LinkedIn tries to be your tech news source with 'Trending Storylines'
The news aggregation service aims to break users out of their echo chambers.
Can IoT reduce unnecessary road sanding in the UK?
A new deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) weather sensors may reduce the amount of unnecessary gritting of roads in Winchester, UK.
Baywatch looks like a summer comedy you pretend you won’t see, and end up seeing twice
The official trailer for Baywatch — a Baywatch-themed comedy-action film, also I assume a loose spinoff of 21 Jump Street, a 21 Jump Street-themed comedy-action film — is here. And aside from...
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Windows 10: DoubleAgent zero-day hijacks Microsoft tool to turn antivirus into malware | ZDNet
Microsoft's Application Verifier tool can be used by attackers to grab control of antivirus software, researchers say.
Hyperconverged infrastructure: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
The popularity of cloud computing has created a demand in on-premises data centers to abstract physical hardware from the computing and storage resources that hardware provides, in order to ease the utilization of those resources as well as the administrative and lifecycle tasks that come with hardware deployments. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is the next logical step in furthering this abstraction.
Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free
Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download.
As part of the acquisition, Workflow's team of Ari Weinstein, Conrad Kramer and Nick Frey are headed to Apple to work on unspecified projects, reports TechCrunch .
"We are thrilled to be joining Apple," Weinstein said in a statement. "We've worked closely with Apple from the very beginning, from kickstarting our company as students attending WWDC to developing and launching Workflow and seeing its amazing success on the App Store. We can't wait to take our work to the next level at Apple and contribute to products that touch people across the world."
Interestingly, Apple will not only keep Workflow on the iOS App Store, but plans to make the title free to download later today, the report said. The company followed a similar course of action when it bought Siri in 2010 . Siri the app remained on the App Store until it was officially integrated into iOS in 2011 as part of iOS 5.
This T-Mobile digital transformation win led to 6x increase in online sales - Video | ZDNet
See how a T-Mobile digital transformation project for its website took out 60% of the clicks to purchase, generated 3x shopping behavior, and a 500% increase in web orders.
This $100M email scam tripped up two big US tech companies
According to the federal agencies, Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, pretended to be a popular Asian computer hardware company by registering his own company in Latvia with the same name in 2013. He allegedly forged emails from employees at the Asian hardware supplier and sent invoices to the two US tech companies that actually had deals with the real supplier.
Apple avoids (Product)Red branding in China for new red iPhone 7 models
Apple's new red options for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus —which, through (Red), will contribute proceeds to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS —lack that same charity branding on the company's Chinese website. [Updated with comment by CEO Tim Cook]
Boom Supersonic raises $33M to build the fastest airplane for passenger flight
Boom Supersonic has raised a new $33 million Series A round, which it says is enough to build and fly its first supersonic jet, the XB-1 demonstration and testing craft, which will be a 1/3-scale prototype version of the supersonic airliner it will eventually build and sell to air fleet customers. The final Boom jet aims to be able to make the trip from NYC to London in just three hours and 15 minutes, less than half the time it takes on current transatlantic flights, at a cost of $2,500 for a one-way flight in either direction.
Hackers attempt to extort Apple with threat to remotely wipe iPhones, iPads
Hackers are allegedly trying to extort Apple by holding its customer's data for ransom, with threats to reset a number of supposedly compromised iCloud accounts and remotely wiping connected iPhones and iPads if they are not paid.
The group, self-identified as the "Turkish Crime Family," want either $75,000 in the Ethereum or Bitcoin cryptocurrencies or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards from Apple, reports Motherboard . Apple has been given a deadline of April 7 to meet their demands, or else the hackers will start wiping the accounts and iOS devices.
he hackers provided screenshots to the report that allegedly showed conversations with Apple's security team, as well as providing temporary access to an email account supposedly used for communicating with Apple as further proof. In one message said to be from Apple, an unnamed security team member asks the hackers "are you willing to share a sample of the data set?," possibly to confirm accounts were genuinely breached.
The hackers have also allegedly uploaded a video to YouTube, showing them accessing some of the stolen accounts and viewing stored data, as further proof of their capabilities.
Airbnb Adopts New Name, Doubles Investment to Woo China
Airbnb however has the advantage of being able to offer more extensive global accommodation to a growing wave of international vacationers. The company estimates outbound travel from China grew 142 percent last year, and that it’s served more than 5.3 million of the country’s globe-trotters. China remains crucial to fulfilling Airbnb’s goal of connecting people around the world, Chesky added.
