Amazon's HQ2 competition gets merciless SNL mockery
Commentary: The bidding cities try to impress Jeff Bezos with "stars" such as Casey Affleck, Pitbull and TV cook Paula Deen. But Bezos only has eyes for Alexa.
How Google showed Apple that HomePod can succeed
Commentary: Apple's smart speaker might finally see the light of day shortly. Is it too late?
Why a Bitcoin future will always end up in centralization
Let’s imagine Bitcoin has accomplished the unthinkable — it’s become the one true currency used for peer-to-peer payments around the world. In this Bitcoin Valhalla, let’s imagine that all non-cash payments are conducted with Bitcoin. Instead of credit cards, people whip out theifavoritete Bitcoin hardware or mobile wallets in coffee shops and hair salons across …
Apple's Beats is on Tom Brady's side
Commentary: In an ad to coincide with the AFC Championship game, Beats features the New England Patriots quarterback being deaf to criticism.
Sterling K. Brown just made history at the SAG Awards
Brown's the first black actor to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama.
Why don’t electric cars look like the future?
Electric cars were supposed to be the future – or at least look like it. So now they’re here, why do they still look like ordinary petrol and diesel cars and not dazzling props from a science fiction film? Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that …
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Apple Highlights 'Selfies on iPhone X' in New Video
Apple has released a new video on its YouTube channel highlighting selfies taken on the iPhone X. The 30-second ad shows a variety of selfies taken from the iPhone X with various Portrait Lighting effects applied.
Logitech's Circle 2 cam has the guts to handle home security
Logitech's $180 Circle 2 wired security camera is easy to set up and works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant for a wide variety of smart home/voice control applications.
This $100 Bonavita coffee maker makes fantastic pots of drip
To cut the Metropolitan's price, Bonavita made a few tradeoffs. The biggest sacrifice is that it lacks a thermal carafe. Instead, the Metropolitan comes with a glass carafe and warming plate. As a result, coffee brewed in the machine stays hot for only about an hour, so slow java drinkers should skip this brewer. Still, if you tend to drain pots quickly and you want excellent drip for less, then the Metropolitan is a sound investment.
What if Samsung's Galaxy S9 gets these six features?
Realistically, most of these features would show up well down the line if they do at all, but at least one new technology we saw is a strong bet to appear in Samsung's top-shelf phone for March. If it does, it would fix the Galaxy S8's most maddening flaw.
Uber ignores security bug that makes its two-factor authentication useless | ZDNet
The bug works by exploiting a weakness in how Uber authenticates a user when they log in to the platform. The end result is that the user can log in to an account and easily defeat the two-factor prompt, without entering the correct code. That means anyone could log in to your account with just your email address and password, which can be easily obtained if passwords are reused on other sites that have been breached. Uber accounts are regularly traded on the dark web, for as little as a dollar in some cases.
Why companies like Bank of America and Cadillac rely on Samsung displays
Samsung also offers a hybrid mirror display containing a proximity sensor, which companies can program so their graphics completely disappear or move to the corner as a person approaches. This display is great for retail, and virtual dressing rooms, she said. The mirror can also be integrated with third parties to have a touch-overlay or RFID technology, so it can read what a customer's wearing and suggest items to try on, she added.
Make your own medieval meme
Fans of the meme are already posting some rather creative versions of the Bayeux Tapestry on social media using the Historic Tale Construction Kit, including parodies of TV shows, music lyrics and more.
How often should you clean your fridge? Here's the answer
Cleaning the fridge is a dreaded task, but it needs to be spotless since it's storing your food, right? Of course. So how often does it need to be cleaned to meet these standards? Well, it depends how deep a clean we're talking about.
5 ways your Amazon Prime subscription can make you healthy
Granted, there are lots of other such white-noise options available, most notably apps for your phone. And streaming a video on your TV all night is a waste of not only electricity, but also internet bandwidth. Still, this is something you can turn off with the simple press of a remote, and maybe you prefer sound to come from across the room rather than your bedside table.
Trailhead skills graph helps developers show off Salesforce expertise for employers
The graph shows what badges a Trailhead user has earned, along with a percentage-based look at the developer's skillset. With a more detailed look at a person's specific skills and progress towards mastering them, the feature could revamp the tech resume, if not act as a supplement.
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show in pictures
In the meantime, the door is open for the Fords and Chevys and Mercedes-Benzes of the world to sell more internal combustion trucks and SUVs in America. And considering that this is the premier American auto show, and that it takes place in the heart of the industry, those announcements will continue to flow in Detroit. At some point, electric drivetrain technology will be able to support bigger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. (And credit where credit is due, at least the new Ram 1500 unveiled this year is a hybrid.) But if this year’s Detroit Auto Show made anything clear, it’s that these companies will keep a foot on the gas until that day comes.
