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Westworld just confirmed some major fan theories

Thankfully, season two gave fans some answers right away. Here's what we've learned already. Spoilers ahead.

Google celebrates Earth Day with Jane Goodall Doodle

Noted scientist and conservationist delivers an inspiring message about how we can have a positive impact on our planet.

Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

Smart glasses may soon have cameras that use next to no power while they're streaming video.

Today in Apple history: App Store hits 1 billion downloads | Cult of Mac

On April 23, 2009, the App Store hit one billion downloads. A 13-year-old kid downloaded the billionth app.

The 'Crazy Rich Asians' trailer is finally here and I guess I know what I'm doing this summer

Starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh.

'Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined...

Robotics Module Challenge: Build Robot, Win Prizes

Brand new today, we’re going to go all in with the Robotics Module Challenge! This is the newest part of the 2018 Hackaday Prize which is only six weeks old, and already we’ve seen almo…

Protect your iPhone and add new camera lenses at the same time

Upgrade your phone camera with this rad case.

4 great occasions to start your business’ video strategy

There’s a myriad of online marketing strategists writing tons of tips on their blogs to help entrepreneurs get a bang for their bucks from digital media — while simultaneously using those strategies to get their message to you. So, what strategy do these mentors themselves follow to reach their prospects and promote their services? Well, …

Here's your first look at HBO's creepy ghost story, 'Sharp Objects'

Amy Adams stars in this adaptation of 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn's first novel, 'Sharp Objects.'

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San Francisco is losing its mind over electric scooters. Here’s why

VanderZanden, an affable, baby-faced 39-year-old with gelled light-brown hair and a short beard, tells me Bird's office had been at the local WeWork until a few weeks ago, when it outgrew that space. Bird beta-launched its first scooters in Santa Monica on September 1 and has since grown from five employees to more than 100.

A close look at why Bernard is malfunctioning in the 'Westworld' season 2 premiere

In the season two premiere, Bernard is found on the beach. We're told it's been two weeks since the host rebellion that Ford instigated. But Bernard seems fine, compared to just after the incident, which suggests that this is a flash forward in time and he's been fixed.

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Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot …

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Meizu's new phones don't have notches …


Best gifts for grads under $50

The $50 BioLite PowerLight Mini is a handy lantern, bike light and charger all in one. You clip it to a pocket or strap or mount to your bike (mount included) and its 1,350-mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light. It can also give your phone a backup boost. Lighting modes include White Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe and White Point Light. It's a great choice for eco-minded students who enjoy camping or other outdoor activities.

Army creates soft robots to go where humans cannot

The US Army Research Laboratory and University of Minnesota have joined forces to develop extra pliable materials that can be 3D-printed on the battlefield and used to build robots that can move easily within confined spaces, the way biological organisms like a squid might maneuver through small holes in underwater rocks.

Apple is replacing some 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries - Video | ZDNet

Apple is replacing a number of 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries after reports of expanding components. Read more:

How to price cryptocurrencies

Predicting cryptocurrency prices is a fool’s game, yet this fool is about to try. The drivers of a single cryptocurrency’s value are currently too varied and vague to make assessments based on any one point. News is trending up on Bitcoin? Maybe there’s a hack or an API failure that is driving it down at the same time. Ethereum looking sluggish? Who knows: Maybe someone will build a new smarter DAO tomorrow that will draw in the big spenders.

Choose two Casetify Apple Watch bands, save 20% [April Sale]

Browse the full lineup of Casetify bands in our Watch Store , and remember to use code CULTOF20 at checkout for 20 percent off when you purchase two Casestify Apple Watch bands. And, as always, enjoy free shipping with your Casetify purchase. Sale ends April 31st!

Cambridge Analytica researcher fires back at Facebook on 60 Minutes

In response to Kogan's interview, Cambridge Analytica issued a response Sunday stating that Kogan and his GSR company made a contractual commitment that the data was compliant with data protection legislation, and that the license was only for up to 30 million respondents in the US. Cambridge Analytica also knocked the quality of Kogan's data, stating that they instead began collecting data on their own in 2015 from willing participants.

Capturing an incredible McLaren supercar with the Galaxy S9 Plus

I wandered down to this frozen lake to see if there was an opportunity to photograph the car here. Sadly, there were no roads I could use to get the car down, so I took this landscape shot using the panorama mode, using the rocks as foreground interest.

The Last Apple Watch Pop-Up Store Is Shutting down on May 13th

When Apple first launched the Apple Watch, it opened three pop-up stores dedicated to only selling the Apple Watch. The strategy did not work out as the company intended though, and it has shut down two of the three pop-up stores over the years.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on Broadway sparkles with real theater magic

The play centers on Albus Severus Potter (Sam Clemmett), the second son of Harry Potter (Jamie Parker) and Ginny Weasley (Poppy Miller), as well as his fellow outcast best friend Scorpius Malfoy (true cast standout Anthony Boyle), son of Draco (Alex Price), with action that takes place primarily during the boys' fourth year at Hogwarts. I’m trying to be respectfully vague here as fans have been bombarded with the phrase and hashtag #KeepTheSecrets in an attempt to preserve the twists for those that prefer to go in blind, but both guys are struggling with living under their fathers' legacies, and after a particularly rough few weeks, decide to pave their own way forward by...attempting to change the past and rewrite history. Things obviously descend from there.

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"AT&T and Verizon are being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over whether they colluded in order to prevent customers from easily switching carriers." …

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7 Chromecast apps and games you aren't using but should be

Google believes RCS could be Android's secret weapon in war against iMessage

That said, with this shift in direction, the team assigned to Allo—one of three messaging apps Google launched in 2016—has been reassigned to work on the Messages app in Android. As a result, new features are unlikely to come to that platform as the company's priorities in messaging change, once again. While the company states that Allo isn't being discontinued, no mention was made as to the fate of Duo, the second messaging app from 2016. ( Google Spaces was discontinued after 11 months in April 2017, as the company ran out of room for messaging apps.)

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The untold story of how the XPS 13 defied odds to become the world's best laptop … via @DigitalTrends @alienware @dell #XPS

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Diet soda might still contribute to diabetes, rat study suggests

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Companies face a reckoning over opaque ‘terms and conditions’, writes @NateLanxon .

Man, Shania Twain regrets saying she would have voted for Trump

My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows. (4/4)

The 5 greenest tech companies in 2018

Dell is one of the only major tech companies that openly provides a detailed and extensive list of suppliers in addition to what kind of services were rendered for each deal. Like HP, they are bucking the trend and making devices that are lasting longer and easily upgradeable. When it comes to their plastic use, its on a closed-loop, so anything used is recycled and reused. They claim to reuse more than one third of the plastic involved in their manufacturing process.

EU investigators to investigate Apple's bid for Shazam

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators opened on Monday an investigation into iPhone maker Apple’s bid for British music discovery app Shazam, concerned that the deal may hurt competition.

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Miami detectives attempted to use a dead suspect’s fingerprint to unlock his phone …

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US tech companies hired more H-1B workers last year to fill talent gaps

The US has reached the annual limit on H-1B visas for the past 16 years, according to the report. This is due in part to its low level relative to the size of the US labor force (85,000 visas, versus 160 million US workers), and due to the fact that the cap was set in 1990, before the internet increased the demand for high-skilled technical labor, the report said.

The 20-year-old entrepreneur is a myth, according to study

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates started Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft in their 20s, but new research suggests that founders in their 40s are more successful. Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Forget what you've heard about 22-year-old wunderkinds, sitting in the corner offices of their wildly popular Silicon Valley startups—if you want to find the most successful entrepreneurs, you have to go back a few decades.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro is a crazy affordable phone for India

The 10,999 Indian rupee phone (which converts to about $165, £115 and AU$215) made its debut Monday in Delhi with a pretty impressive feature set given its rock-bottom starting price for a 3GB model with 32GB onboard storage. The 4GB model with 64GB onboard storage is going for 12,999 Indian rupee (approximately $195, £140 and AU$255), while a version with a better 16-megapixel front and rear camera will sell for 14,999 Indian rupee (approximately $225, £160 and AU$295).

Why Facebook designing its own chips could help it compete with Apple, Google

Using custom designed chips could also give Facebook more control over product development, and its ability to integrate hardware and software, according to Bloomberg. It will be interesting to see if more companies begin to follow this path as well, and what the impact for Intel and Qualcomm may be in the market.

China's Didi Chuxing launches ride service in Mexico

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing on Monday launched its service in Toluca, Mexico, the company said, setting up a likely costly battle with rival Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] in a key market.

SunTrust Banks ex-employee may have stolen 1.5 million customer records | ZDNet

The former staff member is at the heart of an investigation and it is believed that up to 1.5 million customers may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers, and "certain account balances" stolen.

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JUST IN: EU antitrust regulators open an investigation into Apple's acquisition of music discover company Shazam.

Photos: The 20 greenest data centers in the world

Lots of companies have looked for cost-saving measures wherever possible, which in this case has had the side effect of being great for the environment. Data centers are increasingly powered by renewable resources like solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectricity. Add to that some innovative cooling solutions and you have a new generation of data centers on the rise that are some of the greenest facilities in the world.

Backed by Bill Gates, EarthNow wants to show us every inch of our planet in real-time | ZDNet

"EarthNow is ambitious and unprecedented, but our objective is simple; we want to connect you visually with Earth in real-time," says EarthNow CEO Russell Hannigan. "We believe the ability to see and understand the Earth live and unfiltered will help all of us better appreciate and ultimately care for our one and only home."