New Options for Getting Your Cat High Can Only Be a Good Thing
Catnip has long been the preferred fix for cats. Given just a tiny whiff of the plant, most cats will temporarily turn into an approximation of a fully loaded, 1970s era Dennis Hopper. But for some cats, it’s as pointless as an O’Douls. A new study has found three new options that could allow all cats to get totally twisted.
Tencent Joins Rush Into AI to Keep Lead in Social Media, Gaming
Tencent has assembled more than 250 people for its AI Lab, a fledgling unit intended to work with its most profitable divisions from gaming to social media. The company aims to teach machines how to better battle human players and strike up meaningful conversations, said Zhang Tong, the newly appointed director of the research unit. In Tokyo over the past weekend, Tencent demonstrated an early result of that collaboration, pitting its “Jueyi” against fellow computer players of the classical game Go in an annual competition. Jueyi -- which means “fine art” -- won against defending champion DeepZenGo.
Samsung leak gives us our first look at the desktop dock for Galaxy S8
Samsung will reveal its much-anticipated Galaxy S8 handset next week, but the rumors simply won’t stop stacking up – and the latest one gives us our first glimpse at one of the most intriguing features expected to arrive with the new flagship.
Adobe puts the HoloLens to work in retail | ZDNet
One intriguing part of many of the demonstrations is how they show the commercial side of what could be possible consumer applications of AR. For example, at some point, headwear might become inexpensive and pervasive enough that the technology could actually guide customers to specific parts of the store with more precision than today's directory sign ever could, even redirecting people on the fly to place an order in store for items that might be out of stock. The analytics on usage of the mirror parallel other augmented reality demonstrations of consumers being able to, for example, change colors of a garment while it's being tried on.
Critical security flaws found in LastPass on Chrome, Firefox
One issue is resolved... but that leaves two that aren't, yet.
Are vehicles the mobile sensor beds of the future?
New vehicles are being built with an increasing number of sensors. These sensors are not only measuring how the vehicle is operating, but are starting to measure the environmental conditions they are being used in too. Future vehicles will effectively become mobile sensor beds, collecting data, at a granular level, across the whole planet.
Facebook now lets anyone go Live from a desktop
Facebook isn’t going to take over Twitch anytime soon, but streamers with a prominent following might think twice about where they want to broadcast. Moreover, streaming onto a familiar platform like Facebook may be less daunting for gamers who’ve never been interested in streaming on Twitch, or who simply want to share streams with friends and family instead of online strangers.
Dozens watched a Facebook Live stream of sexual assault
While most of what's broadcast live on Facebook is perfectly fine, the company explained that it works "around the clock" to review any questionable content that's reported by its users. Of course, that system requires any graphic or violent videos to be reported in the first place. In this case, Chicago police say "40 or so" people watched the assault and no one called 911.
Before Netflix airs a Death Note film, watch the original show
Death Note has been adapted from its manga origins into an anime, video games, a musical, and several Japanese live-action movies. Now it’s getting the English-language film treatment via Netflix. The live-action adaptation will premiere on August 25th. If the teaser trailer released today looks puzzling or even a little cheesy to you, then let me give you this one nugget of advice: go watch the anime on Netflix or Hulu.
Instagram will let businesses add a 'book appointment' button
Say you want to get a haircut. A new “Book” option on your salon or barbershop’s business profile would let you choose the style of haircut and set a time and date for your visit. You can see a video of the tool in action on Instagram’s blog post .
Industry split on when first commercial self-driving vehicle will be ready
Industry opinion on when we will have the first commercial self-driving car is divided, with some, mostly automakers, gunning for 2020, while others expect it to take more than 10 years.
We tried to post fake news on Facebook, this is what happened
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15-year-old girl's sexual assault streamed on Facebook Live
In a horrific incident that unfolded in Chicago over the past couple of days, a 15-year-old girl who had been missing since Sunday was sexually assaulted by several young men, and the attack was broadcasted on Facebook Live .
'BBC dad' announces CNN interview, Twitter clearly isn't ready to let go
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AT&T, other U.S. advertisers quit Google, YouTube over extremist videos
AT&T, other U.S. advertisers quit Google, YouTube over extremist videos
Enterprise, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and GSK are the latest to yank their ad buys.
