Steven Soderbergh shot an entire movie on an iPhone, and you can watch the first trailer now
The former Queen Elizabeth II plays a stalking victim committed to a mental institution against her will.
This iPhone X-style feature may come to the Galaxy S9
A teardown of new Samsung code may hint at features to come.
“SNL” Perfectly Captures How Hard It Is To Talk About Aziz Ansari And #MeToo
This week, “SNL” took on the recent charges against Aziz Ansari–from the point of view of those struggling to talk about it.
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As we announced earlier this month, we expect the amount of news in News Feed to go down as we focus on meaningful social interactions with family and friends over passive consumption. We are prioritizing local news as a part of our emphasis on high-quality news, and with today’s update, stories from local news publishers may appear higher in News Feed for followers in publishers’ geographic areas. This change is one of the many signals that go into News Feed ranking. For more, see our Publisher Guidelines .
The East Coast tunnel would likely be a years-long, multibillion-dollar project requiring approval from multiple jurisdictions, including the U.S. capital. City officials there have met with Musk’s team and say they’re open to “exploring options that improve mobility for residents and visitors to the nation’s capital,” according to a spokesman for Washington’s Department of Transportation. Boring Co. has said it’s not seeking government funding.
Microsoft Releases Windows Update To Disable Intel's Flawed Spectre Mitigation | HotHardware
The two most worrisome vulnerabilities in computers to have surfaced in recent months are Spectre and Meltdown , which were first first disclosed earlier this month. These flaws collectively affect processors from Intel , AMD, and ARM. The problem for some people, including Linus Torvalds , was that Intel's initial response was lackluster. After Intel finally got around to giving PC users a fix for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, the updates caused unexpected rebooting of some machines -- a new bug that Intel eventually confirmed .
What is ATM jackpotting? Hacker crime prompts a new warning from the Secret Service
Crime doesn’t pay, but sometimes it looks like it does, especially when hackers make an ATM spit out cash. The art of so-called ATM jackpotting, where ATMs are hacked to start doling out dollars–no PIN required–has been around for a while now (MIT’s Technology Review has been warning about this since 2010 ), but the Secret Service only recently sounded the alarm . That’s because while criminals have been using the hack in Asia and Europe for years, ATM jackpotting only recently became a threat in the United States , according to the blog Krebs on Security .
FCC chairman Ajit Pai opposes nationalized 5G network
"While I'm glad that the Trump Administration recognizes that maintaining American leadership in the information age requires a significant investment commitment, I'm concerned that constructing a nationalized 5G network would be both expensive and duplicative, particularly at a time when the Administration is proposing to slash critical federal investments in R&D and broadband support for unserved areas," he said in a statement.
Elon Musk's flamethrower makes $5 million in sales
The Boring Company decided to start selling a flamethrower over the weekend, as if Elon Musk needed to look more like a supervillain. His newest company has made $5 million in sales after the CEO announced the weapon on social media on Saturday.
The latest Adobe Photoshop update continues to flex its AI muscles
A new feature, called Select Subject, is now a part of the Quick Selection menu. Selection tools inside Photoshop help isolate items within an image. After isolating an item, you can manipulate it to suit your needs. Whether it's adding color saturation or blurring or extracting the item from the foreground, the selection tools in Photoshop can come in handy. Unfortunately, not all selections are done swiftly, due to rough edges around the object, such as fabrics or wispy hair. In theory, the machine learning known as Adobe Sensei has learned to recognize what the subject of a photo is and successfully select it for further processing.
How to permanently display the function keys for certain apps in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
That Touch Bar is capable of making your workflow a bit easier. But there's one sticking point—the function keys. In order to gain access to them, you must first hit the fn key, at which point they will appear on the Touch Bar. But what if you have particular apps that make heavy use of the function keys? You certainly don't want to have to constantly hit the fn key just to gain access to F1, F2, F3, etc. Having to do that throughout your workday can add significant keystrokes to an already carpal tunnel-inducing nine-to-five.
Windows 10 user data collected by Microsoft must be protected at all costs
Don't get me wrong. Microsoft's providing tools that show what data the company is collecting from Windows 10 users and how it's using that data to "improve" the operating system is helpful and should be embraced and encouraged. However, for all intents and purposes, we have sacrificed our expectations of privacy for the convenience of an up-to-date, and safe as it can be, Windows 10 operating system. More transparency with regard to that loss of privacy will be helpful.
Apple Cutting iPhone X Production to Half in Q1 2018
The Cupertino company has been forced to take this move after less than anticipated sales of the iPhone X during the holiday season in the United States, China, and Europe. The report cites that the poor sales could also lead Apple to defer its plans of using OLED panels across its entire iPhone lineup for 2018.
Trump's 5G plan could put 'US at economic risk,' say analysts
Additional spectrum issues also exist that could derail the plan. According to Gartner research vice president Mark Hung, the plan would focus on building a network using the mid-band spectrum (3.7-4.2 GHz), as opposed to the low-band currently used in commercial deployments. Using this band would be helpful in that "a single 500MHz block of spectrum that can enable multi-gigabit speeds, and wider coverage areas that could potentially reuse existing 4G infrastructure and reduce the need for network densification," Hung said.
