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Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challenges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's next CEO will have a a lot work cut out for him or her.
The 3 big challenges facing Uber’s next CEO
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out. After a series of public relations disasters resulting from claims of sexual harassment, sexism, privacy invasions and law enforcement evasions, the co-founder announced his resignation under pressure from investors. The new face for the company will undoubtedly encounter a slew of challenges right off the bat.
Why Apple would need to use ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.
Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's 'Arms' is exciting, fast-paced action, but it's single-player mode could use more depth.
Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's looking for a chief operating officer to revamp the company. Here's a look at some of the contenders.
The top 10 games of E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up. Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.
These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Virtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.
Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.
Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is pushing the One X as the world’s most powerful system. Officially slated for release on Nov. 7, the One X faces some stiff competition in Sony’s (SNE) incredibly popular PlayStation 4 and VR-ready PS4 Pro, not to mention the still hard to get Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch. Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X at the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California on June 12.
Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?
America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Both Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.
E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017's marquee video game expo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Hope you like video games, because your social networks are about to get flooded with countless tweets, posts, pics, hot takes, snarky asides and full-on rants about interactive entertainment. E3, otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. You’ve likely heard of E3 — it’s in its 24th consecutive year — but you might not know why the annual video game industry convention/circus is such a big deal.
The big issues we want Apple to address in macOS High Sierra
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
These are the issues we hope Apple addresses with macOS High Sierra.
Pogue's Basics: The "Minimize All" keystroke in Windows
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Sometimes you’ve got Windows open, and you want to have a look at your desktop to find a certain icon. Well, here’s a keyboard trick that lets you minimize all your windows at once, revealing your entire desktop. Just press Windows key+M (think of it as M for “Minimize all”). Boom! They all fly away to your taskbar.
The 27 most interesting new features in iOS 11
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
When iOS 11, the new, free iPhone/iPad OS upgrade comes this fall, you won't gain any big-ticket feature. Instead, you'll get lot of tiny nips and tucks that fall into five categories: Nice Tweaks, Storage Help, iPad Exclusives, Playing Catch-Up, Fixing Bad Design.
Apple polishes up 23 features in Mac OS High Sierra
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Let’s be honest: The biggest Mac news from Apple’s developer conference Monday wasn’t about software features—it was about new hardware. All Apple (AAPL) laptops and iMacs will gain Intel’s latest, fastest processor, known as Kaby Lake. It will be called Mac OS High Sierra, and the name suggests exactly what it is: a set of refinements to the current Mac OS, called Sierra.
Apple’s top new iOS 11 features 
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple announced new features at the WWDC 2017. Here are the top 10 features to look out for this fall: The Apple Pay Cash Card will let users pay and receive peer-to-peer money transactions in iMessage. Siri will be able to translate in various languages, like English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish and Italian. Siri Male and Female voice get an update to sound more natural. “Intelligence” feature will let Siri make suggestions on what you might find interesting. Users will be able swipe up to get access to the redesigned control center, and use 3D touch to expand the options. ...
Here’s what’s new: Apple’s High Sierra 
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple claimed that the new macOS High Sierra will have the fastest desktop browser to date. Safari is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome, and will have an autoplay blocking feature. For those who are concerned about Internet privacy, High Sierra will have an Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool. Mail also got a few updates, including “Top Hits” in Spotlight, and Split View keeps messages you are replying to on the right side and mail on the left. One of the most promising updates is designed to speed up the file system. ...
Amazon Echo, Google Home and now, Apple HomePod
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple jumps into the smart speaker race with HomePod.
Pogue's Basics: The fastest way to uninstall a Windows 10 app
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
How cool is this? You can uninstall a program right from the Start menu in Windows 10. That’s a lot more efficient than the method most people know: burrowing into the Control Panel or the Settings app and fumbling around.
Live updates from Apple's developers conference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
We're live blogging all the news from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Inventor of “Iron Man” jet suit beats his own speed record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Who needs flying cars when you have a flying “jet suit”?
