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Super cute robot Aflac duck helps children cope with cancer

One of the best gadgets at CES is the robotic 'My Special Aflac Duck' and it will bring a tear to your eye and capture your heart.

Here’s what it’s like to ride in Byton’s new Concept SUV

The SUV has a lot of strong features, including a max range of 323 miles for the upgraded version, and a starting price of just $45,000. But the real..

Stephen Colbert questions James Franco over sexual misconduct accusations

"The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out."

How to be part of the solution to sexual harassment problems in Hollywood

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Sting is the narrator in 'Where the Water Tastes Like Wine'

Sting makes his debut as a video game voice actor.

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Yet another crazy bug surfaces in macOS High Sierra

According to  MacRumors , which was first to notice the bug report, the flaw is present in Apple’s latest 10.13.2 release — but not in Sierra versions of macOS. The issue cannot be reproduced in the latest 10.13.3 betas, so it seems Apple may already have a fix at the ready.

The Best of CES 2018

With a starting price of $799, the Lenovo Miix 630 detachable tablet is on the less expensive end of a brand-new crop of PCs that run power-sipping Qualcomm Snapdragon processors originally designed for smartphones. It's got a 12.3-inch full HD touch screen that's fortified with Corning Gorilla Glass. There's a kickstand built into the back of the tablet to prop it up when the keyboard is attached, and the whole thing weighs just less than 3 pounds. The big draw here: Lenovo claims the Miix 630 will last up to 20 hours between battery charges. Even better, that estimate assumes you'll use it as you would a smartphone: rarely turning it off and accessing the internet both via Wi-Fi and the included LTE modem. Depending on the cost of wireless service plans and whether or not that battery claims ring true, this Windows tablet has the potential to be a road warrior's best friend when it goes on sale this spring. —Tom Brant

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Huawei's superhero in big US push: Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot

In the US, buyers purchase the vast majority of phones through their carrier using monthly installment plans. In the absence of carrier support, Huawei is betting on Gadot's star power to give it the kind of credibility and exposure it needs to sell devices to US buyers unfamiliar with the brand.

China firm to run Apple iCloud accounts

In August 2017, Apple were heavily criticised by Beijing for threatening to remove applications by leading Chinese tech company Tencent, including the WhatsApp-like mobile messenger WeChat. Apple sought to secure a 30% commission on app updates through the Apple Store, rather than allow domestic software developers to have the freedom to update them in the background.

WhatsApp Encryption Security Flaws Could Allow Snoops to Slide into Group Chats | Hacker News

This was a deliberate design decision by WhatsApp. I even remember going to a talk by a WhatsApp engineer when they announced end-to-end encryption and he spent a fair amount of time detailing the method WhatsApp had implemented to allow for adding new users to groups while allowing these new users to read old messages. So I'm pretty sure this has been known from the start. Don't use Facebook products if you care about real security. reply

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Photos of the Year's Biggest Tech Show in Las Vegas

Electric and driverless cars will play a big part in this year's CES as makers of high-tech cameras, batteries and artificial intelligence software vie to climb into automakers' dashboards.

Samsung will reveal the Galaxy S9 in February

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and its release date at a launch event during Mobile World Congress in late February, DJ Koh, the president of the company's mobile business, said at a press conference at CES.

Amazon Alexa coming this year to some Toyota and Lexus cars

Using Alexa for cars, people will be able to remotely lock a vehicle or autostart it. While driving, they'll be able to play music, find recommendations for nearby restaurants and get directions, all using voice controls. With a smart home gadget, people will also be able to use Alexa to turn up the heat and flick on the lights at home as they're driving there. Additional Toyota models using Alexa will be available in 2019.

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered - Slashdot

A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina's congressional map on Tuesday, condemning it as unconstitutional because Republicans had drawn the map seeking a political advantage (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source) . The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because of a partisan gerrymander, and it instantly endangered Republican seats in the coming elections. Judge James A. Wynn Jr., in a biting 191-page opinion, said that Republicans in North Carolina's Legislature had been "motivated by invidious partisan intent" as they carried out their obligation in 2016 to divide the state into 13 congressional districts, 10 of which are held by Republicans. The result, Judge Wynn wrote, violated the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. The ruling and its chief demand -- that the Republican-dominated Legislature create a new landscape of congressional districts by Jan. 24 -- infused new turmoil into the political chaos that has in recent years enveloped North Carolina. President Trump carried North Carolina in 2016, but the state elected a Democrat as its governor on the same day and in 2008 supported President Barack Obama.

Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events

The question is whether or not the section will benefit local publishers. It’s possible that being part of a separate, local section of the app will help drive more traffic back to publishers’ stories and websites where they can make money through advertising, but there is no way for publishers to make money off the new local section at launch.

CES 2018: A panel discussion on smart cities - Video | ZDNet

On the CNET Stage at CES 2018, this panel led by Jason Hiner of ZDNet and TechRepublic explored the winning moves that Miami, Las Vegas, and Kansas City have made in smart cities.

Samsung Galaxy S9 launch confirmed for MWC

Little is known right now about the successor to the popular Galaxy S8, including whether there will be a super-sized Galaxy S9 Plus version. Rumors circulating ahead of CES suggested the phone could make an appearance in Vegas, but Samsung usually unveils the flagship device after the show. Last year, the company hosted a standalone event in March where it unveiled the Galaxy S8.

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Facebook feed change sacrifices time spent and news outlets for “well-being”

CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook today, “I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions.” VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells TechCrunch “I expect that the amount of distribution for publishers will go down because a lot of publisher content is just passively consumed and not talked about. Overall time on Facebook will decrease, but we think this is the right thing to do.”

Here’s Why Alexa Won CES Before The Show Even Started

As Greengart points out, Amazon has more experience than anyone else in incorporating an assistant in other companies’ gadgets. Two years ago, Invoxia announced that it would use Alexa as the brain in its Triby kitchen smart speaker. Invoxia managing director Sebastien de la Bastie told me the main reasons his company wanted to integrate Alexa back then are still true today. When Amazon introduced the Echo’s “far field” voice interface–which can pick up spoken commands from across the room–it created a new kind of front door to all kinds of digital content and services. The Echo became a gateway, directing users to various kinds of content and services via its skills. That, of course, put Amazon in a position of power.

Trump’s "shithole countries" comment exposes the core of Trumpism

He’s been consistent on only one thing throughout his campaign and in his presidency: mobilizing cultural resentment. From his fight with “Mexican” Judge Gonzalo Curiel (who was born in Indiana) to his battle with the NFL over black players kneeling to protest racism to his willingness to whitewash the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August, divisive racial and cultural politics have been at the center of his appeal. Polling suggests that Trump’s core supporters back him on this stuff to the hilt .

The 10 best Nikon lenses for DX-format DSLRs

One of the most exciting recent lenses from Nikon, this super-telephoto zoom is unusual in having a constant aperture rating, which is none too sluggish at f/5.6. It’s an FX format lens that gives a maximum ‘effective’ focal length of a mighty 750mm on DX format bodies; that’s not quite as much as using one of Sigma or Tamron’s 150-600mm zooms, but it’s not far behind. As usual with Nikon’s ‘E’ type lenses, the aperture is electromagnetically controlled, which enables better accuracy and consistency in exposure when shooting sequences in high-speed continuous drive mode. This is great for sports and wildlife photography, to which the lens is ideally suited; however, it does make the lens incompatible with older Nikon DSLRs. The VR system features an additional Sport mode, which makes it much easier to track fast and erratically moving subjects through the viewfinder.

Assange situation 'not sustainable', says Ecuador government

Assange has been holed up in the tiny Ecuadorian embassy  in London's Knightsbridge since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges, which he has denied. The investigation into the WikiLeaks founder was dropped last year. But he remains in self-imposed exile due to fears he could still be arrested by UK police for breaching bail conditions. He claims such an arrest could be followed by extradition to the United States to face espionage charges.

