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Apple HomePod review: A great speaker that’s not so smart

Even if we put third-party support aside, Siri on the HomePod still feels limited. Alexa and Google Assistant can, for instance, handle multiple timers at once. They can peer into your calendar and tell you what's next on your schedule (Alexa needs some external skills for this), which Siri simply can't do right now. Siri also can't initiate phone calls, even when the iOS device it's associated with is on the same network. Before receiving the HomePod, I had hoped Apple's devotion to building a smart speaker that connected to a tightly defined list of devices and services meant the integrations themselves would be tight as well. That might eventually be the case, but it isn't now.

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New Spectre, Meltdown variants leave victims open to side-channel attacks

After creating their own tool to synthesize the Spectre and Meltdown flaws, the researchers were able to use their findings to conduct side-channel attacks, or attacks that take advantage of the physical hardware related to a system's security. The side-channel attacks in this exploit are cache-based and rely on the timing of cache activity to glean information, the report said.

3
Black & Decker's Large Capacity Air Fry Toaster Oven both fries and toasts

Other abilities in the toaster oven's wheelhouse include modes to bake, broil, toast and keep food warm. The large-capacity toaster oven comes with a 9 by 13-inch interior pan. Black & Decker says the appliance provides sufficient space for a 12-inch pizza or as many as eight slices of toast. There's room for three separate racks at different positions, too.

4
An Indian text symbol can crash your iOS apps

If you receive this Indian language character on an Apple device, it’ll cause the app to crash.

5
Labor Review Board lawyer says fired Googler James Damore has no case

Last year, Damore shared a document that questioned Google’s effort to create a diverse culture while also asserting that women earned less than their male counterparts and were less likely to ascending to executive levels because of inherent biological differences. Specifically, he said women on average are more neurotic and less able to handle stress, and have IQs that are more middling than those of men.

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The Sklar brothers on 'Poop Talk' and the taboo of number two

He said, very smartly, "Why don't you think about it over the weekend and come back on Monday and let me know what's the movie you would make if you were doing this?" So we went back and forth and said, "OK, what if we make this and it's, for lack of a better term, a shitty movie? Or what if it gets really popular and then that's what we're known for?" But then we came back to Aaron and said we'd do it if we could make an honest movie, a thoughtful movie about this thing that everybody does.  It wasn't our goal to make a movie that was deeply gross and scatalogical.

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Qualcomm to Broadcom: Thanks for the meeting, but regulatory risk is too high for a deal | ZDNet

Our Board found the meeting to be constructive in that the Broadcom representatives expressed a willingness to agree to certain potential antitrust-related divestitures beyond those contained in your publicly filed merger agreement. At the same time, Broadcom continued to resist agreeing to other commitments that could be expected to be required by the FTC, the European Commission, MOFCOM and other government regulatory bodies. Broadcom also declined to respond to any questions about its intentions for the future of Qualcomm's licensing business, which makes it very difficult to predict the antitrust-related remedies that might be required. In addition, Broadcom insists on controlling all material decisions regarding our valuable licensing business during the extended period between signing and a potential closing, which would be problematic and not permitted under antitrust laws.

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Unlocked phones vs. locked phones: What's to know

For instance, Apple sells two versions of  the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X. Unlocked versions of these phones that aren't sold through a carrier are compatible on all four US carriers. The iPhones sold through Verizon or Sprint can also be used on both CDMA and GSM networks, which means they are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile. But iPhones sold through AT&T and T-Mobile don't include modems for CDMA, so they can't be used for voice service on Verizon or Sprint.

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​How the iPhone X drives Apple's smartphone revenue dominance | ZDNet

"Apple now accounts for more revenue than the rest of the entire global smartphone industry combined. Apple generated three times more smartphone revenue than nearest rival Samsung and seven times more than Huawei. Apple iPhone's average selling price is approaching US$800 and almost three times higher than the overall industry average. Apple iPhone is an incredible money-making machine," said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Crayola's new pen writes on any surface using melted Crayons as ink http://gizmo.do/VKaNXa8  pic.twitter.com/O4AuqOFvMX

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Singapore's OCBC Bank goes live with NEC's facial recognition system | ZDNet

Using NeoFace, NEC's artificial intelligence engine for face recognition, the bank is able to identify its 'VIP' customers as they enter the branch.

12
The best password managers for 2018

And -- let's be honest with each other -- "chaos" is an accurate description. The use of user IDs and passwords for account authentication is a fundamentally flawed security mechanism. User IDs are often guessable, derived from the account holder's name or other characteristics. Complex passwords are difficult to remember, so many users have defaulted to passwords like "password," "abc123," their pet's name and other easily guessable or breakable naming conventions. And in a world where the size of password breaches can number in the hundreds of millions or more, it's plausible that your passwords may already be floating around the seedier corners of the internet.

13
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Dedicated machine-learning hardware could help @Google fight off rivals in an increasingly competitive cloud AI market. https://trib.al/d3X49qU 

14
5 common MacBook problems and how to fix them

If you are seeing the spinning beach ball with increasingly regularity, then it's time to take a look at what might be causing the slowdown. Open the Activity Monitor (by searching for it or finding it in the Utilities folder, which is inside your Applications folder) to see how much of an impact the apps you are currently running have on your system resources. In the Activity Monitor window, you can see real-time stats on the amount of CPU and memory resources each app is using. You can also use the Activity Monitor to quit any app that's using more than its fair share of resources. Just highlight an app from the list, click the X button in the upper-left corner, and then choose Quit or Force Quit .

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Can big business save us from fake news and loss of trust? | ZDNet

Big business has the most to lose from fake and harmful media content because of the trillions of dollars they've invested in their brands. If consumers cannot tell what is real they will hesitate to buy. It only takes a little fake news and people will question everything -- even the truth.

16
Google releases Gmail Go app for low-memory Android devices

Gmail Go is now available exclusively for Android Go devices, and offers many of the same app features optimized for Google's low-footprint mobile OS.

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US special counsel indicts 13 members of Russia's election meddling troll farm | ZDNet

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said Friday that a grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating federal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes during the 2016 presidential race.

18
Circuit City's 2018 resurrection hits a snag

Supposed to happen. In an interview with industry daily Twice , CEO Ronny Shmoel said the launch was delayed because "his information-only corporate site had been 'inundated with visitors' in advance of the launch, and has already received hundreds of thousands of mailing list sign-ups," and that he wanted to beef it up so it wouldn't crash under the load on day 1.

19
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall in Lego is pure magic

Still waiting for Hedwig to fly in with your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Buy your way into the famed wizarding school with this $100 playset.

20
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Even though machine learning can produce amazing visual trickery, it still lacks the deeper intelligence required to make sense of the real world. https://trib.al/ZzjmXfU 

21
The Verge on Twitter

I always get mine. I don't see a reason why not. I'm in UK so it costs me nothing, no side effects and if there is even a small chance it will stave off flu and stop its spread I'm all for it.

22
The best free video editor 2018

However, not all videos editors are created equal. Some prevent you exporting projects longer than a couple of minutes, offer a very small selection of editing tools, or add unsightly watermarks to your finished work. Here we've rounded up only the software that delivers on its promises, making video editing easy and fun, with no compromises.

23
4 tools to stop sites from using your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

Anti-malware software firm Malwarebytes and IT security company ESET both warned of sneaky uses of JavaScript files that use the CPU of visitors to mine cryptocurrencies without their knowledge (or explicit permission). This can come in the form of malicious software that is installed on a user's computer, an undetected JavaScript file that mines in the background or a pop-under window that can continue to mine coins even after the browser is closed.

