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Science protest stretches from Oceania to North Pole

It remains to be seen how this global show of support for science, reason, and facts can be channeled into action going forward, but the turnout on Saturday has been impressive by any measure.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 smartphones have turned up the heat on Apple http://usat.ly/2pQDvTm  pic.twitter.com/JNlDOji8ty

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Mastercard is bringing fingerprint sensors to credit cards

Once the cards are rolled out and your bank is on board, you’ll have to go to a branch and get your fingerprints scanned. An encrypted digital template of your fingerprint will then be be stored on the card’s EMV chip, which will work with the fingerprint sensor to determine that you’re the owner of the card when you’re making a purchase. 

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Jeep unveils Yuntu concept in Shanghai, seems unenthused about it - Roadshow

Jeep arrived at the Shanghai Motor Show with the Yuntu concept, a neat car that could very well preview the next generation of Jeep's design. Familiar touches abound, including its seven-slot grille and Renegade-ish silhouette. The rear end is a bit more flat than modern Jeeps, but it's surely a boon to interior space.

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Barbara Krasnoff on Twitter

Samsung has a possible hit with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ -- both for consumers and enterprise users http://ow.ly/lVeq30aXj8x 

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How to turn hardware into IoT by simplifying and securing connectivity

Simple: connect your device, provision it in the console, and it’s deployed. The inability to have the device connect in the wild is the biggest buzz-killer for IoT. That’s why it can’t be just one carrier’s SIM, nor just cellular: LoRa / LPWA / NB-IoT are important, too. So is Bluetooth for short-range, battery-backed devices. And supporting other standard connectivity that is needed to get challenges solved by leveraging a software platform, too, simplifies connectivity.

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Ring's Wi-Fi floodlight adds an HD camera into the mix

Ring's Wi-Fi floodlight adds an HD camera into the mix

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How to be green in a high-tech world

Technology uses energy. Switching to renewable sources might not be an option for everyone, but there are still some ways to reduce your carbon footprint while living a high-tech lifestyle.

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Farming for the future: How one company uses big data to maximize yields and minimize impact - TechRepublic

Foris.io has a mission: Make farms more productive and protect the environment while doing it. With a combination of hardware and machine learning from IBM, Foris.io aims to change the way we farm.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

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Gizmodo on Twitter

"Nevertheless, she persisted." Seen at San Francisco's #MarchForScience : pic.twitter.com/I7zC4I9TCC

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Could coconuts reveal the secrets of the great Alcatraz escape?

Earlier this month, scientists from the University of Delft went to Alcatraz and deployed a small fleet of coconuts to see where the strong currents in the bay might carry the tropical fruit under identical tidal conditions. Of course, the coconuts weren't using any prison-made paddles, but they were equipped with technologies that had yet to be invented in 1962: GPS and a 3G data connection to track their every move, bob and drift.

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The small corner of Reddit where people share their darkest secrets

It’s difficult to know what to think about r/confession. The community inhabits a sort of grey area -- a semi-regulated online space where genuine advice can sometimes live side-by-side with the outbursts of negativity that often pervade forums like Reddit. Depending on the nature of the confession, a poster might be met with an outpouring of support -- or a wall of hate.

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Target swaps its shopping carts for Mario Karts - Roadshow

And and the best part of all, the red shopping carts get a makeover to resemble the karts from the game. So customers can get the feel of "driving a real-life Mario Kart" -- or at least their kids can.

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How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S8

As you know, Samsung now uses a digital home button on the bottom of the display. That decision forced a lot of changes, such as moving the fingerprint sensor and using a new button combo to take screenshots.

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Samsung will use Google Play Music as the default music app on its devices

Samsung is giving Google Play Music a big push. Today, coinciding with the retail launch of the Galaxy S8, both companies announced that Google’s music app will become the preferred music player on Samsung mobile devices. The partnership kicks off immediately with the S8. But it technically began a year ago; Play Music was also the default music playback app on the Galaxy S7 , a result of Samsung trying to cut down on duplicate apps that clashed with Google’s services on Android.

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https://linux.slashdot.org/story/17/04/22/1822216/systemd-free-devuan-announces-its-first-stable-release-candidate-jessie-100?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

I was OK with systemd from the start, when it didn't get in my way. I even use it with direvent for automatically processing documents whenever they are updated. But lately, I've been having strange-to-diagnose errors on boot with certain USB peripherals, and I really don't enjoy wasting time looking up fixes. systemd in Debian Jessie makes it hard to recover from a boot problem, so I'm going to look at Devuan. Now, I don't expect Devuan to be a suitable replacement, but I'm going to try it nonetheless.

