“Alexa, Why Hasn’t Amazon Made Earbuds Yet?”
In the age of AirPods and Pixel Buds, Echo-enabled earphones are a natural. But Amazon faces even more technical challenges than Apple and Google did.
The best ways to demo your new VR headsets
If you’ve recently purchased or been gifted a VR headset, you’ll probably want to demo some experiences to your family and friends. However, from the outset, it’s unclear how to optimize for the best experience. Which experiences should you show? In what order? How can you ensure that you’ve provided the best demo possible?
Karl Pilkington Strangely Predicts an Episode of BLACK MIRROR | Nerdist
Warning: mild spoilers follow for season four of Black Mirror. Even though part of a recent episode of Black Mirror was based on a short story written by magician Penn Jillette, we feel the folks behind the Netflix series may owe a thank you to comedian Karl Pilkington. "Black Museum" is the sixth episode of season four of the sci-fi and horror anthology series, Black Mirror. The episode consists of a few stories (it's an anthology in an anthology) showcasing proto-versions of futuristic tech we've seen in other episodes with some downright awful revelations of what can be done with them. They all, in some way, revolve around the transferring of consciousness. One story tells the tale of a coma victim's mind being uploaded into the mind of her husband while the other, the one based on Gillette's "The Pain Addict," deals with a doctor being able to feel what a patient is going through. And Pilkington shared the seeds of those ideas in 2007 and 2008. Pilkington spelled out the two
This live-stream of AI learning to play Super Mario Bros is awesome
A YouTuber is live-streaming the MarI/O AI, created by gaming wizard and AI programmer SethBLing, as it attempts to learn how to play Super Mario Bros.
Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers
The Meltdown flaw was discovered by Jann Horn, a security analyst at a Google-run security research group called Google Project Zero, last June. Mr. Horn was the first to alert Intel. The chip giant then heard from other researchers who had also discovered the flaw, including Werner Haas and Thomas Prescher, at Cyberus Technology; and Daniel Gruss, Moritz Lipp, Stefan Mangard and Michael Schwarz at the Graz University of Technology.
Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Beta 3 to Developers
Apple today officially seeded the third developer beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. With it, Apple is giving access to the next update to the desktop operating system to the developers out there in the wild, letting them prepare for the new software ahead of its public launch at some point in the future.
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iPhone battery health: How to check it on your own
After installing the app and granting it permission to run on your Mac, click on the iOS device tab, and look at the design capacity of your battery. Anything under 80-percent and you should take your phone in to have the battery replaced.
How to protect yourself from Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws
Instead of grouping different websites you browse together in a single process -- which helps save your computer's memory, among other things -- Site Isolation appears to make each website use its own individual instance of the Chrome browser. That way, it's harder for a malicious website to access data from other websites you're browsing (using these new CPU exploits) and potentially do bad things.
Security flaw found in Intel chips may also affect AMD and ARM processors
The flaw could potentially allow malicious programs to read login and password information on secure parts of the computer’s memory. But most unluckily, it might not be limited to the millions of Intel chip-based computers.
AT&T announces plans to start rolling out a true 5G network by the end of 2018
In addition to its true 5G network, AT&T has also said that it will continue to work on expanding its LTE and 5G Evolution networks (a name that it seems the company will be apparently continue to use, which probably won’t be confusing at all to consumers) over the course of 2018.
Lenovo updates ThinkPad lineup with Intel 8th-gen processors and USB Type-C power adapters
Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Lenovo unveiled updates to its laptop lineups: its ThinkPad X, ThinkPad T, and ThinkPad L series. The Chinese company promised thinner and lighter designs, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, broader facial recognition support for Windows Hello, and USB Type-C power adapters. Other devices shown off included a new mechanical Side Docking option, ThinkVision displays, and the Lenovo Tablet 10. All of them ship sometime this quarter.
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AT&T will launch real mobile 5G in 12 cities this year
No, AT&T isn't giving up on its not-really-5G wireless service. The provider currently has "5G Evolution" in 23 urban areas, and expects to bring it to "hundreds" of additional markets (not to mention additional devices) throughout 2018. Like it or not, there will probably a repeat of the confusion you saw when networks tried to market fast 3G as 4G , with the real 5G coexisting alongside souped up 4G for a while.