Google's autonomous car company is now testing out self
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Waymo is taking its self-driving tech to an entirely new class of vehicles. The autonomous car company, which famously spun off as an independent entity after years of development as the Google X self-driving car project, was recently spotted running tests on something other than its instantly recognizable fleet of Waymo-branded Chrysler Pacifica minivans: a truck.   A photo recently obtained by BuzzFeed News appears to show a Waymo truck, which company reps confirmed to be genuine. Until the image surfaced, Waymo was only thought to be developing its autonomous driving platform on its cars, Lexus SUVs, and minivans, which have been extensively promoted as it ramps up its efforts with a public self-driving program in Phoenix.      SEE ALSO: Russia's Google rival just jumped into the self-driving car race When reached for comment by Mashable via email, a Waymo rep shared the same statement given to BuzzFeed: Waymo is currently testing just one truck, reportedly a Class 8 Peterbilt, outfitted with the company's self-produced autonomous platform. A company spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the company is currently conducting tests on a private track at its facility in California, and that the truck has also made it out to public streets — with a human operator behind the wheel controlling it manually at all times — to collect the road data essential for the autonomous platform's development. The Waymo rep also confirmed to us that the road testing efforts will be expanded to Arizona later this year. Trucking and autonomy The move to bigger vehicles isn't a shocker for Waymo — the company has made it clear that it's focused on more than just consumer transportation and has its sights on the future of mobility on the whole, through statements made by CEO John Krafcik and aggressive moves outside the direct consumer market, like its deal with Lyft.  Self-driving trucks could transform an entire industry. Autonomous vehicles could increase productivity and efficiency along freight routes, making the job easier for drivers — and they could fill the gap to combat the projected driver shortage facing the industry in the coming years. By using its autonomous platform on trucks, Waymo could play a big part in transforming American highways.  But it's far from the first player to enter the self-driving truck space. There are projects currently in the works from established companies like PACCAR, the manufacturer behind the Peterbilt brand, which is working with Nvidia, and smaller independent startups like Embark, which is testing its platform on Nevada highways. Perhaps the most notable project is the Uber-owned Otto, which successfully delivered an autonomous freight of beer last year.  Waymo's parent company, Alphabet, is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit with Uber that could stifle or even shutter Uber's own self-driving development efforts. The dispute stems from Otto's founder, Anthony Levandowski, a former Google (and now former Uber) employee accused of stealing company secrets and using them for Otto and then Uber. Meanwhile, the only other company that comes close to matching Google's pedigree, Apple, has reportedly ramped up its own autonomous driving efforts of late, with its own self-driving test car recently spotted on California streets.  WATCH: World travelers will love this suitcase that doubles as a scooter
All the news we expect from Apple's huge developers conference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple CEO Tim Cook will be on hand for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. Apple is known for using WWDC to showcase its newest software updates. Apple should also announce improvements to its watchOS and tvOS systems, and could even roll out its very own Siri speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo and Google’s (GOOGL, GOOG) Home.
Uber posts $708 million loss and says finance head left
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter and said its head of finance is leaving the company, the latest executive to depart in what has been a very tough year to date. Uber told The ...
Uber posts $708M loss as revenue grows; finance head quits
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
HONG KONG (AP) — Ride-hailing giant Uber has reported another multimillion dollar loss even as its revenues grow.
How Washington is throwing away its shot at protecting your privacy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A Republican member of the House has introduced a comprehensive data privacy bill, but Congress is unlikely to ever pass it.
Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesign
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
You can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights” feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.” That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.
Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.
Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass will end your free time forever
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pas service will give you access to more than 100 Xbox 360 and Xbox One games for $10 a month.
The new Samsung Galaxy does 27 things the iPhone doesn't
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
David Pogue has created master list of features that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has and the iPhone 7 doesn’t—along with an assessment of which ones are actually useful.
Zuckerberg to Harvard grads: 'You have to create a sense of purpose for others'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard University to give the class of 2017's commencement speech.
Mark Zuckerberg: The most important thing I built at Harvard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the accomplishment he's most proud of from his days at Harvard University is his relationship with wife and fellow Harvard alum Priscilla Chan.
How the Microsoft Surface Pro compares to Apple's best
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The new Microsoft Surface Pro laptop-tablet hybrid is an impressive-looking device that should have Apple looking over its shoulder.
Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. "We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed - plus interest - as quickly as possible," Rachel Holt, Uber's regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.
This RoboCop car comes with an intruder
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Meet O-R3. It’s the world’s first robotic security car.
A widely praised Supreme Court decision still doesn't fix the broken patent system
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A small town in East Texas should see a lot fewer visitors in suits and ties, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling that you can’t file a patent lawsuit anywhere you please in America.
The most important announcements from Google's big developers' conference
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The opening keynote of Google's big developers' conference unveiled lots of developments that even non-nerds can understand: new features coming soon to Google products.
U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google. The justices sided 8-0 with beverage flavoring company TC Heartland LLC in its legal battle with food and beverage company Kraft Heinz Co, ruling that patent infringement suits can be filed only in courts located in the jurisdiction where the targeted company is incorporated. Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the decision.
'Prey' review: You'll never be more afraid of a coffee cup
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
‘Prey’ will have you terrified of everything you see. During my first two hours of playing the video game “Prey,” I spent more time shooting at coffee cups and trash cans than I did the malevolent aliens that attacked the space station I was sneaking around.
Now I get it: Ransomware
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
On May 12, a computer worm called WannaCry began infecting over 300,000 Windows computers in 150 countries—and made headlines around the world. Here's what you need to know.
Pinterest now uses AI to figure out what you're eating in photos
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Pinterest rolled out an update that enables its AI-powered feature, Pinterest Lens, to detect and analyze what you're eating in any given photo. Lens then suggests a recipe "inspired" by the food, meal or dish.
Why Amazon let 4,000 dogs into its Seattle headquarters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has 4,000 registered canines — 500 of which on average come to the offices everyday with their employee owners.
Inside the world's greatest scavenger hunt, Part 3
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. Each August, as the world’s largest scavenger hunt is under way, the general public is usually unaware—except when teams perform their tasks in public places.
How to get 4 billion unconnected people online
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
There are still 4 billion people around the world without internet access. Here's how that will change.
Microsoft's new Surface Laptop takes dead aim at Apple and Google
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is taking on Apple's MacBooks and Google's Chromebooks with its new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S.
Microsoft Surface Laptop hands
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The new Microsoft Surface Laptop is a gorgeous machine built to take on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Why Hulu with Live TV and other streaming TV services are worth the money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
It's true: streaming TV services will save you money over your cable subscription.
The New 2DS XL could be Nintendo's best handheld yet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
We went hands-on with the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and it looks like it could be the best handheld the company's ever made.