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Today in Apple history: Meet the 'Blue and White' Power Mac G3 | Cult of Mac

On January 5, 1999, Apple introduced its revised Power Mac G3 minitower, often nicknamed the "Blue and White G3."

If Zoolander were looking for a new phone it would be the Tiny T1

The T1 is roughly the size of a domino and can make calls and send SMS messages.

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Mark Zuckerberg says fixing Facebook is his ‘personal challenge’ for 2018

Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook has “a lot of work to do” when it comes to harassment, election interference, and making sure that it’s a meaningful platform to be on. So he’s making it his “personal challenge” for 2018 to “focus on fixing these important issues,” the Facebook co-founder and CEO wrote on his own Facebook page early Thursday.

2 Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect all Mac and iOS devices

“Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre,” it added. “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.

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What are Meltdown and Spectre? They are vulnerabilities in computer chips. We explain what they are and what you should do about them. 

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The 'Swatch of smartphones' highlighted by new OnePlus 5T Sandstone White:

Travis Kalanick is going to sell 29% of his stake in Uber to Softbank

The purchase by Softbank and a group of other investors means Uber will have a valuation of around $48 billion now. For Kalanick, it means he’ll become a billionaire for the first time.

Reg Saddler on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips | ZDNet

Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed.

8 Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving Apple Music this year

One of the main reasons why Apple purchased Beats might leave the company this year. According to Hits Daily Double , Billboard and Bloomberg , Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine is already preparing for his exit sometime in August after he gets his final payout from Cupertino's $3 billion Beats purchase. Iovine, a famous producer and Interscope Records' co-founder, created the audio company with Dr. Dre back in 2006. He headed Apple Music after Beats' acquisition , but he has a long history working with the iPhone-maker and is often cited as one of the key players who made iTunes and the iPod possible.

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

HP recalls laptops after several batteries overheat

Laptops sold between December 2015 and December 2017 may be powered by a battery that's prone to overheating or even melting.

Windows Meltdown-Spectre patches: If you haven't got them, blame your antivirus | ZDNet

Microsoft has warned users that its patches for the dangerous Meltdown CPU bug won't reach them if their third-party antivirus hasn't been updated to support this week's Windows security update.

Apple’s App Store–and iOS developers–had a great 2017

Apple issued a press release this morning with some good news about the App Store in 2017, both for the company and for iOS developers:

13 tiny details in 'Black Mirror' Season 4 you probably missed

Computer text is always a good place to start your Easter egg hunt, and "Metalhead" doesn't disappoint. If you pause the screen and zoom in when that guy's desperately attempting to start that van near the beginning of the episode, the first thing you'll see is this:

Apple says all iOS devices, Macs affected by processor flaws

Apple said, though, that "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time," and for a hacker to exploit the flaws, there would also have to be a malicious app loaded on a Mac or iOS device. Apple recommended to only download software from trusted locations like its App Store to avoid software with malware.

​How Linux is dealing with Meltdown and Spectre | ZDNet

In an email, Red Hat security wrote that the vulnerability affects x86 (Intel and AMD chipsets), POWER 8, POWER 9, System z, and ARM processors. AMD claimed its chips aren't vulnerable. In a statement, AMD said, "AMD is not susceptible to all three [attack] variants. Due to differences in AMD's architecture, we believe there is a near zero risk to AMD processors at this time."

Gemalto launches a new contactless credit card with a fingerprint reader

Gemalto said users of the new card, currently limited to Bank of Cyprus customers for now, will have to enroll their fingerprint at a local branch. A fingerprint template is captured and stored during that enrollment process and is stored on the card. When a customer places their fingerprint on the credit card sensor in a store, a comparison is performed between the enrolled fingerprint and the reference data stored in the card.

Top 5: Tech trends that will make headlines in 2018

With each new year comes a fresh crop of tech stories. Here are Tom Merritt's predictions about the five topics we'll hear most about in 2018.

The Huawei Mate 10 Lite's price is just right

As the name suggests, it's a midrange phone, selling for AU$499 in Australia, which converts to $380 and £280. No details on when or if it'll come to the US or UK, but it can be imported online from around AU$350, or roughly $270/£200.

How to deploy and use a MySQL Docker container

When you install MySQL on a Linux machine, you will either be prompted to create a database admin password during or after installation. However, we have just deployed a Docker container that already has the database installed and running. How do we make use of that database without having set a password? Fortunately, it's actually quite easy. During the deployment, a random password will have been generated for you to use. To see that password, issue the command:

Dell XPS 13 update showcases new tech, design for 2018

You can pick from 4K UHD- or full HD-resolution touch displays or a full HD non-touch one, all with a max brightness of 400 nits. Dell said it fixed an issue with color shifting at max brightness, too, so the 4K UHD version will still have 100 percent sRGB color gamut at 400 nits (the full HD screens are 72 percent sRGB). The webcam is still at the bottom, but at least it's centered now, and it's an infrared camera for logging in with facial recognition. You can get a fingerprint reader built into the power button, too.

Google Apps Script vulnerability could lead SaaS apps to download malware

"SaaS platforms remain a 'Wild West' for threat actors and defenders alike," Bin wrote. "New tools like Google Apps Script are rapidly adding functionality while threat actors look for novel ways of abusing these platforms. At the same time, few tools exist that can detect threats generated by or distributed via legitimate software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms. This creates considerable opportunities for threat actors who can leverage newfound vulnerabilities or use 'good for bad': making use of legitimate features for malicious purposes."

5 TV technologies I hope we’ll see at CES 2018 (but probably won’t)

I've been hoping for a new model from them, or HTC, or even a new competitor, ideally with a bigger and/or higher resolution screen -- but nothing so far. I doubt we'll see that at CES, but it'd be neat.

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

Intel says performance impact of security updates not significant

(Reuters) - Intel Corp ( INTC.O ) said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, rebuffing concerns that the flaws found in microprocessors would significantly reduce performance.

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Bitcoin mania fuels Ripple and other virtual currencies, creating new class of billionaires. "If this is a tulip fever, the fever has spread to chrysanthemums and poppies," writes @nathanielpopper 

Analysis Shows Apple Product Launch Delays Increased Two-Fold under Tim Cook

This has led to an increase in waiting time to acquire an Apple product once it is announced by the company. Under Steve Jobs, the average time was around 11 days while under Tim Cook it has increased to 23 days. More importantly, perhaps, three brand new and major product launches under Tim Cook have been delayed significantly. This includes the Apple Watch, AirPods, and the HomePod. These delays can sometimes lead to the product missing the important holiday season which can affect its overall sales. The same happened with AirPods in 2016 and with the HomePod in 2017. The latter’s delay was duly capitalized by Amazon and Google with their smart speakers being among the most popular tech items to be sold in December.

Samsung gives the 13-inch Notebook 7 Spin a few modest updates

We're a little less thrilled that the 2018 Spin has one fewer full-size USB port (leaving just one Type C port, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port) and a slightly smaller battery than its predecessor. Here's hoping those omissions are reflected in the machine's final price tag. The Spin's design is slightly different, too — while the original had one long hinge that spanned almost the entire length of the display, the 2018 version has a more traditional two-hinge setup. This probably won't pose problems for too many Samsung fans, but the original's long hinge design was a neat flourish that also helped the machine feel a little more stable.

Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it

Spectre, applicable to chips from Intel, AMD, and ARM, and probably every other processor on the market that offers speculative execution too, is more subtle. It encompasses a trick testing array bounds to read memory within a single process, which can be used to attack the integrity of virtual machines and sandboxes, and cross-process attacks using the processor's branch predictors (the hardware which guess which side of a branch is taken and hence controls the speculative execution). Systemic fixes for some aspects of Spectre appear to have been developed, but protecting against the whole range of fixes will require modification (or at least recompilation) of at-risk programs.

Solid state LiDAR to debut at CES (but only for developers) | ZDNet

Only more recently, with the advent of self-driving technology, has LIDAR been poised for wider adoption. The technology remains expensive, though prices have plummeted 90 percent compared to just a few years ago, a testament to the pace of development and the scale of competition in self-driving technology. Devices have also gotten drastically smaller. Alphabet-owned Waymo is often credited with leading the charge to bring prices for LiDAR arrays, which cost $75,000 per unit in the early 2000s, down rapidly.

