Microsoft now holds meetings in tree houses
Fresh air, fast Wi-Fi -- what's not to like?
Watch a robot defend AI at the UN | ZDNet
Sophia got to share her views with some powerful leaders
Forget playing Minecraft, now there's a play in Minecraft
"Playcraft Live" is a new theatre experience unfolding both on stage in the real world and online within the game.
Qualcomm Files to Block iPhone Sales and Manufacturing in China
Unfortunately, at the time of publication the story was still developing, so there are not a lot of details to go on right now. The initial report simply states that Qualcomm has made the necessary steps to try and block the iPhone, in every meaningful capacity, in China. The lion’s share of manufacturing efforts for the iPhone lineup take place in China, and, as far as sales go, it’s no secret that Apple sees the region as one of the most important in the world.
How to help survivors of the devastating Northern California wildfires
The fires have not only destroyed homes; they've also made it difficult for people to work. Local residents are worried about their ability to both eat and make a living. Donating to a local food bank can help shore up short- and long-term resources. Here are three to choose from: Redwood Empire Food Bank , Fort Bragg Food Bank , and Community Action of Napa Valley .
How to delay upgrading to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
If you want to defer the Fall Creators Update, then there are a couple of options available, depending on which version of Windows 10 you are running. And if you want to refresh your memory as to what's in the Fall Creators Update, then check out our comprehensive guide .
'Stranger Things' is on its way back: Here's how to watch it
Not sure Netflix is worth it to you? The service offers a free month trial, so if you sign up on Oct. 27 or after, you can soak up both seasons and cancel your membership without penalty. But the show has already been renewed for a third season, so if you get hooked, you're going to have to befriend someone with Netflix so you can (eventually) watch season 3.
The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2017
Whether you received a new iPhone for the holidays or you just want to breathe new life into an older one, these are the apps you need.
This bug let a researcher bypass GoDaddy's site security tool
Touseef Gul was able to bypass the firewall with a relatively simple SQL injection string, which he showed to ZDNet but we're not publishing. SQL injection attacks can be launched from the web browser's address bar. If the attack is successful it will display a list of database tables on the website itself. Where he was expecting to receive an "access denied" message, the firewall let the command through and returned a list of tables from the target website's database. He was also able to obtain the database's admin account and MD5 hashed password, which nowadays is easily crackable .
Tesla fired hundreds of employees in past week
“It’s about 400 people ranging from associates to team leaders to supervisors. We don’t know how high up it went,” said the former employee, who worked on the assembly line and did not want to be identified.
Raspberry Pi laptop lets kids get inside their computer
Education technology company pi-top launched a modular laptop using Raspberry Pi , a low cost, credit card-size circuit board . The idea is this new pi-top laptop lets you monkey around with the machine's guts as the keyboard slides off. It comes with an inventor's kit with components to complete projects relating to topics like music and space. It also has some different apps with an educational bent, like Minecraft for Pi.
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Video: A quick explanation of Docker and what it can do for business
If you work in IT, you've probably heard of Docker. But in case you're not entirely sure what it is, here's a quick explanation of the technology and its capabilities.
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High-def wars: How do HDR formats compare?
There isn't that with HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Every HDR device can play HDR10. Some can also play Dolby Vision. In theory, Dolby Vision offers a slight step up in picture quality. So in that case, it's more like a "premium" offering. If your TV doesn't support DV, you'll still be able to watch all that content in HDR10. Maybe there will be a time when that's an obvious step down, but right now any HDR is better than SDR, so it's not a huge deal.
Facebook Unveils $199 Wireless Virtual-Reality Headset
Zuckerberg has said virtual reality will be the next major computing platform, after mobile phones. He has been investing heavily in the medium since purchasing Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014. In order for the technology to go mainstream, Facebook has been focusing on building more relatable avatars -- the cartoon depictions of humans within VR worlds -- that move their lips when people talk and point their eyes in the right direction when focusing on something within a game. The company today announced a wider range of skin colors and clothing options for these avatars. Zuckerberg said the more real everything feels, the more likely people are to use VR for normal social interaction, lifting geographic barriers.
What is Docker, and why does it matter for the enterprise?
To understand Docker, you first have to understand what a container is. Effectively, a container is way to roll software into small, self-contained package that contains all of the libraries and settings required for the package to work. Unlike a virtual machine, a container doesn't require a full-blown operating system to make it run. To make containers even more appealing, they always run the same way, regardless of what platform they are deployed on.
Twitter's Dorsey: Site to get 'more aggressive' policing tweets
The boycott was also designed to show solidarity with Rose McGowan , one of several people who've called out film producer Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual harassment and assaults against women. Twitter temporarily froze McGowan's account Thursday after she'd posted tweets about Weinstein. The company later said one of the tweets contained a personal phone number, violating Twitter's terms of service, and that it hadn't meant to censor McGowan.
