This gadget turns your old piano into an educational 'smart' piano
Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting. I should know; I’m currently in the process. That’s why I’m curious anytime I come across a new resource to make the journey easier – like this gadget called the Piano Hi-Lite I came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes …
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Alibaba neural network defeats human in global reading test | ZDNet
Chinese tech giant's research unit says its deep neural network model is the first to beat humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset, but is listed first alongside Microsoft on the latest rankings.
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China to block cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities plan to block domestic access to Chinese and offshore cryptocurrency platforms that allow centralized trading, Bloomberg reported Monday citing sources.
Toyota and Lexus vehicles will finally start getting CarPlay this year
Toyota has been a holdout from CarPlay, Apple’s in-dash infotainment system that works with your iPhone. The automaker and its luxury brand Lexus have yet to offer it in any models, despite most other car companies giving in on at least a few vehicles (which tends to later to broader rollout thereafter).
New Raspberry Pi Zero WH promises to make hardware hacking easy
The WH is a Raspberry Pi Zero W with a pre-soldered header containing the pins needed to hook the Zero W up to other boards and start making your own hardware.
iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 Compatible Jailbreak Tweaks And Apps
One of the advantages of the Electra jailbreak tool over LiberiOS jailbreak is that it comes with Substitute, a Cydia substrate alternative which was originally developed by Comex. So it allows users who have jailbroken their iOS devices with Electra jailbreak toolkit to install and use jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 11.
Is the PC market decline a thing of the past?
New laptop technology is driving PC sales out of the red for the first time in years. Is it a sign of things to come?
How an Android-based Uber imposter could steal your keys
Side-loaded Android applications disguised as legitimate software can steal your login credentials, encryption keys, and other personal data says ZDNet's Danny Palmer.
Meltdown-Spectre: More businesses warned off patching over stability issues | ZDNet
Industrial companies are being told to avoid some Meltdown and Spectre fixes after reports of problems.
Alibaba hits back at US over market blacklist
"As a result of the rise of trade protectionism, Alibaba has been turned into a scapegoat by the USTR to win points in a highly politicized environment and their actions should be recognized for what they are. The USTR's actions made it clear that the Notorious Markets List, which only targets non-US marketplaces, is not about intellectual property protection, but just another instrument to achieve the US Government's geopolitical objectives. Alibaba reiterates our point of view: we will continue to strengthen our IP protection system with world leading technology and a collaborative approach with brands and other stakeholders. Our efforts and results speak for themselves: over 100,000 brands, including 75 percent of the world's most valuable consumer brands, do business on our platform."
The Lovebox has a tiny heart that spins when you get a message from a loved one
Everything about this box is endearing and unassuming: The size, the curved corners, the silent way the heart spins and the black-and-white display. It is refreshing to see how Lovebox integrates messaging into something so discreet. There's no loud notifications or lights to get your attention -- just a palm-sized spinning heart.
How to adjust CPU priority using Apple's Terminal
Managing the CPU time assigned to threads on a computer can lead to better management by using Terminal commands to prioritize processes on the fly.
JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.v
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.
CES 2018: The final word
Wall-sized TVs. Connected everything. Smart mirrors. Autonomous electric vehicles. The world's thinnest laptop. This is everything that mattered at CES 2018.
How to successfully pitch a project to your CIO
TechRepublic contributor Moira Alexander explains what project managers should keep in mind as they pitch projects to the CIO.
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10 resolutions IT professionals should keep all year
If you work in IT you're likely all too familiar with the concept of routine, repetitive tasks which can unnecessarily eat away at your day. Prime example: password resets, which can be a significant time drain. There are certain strategies which can help users remember their passwords and when they need changing; password databases like Password Safe and KeePass, Outlook reminders to change passwords before they expire (such as every 60 days), mnemonic strategies to remember complex passwords, and other tips. These should be shared along with whatever else may be helpful for them to use technology to do their jobs.
Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei
Google’s map service has not been available in China since the company largely pulled its services out of the country in 2010 after refusing to continue self-censoring its search results. Since then, it has maintained a limited presence in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies
My first time hearing Dolores O'Riordan's voice was unforgettable. It threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of Rock. I'd never heard somebody use their instrument in that way. Shocked and saddened to hear of her passing, thoughts are with her family.
