Netflix debuts trailer for cyberpunk series 'Altered Carbon'
The dystopian murder mystery "Altered Carbon" debuts on Netflix Feb. 2.
Chelsea Manning files to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland
Chelsea E. Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.
Fake 'Inbound Missile' Alert Sent To Every Cellphone in Hawaii - Slashdot
In a conciliatory news conference later in the day, Hawaii officials apologized for the mistake and vowed to ensure it will never happen again. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone hit the wrong button . "We made a mistake," said Miyagi. For nearly 40 minutes, it seemed like the world was about to end in Hawaii, an island paradise already jittery over the threat of nuclear-tipped missiles from North Korea...
On the H-3, a major highway north of Honolulu, vehicles sat empty after drivers left them to run to a nearby tunnel after the alert showed up, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Workers at a golf club huddled in a kitchen fearing the worst... The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform. A revised alert informing of the "false alarm" didn't reach cellphones until 38 minutes later, according to the time stamp on images people shared on social media.
Windows Meltdown-Spectre update: Some AMD PC owners post crash reports | ZDNet
A number of AMD PC users say they can't boot after installing Microsoft's Windows 10 Meltdown-Spectre patch.
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 four companies that include local pay TV operators Singtel and StarHub.
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.
Mirror mirror on the wall: How did you get so damn judgmental?
But salespeople at the beauty counter appeal to your ego; the beauty devices here in Vegas appeal to your insecurities. Technology doesn't care that 16-hour work days at one of the world's largest tech shows gave me dark circles under my eyes. It doesn't take into account that the Nevada air has dried out my skin despite the gobs of moisturizer I used throughout the week. Artificial intelligence took a cold, hard look at my face, analyzed what it saw and spat out recommendations, context be damned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Add Wireless Charging to Your AirPods With This $3 Mod
Sometime in 2018, Apple is coming out with its own AirPower charging station which will charge your iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch at the same time. This will require you to spend $69 to get a wireless charging case for your AirPods. This is on top of what AirPower mat will cost . But if you already have a Qi charger, you can get the same wireless charging functionality on your AirPods for as little as $3.
'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.
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
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.)
Coolstar to Release Electra, a Jailbreak Tweak/Theme Development Kit for iOS 11
Substitute, the Cydia Substrate alternative, will allow tweak and theme developers to install their tweaks and test them. This is great news as it would give jailbreak developers enough time to get their tweaks to work on iOS 11 before saurik releases Cydia and Cydia Substrate for iOS 11 .
Intel Hades Canyon NUC is the smallest VR gaming rig I've ever seen (hands-on)
This is the Intel Hades Canyon NUC, a VR-ready gaming rig that's just 1.2 liters in volume. It's small enough to fit into a messenger bag, or even a very large purse -- and yet it's got enough power to play real VR games or drive up to six (!) monitors.
Telstra CEO: 2018 will be big for 5G | ZDNet
"Not because necessarily there will be commercial launches of 5G in 2018, but more in the sense that there's a meeting of 3GPP ... I believe that that meeting, which we are hosting on the Gold Coast in September, will be quite pivotal in terms of some of the pretty important early standards setting which will then set the path for 5G and we'll start to see some commercial rollouts I suspect globally following that in 2019."
Microsoft files patent for...computer mind control?
A new Microsoft patent explains the company's plans for technology that taps EEG readings to let users operate apps with their mind.
One of the best Microsoft Surface alternatives gets a great update.
It will feature a slick, new black on black design, sturdier keyboard accessory and slightly different kickstand hinge. Like last year's model, it comes with the keyboard and stylus.
Dell's big-screen hybrid packs a powerful Intel-AMD combo
It's a hybrid inside a hybrid. That's the best way to think about the new XPS 15 two-in-one from Dell. This big-screen laptop has a 360-degree hinge, so it folds all the way back to form a tablet -- we've seen that plenty of times before, but never in Dell's high-end XPS 15 line.
Samsung SmartThings CEO: Why our IoT platform is tops in security
SmartThings was architected from the ground up with enterprise-grade security, and the platform continues to bake security into its DNA as it grows and expands to a lot more hardware and software.
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.
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.
THE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow user growth amid a fierce price war
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine where the wireless industry stands as a result of the price war and uptick in data demand from consumers. We also look at how technological advancements and the adoption of new product lines could incentivize the next wave of revenue growth for telecoms. Finally, we explore potential barriers to carriers' growth, and examine which of the Big Four carriers are poised to lead the pack.
