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The first standalone virtual reality systems are coming—and freeing people from wires, PCs, and phones could boost the technology’s fortunes.

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YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video depicting an apparent victim of suicide

Paul had apologised for the video, posting a lengthy address to his 3.9 million Twitter followers. "I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before," he wrote.

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LG Preps an 88-Inch, 8K OLED TV for CES 2018

LG hasn't announced a price for its brand-new 88-inch 8K OLED television, but you can expect to see this one cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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North Korean Hackers Hijack Computers to Mine Cryptocurrencies

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Apple discounts battery replacements to make up for slowing down old iPhones

Apple went further to explain that batteries slowly decay based on their chemical components, usage, and environment. Once a battery drops below a certain point in its lifespan, it can no longer deliver the performance needed for certain tasks or workloads. This is why Apple initially released the iOS 10.2.1 that caused the phone slowdowns.

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We reviewed the iPhone SE again

But how does it compare to the iPhone 7 Plus I've been using daily? I started using this iPhone SE to see for myself. Turns out, Apple's most affordable phone is still a nice little speed demon, and totally holds its own against the larger, newer iPhones, especially when it comes to battery life. You just need to be one of those people who really values a small phone over a large screen to appreciate it.

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3 tips to maximize Apple's free Pages word processing app

Pages, Apple's alternative to Microsoft Word, is deceptively simple. Here are three ways to get the most of Apple's free word processing app, including a Pages cheat sheet.

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Vocal disguises and impersonations may fool voice recognition authentication

Research indicates that impersonating a voice can fool voice recognition authentication systems. Multimodal biometric authentication might be a better security option.

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How to use macOS with only a keyboard

With the desired drive selected, press the Control+Option keys, and then use the arrow right/left buttons to highlight the Install button. Press the Space Bar to select the Install button. (If you're on a laptop that is not connected to an AC power source, you will receive a prompt informing you of this.) Press the Tab key once to select Continue, and press the Space Bar to confirm acknowledgement. macOS will begin installing on your system.

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Google Doodle welcomes new year with penguin pals

Google kicked off the celebration series on Dec. 18 with a Doodle showing us the penguin pals making plans to pay a visit to kin in warmer climes during the holidays. Other Doodles in the series showed our feathered family reuniting for Christmas and ringing in the new year with sparklers and fireworks.

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The First Teaser for A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 Is Here

In the show, based on the books of the same title, Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf. He’s the evil uncle of three orphans who will stop at nothing to get their inheritance. The first season of the show adapted the first four books in the 13 book series. This second season is expected to do the next five and an eventual third season would finish out the adaptations.

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Going to CES? Lyft and Aptiv want to give you a ride in a self-driving car

Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month will be able to ride around town in a self-driving car when they hail a Lyft. The pilot, a collaboration between the ride-hailing startup and the automotive company Aptiv, is part of a larger partnership between the two companies.

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Must-read iOS 11 Control Center tips and tricks

In Apple's iOS 11, Control Center gives users so much power in an easy-to-use view. Learn about the great new features in Control Center.

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Germany's hate speech rule comes into effect this new year

"We're committed to being part of the solution to illegal hate speech and extremist content online -- around the world, and in Germany, working within its new legal framework," a YouTube spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. "We'll continue to invest heavily in teams and technology to allow us to go further and faster in removing content that breaks our rules or German law, and by working with government, law enforcement, civil society groups and other companies."

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Why data science is a secret weapon for tech consultants

The expert who understands data science can use the company's data to produce information that others in the organization cannot, thereby strengthening not only their fundamental position, but also their power base from knowing how to produce information that is otherwise unobtainable. Any argument is stronger when there's credible data to support it; however, what's more impressive is when a position is supported by information, knowledge, and wisdom that nobody else has—this is how the expert brings informational power to the table. But they cannot do it alone.

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Microsoft in 2017: The biggest hardware and software milestones

As we head into 2018, it's a good time to reflect on Microsoft's key business offerings in the hardware and software segments over the past year and consider what benefits they may bring to the enterprise.

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5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

I've been writing a tech predictions column for over 30 years now. I study research from my firm, Creative Strategies, and look for data that provides hints of what might be the hot topics, trends, or issues in the coming year. Here's what I see on the horizon for tech in 2018.

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Watch Karl Pilkington Predict New Black Mirror Plots Years Ahead of Time

It’s best to just watch the clip below to see how well the Black Mirror episode helps illustrate Pilkington’s random thoughts. But just to give you a little context, “Black Museum” is an episode in which three short stories play out over the course of an hour. In the first, a doctor uses a new neurological implant that allows him to feel what his patients are feeling. This helps him make more personal diagnoses of his patient’s illness. It’s also exactly the sort of technique Pilkington describes in wishes doctors could employ because it’s so hard for him to say if he’s feeling symptoms that are out of the ordinary.