Quartet raises $40 million to bridge the physical and mental health care divide
Quartet , a technology platform that serves to bridge the gap between primary care and mental health providers, has raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Polaris Partners, with participation from existing investors including GV (Google Ventures) and Oak HC/FT.
Free, Open Source Modular Synth Software Lets You Create 70s & 80s Electronic Music—Without Having to Pay Thousands for a Real-World Synthesizer
Only the most finely-tuned ears, for example, can hear the difference between the highest-quality digitally modeled guitar amplifiers and effects and their real-world counterparts in the mix. Even the most high-end modeling packages don't cost as much as their real life counterparts, and many also come free in limited versions. So too the wealth of analog synth software, modeled to sound convincingly like the old and newly reissued analog boxes that can run into the many thousands of dollars to collect and connect.
Recent advances in deep neural networks has enabled algorithms to compose music that is comparable to music composed by humans. However, few algorithms allow the user to generate music with tunable parameters. The ability to tune properties of generated music will yield more practical benefits for aiding artists, filmmakers and composers in their creative tasks. Our goal is to build an end-to-end generative model that is capable of composing music conditioned with a specific mixture of musical style as a proof of concept.
An enterprise storage dictionary for non-experts
Tiering : This is the concept of using software policies to keep your data on the medium that's most appropriate to its nature. Fresh and important data might be readily available on enterprise-class SSDs in your SAN, in-between data may live on serial ATA drives on an older, slower SAN or NAS (or on your cloud), while long-term retention is relegated to the tape library. This is only an example; companies can tier their data up, down, or sideways in many combinations. Tiering software helps storage managers devise policies and puts them into motion.
Lenovo's business laptops are modernized all over for 2018
The S version of the T480 remains the line's lightest workhorse laptop, while the T580 15-inch model offers a discrete graphics option. All have IR cameras for Windows Hello log-in, fingerprint readers and the built-in camera cover.
Spotify confidentially filed IPO docs, wants to list in first half of 2018
( Reuters ) — Music streaming service Spotify has filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018 that would allow some longtime investors to cash out, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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Critical flaws revealed to affect most Intel chips since 1995
Most Intel processors and some ARM chips are confirmed to be vulnerable, putting billions of devices at risk of attacks. One of the security researchers said the bugs are "going to haunt us for years."
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Identity theft is alive and well--and fraudsters keep getting richer
New account identity fraud : If fraudsters can get an individual's Social Security number, they can use it to open bank accounts and/or sign up for credit cards in the victim's name. "Identity thieves will make large deposits of bad checks into an account on a Friday or Saturday, so they have extra time to withdraw the money before the checks are returned," Connick said. "Or they'll apply for a credit card online, using a stolen Social Security number and birth date and then max out the card and disappear."
iPhone sales could dip by 16 million units -- because battery
On Dec. 20, Apple admitted its iOS software slows down the performance of older iPhones . The company says iOS does this to counteract problems found in aging lithium-ion batteries. When a battery gets older, it doesn't hold a charge as well and can unexpectedly shut down if it's put under too much stress. Apple's software prevents that from happening by slowing performance. The company originally offered to replace bad iPhone batteries for $79.
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iMac Pro Now Available, Highest Spec Costs Over $13K
We knew that the base price of the iMac Pro was going to be $4,999, but that's before you consider the 10, 14, and 18-core Xeon processor options, the up to 128GB of RAM, up to 4TB of storage, and the more powerful Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory. If you want the very high end of performance inside you iMac Pro, that $5K price tag increases to an eye-watering $13,199.
Major Intel, Arm chip security flaw puts your PCs, phones at risk
Security researchers say a common processor design used by Intel and mobile chip tech designer Arm may leave the door open to exposing sensitive system data.
