VW wants to sell you new cars by advertising old ones
Commentary: A new Volkswagen ad says look at this 1960s Microbus and that old, old Beetle. Now buy, um, a Tiguan.
Apple gets a Harvey Weinstein joke on SNL
Commentary: As "Silicon Valley"'s Kumail Nanjiani hosts with a caustic monologue on Islamophobia, Apple's new emojis find bad company.
Watch a robot defend AI at the UN | ZDNet
Sophia got to share her views with some powerful leaders
The media distractions of Google's X lab ventures | ZDNet
Alphabet's ($GOOG) X labs serves a giant purpose — to distract reporters from delving into the finances of its business
How to Kill or Force Quit Apps on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
If you just got your hands on a brand new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, the process of force quitting apps is quite similar to previous models of iPhone. In this article, we’ll show you how to kill or force quit apps on an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus.
Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise is everything you’ve ever wanted from 'Saturday Night Live'
Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise is everything you’ve ever wanted from 'Saturday Night Live'
500 million PCs are being used for stealth cryptocurrency mining online | ZDNet
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Qualcomm wants iPhone sales, manufacturing banned in China | ZDNet
"Apple believes deeply in the value of innovation, and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use. In our many years of ongoing negotiations with Qualcomm, these patents have never been discussed and in fact were only granted in the last few months," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge . "Regulators around the world have found Qualcomm guilty of abusing their position for years. This claim is meritless and, like their other courtroom maneuvers, we believe this latest legal effort will fail."
NASA sends a fidget spinner to the space station
The video kicks off with the spinner floating unmoored and rotating around at a rapid pace. "Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit," NASA explains .
Oculus Go release date, price, news and features
On the bright side, if the Go ultimately proves too limiting, the fully featured Oculus Rift is now just $399. That’s a massive price drop from just last year, when you would have ended up paying $599 for the Rift headset alone and $199 for the Touch controllers. Now, though, you get all of that in a convenient and relatively affordable package. It still might be worth it to pay double the price of the Oculus Go if you really want to invest in virtual reality.
Soon all iPhones could make you sign in with your face
Kuo suggests that iPhones released in 2018 are likely to abandon the fingerprint sensor, which might mean it's the end of the line for Touch ID on the iPhone. Touch ID has been used for certain situations like unlocking your phone or Apple Pay, but if Face ID works as intended, we may see the end of Touch ID (at least in its current form).
Google pledges $1B to prepare workers for tech jobs
The search giant on Thursday introduced $1 billion in new initiatives aimed at training and educating workers to help them find jobs and grow their businesses. Google will spend the money over the next five years to fund grants to nonprofits globally as part of efforts to prepare people for the "changing nature of work."
The Best VPN Apps for the iPhone
I confess, I feel a little bit smug about the security of my iPhone. Apple built iOS from the ground up with security in mind, and each new version makes it even more resistant to malware and hacking. I'm just not worried about a malware attack on the iPhone, not like I am for my Windows, Android, or even macOS devices. The latest update, iOS 11, adds a boatload of privacy and security features, including a simple password manager and true two-factor authentication for iCloud. But all of that security can't do a thing to protect your data as it travels through a Wi-Fi or cellular network. A virtual private network, or VPN is what you need to protect your data in transit.
4 ways companies are using 'low-code' to surpercharge app development
From customer-facing portals to migrating legacy apps, low-code is migrating app development from programmers to business professionals.
Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for offensive VR tour of Puerto Rico
Some people criticized Zuckerberg for the tone of the tour, which juxtaposed cartoony figures and cheery banter with the storm that severely damaged Puerto Rico late last month, killing more than 30 people and leaving scores of others without essential utilities. During the VR tour, Zuckerberg described how virtual reality is "magical," with the ability to virtually teleport people to disaster areas.
Video: How self-driving cars will transform smart cities
Autonomous vehicles won't just change the way people get around, they will transform the way communities are organized.
IBM unveils new programming model for building serverless applications | ZDNet
Composer is effectively a library of patterns that are key for building serverless applications. IBM is making it available today in Node.js, but developers can take the model to make it available in other programming languages like Python, Swift and Java.
Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead
In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users.
Data center training companies battle students' misconceptions
However, potential students also need to know the possible drawbacks. Both companies' courses are mostly limited to classroom theory, not hands-on experience; both companies are for-profit businesses, not non-profits accredited by higher educational organizations (Uptime Institute works with the UK-based CPD Standards Office, which is a for-profit company); both assert that their training leads to certifications, but neither is endorsed by any official industry standards body; and both charge several thousand dollars for their classes.
Hyatt Hotels hit by credit card data-stealing malware - again | ZDNet
Hotel group says guests who stayed at 41 of its properties between March and July this year could have had their details stolen by hackers
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.
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Windows Subsystem for Linux graduates in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update | ZDNet
"This ability to run different Linux distros allows you to use the same tools, package manager/ecosystem, and environment that your production code will be running in. This results in less time wasted tracking down hard-to-find errors when it comes time to deploy your code. This allows you to, for example, use Edge/Chrome/Firefox on Windows, to view a website hosted on Apache on Ubuntu, that talks to a REST service running on openSUSE ... without having to punch holes through the firewall when testing locally, because all these processes run above the firewall, alongside one another!"
How to watch the 2017 MLB playoffs
In the American League Championship Series, MLB's shortest player and MVP candidate (Jose Altuve at 5 feet 6 inches) leads the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees, who employ MLB's tallest player and MVP candidate (all rise for the 6 feet 7 inches tall Aaron Judge). Meanwhile, in the National League, baseball's best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and the Los Angeles Dodgers stand in the way of the Chicago Cubs returning to the World Series and a shot at a repeat title.
Turn on Closed Captioning When You Watch a Movie on a Plane—For Your Neighbors
We’ve all been there. You get on a plane, determined to work or read a book or even just sleep, yet somehow instead you spend hours of your travel time entranced by the movie on your neighbor’s screen. Entranced and mystified, trying to catch as much as you can without asking your neighbor to share their headphones.
How Sodexo leveraged the cloud, IoT, and advanced analytics to save millions
Sodexo began as a company with many disconnected systems that had trouble communicating and integrating with one another. "We were able to, through the identification of a fully integrated solution—in this case [Microsoft] Dynamics 365—subsume those systems into one, and be able to surface data to customers and to ourselves at the same time," he said. "Which in turn helped to build a trusted relationship, and helped us to achieve more change and drive more transformation within the business in a shorter period of time."
10,000 Electric Cars Highlight Steep Path to India's Ambitions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off India’s race to turn all new passenger car sales electric by 2030. The largest order has gone to a company that hasn’t commercially started producing the vehicles.
China's Tiangong-1 Space Station Will Crash to Earth in the Next Few Months
China’s 8.5-ton Tiangong-1 space station, originally launched in 2011, has seen its orbit rapidly decay and is now expected to hit the Earth in the next few months, the Guardian reported .
Singapore Home-Sharing Quietly Grows Despite the Rules
Despite government rules restricting the likes of Airbnb Inc operating in Singapore, there are signs that home-sharing has become more prolific in the city state. Residents’ complaints about short-term rentals for private homes have climbed this year, while a surge in tourist arrivals isn’t being mirrored in hotel receipts, indicating more visitors may be staying in private homes.
How to deploy SkySecure hyperconverged infrastructure
In the very beginning of this article I asked the question; is a cloud-managed infrastructure for critical applications a good idea? To answer that question I would say yes, provided it is done the right way. The focus needs to be on securing the solution while providing ease of use. I think that this solution provides that cloud-like experience that you would expect in deploying a VM to AWS or Google Cloud and with the depth of security controls. I'd feel pretty safe using it to deploy an on-premises application. Comparing this to what one would have to go through up front with other vendors solutions makes me cringe when I think of all the hoops I would have to jump through just to piece together something that's even close. Saving time, but not sacrificing security, is a win in my book.
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.
Conservationists hardly conserve more than, oh, economists
Commentary: A new Cambridge University study says those who know more about conservation don't necessarily act on their knowledge.
Teamwork: How Echo Show can boost your business communications
Amazon offers a Do Not Disturb feature so that you can block Alexa from alerting you about incoming calls and messages. Obviously, this is handy if you're swamped with work and cannot be bothered by Joe in the next cubicle who wants to tell you about his fishing trip over the weekend. To turn on Do Not Disturb, say, "Alexa, don't disturb me." To turn off the feature, say, "Turn off Do Not Disturb," or you can tap the Do Not Disturb button on your Echo Show's screen. To schedule Do Not Disturb for a specific time via the Alexa app, select Settings from the Menu, then choose your device, and tap Scheduled under Do Not Disturb. Then use the slider to toggle Do Not Disturb on or off, and select Edit to change the time you want Do Not Disturb to start or end.
OnePlus limits the data it collects from your phone
Pei stressed that OnePlus isn't sharing the data third parties. The user analytics are to understand and improve your experience, he said, while device info is useful for post-sales support. And if you opt out of the analytics (which you could already do), anything you share in that space won't be linked to your phone-specific data. However, it remains true that OnePlus was scooping up personal info without making it patently clear what was taking place. While the company didn't intend anything sinister, there was the chance that a data breach could do tremendous damage without customers even knowing what was at stake.
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Future Cities Could Be Powered by Windows That Absorb Sunlight
The project uses extremely small semiconductors called quantum dots to create sunlight-harvesting tech. Lead researcher Viktor Klimov explained that he and his team used a machine to pour a mixture of quantum dots and PVP polymer onto a piece of glass, spreading it into a thin sheet. Those nanosized dots could then be customized to select what light wavelengths to accept and what wavelengths to omit as sunlight hit the glass. This eliminated a problem encountered using organic dyes for the same purpose as those would absorb both sunlight and the light produced by the dyes.
Police test flying motorbike - CNN Video
Dubai Police, who already have Lamborghini patrol cars, self-driving robots and android officers, have decided to take to the skies in what can only be described as a flying motorbike.
Survey: ride-hailing services likely reduce mass transit use, add to traffic in US cities
Survey: ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have most likely reduced mass transit use and added to traffic in major US cities
Which CPU Should You Buy? Intel Core i5 vs. i7
Intel recently announced a new Core X processor family aimed at high-performance users like extreme gamers and video editors. The Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor, for example, has 18 cores and can process 36 threads simultaneously. It also retails for $1,999, and is overkill for most users. More reasonably priced X-Series processors include the Core i5-7640X ($242) with four cores, and the Core i7-7820X ($599) with eight cores. These CPUs are based on both Kaby Lake and Skylake architecture, depending on the model, and are designed to work with Intel's new LGA2066 socket and X299 motherboard chipset. You'll need a new PC, or at least a new motherboard, to play in this arena. They're being positioned as high-performance hardware for 3D CGI rendering, mathematical calculations on large data sets, 4K video processing, and of course gaming/game development.
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20 Tips Every Amazon Addict Should Know
Every once and a while, a package you order may get ripped off in transit (or right from your porch). You may not be completely S.O.L. There are numerous reports from customers across the Web that if you make a plea to Amazon Customer Service , they may replace it, free!
Obviously, it has to be sold direct from Amazon, you'll need tracking numbers and other info, and this isn't going to work more than once (maybe twice). That's because Amazon will certainly track who it does this for, and it's not dumb. But should an important item go missing, it's worth a shot. Then, you need to upgrade your delivery security—at the very least, make sure USPS, UPS, and Fedex require a signature to make a delivery. If you've got a location near you with one, try the Amazon Locker , pictured above, for your pick up (and returns).
Check Out How the Internals of iPhones Have Changed Over the Years
Bloomberg , working with the folks over at iFixit, have put together a pretty stunning look at how the iPhone has evolved over the years, dating back to its inception ten years ago with the OG model, and leading up to the iPhone 8. The iPhone X hasn’t been dissected yet, of course, and it will certainly be interesting to see how that compares to the iPhone 8, and all the previous iterations, when the teardowns begin.
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The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf
At first sight, this is a statement that seems entirely at odds with 21st-century literary culture, with our collective passion for literary festivals, our determination endlessly to recommend and debate our reading choices on Twitter, Facebook and in blogs. Rose's book is, moreover, just one of many "bibliomemoirs" published this year, volumes whose very existence suggests a certain hunger and deep feeling for books. But this is complicated. Talking about books, Rose agrees, is not at all the same as reading them; in any festival crowd, much of the audience, if not most, will not have read the book that is being discussed and have no intention of doing so in the future (we both have experience of this). It is the "live" experience they're after and the feeling that they are part of a crowd. Some of these bibliomemoirs, even as they celebrate the books their authors love, are also a symptom of something altogether less happy. "I see very well that there is this movement to cherish what we have before it is lost," says Rose. "I think a lot of people feel reading is on the verge of being lost.
Facebook Stories are coming to brand pages
Instagram and Whatsapp each have 250 million daily Stories users, but Stories on Facebook haven't gained traction. The social network hopes extending the feature to brands will get more people to use it.
VR could trick stroke victims' brains toward recovery
Those signals are then fed into a program on a laptop. The program has thresholds so that when specific signals in the brain or muscle activity that correspond to an attempt to move are detected, they drive the movement of a virtual arm. The resulting visual feedback through a VR headset could help strengthen neural pathways from the damaged motor cortex to the impaired arm or limb.
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.
What is DevOps? An executive guide to agile development and IT operations | ZDNet
The number-one barrier to DevOps is culture, which should not be surprising because, when all's said and done, DevOps is not a set of tools -- tools are just a means to an end. DevOps is a culture, and in calling this out as the top barrier it really brings the people part of the equation into the mix and says 'look, we can only reduce this barrier if we can bring in the ability to collaborate more seamlessly, and have a healthy mix of being able to move fast, but with the right control mechanisms in place.'
The Best Antivirus Protection of 2017
What costumes will the kids choose this Halloween? Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, perhaps? How about something really frightening—a malware costume! OK, designing the costume might be tough, but some kinds of malware are truly scary. Trojans can empty your online bank account, for example, and ransomware can encrypt all your important documents. And you can't send them on their way by handing out treats. You need the protection that comes from a powerful antivirus utility. Install one right away. If you already have one, check to make sure it's active and fully updated. We've evaluated more than 40 antivirus programs to identify the very best.
My next phone will be iPhone, say more teens than ever
Commentary: The fall Taking Stock With Teens survey from investment bank Piper Jaffray shows the age group's love for Apple knows no end.
The Best iPad Apps of 2017
However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
IT budgets set to grow in 2018, driven by AI, IoT, VR adoption
"Many businesses are feeling optimistic about the current state of the economy, and as a result, we can expect them to spend a bit more freely when it comes to their IT purchases in 2018," Spiceworks technology analyst Peter Tsai said in the release. "Not only are budgets expected to increase across hardware, software, and services, companies have indicated they're also more willing to invest in emerging tech like IoT, AI, and VR. And with IT staffing levels on the rise, some organizations will be better equipped to evaluate promising tech and plan for the future."
Microsoft employees can now work from treehouses
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