Apple, researchers eye patches to solve Intel chip flaws

FRANKFURT/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Security issues with Intel Corp ( INTC.O ) microchips are only slowing computers slightly, technology companies said, as researchers played down the need for mass hardware replacements to protect millions of devices from hackers.

Neutrogena has made an iPhone scanner that magnifies your skin issues

The SkinScanner product was made in partnership with a New York-based company called Fitskin. It’s a tool that slides onto the top of your iPhone and uses 12 LED lights and a 30x magnification lens to capture an up-close image of your skin. It also has a moisture sensor, around the rim of the lens. You open the app, press the device right onto your face, and take a series of images. Glamour shots these are not: these are close-up readings of your skin’s moisture levels, wrinkles, and pore size.

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Kohler brings Alexa to your bathroom, so you can talk to your toilet and your mirror while you shave.

Your guide to data analytics and machine learning

Today’s smart computers can beat board game champions, master video games, and learn to recognize cats. No wonder artificial intelligence has captured the imaginations of business and IT leaders. And indeed, AI is starting to transform processes in established industries, from retail to financial services to manufacturing. Read this guide from Google Cloud and learn how you can unlock the transformational power of information and get useful insights from a vast and complex landscape of data.

Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console in US history

The Nintendo Switch has sold 4.8 million units within the first 10 months of its release in the United States, making it the fastest selling console in US history.

35 GoPro plans to cut 300 jobs as Karma drone division struggles

GoPro was originally developing a drone with DJI, but elected to go it alone to develop the Karma. Shortly after it was released, however, buyers reported that it was dropping out of the sky, reportedly because its batteries were disconnecting. It also faced competition from DJI's Mavic Pro drone, which had features that the Karma lacked on release like a "follow me" mode.

Uber Co-Founder Kalanick Plans to Sell 29% of His Shares in Company

Travis Kalanick plans to sell 29% of his shares in Uber Technologies Inc., the ride-hailing giant he co-founded, as part of a broader investment deal led by SoftBank Group Corp., people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Kalanick, who was pushed out from his role as Uber’s chief executive last year but remains on the board, plans to sell the stake of about $1.4 billion in the tender offer for Uber shares by a SoftBank-led consortium, the people said. That tender offer, which concluded late last month, values Uber at $48 billion—a...

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Google invests undisclosed sum in Chinese game streaming service Chushou, which has now raised $120M+; Chushou claims ~8M streamers and 250K live streams a day ( @catecadell / Reuters) … …

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These are some of the biggest issues that members of the blockchain world will have to work through if the new year is going to realize the potential that was so highly touted in the last. 

What You Need to Do Because of Flaws in Computer Chips

Your operating system and apps typically have a button you can click to check for software updates. For example, in Google’s Chrome browser on a computer, you can click on the three dots in the upper-right corner and click Update Google Chrome. To update Windows, click the Start button and click through these buttons: Settings, Update & security, Windows Update and Check for updates. To update the Mac system, open the App Store app and check the Updates tab for the latest software.

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The Bitcoin boom is being eclipsed by other virtual currencies. If this is a tulip fever, the fever has spread to chrysanthemums and poppies 

41 Google eyes Chinese e-sports market with investment in Chushou

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s ( GOOGL.O ) Google has joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou that brings the startup’s total funding to $120 million, as the U.S. firm eyes new inroads to China where its search engine is blocked.

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Apple says all Macs, iPhones and iPads are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week

Infographic: 730 North American Birds In A Single Chart

Whether they’re fat pigeons waddling on the subway platforms or a raven crying “nevermore” on your mantel, America is filled with birds: over 730 distinct species, all flapping, squawking, and strutting across this great country of ours. So leave Brooklyn’s Pop Chart Labs to put all of them into a single chart, worthy of John James Audubon himself.

How to install Prey to keep track of your laptop's location

You can then set the device as Missing or take other action on the device like sound an alarm, send a message, and more. Once you set a device as missing, Prey will then record a log that includes a screenshot of what's happening on the device, the IP of the device, and a map of it's current location, which can be viewed from within the Prey Dashboard in the Activity Logs for the device. The report will also be emailed to the address associated with your Prey account. Hopefully that information will be enough to help you locate and reclaim your laptop.