Bitcoin slides 18 percent on crackdown fears; crypto rivals also plung
LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin tumbled 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week trough close to $11,000, after reports that a ban on trading of cryptocurrencies in South Korea was still an option drove fears grew of a wider regulatory crackdown.
Apple asked to respond to China consumer group about slowing older iPhones
The Xinhua state news agency reported yesterday that the Shanghai Consumer Council has written to Apple asking it to explain the performance hit and any remedies it is offering to consumers.
Telstra CIO: Customer experience leads the digital transformation | ZDNet
Telstra's AU$1.2 billion digitisation effort has seen five customer experience-led initiatives crop up so far, with the CIO explaining that it is more about retraining teams in agile ways of working across digital platforms.
SpaceX to fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines this week
Before launch, though, a number of tests have to be completed. Perhaps the most dramatic is the static fire test in which Falcon Heavy is clamped in place and all 27 of its Merlin engines are fired. It's kind of like flooring the gas pedal of a muscle car for just a few seconds with a super heavy duty parking brake engaged.
What Is 4K (Ultra HD)?
High dynamic range ( HDR ) is a category of video formats available on many new 4K TVs. HDR content has the same resolution as regular 4K video, but each pixel can be assigned a much wider and more granular range of color and light. This lets HDR video appear significantly more detailed, accurate, and lifelike than standard dynamic range video. However, you need an HDR-compatible display, and the content needs to be encoded in an HDR format. The two major formats currently availble are HDR10 and Dolby Vision. While all HDR-compatible TVs support HDR10, not all can display Dolby Vision content, which is how certain services stream HDR videos. If you don't have an HDR television, don't worry; all physical media and streaming services that offer HDR content can display SDR versions of the same material on screens that don't support the format.
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BlackBerry announces Jarvis, a tool for automakers that scans connected car software for security flaws; may be used later in healthcare, industrial automation (Reuters)
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Google Arts & Culture App Can Match Your Selfie to Fine Art
"When you take a photo with this feature, your photo is sent to Google to find artworks that look like you," Google explains in the app. The Web giant says it "won't use data from your photo for any other purpose and will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches."
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There were a TON of TVs at CES. But these were the best. pic.twitter.com/XdjXjCyRnW
Inside Telegram’s ambitious $1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum
Acutely aware of the unique position that their company occupies as the go-to app for the crypto community, Telegram’s founders are aiming to develop a platform of comparable scale to Ethereum and the many “Ethereum killers” that have launched over the past year or so. This ICO isn’t just designed to (finally) make money from the Telegram messaging app, it aims to build a platform for future ICOs, future cryptocurrencies, future decentralized applications and a new kind of censorship-proof internet system.
The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Will Be 'Darker Than Season 1,' Says Elisabeth Moss - IGN
June has a rough journey ahead after learning she was pregnant at the end of last season. "So much of this season is about motherhood -- you could say the first season was as well, but we’ve locked into the idea of motherhood in Season 2," Moss said. "Bruce and I always talk about the impending birth, this baby growing inside her, as a bit of a ticking time bomb and the complications of that are really wonderful to explore. It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby, but she’s having it potentially in this world that she doesn’t want to bring it into… it makes for good drama."
Chinese Consumer Group Latest to Seek Answers from Apple for Slowing down Older iPhones
A Chinese consumer group, Shanghai Consumer Council, is the latest to be added to the list of government regulatory bodies seeking questions from Apple over slow down of older iPhones due to degrading batteries.
America’s Fastest Spy Plane May Be Back—and Hypersonic
“We couldn’t have made the engine itself—it would have melted down into slag if we had tried to produce it five years ago,” O’Banion said. “But now we can digitally print that engine with an incredibly sophisticated cooling system integral into the material of the engine itself, and have that engine survive for multiple firings for routine operation.” The aircraft is also agile at hypersonic speeds, with reliable engine starts, he said. A half-decade before, he added, developers “could not have even built it even if we conceived of it.”
Facebook Report Sparks Danish Crackdown on Underage Sex Post
Danish police said they began their investigation after Facebook notified U.S. authorities of two explicit video clips and a photograph of the couple on its chat platform Messenger last year. U.S. authorities in turn notified European police. While most of those charged distributed the material a couple of times, others distributed it several hundred times, Danish police said.
DJI's enterprise drone lineup: A quick rundown
The world's leading drone manufacturer started by focusing on hobbyists, but it now makes UAVs that are invaluable for filmmaking, agriculture, building, public safety, and other industries.
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Alibaba and Microsoft's AI programs beat humans for the first time on a Stanford University reading comprehension test ( @sherisse / CNNMoney)
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iPhone X: How to tell if Do Not Disturb mode is turned on
You'll need to swipe down from the top right corner of the screen, where Control Center is activated, and view the DND shortcut button to see if it's enabled. If the icon is purple, DND is turned on. Otherwise, DND is disabled and you should receive alerts as you normally do.
CES 2018: How DJI Osmo Mobile 2 brought cinematic video to smartphones for $130
DJI's new gimbal uses image stabilization and software to up the quality of smartphone video, and at less than half the price of the first generation Osmo.
7 hidden Instagram editing tips and tricks
Instagram has 40 filters. I wager you don't use more than 10 or 15 with any regularity. I mean, when was the last time you used Toaster, 1977 or Kelvin? For filters you don't use or don't use regularly, you can hide them or move them to the end of the line so you get to your favorites first. To adjust your lineup of filters, choose a photo to post and then swipe all the way to the right of the filters and tap Manage. Here, you can drag and drop to reorder them or tap the checkmark on the right to hide the ones you don't use or want showing up.
How Humanscale's OfficeIQ Insights wants to solve the problem with sit/stand desks
The data analytics solution helps understand usage of office space and furniture so companies can maximize utilization--and help employees be healthier.
Bozoma Saint John: I'm on a 'personal mission' to help fix Uber
"I don't think it's up to one person [to save Uber]," she told CNN's Poppy Harlow in the latest Boss Files podcast episode. "It's not up to me. I'm gonna work my ass off to make sure that I am part of the solution."
Perfect power bank for your iPhone X/8 and MacBook | ZDNet
Recharging the device requires a PD-compatible charger (which if you own a MacBook or have a fast charger for your iPhone you'll already own, and if you don't you'll need to buy one), and using this you can take the power bank from zero charge to 100 percent in about 3 hours. If you use a standard 1A charger, that recharge time rises to 20 hours.
iPhone 7 second-best selling phone in China, behind Oppo R9S
Apple, the only foreign phone maker to hit China's top 10 list, was beaten to the top spot by Oppo's R9S.
NTP amplification attacks are skyrocketing
A tidal wave of mega-powerful DDoS using hijacked IoT devices is headed for enterprise companies, SMBs, and government organizations says Nexusguard product director Donny Chong.
MaMi malware targets Mac OS X DNS settings | ZDNet
This research has created the theory that MaMi malware is a rehash of the 2015 Windows-based DNSUnlocker malware which has been known in the past to hijack DNS addresses on the Windows operating system.
Not even $197,000 of diamonds can save this Tag Heuer smartwatch from Android Wear
The rest of the watch is basically a standard Android Wear 2.0 device: AMOLED screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and an Intel Atom Z34XX processor that will all be completely obsolete in around two years. Tag Heuer has said that it’ll be offering the same trade-in program that will let you swap in a mechanical movement for the electronic one once it becomes outdated, so you’ll at least be able to get some mileage out of your $197,000 diamond-covered smartwatch, even after the processor and battery have aged to near uselessness.
Bad news: Expect more Spectre-like flaws in the future
Our devices may never truly be secure, says the CEO of the company that designs the heart of most mobile chips.
5 Essential Security Tips for iPhone and iPad
Find My iPhone/iPad is a great app baked into iOS that lets you locate or lock your lost device from a web browser using your Apple ID. It also lets you enable Lost Mode, which displays a customizable message and allows any user to call a specified number to get in touch with you. Plus, you’ll email updates when your device’s location changes. Here’s how you can set it up.
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Toyota concedes, reveals plans to launch first cars with Apple CarPlay
Perhaps the longest major CarPlay holdout, Toyota on Monday announced that it will be bringing the platform to the 2019 Avalon, as well as other vehicles in the 2019 model year —including some from its luxury Lexus brand.