Why bots go bad: Curbing transgressive tendencies in AI
In her book Kill All Normies , which details the rise of what we know today as the alt-right, Angela Nagle describes trolls’ behavior as “transgressive” and a product of culture as it has played out online in the past decade. To be transgressive is to be provocative, often for provocativeness’ sake, blurring lines between irony and earnest volatility. This attitude has grown online and penetrated the mainstream, according to Nagle’s deep dive into the Internet’s darker corners. It’s bad enough that humans are vulnerable to this mindset and those that weaponize it — it’s clear now that AI is, too.
Apple Seeds tvOS 11.2.5 and watchOS 4.2.2 Beta 3 to Developers
Apple has officially today seeded the third developer beta for tvOS 11.2.5 and watchOS 4.2.2, both the next updates for each individual platform. As is the case with the minor upticks in numbers, this is a minor update, and it is not likely that either beta will introduce any major new forward facing features for the end user.
Lenovo preempts CES with new ThinkPads, Yoga, monitors
The value-focused ThinkPad L series will be getting updates to four models: The ThinkPad L380, the ThinkPad L380 Yoga, the ThinkPad L480, and the ThinkPad L580. Across the board they feature lighter form factors and thinner bodies, along with optional multi-touch displays and docking solutions, the release noted. Users who opt for the L580 also have the option of discrete AMD graphics. The models won't be available until February, but they're less expensive than the ThinkPad T series, with the ThinkPad L380 Yoga starting at $549, the L380 starting at $449, the L480 starting at $779, and the L580 starting at $769.
Ex-U.S. NSA contractor to plead guilty to massive theft of secret data
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. National Security Agency contractor has agreed to plead guilty to stealing classified information, according to court filings on Wednesday, in what may have been the largest heist of U.S. government secrets in history.
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The Unexplainable Ruins of Yanmen Shan Mountain
Along the side of Yanmen Shan mountain, located twenty kilometers to the east of Nanjing, China, the legendary Yangshan quarry can be found. Although it is believed to have been in use from at least the time of the Six Dynasties (220 – 589 AD), the majority of the work at Yangshan is still attributed to the wave of construction that took place after the Ming dynasty was founded in 1368 AD, when the new emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, chose nearby Nanjing to become his capital city.
Want your SSD to last a long time? Then do this
Generally, both AHCI and TRIM are enabled by default. You can check and change the former in the computer's BIOS setting. It varies depending on your computer, but with most systems you can enter the BIOS by tapping the Delete or F2 key as the computer boots up. Here, look for the storage section and change the value of "Configure SATA as" to "AHCI" (if it's not already AHCI). It's better to do this before you install the operating system, otherwise you'll need to install the storage drivers first before changing the value. Note that if you use two SSDs in a RAID configuration, then the RAID value (rather than AHCI) should be selected. Also if your computer doesn't have option for RAID or AHCI, but only IDE, then it's too old -- time to shop for a new computer.
How to enable Screen Sharing on Macs via Terminal
The command above will work most of the time, as it uses the kickstart method of enabling remote management, which in turn enables Screen Sharing as well for all users of the device. This isn't the most secure method and it's not recommended to be used like this for long periods of time due to the potential security risks of unauthorized access, but it should serve you well as a temporary workaround for the problem.
Roku Tips 'Connect' Smart Speaker Platform
Besides the smart speaker platform, Roku also announced its own voice assistant, the Roku Entertainment Assistant. Roku devices have had voice search for some time, but they've been limited to looking for content rather than controlling devices or getting additional information. The Roku Entertainment Assistant will enable playback of media with voice commands, including playing music through Roku Connect speakers even when the connected Roku TV or media streamer is turned off.
Lenovo’s latest ThinkPads have USB-C chargers and webcam security covers
Elsewhere in the ThinkPad 2018 lineup, Lenovo’s T and L series are also getting refreshed to include Intel’s latest 8th-generation processors. All three of Lenovo’s new ThinkPad T series include the ThinkShutter webcam cover, and the T480 and T580 also include a Windows Hello camera. The L value business laptops include robust support for USB-C with two ports each, and of course the USB-C power adapter itself.