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You'll have to pay at least $100 more for the red iPhone 7
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Confirmed: Nintendo Switch Joy-Con sync issues have been fixed
Senior Editor Sean Hollister communicated with Nintendo Support about his own Joy-Con sync issues and was asked to send the malfunctioning hardware in for a fix. Thanks to Hollister's "before" and "after" photos of the controller's internals, he was able to discern what Nintendo did.
What's coming to Netflix in April 2017
But take heart, dear reader, because Netflix might just be making room for its growing slate of original programming — there's less Joss Whedon, but with new shows and movies and comedy specials from Louis C.K. and Richard freaking Pryor, you might find something new to love.
Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz
Test your knowledge on cybersecurity topics and terms by taking our 10-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 1,055 randomly selected adult internet users surveyed online between June 17 and June 27, 2016. The survey was conducted by the GfK Group using KnowledgePanel.
How T-Mobile app humanized customer service in one simple move - Video | ZDNet
Learn how T-Mobile improved their app from 1.2 stars to 4.5 by implementing an asynchronous chat feature that adapted to the way people normally send text messages.
Limited edition black OnePlus phone? Not so limited anymore.
So much for that black OnePlus 3T being an ultra-rare beast. OnePlus has revealed that it will launch a limited Midnight Black edition of the 3T at a "later date," making that once-special color available to everyone "while supplies last." And the practical difference between this smartphone and the limited edition Colette model (shown below)? Er... there's no Colette logo on it. That's all. Yes, the 250 people who lined up at a Paris store on March 21st now have little to brag about besides getting a black 3T slightly earlier than everyone else. So why spoil their fun? If you ask OnePlus, it's because most people just want the device that badly.
LinkedIn Aims To Turn New “Trending Storylines” Into A Daily Habit–And A Moneymaker | Fast Company
While the new Trending Storylines are going to be useful for members, they have the long-term potential to be equally good news for advertisers. Users are often very engaged with the content that they see on LinkedIn, Thacker says, because they see their feed as a place to get informed about what’s going on in their professional world. When marketers create content to sponsor in that feed, they can see healthy engagement rates, sometimes well above what they’re able to get on other social networks.
AI star Andrew Ng announces departure from Chinese tech giant Baidu
The AI ambitions of Chinese tech giant Baidu have received a setback this morning, with the news that the company’s chief scientist, Andrew Ng, is leaving the firm in April. Ng moved to Baidu in 2014 from online education platform Coursera after previously founding the Google Brain project, and is one of the leading voices in the field of artificial intelligence. He announced his forthcoming departure from Baidu today, writing in a blog post on Medium that he will continue his work in AI “to shepherd in this important societal change.”
A Boy Cares Only for His Pet Scorpion in This Funny and Surprising Animated Short
It’s short, it’s clever, and it features possibly the most charismatic animated scorpion in cinematic history. Grant Kolton’s By the Name of Boston follows the adventures of a petulant boy and his poisonous BFF, with a story twist at the end you might see coming, and a stylistic one you probably won’t.
Tech Employees Think Their Companies Are More Diverse Than They Actually Are | Fast Company
However, an overwhelming number of respondents believe that the tech industry in general and their companies and teams in particular are already doing a good job on diversity. Eighty-three percent say their company is already diverse, and 79% think the average team at their company has a diverse set of team members. But the tech industry numbers don’t support that belief. Atlassian’s report includes estimates of the actual tech industry makeup that shows just 2% are black, 3% Latin, and less than a quarter (24%) identify as female.
This Nonprofit’s “Guerrilla Humanitarianism” Is Increasing Global Access To Clean Water | Fast Company
Former pro surfer Jon Rose says he has a simple, $50 solution. Rose’s nonprofit, Waves for Water , specializes in last-mile delivery of life-improving technology–in this case, water filters and faucet attachments made by the American outdoor company Sawyer. Over the last seven years, 150,000 of these filters have made their way to two dozen countries around the world, from the favelas in Rio de Janeiro to mountain villages of Nepal, and even to an active war zone by piggybacking on U.S. military supply lines routed to Afghanistan. Many of these filters are delivered by the organization’s “couriers,” backpackers, surfers, and hikers who volunteer to carry the filters to the areas they’re visiting.
The latest Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks show off screen resolution and retail packaging
We have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S8, which is set to debut on March 29th in New York. And now, we have even more solid backing on the phone’s default screen resolution and adjustments that can be made to it, thanks to a leak posted to Twitter.
Virtual reality standards: Too early or long overdue?