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The 5 biggest tech stories out of India this week

It’s been another action-packed week for India’s tech and startup scene. Here are the highlights:1.  Google launched Areo, a hyper local app for food delivery and services. In a really strange move, Google has kind of entered the food delivery services market in India, which has seen quite a bloodbath over the past year with the likes of FoodPanda shutting down operations.

20 Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy | Hacker News

Thinking about this demonstration as an experiment could be a little misleading. It's somewhere between an experiment and a benchmark. Nobody has any reason to expect new physics between 10 and 50 qubits, but actually building and controlling the system is complicated. Quantum computing is in an interesting place right now where engineering milestones and scientific milestones are happening together because the technology is so fundamental. That doesn't happen that often and it's one of the most exciting things to be about being in the field. If that interest you, then you might want to come work at Rigetti Computing: "The Tiny Startup Racing Google to Build a Quantum Computing Chip" https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600711/the-tiny-startup-r... We're hiring. reply

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Can Sennheiser's iconic headphone compete with today's models?

The first generation models had a very high 2000-ohm impedance. A few years later, the HD 414 impedance came down to 600 ohms. In 1995 Sennheiser's 50th Anniversary Edition HD 414 was a 52-ohm model, suitable for use with portable music players. Fun fact: Sennheiser licensed "Open-Aire" technology to Sony for its first-generation Walkman headphones. Sennheiser ceased HD 414 production years ago and no longer manufacturers replacement drivers, but still stocks ear pads and cables.

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HBO’s “Silicon Valley” cast hints about upcoming season

We had a chance to watch the first two episodes at the premiere and can confirm that they’re very funny (and filled with TechCrunch references). We also sat down for a video with the stars of the show, and got a few hints about what to expect this year.

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Headphone deal: BeatsX wireless earphones are $100 at Best Buy

Best Buy has the black version of Beats' neckband-style Bluetooth sports headphone on sale for $50 off.

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Is Comcast's new wireless service right for you?

2. The $45 unlimited rate requires that you also subscribe to Comcast's most expensive "Premier" bundle of broadband and TV packages or its triple-play package, which could cost you $150 a month on top of your wireless costs. If you subscribe to a less expensive package, you can still get the service, but it will cost $65 a month for unlimited data. That's still not too bad, considering Verizon's unlimited service is $80 a month for a single line if you sign up for paperless billing.

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Here are the epic movie scenes CNET can't forget

For me it's when the Jeep pulls up with the three skeptical scientists in " Jurassic Park " (Universal Pictures) to see the dinosaurs for the first time. Music starts to swell as one of the scientists looks to his left and sees something so incredible that it causes him to stand and awkwardly remove his hat and sunglasses. He physically turns the head of his female companion who also stands with her mouth agape. Cut to a Brontosaurus casually lumbering, making a small roar and eventually eating a leaf from a tree. It's really hard to quantify how epic this scene was because the use of Computer Generated images hadn't really peeked at the time and the dinosaurs looked so real. It still gives me chills to this day. Watch it !

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Three X-Men Movies, New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and Dark Phoenix, Will Hit Theaters in 2018

Not on the list is X-Force , which is current being written and is rumored to kind of act as a kind of Deadpool 2.5 with not just Deadpool, but Cable and Domino, who were both just cast.

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California parking garage operator prepares for self-driving revolution

The Virginia-based developer has already shown future plans for the two-floor underground parking garage, part of a residential complex under development in the Los Angeles Arts District, to the LA Times .

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Five new things you can do with Google Earth

Earlier this week, Google unveiled a new version of Google Earth, an app that was considered amazing when it launched in 2001 but hadn’t really evolved in the same way that Google’s other technologies have. Now, thanks to this latest update, Google Earth is replete with 3D imagery, curated video content, and other features that will either make you want to book a trip to some far-flung part of the world or just appreciate the Earth right from your own latitude and longitude coordinates. Or maybe both.

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The Next Four Avatar Movies Now Have Release Dates Again

Follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time were originally slated to start coming out next year. But recent statements by director James Cameron disclosed that there’d be a delay for the coming wave of Avatar sequels. Now we know the exact dates that Cameron and his team are aiming for, starting with December 18, 2020.

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Galaxy S8 drop test: The screen survived, but the glass back cracked

The rear backing of our Galaxy S8 cracked on our first test. But after everything we put it through, it looks a lot better than I had expected, and it's still very much in working condition. The spiderwebs on the back don't paint a pretty picture, but the glass isn't coming off the phone, and most of the damage could probably be masked with a good case. (This happened to our Galaxy S7 last year as well.)