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Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

For the next few weeks, there will be no escape from magazine covers that champion a "New Year, New You" (or friends who have vowed to start green juicing). But whether you're the type who makes and breaks resolutions quickly or has steadily improved your life year after year, you're probably resolving to resolve something.

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Apple Will Sell You a $29 Replacement Battery Even If You Don't Need One

After Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones , the company tried to calm frustrated customers by dropping the price of out-of-warranty battery replacements from $79 to $29. Unfortunately, even that discount came with a catch, because unless your phone’s battery failed a diagnostic test at the Genius Bar, you wouldn’t actually be eligible for a cheaper replacement battery.

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Logan Paul apologises for 'dead body' YouTube video

The video was filmed during a trip to Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, a site where a high number of suicides take place. The video shows Logan Paul and his friends reacting with shock and making jokes after discovering an apparent suicide. The video, posted Sunday, featured shots of the dead body and had millions of views before being removed from YouTube, the  BBC reported .

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New drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. drug approvals hit a 21-year high in 2017, with 46 novel medicines winning a green light -- more than double the previous year -- while the figure also rose in the European Union.

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China's WeChat denies storing user chats

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone’s account.

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Founder of troubled LeEco refuses to return to China

Plenty of questions linger over just how much money is sloshing around LeEco's corridors, and why its former CEO has devoted this much time to Faraday Future. Not to mention the optics of remaining in self-imposed exile, letting your family take the heat from regulators who want to know what the hell is going on.

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The World's First 88-inch 8K OLED Display - Slashdot

Come CES, LG will be letting attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display , which is both the largest and the highest-resolution OLED panel to date. But as far as specs go, that's all we have for now. Previously, the largest OLED screen size was 77 inches, and it "only" came in 4K. While this combination is currently offered to consumers by the likes of LG Electronics, Sony and Panasonic, they all source their large OLED panels from LG Display.

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ASIC seeks externally managed data analytics service for financial stats | ZDNet

Publishing a Request for Tender (RFT) at the end of 2017, ASIC is seeking a vendor to provide and manage the platform, which will include the consolidation of data such as financial and economic information, as well as individual company and market statistics and news.

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Australian Federal Court confirms Valve fines - Video | ZDNet

The Australian Federal Court has dismissed Valve's appeal against a ruling that it misled consumers, and will now need to pay a AU$3 million penalty.

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Microsoft Australia makes AU$43m profit after settling AU$39m ATO bill | ZDNet

During the year, the company entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with respect to the income tax periods spanning July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2022. Included in that agreement was the resolution of the audit matters for the period covering July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, which saw Microsoft hand over AU$39 million in previously unpaid tax, recorded as its "final deed of settlement".

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A personal ode to the Boeing 747

But underpinning this development was a fundamental belief by Boeing that the plane would be rendered obsolete as a passenger carrier by the kind of supersonic travel predicted by aircraft like the Concorde—which, coincidentally, also had its first test flight in the winter of 1969. This faster-than-the-speed-of-sound travel, it was thought, would not impact on the expanding air cargo market. The 747 was thus designed as adaptable, able to carry humans, cargo, or some combination of the two. The result was a broad and tall fuselage capable of holding enormous objects, which could be loaded in through the plane’s hinged nose. This need for cavernous cargo capacity was also the root of the 747’s most alluring and memorable feature in commercial guise: a second floor.

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The path to empowering and profiting off India's next wave of online users | ZDNet

This is a similar problem to the above-mentioned local language one. WhatsApp, for instance, is hugely popular in India, more so than the United States where it was made. Indian entrepreneurs should take a page from China's WeChat to see how it became the goliath that it is today, with 800 million users. Of course, banning Facebook and blocking WhatsApp as China has done helps a lot with this.

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Perform a Life Audit to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

Vengoechea suggests aiming to fill out 100 post-it notes in one hour. For me, it was more useful to spend an entire evening after work ruminating over my goals and ambitions (a little wine helped me get more creative as the evening passed), and I ended up with around 120 notes, which is more than I thought I’d be able to come up with. They ranged from the concrete, like “make a website”and “write a book review,” to the abstract, like “be generous” and “be less serious.”

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Dual-screen phones gone wrong

The Axon M comes closer to achieving the dual-screen dream than the Kyocera Echo (below), which debuted the only side-by-side screen design we know of. ZTE gave its phone four separate modes, including one that lets you watch videos and play games across the two-screen spread. You can also mirror the contents of an app on the second screen, and open two apps at the same time, a boon for incurable multitaskers.