In VR and AR, the elements that need to be standardized are the device interface and the application interface. Device interface standards would define how to configure VR devices of particular type and how to extract data from them. To draw a parallel, printers have different capabilities but share the same basic functions. The same is true for VR devices. Applications interface standards would describe how a VR application or a game engine renders its content and receives data. If these two core elements are standardized across all VR hardware and software offerings, industry adoption and innovation would skyrocket.
Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it
It’s World Water Day . Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are persistent global problems. According to End Water Poverty, some 663 million people around the world have absolutely no reliable access to clean, safe water year-round. And two-thirds of the world population faces water scarcity for at least one month every year.
What are the highest paid jobs in programming? The top earning languages in 2017 - TechRepublic
Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, and more will host an ACLU fundraiser on Facebook Live
Tom Hanks, Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Uzo Aduba, and a bunch of other celebrities will be hosting an ACLU fundraiser on Facebook Live at the end of this month. The telethon, called Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU , will be broadcast live from New York City on March 31st, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
Best games of 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Typeshift, and more
I don’t know how I missed the Yakuza series. I raised myself as a diehard Sega fanboy, only shedding my allegiance during the fall of the Sega Dreamcast. As a spiritual follow-up to that console’s ambitious, unfinished Shenmu series, Yakuza floated at the top of my to-do list. But then there was high school, college, my first job, my second job, marriage, and all the other games that I, for one reason or another, prioritized above the adventures of a man with nice suits and impressive back tattoos. Yakuza 0 has been a treat, a throwback to what I remember of Sega games in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It’s a melodramatic soap opera with violence that has the sensory pleasure of popping bubble wrap or cracking open a can of beer.
People want to know: Why are there no good bots?
The power of these bots is easy to misunderstand when you don’t have a bot yourself to monitor and analyze usage. One of the main reasons for this is the exact same reason why these things work well. They are private communications. External parties can’t listen in on the conversations or the usage of the bots. Which means from the outside, you have no idea how successful they are. It’s “dark social,” it’s 1-1 communications. This is one of the many powerful things about these bots.
This College Alternative Only Makes Money If You Make A Salary | Fast Company
Braun has taken steps to distance MissionU from other for-profit institutions, structuring the organization as a B-Corp and raising $3 million in venture funding from top early-stage investors (First Round Capital led the October round). The single year that students attend is arranged into four distinct quarters: a foundational unit, focused on hard skills like project management and public speaking; a soft skills unit, which includes a period of personal exploration; a 12-week sprint focused on the student’s area of specialization; and a project phase involving a real-world client, which results in the completion of a public portfolio. Students will come together in person roughly once a month, but complete most of their learning online in video sessions led by industry practitioners. The total commitment: 25-40 hours per week, allowing room for a part-time job.
Sting Operation Reveals Science's Insane Fake News Problem
If someone applied to a top position at a company, you’d hope a hiring manager would at least Google the applicant to ensure they’re qualified. A group of researchers sent phony resumes to 360 scientific journals for an applicant whose Polish name translated to “Dr. Fraud.” And 48 journals happily appointed the fake doctor to their editorial board.
Android O brings fun customizations that set the stage for bigger changes
The Android O developer preview just dropped , and we’ve been poking around to see what’s new with the latest version. So far, it’s hard to judge the new features on Android O since most require app developers to update their code, but some digging does show tons of interesting settings that hint at what’s to come.
The survey covered a range of topics, ranging from employment to preferred and disdained software development technologies. Stack Overflow found that only 13.1 percent of developers were actively looking for a job, but 75.2 percent were interested in hearing about new job opportunities. The opportunity to work remotely was rated a big plus by developers, with 53.3 percent calling it a top priority. Many developers felt they were underpaid, with 11.6 percent of respondents saying they were greatly underpaid and 44.9 percent believing they were somewhat underpaid.
India won't give in to Apple's tax break demands | Cult of Mac
To sell iPhones in India, Apple must figure out how to bring down the prices of its products in a country where low annual incomes make them too expensive for the average person. Apple negotiated with government officials to set up manufacturing as a way to cut the duty it currently pays to import devices into the country.
More organizations and celebrities can now post on Google with Posts on Google
Posts on Google started out as an experiment during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It essentially allowed candidates to post Twitter-like status updates directly to Google’s search results pages and those updates would then appear in various election- and candidate-related widgets. As the company announced at an event in Brazil today, it’s now opening this feature up to a wider range of organizations and individuals.