Photos: 12 upcoming trends in connected devices
From your laundry to fridge magnets, here are 12 innovative devices to further connect your life.
After conquering the world, WhatsApp looks to small businesses
The Facebook-owned company announced WhatsApp Business, an app that aims to make communicating with small businesses easier.
Verizon’s Go Unlimited plan will soon work in Mexico and Canada
There’s a catch, though: if you use more than 500MB of LTE data per day, you’ll be throttled to 2G speeds, and if Verizon detects that you’re using more than 50 percent of your data and call usage in a 60-day period, you might have your service removed or limited further.
What to do if you lose your phone while traveling
Ah, but here's the rub: Some of these tools won't let you sign into your account from an unknown device unless you verify that device via email -- meaning you'll also need to be able to access your email. If you can do that as well via a browser, great -- though you'll obviously need to know that password as well, meaning you're now in vicious-circle territory: You can't get your email password without your password manager, and you can't access your password manager without your email password.
Google and China's biggest tech company decide to work together
Mike Lee, Google's head of patents, and Sam Xu, Tencent's head of intellectual property, said in an emailed statement to CNET that they are "pleased" with the collaboration, noting that it will allow their companies to focus on building "better products and services" for consumers.
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How to setup Belkin's Wemo Bridge for HomeKit
The WeMo Bridge will show up in Apple's Home app as soon as you plug it in. Just tap and enter the device-specific code to connect.
Amazon Opens 'Surveillance-Powered, No-Checkout Convenience Store' - Slashdot
The first Amazon Go grocery and convenience store will open to the public Monday in Seattle -- letting any person with an Amazon account, the Amazon Go app and a willingness to give up more of their personal privacy than usual simply grab anything they want and walk out, without going through a checkout line... After shoppers check in by scanning their unique QR code, overhead cameras work with weight sensors in the shelves to precisely track which items they pick up and take with them. When they leave, they just leave. Amazon Go's systems automatically debit their accounts for the items they take, sending the receipt to the app. In my first test of Amazon Go this past week, my elapsed time in the store was exactly 23 seconds -- from scanning the QR code at the entrance to exiting with my chosen item...
The company says the tracking is precise enough to distinguish between multiple people standing side-by-side at a shelf, detecting which one picked up a yogurt or cupcake, for example, and which one was merely browsing. The system also knows when people pick up items and put them back, ensuring that Amazon doesn't dock anyone's account for milk or chips when they simply wanted to read the label.
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YouTube yanks videos showing dangerous 'Tide Pod challenge'
Video site is working to combat what health officials describe as a spike in teens purposely ingesting laundry detergent packets.
How to watch Eagles vs. Vikings online
Neither the Philadelphia Eagles nor the Minnesota Vikings have won a Super Bowl, and these two storied but tortured franchises are only two victories away from a title. With so much on the line, the drama is sure to be high Sunday night in Philadelphia. Here's how you can watch the game if you don't have cable.
Why multi-cloud will become the new standard in 2018
Cloudify CTO Nati Shalom forecasts the future of cloud tech and explains how multi-cloud solutions help enterprise companies scale operations and comply with local regulations.
Audiobooks are coming very soon to Google Play
All that remains is for Google to flip the switch on its end and you'll be able to feed your audiobook obsession through Google Play. There's no official word on when that's going to happen or exactly what it'll look like, though it shouldn't be too far down the line.
Ten More Things I Wish I’d Known About bash
My previous post took off far more than I expected, so I thought I’d write another piece on less well-known bash features.
How to use advanced options in Windows 10 to access BIOS settings
For most of us, and this is a fortunate happenstance to say the least, the BIOS settings on our personal computers are not something we ever have to see or deal with in a significant way. However, under certain circumstances, you may occasionally find yourself needing to access those configuration settings. Unfortunately, getting that access is not as intuitive as you might think it should be.
Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other o
(Reuters) - Investor Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, the biggest- and third-largest shareholders of Xerox Corp, jointly plan to push the printer and photocopier maker to explore options, including a sale of the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
CIO Jury: 75% of tech leaders plan to move more systems to the cloud in 2018
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Panasonic's Future Vision includes a smart design cockpit for autonomous vehicles
At CES 2018, Panasonic showed its 2030 vision for autonomous vehicles, which included the Range Rover Velar SUV with a Touch Pro Duo dual touch screen system and a windshield head-up-display.
Patriots-Jaguars memes are all about the quarterbacks
To probably no one's surprise, the New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday 24-21. And since the game's in chilly Minnesota (though at indoor US Bank Stadium), quarterback Tom Brady better pack his enormous coat.
The Disconnect Between Marketers and Influencers (Infographic)
The biggest challenge in working with influencers, as reported by marketers, is finding relevant ones. Nearly 60 percent report helping influencers engage with their communities while maintaining executive expectations as a core problem, and 30 percent report issues with negotiating terms. More than one-half also report that influencer marketing faces skepticism within their organization because it’s seen as a new and unproven channel.
