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The Best Drones of 2018

While they might seem like toys, a high-quality drone is a serious investment. We've flown plenty, and these are the top performers in our tests.

Boats and bros: Bitcoin’s millionaire millennials smell like the 1980s

Bitcoin's millennial millionaires are challenging the status quo while generally disrupting the financial industry. And their cyrpto-rap music is too loud.

Robot brawler Rising Thunder's free edition is here for PC

Radiant Entertainment has released a free edition of Rising Thunder, so you can duke it out with your buddies online at no charge.

WhatsApp just fixed a huge problem with its Android app

Make sure to update right now if you're an Android user.

Where are all the sex toys for older adults?

The vibrator for seniors on 'Grace and Frankie” has touched a nerve.

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Calm down, everybody. Very, very, very few teens are trying to eat Tide Pods.

This is absolutely not a public health crisis.

'Bloggergate' fiasco leads Dublin hotel to ban bloggers in the most hilarious way possible

An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation. Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to …

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he does not regret firing James Damore

In response to the memo, Pichai, who said back in August that Damore crossed “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” made the decision with other top Google executives to fire him. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” Pichai wrote in his statement. In response to the prospective legal action, a Google spokesperson said earlier this month, “We look forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court.”

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Facebook to let users rank what news sources are trustworthy

Twitter to notify users who got played by Russian propaganda accounts

No, not the news of an unexpected verification. Nor something more prosaic, such as their unwitting participation in a new feature test group. Rather, Twitter will be dropping a little email truth bomb: You got played by a Russian troll army.

Twitter finds 1,062 more accounts linked to Russian agency accused of election meddling

Lawmakers have sharply criticized social media companies for taking too long to recognize the seriousness of the Russian attempts to sow discord among U.S. voters. Twitter said that in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections it would verify major party candidates for all statewide and federal offices, with open “lines of communication” to federal and state officials. The company has also banned Russian state media accounts from buying ads and is creating a “transparency center” to show how much political campaigns spend on advertising, the identity of the organization funding the campaign, and what demographics the ads targeted.

5 Trump Signs Surveillance Extension Into Law - Slashdot

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which the Senate voted to renew with a few small tweaks this week, allows the U.S. to spy on foreigners overseas. The intelligence community says the program is a critical tool in identifying and disrupting terror plots. But the broader surveillance law, which governs U.S. spying on foreigners, has become politically entangled with the controversy over the federal investigation into Trump's campaign and Russia. Some Republicans have claimed that the FBI inappropriately obtained a politically motivated FISA warrant to spy on Trump during the transition and on Friday, Capitol Hill was consumed with speculation about a four-page memo produced by House Intelligence Committee Republicans that some GOP lawmakers hinted contained evidence of such wrongdoing.

Amazon adds Alexa to the Alexa app on Android

Crucially, Android Police reports that phones still won’t be able to listen for the “Alexa” command when the app is closed. So, unless you’re willing to open up the app every time you’d like to conjure up Alexa, it’s probably not super useful yet. At the very least, adding it to the freely available Alexa app boosts the number of users that will be able to take advantage of the assistant, even if Amazon won’t achieve quite the same level of hardware / software integration that Google Assistant, Siri, or even Samsung’s Bixby have on their respective platforms.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: I don't want my nephew on a social network

"I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on," Cook said, according to the Guardian. "There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network."

Blockchain: A cheat sheet

The blockchain has been available since 2008 and is employed now by millions of users. The great irony of the blockchain is that while Bitcoin transactions can be anonymous, every transaction is logged and can be viewed in a simple web browser. streams real-time transaction information and contains copious information about personal coin exchanges, Dark Web uses, real-estate firms, and even music streaming services that rely on the blockchain to verify media ownership rights.

New iOS 'text bomb' cyberattack can crash, restart your iPhone

While it may only be an annoyance, this isn't the first time a text bomb has taken out iPhones, which begs the question of a more serious flaw.