CXOs believe AI, robotics will improve the workplace, outweigh cons
In the future, 69% of executives say "workforce" will refer to both humans and machine intelligence, the study found. The combined workforce of the future could lead to better business returns, the respondents said. Nearly three-fourths of executives said using machines to augment human abilities would lead to increased efficiency. Over 60% said it could be used to improve customer service.
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5 of these nine US regions will receive a grant to boost their smart city efforts
The goal is that Puerto Rico would replace damaged infrastructure with smart technology, improving efficiency. Puerto Rico is also seeking to develop a centralized program for sustainable development. In March, the Smart Cities Council will hold a workshop in Puerto Rico to help government officials develop a smart city roadmap.
Starting a project? Follow these 7 essential steps for successful requirements gathering
Once you have identified the key stakeholders, it's important to know the types of questions to ask that will get to the core of what a stakeholder's particular expectations are for deliverables. Learning how to ask the right questions to allow you to zoom in on requirements can be a bit of an art, but it is an important one to learn. Stakeholders may not know exactly what they're looking for, and this step may take multiple iterations to flush out the answers. Identify the most appropriate requirements gathering techniques to use, as this can vary from project to project. If the right questions are not being asked it can be difficult to accurately identify the project scope.
Why cryptocurrency wallets are prime targets for cyber-attacks
Hackers often fund illicit activity with cryptocurrency. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security firm High-Tech Bridge, explains why your digital wallet is a target.
Jackpotting cyberattack hits US, forces ATMs to spit out money for hackers
An ATM attack that has been popular outside the US for several years now appears to have made its way stateside.
This Is How To Turn Procrastination Into A Management Technique
It is important to train your direct reports on the skills they need to do their jobs well–because if they excel, that’s going to reflect well on you. However, sometimes that training involves knowing when to put off their requests. Yes, you heard right: There are times when procrastinating can actually be a powerful management strategy. Here’s when and why.
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Japan's Renesas dismisses report on talks to buy Maxim
TOKYO (Reuters) - Renesas Electronics Corp dismissed a media report that said the Japanese automotive chip maker was in talks to acquire U.S. chipmaker Maxim Integrated Products Inc.
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Stop banging on about how this is Strava's fault. It's not. Showing your location and movements is a feature of Strava, not a bug. The problem is people using it incorrectly, not Strava's 'release' of the data. This is how and why the app works!
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Apple reportedly planning three more Macs with its own chips inside them
With the iPhone and iPad, Apple has shown that it’s able to create processors that hugely outperform rivals. There are a lot of hurdles stopping Apple from just swapping in its own chips in place of the Intel-made ones that are currently inside Macs, so it’s not likely that’ll happen anytime soon. But the more Apple-made chips that make their way into the Mac, the closer we seem to get to that perhaps inevitable future.
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These artificial synapses fire millions of times faster than the ones in your brain, while using 1,000th the energy—and could someday underpin artificial intelligence. https://trib.al/AdiUVVp
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Hackers stole millions of dollars from an internet-connected storage system this weekend. The hacked cryptocurrency exchange, Coincheck, says it knows where the funds went and is tracking them. https://trib.al/M49lGn3
YouTube CEO's disappointing response to lack of women in tech completely missed the point
To which Wojicicki replied, "I think the problem is, is that computer science as a whole and tech as a whole has a reputation of being a very geeky male industry. And so if you look, not within the industry, but just as an educational pipeline, you see that we only have 20 percent of women graduating with computer science degrees, and that’s a problem in and of itself, because that means we don’t have enough people graduating who have those degrees. And you say, well, why is that? I think it has to do with these perceptions that the computer industry is, a geeky, not very interesting, not social industries, and it just couldn’t be further from the truth."
Pentagon reviews policy after fitness app reveals military locations
In a statement, the Pentagon said, "We take matters like these very seriously and are reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required, and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DOD personnel at home and abroad." Colonel Robert Manning said during a news briefing today that to his knowledge, no US bases had been compromised by Strava's Heat Map.
5 TED Talks about you and your emotions
The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, says historian Tiffany Watt Smith, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 1688 as an illness and considered deadly, today it's seen as a much less serious affliction. In this fascinating talk about the history of emotions, learn more about how the language we use to describe how we feel continues to evolve — and pick up some new words used in different cultures to capture those fleeting feelings in words.
Americans are using less energy by staying at home
Americans are using less energy -- paradoxically, by spending more time indoors, according to a new study in the journal Joule . But researchers point out that keeping more lights on was offset by lifestyle changes that kept people inside instead of roaming around offices and retail stores -- like, say, online shopping and working from home. Despite energy consumption worldwide increasing every year, this slight uptick in American hermitage reduced national energy demand by 1.8 percent over a year.
The Super Blue Blood Moon is coming — but there won’t be blood, and it won’t be blue
Not only is this a full Moon, but it’s technically a supermoon as well, meaning it will be closer to the Earth than usual. The Moon doesn’t orbit our planet in a perfect circle, but follows more of an elliptical path, so its distance from Earth varies. Supermoons occur whenever a full Moon is closest to Earth on its orbit, making it about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full Moons that are the farthest away from Earth.