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Evan Spiegel personally paid Drake to perform at Snap's New Year's party — check it out

Snap Inc.'s massive New Year's Eve party in downtown Los Angeles cost $4 million, with CEO Evan Spiegel sponsoring a performance by Drake, TMZ reported.

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Why you might want a foldable Samsung Galaxy phone

We don't know for sure that Samsung's foldable phone would do the same, but it's likely, especially a full-screen mode that could introduce new ways to watch videos, play games and multitask. There's also the suggestion that Samsung's version could work with, or even come with, an S Pen stylus.

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Using the ‘Bootstrap,’ Physicists Uncover Geometry of Theory Space | Quanta Magazine

Their trick was to translate the constraints on the bootstrap equation into a geometry problem. Imagine the four points of the four-point correlation function (which encodes virtually everything about a CFT) as corners of a rectangle; the bootstrap equation says that if you perturb a conformal system at corners one and two and measure the effects at corners three and four, or you tickle the system at one and three and measure at two and four, the same correlation function holds in both cases. Both ways of writing the function involve infinite series of terms; their equivalence means that the first infinite series minus the second equals zero. To find out which terms satisfy this constraint, Rattazzi, Rychkov and company called upon another consistency condition called “unitarity,” which demands that all the terms in the equation must have positive coefficients. This enabled them to treat the terms as vectors, or little arrows that extend in an infinite number of directions from a central point. And if a plane could be found such that, in a finite subset of dimensions, all the vectors point to one side of the plane, then there’s an imbalance; this particular set of terms cannot sum to zero, and does not represent a solution to the bootstrap equation.

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So Retro: The typewriter reimagined - Video

[MUSIC] My name's Jeremy Mayer, and I make sculptures out of typewriter parts. In the last 23 years I've been doing this, I've taken apart probably 300. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] My studio is inside of my head. I disassemble Mechanical typewriters, not the word processor type, the very mechanical, heavy old ones. There's no machine that's more transparent about what it's doing than a typewriter. It's operated by you. You push a button, and you see all of the machinery in motion. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] This is the really interesting stuff right here where you see. [BLANK_AUDIO] I could look that person up. [BLANK_AUDIO] Going from typewriter to sculpture I can just, do a sketch and. And work toward the sketch. [MUSIC] I don't solder or glue or weld when I do this. I just use the parts from the typewriter. I counted the components and the big human figures are around 2,000. 2,500 depending on How crazy I get. We have 250 plus typewriters in my collection and I would say that 90% of them are in perfect working order. The typewriter doesn't judge you. It just goes, right away sir.

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The Most Important Tech Trends Of 2018, According To Top VCs

Ambient Voice In New Places Bernard, who invests Amazon’s own money in startups that leverage the Alexa and Echo ecosystem, says that “while voice services started in the home and will continue to grow there, we’re beginning to see this technology move beyond the home and into new on-the-go environments–in the car, the enterprise, in the gym or on a run, and numerous other mobile scenarios. We see this is a key factor that will make interacting with voice services a truly pervasive daily habit, and we expect to see different device concepts emerge that address the unique requirements of each usage scenario.”

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China wants debt-ridden LeEco founder home but he’s saying no

According to a court order, Jia Yueting was given until the end of December to return to China, but he’s staying in the US to raise funds for his new electric car.

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Google is now testing its mysterious Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Fuchsia has been created from the Google-built Zircon microkernel, and not the typical Linux kernels that hold Android and Chrome OS together. It’s not immediately clear exactly why Google is building a new operating system, nor what devices it will run on. As testing spreads to more Chromebooks, some are now speculating this could be a successor to the “Andromeda” project that never materialized .

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5G will shape all the biggest innovations at CES 2018

Of course, VR isn't just about creating realistic simulations through sight and touch. As video consumption increases, 5G will unlock a new wave of entertainment. Imagine streaming multiple 4K video feeds that weave into an immersive VR experience. Maybe there won't be any reason to go to a basketball game or a concert if you can strap on a headset and get a 360-degree view in perfect clarity. You may even get the best seats in the house: the centre of the arena.

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11 Expert Tips To Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year Ever

Whatever your chosen breakfast, she says, “Savor it without using your phone or thinking about work and responsibilities. Enjoy the moment, and think about all of the things that are going right in your life.” You can use this time to do some journaling or set some intentions for the day, Abdou suggests, so you can dive into your work feeling focused and energized.