How to set up two-factor authentication for your Google account

Two-factor authentication is a simple way to add an extra layer of security to your Google account. Here's how to get it set up.

Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated

Twitter said Friday that Russian meddling ahead of the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and it pledged to let users of the service know if they were exposed to propaganda associated with a Kremlin-linked troll farm.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Speaking to Recode ’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Pichai said AI is “one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire,” adding that people learned to harness fire for the benefits of humanity but also needed to overcome its downsides, too.

Bitcoin currency operators slapped with lawsuits alleging fraud

The US government regulator in charge of futures markets, known as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), announced lawsuits against two different companies involved in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Microsoft SharePoint: A cheat sheet

In the digital era, the modern business enterprise workplace is a dynamic and diverse environment that is noteworthy for its dependence on mobile-ready communication tools and devices. Enterprise personnel are often dispersed across departments, buildings, and even countries, but somehow, they must find a way to work and collaborate. Cooperation and collaboration across these various boundaries is the key to success, and enterprises must supply tools that make it possible.

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Why 9/11 truthers are obsessed with the Plasco high-rise fire in Tehran

Hackers are using recent Microsoft Office vulnerabilities to distribute malware | ZDNet

Malware can steal passwords, bitcoin wallets, software keys, as well as carry out DDoS attacks and more -- and a campaign distributing it is targeting telecommunications, insurance, and financial services.

Windows apps on Linux: Wine 3.0 is out now with Direct3D 10, 11 support | ZDNet

Still, a number of Android features have made it. Now Wine can be built as an Android APK. An Android graphics driver is implemented but only allows full-screen desktop mode. Wine 3.0 also implements a full audio driver. There is also OpenGL ES API support, which means Direct3D for Android isn't supported yet.

The Galaxy S9's camera may get all sorts of upgrades

In addition, the report also suggests that the Galaxy S9 phones could get a new camera lens that improves low-light photos. The camera is said to be able to switch between F1.5 and F2.4 apertures depending on the scenario. That means it will be able able to let in more or less light as needed.

What is an ICO?

You've probably heard of Bitcoin, but new cryptocurrencies get introduced almost every day through a process called an Initial Coin Offering. CNN Tech's Ramy Zabarah breaks down how an ICO differs from an IPO and whether you should invest in one.

iPhone X has the notch but this is Samsung's solution for full-screen displays | ZDNet

The patent doesn't guarantee that this will feature in Samsung's future phones, such as the supposed Galaxy S9, but does show that Samsung has been considering for some time how to design a smartphone that caters to popular full-screen displays.

Ransomware: Why the crooks are ditching bitcoin and where they are going next | ZDNet

Meanwhile, ransomware victims don't really want to have to pay to get their files back at the best of times - they give in grudgingly - but the incentive to pay might go out the window if it's going to take them days to buy bitcoin and pay the hackers before getting their files back. And there's an even bigger headache: many forms of ransomware offer only a small window for victims to pay the ransom. If that expires, victims risk the ransom going up or even losing their data permanently. Delays in being able to buy bitcoin and then make the payment make it even harder for ransomware victims to be able to get their data back.

Why Barcelona's anti-Microsoft move to open source could be a disaster

Also, while Microsoft Windows remains proprietary (ditto Office), Microsoft as a company has made a 180-degree turn from the company demonized by Barcelona. As measured by number of GitHub contributors, Microsoft is the no. 1 open source contributor on earth. Even if we look at code contributions, Microsoft is a close second to Google, another company whose products Barcelona almost certainly must eschew under its too-rigid policy.

What a government shutdown will mean for NASA and SpaceX

NASA says that space station flight directors, communications experts, robotics experts, and more will all be on hand for the spacewalks in the next couple of weeks, “to make sure we’re both meeting the program’s objectives but also making sure we’re keeping the crew members safe there and giving them the support they need,” Zeb Scoville, NASA’s spacewalk flight director, said during the briefing. However, it’s unclear if the spacewalks will be broadcast on NASA’s dedicated channel, NASA TV, as the public affairs personnel may be considered nonessential.

NSA surveillance programs live on, in case you hadn't noticed

When the programs first became public, outcry wasn't focused solely on the information of Americans, said Timothy Edgar, a fellow at the Watson Institute for Public Affairs at Brown University. Edgar worked on privacy issues at the ACLU until taking a job with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. His role was to make sure the government's spy programs complied with US laws, and that's what he was doing when Snowden leaked information on Prism and Upstream.

OnePlus confirms up to 40,000 customers were impacted by credit card hack

If you gave your credit card number to OnePlus sometime between mid-November and last week, your card may have been compromised. The smartphone maker confirmed this morning through its online forum that upwards of 40,000 customers may have had their numbers exposed to hackers.

Can we trust Facebook’s users to decide what news we should trust?

In general, you would think that the wisdom of the crowds would mean that the cream will rise to the top. But it’s also worth questioning the wisdom of crowds that have already proven to be far too credulous when it comes to fake, and often truly damaging, content. After all, would people really share content that they don’t trust? If the answer is yes, we have a serious problem. If the answer is no, then it’s evident people are trusting too many untrustworthy sources.

Disney hired Apple’s former iTunes director to head up its upcoming streaming service

While Netflix is a major player in the streaming service world, it’s been working to develop its own content as studios have increasingly invested in their own content delivery mechanisms. Once up and running, Disney will use the service for its own massive catalog, which includes its Marvel and Star Wars franchises , and soon, content from 20th Century Fox . The company will also begin developing its own exclusive content , including new live-action shows for Star Wars and Marvel, as well as High School Musical and Monsters Inc .

Amazon HQ2: Company eyeing these 20 cities for its second headquarters

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The long, strange history of the backlash against women in tech

This Saturday, people will take to the streets all over the country, once again demanding the rights of women to be seen as equals, to achieve their dreams, to pursue careers of their choosing, to be free of sexual harassment. But once the March is over, the real work begins. We will fight for the right to be judged on our capabilities and our work — not the biased stereotypes run amok. We will persist in our calls for equality, not just for women as a monolith but for individual women in all their intersectional brilliance. And, some day, the complaints of those who rail against gender equality in the tech industry will seem as ludicrous as all the prejudiced claims of those who came before them.

10 New Control Center Features in iOS 11

This control adds a new functionality to iOS that we’ve been waiting for. Tap on the Screen Recording control and you’ll start recording the screen. Once you’re done, tap on the blue bar on the top and confirm from the popup to stop. The video file will be saved in Videos album in Photos app. If you 3D Touch the Screen Recording controls, you get the option to disable pics.

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A deadly tsunami inspired this man to create a floating electric car

The curious star appeal of Jordan Peterson | The Spectator

Last Sunday night a capacity crowd of mainly young people packed into the Emmanuel Centre in London. Those who couldn’t find a seat stood at the back of the hall. When the speaker entered, the entire hall rose to its feet. It was his second lecture that day, the fourth across three days of sold-out London events. For an hour and a half the audience listened to a rambling, quirky, but fascinating tour of evolutionary biology, myth, religion, psychology, dictators and Dostoyevsky. Occasionally a line would get its own burst of applause. One of the loudest came after the speaker’s appeal for the sanctity of marriage and child-rearing.

BitConnect winds up cryptocurrency exchange operations, BCC crashes | ZDNet

The closure of the controversial service follows warnings from US regulators and has raised the ire of lenders, which consider the move an exit scam.

Paying for Amazon Prime month to month? You'll now pay almost 20 percent more

The online retailer on Friday said it raised the monthly fee for Prime to $12.99 from $10.99, up 18 percent and effective immediately. The monthly student rate increased to $6.49 from $5.49. Customers using the monthly option will start paying the higher price on their first payment after Feb. 18.

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Turn your Nintendo Switch into a robot or a piano

11 Chrome features you'll wish you'd known all along

Did you know you can tell Chrome to restart not with a blank page but where you left off, with all of your many tabs. I like to shut down my MacBook from time to time to keep it running smoothly, and I like to be able to pick up right where I left off in Chrome after a reboot. To do this, go to Chrome's Settings , scroll down to the On startup area and select Continue where you left off .

How to register your drone (it's the law... again) | ZDNet

Don’t want your drone fleet to be grounded? Read this article to learn how to register your drones. Yes, it’s the law. Again.

38 Amazon Prime Subscription Increases to $12.99 a Month

The online retail giant is likely trying to push users to its annual Prime plan, which has always been a better deal for those planning to stick with the service for a while.

How to sync your Google Cloud on Linux with Grive2

If Linux is your operating system of choice, and Google Drive is your cloud storage solution, you'll be happy to know there's an easy way to keep them in sync from the command line. Jack Wallen shows you how.

Silicon Valley is 'becoming unhinged,' says influential Sequoia Capital VC Michael Moritz

Commentary: Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital seems to believe California is lazy, while, oh, China is setting the example in work ethic, according to a Financial Times interview.

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This pic pretty much sums up the winter we’ve been having

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NASA runs successful first tests of compact nuclear reactor for Mars base

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Sci-fi author @andyweirauthor on how he'd change The Martian and why his latest book is set on the moon

Photography tips: How to master the headshot

Headshots are seen on LinkedIn profiles, Twitter profiles, and business cards. All three of these platforms have varying degrees of importance and professionalism. Feel free to ask your client or model where the headshots will be displayed, as well as what message the client wants to convey to those viewing the image. If you're dealing with a CIO candidate, they may want the shot to be more of a "white collar" feel: suit, tie, strong jawline. Something that says, "I'm not just a technology professional, I'm also a strong leader." Understand this and pose your model in a way that supports this message. Take note of posture as well as the eyes.

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Google executives pledge to scour more content ahead of midterm elections

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This picture of Jupiter's swirly blue pole is magnificent

Apple issues beta 5 for watchOS 4.2.2, beta 6 for macOS 10.13.3, beta 7 for iOS 11.2.5

Three new betas have been released by Apple for developer testing, with new versions of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 and watchOS 4.2.2 now available. Apple released the sixth beta of iOS 11.2.5 on Wednesday. The current version has a very small numerical increment in the build number versus the last one, so release is imminent just based on that —but Apple has already confirmed that there will be a consumer-facing release on the week of Jan 21. On Tuesday, Apple released the fifth beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, and this release has a similarly small increase in the build number as Friday's iOS 11.2.5. All of the the updates are "sub-point" releases, so it remains unlikely that major new features are coming to the updates. Apple usually keeps small version increments limited to bug fixes and small tweaks, with the most likely addition to the new betas being fixes for the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities. The release notes remain nearly empty, and contain no testing notes.

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Surreptitiously mining cryptocurrency on other people’s hardware has become the tool of choice for extorting money online. 

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Hospitals are banding together to start their own drug company and lower generic drug prices

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54 Apple Seeds iOS 11.2.5 Beta 7 to Developers and Public Beta Testers
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61 4 Stupidly Simple Habit Changes To Lower Your Work Stress This Year
62 Issa Rae had a really awkward moment when paparazzi confused her with another black woman
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64 ​Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop | ZDNet
65 These 2 loopholes in the new spying bill help the U.S. spy on Americans
66 Fujitsu will replace passwords and keycards with palm scanning for 80K employees in Japan
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68 Trump just basically said he's anti-childbirth
69 Cook: Apple will release software update to fix iPhone battery slowdown issue
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71 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reveal their newborn's name
72 IBM and Salesforce double down on AI, announce Watson + Einstein collaboration
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76 Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn't the stigma changed?
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78 You'll still get NOAA weather forecasts and warnings during the government shutdown
79 Pizza Hut says driverless delivery could create more jobs than it destroys
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81 Why proper community management might fix crypto market insecurities
82 MoviePass says it will start acquiring movies, too
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