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I told my wife, Fatboy Kim or whomever will attack only when a Lib is in the WH. Libs don't fight wars, they lose them. If NK fires at us, the response will be SO OVERWHELMING nothing in NK will be left. An example is 76 Tomahawks in Syria when we could have used 3. #maga

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.

7 CES Gadgets That Aim to Keep You Healthy in 2018

After the initial craze, wearables and purveyors of fitness tech have struggled to make consumers stick to their New Year's resolutions. And at CES 2018, we saw many vendors experimenting with ways to either make you forget you're wearing a wearable, like the Spire Tag, or hook you into a passionate community, like the Peloton Tread. Only time will tell which strategy works best. Check them out below.

How to securely erase hard drives, SSDs, flash drives, iPhones, iPads and Android devices | ZDNet

"While DBAN is free to use, there's no guarantee of data removal. It cannot detect or erase SSDs and does not provide a certificate of data removal for auditing purposes or regulatory compliance. Hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling), customer support and software updates are not available using DBAN. Should you need to erase data from a SSD or require a certificate of data removal, request a free trial of Blancco Drive Eraser."

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

Best of CES 2018 for business: ZDNet and TechRepublic journalists weigh in | ZDNet

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.

Facebook's News Feed Will Once Again Focus on Friends and Family

"While it’s easy to see brands as the losers here, what we’re really seeing is an opportunity for brands to pivot their content towards driving a meaningful conversation," says Henry Franco, HubSpot's social and campaign strategy marketing associate. "Facebook’s new algorithm will prioritize posts that drive authentic engagement in the comments, rather than passive likes or shares."

G0blin iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak IPA For 64-bit iOS Devices Released

However, at that time, he had released only the source code of the jailbreak, which meant you had to create the IPA file using Xcode to sideload it using Cydia Impactor. But he has now released the much awaited G0blin jailbreak IPA file.

Jailbreak iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 Using Electra Jailbreak Toolkit in 5 Easy Steps

This is the first release candidate, so we would recommend readers to wait to get feedback before trying it yourself. If you’re new to jailbreaking then we would recommend waiting for Cydia with iOS 11 support to be released first, and a jailbreak that pre-installs Cydia. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have any further updates. If you’re brave and want to still give it a shot, then follow the step-by-step tutorial below.

'Handmaid's Tale' season 2 photos look bloody terrifying

If you thought life in Gilead was bad, just wait until the Golden Globe Award-winning show gets to the Colonies.

Sennheiser’s newest audiophile headphones will coddle your ears

The sound is remarkably open and clear, that's what you hear from the get-go. I spent a good deal of time listening to movies with the HD 660 S, and they really are the sort of headphones that "disappear" once I'm engrossed in a story. Their unusually spacious soundstage gets some of the credit for that, and the sound is low in distortion, which helps reduce listener fatigue as the hours roll by. Also noteworthy is that I can comfortably wear my glasses at the same time, and that's not usually the case with most on- or over-the-ear headphones.

AMD processors: Not as safe as you might have thought | ZDNet

With all the hub-bub about Meltdown and Spectre, AMD CPUs are widely regarded as being perfectly safe. Well AMD chips may be safer, but they're not invulnerable.

HP's Spectre x360 15 will make your MacBook Pro friends jealous

Debuting at CES 2018, the 15.6-inch two-in-one shows the pen might be mightier than the Touch Bar.

PC-phone convergence is happening, but not how you think

Instead of phones becoming more like laptops, this year at CES, laptops are becoming more like phones, adding smartphone CPUs like Qualcomm's Snapdragon for 20-plus hours of battery life and an always-on LTE connection. Lenovo's Miix 630 is joining already announced systems from HP and Asus as early adopters of this new platform.

How China's Stifling Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: QuickTake Q&A

China, home to the world’s biggest community of bitcoin miners, is cracking down on cryptocurrency activity. From a halt to virtual currency trading on domestic exchanges to banning initial coin offerings, regulators have taken a proactive role in shaping the stratospheric rise of bitcoin and its peers. The country’s moves come as President Xi Jinping targets financial risk in the economy following a decade of booms and busts in everything from stocks to real estate. The result: China’s once-dominant role in the world of cryptocurrencies is shrinking.

