Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society
‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’
Firewatch creators reveal new game In the Valley of Gods
The game is a single-player first-person adventure set in 1920s Egypt.
Get a 12-Month PlayStation Plus Subscription for $39.99
PS Plus members get access to online multiplayer on PS4 along with free games every month and exclusive discounts at the PlayStation Store.
Live More Mindfully & Restore the Balance In Your Life
The Mindful Notebook: Live More Mindfully & Restore the Balance In Your Life
Now You Can Fight Sexism At Christmas By Singing Hyrrs, Not Hymns
Agency Grey London rewrote classic Christmas hymns to raise awareness and money for women in need.
Google's high-quality Home Max speaker goes on sale for $399
Google's powerful, Assistant-enabled Home Max speaker is now on sale.
Hidden keylogger found on HP laptops
Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.
Bitcoin futures begin trading | ZDNet
Futures trading in Bitcoin has begun, with fans of the cryptocurrency excited and many in the financial sector wary about promoting it to their clients.
This one quick trick could fix your internet connection
Even if you haven't encountered any errors it's a good idea to periodically restart your router and cable modem (especially the router). Once per month is a good pace. This will help keep your connection working and should reduce the possibility of losing internet at an inopportune time. Some routers make this easy with an on/off button, and some have features that allow you to program an automatic restart on a schedule.
Uber appeal case against London license loss planned for April or June
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber’s [UBER.UL] appeal against the loss of its London license should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing.
Episode 4: A Conversation with Jeff Dean
One of the things that I think is really important today in the field of machine learning research, that we’ll need to overcome, is… Right now, when we want to build a machine learning system for a particular task we tend to have a human machine learning expert involved in that. So, we have some data, we have some computation capability, and then we have a human machine learning expert sit down and decide: Okay, we want to solve this problem, this is the way we’re going to go about it roughly. And then we have the system that can learn from observations that are provided to it, how to accomplish that task.
'Game of Thrones,' 'Stranger Things' score Best Drama Golden Globe nominations
'Game of Thrones,' 'Stranger Things' score Best Drama Golden Globe nominations
Apple in 2018: Five questions we need to ask
Though the smart home is still in its early stages, Apple could be missing out on a big opportunity if it takes too much longer to get things right. And it's got to find a way to make Siri not only smart enough to play the music you want but also trustworthy enough to lock your front doors.
Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures surge 21 percent on debut
NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin futures jumped more than 20 percent in their eagerly anticipated U.S. debut, which backers hope will encourage wider use and legitimacy for the world’s largest cryptocurrency even as critics warn of the risk of a bubble and price collapse.
The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — and it could ruin the internet
A company Rajaram knows that streams nature documentaries in
ultra-high 4K resolution video is worried it won't be able to
reach its customers if and when ISPs start imposing their tolls.
If such companies are priced out of the market, more and more of
the content available on the internet will come from the
telecommunications and internet giants and you'll have access to
fewer and fewer independent voices.
Bitcoin futures surged as much as 26% on their first day
Futures of the cryptocurrency made their debut on the Cboe Global Markets exchange on December 10th, reports Bloomberg . With a 26% climb in its first session, the exchanged needed to halt trading twice after bitcoin futures surged 10% and then 20%. Bloomberg says bitcoin futures expiring in January climbed to as high as $17,540. The trading of bitcoin futures on the Cboe Global Markets exchange is a historic moment for the cryptocurrency as until now bets on bitcoin’s rise or fall have mostly been traded via platforms with little or no regulatory oversight.
An unofficial version of the MyEtherWallet app is #3 on Apple’s App Store
An unofficial app for the popular MyEtherWallet.com service is being sold for $4.99 in Apple’s iOS App Store, as spotted by TechCrunch . The week-old MyEtherWallet digital wallet app, which is misleadingly named at best, or a scam at worst, rose to the third most popular ranking in the paid finance category over the weekend, where it still resides at the time of publication. The app’s developer is listed as Nam Le, who has no relation to the service and no history with bitcoin (Le’s other apps include a panda warrior game and a fishing game). MyEtherWallet.com is one of the most popular services for storing cryptocurrencies, but it doesn’t have an official app in Apple’s App Store.
Fired Tech Workers Turn To Chatbots for Counseling - Slashdot
For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top Indian tech services company. Joshi didn't want to burden his wife or friends so he turned to a chatbot therapist called Wysa . Powered by AI, the app promises to be "loyal, supportive and very private," and encourages users to divulge their feelings about a recent major event or big change in their lives. "I could open up and talk," says the 41-year-old father of two school-age children, who says his conversations with the bot flowed naturally. "I felt heard and understood." Joshi moved to a large rival outsourcer two months ago. The upheaval in India's $154 billion tech outsourcing industry has prompted thousands of Indians to seek solace in online therapy services. People accustomed to holding down prestigious jobs and pulling in handsome salaries are losing out to automation, a shift away from long-term legacy contracts and curbs on U.S. work visas. McKinsey & Co says almost half of the four million people working in India's IT services industry will become "irrelevant" in the next three to four years.
