Every 'Black Mirror' episode ever, ranked by overall dread
Just how much faith in humanity will you lose with each hour?
Amazon's Alexa Will Help Power a Pair of Smart Glasses
The product from Vuzix will reportedly cost $1,000 and launch later this year.
AI Weekly: If we create artificial intelligence, will we know it?
When people talk about creating an artificial intelligence, the conversation is often focused on human or superhuman AI -- systems that would equal or surpass us in intelligence. But what if we create an artificial intelligence that's deserving of respect, but don't recognize it as such?
Here's where you can watch all the Golden Globe Best Picture nominees
Still catching up on this year's Golden Globes Best Picture nominees? Here's where you can watch them.
Belkin expands its roster of wireless chargers
With wireless charging becoming a more standard feature on new phones, Belkin's bringing out several new wireless charging accessories later this year.
Singapore reviews move to introduce legislation against fake news | ZDNet
The government added that Singapore was a vulnerable target due to the country's highly diverse racial and religious population. "Online falsehoods pose real and serious challenges. The incidents around the world demonstrate the serious nature of the issues," it said. "Singapore should not wait for an incident to occur. We have to learn from the experiences of other countries what the risks are and what can be done about them."
Wi-Fi can flail with lots of devices in your home. Get ready for some fixes
In olden days, most of us got by with one Wi-Fi access point beaming data around our house, and tough luck if your bedroom happened to be too many walls away to get a good signal. Now multiple routers are more common, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has begun work to let multiple network devices cooperate automatically so the data gets where it needs to be without our having to manually link this phone to that router and that light bulb to that one.
Trump rejects author's accusations, calls self 'stable genius'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”
This Sunday the busiest online dating day, Match.com says
Commentary: The dating site estimates a 42 percent spike in searches for love this Sunday. But why now?
HP laptop battery alert: We're recalling these models due to overheating fears | ZDNet
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It's time to fix Facebook, says Mark Zuckerberg
Following these revelations, Facebook vowed to employ over 1,000 extra staff to review advertising, and invest in machine learning to identify and remove ads that violate its policies. It also said it would require more thorough documentation from advertisers placing political ads on the site
Hide Siri in your wall with this ConnectSense Outlet
It makes sense to pay a little more for seamless smarts integrated into your home without the extra bulk of a switch, but hopefully ConnectSense can bring the price down somewhat. A low price would help the ConnectSense In-Wall Outlet stand out, as you currently have lots of options for smart switches .
Miiverse archive recovers 17TB of social mirth after Nintendo’s shutdown
Further ReadingBehind the effort to archive Nintendo’s disappearing social network Archiverse comes online after a massive scraping effort that started in earnest once Nintendo announced Miiverse's imminent shutdown last August. "Any time a social network goes down, we lose a ton of data," Archive Team's Tim Miller told Ars when that work started. "Part of history, our culture, is lost. In Miiverse, especially in the art section, you can see people really investing a lot of their time and energy in it. And being able to save that for others to see and experience is extremely important."
More than 91% of files breached in 2017 were controlled by business enterprises
The ITRC reports that of the total number of files breached in 2017, 91.4% were controlled by business enterprises. This is unacceptable--and IT pros know they must do better.
The Definitive Technology D9 speaker’s sweet sound tickles your ears
The D9's crisp lines and quality feel offer no immediate clues about the speaker's sweet demeanor, but closer inspection reveals a rather unusual feature, nearly the entire top surface of the speaker hosts a 5x9 inch passive bass radiator, This rectangular driver augments the sound from a five-and-a-quarter inch mid/bass woofer which itself sports an impressive looking phase plug. Completing the driver complement there's a 1-inch annealed aluminum dome tweeter which is offset to the left or right. The cabinet, finished with six coats of black gloss paint, measures 11.7x6.5x12 inches, the two front drivers are mounted to a thick, bead-blasted aluminum baffle, and the cloth grilles are magnetically attached. The D9's impedance is rated at 8 ohms.
Samsung Gear VR smartglasses help visually impaired see the world more clearly
"Since launching five years ago, our C-Lab program has gained exciting momentum across Samsung, helping foster an innovation culture, and providing avenue for our creative, talented employees to pursue innovative new projects. We will continuously introduce innovative projects through our C-Lab program," Jaiil Lee, vice president and head of the Creativity & Innovation Center at Samsung Electronics, said in the release.