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Watch Live at - ​It's Day 2 here at CES 201​8 in Las Vegas. Today,​ Samsung's VP Alanna Cotton will be here to show us Samsung's latest in mobile computing, and ​CNET's Lexy Savvides and Vanessa Hand Orellana will torture-test iPhone cases to find out which is the toughest. Then, at ​2​ p.m. PT, ​Rich Brown will host a panel on "Shopping and the Smart Home," and at 3 p.m. PT, Roadshow's Tim Stevens will host the panel, "Autonomous Cars: Getting from Here to There​​​​.​"​ And as always, we've got tons more all day, so stay with CNET.​​ Subscribe to CNET: Watch more CNET videos: Follow CNET on Twitter: Follow CNET on Facebook: Follow CNET on Instagram: Follow CNET on Snapchat: CNETsnap

Black Box VR plans to open a boutique, high-tech gym

Black Box VR intends to open its first boutique gym this year in San Francisco (think SoulCycle, but with more VR headsets), and the demo it brought to CES is a bite-sized example of what it plans to offer. Patrons will step into a literal black box, no bigger than 8 ft x 8 ft, and strap on an HTC Vive headset and motion-tracking forearm bands. And then the game begins: You're standing in the middle of a stadium packed with cheering fans, facing oncoming attackers and, eventually, giant mythical creatures. You throw projectiles at the enemies by doing standing chest presses. The crowd cheers, the score ramps up and it's all a lot of fun. In the demo, the tension ramps up rapidly to demonstrate the system's ability to dynamically add weight over time, as players get stronger.

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The Central Hall at CES 2018 just lost power, and people are cheering

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers," the statement read in part. "We are grateful to NV Energy for their swift assistance, to our customers and their clients for their patience and to the staff for ensuring the safety and security of all attendees and exhibitors."

Windows Meltdown patch: No more security updates for your PC if your AV isn't compatible

Now Microsoft has updated its support notice to say that Windows computers will not receive any security updates at all until their AV software is certified compatible with the Spectre and Meltdown patches. Windows systems will not be certified as compatible until the AV vendor sets a specific key in the Windows registry.

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Kodak jumps over 70% after announcing its new cryptocurrency (KODK)

Kodak jumps over 70% after announcing its new cryptocurrency (KODK)

Warren Buffett is bearish on cryptocurrencies

Warren Buffett spoke with CNBC this morning, and he didn’t mince words. “In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending,” he said.  He added that if he could “buy a five-year put” on all the new coins out there, he absolutely would–although he wouldn’t short them.

DeepMind and the NHS: What it's really like to use Google's kidney health app | ZDNet

Streams allows such AKIs to be detected earlier -- a matter of several hours, according to Stanley. "They would have been picked up [before], but probably not until the next day on the routine bloods," she said. Rather than have to find a working PC and sort through the patient's electronic record to find all the information needed to decide if they've had an AKI, the information is surfaced straight into the clinician's hand. "It's a massive time-saver. You save one to two hours a day just through filtering information," Stanley added.

Buffett Says Stock Ownership Became More Attractive With Tax Cut

“In terms of cryptocurrencies, generally, I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending. Now when it happens, or how or anything else, I don’t know. But I know this: If I could buy a five year put on every one of the cryptocurrencies, I’d be glad to do it but I would never short a dime’s worth.”

Here's the best power bank for iPhone owners | ZDNet

But the Ugreen power bank isn't just for iPhones. The supplied charging cable can also be plugged into the 5.1V/2.4A USB-A port and be used to recharge other devices, such as Android handsets, cameras, and the like. The addition of this separate USB-A port makes this Ugreen power bank especially versatile, and also means that you can if you want recharge two devices simultaneously (as long as one is an iPhone or iPad).

Here are the best and worst US cities for tech professionals to live in 2018

For job-seeking tech professionals, knowing where to look for jobs may help the job hunt. Harrisburg, PA has the most per capita job openings currently, and Washington has the highest number of projected jobs by 2020, the report said.

Dell fits 1TB SSD in 'world's most compact Thunderbolt 3 storage device'

The Thunderbolt 3 SSD will be available in a 500GB and a 1TB model, which could be useful for professionals who need to take large files with them on the go. The lack of moving parts in the SSD also make it a more durable option than traditional portable HDD storage solutions.

