Apple puts the pressure on your selfies in new iPhone X ad
In a new commercial, Apple suggests you'll create perfect portraits with its new phone. But will you?
Kyrie Irving: I got flat-Earth theory from Instagram videos
Appearing on fellow pro J.J. Redick's podcast, the NBA star suggests he instantly repeats what he hears.
Netflix debuts trailer for cyberpunk series 'Altered Carbon'
The dystopian murder mystery "Altered Carbon" debuts on Netflix Feb. 2.
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
Meltdown-Spectre patch: Watch out for random reboots warns Intel
Intel began making software and firmware updates available to mitigate attacks exploiting these flaws last week, pushing them out via system manufacturers. However, yesterday the chip maker admitted these updates were causing certain computers to unexpectedly reboot.
The End of the Social News Era? Journalists Brace for Facebook’s Big Change
“Nobody knows exactly what impact it’ll have, but in a lot of ways, it looks like the end of the social news era,” Jacob Weisberg, the chairman and editor in chief of the Slate Group, said on Friday. “Everybody’s Facebook traffic has been declining all year, so they’ve been de-emphasizing news. But for them to make such a fundamental change in the platform — I don’t think people were really anticipating it.”
Apple's China iCloud Data Migration Sweeps Up International User Accounts - Slashdot
Yesterday, it was reported that Apple's iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month. What wasn't reported was the fact that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28 . TechCrunch reports: Apple has given China-based users the option to delete their data, but there is no opt out that allows them to have it stored elsewhere. That has concerned some users who are uneasy that the data migration is a sign of closer ties with the Chinese government, particularly since GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government. When asked for comment, Apple pointed TechCrunch to its terms and conditions site which explains that it is migrating iCloud accounts based on their location: "The operation of iCloud services associated with Apple IDs that have China in their country or region setting will be subject to this transition. You will be notified of this transition via email and notifications on your devices.
Waymo’s self-driving minivan spotted in San Francisco
Update January 12th, 1:36pm ET: A spokesperson for Waymo said, “San Francisco was one of the first cities where we tested our self-driving cars, dating back to 2009 when we traveled everything from Lombard Street to the Golden Gate Bridge. Now that we have the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving cars running in Arizona, the hilly and foggy streets of San Francisco will give our cars even more practice in different terrains and environments.”
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The Duke, the original Xbox controller / doorstop, returns for $70 in March (hands-on)
Blackley takes the blame for the original Duke being the size it was. "I'd taken my eye off the ball when it came to the controller ... and the circuit board was given out to a vendor who was a friend of somebody or a brother of somebody. So the circuit board they came up with was the size of a dinner plate," he half-jokes.
U.S. Supreme Court to Review Bid to Collect Internet Sales Tax
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreeing to revisit a 26-year-old ruling that has made much of the internet a tax-free zone.
Google deleted 60 games from its Play Store after pornographic ads were found
The malicious app is named Adult Swine, and Check Point says the bug displays inappropriate and pornographic ads, attempts to trick users into installing fake security apps, and tries to get users to sign up to premium services that charge the user’s account. A Google spokesperson told the Financial Times , “We’ve removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them. We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe.”
Roomba can now create a Wi-Fi signal map of your home or office
As part of iRobot's new beta software program, you can use its connected Roomba vacuum to create a Wi-Fi signal map to help with wireless troubleshooting.
Elon Musk: So-called valley sex party was just 'nerds on a couch'
"Emily Chang's article was salacious nonsense," he told Wired . "She conflated what happens in SF [San Francisco] sex clubs in the Tenderloin, which have been around long before Silicon Valley was anything, with boring VC parties on the Peninsula. That is misleading to the public and she should be ashamed. If there are 'sex parties' in Silicon Valley, I haven't seen or heard of one."
Apple iOS 11.2.2 update targets Spectre chip flaw
The latest version of the iPhone operating system addresses a major flaw in the processor that could leak sensitive information.
Best of CES 2018 for business: TechRepublic and ZDNet editors make their picks
From connected mannequins to connected mattresses, from hyperloop tubes to roll-up TVs, our journalists scoured CES for the products that matter for professionals and businesses.
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The American Dreams of China's Biggest Smartphone Brand Are Basically Dead http://j.mp/2DsYAaM #Huawei #Tech pic.twitter.com/9Tdxp3IkNE
American Gods Season 2: Neil Gaiman to Serve 'A More Traditional Showrunner Function' - IGN
According to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, Gaiman will be "taking more of a central role and moving forward into a more traditional showrunner function" for Season 2, and the search is currently underway for a showrunning partner with more experience in TV production to help him handle the adaptation process. "It seems like we're finally on a path to get this on track to a definite Season 2," he said.