24
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

The boom in e-commerce means @UPS now delivers as many as 31 million packages a day. Keeping track of all that is an immensely difficult problem. https://trib.al/wBmaJww 

25
The $800 Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a solid Android smartphone that's also sleek and stylish

A solid plus is that it's water resistant and is IP67 certified, which is on par with the iPhone 8, iPhone X and Google Pixel 2. If you want a phone that is IP68 certified, look at the Samsung Galaxy S8. What this basically means is that you can submerge an IP67 certified phone for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water, and you can submerge an IP68 phone for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters. So either certification means that the phone will survive a dunk in the toilet or sink.

26
The Mueller indictment offers new details on how Russian trolls stoked racial tensions

In January, research from the University of Washington found that Russian accounts actively used the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter, and keywords related to police shootings in an effort to appeal to both left-leaning and right-leaning individuals. Last fall, several media outlets reported on the ways that the Internet Research Agency and other groups sought to connect with African Americans and racial justice organizers, building upon a history of Russian groups targeting already existing racial divisions in the US.

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These are the sneaky ways apps like Instagram, Facebook, Tinder lure you in and get you 'addicted'

Does this mean you are addicted to your smartphone? Not necessarily. There are technical definitions of addiction that don't apply to excessive smartphone use. And using apps on your smartphone is often just a form of wasting time. Before smartphones, you'd likely have wasted time some other way. In fact, Jonathan Kay, chief operating officer of app analytics firm Apptopia, has a term for it: "displaced time."

28
Snapchat's Snap Map gets a web version

The map works in a couple ways: You can zoom in somewhere on the map and watch curated and edited Stories, or watch Map Stories, which are snaps that have not been edited into a story. You can watch them by clicking on colored areas of the map. It looks like a heat map and Snap does indeed refer to those spots as "heat."

29
FCC serves Bitcoin miner notice for static on T-Mobile calls

If you live in south Brooklyn and use T-Mobile, that call static was not your imagination.

30
Gilead wins reversal of $2.54 billion hepatitis C drug patent verdict

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Delaware has overturned a jury’s verdict requiring Gilead Sciences Inc to pay a record $2.54 billion because its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni infringed a patent held by rival Merck & Co Inc.

31
Lifehacker on Twitter

Tell us: what's your favorite fast food item you've had abroad? http://lifehac.kr/Ok6OjNK  pic.twitter.com/uq6aTXfqIr

32
Feel the magic of new Harry Potter interactive wizard wands

One of the cool elements of the wands is that they interact with other wands. You can challenge your fellow wizarding pals to something called Spell Practice that allows two players to see who can cast a certain spell the quickest. It's like a Harry Potter version of High Noon.

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Apple says new apps must support the iPhone X Super Retina display

Today, Apple informed developers that all new apps that are submitted to the App Store must support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display, starting this April, reports 9to5Mac . This decision means iOS developers will be required to create apps that accommodate edge-to-edge and yes, the notch. New apps must also be built with the iOS 11 SDK.

34
Instagram gives in to Russian censorship demands

Russia's internet censor has also demanded the video be removed from YouTube, but the company has yet to do so.

35
The Best Tax Software of 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last December, is supposed to simplify and reduce the income taxes paid by US citizens next year. While no one yet knows what the 2018 tax forms and schedules will look like, the IRS has finalized the 2017 tax year forms and schedules, and the doors are open for filing. Most US taxpayers should already have received their W-2s and their 1099s (they were due on January 31), so it's time to get to work on your taxes. You can still pick up paper copies of the forms at your local public library, but there's no need for that anymore. Several sites and apps make short work of simple returns for free; you can prepare and file yours in minutes—even on your smartphone.

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SpaceX is about to launch two of its space internet satellites — the first of nearly 12,000

Of course, there’s a lot of complexity to the system that SpaceX needs to figure out first. The company needs to be able to simultaneously coordinate thousands of satellites in non-geostationary orbit at all times, meaning they won’t stay in a fixed position above the planet. And then there’s the technology needed to receive the internet on Earth. The satellites will constantly be moving over different patches of land, so the receiving antennas will need to be able to rapidly figure out which satellite is best to communicate with at any given time.