After a month of Alexa in every room: The good, the bad, and the creepy | ZDNet

Big Brother may not be watching us, but Alexa is certainly listening in. David Gewirtz reports on the slightly creepy feeling he's been getting, along with the benefits of a ubiquitous voice assistant.

How to install Fedora 26 Server edition

There are so many reasons why you might want to integrate Fedora Server 26 into your current data center. However, you might be thinking that such power must be a challenge to install. I am here to assuage such thoughts by walking you through the installation of the latest server release from Fedora. Once complete, you will have a platform ready to serve.

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How Hyperloop One is building a network that will be more than a series of tubes

Beyond the super-fast, inexpensive rides, Virgin Hyperloop One is designing a partner ecosystem that lets riders select the fastest, cheapest, or greenest total trip.

Going rogue at CES 2018: Is Huawei a 21st century Dell? | ZDNet

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Ripple, the company behind cryptocurrency XRP, is betting big on Asia

Birla told Business Insider he sees a big opportunity for both XRP and Ripple in Asia, where regulators are more open to innovation and banks are more willing to take a chance on nascent technology, such as distributed ledgers.

A chat with Tony Romo about Intel’s True View (Q&A)

Tell me a bit about about Intel True View. Romo: We've used it in our broadcast before. It's really unique in the fact that it's a 360-degree camera. They're doing it where you can almost be in the game. If you look at the teams out there right now [pointing to the College Football Playoff championship game playing on a TV in front of us] and you're far away, you can go right in and be that player. It almost looks like there's a camera on that player's head. Think about if you had a camera on the quarterback, right in his facemask, see what he's looking at. And this technology has the ability to do that. You can go right down and be that guy holding that football, see that snap, because of all these cameras around.

Philips Hue Entertainment is a smart lighting game-changer

Hue Entertainment promises to sync your lights up with movies, video games, and music for dramatic color effects that enhance whatever's on your screen. We've long wondered how Philips would line up enough content to make the pitch compelling -- its answer at CES 2018 is new software for your PC or Mac called Hue Sync coming in the first half of this year. Download it and get everything up and running, and it'll match perfectly timed color changes with whatever's on your screen, from Pixar movies to PowerPoint presentations. Hook your computer up to your television, and you'll really be in business.

How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later

Whatever method you use, the scientific and actionable truth is this: Cramming for a meeting probably won’t help you show off your expertise in any meaningful way. The deeper conversations that let you demonstrate your knowledge all tend to require recall and insight–in other words, they rely on the stuff you can remember deeply and for a long time. But the good news is that your brain is already built to acquire and store information that way, just as long you space out the learning process from the outset. Done right, that will ultimately take less time and effort than any last-minute cram session ever could.

The craziest CES booth threatened me with chainsaws and soldiers

Unless you knew the brand ahead of time -- and I didn't -- Foreo masterfully built up the suspense. The entire booth is fenced off, with numerous warning signs and employees in military fatigues and body armor patrolling the entrance. Curious, I asked one of the "guards" what this was. He said I would only find out if I went inside. So I took one of his blindfolds and joined a line of other convention-goers. Minutes later, he barked at us to put on the blindfolds, and I marched into the booth.

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Pixar's most and least successful movies at the box office, ranked

Adjusting all global box-office receipts and budgets for inflation using the US inflation calculator , we subtracted budgets from worldwide box-office grosses to determine which Pixar film has been the most financially successful over time. (This doesn't take into account marketing and other costs, however, so true net profits are actually smaller.)

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Intel needs to come clean about Meltdown and Spectre

It’s been a confusing week for all involved, but a lack of transparency hasn’t helped improve the situation. Microsoft and Red Hat have started to provide a clearer picture for the industry, but Intel’s processors are the ones mainly affected by these issues due to their prevalence and the types of computing they’re used for. Intel also dominates the server market, and the company has not been clear about the impact there. Intel is creating the firmware patches for Spectre variant 2, and it should know the performance impacts across Windows and Linux even more closely than Microsoft and Red Hat. Intel should be leading the way in helping customers understand the issues, not hiding behind cleverly worded statements that gradually eke out the truth what feels like each and every day.

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