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Google CEO reaffirms firing James Damore was the way to go, "I don't regret it" http://gizmo.do/UOiUaWz pic.twitter.com/YjU2wgzjjf
The Best Security Suites of 2018
Most entry-level suites include antivirus, firewall, antispam, parental control, and additional privacy measures such as protection against phishing sites. Advanced suites typically add a backup component and some form of system tune-up utility, while others throw in a password manager and other extras. But what do you need really need to keep your PC safe? We tested, rated, and reviewed nearly four dozen security suites, and these 10 get top marks and our highest recommendation.
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IBM Ends 22-Quarter Streak of Falling Revenue
But the company’s fourth-quarter report is an encouraging sign that IBM’s financial performance is stabilizing, and perhaps the transformation effort led by Virginia M. Rometty, the chief executive, is gaining ground. The company’s long run of slipping revenue began shortly after Ms. Rometty took over in 2012.
Twitter Notifies 677K Users of Russian Election Propaganda
Twitter revealed the finding on Friday. It's been investigating how Russian trolls managed to create and exploit fake accounts over the service to sway public sentiment during the election. So far, the company has found 3,814 Twitter accounts that were likely under the control of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian company many believe is backed by the Kremlin.
Hestan Cue cooktop talks to your pans to improve your cooking
Hestan Smart Cooking will take the tech it used in its connected countertop system to a more permanent location in your kitchen. The company has created an induction cooktop that connects to Hestan Cue ($499.95 at Amazon.com) Bluetooth-enabled cookware and iOS/Android app, the company announced at the National Kitchen Bath Industry Show last week in Orlando. That means that your cooktop will talk to your pans and mobile device to automatically regulate burner temperature and guide you through the app's recipes with videos and step-by-step instructions. The induction cooktop will be available later this year. The company hasn't released pricing information.
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."
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THE JOYS OF VICTIMHOOD
My own fairly low-voltage radar has been pinging away for some while on another such shift, and last summer, while I was watching the Democratic National Convention on television, it began to bleep furiously in my mind. The noise could no longer be avoided when, at the moment that Ann Richards, the Texas State Treasurer, completed her strong keynote speech, the commentator on the television network I was watching remarked (as near as I can recall), ''Ann Richards is a divorced mother of four who has undergone rehabilitation for an alcohol problem.'' Earlier in the campaign, Kitty Dukakis had announced that she had undergone treatment for an addiction she had to diet pills. During his speech at the convention, Jesse Jackson, in speaking of his own origins, declared that he was an illegitimate child, and then he wove a speech around the metaphor of the Democratic Party being a quilt both made by and supplying warmth to all those elements in American life - minority groups, homosexuals, American Indians (or Native Americans, as they're now known), welfare families, and many others - who, in Mr.
South Korea prosecutors are investigating Apple’s iPhone battery controversy
But in that same ABC News interview, Cook touched on the problem that led to this avalanche of bad press and angry customers. “When we put it out, we did say what it was, but I don’t think a lot of people were paying attention. Maybe we should have been clearer as well.” I’d say the number of investigations into the matter and amount of blowback Apple has taken are enough to eliminate any “maybe.” (Apple is also facing probes in Italy and France.) With the release of iOS 10.2.1 in 2016, Apple indeed touched on reduced shutdowns and deeper battery management — but any update that eventually slows down a very expensive smartphone deserved a more up front, obvious explanation.
Microsoft's reportedly ready to revive the Fable franchise
Microsoft even cancelled the multi-player focused Fable Legends , but Eurogamer is reporting that another studio has now been tasked with returning the series to its single-player roots and creating an entirely new, big budget entry in the Fable series. The supposed Fable 4 will be an open world role playing game similar to the first three entries in the series.
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As the chief technology officer of the Democratic National Committee, Raffi Krikorian is reshaping his party’s tech strategy. https://trib.al/50Iz32S
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Here's how @SkyCoolSystems plans to ease one of the biggest drains on the electrical grid, and one of the most significant sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. https://trib.al/wAHBfRx
The maker of Firefox is cutting a lot of jobs in Taiwan
The nonprofit's cuts focus the Taiwan office more on regional priorities like an Android browser in Indonesia and less on global work to improve Firefox.
Facebook to continue its probe into Russian meddling on Brexit
The social network agrees to reopen its investigation after initially saying it found only a minimal amount of UK-related activity.
YouTube star wins damages in landmark 'revenge porn' case
YouTuber Chrissy Chambers won compensation in the first civil case of its kind in England and Wales. She sued a former boyfriend over posting videos of their sexual activity to the internet without her consent -- known as "revenge porn" -- after authorities opted not to pursue a criminal case.