Singapore Android TV sellers face copyright infringement charges | ZDNet

Two companies have been brought to Singapore's state courts over a piracy lawsuit filed by a group that includes local pay TV operators Singtel and StarHub and content owners Fox Networks and Premier League.

How Google refused to let Alexa dominate CES 2018

Google, with their treasure trove of data and brawny AI, is targeting Amazon's strength: the smart appliance. TechRepublic's Jason Hiner explains why Google Assistant will be as omnipresent as Alexa.

MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African-American woman to receive a PhD from MIT—in any field—which is merely a prologue to a career spanning research, public policy, and academic leadership. 

NASA sees that stunning Sahara snowfall from space

A rare snowfall during the week won't turn the Sahara into a winter sports destination, but it did leave us with some spectacular ground-level photos of the sand dusted with powdered-sugar snow. Both NASA and the European Space Agency have now released satellite images showing the wild view from space.

CES 2018: 5 trends that will have a massive impact on business travel

Hyperloop , which would travel faster than an airplane but would cost less, could someday get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in an hour. While it didn't launch at CES, we did learn more about it and its potential future impact on business travel.

Knowing when to cut: How movie editing manipulates emotion

But once we do hand it over, we do what's called a "spotting session" with the sound designer. We go through and talk as we're watching about what we want from a scene. It's things like, we want this particular type of sound effect, or it can be a much more emotional thing, like sometimes quiet is really impactful. There's a scene in the film where we cut from a very loud scene to a very, very quiet scene where [Tonya] is just sitting in her dress and all you hear is her breathing and the air conditioner -- and it's very, very impactful.

Is Creative's X-Fi Sonic Carrier Atmos sound bar worth $5,800?

I heard several demos of what the Sonic Carrier can do including the widening effect of its SuperWide X-Fi mode. The company played a mix of canned demo material and actual movies. The Dolby Atmos material was actually quite impressive for a system without rears. Overhead effects sounded like they were firing from above me (as long as I didn't turn my head). However, like other systems of this type, the effects didn't stretch to the back of the room in the same way a dedicated surround system can.

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The cause of sickle-cell has been known for a century, but the disease has long been underserved by the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry. That may be about to change. 

The weirdest and wackiest tech of CES 2018

Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.

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.

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.

Real-life "Iron Throne" may be hidden in Egypt

If there is a throne in a large, hidden room it might not be made of solid iron, however. Another throne from the pyramid was found to be made of wood covered with sheets of gold. It could be that an iron throne may have a similar construction but with a covering of thin iron sheets made from iron meteorites, a material that ancient texts indicate the Egyptians were aware of, according to the release.

Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands

I tried it in Optoma's suite at CES 2018 and it worked well, if not flawlessly. I really liked being able to issue the commands without having to include any extra trigger words like "Ask Optoma to..."; the phrases above worked pretty much verbatim. They did fail occasionally, but Optoma's rep said he expects the software bugs to be worked out by launch.

OfficeMax and Office Depot Drop iPhone Battery Replacement Price to $28 Until February 4

OfficeMax and Office Depot’s discounted battery replacement program runs through February 4. If you are not in a hurry to get the battery of your iPhone replaced, you should probably wait for a month or two for the rush at Apple stores to die down and then get the battery of your iPhone replaced through an Apple store or authorised service center.

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How simplistic is the emergency alert system that a missile alert in Hawaii could be sent with the twitch of a finger? Here’s what we know …

LA man charged with involuntary manslaughter over 'CoD' swatting

The man who was arrested last month in conjunction with the Kansas swatting incident that resulted in a fatality has now been charged. Tyler Barriss was arraigned in a Kansas court today and hit with three charges -- giving a false alarm, interference with law enforcement and involuntary manslaughter -- the latter of which carries a maximum prison sentence of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000.

How YouTube hunts the most offensive needles in its haystack

Machine learning involves software that recognizes patterns to guide its tasks, rather than relying on programmed instructions. Mohan's team establishes a "ground truth training set": a set of examples that helps the system understand and learn what's good and what's bad in videos. YouTube uses the set to narrow the breadth of its content, since humans -- like the cat dealing with a stampede of 400 mice -- can't review it all.