PC-phone convergence is happening, but not how you think
Laptops with lower-end processors have been tried before, with limited success. Why is now potentially the right time? Because these systems aren't being pitched as bargain basement throwaways -- and in fact, they'll cost $600 and up, the same as many mainstream laptops in the US. Instead, they promise some very high-end features, including always-on LTE connectivity (like a phone) and 20-plus hours of battery life with weeks of standby time, which also sounds more like a phone than a PC.
The Razer Phone secretly had a Netflix HDR-ready screen (hands-on)
Unfortunately, on the CES show floor, it was pretty hard to get a good idea of how potent HDR and virtualized Dolby 5.1 surround might be on a phone. I definitely saw some flashes of color pop out of the dark background while watching an HDR-enabled trailer for Netflix's Bright, but we'll really need to test in a dark, quiet room after we fly home.
Facebook changes News Feed; investors click on 'sad'
(Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) fell more than 4 percent on Friday and were on track for their worst session in more than three months after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced changes that he said would hit user engagement in the near term.
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CES 2018 wrap-up: The TVs of tomorrow will turn invisible
Yes, the TV really does roll up into a tube like paper. But in LG Display's mockup, that rolled-up tube wasn't visible at all. Instead it was hidden in a long white box a bit bigger than a sound bar. The TV screen rolls down into it when not in use, and rolls back up when it's time to watch, just like those portable projector screens, or a window shade. You have to see it in action to believe it.
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Daniel Radcliffe weighs in on Johnny Depp remaining in 'Fantastic Beasts'
"I suppose the thing I was struck by was, we did have a guy who was reprimanded for weed on the [original Potter] film," Radcliffe said, referring to Waylett. "Obviously what Johnny has been accused of is much greater than that.”
How to check if your Chromebook is protected against Meltdown
If your Chrome OS device is listed with "Yes" or "Not needed" then it's protected from Meltdown. However, if your device has "EoL" — End of Life — then your device isn't protected, and will not receive an update.
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An eavesdropping AI listens in on emergency calls in Denmark to diagnose heart attacks, from voices and other background sounds, better than dispatchers can. https://trib.al/YXVesM1
Smart Home at CES 2018 | TechCrunch
Home security camera maker EZVIZ announced its first product for smart entry security at CES 2018 today, with the debut of the Lookout Smart Door Viewer. The system is designed to work with the company’s new ezGuard security camera, as well as with other EZVIZ products and Amazon Alexa.
The products make up a two-part smart home door entry video solution that allows homeowners to… Read More
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Just watched My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. First guest was @BarackObama , and for an hour all was right in the world. I really miss Obama and what he stood for. What an amazing human being. #Obama #DavidLetterman pic.twitter.com/x4DQ8YYCDn
Six of the most impressive laptops of CES 2018
With a display that now goes up to UHD 4K on some models, as well as tweaks to the design to further refine the laptop, the best laptop in the world just got a whole lot better. The chassis is now 30% thinner, and it’s a touch lighter to carry as well. The improved keyboard is another highlight, and overall it makes the Dell XPS 13 one of the best laptops we’ve seen this year at CES.
Facebook's Sandberg, Twitter's Dorsey to leave Disney board
Robert Matschullat, former Seagram Company vice chairman, also will leave the board because Disney limits service to 15 years, the company said. Orin Smith, former CEO of Starbucks Corp, will depart due to rules that specify retirement at age 74.
Visa joins other major US credit card companies in getting rid of signatures
Visa has announced that starting in April, it will get rid of the requirement for signatures on credit card purchases in North America. Now that Visa is on board, all four of the major credit card companies are removing signature requirements. ( American Express , Discover , and Mastercard already announced that they’re doing away with signatures as well.)
NASA is cautiously moving ahead with manned flights by SpaceX and Boeing
The last time astronauts were able to get a direct flight from the U.S. to the stars was in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis flew its last mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and SpaceX working to convince NASA that they can start serving as a taxi service for astronauts heading to the International Space Station.
‘Pokémon Go’ Community Days bring exclusive captures every month
The first Community Day is scheduled for January 20th and the special Pokémon will be Pikachu, which will boast the exclusive event move Surf. As an added bonus, players will also dearn double XP during the Community Day event. You can see what time your region's event will take place here .
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Litter Robot looks like a spaceship for your cat to poop in
Here's how it works. Your cat does his or her "business" in the domed chamber of the Litter Robot. After the cats exits, a timer starts giving the litter time to clump. When the timer is done, the white sphere slowly starts to rotate and sift the litter. The unwanted waste drops into a plastic bag-lined drawer below. When the drawer is full, you simply dispose of the plastic bag -- definitely better than scooping.
Should you build your own NAS, or buy one? | ZDNet
Ever since we posted our NAS series, we've been asked whether it's better to build or buy your own NAS. In this article, David Gewirtz answers that question.
