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Has tech lost its mind? Let's start with flying cars

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Jefferson Graham runs down those 4 wild tech announcements--from the flying boats and cars to drone goggles and Amazon's closet camera, on #TalkingTech

The Kitty Hawk Flyer.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer.   (Photo: Kitty Hawk)

LOS ANGELES — It'll be hard to top this week for wild, crazy technology unveilings. And some may even end up in your hands.

Where to start? How bout: the flying car that looks like a boat, or jet skies maybe, or perhaps a huge drone. The Kitty Hawk Flyer,  the personal project from Google co-founder Larry Page, has to top the list of far-out tech product announcements. It's a vehicle that flies — hot trend this month , by the way — but stands out for this feature: It only flies over fresh water.

And Page's pond jumper was only the half of it.

—Uber also envisions a time in the near future when you'll be able to hail a flying Uber. The ride-hailing company didn’t entice us with a sample video, like Kitty Hawk did, but it did vow to offer a prototype of a  flying Uber  by 2020, for display at the Dubai World Expo. As if our streets didn’t have enough issues with crashing human-driving cars and self-driving experiments , now it’s onto the skies? Oh boy.

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Former NASA engineer Mark Moore will now be working on Uber's flying car project, Uber Elevate. Matt Hoffman reports. Buzz60

—Speaking of the air above us, imagine that you’re flying a drone, but your eyes are totally covered with a virtual-reality-like headset, and you’re so lost in the journey, that you have absolutely no idea where the drone is. That’s one potential issue with the new DJI  Goggles , a $449 headset that  lets you fly the drone  and enjoy the flight with a "bird's eye view" in 1280x1440 resolution.

DJI Goggles cost $449

DJI Goggles cost $449   (Photo: DJI)

But what about that pesky rule from the Federal Aviation Administration, that when flying a drone,  you have to have it in your line of sight?  DJI says the Goggles have a flip screen to open for a quick monitor to keep track of the drone. Better yet, “have a spotter,” by your side, says DJI spokesman Adam Lisberg. The Goggles will be readily available in late May.

Amazon's Echo Look is a camera in the closet.

Amazon's Echo Look is a camera in the closet.   (Photo: Amazon)

Finally, who’s ready to put a camera that's connected to the Internet in the closet? The Echo personal assistant from Amazon is expanding with  a new unit  that does more than just read the weather, news updates and play music. A new $199 edition, the Echo Look, has a built-in camera, designed to help you find the right clothes for you.

The Look, available by invitation only on  Amazon’s website , can do all the things Echo speakers normally do, but also is positioned to take photos of you as you try on different outfits, rating which one suits you, and suggesting what clothes might be right.

It makes sense if you think about Amazon's endless quest


On his 100th day in office, Trump to order review of free trade agreements


President Donald Trump.


Don't hand your kid an iPhone without these controls

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Don't hand your kid an iPhone without these controls

Columnist Marc Saltzman explains on how to safeguard the devices your children use when surfing the net and using applications. Marc Saltzman Special for USA Today

Don't hand your kid an iPhone without these controls

On Windows 10, you can add younger users as part of the Family Features option. (Photo: Microsoft, handout)

How's this for irony: while it's the parent's job to protect their children, kids tend to know more about tech than mom and dad – including how to navigate online.  Understandably, many parents feel helpless because of this “digital divide.” But common sense, smart software and parental controls can help protect the ones you love.

“It’s important for parents to be aware of what types of programs — for example, apps, social media, and games — their kids use, how much time kids are spending on devices, and who they're interacting with,” says Caroline Knorr, Senior Parenting Editor at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. “Parents should also know how kids safeguard their privacy and conduct themselves online, and perhaps most importantly how kids feel about what they're doing online,” adds Knorr.

Along with teaching our kids how to look out for red flags – such as predatory behavior, cyberbullying, and age-inappropriate content – parental controls can be set for some extra peace of mind. “Of course, when kids are younger parents should be in a more supervisory role, but as they get older we must move into a supportive role,” Knorr adds.

The following are a few ways to set parental controls – even if you’re not very tech-savvy.

Note: In this article, we aren’t covering third-party software like Net Nanny, nor are we discussing hardware-related tools (like special routers or Disney’s Circle device). Instead, we’re focusing on setting parental controls built into each of these platforms.

On a PC

With Windows 10, you can add younger users as part of the Family Features option, to help keep your kids safe online by filtering out some websites, allowing certain apps and games, setting time limits, and seeing where your kids are on a map based on where they signed into Windows (though it doesn’t work on all devices).

To set it up, go to, click “Add a Child,” and type in (or create) a Microsoft account or email address for each child in your home. You’ll now be able to set up appropriate website and app and game restrictions for their age, allow for shopping (or not), and review their recent activity.

If you have young children, you can also set up a picture password, where they can draw shapes instead off typing in a password.

On a Mac

It’s just as easy to set parental controls on a Mac, whether you share the same computer or not.

Using Parental Controls options, you can manage, monitor, and control the time your kids spend online, the websites they visit, and the people they chat with.

