Bill Gates and Roger Federer train for doubles tennis match
The Microsoft co-founder creates a racket in a new video showing him getting in shape for the charity match.
NASA Tests Folding Wings for More Efficient Flight
The outer sections of the wings can fold up and down to become more efficient thanks to the use of shape memory alloy.
NonPetya ransomware forced Maersk to reinstall 4000 servers, 45000 PCs | ZDNet
The shipping giant has suffered millions of dollars in damage due to the ransomware attack.
She persisted: Transforming software engineering at Autodesk | ZDNet
Two technology leaders share practical advice on culture change, women in tech, and transforming software development to raise productivity and build better products.
Apple is finally starting to move 12,000 of its employees to Apple Park | Cult of Mac
With Apple Park now completed, Apple employees are now moving into the company's brand new sprawling campus -- although it won't happen all at once.
George Soros: Facebook and Google are a menace to society
Billionaire warns of ‘far-reaching adverse consequences’ for democracy and says social media companies’ ‘days are numbered’
Blizzard is patrolling YouTube for toxic Overwatch players
Blizzard is patrolling YouTube for toxic Overwatch players and proactively taking action, often before bad behavior is reported.
Apple’s $349 HomePod speaker is now available to preorder
Apple’s $349 HomePod smart speaker is now available to preorder through the Apple Store app, with shipping slated to start on February 9th . Despite the delay in the speaker’s launch, the HomePod will ship without features like AirPlay 2, which allows pairing and multiroom audio. Apple says those features are “coming this year in a free software update.” HomePod is powered by Apple’s A8 chip (that first appeared in the iPhone 6) and features built-in Siri, six microphones, HomeKit support to control your compatible smart home devices, and the ability to automatically optimize sound for a given room.
Intel Plans To Release Chips That Have Built-in Meltdown and Spectre Protections Later This Year - Slashdot
Now, you might be wondering: âoeYou said that page tables have permission bits. How can it be that user mode code was able to speculatively access kernel memory?â The reason is this is a bug in Intel processors. In my opinion, there is no good reason, performance or otherwise, for this to be possible. Recall that all virtual memory access must occur through the TLB. It is easily possible during speculative execution to check that a cached mapping has permissions compatible with the current running privilege level. Intel hardware simply does not do this. Other processor vendors do perform a permission check and block speculative execution. Thus, as far as we know, Meltdown is an Intel only vulnerability.
These are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Having opted against what would have been an uncharacteristic debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — in teaser capacity or otherwise — Samsung is now gearing up to launch the 2018 versions of its flagship Galaxy S lineup in a much more traditional fashion, just prior to Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. These are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (pictured top, left to right).
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Assange to ask London court to drop UK arrest warrant
LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s lawyers will ask a London court on Friday to drop the arrest warrant that stems from his breach of bail conditions, as he steps up efforts to leave the Ecuadorean embassy after five and a half years.
I'm Still on the Fence About Buying a HomePod
I want the HomePod because I’m guessing it’s going to sound great. I am currently using a Google Home (regular edition) for listening to music while working, and while it’s fine there is definitely room to improve. I thought about getting a Google Home Max, but I honestly don’t want to fork over that kind of money for just any smart speaker. Going with the HomePod keeps me in the Apple ecosystem, sure, but it’s also $50 cheaper.
iPhone SE 2 With Wireless Charging to Launch in May or June
The handset will then reportedly launch in May or June of this year. Apple has unveiled the original iPhone SE at a separate event held in March in 2016. Give the May or June timeframe, it is possible that we will Apple unveil the iPhone SE 2 at WWDC this year. While the company has avoided launching new hardware at WWDC over the recent years, it did show off its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker at last year’s WWDC.
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Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck says about $400 million of the NEM cryptocurrency was lost after it was sent "illicitly" outside the venue https://bloom.bg/2naECL2 pic.twitter.com/SeKaeWgPIE
Chrome 64 will protect you from 'abusive' pop-ups and hidden audio
The biggest change is the stronger pop-up blocker, designed to prevent "abusive experience" sites from hitting users with new windows and tabs. If a site disguises links as play buttons or close buttons that do something other than close an ad, its developers may need to update the pop-ups to ensure their content doesn't get blocked or mistakenly marked abusive.
iPhone battery replacement: Here are your options
The best option is Apple Apple offers a battery replacement service that costs $79 for any iPhone model -- a competitive price, and arguably your best option given that no company is better at servicing iPhones. However, there's one catch: You'll have to be without your phone for at least a few days. Apple estimates three to five business days if you ship it and "up to five business days" if you bring it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider . (If you've tried either of these options, hit the comments and let us know how long it actually took.)
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Can a reboot of Ford's future mobility efforts unlock actual revenue?
Twitter is using artificial intelligence for smarter image cropping
"A region having high saliency means that a person is likely to look at it when freely viewing the image," the post reads. "Academics have studied and measured saliency by using eye trackers, which record the pixels people fixated with their eyes."
