“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Looks Just Fine But Let’s Talk About Porgs
Last night saw the debut of the new “Star Wars” trailer, but there is one star here we cannot get over and that is the porg. We want one.
XPrize Will Tackle Alzheimer’s (And More) In Its Next Grand Challenges
The nonprofit’s annual Visioneers Summit approved an unprecedented five challenges, which will also address clean air, cybersecurity, democracy, and mining waste.
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Ghost in the cell
How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down
SpaceX's two launches this week help pave the way to Mars
Elon Musk's SpaceX has a busy week. It hopes to keep ramping up rocket launches until we're off this planet.
Mark Zuckerberg criticised over 'tasteless' Puerto Rico VR video
Z uckerberg uses the video to discuss the help Facebook has given to Puerto Rico. Viewers learn that the social network, which has billions of users around the world, has donated $1.5 million (£1.14m) towards hurricane relief efforts, and is helping the Red Cross create "population maps" that show where people might be in need of assistance.
The new 'The Last Jedi' trailer may give away a major spoiler
"The Last Jedi," directed by Rian Johnson ("Looper"), will see
the return of "The Force Awakens" stars Daisy Ridley, John
Boyega, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac alongside the legendary
members of the original trilogy Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher,
who died in December. It will mark Fisher's final film
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Apple investigating self-adjusting Apple Watch bands
Apple on Tuesday was granted a U.S. patent describing multiple methods of creating a self-adjusting Apple Watch band, designs that could one day replace magnetic clasps, velcro and other fasteners seen in current generation hardware. Source: USPTO
As assigned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,781,984 for "Dynamic fit adjustment for wearable electronic devices" details methods in which a wearable device, like Apple Watch, can tighten or loosen an attached strap via an onboard tensioner.
Apple in its document notes conventional watch bands are cumbersome, require multiple steps to achieve a desired fit, necessitate specialized tools or are otherwise inconvenient to adjust. Additionally, traditional methods often fail to offer size increments suitable for all users, leading to an imperfect fit.
Aside from being uncomfortable, less than ideal sizing could negatively impact Apple Watch sensor readings, from the bespoke heart rate sensor to data collected by sensitive accelerometers. The effect can become pronounced during exercise, for example, when the device may become loose due to sweat and repeated motion.
Microsoft Confirms Investigation Into Whether Russians Bought Pre-Election Ads Through Bing
Federal, congressional and private investigators are all looking into the extent of Russian efforts to influence US media prior to the elections; a common thread is that Russians with alleged Kremlin ties sought to spread misinformation and confusion with the goal of promoting division and President Donald Trump’s candidacy. Numerous Trump associates, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort , his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, have all been linked to allegations of collusion—though for all the smoke, investigators have yet to reveal any smoking guns.
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VR’s future depends on you buying a dorky headset
Oculus, the VR company that Mark Zuckerberg bought for more than $2 billion, has a problem: It’s struggling to convince people to buy its gear.
Wells Fargo enables Apple Pay-authorized transactions at 5,000+ ATMs
U.S. bank Wells Fargo on Tuesday annnounced that it's now supporting NFC-based authentication —including Apple Pay —at over 5,000 ATMs, letting people use the machines without having a debit card handy.
To use Apple Pay people must pick an appropriate card in Wallet, then hold an iPhone or Apple Watch near the proper spot on a terminal, after which they'll be asked to enter the card's PIN. Compatible ATMs have a symbol showing their support for wireless transactions.
Apart from Apple Pay, Wells Fargo is also enabling Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and the bank's own Wells Fargo Wallet for Android. Support at all of the company's 13,000-plus ATMs is only planned by 2019, since it will require upgrading machines.
The bank has been offering a limited form of cardless access since March through the Wells Fargo Mobile app . That method involves generating a one-time access code, generally a less convenient option than Apple Pay.
Bank of America has been offering Apple Pay at ATMs since last year , but the technology is still missing at other major banks, such as Chase.
Twitter Developing 'Save For Later' Tweet Bookmarks
As 9to5Mac reports, Twitter project manager Jesar Shah made the announcement with a tweet . Apparently there is high demand from users for a way to easily and privately bookmark tweets to view later. Existing methods of doing this include Direct Messaging themselves the tweet or retweeting, but this isn't perfect and could be much easier.