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The death of macOS Server | ZDNet
Apple has long had a love/hate relationship with server operating systems and hardware. When Apple wanted to be a serious business player, it would play up its server offerings. When Steve Jobs focused Apple on consumers with iPhones and Macs, its server lines dropped out of sight. Now Apple is finally throwing in the towel on servers.
Can tiny high-tech anal beads cure your constipation?
a biotech solution under development at Thomas Jefferson University combine snippets of genetic material with “micro metal beads” that can be injected into tissues controlling the muscles of the sphincter
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Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and Spectre | ZDNet
Torvalds continued, "While Spectre/Meltdown has obviously been the big news this release cycle, it's worth noting that we obviously had all the *normal* updates going on too, and the work everywhere else didn't just magically stop, even if some developers have been distracted by CPU issues. In the *big* picture, 4.15 looks perfectly normal, with two thirds of the full 4.15 patch being about drivers ... not by CPU bug mitigation."
Stone Age crayon points to artsy ancient ancestors
Modern Crayola fans are part of a surprising lineage. Archaeologists discover Mesolithic people probably liked to draw with crayons, too.
4 ways Google Analytics can help you improve your website
Check in on your Google Analytics data periodically. For many small to midsize businesses, a look at Google Analytics data each month—or even each quarter—may be sufficient. And don't redesign your site on Tuesday just because you noticed traffic went down on Monday. (Well, that is, unless you're Amazon or Google. But both of those companies have years of data and huge numbers of customers. Most businesses don't.) Keep in mind that many businesses experience seasonal traffic changes. As you do with financial statements, compare data to the same period for the prior year. If you've made adjustments—that is, if you've acted on the data above—the difference should show up in the numbers.
DJI Mavic Air vs. Mavic Pro vs. Spark: Which is right for you?
In light of the Air announcement, its shortcomings are more visible, though. It has a lower resolution camera mounted on a two-axis gimbal that stabilizes for tilt and roll, but not pan, which is handled digitally. Battery life is short at up to 16 minutes, but it's more like 10 to 14 minutes depending on wind and how hard you're pushing it. Also, unless you spend more money for the controller, you're limited by its wireless range that maxes out at 100 meters (328 feet) away and 50 meters (164 feet) high, unobstructed and free of interference. Still, it's likely to be enough camera drone for most people.
ATM jackpotting reaches US shores | ZDNet
"While at present these appear focused on non-NCR ATMs, logical attacks are an industry-wide issue," the NCR alert, sent on 26 January, reads. "This represents the first confirmed cases of losses due to logical attacks in the US. This should be treated as a call to action to take appropriate steps to protect their ATMs against these forms of attack and mitigate any consequences."
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The Best Baby Monitors of 2018
Many of the baby monitors we've tested are internet-connected, letting you watch infant with your phone or tablet through an app just as if you were checking a home security camera. Because of this, you might not actually get a standalone display to go along with the camera. They aren't out of the question, however; some camera-only baby monitors offer viewers as an add-on or in a bundle. And if there aren't any available, you can simply get an inexpensive tablet like the Amazon Fire to use as a dedicated viewer.
Super Bowl fans will likely stay home on Sunday
All those Super Bowl house parties this Sunday likely mean big bucks for liquor stores and supermarkets. But sports bars? The Big Game probably costs them money.
Strava lesson: Share fitness data online? Check these privacy settings now | ZDNet
I'm a runner and use various services to collect, analyze, and share my activity data in order to help me improve, motivate me to keep going, and sometimes even to brag a bit. However, one of the first things I do with each of these services is jump into the privacy settings and make sure I'm not sharing too much of where I travel daily. Some services are opt-in, but others are opt-out, so it behooves you to go right now and check your settings on your preferred services.
Nokia targets 5G future with new chipsets that boast 3x capacity
Nokia's new ReefShark 5G chipset will be available in Q3 2018. A single chipset will triple the throughput of an existing baseband station from 28 Gbps to 84 Gbps, reduce power consumption by 64%, and greatly reduce antenna size requirements.
Goop’s conference featured an HIV/AIDS denier despite outcry
This weekend, Lululemon-clad wellness aficionados descended on New York for the In Goop Health summit, where they learned about trendy workouts, nibbled on Instagram-worthy organic food, and heard from a doctor who doesn’t think HIV causes AIDS, despite conclusive science saying it does.
Russian Bot Trump Retweets Neared 500K During Campaign
As was first reported by Bloomberg , Russian-linked automated Twitter accounts retweeted Trump's tweets 469,537 times from Sept. 1 through Nov. 15, 2016, Twitter wrote in the document , which was published Friday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Tweets from Hillary Clinton's account received 47,846 retweets from Russian bots during the same time period.
Qualcomm Is (Almost) Ready To Take On Apple’s AirPods Now
At CES, Qualcomm revealed its plan to get with the times. The company’s upcoming QCC5100 chip is three times more battery-efficient than its predecessor for basic audio playback, and builds in support for new features such as active noise cancellation, fitness tracking, and hands-free voice commands. To handle all those activities, it’s also twice as fast.