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Lenovo Flex 5-1570
The 15.6-inch Flex 5 is a more mainstream version of Lenovo's Yoga line.
What to play this weekend: Cuphead, Shadow of War and Evil Within 2
This week in games has me at an impasse -- I loathe tough-as-nails bullet-hell video games, but I adore traditional animation. Cuphead has me in deadlock. It's not a game for me, and I'm probably never going to play it, but I love everything about it. After three long years of waiting, it's kind of satisfying to see this playable 1930's-style cartoon debut. Cuphead aside, there's still plenty going on this week to hold us over before Nintendo drops Super Mario Odyssey later this month. If your pre-Halloween ritual demands a new survival horror experience, Bethesda has you covered with The Evil Within 2, and Lord of the Rings fans can return to Mordor with Middle-earth: Shadow of War. If I can tear myself away from the endless level grinding of the Nintendo Switch port of Dragonball Xenoverse 2 , The Flame and the Flood might even be the perfect game to replace it on my morning commute.
Google wants to make video calls from your Android phone a lot easier | ZDNet
To make video calls from these apps, the phone manufacturer needs to enable video calling. If they have, users can make video calls from these apps to their contacts who also use Google Duo. In the phone app, a new option is available in call history and search. In Contacts, a video option is available next to a contact's name, while in Messages it appears in a conversation.
Bitcoin Mania Takes Off as Cryptocurrency Surges Past $5,000
Bitcoin bubble or just the beginning? Or both? Those are the questions being asked on Wall Street to Main Street after the digital currency breached $5,000 for the first time, pushing this year’s gains to more than fivefold.
Black Friday 2017 might come when you don't expect it
Just because Amazon has its own Prime Day doesn't mean that the online retailer won't bring it for Black Friday, too. If it follows 2016's deals schedule, expect deals to start rolling out as soon as the day after Halloween. Most of these pre-Black Friday sales will be Lightning Deals , with the steepest discounts saved for Black Friday, Nov. 24.
Why Apple won't move the Mac to ARM | ZDNet
Apple's A10 bionic chip is as fast as many x86 chips. Which leads to speculation that Apple will migrate macOS to its own chips. Here's why that won't happen.
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Best Google Chrome extensions to enhance your productivity, security, and performance | ZDNet
If you are a Google Chrome user and you're not making use of extensions, then you are really missing out. Here is a selection of extensions aimed specifically at boosting your productivity and privacy.
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The hidden feminist message buried inside 'Blade Runner 2049'
Walking past these gigantic, fallen idols of female objectification — in a city that would never have existed in the first place if not for the sheer greed, willpower, and arrogance of capitalism — K comes across an unimaginable miracle: life. A true, undoctored, organic bee hive buzzing in the toxic glow of what used to be Vegas' red light district. The entire city's color palette stands in contrast to the rest of the film's neon blue undertones, signifying the characters' metaphorical prison of electric dreams.
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Apple Plans to Release Spielberg Series as Part of a Bigger Push Into TV
The maker of the iPhone and iPad plans to release a remake of Steven Spielberg’s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories,’’ according to NBCUniversal, one of the TV companies working with the technology giant. “Amazing Stories’’ would be the first original series Apple has agreed to finance since the world’s most valuable technology company hired two Sony Corp. executives to shepherd its nascent efforts in TV production.
This Is Where People Are Buying Bitcoin All Over the World
By many measures, digital currencies are as strong as ever. Bitcoin prices, up more than 400 percent this year, eclipsed $5,000 on Thursday. While Bitcoin is far and away the largest cryptocurrency, 11 other coins have a market cap in excess of $1 billion, reflecting increasingly diverse trading options. But Bitcoin's dominance is still felt across the market, as it's the main currency traded against other cryptocurrencies.
Carl's Jr. begs Amazon to buy it on Twitter
Commentary: Is this supposed to be funny? Or is it serious? Or is it both? Or is it just advertising?
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Here’s the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer as scene-by-scene GIFs to tear apart
As we often do when a new Star Wars trailer lands, a bunch of us at TechCrunch are doing the only reasonable thing: we’re watching it over and over and looking for small details to mull over for the next 2 months while we wait for the actual movie to come out. Obvious spoiler alert: if you’re going to try to somehow make it to December 15th without seeing this trailer, or if you haven’t seen Force Awakens, you probably wanna skip this one.
Persimmons are better than pumpkins. Don't fight me on this.
Before the first official day of fall arrived, we were already bombarded with every pumpkin-flavored item in the market. Pumpkin is the favorite that all the other vegetables and fruits hate this time of year. What about the other fall produce trying to make their comeback after the summer’s heat?
NASA astronaut snaps challenging spacewalk selfie
For good measure, I put Bresnik's metaphor to the test. I pulled out a Sony point-and-shoot camera, put on a big green oven glove and made the attempt. So how did my selfie turn out? After much effort, I finally triggered the shutter button and was rewarded with a blurry mess of a selfie. I have a new appreciation for astronaut selfies now.
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Why the hybrid IT control plane is destined for the public cloud
The major vendors and startups all seem to agree that cloud is hard enough that customers will want to outsource management as a SaaS offering. We are in the very early days of hybrid IT, and many of these companies are in both education and learning mode. They are trying to simultaneously educate the industry while determining what the industry wants in hybrid IT. This learning and education will continue taking place as vendors learn how to make money from the cloud control plane.
Drivers Can Get Porsches on Demand With a $2,000-a-Month Subscription
The first subscription tier starts at $2,000 a month and allows users to summon a 718 Boxster, Cayman S, Macan S or Cayenne on demand. For $3,000 a month, drivers get access to 22 different Porsche models. Registration, insurance and maintenance costs are covered, though subscribers still have to pick up the tab for fuel. They can swap for as many different models as desired during the month.
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What to do with the pumpkin guts after you carve your jack-o-lantern
You've always wanted to smear pumpkin guts all over your face, right? Well, now's your chance. First, separate out the seeds, then add honey or olive oil to your pumpkin mash for a DIY face mask full of vitamins A and C. Then, blend until the mixture is paste-like—ideal for glopping onto your face. Yum!
Samsung's alternative to Apple Watch and AirPods are almost here
This year, like many smartwatch makers, Samsung's focusing on fitness. Its latest sport earbuds and smartwatch, the Gear Icon X 2018 and Gear Sport, are arriving later this month: Oct. 27, with preorders starting tomorrow, Oct. 13. They'll cost $200 and $300, respectively in the US. (International prices and release dates weren't provided by Samsung, but we'll add them when we have them). CNET has tried them both briefly, but we don't have either for review yet.
The Best Smartwatches of 2017
You don't want a smartwatch with good battery life, right? Good, because you're not going to get it. Watches with full-color, smartphone-like displays, like the Apple Watch and Android Wear watches, only last for about a day on a single charge. Like your phone, you're going to want to throw them on a charger every night before you go to bed. And most of the watches that fall into this category feature screens that turn off after just a few seconds. In order to check the time, you either need trigger the display with a physical button or a gesture like holding it up to your face.
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Why the low-code movement is transforming the way the enterprise builds apps
Low-code apps are being spun up in unlikely places to transform business processes and drive digital transformation.
You Can Now Order Food Through the Facebook App
Today, Facebook officially announced that it has begun rolling out a new feature that will allow users to order food from within the app. It is available through the iOS and Android apps, and it is also available via desktop. To get it to work, users need to go into the Explore section of their app, find Order Food and tap on it. Once there, you’ll find restaurants that are in your area that support the new feature.
The outrage about the Women's Convention is missing one key point
Beginning with the Women's March, organizers behind the movement have always tried to build a coalition between diverse groups of feminists, including, occasionally, men. The Women's March in Washington included everyone from Madonna to Van Jones to Angela Davis to the Indigo Girls to Janet Mock. Clashes are to be expected. If you're reading this, chances are you've already participated in a heated group chat about the movement and its followers.
Bitcoin Is Retaking Its Place as King of the Cryptocurrencies
The largest cryptocurrency crossed $4,500 on Monday and is now hovering right below the $5,000 line. Behind the rally could be reports saying the Chinese government will ease recent regulations and that Goldman Sachs is exploring how it could help clients trade cryptocurrencies. Also, there’s yet another split -- a.k.a "hard fork" (or even two) -- looming, but that might be bullish as bitcoin rallied after the split into Bitcoin Cash earlier this year.
How to Reduce Your iPhone's Mobile Data Usage in iOS 10.3.3 - iOS 10
Wi-Fi is everywhere. Broadband plans are fast, and relatively cheap. The only thing that still sucks is cellular data and just how expensive it is. Not everyone has unlimited cellular data. If you’re on a particularly tiny data pack, things can be even worse for you. Like I-can’t-even-open-my-email-app worse. Or maybe you’re just 3 days away from the next billing cycle and you don’t want to top up right now.
August's Doorbell Cam Pro is smart, but a little too square
Instead of offering night vision like its competition, this doorbell has an integrated LED floodlight to assist in low-light conditions. While this allows you to view the feed in color rather than gray scale, the video quality isn't as good as what you'd get with night vision. August also charges $5 per month for its cloud storage service. Ring's subscription is just $3 per month and SkyBell offers free cloud storage. And, at nearly 3 inches wide, this square August buzzer won't easily fit on a standard door frame.
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