How to replace the battery in an Apple iPhone 6S: Live from CES 2018
Bill Detwiler and Chris Bross from iFixit replace the battery in an Apple iPhone 6S live on the CNET stage at CES 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Japanese Console Market Grows For the First Time In 11 Years - Slashdot
Software sales also increased: in 2016, they were 182.4 billion yen ($1.63 billion) and the following year, they were 189.3 billion yen ($1.69 billion). A big part of this increase is due to the Nintendo Switch's brisk hardware sales. The PS4 has also continued to churn out steady numbers. The last time the Japanese gaming market saw an uptick was in 2006, when the Nintendo DS Lite, the Nintendo Wii, the PS3 launched.
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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 https://www.wired.com/story/hawaii-nuclear-missile-alert-false-explanation …
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.
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At CES 2018, tablets are out, convertibles are in | ZDNet
Minimalist tablets that relied exclusively on screen input were once the "it" gadget at CES. But while major Windows vendors are announcing more Surface-like detachables, the market is dominated by convertible clamshells.
The Must Have Accessories for Your iPhone X
This time, the jump from 64 GB to 256 costs $150. Because the iPhone X is already so expensive, you might have opted for the 64 GB version thinking it’s going to be enough. But if you end up using iPhone’s cameras as designed – taking RAW photos, capturing 4K video and 240 fps slo-mo, that 64 GB is going to fill up fast.
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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.
The Best Phones of 2018
Which one you choose depends on how long you intend to keep your phone and what you want to do with it after you're done with it. If you intend to upgrade frequently, you'll get the most financial advantage by buying phones up front and reselling them on eBay when you're done with them, but that takes effort. Traditional two-year commitments make sense if you stick with the plan of getting a new phone every two years, and you're OK with the long-term commitment. T-Mobile and Verizon don't offer two-year contracts any more; you either pay up front, or pay the same amount for your phone over 24 months. Apple offers leasing and installment plans just like the carriers do.
‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown
By the middle of the year, the Graz researchers had developed a software security patch they called KAISER that was designed to fix the KASLR break. It was made for Linux, the world’s most popular open-source operating system. Linux controls servers -- making it important for corporate computing -- and also supports the Android operating system used by the majority of mobile devices. Being open source, all suggested Linux updates must be shared publicly, and KAISER was well received by the developer community. The researchers did not know it then, but their patch would turn out to help prevent Meltdown attacks.
In Germany, online hate speech has real-world consequences
This correlation is of course no guarantee of causation. However, the researchers were able to rule out several alternative theories. AfD Facebook posts that contained the words “Muslim”, “Islam” or “Juden” (Jews) but did not refer to refugees did not tend to coincide with attacks on refugees, which suggests that general anti-minority sentiment is not to blame. Similarly, posts about refugees from political parties other than the AfD did not appear to correlate with hate crimes. The authors even came across one pattern that could be described as a smoking gun: at times when residents in a given area reported poor internet connections, the correlation between social-media and anti-refugee violence in that region weakened. Messrs Muller and Schwarz conclude with a back-of-the-envelope estimate that in 2015 and 2016, the AfD’s Facebook posts increased the number of anti-refugee attacks in Germany by 13%—an additional 437 incidents.
Teenagers are better behaved and less hedonistic nowadays
Teenagers are also having less sex, especially of the procreative kind. In 1991, 54% of American teenagers in grades nine to 12 (ages 14-18) reported that they were sexually experienced, and 19% claimed to have had sex with at least four partners. In 2015 those proportions were 41% and 12%. America’s teenage birth rate crashed by two-thirds during the same period. As with alcohol, the abstention from sex seems to be carrying through into early adulthood. Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University in California, has shown that the proportion of Americans aged 20-24 who report having no sexual partner since the age of 18 rose from 6.3% for the cohort born in the late 1960s to 15.2% for those born in the early 1990s. Japan is a more extreme case. In 2015, 47% of unmarried 20- to 24-year-old Japanese men said they had never had sex with a woman, up from 34% in 2002.
Linux vs Meltdown: Ubuntu gets second update after first one fails to boot | ZDNet
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CES 2018: Telstra NB-IoT network now live | ZDNet
Telstra has announced at CES 2018 that its narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network is now live across all major cities in Australia, including not only capital cities but also major regional cities.
Best Camera Apps for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone has an amazing camera. The iPhone X camera is so good that I’m leaving my DSLR behind these days. Thanks to the new dual-cameras and OIS, I’m able to get some amazing shots right from my iPhone. The App Store is filled with camera apps of all kinds. From simple to complex. I’ve tried most of them. All you really need are three apps.
The blockchain: Breaking it down into simple terms
You're not the only one confused about what exactly the blockchain is. TechRepublic's Dan Patterson and Brandon Vigliarolo offer an analogy to help clear things up.