Google CEO Pichai Set to Cash In $380 Million Award This Week

Forgot your Mac password? 3 ways to unlock startup disks encrypted with Apple's FileVault

Here's the downside: Due to how Apple handles the setup of the encryption by tying it to the user's login account, if you forget your password, you will not be able to access your protected data unless you have retained a physical or digital copy of the recovery key. By following any of the three methods below, armed with the all-powerful recovery key, you will be able to access your secured data if you (or someone you're providing support for) are unable to authenticate.

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From the weekend: Watch Anything, Anywhere On All Your Devices With SelectTV – $19 for One Year [Deals Hub]  #deals

Kanye West tweets love for his Tesla

Commentary: The fashion designer and rapper claims it's the "funnest" car he's ever driven.

Data scientist at centre of Cambridge Analytica scandal apologises for his role in it

"And it's been changed in particular, because I think that core idea that we had — that everybody knows and nobody cares — was fundamentally flawed. And so if that idea is wrong, then what we did was not right and was not wise. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry."

Windows 10 jailbreak: Google's Project Zero reveals unpatched bug that bypasses app lockdown

However, security researchers have just revealed a new unpatched bug that allows attackers to circumvent Windows 10 S' Device Guard feature, which locks the OS to only running whitelisted software.

Facebook hit with defamation lawsuit over fake ads

In an interesting twist, Facebook is being sued in the UK for defamation by consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, who says his face and name have been repeatedly used on fake adverts distributed on the social media giant’s platform.

The Best Gaming Monitors of 2018

A monitor's refresh rate refers to the time (per second) it takes to redraw the entire screen and is measured in hertz (Hz). Most LCD monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second, but fast-moving images may appear blurry at this refresh rate, or the panel may suffer from screen tearing, an artifact that occurs when the monitor displays pieces of two or more screen draws at the same time. Look for a display with a 120Hz or higher refresh rate, which not only helps reduce image blur and eliminate tearing, but is a requirement for active 3D technology.

Apple has only a slightly more positive impact on society than Facebook

Commentary: A SurveyMonkey/Recode survey suggests that people think Amazon has the most positive impact on society of the major tech companies

LinkedIn AutoFill bug could leak personal data to third parties and attackers

LinkedIn's AutoFill button is supposed to only work on approved websites, but any website could have tricked users into providing personal data with just one click anywhere on their screen.

A regulation straitjacket is no less than Facebook and everyone else deserves | ZDNet

As someone who was once involved in the personal data slurping industry, the amount of data that people will hand over simply to play a silly game on Facebook is breathtaking. Do the right thing and reduce the data you want users to handle over, and the metric needle is likely to take a dip downward as users see a different dialog than the usual "gain as much data as you can by default" prompt and baulk.

Spring Creators Update is dead. Long live Windows 10 April Update

As ever, only time will tell. And speaking of time, if Microsoft is going to call this the Windows 10 April Update, then really, it’s going to have to start rolling out this week, or next Monday. As if it kicks off any later than that, it will, of course, be the May Update.

Why the US federal government has been leaning into the cloud since 2011 | ZDNet

Katie Lewin: As I said before, to you, my perspective's going to be the federal government because that's what I know the most about. I was either in the federal government as an actual employee or a consultant to them for many years. The first mandate to move to the cloud was in 2011 when OMB issued this memo, which is almost the same as a directive and it says, "You will do this or if you don't you have to tell us why," and since OMB controls the money it's pretty serious. Their mandate was if you, federal agency, are going to develop a new system you have to justify why you would not put it in the cloud. That was a big push to agencies taking it seriously. Of course, everyone did the right thing, which is start with the data that needs the least security. They did a lot of customer facing informational websites, things like that. Then, they still had to continue modernizing and then they would go into mission-critical systems.

LG’s upcoming G7 ThinQ could have a dedicated button for Google Assistant

If accurate, the LG G7 ThinQ will be the first product with a dedicated button for launching Google Assistant — we just hope LG also offers the ability to disable or remap the button, because nothing is more frustrating than the accidental launch of a voice assistant. 

Your 13-inch MacBook Pro might need its battery replaced | Cult of Mac

Apple admits that some MacBook Pro laptops have a problem that causes their batteries to swell up. The company is replacing these free of charge.

Google Chat and RCS, Linux apps on a Chromebook, end of ZTE, and new Moto phones (MobileTechRoundup show #430) | ZDNet

Google has tried a few messaging apps over the years so Kevin and I are excited that it may finally have found something to compete with iMessage. MobileTechRoundup show #430 kicks off with some thoughts on Chat.

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54 Turnbull confirms Solomon Islands subsea cable | ZDNet
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