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Dell says its new XPS 13 won’t be stained by mustard or permanent marker
Apparently, the material also gets very dirty. Dell says it’s aware of this, so it made sure the palm rest can be easily cleaned. It claims that if you get permanent marker, mustard, and other staining materials on the white surface, you’ll be able to wipe them off within a week without any issue. So just don’t leave your sandwich there for longer than seven days.
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Why everything might have taken so long
even with billions of bikers, and more than a hundred years, it took until very recently for there to be (e.g.) fat bikes with tires large enough to go anywhere, and all the benefits that provides. similar with packrafts, despite years of folk exploring, years of tech to make them, etc. so we know that seemingly low-hanging fruit either isn’t, or people just don’t bother (even millions or billions of people with relevant interests and decades). so the real question is why are we still so bad at finding and developing/commercializing relevant “inventions” (someone in other comments noted wheels on suitcases, which is another good example).
Chris Carter Doesn't Think There's a Future for X-Files Without Gillian Anderson
This week, Gillian Anderson re-iterated a statement she’d already made clear : X-Files ’ new season would be her final outing as Dana Scully . But in the wake of Anderson’s comments, X-Files creator Chris Carter has told fans and outlets that he still sees the potential for Scully’s return... because he doesn’t think there’s an X-Files without her.
94% of smart speakers used today are from Amazon or Google
"At this early stage it appears that Amazon and Google are successfully meeting customer needs, in spite of adopting contrasting strategies," David Watkins, director of Strategy Analytics' smart speakers service, said in the release. "This is good and bad news for competitors: it will be tough to dislodge Amazon and Google; but new approaches to smart speaker design and user experience can help win over new customers."
Verizon's 5G home networks will run on Samsung routers
The company's fixed wireless 5G service, slated to hit Sacramento and up to four other US cities before the end of 2018, will use Samsung hardware.
Apple buys app development service Buddybuild, team will join Xcode and drop Android support
Buddybuild, a Vancouver, Canada-based application development service, today confirmed that it has been purchased by Apple. In a reversal of Apple’s typical statement that “we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans” for “smaller technology companies” bought “from time-to-time,” Buddybuild itself explained exactly what it will be doing within Apple.
Holding ISPs accountable: Let's build an app to monitor net bias | ZDNet
When that happens we must prepare to fight back. We must empower ourselves as end-users and stop the content providers that serve us from being discriminated against. We will hold these huge telecoms and regional broadband providers accountable for their actions when they do eventually cross an unacceptable line.
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Look Out For These Warning Signs Before You Take That New Job
Leaving a job description loose-ended is a recipe for work disaster. Why? Because, as Crawford points out, if an employer can’t clearly define exactly what they want you to do, they may be keeping it vague so they can ask “employees to handle a variety of tasks for little pay” after they’re hired, says Crawford. Or, “They may be just trolling for possible employees to test the market versus actually really intending to hire someone.” If you’re still interested in the job, don’t leave the interview–and certainly don’t accept the position–until you “let the manager know you would like a clarification of the job description,” she says. If they can’t do it when asked, Crawford says, “beware.”
Apple Had to 'Reprogram' the MacBook Air-Shaped Roof on Chicago Store to Fix Snow Problem
At the time, it was reported that the style of the roof, which is meant to look like a closed MacBook Air, wasn’t designed to handle snow, thanks to the inherent slope in the design. As a result, there was a bit of a “moat” forming around the store, and there were also dangerous icicles hanging over the edge, which eventually led to the area around the glass-walled store being roped off.
Web Trackers Lift Email Addresses Via Browser's Autofill Feature
Two marketing firms appear to be behind the web tracking, which occurred over 1,100 websites, according to Princeton researchers.
Mobile developers: Here are the 3 certifications to consider in 2017
There aren't very many certifications available for mobile developers, but having one of them can definitely help you land a job. Here are three certifications to consider this year.
Apple's space-gray keyboards go for silly prices on eBay
Savvy eBay sellers are recouping some of their iMac Pro costs by selling off the rare and coveted space-gray keyboards and mice.
5 great apps for new runners
Many new runners may pick up a copy of Runner's World Magazine to learn tips and tricks, but don't overlook their app, Runner's World Go. It has tips and tricks for running better -- like the magazine -- but it also includes some goodies.