All about the first phone with an in-screen finger scanner
For now though, if you're thinking of getting one, you'll have to wait, as this phone is only available in China, with no word on when it will be available in Vivo's international markets. There's always the option of third-party online retailers, but the phone will likely come without Google's Play Store installed, so be warned.
Google: Now you can mute those annoying 'reminder' ads that follow you round online | ZDNet
They can be annoying if you're no longer interested in the product, and could be one more reason for switching on an ad blocker. Now, Google will give its users the option to mute individual advertisers that target them with reminder ads, the company said in a blogpost .
Jonah Peretti: Everything is fine
If I were running Facebook, I’d want to be able to influence the News Feed not just through traffic but also through money. If you want to get rid of fake news or sensationalistic content or whatever it is, the best way to influence the content that’s there and shape it in a positive way would be to say I am going to reward content with traffic—which it already does—but I’m also going to reward it with revenue. Those two things together would allow for an economic model that would give it some control over the News Feed, but without that it’s very hard for [Facebook] to control what’s in it. You can’t control random people who post things, and you don’t have much control over news companies if you’re not paying them anything. The reason cable operators paid for content was they wanted media companies to invest in better content so more people would sign up for cable.
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This HP laptop has a built-in instant privacy screen
In our time with the HP Spectre x360, it's not bad -- and it works fairly well. The display, when the privacy screen is turned on, appears lighter in contrast. It's not any more difficult to read, but the quality of the display appears lessened; a trade-off if you want to work in public but want to shield your documents.
What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018 | ZDNet
Up until this year, organizations could often afford to overlook the bigger picture for various digital upgrades, improvements, and modernization. In 2018, these threads will now become so connected that increasingly holistic digital transformation efforts will focus on more customer and worker-centric models for better organizing how they function to avoid disruption while creating value faster and more effectively.
Apple's now standing by for your preorder of the $349 HomePod
The HomePod is available for $349 , £319 or AU$499 in white and space gray. Apple has positioned it as a speaker first, smart device second. You'll be able to ask Apple's Siri voice assistant to do things like play a song on Apple Music, send a message to a friend through WhatsApp or control your smart lights. Later this year, you'll be able to link two HomePods together for multiroom listening and stereo sound.
Dutch intelligence first to alert U.S. about Russian hack of Democratic Party
In the Summer of 2015, Dutch intelligence services were the first to alert their American counterparts about the cyberintrusion of the Democratic National Committee by Cozy Bear, a hacking group believed to be tied to the Russian government. Intelligence hackers from Dutch AIVD (General Intelligence and Security Service) had penetrated the Cozy Bear computer servers as well as a security camera at the entrance of their working space, located in a university building adjacent to the Red Square in Moscow.
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A police department in China went from capturing a handful of suspects a year to capturing 69 suspects in one month after deploying SenseTime's facial-recognition software. https://trib.al/ZcZzx0l
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Steven Soderbergh ditches big-budget cameras for iPhone | Cult of Mac
“I’d have to have a pretty good reason not to be thinking about that first… There’s a philosophical obstacle a lot of people have about the size of the capture device. I don’t have that problem,” explained Soderbergh. “I look at this as potentially one of the most liberating experiences that I’ve ever had as a filmmaker, and that I continue having. The gets that I felt moment to moment were so significant that this is, to me, a new chapter.”
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This Is What It’s Like To Be The Only Black Woman Founder At A Pitch Event
They asked, “What are you doing here?” and “How long have you been doing it?” I was very clear about the things I did want and need, and next steps where I was looking for support. The person who was hardest on me was the other woman, really discounting the success that I had shipped products to multiple places all over the world just from that Kickstarter alone, which made 150% of its goal. Still, [she asked], Why do think this is special? Why are you special? What’s to stop me from doing the exact same thing? I told her that everybody’s got something that they are really good at. This is what I’m good at. Why I decided to do this is because I have the fire and passion for this. It is not just a drop-ship company, it has the ability to really flourish.
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Are network vendors ignoring serverless security?
Serverless and microservices are fast growing. I spoke with the CTO of the NY Times, who explained that the publication has bet big on serverless. However, I can easily see challenges associated with distributed cloud security. A fundamental challenge I've yet to see a network vendor solve is how to create a policy that reads as follows: Allow AWS Lambda code that transcodes video to write to a database hosted in an Azure SQL instance.
Sonos counters Apple’s HomePod by selling two speakers for same $349 price
But each company has at least some way of keeping things “open” on their respective speakers. Google Home lets users stream music from countless apps on their phone via Google Cast (or plain old Bluetooth). The Echo also supports Bluetooth playback for services that Alexa doesn’t work with, and Apple’s AirPlay has seen wide adoption among media apps. (Sonos has said it plans to add AirPlay 2 support to the Sonos One, which will allow you to control it with Siri.) But the message from Sonos is clear: the company insists it gives customers more flexibility and less hassle than what’s on offer from “big tech.”
