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This gadget turns your old piano into an educational 'smart' piano

Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting. I should know; I’m currently in the process. That’s why I’m curious anytime I come across a new resource to make the journey easier – like this gadget called the Piano Hi-Lite I came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes …

Watch this fantastic Harry Potter fan film, Voldemort: Origins of the Heir

A slick film that covers an important part of Harry Potter lore

PSA: No, you can’t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman’ at your Echo

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Hyundai's new Veloster will make its debut in 'Forza Motorsport 7'

In real life, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a sliding heads-up display.

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Alibaba neural network defeats human in global reading test | ZDNet

Chinese tech giant's research unit says its deep neural network model is the first to beat humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset, but is listed first alongside Microsoft on the latest rankings.

iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 Compatible Jailbreak Tweaks And Apps

One of the advantages of the Electra jailbreak tool over LiberiOS jailbreak is that it comes with Substitute, a Cydia substrate alternative which was originally developed by Comex. So it allows users who have jailbroken their iOS devices with Electra jailbreak toolkit to install and use jailbreak tweaks that are compatible with iOS 11.

Researchers Find That One Person Likely Drove Bitcoin From $150 to $1,000 - Slashdot

Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled "Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem" and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors . To many it's been obvious that the Bitcoin markets are, at the very least, being manipulated by one or two big players. "This paper identifies and analyzes the impact of suspicious trading activity on the Mt. Gox Bitcoin currency exchange, in which approximately 600,000 bitcoins (BTC) valued at $188 million were fraudulently acquired," the researchers wrote. "During both periods, the USD-BTC exchange rate rose by an average of four percent on days when suspicious trades took place, compared to a slight decline on days without suspicious activity. Based on rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks, the paper demonstrates that the suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months.

4 widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.v

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Inc.

10 resolutions IT professionals should keep all year

If you work in IT you're likely all too familiar with the concept of routine, repetitive tasks which can unnecessarily eat away at your day. Prime example: password resets, which can be a significant time drain. There are certain strategies which can help users remember their passwords and when they need changing; password databases like Password Safe and KeePass, Outlook reminders to change passwords before they expire (such as every 60 days), mnemonic strategies to remember complex passwords, and other tips. These should be shared along with whatever else may be helpful for them to use technology to do their jobs.

The desktop PCs that wowed us at CES 2018

While some may argue that desktop PCs are going out of fashion, the machines we’ve seen at CES 2018 show there’s plenty of life left in the form factor, with no shortage of desktops offering power and performance that mobile devices can only dream of.

Google to relaunch map service in China: Nikkei

Google joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou earlier this month after ramping up an artificial intelligence (AI) push last year, including launching an AI lab in December and hosting a match of the board game Go between its AI project Alpha Go and Chinese Go champion Ke Jie.

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies

Later changed to The Cranberries, the band's most successful tracks include Linger (1993), Zombie (1994) - a protest song about bombings that took place in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland - as well as No Need To Argue (1994) and To the Faithful Departed (1996).

City-owned Internet services offer cheaper and more transparent pricing

We found that most community-owned FTTH [fiber-to-the-home] networks charged less and offered prices that were clear and unchanging, whereas private ISPs typically charged initial low promotional or "teaser" rates that later sharply rose, usually after 12 months. We were able to make comparisons in 27 communities. We found that in 23 cases, the community-owned FTTH providers' pricing was lower when averaged over four years. (Using a three year-average changed this fraction to 22 out of 27.) In the other 13 communities, comparisons were not possible, either because the private providers' website terms of service deterred or prohibited data collection or because no competitor offered service that qualified as broadband. We also made the incidental finding that Comcast offered different prices and terms for the same service in different regions.

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.

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SpaceX to fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines this week

Before launch, though, a number of tests have to be completed. Perhaps the most dramatic is the static fire test in which Falcon Heavy is clamped in place and all 27 of its Merlin engines are fired. It's kind of like flooring the gas pedal of a muscle car for just a few seconds with a super heavy duty parking brake engaged.

Chinese Consumer Group Latest to Seek Answers from Apple for Slowing down Older iPhones

A Chinese consumer group, Shanghai Consumer Council, is the latest to be added to the list of government regulatory bodies seeking questions from Apple over slow down of older iPhones due to degrading batteries.

Inside Telegram’s ambitious $1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum

The Handmaid's Tale: Season 2 Will Be 'Darker Than Season 1,' Says Elisabeth Moss - IGN

June has a rough journey ahead after learning she was pregnant at the end of last season. "So much of this season is about motherhood -- you could say the first season was as well, but we’ve locked into the idea of motherhood in Season 2," Moss said. "Bruce and I always talk about the impending birth, this baby growing inside her, as a bit of a ticking time bomb and the complications of that are really wonderful to explore. It’s a wonderful thing to have a baby, but she’s having it potentially in this world that she doesn’t want to bring it into… it makes for good drama."