Windows 10: If you're still running this older version, it's now time to upgrade | ZDNet
As Microsoft explained earlier this year , it was prompting users on older version of Windows 10 to review their privacy settings as part of a process to initiate an update to the Creators Update. Users could still control when the update is installed, but could only postpone the privacy review five times.
This Fake Cracking Effect On a 3,800-Foot High Glass Skywalk Might Be the Meanest Prank Ever
Modern materials engineering allows us to build what looks like precarious glass skywalks perched thousands of feet off the ground. They’re completely safe, but knowing that doesn’t make them any less terrifying to traverse—especially when the glass skywalk you’re on uses transparent LCD screens to make it look like it’s about to shatter and collapse.
The iPhone 8's best feature is one that most people will never get to use | ZDNet
The battery has always been the iPhone's biggest weakness. Partly that's down to Apple wanting to make the iPhone as thin as possible, but given that our smartphones are something that we have with us 24/7/365, and how much we use it for work and entertainment, I don't think that battery life could be raised to a point where it wouldn't be a problem.
No, Apple is not slowing down your iPhone to force upgrades
This same article has been copied on many sites. Is Apple paying the media to print this?
My wife and I have identical iPhone 6+ devices. Hers on iOS10 and mine on iOS11. Here is a huge difference in behaviour. Every app shows a white screen for approx 5 seconds and for every page refresh there is at least a 2 second delay. There are no new animations involved and no amount of code change could make anything this much slower, and I’m a developer. It seems clear that there are delays, huge delays built into the code. My wife’s phone is fine and I’d like to rollback to iOS 10 if I could, but Apple doesn’t allow it, they stopped signing the version. I’d like to know why. I guess they want me to buy a new phone.
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Ditching Windows for Linux led to 'major difficulties' says open-source champion Munich
Once seen as a stalwart supporter of open source, the city council last week said that running a Linux-based operating system on its PCs would not be cost efficient in the long run.
Try making this right turn dragging 196-foot wind turbine
Commentary: It was the video that mesmerized millions last week and the transport company has to make the astonishing turn almost 200 times.
Leave cleaning to the Dark Side with the help of these Star Wars vacuums
The Star Wars vacuums come in both a Darth Vader and Stormtrooper model, which means that cleaning your floors is officially a job for the Dark Side. Both limited edition vacuums feature a suction power capacity of 10 watts and a 290mm-wide brush — that's 42 percent larger than conventional 204mm brushes. A sensor on the top of the vacuum scans the room and then maps out the space to calculate the most efficient path.
Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Business Billing and Invoicing Software Solution | Bill.com
Skip double data entry, speed up account reconciliation, and improve the accuracy of your records. When you pay or get paid, Bill.com automatically updates your accounting software and bank account, giving you a clear, real-time view of cash flow.
Microsoft plans to salvage the mobile market with new Android and iOS products
On October 8, 2017, Joe Belfiore , Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices at Microsoft, made a significant admission on his Twitter account: While Windows 10 Mobile will receive bug fixes and security patches in the future, no new features will be developed for the mobile operating system. Essentially, Microsoft is giving up on its Windows 10 Mobile OS and conceding the market to Android, iOS, and a few niche players.
Tim Cook talked taxes, supporting startups with French president | Cult of Mac
Yesterday’s first ever meeting between Apple CEO and French President Emmanuel Macron involved discussion of Apple’s support for local startups and French economic reforms — which could result in Apple having to pay more in the countries where it operates.
Twitter Investor Ballmer Says Social Media Companies Can't Police Fake News
Ballmer, in an interview Monday with Bloomberg Television, said he would like to see social networks, such as Facebook Inc. adopt some sort of system in the future for noting trusted sources, similar to Twitter’s blue-checkmark “verified” badge, but they shouldn’t be measured the same way as news organizations. Ballmer, who in April released a government data website called USAFacts , said voters need places to find objective facts rather than information that validates their views or makes them feel good.
Twitter blocks GOP ad, raises ire of US conservatives | ZDNet
Social media platforms have come under fire in both the US and abroad for enabling the spread of extremist content and "fake news," but Twitter surprised many in Washington on Monday with its decision to block a US congresswoman's campaign ad.