How to protect Windows Server from Meltdown and Spectre | ZDNet

But while Microsoft takes care of this at the Hyper-V level -- and says you don't need to update your VM images -- it also warns you should continue to apply security best practices for your Linux and Windows VM images. Let met cut to the chase: Update your images. If these security problems can break out of VMs, all bets are off on what may be attackable and you want your server instances to be as safe as possible by patching them.

Why 2017 was the year private cloud died

Private cloud falls into the category of one of those things that's difficult to pin down. I don't believe we need to establish some technical definition of cloud—you know it when you see it. I think the simplest way to identify private cloud is to ask the consumers of the service if it meets their expectations of what the cloud should be. For better or worse, public cloud has set the standard for a cloud experience.

Inside the Eccentric, Relentless Deal-Making of Masayoshi Son

Chris Lane , an analyst with Sanford Bernstein, says about eight in 10 of the investors he talks with are skeptical of Son. They see him as a solid telecom operator who is taking enormous risks with his investments and has demonstrated no special skill in technology investment. Lane sees clear evidence of that disbelief: SoftBank’s stock in Alibaba and other assets are worth more than 19 trillion yen after subtracting all its debt, but SoftBank’s market cap is only 9.8 trillion yen. It’s like your neighbor having a suitcase stuffed with $1 million in cash, but you'll only pay him $500,000 for it because you think he'll lose the rest on the way to your house. Critics not only don't believe Son can pick the next Alibaba; they're convinced he's going to squander what he already has.

Deal Alert: MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Discounted by Up To $200

If you are looking to pick up a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you are in luck as Adorama and Best Buy are offering some hefty discounts on them. Adorama is offering a discount of anywhere between $150 to $200 on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, while Best Buy is offering a discount of up to $200 on MacBook Air.

Before you buy a Bluetooth speaker, read this

It's first and foremost a sound bar, but I also spent time playing tunes over the SB3621, and thanks to its potent wireless subwoofer, this system packs a wallop no pint-size Bluetooth speaker could dream of mustering. The sub is a mere 6.7x11.8x7.9 inches, and it features a 5.4-inch woofer; the sound bar is also compact, it's 36x2.1x3.2 inches. System connectivity runs to USB, optical and coaxial digital inputs, plus Bluetooth 4.0.

How to Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper on Your Mac

The creation of the animated GIF has changed my life for forever. I use GIFs so often people are convinced that I have a stockpile of GIFs on my phone and computer. Both of which are true. Now, you will be hard pressed to find a person that completely hates animated GIFs, which is why they would make for perfect computer desktop backgrounds.

Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

“Travel time is critical for the competitiveness of different transport modes,” researchers from Beijing’s Beihang University and the University of South Florida in Tampa wrote last year, buttressing a 2014 European  study  (PDF) that found more air service on routes for which trains take longer. While this supports the theory that trains can supplant air travel if door-to-door time and price are equal or better, that doesn’t turn out to be the case in reality. It’s not a zero-sum game after all.In general, the advent of fast, affordable train service in China, Japan, South Korea and western Europe has eroded such preconceptions as to how airlines and railroads compete. The entry of high-speed rail in markets dominated by airlines doesn’t always lead to fewer available flights—there’s evidence that, in many places, affordably priced train tickets actually spur new travel demand, much the way ultra-low-cost airlines in Asia, Europe and the Americas have affected bargain fares.

The Best Programs for Learning to Code

If you're a beginner, you need a program that's easy to dive into and keep up with as the material becomes more complex. Actually, that's something that's ideal for learners at all levels. You'll also need encouragement to keep you going. Most of these services offer badges or other rewards when you hit milestones, and show your progress on your dashboard. The best services offer quizzes and challenges so you can test your skills. Testing isn't just for beginners—even experienced programmers want feedback on how they are doing. Newer programs also like to treat progress like a game, rewarding students with shiny badges as they level up their skills. You won't find these features in all programs, though.

The Weirdest Tech at CES 2018

This year's CES had a lot of tech you'll probably never need. Amid a sea of new products are smaller vendors and startups offering up gear in niche areas. Some of it can be pretty amusing; much of it is deeply weird. Here's some of the more curious gadgets we saw at the show.