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Amazon Kindle's best competitor just got a big leg up
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Photos: The 11 best wearables for business professionals
Using biometric vein recognition, the Biowatch can act as a password manager, ID, and work badge. When the user wears the watch and is in proximity to their device, they'll be able to unlock it without a password. The watch was showcased at CES 2018, but doesn't appear to be ready for purchase.
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Venmo can now instantly transfer money to your debit card for 25 cents
PayPal has finally rolled out its Instant Transfer feature on Venmo after first announcing that support would be coming last summer . The option allows Venmo users to pay an extra 25 cents to deposit funds to their debit cards in a matter of minutes rather than days. This is particularly useful if you need to cash out right before a holiday or on Sundays, which are times when banks typically do not process the withdrawal.
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Exclusive: ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the US
ICE agents can also receive instantaneous email alerts whenever a new record of a particular plate is found — a system known internally as a “hot list.” (The same alerts can also be funneled to the Vigilant’s iOS app.) According to the privacy assessment, as many as 2,500 license plates could be uploaded to the hot list in a single batch, although the assessment does not detail how often new batches can be added. With sightings flooding in from police dashcams and stationary readers on bridges and toll booths, it would be hard for anyone on the list to stay unnoticed for long.
Google: Chrome 64 is out now, giving you tougher pop-up blocker, Spectre fixes | ZDNet
Chrome 64 gets a stronger pop-up blocker ahead Google's new ad-blocking system that begins on February 15.
How to use Linux file manager to connect to an sftp server
You'd be hard-pressed to find a platform more powerful and more flexible than Linux. The SSH toolset is perfect example at how flexible Linux can be. And with the help of a good file manager, you can see how user-friendly that flexibility can be. If you have a need to upload and/or download files to a remote server, do not bother with the less secure FTP protocol, and jump right to SFTP. Your data will thank you.
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Google Play hit record 19 billion+ downloads in Q4 2017, its highest quarter ever
iOS, as is typical, led Google Play by a wide margin – nearly a 2x lead – with $11.5 billion in worldwide consumer spend in the quarter, the report found. This was driven in large part by the U.S, which was number one in consumer spend market share in Q4 2017 across iOS and Google Play.
How to Back Up Photos From iPhone to External Hard Drive
First, connect the hard drive to your Mac and make sure it shows up in the Finder’s sidebar. Copy something to the hard drive from the desktop just to make sure it works. If it doesn’t then it might not be formatted to use with a Mac (most external hard drives aren’t). If that’s the case, you’ll need to first reformat the hard drive to FAT format. More details on how to do that here .
Nintendo's ambitious bet on smartphone apps isn't paying off
For Apple, "Super Mario Run" was a major triumph. Here was a new
game in a beloved series from perhaps the world's best-known
video game developer, launching first on the iPhone. It was such
a big coup that Apple invited Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo
executive who created "Super Mario," onstage at its September
2016 keynote to announce it.
Here's what would happen to large countries if the internet shut down for 1 hour
"It was surprising to see just how immense China's losses would be compared to its peers; there's a gap of over $100 million between China in first place and the US in second place, which is indicative of the kind of money China's biggest e-commerce site, Alibaba, is generating," WBE's Alex English said in the report. "Though Amazon is fast establishing a monopoly on e-commerce in the western world, this research shows that an internet blackout in Asia could be far more costly."
How to install Microsoft Core fonts on Linux
Fonts. For some people the word is nothing more than five letters combined together, in a specific way, to make, well, a word. For a certain set of people, however, the word font is a gateway to wonder and a limitless landscape to be explored. If you're a Linux user, you know there's a certain subset of fonts that are very often required, but never installed by default. The fonts I'm talking about are the Microsoft Core fonts. These include the likes of Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana, and Webdings. Some of these fonts are pretty important, especially when you're having to exchange files with other users. Without Arial or Times New Roman, you might find yourself in a bit of pickle.
GDPR coming in 4 months, but only 38% of UK businesses are aware of it
As such, one would expect that companies are racing to get their data in order to avoid any penalties, but that isn't necessarily the case. According to the UK government data, "Among those aware of GDPR, just over a quarter of businesses and of charities made changes to their operations in response to GDPR's introduction."
The Best Battery Life Laptops of 2018
A laptop that can last for more than eight hours without a trip to a power plug should be enough to get you through a day's work, but that's not good enough to make it to the upper echelon. Each of the laptops, 2-in-1s, and Windows tablets we've selected lasts for more than 13 hours, which means that they can survive a full day at the office and still offer plenty of juice for watching videos on the couch.
Google Doodle lauds pioneering neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield
The American-Canadian was a pioneering neurosurgeon who expanded brain surgery's methods and techniques in the treatment of epilepsy. He was instrumental in mapping various functions of the brain, and his research on neural stimulation helped expand our understanding of hallucinations, illusions and déjà vu.
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