While the Russians weaponized Facebook and Instagram, China weaponized LinkedIn
Most of the fake profiles used by Chinese intelligence purported to be headhunters, consultants, think-tankers, or scholars and many of their profile photos showed “stylish and visually appealing young men and women.” One profile picture was even taken from an online fashion catalog,
How to find and interview nontraditional tech job candidates: Tips for managers
The tech talent shortage may require your company to find job candidates who lack a traditional computer science degree. Here's how to overcome that barrier and find your next top performer.
CNET's favorite products of 2017
Here at CNET, we reviewed hundreds of products over the past 49 weeks. And now, with the year drawing to a close, it's time to highlight the ones we liked the best.
This Battery Pack Turns the Google Home Into My Favorite Portable Bluetooth Speaker
It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every room in your house, but a better solution is to just make your Google Home portable with a fancy pair of battery pants .
4 business lessons from a female CEO on how she made her own way in tech
Company leaders—particularly women—face a challenge in feeling that they must know the job of everyone who works for them in order to effectively manage them. "Very painfully and slowly over several years, I've learned that that's not the case—you need to be a good leader first, and make sure you surround yourself with very good people, because you can't know everything," Lux-Boim said.
How to take your best portrait photos on your iPhone
You'll get the best results when your subject is close to your camera (between 3 and 6 feet). When you switch to portrait mode, your phone's camera will automatically apply the depth effect when it focuses on your subject's face. It can be a bit hit and miss (busy hairstyles with lots of flyaways don't always produce good results), and might take a few attempts to get just right, but it works well if you take the time.
Get rich quick on Amazon? Lawsuits target alleged scammers
According to the state filing, the Bowser brothers have been running their alleged scam since 2009. They draw in people by offering free webinars or in-person workshops on how to sell on Amazon and routinely use Amazon's logos in their signs and brochures, the suit says. At these events, they convince people to pay $1,000 for three-day workshops.
Sydney Ember on Twitter
Some former Gawker employees are launching a kickstarter today to buy http://Gawker.com . It’s been in the works for a while and is not a direct response to Peter Thiel’s apparent interest in buying the site.
Republic Wireless announces screenless phone for kids, new smart speaker | ZDNet
Out of the Republic Wireless labs comes Relay, a colorful square phone with Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, but lacks a keypad or screen. Instead, a circular button in the middle of the device triggers a walkie-talkie-like interaction with a fellow Relay user, or a user of the Relay companion app (will be available on iOS and Android).
Things you should do right now to make your holidays easier
Want your holiday stress to go from a level 10 to a manageable 5? These tips will get you through the holidays with a smile on your face... or at least less of a grimace.
Keylogger uncovered on hundreds of HP PCs | ZDNet
For the second time this year, HP has been forced to issue an emergency fix for pre-installed keylogger software.
Prepare yourself for the OnePlus 5T Star Wars phone
Of course there are differences between the two devices. The new Star Wars Edition gadget will sport a cool white backing. The original 5T comes in in an all "Midnight Black" paint job. The 5T Star Wars Edition, however, keeps the black front panel. It seems the struggle between light and dark is strong within this phone as well.
10 defaults you can change to make Office 2016 work your way
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Obike becomes latest victim of global data breach
The specific time of the breach is unknown, although security experts in Taiwan said they discovered the leak in June, but got no response from Obike. It impacts people around the world, with the Singapore-based company having expanded to several cities in the Asia Pacific, Europe and UK.
Elastic economics: How to get the best price in the cloud
Accenture's Michael Liebow spoke with TechRepublic about how business leaders can best optimize price and quantity of their cloud assets.
Xiaomi's Mi 7 phone will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip
While Xiaomi's Mi 7 is the first announced phone to use the Snapdragon 845 chip, it won't be the last. Qualcomm's top-of-the-line processor are used in many flagship phones, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Google's Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 5T. It's a safe bet that the next Snapdragon chip will find itself in many of the same premium phones.
Microsoft releases free preview of its Quantum Development Kit | ZDNet
The kit includes the Q# programming language and compiler and a local quantum computing simulator, and is fully integrated with Visual Studio. There's also an Azure-based simulator that allows developers to simulate more than 40 logical qubits of computing power, plus documentation, libraries, and sample programs, officials said in their December 11 announcement .
Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on Thursday to roll back the net neutrality rules in the United States. While the European Union has such rules in place, telecom providers have pushed the boundaries at times in Sweden, Germany, Portugal and elsewhere, offering a glimpse at the future American companies and consumers may face if protections are watered down.
The Verge on Twitter
Vint Cerf, Steve Wozniak, and other tech luminaries call net neutrality vote an "imminent threat" https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16754040/steve-wozniak-vint-cerf-internet-pioneer-net-neutrality-letter-senate?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/80GrqJcGzk
Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes
Grab and Go-Jek’s breakneck growth has set off many of the frictions with regulators and drivers that Uber has encountered in wealthier countries. But one reason ride-hailing has expanded so rapidly in Southeast Asia is that the region has had a gig economy long before anyone called it that. In countries like Indonesia, work for many people has never been anything but grueling and unregulated.