Is the PC market decline a thing of the past?

Bad news: Expect more Spectre-like flaws in the future

Our devices may never truly be secure, says the CEO of the company that designs the heart of most mobile chips.

Meltdown-Spectre: More businesses warned off patching over stability issues | ZDNet

Industrial companies are being told to avoid some Meltdown and Spectre fixes after reports of problems.

How an Android-based Uber imposter could steal your keys

Side-loaded Android applications disguised as legitimate software can steal your login credentials, encryption keys, and other personal data says ZDNet's Danny Palmer.

5 Essential Security Tips for iPhone and iPad

Find My iPhone/iPad is a great app baked into iOS that lets you locate or lock your lost device from a web browser using your Apple ID. It also lets you enable Lost Mode, which displays a customizable message and allows any user to call a specified number to get in touch with you. Plus, you’ll email updates when your device’s location changes. Here’s how you can set it up.

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The World's Top-Selling Video Game Has a Cheating Problem

Yet they continue to thrive. The game’s message boards are riddled with complaints about mysteriously indestructible opponents. Software rings ingeniously treat its league tables like free ad space: as of Tuesday, eight of PUBG’s top 10 players bear names such as “contact QQ574352672,” ironically a private account on Tencent’s own QQ messaging service through which enterprising players can procure cheat software. One vendor offered a 100 yuan ($15) program called “Jue Ying” or extreme shadow that, among other things, obscures players and grants a birds-eye view of the battleground. Another QQ dealer sent notices to customers warning them to “maintain control and keep your kills within 15 people per game,” presumably to avoid detection.

10 tips for your new Fitbit

Before you can start counting steps, you first need to connect your Fitbit to the Fitbit app for iOS or Android (or use the Fitbit Connect app on your computer). And before you do that for the first time, you'll probably need to charge your new Fitbit a bit so it has enough juice to make the connection. After charging your Fitbit and installing the app, you'll then follow the instructions on the app that will have you choose your Fitbit model and enter information about yourself -- height, weight, gender, date of birth -- to improve its accuracy. With your account created, make sure your phone's Bluetooth is turned on, and follow the app's instructions to pair your Fitbit with your phone.

BlackBerry launches Jarvis to find security holes in car software

Jarvis will be available through a software-as-a-service model. Customers will pay for the system based on how much data they want to scan, purchased in bundles. It’s fully automated, so BlackBerry hopes that will encourage customers to scan their software more often, compared to manual scanning that they may already be performing.

Apple health data used in murder trial

The suspect - identified by a hair found at the scene of the crime - refused to provide police with the PIN code to his phone so investigating officers turned to an unnamed cyber-forensics firm in Munich, which broke into the device.

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 .

A load of hot air? Vortx gaming fan blows heat at your face to match in-game action

The Vortx from Whirlwind FX looks like a desktop speaker for your computer, but is actually a '4D' immersive gaming accessory. It analyzes the game you're playing, or video you're watching, and fires up a variable-temperature fan to blow corresponding heats at you, matching the on-screen intensity.

How to adjust CPU priority using Apple's Terminal

Managing the CPU time assigned to threads on a computer can lead to better management by using Terminal commands to prioritize processes on the fly.

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A hero's journey spans just two minutes in this hilariously breakneck short

New Raspberry Pi Zero WH promises to make hardware hacking easy

The WH is a Raspberry Pi Zero W with a pre-soldered header containing the pins needed to hook the Zero W up to other boards and start making your own hardware.

How to successfully pitch a project to your CIO

TechRepublic contributor Moira Alexander explains what project managers should keep in mind as they pitch projects to the CIO.

After lifting a 35-year cinema ban, Saudi Arabia screens The Emoji Movie

In December, Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year ban on commercial theaters, and this past weekend the first movie screenings were opened to the public. One of the screenings was a double-feature of The Emoji Movie and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie in the city of Jeddah, Reuters reports .

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This bird-like dinosaur featured a stunning rainbow-colored mane

Announcing Go Support for AWS Lambda | Amazon Web Services

version: 0.2 env: variables: # This S3 bucket is used to store the packaged Lambda deployment bundle. # Make sure to provide a valid S3 bucket name (it must exist already). # The CodeBuild IAM role must allow write access to it. S3_BUCKET: "your-s3-bucket" PACKAGE: "" phases: install: commands: # AWS Codebuild Go images use /go for the $GOPATH so copy the # application source code into that directory structure. - mkdir -p "/go/src/$(dirname ${PACKAGE})" - ln -s "${CODEBUILD_SRC_DIR}" "/go/src/${PACKAGE}" # Print all environment variables (handy for AWS CodeBuild logs) - env # Install golint - go get -u pre_build: commands: # Make sure we're in the project directory within our GOPATH - cd "/go/src/${PACKAGE}" # Fetch all dependencies - go get ./... # Ensure that the code passes all lint tests - golint -set_exit_status # Check for common Go problems with 'go vet' - go vet .