Why CES 2018 is critical for Samsung

Still, this year's CES is critical for Samsung because it marks the expansion of its Bixby voice assistant beyond smartphones. We'll likely see Bixby pop up in televisions and some home appliances, and we could hear about Samsung's bigger plans for the technology. Samsung may also talk about other services and offerings beyond its normal unveilings of new gadgets.

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Average price bitcoin investors would sell is at nearly $200,000: Survey

Germany vs Elsevier: universities win temporary journal access after refusing to pay fees

Academic-publishing experts around the world are keenly observing the situation in Germany. The nationwide deal sought by scientists includes a open-access option, under which all corresponding authors affiliated with German institutions would be allowed to make their papers free to read and share by anyone in the world. This would be a milestone for global efforts to make the results of publicly funded research immediately and freely available to scientists and the wider public in all countries, they say.

Four Reasons Resumes No Longer Work

Technology has changed the marketplace, and HR is the only vertical that hasn’t seen a rapid transition, says Carisa Miklusak, CEO of the algorithmic hiring platform tilr . “Right now tech isn’t giving people a fair opportunity to compete,” she says. “Before you blame the resume, you need to understand that they’re a byproduct of old employer values. Titles and years of experience are no longer a person’s number-one currency.”

How to find your IP address using Google, Siri, or Cortana

Virtual assistants can help, too. You can ask Cortana or Siri "what is my IP address?" or say "OK Google, what is my IP address?" Each assistant will be able to tell you your public IP address easily.

30 Amazing Machine Learning Projects for the Past Year (v.2018)

Open source projects can be useful for data scientists. You can learn by reading the source code and build something on top of the existing projects. Give a plenty of time to play around with Machine Learning projects you may have missed for the past year.

51 POINT-OF-SALE TERMINALS: How evolving merchant demands are pushing POS terminal providers to up their game in an increasingly competitive environment
52 Spotify Now Has 70 Million Paid Subscribers [Updated: Tweet is Back!]
53 AT&T aims to have real 5G in 12 markets by the end of 2018
54 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
55 Facebook says people are OK with video ads that interrupt content, as long as they are short
56 instructables on Twitter
57 Lifehacker on Twitter
58 Exclusive: Renault-Nissan sets up $200 million fund to tap startups: s
59 22 different flashlight apps in Google Play were found to contain malicious adware
60 Music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 is a surprisingly nice feature to have
61 This smart mirror can control a new line of voice-activated gadgets from Kohler
62 Six Steps To Get Promoted This Year
63 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
64 Here are the 10 safest low-cost airlines in the world
65 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
66 Photos: 15 TSA-friendly business travel accessories
67 Self-Driving Car Companies Are Going To Shake Up This Year’s CES
68 Here's your guide to all 23 versions of the Porsche 911 on sale right now
69 Windows 10 tip: How to install a new font and manage a font collection | ZDNet
70 The 10 best compact cameras in 2018
71 Google’s Tough Choice On How To Warn The World About Super Bugs
72 The creators of Neko Atsume are back with a game about an adventuring frog
73 Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone
74 China offers 10-year visas to top 'talent'
75 How to easily share USB devices using USB Network Gate
76 Reg Saddler on Twitter
77 Lifehacker on Twitter
78 Is Genetic Testing Part Of The Solution To The Opioid Crisis?
79 Why we need to stop using personally identifiable information as a form of access
80 Musician's White Noise YouTube Video Gets 5 Copyright Claims
81 5 big data focal points for CDOs and CIOs in 2018
82 The iPhone X and iPhone 8 lack a slick feature the Galaxy S8 rocks
83 País PPT on Twitter
84 Europe's smart home powerhouse Homey heads to US: here’s why you should care
85 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
86 Ethereum reaches $1000 milestone
87 Lifehacker on Twitter
88 Head of Offline Marketing & Partnerships
89 Why CES Might Not Be So Boring This Year
90 HP's newest 'zero' client offers improved security, VMware and Amazon integrations
91 Gizmodo on Twitter
92 calio/awesome-2017
93 HBO confirms Game of Thrones won’t be back until 2019
94 The Hive View is a security camera that won't look out of place in a home
95 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
96 These Poverty-Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows
97 Can municipal broadband save the open internet?
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