What will you actually use quantum computing for? | ZDNet
There's always a blue sky technology waiting in the wings, and for enterprise computing, quantum computing takes that role. With Satya Nadella convening a panel of Microsoft's best physicists at the end of his Ignite conference keynote, it's fair time to ask, what will this mean to the enterprise and how long will the adoption curve take?
Is Apple really throttling your old iPhone? Benchmarking firm settles the question for good | ZDNet
Benchmarking firm Futuremark has released the results of 100,000 iPhone tests to settle the question of whether your iPhone really does get slower over time.
Amazon Echo Show Gets $30 Discount After YouTube's Exit
The discount comes less than two weeks after Google pulled YouTube from Echo Show , a move Amazon said is "disappointing and hurts both of our customers." Google, in a statement at the time, said "Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience." Rumor has it Google is now building its own Echo Show competitor .
Start-Up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline From Africa
Andela began with a founding team of six — three Africans, two Americans and a Canadian — and an initial test class of four students. It now employs 800 people, and it expects to double that number in the next year. While it has its headquarters in New York and a small office in San Francisco, 90 percent of its workers are in Africa, with offices in Lagos; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda.
Dubai Airport is going to use face-scanning virtual aquariums as security checkpoints
The project is being developed in a partnership with the airline Emirates. Dubai Airport plans to install the first of these virtual walkways by the end of summer 2018 at Terminal 3 where, with other terminals following in phases until 2020. The idea came about when officials were considering how to accommodate the growing number of passengers passing through Dubai each year, with 124 million expected to pass through all Dubai airports by 2020.
Breaking down of all the hidden clues from the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer
The big takeaway that I have from this trailer is that the relationship between Kylo and Rey’s respective mentors is troubling to both of them, and coupled with Luke’s statement that the Jedi must end makes me think that both are trying to figure out a different path that’s not the Jedi or the Sith that we’ve seen in the Prequel and Original trilogies.
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Twitter is working on a 'save for later' button | ZDNet
The new feature will allow users to create a list of tweets they want to come back to, rather than the commonly used workaround of tapping the heart button, which can suggest to others that you like something or endorse it when you don't.
Apple nears TV deal with Spielberg for 'Amazing Stories'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) is finalizing a deal to make 10 new episodes of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,” landing a premiere Hollywood talent for its plunge into original TV programming, a source with knowledge of the discussions said.
That Wild Chinese Telescope Is Already Discovering Its First Pulsars
By now, you may have seen the incredible pictures of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope or FAST, an enormous telescope in the Guizhou province of China that just turned on last year. You’ve also probably heard that, yes, many hope it will find signs of alien life . It’s already beginning to make discoveries.
How New York Can Use Self-Driving Cars To Improve Mobility, Not Clog Traffic
As autonomous vehicles have gone from a glimmer in some distant future to a very real feature of our existence, it’s undeniable that not too far from now AVs will be as commonplace as their human-piloted counterparts–and eventually overtake them. This means cities stand at a crossroads: They can either let AVs slowly and chaotically take over their cities, as regular cars did 100 years ago. Or they can make a concrete plan, using the technological features of AVs to reshape transit in a city, eliminating parking and street space used for private cars, and increasing space for pedestrians and bikes–while making all travel more equitable.
Get smart with August's video doorbell
Two-way audio lets you talk with whoever's at the front door through your phone.
Ikea is going to start selling its wares through third-party online retailers
Torbjörn Lööf, the company’s CEO, wouldn’t say which third-party online retailers Ikea would be partnering with, but Amazon and Alibaba are the prime suspects.
37,000 Chrome users downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension
If you use Adblock Plus with Chrome and downloaded the extension pretty recently, you may want to check what you've installed. Apparently, a fake Adblock Plus extension made it through Google's verification process and lived in the official Chrome Web Store alongside the real one. Google has taken down the phony listing after SwiftOnSecurity tweeted about it and put the company on blast, but by then, it has already been up long enough to fool 37,000 people. That's a drop in the bucket for a service that has 10 million users, but it sounds like trouble for those who were unlucky enough to download it.
Here’s How To Get Along With Your Most Annoying Coworker
First, you might see other justifications for your coworker’s grating behavior. Maybe she’s a recent grad and doesn’t accept blame for her mistakes. It might bother you that even small errors like forgetting to return a borrowed stapler are met with an excuse rather than an apology. But when you look at the world from her perspective, you might remember this is her first real job. Probably she just wants to be seen as being competent and mature, and making a silly mistake like forgetting to return a stapler may feel much bigger to her than it does to you. So it might be worth being a little more welcoming than just bristling at her inability to apologize.
Is Breast Milk Good for Grownups?
Today breast milk is recognized as a sort of liquid miracle for babies, but history is full of periods where people swapped in other things in its place. In the 15th century, it was cow and goat milk. In the 18th century, it was cereal or flour mixed with broth. More recently, it was baby formula. For reasons of convenience or in search of better nutrition, humans have long sought to one-up a mother’s milk.
IBM updates Cloud Object Storage System for compliance data in regulated industries
"The financial services, healthcare and government sectors often have strict regulatory obligations that effectively limit them to a smaller number of choices when it comes to cost effectively storing compliance data in their company data centers," the release said. "Another key barrier to leveraging on-premises object storage is the lack of lower capacity, lower cost options for companies that want to get started with a smaller object storage system and have the flexibility to scale as needed."
EasyJet shows how it wants to change air travel
It was a foggy morning when we arrived at London's Gatwick Airport for EasyJet's Innovation Day. The Airbus A320neo that would take us for a ride across the airport to the airline's hangar was parked at a gate. Behind it, other EasyJet aircraft that were actually flying somewhere pushed back from the terminal before taxiing to the runway.
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How Kaspersky AV was caught helping Russian hackers steal NSA secrets
Further ReadingStepson of Stuxnet stalked Kaspersky for months, tapped Iran nuke talks Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab disclosed the intrusion into its network in mid-2015 . Kaspersky released a detailed report that said some of the attack code shared digital fingerprints first found in the Stuxnet worm that sabotaged Iran's nuclear program. When combined with other clues—including the attackers' targeting of entities located in the US, which is off limits to the NSA—most analysts concluded that the 2014 hack was carried out by Israel. At the time, Kaspersky Lab researchers said that the hackers appeared most interested in data the company had amassed on nation-sponsored hackers.
Report: Google finds Russia bought ads on its platforms to influence 2016 election
The search giant has uncovered evidence that shows Russian operatives on YouTube, Gmail, search listings, and via the company’s DoubleClick aimed at spreading disinformation before the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reports . The Post is reporting their sources are “people familiar with the company’s investigation” as Google has not gone public the information yet.
Use Location-Based Reminders to Break Bad Habits
Use location-based reminders on your phone to remind yourself not to fall for your bad habits. As you stumble away from your favorite bar, get a reminder to go back and close out your tab. Or as you stumble toward it in the first place, get a reminder that you’re trying to drink less. Set anti-reminders at an ex’s place, a pricey restaurant, or the store you shop at too often.
Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
The federal government has increasingly conveyed its concerns about Kaspersky to the private sector. Over at least the past two years, the FBI has notified major companies, including in the energy and financial sectors, about the risks of using Kaspersky software. The briefings have elaborated on the risks of espionage, sabotage and supply-chain attacks that could be enabled through use of the software. They also explained the surveillance law that enables the Russian government to see data coursing through its domestic pipes.
Chinese social media vs Chinese pop star. Who wins?
Chinese internet users took to the platform (mostly) to voice their displeasure, with some criticising his choice and saying she's "fake." Many also suspected the post is a marketing ploy to generate interest in a new drama the couple has filmed. Over on Twitter, users are also tweeting their responses to his announcement, though many seem more supportive than on Weibo:
Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found
The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe – protons, neutrons and electrons – unaccounted for by previous observations of stars, galaxies and other bright objects in space.
Nokia is killing off its Ozo virtual reality camera and cutting 310 jobs
Nokia says it will stop development of its Ozo virtual reality camera , leading to 310 job losses in Finland, the US, and the UK. The company says the change is due to the slower-than-expected development of the VR market, and that it will instead focus on patent licensing and digital healthcare.