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More cryptocurrency means big problems for law enforcement

Hackers and cyber-criminals are using a diverse menagerie of cryptocurrency to launder money, says ZDNet's Danny Palmer.

Steve Jobs unveiled the MacBook Air - and Apple's future - 10 years ago today

When Steve Jobs showed off the MacBook Air to a collective gasp from the tech industry one decade ago, nobody could yet know its importance as a harbinger of Apple's future. The original, teardrop-shaped MacBook Air was not long for this world. It was expensive, underpowered, prone to overheating, and came with a fiddly flip-down door that hid its meagre selection of ports. None of that mattered. The MacBook Air that Jobs slid with his characteristic flourish out of manila envelope was seemingly designed to be as much an object of lust and technical showpiece as it was a shipping product. Like the now-famous song that came with it, the MacBook Air truly was "a new soul." Its svelte physique was made possible in part by Apple's innovations in production-scale CNC machining, a practice now widely used but unheard of in consumer products of the day. The bespoke Intel chip that would later power an avalanche of ultrabooks was, for that moment in time, an unbeatable technological advantage. Yes, it was Apple's way of saying "shut up about netbooks," but it wouldn't be until the 2010 release of the second-generation Air with better processor options and more ports that the laptop truly came into its own.

Cadillac Reprises Role as GM's Chosen Brand for High-Tech Entrée

That will start to change as Cadillac tries to seize a unique opportunity to distinguish itself among the German carmakers that lead global luxury sales. Brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have a great reputation for driving performance and engineering and it’s difficult to overcome that, de Nysschen said. But with no single company definitively in the lead yet when it comes to electric drive or autonomy, the industry’s technological revolution gives Cadillac a window to establish itself as a leader.

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Massive diamond discovered in Lesotho is world’s fifth largest

The Best Laptops of 2018

Walk down any laptop aisle and you'll notice that the selection of laptops has become dramatically thinner and sleeker. Each of these wafer-thin systems represents a new vision for ultraportable computing: a no-compromises laptop light enough that you'll forget it's in your briefcase, with a long-lasting battery that will keep you working even when no power outlet is available. Fast storage, whether by way of a full 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) or, more affordably, 32GB to 64GB of eMMC flash, give these ultraportables the ability to resume work in seconds after being idle or asleep for days. Intel's marketing focus has migrated to the convertible-hybrid laptops and detachable-hybrid tablets that it refers to as 2-in-1 devices (see the next section for more information), but ultraportables are still a distinct category.

Google Arts & Culture App Can Match Your Selfie to Fine Art

"When you take a photo with this feature, your photo is sent to Google to find artworks that look like you," Google explains in the app. The Web giant says it "won't use data from your photo for any other purpose and will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches."

Fresh Meltdown-Spectre warning as factory systems hit by post-patch glitches

Errors have been reported in industrial systems produced by major manufacturers, including ABB, Siemens and Rockwell, after installing Meltdown and Spectre updates.

BMW Unveils First-Ever X2 SUV in Detroit

Most notable, however, is its exterior styling, which looks distinct even against the similarly sized X1 and X3. It is 3.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches lower than the X1 but situated on the same wheelbase, with shorter overhangs and a roofline that looks like a coupe—we’ll accede to BMW’s branding on this one—a stance that makes it look muscled and punchier than its siblings. A new interpretation of BMW’s signature kidney grille, rounded and inverted and framed by angular LED lights on either side, plus optional 19- and 20-inch Y-spoke wheels and twin tailpipes that are nearly four inches in diameter compete the sporty look.

5 Habits That Let Emotionally Intelligent People Adapt To Anything

Anyone trying to succeed in a fast-changing environment will encounter surprises, setbacks, and failures. They key isn’t avoiding those obstacles, it’s handling them effectively. Emotionally intelligent people don’t automatically revert to the old way of doing things as soon as a new approach falls short. Instead, they typically avoid reacting until they’ve had a chance to think things through and decide how to move forward. Often doing nothing (for now) is better–and more difficult–than doing the wrong thing too quickly.

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.

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has left VC firm Fenbushi Capital

Vitalik Buterin is a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine who has been involved in the Bitcoin community since 2011, and has contributed to Bitcoin both as a writer and the developer of a fork of bitcoinjs-lib, pybitcointools and, as well as one of the developers behind Egora. Now, Vitalik's primary job is as the main developer of Ethereum, a project which intends to create a next-generation …

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Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?

In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. First popularized by the tech ethicist Tristan Harris, the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating.

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