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Google removes 'view image' button

"Today we're launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites. This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the webpages they're on," Google said Thursday in a tweet .

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Who has the most to gain from cryptocurrency? Criminals

All cryptocurrency transactions use a mix of public and private keys to keep payments secure and, in some scenarios, completely secret. You can see where the money goes and which wallets its headed to. But if you can't link the wallet to a person, the identity remains secret.

39 WIRED on Twitter

A judge ruled that tweets with an image embedded onto a website could be considered copyright infringement. It's a big deal. http://bit.ly/2ofYBrs 

40
Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab

This wouldn’t be an unfamiliar story for Uber, which was handily beaten by Didi in China before eventually caving and selling the company to the dominant ridesharing startup in China. Uber sold its Chinese business to Didi in August 2016, which involved an equity deal. In that sense, Uber may be acknowledging where it’s getting beaten, and instead looking to pick up stakes in those companies as a hedge on its ability to expand globally. Should Didi — or Grab, in the case of this report — end up being bombshell successes, Uber would experience its own significant windfall and have some good news to report to its shareholders.

41
IGN on Twitter

Here's a rundown of Lion and Finka, the new Operators coming as part of @Rainbow6Game Siege's "Mission Outbreak" co-op mode and new "Outbreak Pack" cosmetics! pic.twitter.com/igHdrTgjAw

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How the new cybercriminals use cryptocurrency to commit cybercrimes

Kleczynski: I think the difference between many of these cryptocurrencies is simply implementation detail, how the network is architected, how the transactions and ledgers is architected. There is a good degree of being anonymous using these cryptocurrencies. That being said, if you buy Bitcoin through an ATM that's in a public space, I mean, there are cameras around and that makes you less anonymous. So, many of these criminals use online services to acquire and trade these cryptocurrencies, which is why they're able to remain anonymous on the internet. But I think it's a matter of time before government intervention gets it to be a little less anonymous than it is today, or has been in the past.

43
5 hidden MacOS High Sierra features you need to know

The Photos app added a little counter in the top-right corner that appears when you start selecting photos. It shows a tiny thumbnail of the first photo you selected along with a running count of your selected photos as you go, and it's more than just a counter. You can drag the tiny thumbnail to your desktop to export the photos, which is by far the quickest and easiest way to export photos from the Photos app. (I've always found it annoying that there's no keyboard shortcut to export photos.) You can also drag that tiny thumbnail to an album in the left panel to add your selected photos to that album.

44
Windows 10 security: Google exposes how malicious sites can exploit Microsoft Edge | ZDNet

Microsoft misses Google's 90-day deadline, so Google has published details of an exploit mitigation bypass.

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Take a peek at these unreleased Nokia phones

Now that Mobile World Congress 2018 is just a few days away, rumor has it that we'll be seeing even more Nokia phones released. While HMD has admitted that it has something "awesome" in store for MWC, we're not entirely sure what that involves. It is worth noting that the renders of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus include the dates Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, which coincide with the start of MWC. Coincidence? We'll see.

46
Gizmodo on Twitter

Here are the best smart speakers out there. What's your top pick? pic.twitter.com/QP8hStzZzh

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Verizon shakes up prepaid plans with cheaper pricing tier, hotspot tethering and more

For starters, there will be a cheaper pricing tier for single-line plans, which costs $30 a month for unlimited US talk and text, plus 500MB of data. This isn't much of a deal though, since the pricing tier after that (which Verizon has been offering already) gives you six times as much data for $10 more (in other words, 3GB for $40 a month). You can also get 7GB for $50 and 10GB for $60.

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RPT-Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election...

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said.

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'Altered Carbon' star Dichen Lachman defends her naked sword fight

Eight women stand naked around actress Dichen Lachman in an eerie dark-blue set covered in shards of silicon glass. Beside the merkin covering her private parts, she is naked. Completely naked. She lifts her TV sword and kicks off what will become a memorable (and controversial) fight scene.

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