Dell EMC, IBM, and other storage companies chime in on Spectre and Meltdown
"ONTAP is not susceptible to either the Spectre or Meltdown attacks as they depend on the ability to run malicious code directly on the target system. ONTAP is a closed system that does not provide mechanisms for running third-party code. Due to this behavior, the same is true of all ONTAP variants including both ONTAP running on FAS/AFF hardware as well as virtualized ONTAP products such as ONTAP Select and ONTAP Cloud. NetApp has advised hypervisor customers to work with their cloud platform vendors to ensure that their ONTAP product is running on a secure and patched platform."
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The last thing I want right now is yet another Star Wars "think" piece. Go watch some Bergman.
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All the smartphone news from CES 2018 in one place
2018's show brought the usual haul of new colors, phones that existed in other markets now announced for the US, niche devices and midrange models. Phone makers also used CES to unveil their strategy for the year, including their intentions to grow brand awareness in the US through carrier agreements or consumer campaigns.
A Breakout Branding Master Class from Glossier, Sweetgreen, Away, And Walker & Co.
EW: Any brand that exists on Instagram is inherently global. [Only] 50% of Glossier’s 800,000 followers are in the U.S. But because we have chosen to be direct-to-consumer, we fundamentally can’t keep up with the global demand. Distribution through a third party would be easier, but every time you launch in a new country as a beauty product, you need to print everything in that country’s language. Suddenly you’re ordering another 30,000 units of every one of your 35 products for a very small market. Like Tristan, we want to be around in 100 years—and being measured about it is, for us, the way to go. It’s just particularly difficult when half of your Instagram comments are, “I’m so excited about your fragrance, but I can’t have it!”
At CES, VR and AR is evolving right under your nose
Problems in VR might be disappearing, too. It's still not possible to try VR games and really avoid tripping over furniture; cameras on VR headsets don't see the real world much yet. Occipital demoed a way to pass information about the real world into VR using stereo cameras on a headset. The room around me continued to be scanned in real time, providing a better awareness than Vive, Oculus, Microsoft and PlayStation VR currently allow. Maybe Occipital's VR/AR SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) system will find its way into future VR headsets, and make larger walk-around virtual-reality living room holodecks easier to navigate.
Raspberry Pi: Hands-On with the Pi Server tool | ZDNet
The client's root filesystem is an NFS mount of /var/lib/piserver/os/[name] from the PiServer. This means that every client will get the same root filesystem, and thus the same configuration. This is the reason why the blog post says that the clients must have the same keyboard layout as the server -- but in fact that is not really true. If you edit the keyboard configuration file in the PiServer hierarchy (/var/lib/piserver/os/[name]/etc/default/keyboard) you can set it to a different layout -- but of course all clients booting from that image would then get the new layout.
This site lets you search everything Google Home can do
The most daunting part, however, is knowing where to begin -- like knowing what to search. The first time we visited this site, we weren't exactly sure how to search or what to search for. The best way to approach it is to keep it simple and let Google do what Google does best. You can search things like "weather" to find apps that might give you a more accurate weather forecast than the default weather service. Or if you want to know what smart lights work with Google Home, just search "smart lights." The answers will come in sometimes surprisingly specific categories. Click the one you were looking for to see a list of all the related apps.
The 10 tech companies that have invested the most money in AI
Google has invested the most in artificial intelligence (AI) out of the tech giants, according to research from RS Components.
Spectre puts the brakes on CPU need for speed | ZDNet
Comparing to the example quoted above, in the case of Epic Games, it could be said that thanks to Meltdown, its systems are now performing in the same range as brand-new silicon from 2013. So much for a half-decade of eeking out single-digit percent increases in throughput.
The robots of CES 2018: Cuteness reigns supreme
Nevertheless, I was annoyed by Aibo because it's a toy first and foremost, and at CES 2018, we saw robots that can be so much more than that. Some of the robots are ready for consumers now, or will be in the near future. Others are still a long way off. Some were concepts that'll never be consumer products -- they're meant simply to test the boundaries of what's possible. Here are the highlights of the robots we saw, and what they can do.
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A creepy, crawling robot baby reminds us that carpets are disgusting http://gizmo.do/f9Y2AXP pic.twitter.com/jgt58X61OV
The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency
Monero is one of many privacy-focused coins, each offering different security features. Its main competitor, Zcash -- which isn’t known to have a significant criminal following -- can offer even better privacy protection. Instead of creating fake addresses to hide senders, it encrypts their true address. That makes it impossible to identify senders by looking for correlations in addresses used in multiple transactions to pinpoint the real one -- a vulnerability for monero. Developers of the coin have made progress in reducing it, though.
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