How to Build a Social Media Army
At the end of the day, it’s through the efforts of a great team that success is achieved. Whether you’re a social media marketer or a superhero, the principles are the same – if your team know what they need to do, if your attack is well organised and if you’re using the resources you have at your disposal, it’s only a matter of time before you overcome your adversaries.
Forbes Tech News on Twitter
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3 things you can do to protect yourself against the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws
There's one thing to keep in mind, however: You have to update your operating system, the chip inside your computer, as well as your web browser. You can't just pick one, as it won't fully protect you against the bugs.
Warrantless phone, laptop searches at the US border hit record levels
One leading Democratic senator says the newly-enacted directives explicitly allow border officials to try to bypass the password or encryption on a device without reasonable suspicion.
Microsoft drops plans to integrate Cortana with Dynamics 365 | ZDNet
Microsoft won't be integrating Cortana with its Dynamics 365 ERP/CRM services, after all. So far, at least, officials aren't saying why.
BenQ makes 4K projectors affordable at last
If you want a big screen, 4K resolution is the way to go, and there's no bigger screen than a projector. Until recently, 4K projection has been fearsomely expensive, until, that is, the $1,499 BenQ CineHome HT2550. It's the cheapest model we've seen yet.
Jeb Corliss: You can't be successful without taking risks
Entrepreneurs thrive on risk. But risk has consequences, says wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss. You can transform failure to success with planning, preparation, and remaining laser-focused on your goals.
Internet giants to join net neutrality legal battle
Supporters of net neutrality say the FCC's rules are necessary to ensure broadband companies don't abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter supported the 2015 rules, which were the strictest ever to be passed by the agency to protect internet openness. But broadband providers say the rules were too onerous and stifled investment. Broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon support the FCC's repeal of the rules.
US border agency searched 30,200 phones and computers in 2017
Travelers can be subjected to the searches whether or not they're US citizens. Border Patrol agents have conducted the searches since before Trump's election. The number of searches increased by about 59 percent from 2016 to 2017, the year Trump took office.
How the Meltdown and Spectre security holes fixes will affect you | ZDNet
Richard Morrell, CTO and security lead of Falanx , a cyber defense company, said in a technical note to customers [sic], "Amazon, Rackspace, and Verizon along with Microsoft are rebooting swathes of their infrastructure during Friday - Sunday 5th - 8th January. If you are a cloud customer of any provider please seek clarification from your provider. The changes may affect your application performance and your DevOps/Agile leads should consult your vendor to determine if they expect impact at this time."
Hands On With the Sandstone White OnePlus 5T
As the name implies, the Sandstone White OnePlus 5T features a textured, grainy finish that's created by sandblasting the metal body of the phone with a "mixture of natural minerals and white oil paint" after the first two coats of paint are applied, before finishing with a final layer of UV coating. All of the other controls are black, save for the proprietary alert slider, which is fashioned from anodized red aluminum. It's not a million parsecs away from the recent Star Wars limited edition , come to think of it.
Acer unveils 4 new laptops, including ‘the world’s thinnest’
Acer claims this year’s Swift 7 (SF714-51) is “the thinnest computer in the world” with a thickness of 8.98mm (0.35-inches). The company says its assertion is based on its own internal survey conducted on January 8, 2018, of “competing clamshell laptop designs available on the market” running Windows or OS X. If slimness is your prime concern, the tradeoff is you can’t get 8th-generation Intel Core processors — the Swift 7 is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor. It does, however, offer integrated 4G LTE connectivity, a 14-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen with Full HD resolution, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
Best iPhone X/iPhone 8 accessories from $6 to $200 | ZDNet
I use to suffer from battery life anxiety whenever I needed to use my iPhone heavily, but I've overcome that by carrying a small external battery pack with me when I'm out and about. Yes, I know that I could go through all my settings disabling everything, but why carry an iPhone around with me in the first place if it can't do anything?
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
"We’re in a ‘Catch-22’ phase [with drone piloting] … new industry won’t move unless there is a trained workforce, but it’s also hard to justify training students for jobs that are [only] promised in the future." https://trib.al/OJubyL7
Phone OLED vs TV OLED: What’s the difference?