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4 critical points to consider when receiving cybersecurity and privacy advice - TechRepublic

Redmiles, Kross, and Mazurek feel strongly that there is a strong relationship between respondents' security and privacy experiences and advice sources; however, the details are murky. "The direction of this relationship is unclear: do people receive bad advice that leads to worse experiences, or do they wait to seek advice until after a negative experience?" explain the researchers. "We hypothesize some of both."

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Gadgets With Gurman: Apple's Latest iPad, Buy or Wait?

Bloomberg Technology reporter Mark Gurman takes a closer look at Apple’s latest iPad and offers advice on who might be the right buyer. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Scott Pruitt came to Earth Day Texas, and the whole thing was pretty weird

When he arrived to speak nearly an hour late, Pruitt took the stage with Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton for a "fireside chat." As the administrator spoke, his staff and security detail of eight-or-so people watched the crowd, positioned on the edges and in the aisles of the auditorium.

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Greater than 10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor | Hacker News

Just 1 week ago [0], an HN article said that "Shadow Brokers exploits are patched or inactive on supported Windows platforms." In other words, no computers should be infected because Microsoft already dealt with the problem. However, >10,000 Windows computers are currently infected according to the linked article [1]. Further, take a look at the comments on that HN thread [0]. A lot of green accounts telling us that everything is just fine. [0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14119656 [1] https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/10000-windows-compu... reply

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Microsoft aims to simplify enterprise IoT deployments with SaaS offering, analytics tools - TechRepublic

Microsoft's new offerings speak to many of the challenges faced by organizations looking to embrace IoT. Microsoft IoT Central, and the related tools for analytics, are an interesting option for Microsoft shops that see the value IoT could bring, but haven't yet been able to justify the investment necessary to do it right.

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Fundamental growth hacking for new ‘solopreneurs'

Growth hacking is a turbo-charged form of marketing where you shed anything that could derail or distract. It requires an unconventional mind-set. You must focus on your market with laser-sharp precision, guiding your audience towards conversion; throwing out anything that won’t help you grow as a business or personal brand – incredibly useful when tasked with the many demands that come with being your own boss.

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Blast around the track in the Lotus Exige Cup 380 - Roadshow

Love cars? Climb in the driver's seat for the latest in reviews, advice and picks by our editors.

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Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino sparks social media backlash from baristas

(Reuters) – Starbucks baristas have taken to social media to complain about the coffee chain’s entry into the latest food craze: Unicorn Frappuccino.

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Apple Hires Former Google Executives and Starts New Hardware Team

The report states that while the focus of the new team is unknown at this point, what the pair of executives have worked on the past is an expensive field, with the majority of the focus being on communications or collecting data. Interestingly enough, the report does mention that Boeing has plans to launch a satellite broadband network, and that the company had reached out to Apple to be an investor-partner. However, it’s unknown if those talks turned into anything more:

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An existential threat looms over Mark Zuckerberg's quest to kill the smartphone

Imagine a future post-phone world in which, instead of Apple or Google, Facebook set the ground rules about what apps can and can't do on its platform. Like Apple's App Store, Facebook could take a cut of all transactions that occur within its AR platform. And Facebook would know more about its billions of users — what they're seeing and interacting with in the real world — than any company in history.

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Google had more than 90k government requests for data in 2016, calls for new data framework - TechRepublic

The number of requests that Google received in the latter half of 2016 marks the highest number of requests in a six month period that the company has received since it first began releasing a transparency report back in 2010. Being that many of the requests were cross-border, Google called for a new framework to handle and process such requests, detailed in another blog post . While Google didn't present a specific policy, it did note that personal privacy should be a balanced part of the new initiative.

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What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range) for TVs?

You'll need an HDR-compatible TV, as well. HDR is not 4K . A 4K screen might support HDR, but that doesn't apply to all sets. If your TV doesn't support HDR, it won't take advantage of the additional information in the signal, and the panel isn't calibrated to handle that information even if it was properly read. Even if the TV can handle the signal, it might not produce a particularly better picture (our reviews of HDR-capable TVs include evaluating HDR performance), particularly if it's a less-expensive LED TV. So, if you haven't picked up a 4K television yet, you might want to wait for a good HDR-compatible one that fits your needs in the future. If you have, don't fret; HDR content is even less abundant than 4K video, and we won't see it become widely available for a while.

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These iPhone 8 Renders Are Probably Not Real

While the alleged iPhone shown in the prototype looks impressive, it’s unlikely that it is the real deal. This is because the top and bottom bezels on the device are extremely narrow, with the leftover space simply not being enough for Apple to fit in a selfie camera and the usual bunch of sensors that reside on the top bezel. The accompanying article suggests that Apple will be able to fit in a speaker and other sensors below a 1mm bezel, but with the current technology, that is simply not possible.

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Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

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40 amazing cars that dominated the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

The Shanghai motor show presents Chinese consumers with an opportunity to see the latest and greatest offerings from around the world. At the same time, the world's press has the chance to evaluate the newest developments from China's growing contingent of automakers.

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March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US

We’ll be liveblogging throughout the day. Eric Niiler will be reporting from the March for Science in Washington, DC, while Emily Dreyfuss joins him on the East coast from the campuses of Harvard and MIT in the Boston area. And in San Francisco, Anna Vlasits and Megan Molteni will be at both university-led and city-wide events. We’ll keep tabs on the action at other satellite marches around the world where interesting things are happening—like in Memphis, where two official satellite events are occurring, one led primarily by scientists and the other by activists.

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Facebook shows teens that coding is cool

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The 9 best VR apps for iPhone

Orbulus is all about 360-degree photo spheres, in this case a collection of user-supplied destinations enhanced with sound or music. To choose a sphere from the gallery, you simply focus on it for a few seconds. Once you're "inside," you can zoom in or out by tilting your head right or left. It's an interesting way to travel the globe, with destinations ranging from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

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iPhone Live Photos: Now Apple opens it up to the web to boost sharing | ZDNet

But, according to 9to5Mac , Apple has introduced a new option to bring Live Photos to the web via a JavaScript-based API for Live Photos called LivePhotosKit. It caters to developers rather than users, but is likely to result in more websites allowing users to share their Live Photos on those sites.

51 Uber: The good, the bad, and the really, really ugly
52 Kafka channels the big data firehose | ZDNet
53 Why it's really hard to pitch a green energy startup
54 Researchers find commercial banking apps contain swarms of open-source bugs | ZDNet
55 Submersible drone gives us a peek at what’s hiding under the sea
56 U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case
57 7 things we've learned about Earth since the last Earth Day
58 Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze
59 Scientists Are Running For Office Because They 'Want Reality to Be Fact-Based'
60 Einstein chatbot shows Facebook Messenger's potential as an educational tool
61 Uber and Lyft sued for patent infringement by ‘Hailo,’ but not Daimler’s Hailo
62 Get ALL the Mac apps you’ll need for any creative project — for under $30
63 Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: The Prettiest Phone Wins
64 Apple testing process for autonomous safety drivers revealed in DMV documents
65 Shanghai finds new roads with Chevrolet FNR-X concept - Roadshow
66 Bill Gates wasn’t as tech-forward a parent as you might think
67 March for Science: Live Updates from Washington DC and Around the US
68 The future of uTorrent is browser-based (and it's coming soon)
69 Workflow for iOS: How to use 3 automation workflows that boost your productivity - TechRepublic
70 Alphabet claims Uber was hiding the self-driving technology that it allegedly ripped off
71 Bill Gates: My kids didn't have cell phones till they were 14
72 Free hacking tools start teens on path to cybercrime | ZDNet
73 3 drone deals you won't want to miss
74 Homeland Security warns 'BrickerBot' can destroy unsecured internet-connected devices
75 107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud
76 Samsung will replace Galaxy S8 units with red screens if software fix fails
77 Pinterest fixes its broken visual search tool for Chrome
78 Acclaimed Director Ang Lee May Direct Long-Awaited Clone Thriller Gemini Man
79 NASA astronaut: Space toilet inspires 'sheer terror'
80 Planet analytics: big data, sustainability, and environmental impact | ZDNet
81 MIT Media Lab on Twitter
82 Don’t judge this yacht by its exterior — the inside rivals a luxury home
83 Instagram has a new feature that will remind you of Pinterest
84 5 Alexa skills to try this week
85 WIRED Science on Twitter
86 WIRED Science on Twitter
87 Apple’s latest patent fuels rumors it’s looking deeper into AR and VR
88 TED Cinema Experience
89 Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus case roundup: Speck, Tech21, and Caseology | ZDNet
90 Gizmodo on Twitter
91 Icelandic is at risk of becoming an extinct language because it's too complicated for computers
92 The 'digital wellness lady' is on a mission to make you unplug
93 Even Trump's Earth Day message was anti-science
94 Shayna Gentiluomo on Twitter