Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his father's presidency was "nonsense" as he began a visit to India to promote real estate deals that bear his family's name
Apple may be the new kid on the block in the smart speaker market, but one of its competitors might soon attempt to steal its thunder with hardware of its own. This week, MusicAlly spotted several new job listings on Spotify's website which suggest that the streaming service is ramping up efforts to launch its own devices in the near future. "Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products," reads the description for an Operations Manager position, "and setting up an operational organisation for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing." The other listings are for Senior Project Manager and Project Manager, both of which will work in Spotify's Hardware Production division on "innovative Spotify experiences via connected hardware." Although Spotify has yet to show off or even confirm any hardware in the works, the listings seem to point to a smart speaker. As The Verge points out, Spotify has said in previous listings that it wants to build "a category defining product akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles." The listings call for someone to run the strategy and execution of Spotify's voice efforts as well, implying that whatever hardware the company ends up releasing, we'll be able to control it with voice commands. Providing it is a speaker, it will need voice support to compete. While Spotify is still the top name in music streaming, Apple Music has made a huge dent in recent months. In order to stay on top, Spotify needs to find new ways to ingratiate its service with our lives, whether that be in the form of a smart speaker, smart headphones or something else entirely. Either way, with production ramping up, we expect to hear (and see) more in the coming months from the international streaming giant.
According to XDA Developers, recently unearthed code indicates that Android P will prevent applications from accessing a device's camera or microphone if they happen to be running in the background. This should prove to be a boon for security conscious users who will no longer have to worry about malicious apps secretly keeping tabs on their behavior. While Google has undeniably gotten better about bolstering overall Android security, reports of malicious apps wreaking havoc on users seem to pop up every few months. Just a few months back, for example, a piece of Android malware dubbed GhostCtrl was found to be secretly recording audio and video from a range of Android devices. As to the Android P code in question, which was originally spotted in Android Open Source Project commit from January 19, the commit notes that any individual app found to be idle -- which is to say operating in the background -- will experience an error code if it attempts to activate the camera. While this is welcome news, Slashgear brings up an interesting scenario where the aforementioned limitation might actually be something of a detriment: There is, however, one potentially valid use case of not letting the “user” know that the camera is currently recording. There exists a class of anti-theft apps that, at a user’s request, will start recording with the front-facing camera to potentially capture images of the thief, or at least the surroundings, without alerting them to the fact. Android P’s new policy would render those features useless. Incidentally, with the introduction of Android P inching closer with each passing week, Android O adoption remains exceedingly low. Per Google's developer dashboard, only 1.1% of all Android devices are running the company's latest software.
Nintendo has a hit on its hands with the Switch. In fact, the hybrid console managed to top the lifetime sales of the Wii U after just ten months, but there were consequences to launching the Switch in the middle of a new generation. Most notably, some of the best multi-platform games have yet to be ported to the Switch, but this week, game journalist and frequent leaker Marcus Sellars claimed on Twitter that both Fortnite and Diablo 3 are Switch-bound. On Monday, Sellars said that Diablo 3 is currently in the works for Nintendo's new console, and should be out in early 2019. Blizzard supposedly wants to implement local multiplayer before shipping the game. Diablo 3 launched on PC in 2012, was ported to PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013 and eventually landed on PS4 and Xbox One in 2014. Shortly after the Diablo reveal, Sellars returned with another bold claim: Fortnite is coming to the Switch as well. The cartoony action game exploded in popularity when the developers added a 100-player Battle Royale multiplayer mode last year. Ever since the mode launched, gamers have been clamoring for a Switch port. The developer, Epic Games, has said made it clear that a Switch version of Fortnite is under consideration, but there was no indication of when or if the game would actually be released. Sellars claims that he "heard stuff" from a "very" positive source who believes that the port will launch around August or September. It's worth taking all of this with a grain of salt, but Sellars has had some success with leaks in the past. Late last year, he reported on the Dark Souls remaster for Switch, which Nintendo then announced in January. He also claimed that Black Ops 4 will be the Call of Duty game of 2018, and though it has yet to be confirmed, Treyarch (the studio behind all the previous Black Ops games) is the studio that will be working on this year's entry.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is heading to the United States, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S.
In October of 2016, Uber published a lengthy white paper outlining its plan to further revolutionize the transportation industry. Over the course of 100 pages, Uber detailed new initiative dubbed Uber Elevate, a fledgling program that aims to develop a fleet of flying cars capable of picking up and dropping off customers from designated rooftops. Speaking to the seriousness with which Uber takes the program, Uber Elevate is spearheaded by a former NASA engineer with an impressive and exhaustive background involving flying car technologies. As to the benefits Uber envisions its program will introduce, the company's white paper explains in part: "On-demand aviation, has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes. Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel. We view helping to solve this problem as core to our mission and our commitment to our rider base. Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground.” Since its introduction more than a year ago, we haven't heard much about the Uber Elevate program, save for statements the company is still trying to identify locations where the technology can be tested. As of last year, Uber indicated that it plans to have a demo vehicle ready to show off by 2020, an ambitious timeline to say the least. Shedding some more light on Uber's ongoing research into the area of flying taxis, Uber CDO Dara Khosrowshahi recently said (via Reuters) that he expects flying vehicles will ultimately become an affordable way to travel. What's more, Khosrowshahi added that flying taxis may become a reality in as little as 5-10 years.
New Zealand estimates a Pacific trade deal would boost its economy by up to 1 percent as exporters would face reduced tariffs on goods like kiwifruit, wine and beef
3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals over decades
Portable projectors are nifty, but rarely do they actually deliver the experience you're hoping for when you buy them. Instead, you get a dull image, bad battery life, no speakers, and you need to cough up another $50 if you have an iPhone because they never have Lightning connectors. The Nebula Capsule By Anker is an entirely different beast. This compact projector is the size of a soda can, but it beams a bright image that measures up to 100 inches diagonally. It also features built-in 360° speakers and wireless connectivity, so you don't need to worry about carrying cables or Lightning adapters. Amazon is offering a healthy $53 discount on the Nebula Capsule today, dropping it to less than half the price of the full-sized Nebula projector. Definitely grab one while you can. Here are some bullet points from the product page: Remarkable Clarity and Contrast: DLP's advanced IntelliBright algorithms deliver remarkably bright (100 ANSI lumens), vivid picture up to 100 inches big. 360° Speaker: Equipped with a powerful omnidirectional speaker to pump out sound in every direction. Super Portable: A seamless aluminum body ensures greater durability and a meager 15 oz weight to effortlessly go wherever you do. Android 7.1: Run Streaming and media apps flawlessly. Seamlessly display content from Netflix, Youtube, and more for endless entertainment. What's In The Box: Nebula Capsule, power adapter, manual, remote, 12-month warranty and our friendly customer service. NOTE, streaming providers occasionally prevent mirroring copyrighted content.
MetLife admits to a big mistake. The company owes up to 25 years of missing pension payments to retirees and about 13,500 people never received their money. The company's CEO says 'not its finest moment.' Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith, Brittany Jones-Cooper, Ethan Wolff-Mann and Dan Roberts discuss.
Venezuela is becoming the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy
Allegations of corruption and Russian money laundering have come right to the front door of the powerful European Central Bank, which oversees monetary policy for 19 countries.