To get around this, phone OLEDs often use a " PenTile " or diamond arrangement. This means that instead of a simple square grid of red, green and blue subpixels, there are fewer red and blue subpixels compared to green. Which is to say, for a phone with a 2,436x1,125 resolution there are 2,436x1,125 (2,740,500) green subpixels, but only 1,370,250 each for red and blue. The red and blue subpixels are essentially "shared" with the adjacent green, which your eye is more sensitive to anyway. The below arrangement, used in the Samsung-built screen on the iPhone X, is one way to do this, but there are possible layouts.
Blade Shadow heads to the US to slay your PC
Blade is focusing on gamers for a variety of reasons. It's the one consumer bright spot in desktop sales, in part because a segment of gamers spend a lot of money to keep their systems current and running at the fastest possible speeds, so monthly payments for this shouldn't faze them. Plus, esports require a fair bit of power in the most compact footprint possible -- like the Shadow's Box. And gamers are the Broadway of computing: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Functional programming finally goes mainstream | ZDNet
Forrester has recently released our take on functional programming (FP), " The New Dawn Of Functional Programming ." While FP isn't a new concept, for tech professionals "functional programming" is going to become inescapable over the next 18 months -- that is, if it isn't already on your radar. But FP is a complex concept, even for some rockstar developers. Here's what you need to know about functional programming:
Finally: A 65-inch TV you can roll up like a poster and take with you
Flat, stiff OLED TVs by LG and others currently deliver the best picture quality available and there's no reason to think this concept, rollable display won't match them. LGD -- it's technically a separate company from LG Electronics, or LGE -- doesn't yet mention prosaic details like when it will hit the market, how much it might cost or even how it manages to remain flat and watchable after being unrolled, but who cares? This is a friggin' rollable TV, dude!
Nissan's plan for safer autonomous driving? Connect the car to a human brain
Instead of removing the human element completely, the driver's brain activity is measured and sent to the car using a headband, the announcement said. The car can then predict human actions such as braking or accelerating and begin the action more quickly, potentially leading to safer, less stressful driving.
Spotify gains 10 million new paid members every 5-6 months
As you can see, Spotify’s growth as a percentage is slowing, but that is to be expected, given that the overall number of paying members has gone up. But the key figure is the actual number of users gained, which is increasing at a constant rate of around 10 million new paid users every 5-6 months.
After outcry, CES sponsor says more women will be heard at confab
In a letter Friday to the founder of a nonprofit focused on gender diversity, the Consumer Technology Association said it was committed to changing the status quo and would "redouble ...efforts to expand women's voices throughout the conference and as featured speakers" at next year's CES. It also said two women will be among the panelists for one of the featured discussions at this year's event.
Zero-day vulnerabilities hijack full Dell EMC Data Protection Suite | ZDNet
Security researchers have discovered a set of zero-day vulnerabilities within the Dell EMC Data Protection Suite Family products which allow attackers to fully hijack systems.
The DeanBeat: What to expect from CES 2018 — the stupid and the good
Augmented reality will have 24 exhibitors, up 20 percent, across 10,900 square feet, up 30.5 percent. AR has a small base, but it doesn’t have as steep a hill to climb as VR right now. The problem is that I am starting to see a lot of really “just OK” AR, which doesn’t really fool me into thinking that blending the unreal and the real can be seamless. Smart glasses could be so cool, but it’s a little hard to say when Moore’s Law, or the prediction that the number of transistors on a chip will double every couple of years, will deliver technological progress that makes these devices more affordable and better. Moore’s Law has worked miracles over decades, but it can’t do so much from one year to the next.
At CES, LulzBot Will Use 3D Printers...to Make 3D Printers
"We announced ten new products at the end of November 2017," Aleph Objects Director of Marketing, Ben Malouf said. "We're excited to be highlighting the final three at CES 2018. The Aerostruder Tool Heads and LulzBot Mini LCD Controller add even more versatility and ease of use to our award-winning 3D printer lineup. The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer bundles given away during the show will feature both the Aerostruder Tool Head and the LCD Controller, as well as the Mini Modular Print Bed System."
This small Chromebook's low price gives it big appeal
Acer on Saturday unveiled a new addition to its Chromebook line of laptops . The small Acer Chromebook 11 (model CB311-8HT/CB311-8H) features a portable and fanless design with a modest 11.6-inch display. It's expected to go on sale in March for $249. UK and Australian pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but the US price converts to about £185 or AU$320.