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Bitcoin Can Drop 50% and China Miners Will Still Make Money

Bitcoin mining is so profitable in China that the cryptocurrency could fall by half and miners would still make money, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Acer's Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the world, again

I'm down on my knees, begging you please not to do this to your bookshelf

The #backwardsbooks trend is the latest iteration of the neutrals trend and people on the internet love to hate it! So I tried it out with my own bookshelf and I want to hear your reactions! Love the neutral look? Or hate the inefficiency? Cast your vote in the comments! #📚#📔 (📸and design are my own) #interiorjoy #HowYouHome

You’d Be Crazy to Actually Spend Bitcoin

Because only 21 million bitcoins will ever be issued, there’s a case to be made that the currency is simply evolving from a transaction network to digital gold. Longtime advocates say different. “At the end of the day, it is bitcoin’s use in commerce that drives its price and further adoption,” says Roger Ver, the advocate known as Bitcoin Jesus, who spent bitcoin last year to cover his startup’s 60-person payroll and book hotels on Expedia. (He’s become a vocal champion for “bitcoin cash,” a cryptocurrency that’s facing an internal insider-trading investigation after having splintered from bitcoin last summer.)

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Facebook Wants to Overhaul Its News Feed—I Made Mine Empty Instead

Shopping for an Apple product? Save big on refurbs

There is one small cosmetic difference, however: Refurbs come in nondescript cardboard boxes, not the fancy ones afforded to new gear. Big whoop, if you ask me. It really isn't an issue unless you're giving something as a gift -- and even then, it's what's inside that counts.

Cook, Zuckerberg join 100 CEOs in calling for DACA extension

The leaders of more than 100 major companies and trade groups signed an open letter Wednesday pressing Congress to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, by Jan. 19. The Trump administration said in September it would end the Obama-era program , which lets immigrants brought to the US illegally as children before 2007 stay without fear of deportation.

51 The 10 tech companies that have invested the most money in AI
52 One of the best Microsoft Surface alternatives gets a great update.
53 Trey Yingst on Twitter
54 How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone and Save to Camera Roll
55 Mirror mirror on the wall: How did you get so damn judgmental?
56 This company builds its headphones using an improbable source: guns
57 I spent $13 to add wireless charging to my Android phone
58 Nvidia supersizes PC gaming with Big Format Gaming Displays
59 SpaceX’s Dragon capsule returns from the International Space Station
60 Here's why you might get Google Duo calls on your Android phone without the app
61 Supreme Court will weigh letting states collect tax on e-commerce sales
62 Download iOS 11.2.2 Security Update For Spectre [IPSW Links]
63 Apple Seeds iOS 11.2.5 Beta 4 to Developers
64 Roomba can now create a Wi-Fi signal map of your home or office
65 Reason Why Kodak’s Bitcoin Scheme Is a Scam | Hacker News
66 Dell EMC, IBM, and other storage companies chime in on Spectre and Meltdown
67 Spectre puts the brakes on CPU need for speed | ZDNet
68 Indonesia central bank warns over cryptocurrencies
69 Kraken Returns with Free Trading
70 Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home
71 Google pulls games apps with AdultSwine malware hidden inside
72 Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Fund 1,000 College Scholarships for Dreamers $33 million donation the largest ever for TheDream.US - TheDream.Us
73 Litter Robot looks like a spaceship for your cat to poop in
74 The FitBit-ization of VR and the future of youth sports | ZDNet
75 Amazon's Jeff Bezos to donate $33M to 'dreamers' scholarship fund
76 At CES, VR and AR is evolving right under your nose
77 Meltdown-Spectre patch: Watch out for random reboots warns Intel
78 CBS News on Twitter
79 Apple Releases Two New iPad Pro Ad Highlighting Apple Pencil and Augmented Reality
80 These Poverty-Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows
81 Japanese Console Market Grows For the First Time In 11 Years - Slashdot
82 The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going
83 Fast Company on Twitter
84 US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4
85 Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids
86 Hulu announces April release date for The Handmaid’s Tale
87 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
88 ‘Inexcusable’ false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was caused by human error
89 CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents
90 IGN on Twitter
91 The End of the Social News Era? Journalists Brace for Facebook’s Big Change
92 PCMag on Twitter
93 Meet a cricket champion
94 Fast Company on Twitter
95 Google Assistant had a good CES
96 Tobii proves that eye tracking is VR's next killer feature
97 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
98 Blockchain or Blockheads? Bitcoin Mania Mints Believers and Skeptics
99 Inside Uber’s $100,000 Payment to a Hacker, and the Fallout