenwriters (Tim Guinee and Walking Dead‘s Thomas Payne) are meeting with a producer (Flesh and

Continue reading “An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre short film”

Photo Gallery: OWC Live at NAB with New Gear, Giveaways, More!

NAB is now live, and OWC is on hand in Las Vegas to show off new solutions and give away great gear! Come visit Team OWC at Booth #SL8905 to say “hello” and see what’s in store.

We hope to see you there!

 

Day One Offers Printed Journals

Day One has evolved over the years into one of the premier journaling apps on iOS. The app lets you combine your words with images, weather data, location information, and even your step count to create a highly-personalized journal. Now, you can preserve your memories as a book too.

Continue reading “Day One Offers Printed Journals”

Apple’s first original series, Carpool Karaoke, delayed to later this year

In a blow to Apple’s original content ambitions, the company has delayed the scheduled April premiere of Carpool Karaoke to later this year.

In a strange move, Apple postponed the launch party for the full-length show, its first foray into original content, twice before canceling it altogether. According to Reuters, a party originally scheduled for March was rescheduled for Monday, but that party too was postponed.

Apple didn’t say why the series, an extended version of James Corden’s segments on CBS’s The Late Late Show, was being pushed back. A CBS Television Studios spokesperson told Reuters that the company is “excited about our Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

iPhone 8 rumors: October launch date likely due to display issues, and analysts blame Samsung

We’d forgive the iPhone 7 for feeling a little under-appreciated, since it seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

AMD puts two GPUs and 32GB of RAM on its latest Radeon Pro Duo graphics card

Enlarge / AMD’s new Radeon Pro Duo GPU. (credit: AMD)

A little over a year after launching the last Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, AMD is back with an all-new version that has the same name but makes a whole bunch of changes. The new Radeon Pro Duo mashes two separate 14nm Polaris GPUs with 2,304 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, and 16GB of graphics RAM apiece (for a total of 32GB) into a single card. As the name implies, the card is being aimed primarily at professional users rather than gamers. It’s based on the Radeon Pro WX 7100 workstation GPU, which uses one GPU with most of the same specs as the Radeon Pro Duo but with 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB.

You can find the full spec list for the card here, which will launch at “the end of May” for $999.

The card is

Continue reading “AMD puts two GPUs and 32GB of RAM on its latest Radeon Pro Duo graphics card”

Amazon Will Comp You A Dash Button When You Buy 2, and Then $4.99 Once You Use It – Deal Alert

This deal on Amazon will net you 2 Dash Buttons for the price of 0, making this a no-brainer if you’ve been thinking about trying Dash out. Right now if you buy two Dash Buttons, Amazon will give you one of them for free, and then a $4.99 credit the first time you actually use it (list price on a Dash Button is $4.99). Amazon Dash is a simple Wi-Fi connected gadget that lets you order your favorite things with just the push of a button. Keep it by your washing machine, your pet food, or in the bathroom closet. When you notice you’re running low, just press the button and Amazon ships it right out. Each button gets tied to a specific product from Amazon’s library of over 300 brands, in categories such as (click each category to see samples) household suppliesbeverage & grocery Continue reading “Amazon Will Comp You A Dash Button When You Buy 2, and Then $4.99 Once You Use It – Deal Alert”

Ex-Lyft driver sues Uber over “Hell,” its alleged “spyware”

Enlarge (credit: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A former Lyft driver sued Uber on Monday in a proposed class-action lawsuit over its recently evealed “Hell” software, which allowed Uber to spoof fake Lyft drivers through a flaw in Lyft’s own design.

In turn, those faux accounts gave Uber confidential location information about the eight nearest Lyft drivers. Not only did this program provide secret information about Lyft, its largest rival, but it also allowed Uber to target its own drivers who also drive for Lyft. Uber could then present them with enticing offers to make sure that they would stay loyal to Uber.

The “spyware,” according to the lawsuit, which reportedly ran from 2014 to 2016, “enabled Defendants to remotely and surreptitiously access, monitor, intercept, and/or transmit personal information as well as electronic communications and whereabouts.” The ex-driver, Michael Gonzales, who never drove for Uber, claims violations of federal

Continue reading “Ex-Lyft driver sues Uber over “Hell,” its alleged “spyware””

Apple Launches Store Redesign and Today at Apple Program

Apple announced a major redesign of its retail stores today. The changes combine alterations to the physical space of some stores as well as a new series of events called ‘Today at Apple.’

The 100 largest Apple Stores will be redesigned to include live trees, meeting spaces, and screens similar to the upgrades that Apple’s Union Square store in San Francisco received last year. The Genius Bar will be renamed the Genius Grove in a nod to the addition of trees.

Apple Stores will also add a series of educational sessions in 495 locations that will launch at the end of May. The program is called ‘Today at Apple’ and will feature a wide range of presentations and hands-on sessions covering topics like photography, programming, design, art, and music. Sessions will be led by Creative Pros, a new retail store position filled by people with deep domain knowledge in Continue reading “Apple Launches Store Redesign and Today at Apple Program”

‘Today at Apple’ Sessions About Art, Music, and Coding Expanding to Every Apple Store in May

Apple today announced that it will be expanding its “Today at Apple” educational sessions to all of its 495 retail stores around the world in May.



“Today at Apple” will offer programs with more than 60 different hands-on sessions in creative skills. The free sessions, which have been offered at Apple’s flagship Union Square store in San Francisco since last year, will cover topics such as photography, videography, music, coding, art, and design.

“At the heart of every Apple Store is the desire to educate and inspire the communities we serve,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president, Retail. “‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs. We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their

Continue reading “‘Today at Apple’ Sessions About Art, Music, and Coding Expanding to Every Apple Store in May”

Waymo trials free self-driving taxi service in Phoenix

Enlarge / One of the earliest self-driving trial families pose with Waymo’s minivan. (credit: Waymo)

Waymo—Alphabet’s self-driving car division—is launching a “trial” of a self-driving taxi service in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The Google spinoff’s fleet of self-driving cars is descending on Phoenix and offering free rides to anyone in its “early rider program,” which is currently accepting new members.

The taxi service is not totally “self-driving.” Waymo notes that “as part of this early trial, there will be a test driver in each vehicle monitoring the rides at all times.” While the car will handle most of the driving duties, a driver will ensure nothing goes wrong if the car runs into a situation it can’t handle. While the trial will offer free rides to Phoenix residents, it will also serve as a research program for Waymo. The company’s blog post say it wants to “learn things like where

Continue reading “Waymo trials free self-driving taxi service in Phoenix”