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Robots take on nursing duties at Japanese hospitals | ZDNet

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are able to call a robot and give it a task to perform through tablets. It is hoped that these robots will be able to reduce the footfall and provide support to staff, reducing workload and improving efficiency.

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You Can Apply These Elders' Life Insights Right Now

Take time to adapt to big changes. Ping Wong, who “gave her age variously as 90, 92, 98 and almost 100,” reflected on the importance of adapting to change. She spent 2017 adjusting to life in a nursing home—at her age you could see a year of adjustment as just a drop in the bucket of a long life, or as precious time with little left, but she took the time she needed to find the perspective that allows her to enjoy her new circumstances, acclimating to a new wheelchair and making friends in a new mah-jongg group.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

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Clever little otter uses his own face to make a sprinkler for his pool party

Filmed Jan. 2 by a keeper, the Facebook video shows the male otter using his little snout to spray the water everywhere like a gleeful toddler. The zoo's five otters, Bay, Eko, Si, Bhutan, and Jambi, know how to pool party.

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Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics: Core i7-8809G with 3.1 GHz Base, 100W Target TDP, Overclockable

The Core i7-8809G is not a part that Intel has formally announced in a press release, but on Intel’s overclocking webpage here it as listed as being a quad-core processor with hyperthreading, supporting a 3.1 GHz base frequency, having an 8 MB L3 cache, a 100W ‘Target’ TDP, and supporting two channels of DDR4-2400. Intel lists both sets of graphics: the integrated graphics (iGPU, or IGP) as 'Intel HD Graphics 630', and the package graphics (pGPU) as ‘Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics'.

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There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to Citi

"The firm has too much cash – nearly $250 billion – growing at $50 billion a year. This is a good problem to have," Suva and Merchant told clients. "Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the US to avoid high taxation. As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for M&A or buybacks."

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Study: Brazil is the leader in e-waste generation in Latin America - Video | ZDNet

The amount of electronic waste in the region is steadily growing and countries still lack specific regulations, says study.

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Huawei Mate 10 to launch on AT&T in February: Report | ZDNet

The Information reported Huawei and AT&T have been in talks for more than a year. Huawei had to make technical changes to meet US smartphone standards. In that time, Huawei also reportedly sent undercover employees to pose as buyers in retail stores like Walmart and Best Buy to understand US consumers.

51 Voice interfaces beginning to find their way into business
52 New browser on the block Vivaldi taps Raspberry Pi growth - Video | ZDNet
53 Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time
54 The Last Jedi's Finale Is Absolutely Perfect In 16 Bits
55 Set a Reminder for the Biggest Space Events of the Year With Just a Click
56 instructables on Twitter
57 Drew Struzan's Iconic Back to the Future Poster Just Got an Upgrade
58 TV Tech 2018 wishlist: What's next for the biggest screen in your home?
59 D.C.’s War On Rats Goes Digital | WAMU
60 Can You Eat So Much That You Die?
61 Enough With the Resolutions Already
62 So Close. – Hacker Noon
63 Executive's guide to mobile security (free ebook) | ZDNet
64 PCMag on Twitter
65 18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January
66 Watch Peter Capaldi's TARDIS Console Room Get Deconstructed For One Last Time
67 What's the best way to charge your iPhone X or iPhone 8? | ZDNet
68 PCWorld on Twitter
69 Analyst predicts Amazon to acquire Target later this year
70 A rising Trump tide will not lift all boats—some will be swamped
71 The documentary about Google DeepMind's 'AlphaGo' algorithm is now available on Netflix
72 Robots en route to Antarctica to measure growing threat | ZDNet
73 Asus Transformer Pro T304UA: A well-priced 12.6-inch Surface Pro clone Review | ZDNet
74 Smart lock maker Otto suspends operations
75 That weird-ass milking scene in 'The Last Jedi' was a lot of work, you guys
76 Mashable on Twitter
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78 Mashable on Twitter
79 Congo suspends Internet, SMS services | ZDNet
80 CES 2018: What to expect
81 Mashable on Twitter
82 Mashable on Twitter
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84 iPhone X tips and tricks | ZDNet
85 Mashable on Twitter
86 Iran restricts apps used by protesters
87 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
88 The Essential DBA Playbook For Optimized SQL Server Management
89 Matthew Finnegan on Twitter
90 Melbourne to host two new fintech hubs - Video | ZDNet
91 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
92 A rare Blue Moon lunar eclipse will happen this month
93 TNW's favorite articles of 2017
94 Bitcoin Starts a New Year by Tumbling, First Time Since 2015 - Slashdot
95 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
96 Delightfully well-meaning grandma doesn't understand how Uber works
97 Hollywood power women start 2018 with a major plan to end sexual harassment