To turn on parental controls, click


Diary of Trump’s first 100 days: Highlights of an unconventional presidency

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USA TODAY's Susan Page asks a panel of White House veterans and presidential scholars to offer President Trump advice after his first 100 days in the White House. USA TODAY

Day 1: Jan. 20

Trump is sworn in as president at noon on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. In his first Oval Office appearance, before heading to inaugural balls, he  signs an executive order directing agencies to find ways to "ease the burden" of Obamacare.

Day 2: Jan. 21

Trump makes an appearance at CIA headquarters, expressing his support for the intelligence community while attacking the media for reporting that he had a "feud" with them over investigations into Russian hacking and the election. He also criticizes media coverage of his inauguration, echoed later by press secretary Sean Spicer in an angry briefing room debut. Meanwhile, millions of people join Women's March protests  around the world, including in Washington.

Day 3: Jan. 22

Trump starts the day with tweets touting his inauguration TV ratings and weighing in on the weekend protests against him: "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?" Top aide Kellyanne Conway makes waves with a  Meet the Press  appearance in which she says Spicer "gave alternative facts" in his press briefing in regard to inauguration crowd sizes.

Day 4: Jan. 23

Trump signs three presidential directives : withdrawing U.S. support for a Pacific trade deal; imposing a hiring freeze in civilian agencies; and restoring the so-called Mexico City policy that prohibits U.S. aid from supporting international groups that promote abortion. In a meeting with congressional leaders, Trump revives claims of voter fraud, blaming his popular vote loss on 3 million to 5 million people voting illegally.

Day 5: Jan. 24

Trump signs five executive actions on energy and infrastructure projects, including two memoranda intended to expedite the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. In a late-night tweet, he references plans to address one of his key campaign promises the following day: "Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!"

Day 6: Jan. 25

Trump starts the day with tweets vowing a "major investigation" into alleged voter fraud . In the afternoon, he visits the Department of Homeland Security and signs executive actions aimed at building a wall on the Mexican border and clamping down on "sanctuary cities."

Day 7: Jan. 26

Trump floats a proposal for a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to pay for his planned border wall. His plans for the wall drive a divide between the two countries and lead Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a meeting between the two leaders. Trump takes his first Air Force One ride, traveling to Philadelphia to speak at the GOP congressional retreat.

Day 8: Jan. 27

Trump has an hourlong phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto . He has his first official meeting with a foreign leader , British


5 things we learned about Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' at Tribeca


Steve Buscemi, left, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth attend the "Reservoir Dogs" Screening during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 28 in New York. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

NEW YORK — Reservoir Dogs still has bite, little doggy .

Quentin Tarantino's bloody 1992 thriller about a jewelry heist gone wrong celebrated its 25th anniversary with an epic panel at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night. After a screening of the movie at the Beacon Theatre, writer/director/actor Tarantino ("Mr. Brown") took the stage with co-stars Steve Buscemi ("Mr. Pink"), Tim Roth ("Mr. Orange"), Harvey Keitel ("Mr. White") and Michael Madsen ("Mr. Blonde"). Here's what we learned:

1. The movie's Sundance debut was a "disaster."

Reservoir Dogs was one of the most talked-about films at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, but its premiere was a classic case of Murphy's law. Just as the movie reached its final climax, "all of a sudden the lights come up," Tarantino said. After that was resolved, "everyone has their guns pointed on everybody else. Then right at the height of that scene, there's a power outage and all the power goes out. I was like, 'OK, this is what it's like to watch your movie in public.' It was a (expletive) disaster." Fortunately, a screening the next week for industry folks "went fantastic. Faye Dunaway even asked me a question," about how he put together the standoff.

2. Horror master Wes Craven was among the many walkouts. 

Many audience members couldn't stomach the graphic torture scene , in which Mr. Blonde slices the face of police officer Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz), before cutting off his ear and dousing him in gasoline. Going from festival to festival, "I started counting the walkouts during the torture scene," Tarantino said. "Thirty-three was the largest walkout." Even at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which specialized in horror, "five people walked out of that audience, including Wes Craven. Like, the (expletive) guy who did The Last House on the Left walked out?"

Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi, left) and Mr. White (Harvey

Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi, left) and Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) face off in 'Reservoir Dogs,' which turns 25 this year.   (Photo: Linda R. Chen, Miramax Films)

3. Tom Waits auditioned for a role. 

After Harvey Keitel came aboard as both a producer and Mr. White, the rest of the cast was filled out through a traditional audition process in New York and Los Angeles. Among the notable names who came in and read was singer-songwriter Tom Waits. "I had Tom read the Madonna speech , just so I could hear Tom Waits say (it)," Tarantino said, referring to Mr. Brown's graphic explanation of Like a Virgin . "Actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. He was like, 'Script's great. It's poetry.' No one had ever called my work poetic before. By a poet, no less, that felt pretty good."

4. Michael Madsen wanted to play Mr. Pink. 

"Except for Tim, all

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