The showrunner for The Defenders and Daredevil is adapting The Witcher for Netflix
The showrunner for The Defenders and Daredevil is adapting The Witcher for Netflix
Your Attention Please: Netflix is eyeing personalized trailers
“Sometimes employees at Netflix think, ‘Oh my god, we’re competing with FX, HBO, or Amazon, but think about if you didn’t watch Netflix last night: What did you do? There’s such a broad range of things that you did to relax and unwind, hang out, and connect–and we compete with all of that. You get a show or a movie you’re really dying to watch, and you end up staying up late at night, so we actually compete with sleep. And we’re winning!”
'The Last Jedi' first premiere reactions are here and - you guessed it - the Force is strong
Not much being said about LAST JEDI is even valid right now. We all need to see it 3, maybe 4 times, let it simmer and reduce for a year or so first. Then we'll know. Here's one thing I feel OK saying tonight: It's better than THE FORCE AWAKENS & ROGUE ONE
6-year-old made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube
His parents told TubeFilter in September of last year that 99 percent of the channel’s videos aren’t branded. At the time, the parents said they paid for all of the toys that Ryan reviewed. It’s unclear how many toys he reviews are sent to him by sponsors, but his video descriptions often include dozens of links to name-brand items. According to his channel’s “about” page, the family donates most of the toys to charity after Ryan reviews them.
PCWorld on Twitter
The best free video editing software: Great tools for YouTube stardom and more https://www.pcworld.com/article/3240982/software/the-best-free-video-editing-software.html … pic.twitter.com/dOsKfbeEJV
NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — not just Verizon
From the 2018 playoffs in January onwards, customers with any mobile carrier will be able to access NFL games through the official NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, and go90, Verizon’s on-demand streaming service.
'Outlander' stars discuss the Season 3 finale's twist ending
“The final shot, what the music is saying is… It's triumphant and epic, but it is a conclusion of this story that you've seen. It's playing themes that are associated with Jamie and Claire. It's very much rooted in the familiar. When we cut to the end credits, it's completely new sounds: It's fife and a drum marching ensemble, just doing a Revolutionary War sound," he explains. "We get that satisfying conclusion of Season 3 and then over the end credits, you get your, ‘Next year, on Outlander, we're going to do this.’ Which is really cool, I'm super excited about it.”
Uber's London license appeal to be heard next year
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] will defend its right to operate in London in court next year after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its license in its most important European market.
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
Startup AEye developed a high-end diverless car sensor containing a solid-state lidar, a low-light camera, and chips to run embedded AI algorithms that can reprogram on the fly how the hardware is being used, depending on road conditions. https://trib.al/Lol5zj9
These five programming languages have flaws that expose apps to attack | ZDNet
"With regards to the interpreted programming languages vulnerabilities, software developers may unknowingly include code in an application that can be used in a way that the designer did not foresee. Some of these behaviors pose a security risk to applications that were securely developed according to guidelines," wrote Arnaboldi.
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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer
Elliott, which has a stake of about 6 percent in NXP, said NXP was worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, compared with Qualcomm’s offer of $110 made in October 2016.
10 most iconic 'Game of Thrones' moments in 2017
One of the season's biggest criticisms was just how unbelievable the tension between Sansa and Arya was at Winterfell. All was forgiven, however, when it culminated in Littlefinger's death scene. Perfectly mirroring Baelish's betrayal of their father in Season 1, the Stark sisters ambush the puppet master and cut his strings once and for all. As Littlefinger's shit-eating grin slides off his face, he realizes his greatest mistake was underestimating these two women, who make a perfect sibling power couple as judge and executioner.
'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' adds gardening to its list of chores
Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That's been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it's getting tedious, know that there's an update coming soon that'll add some variety to the mix. Next month , you'll be able to start crafting clothes like shirts, pants and shoes. Players will also gain access to a garden. As you might expect, the garden is where you can plant flowers, and you can even water friends' flower beds for them.
Nokia's COO quits after eight months in the job
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia said its chief operating officer will leave the telecom network equipment maker, which is struggling in the face of a shrinking market and tough competition, after just eight months in the job.
iPhone Hacks on Twitter
iPhone X Availability Significantly Improved with Some Regions Offering It Within 1-3 Days, and more for 12/11/2017 - http://eepurl.com/ddGbbj
PX4 Autopilot on Twitter
Lorenz Meier coming on stage to present the technical news from the @Dronecode ecosystem #DronecodeChinaRoadshow2017 pic.twitter.com/Ju7rf60sCC
An Alexa Holdout Wants to Know Who’s Listening
But I’m not sure I’m ready. I just bought an Atari and a record player, so I’ve been reverting to the technology of my youth. But more important, there are some secrets I don’t want within earshot of an open microphone. I put on a Barbra Streisand album the other day. It’s not something that I’m proud of, but these are complicated times and it happened. How do I explain that to Alexa?