Phoney Android security apps in Google Play Store found distributing malware, tracking users | ZDNet
Smartphone users often download security applications to help protect their device and data from cyberattacks and hackers. But criminals can also exploit this trend for their own ends, as demonstrated by a total of 36 phoney security tools discovered in the Google Play store which, instead of protecting the user, served up malware, adware, and even tracked the location of the device.
Apple downplays processor flaws across all Mac, iOS, and tvOS devices (Updated)
If there’s any silver lining in Apple’s announcement, it’s that performance impacts to Macs and iOS devices are said to be non-existent or small. Apple notes that benchmarks show “no measurable reduction” in macOS or iOS performance after the Meltdown patch and that upcoming Safari patches will have either “no measurable impact” or “an impact of less than 2.5 percent,” depending on the benchmark. But again, nothing is said about the Apple Watch and Apple TV, both of which historically suffered from sluggish performance before receiving processor upgrades.
You can buy wall mounts that stick like gecko toes
The Griphook FM qualifies as experimental but sounds remarkable all the same. You can apply it only once. But it's designed to tightly grip uneven surfaces such as raw plywood and the like. Another Geckskin adhesive, the Rectangle Bow Pad, sells in a four-pack for $3. Also experimental, the pads are dual-sided (with Geckskin on both sides) and made for use on smooth, rigid surfaces. I see these as being useful for mounting smart home hardware -- think sensors or even thermostats.
The 9 best VR apps for iPhone
Orbulus is all about 360-degree photo spheres, in this case a collection of user-supplied destinations enhanced with sound or music. To choose a sphere from the gallery, you simply focus on it for a few seconds. Once you're "inside," you can zoom in or out by tilting your head right or left. It's an interesting way to travel the globe, with destinations ranging from Hong Kong to San Francisco.
PSA: This App Does Not Tell You if Apple is Slowing Down Your iPhone
We have seen several blogs and news sites claiming that a free iOS app called Lirum Info Lite ( download link ) can tell you if Apple is indeed slowing down your iPhone. The app shows CPU Actual Clock and CPU Max Clock, so the websites have claimed that if the CPU Actual Clock is less than CPU Max Clock, it means that Apple is slowing down your iPhone. Since the CPU is throttled only when the combination of the device temperature, battery state of charge and the battery’s impedance are met, in a majority of the cases the CPU Actual Clock and CPU Max Clock will be the same. Ironically, the screenshots used by these websites show the same CPU clock. So the app won’t tell you if Apple is slowing down your iPhone.
iOS 11.2.1 - iOS 11 Draining Your iPhone's Battery? Here's How to Fix it
This is not ideal but the last resort. If you’ve setup your iPhone by restoring from backup then the battery life problems could be due to some issue with the backup. Try to restore your iPhone (Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content And Settings) and set it up as a new iPhone (not from the backup). But before you erase all the contents and settings, take a backup of your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud, or selectively take a backup of your photos and videos using Dropbox or Google+.
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With #Amazon 's Anime Strike shut down, all its anime are available for streaming with an #AmazonPrime membership. Here are 8 great shows you can now watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video!
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Intel starts issuing patches for Meltdown, Spectre vulnerabilities | ZDNet
Intel says it has already issued updates for the majority of its processor products released in the last five years. By the end of next week, the company expects to have updates for 90 percent of the past five years' processors.
In 2018 hacking tools will become a low-cost commodity
Hacking is cheap, and everything from ransomware to zero day exploits is now available as a service, says Intsights Director of Research Itay Kozuch.
Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch?
Microsoft's patch is designed to address two serious design flaws in computer chips that can be used to steal sensitive data from your PC. For months now, major tech vendors have been quietly developing safeguards against the vulnerabilities under a strict embargo. But news of the flaw leaked earlier this week, forcing antivirus companies to scramble to verify their products work with the fix.
Google sold over 6 million smart speakers in 2017
Tens of millions “of all Google devices for the home” were sold in 2017, the blog said, and at least one Google Home device has been sold every second since the Home Mini began to ship a few months ago, the company said. That’s roughly 6.3 million Home smart speakers sold in 2017, and about 6.7 million to date.
White House puts the kibosh on personal phones
The White House just officially banned personal cell phones. The decree came down from the Twitter account of press secretary Sarah Sanders. According to a statement issued by Sanders today, "personal devices for guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing".