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Why 2018 Will Be The Year Of VR 2.0

The first standalone virtual reality systems are coming—and freeing people from wires, PCs, and phones could boost the technology’s fortunes.

Video: Hot to set separate controls in iOS 11 for left and right AirPods

What's on TV: 'Star Trek: Discovery,' 'Falling Water' and 'X-Files'

Also: 'Desus & Mero,' 'Tesla's Death Ray,' 'Grown-ish' and 'The Chi.'

'PUBG' is quietly changing video games with its 3D replay technology

The replay technology in 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' captures so much more than video.

Tech's Biggest Douchebag of 2017

From misogyny to the President’s Twitter handle being used to peddle goods, who made it to the top of TNW's naughty tech list?

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Best iPhone and Android apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

This app will help you lay out all of your expenses at the same time and you'll be able to work out where you can save money and why you're spending so much every year. You will need to pay after a full month of using the service, but if you find it's saving you money it's likely worth your investment.

How to use macOS with only a keyboard

With the desired drive selected, press the Control+Option keys, and then use the arrow right/left buttons to highlight the Install button. Press the Space Bar to select the Install button. (If you're on a laptop that is not connected to an AC power source, you will receive a prompt informing you of this.) Press the Tab key once to select Continue, and press the Space Bar to confirm acknowledgement. macOS will begin installing on your system.

LG Preps an 88-Inch, 8K OLED TV for CES 2018

LG hasn't announced a price for its brand-new 88-inch 8K OLED television, but you can expect to see this one cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Google Doodle welcomes new year with penguin pals

Google kicked off the celebration series on Dec. 18 with a Doodle showing us the penguin pals making plans to pay a visit to kin in warmer climes during the holidays. Other Doodles in the series showed our feathered family reuniting for Christmas and ringing in the new year with sparklers and fireworks.

2017 in review, Pixelbook is back, Apple battery replacement (MobileTechRoundup show #417) | ZDNet

Kevin and Matt spent at least half of this last podcast of 2017 chatting about the good and bad times of mobile technology in 2017. Were their favorites yours too?

Congratulations to our Amazon Echo Plus winners | ZDNet

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iPhone Batterygate: A sign of a deeper problem - Video | ZDNet

To be better citizens of our planet, we need to reconsider the current disposable smartphone designs.

The best PC games of 2017

Yes, the reanimated corpse that is Resident Evil 7 really did shuffle into our lives and onto our PCs in 2017 - but only just, with its release date back in January. And what a return it’s been. Wisely acknowledging the renaissance for horror games and pioneering work of Amnesia, Outlast and the like, Capcom took its premier series first-person and created one of the most terrifying games in years.

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2018 Is the Last Year of America's Public Domain Drought - Slashdot

Happy Public Domain Day, every-some of you! In New Zealand and Canada, published works by artists who died in 1967 -- Rene Magritte, Dorothy Parker, John Coltrane, and many others -- have entered the public domain; Kiwis and Canadians can now freely distribute, perform, and remix a wealth of painting, writing, and music. In Europe, work published by artists who died in 1947 are now public domain. In the United States, well, we get nothing for the 20th year in a row, with one more to go . Our public domain drought is nearly old enough to drink. American copyrights now stretch for 95 years. Since 1998, we've been frozen with a public domain that only applies to works from before 1923 (and government works). Jennifer Jenkins is a clinical professor of law at Duke Law School, which hosts the Center for the Study of the Public Domain . In an email she explained what changed and why nothing has entered American public domain for two decades. "Until 1978, the maximum copyright term was 56 years from the date of publication -- an initial term of 28 years, renewable for another 28 years," she wrote.

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From the weekend: Apple Starts Offering $29 Battery Replacement Effective Immediately for iPhone 6 and Above  #AppleNews

ZAGG Slim Book keyboard for Apple iPad Pro 10.5: in pictures | ZDNet

Keyboards significantly extend the functionality of the Apple iPad Pro 10.5. ZAGG recently released a new model that is perfect for the enterprise with business attire, multi-angle rotation, and four useful modes.

Germany's hefty hate speech fines for social networks start today

Prior to the removal of the safety net, it's not been clear if social networks have complied with the law, nor if any of them have fallen afoul of it. Germany isn't alone in asking tech companies to take down hate speech posts -- the EU has made a similar request . 2018 is only just beginning, and given the trouble Facebook and Twitter have had with hate speech in the past, avoiding such hefty fines may be a challenging task for these companies.

The Last Jedi's Finale Is Absolutely Perfect In 16 Bits

This might be the coolest thing you’ve seen ALL YEAR. So far, at least.

The 100 Best Android Apps of 2018

The Google Play app store is a little bit like a galaxy of software. From a distance, the sheer number of apps is staggering, and it's hard to take them all in at once. But zoom in on any one of those apps, and the distance between them, in terms of features and quality, is vast. Consider: If you looked at an app from Google Play every second, without stopping, it would take more than 40 days to see all 3.5 million of its apps. That's hardly a good use of time. Instead, you can study our list of the 100 essential apps that you need for every Android phone .

3 tips to maximize Apple's free Pages word processing app

Pages, Apple's alternative to Microsoft Word, is deceptively simple. Here are three ways to get the most of Apple's free word processing app, including a Pages cheat sheet.

New browser on the block Vivaldi taps Raspberry Pi growth - Video | ZDNet

Vivaldi has unveiled a browser for Raspberry Pi and may soon have a build for smartphones, too.

Tell Us Your Best Seattle Tips

Amazon, Nirvana, Penny Arcade, Starbucks, Macklemore, Frasier . Without Seattle, middle-class white people would just sit in a dark room eating celery. But what is life really like in Seattle? How do you get through each season there, how do you get around town, where do you like to drink, where do you get a nice dinner, where do you get a cheap dinner? Which tourist favorites are skippable, and which local gems are ridiculously overlooked?

Vocal disguises and impersonations may fool voice recognition authentication

Research indicates that impersonating a voice can fool voice recognition authentication systems. Multimodal biometric authentication might be a better security option.

Auto industry-backed Here Maps partners with LG for driverless vehicle venture - Video | ZDNet

Auto industry-backed Here Maps partners with LG for driverless vehicle venture

Set a Reminder for the Biggest Space Events of the Year With Just a Click

Things may not go the way you plan in 2018. Maybe you won’t get that promotion, or stick to your New Year’s resolutions but the universe will keep ticking away like a finely tuned clock. The first day of the year will kick off with the “biggest full moon of 2018,” and many other huge events are on the way. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to keep track of it all.

Drew Struzan's Iconic Back to the Future Poster Just Got an Upgrade

When you think of Back to the Future , odds are Drew Struzan’s instantly recognizable poster is part of the memory. It’s a striking, beautiful image that you’ve seen a million times and have always been able to purchase. But never like this.

TV Tech 2018 wishlist: What's next for the biggest screen in your home?

2017 was also the year when almost every manufacturer (barring Samsung, unsurprisingly) embraced OLED as their panel type of choice for their high-end sets. All of these OLED panels are still made by LG Display, but the fact that you can now choose between having your TV be powered by Sony’s X1 processor or Philips’ P5, is never going to be a bad thing. 

D.C.’s War On Rats Goes Digital | WAMU

The First Teaser for A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 Is Here

In the show, based on the books of the same title, Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf. He’s the evil uncle of three orphans who will stop at nothing to get their inheritance. The first season of the show adapted the first four books in the 13 book series. This second season is expected to do the next five and an eventual third season would finish out the adaptations.

Can You Eat So Much That You Die?

One [way you could die from overeating] is if, let’s say, the temperature of the food you consume is very low, and you develop hypothermia, because you’ve digested large quantities of something that is too cold for your body. Another is if what you’ve eaten exceeds the capacity of your stomach. Food has to sit in your stomach, and then it has to move through your intestines, and if the stomach is full, the only way out is up. And complications of vomiting might include either asphyxiation (from getting food in the pulmonary airway) or bleeding, because the feeding pipe in the esophagus may rupture, and if it really ruptures terribly then you could get an infection of the area around the esophagus, and that can be deadly. But these consequences are very rare, and usually not achieved, because our body regulates and really does not want to be overfed.

Enough With the Resolutions Already

You’re also giving yourself a time constraint to accomplish your goal, even if you don’t mean to. Come next New Years Eve, you’re probably going to go “Oh crap, I didn’t make it.” You lost 20 pounds, but gained back 21 over the holidays. You wanted to travel more, but you only got out of town once and for business. You wanted to read more books, but you still have a stack of the same unread books you bought the first week of last year. Don’t disappoint yourself like that. You’re going to suck, so give yourself some space to do that and improve gradually. Yes, deadlines can be good sometimes, but if your goals are something even a teensy bit abstract—like learn to play guitar, or learn a new language—you’re not going to give yourself the benefit of the doubt. You’re going to sit down New Years Eve, play a few shoddy chords or struggle to construct a sentence in Mandarin, and be upset with yourself for not doing what you promised you would.

The Best Android Games of 2018

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So Close. – Hacker Noon

Behind the hardware was the most secure, reliable and scalable service platform ever created for home access — and likely for any access system. Not to be outdone, the software team challenged themselves to complete the full user experience so that our customers would fall in love with the way they engaged the product and actually experience joy as they used it. The software team’s dedication to fast and guaranteed reliability at every level — firmware, app, cloud, connectivity and data provided the foundation for a magical experience in which Otto recognizes you as you approach. We were committed to doing a few things really well which we viewed as more valuable than having a lock experience work most of the time. It was a moment of celebration to see Press To Unlock, a signature experience, come to life as all the pieces executed to perfection.

Watch Karl Pilkington Predict New Black Mirror Plots Years Ahead of Time

It’s best to just watch the clip below to see how well the Black Mirror episode helps illustrate Pilkington’s random thoughts. But just to give you a little context, “Black Museum” is an episode in which three short stories play out over the course of an hour. In the first, a doctor uses a new neurological implant that allows him to feel what his patients are feeling. This helps him make more personal diagnoses of his patient’s illness. It’s also exactly the sort of technique Pilkington describes in wishes doctors could employ because it’s so hard for him to say if he’s feeling symptoms that are out of the ordinary.

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Executive's guide to mobile security (free ebook) | ZDNet

As the mobile enterprise expands, companies face the mounting complexity of keeping their assets safe from attack. This guide looks at trends in mobility management, areas of risk, and new tools for securing mobile devices.

The mysterious case of the Linux Page Table Isolation patches

tl;dr: there is presently an embargoed security bug impacting apparently all contemporary CPU architectures that implement virtual memory, requiring hardware changes to fully resolve. Urgent development of a software mitigation is being done in the open and recently landed in the Linux kernel, and a similar mitigation began appearing in NT kernels in November. In the worst case the software fix causes huge slowdowns in typical workloads. There are hints the attack impacts common virtualization environments including Amazon EC2 and Google Compute Engine, and additional hints the exact attack may involve a new variant of Rowhammer.

11 Expert Tips To Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year Ever

Whatever your chosen breakfast, she says, “Savor it without using your phone or thinking about work and responsibilities. Enjoy the moment, and think about all of the things that are going right in your life.” You can use this time to do some journaling or set some intentions for the day, Abdou suggests, so you can dive into your work feeling focused and energized.

Hands-on with Azure Data Lake: How to get productive fast | ZDNet

Microsoft's Azure Data Lake is now generally available, but what does it do, and how does it work? Here's a tour around the service's tooling and capabilities, to help you understand it and get productive with it, quickly.

Everything Coming to Amazon Video in January

If you dream of a new Philip K. Dick show in the new year, you're in luck if you have Amazon Prime.

18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January

Originally published in 2013, the book earned Iraqi author Ahmed Saaadawi the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The book is set in the aftermath of the US invasion, and a scavenger named Hadi collects body parts to assemble into a full body to try and get the government to give them a proper burial. But the body (which Hadi calls “Whatsitsname”) goes missing and causes a string of brutal murders, he realizes that he’s created a real monster. Publisher’s Weekly says that the book is a “harrowing and affecting look at the day-to-day life of war-torn Iraq.”

Watch Peter Capaldi's TARDIS Console Room Get Deconstructed For One Last Time

Christmas Day saw the end of an era for Doctor Who — the arrival of Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor saw off Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s time on the show in and explosive manner. But a new Doctor and new direction for the show means, of course, a new TARDIS interior. Before that, the old one has to be brought down one final time.

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The new PC games we're excited for in 2018.

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

For the first time, helped by recent advances in artificial intelligence, researchers are able to analyze large quantities of images, pulling out data that can be sorted and mined to predict things like income, political leanings and buying habits. In the Stanford study, computers collected details about cars in the millions of images it processed, including makes and models.

In 2017, Netflix and Amazon changed movies - in 2018 Hollywood will fight back

Take Amazon for instance: it bet $1 billion on the rights to the Lord of the Rings TV franchise in 2017, outbidding HBO and (surprise, surprise) Netflix. In 2018, Netflix will be going for breadth with 80 original films in production. That’s almost two releases a week, not even taking into account the TV shows it is set to make. 

52 photography projects: A photo idea to try every week of the year

Light trails can be used in all kinds of photography, but they're perfect for a creative still life project. You can use a regular Maglite torch, but try removing the end to reveal the bulb and make the light more direct. Use some electrical tape to attach a coloured sweet wrapper, which you can use as a makeshift 'gel'. Set the canera's shutter speed to around 30 secs with an aperture of around f/8, then start moving the torch within the frame before pressing the shutter. Continue the movement throughout the exposure. Here, we suspended the torch from a piece of string and made a gentle circular movement to create a spiral around the bottle.

Grab One Of The Year’s Top VPNs And Save While Staying Safe [Deals Hub]

If you’re concerned about your own privacy and security online seriously, then you need a tool that cares about keeping your information secure. Windscribe VPN is just the tool you’re looking for. You can get a lifetime subscription to Windscribe VPN on sale now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub —and save an additional 17% off when you use the coupon code BESTOF17 at checkout!

Smartphones with removable batteries are never coming back

And while most people will forgive the company and accept its two forthcoming solutions (a $29 battery replacement for applicable iPhones and a future software update that'll better explain your device's battery health), there's an equal amount of people who are now slamming the company for not doing even more for its users, like designing iPhones with removable batteries.

The best emerging storage tech of 2017 | ZDNet

Storage technology is evolving faster than any time in the last 40 years. Here are my picks for the best technologies to emerge in 2017.

Testing Microservices, the sane way – Cindy Sridharan – Medium

This book is certainly a bit dated and I haven’t been able to find any recent study about the efficacy of regression tests, but so much of what we’ve been conditioned to believe to be good software engineering practices and disciplines is built upon the primacy of automated testing that any form of doubts cast on its efficacy sounds sacrilegious to many. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the last few years of witnessing how services fail, it’s that pre-production testing is a best effort verification of a small subset of the guarantees of a system and is often grossly insufficient for long running systems with protean traffic patterns.

Australian Federal Court confirms Valve fines - Video | ZDNet

The Australian Federal Court has dismissed Valve's appeal against a ruling that it misled consumers, and will now need to pay a AU$3 million penalty.

Microsoft Australia makes AU$43m profit after settling AU$39m ATO bill | ZDNet

During the year, the company entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with respect to the income tax periods spanning July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2022. Included in that agreement was the resolution of the audit matters for the period covering July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, which saw Microsoft hand over AU$39 million in previously unpaid tax, recorded as its "final deed of settlement".

Some Galaxy Note 8 owners have reported battery charging issues

Samsung reps have been advising affected users to get warranty replacements for their Note 8s, but those who don't want to hand over their phones or aren't covered by warranty can try something called stack charging. By plugging your charger in and out of your phone for 10 to 15 seconds at a time about 30 seconds apart, you could generate enough energy after about 20 minutes or 100 attempts to get your phone going again.

51 The path to empowering and profiting off India's next wave of online users | ZDNet
52 Bitcoin Starts a New Year by Tumbling, First Time Since 2015 - Slashdot
53 The World's First 88-inch 8K OLED Display - Slashdot
54 Mashable on Twitter
55 Mashable on Twitter
56 What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?
57 Pew Research Internet on Twitter
58 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
59 Delightfully well-meaning grandma doesn't understand how Uber works
60 A personal ode to the Boeing 747
61 Hollywood power women start 2018 with a major plan to end sexual harassment
62 Dare to disagree
63 Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations
64 WIRED on Twitter
65 ZDNet on Twitter
66 ESG: HPE 3PAR Flash Now: Accelerating All-Flash Data Center Transformation
67 Scanning technique reads hidden writing in mummy boxes
68 New lensless camera creates detailed 3-D images without scanning
69 Huawei Mate 10 to launch on AT&T in February: Report | ZDNet
70 ISP: Infringe Copyrights, Lose Remote Access to Your Thermostat
71 3 underused features in Apple's Numbers spreadsheet app
72 Why data science is a secret weapon for tech consultants
73 Hong Kong stocks hit 10-year high; China up on factory activity
74 Microsoft in 2017: The biggest hardware and software milestones
75 A Serpent Raises its Head in Georgia: Is this Evidence of an Aztec Connection?
76 Make your smart lights flash when your package is on the way
77 If We Can Put a Man on the Moon, Why Can’t We Put a Man on the Moon?
78 How to troubleshoot a flakey Windows 10 system with the Memory Diagnostics Tool
79 Clean your electric range with a razor blade and cloth
80 The Amargosa River Defies the Desert
81 Dubai Billionaire’s Tech Startup Takes On Amazon
82 Here's more evidence Samsung is making a dual-screen, foldable phone
83 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
84 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
85 Reg Saddler on Twitter
86 Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance
87 Study: Brazil is the leader in e-waste generation in Latin America - Video | ZDNet
88 Nvidia Is Done Releasing Drivers for 32-Bit Operating Systems
89 How to avoid big data project failures: Your 5-step guide
90 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
91 The best gadgets of 2017
92 5 reasons DevOps will be a big deal in the year ahead | ZDNet
93 Did Prehistoric Middle Eastern Culture Visit Europe, Spawn Artistic Culture, and Leave?
94 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
95 Clever little otter uses his own face to make a sprinkler for his pool party