Microsoft now holds meetings in tree houses
Fresh air, fast Wi-Fi -- what's not to like?
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.
Watch a robot defend AI at the UN | ZDNet
Sophia got to share her views with some powerful leaders
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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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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.
Windows 10 Mobile: Microsoft just put the final nail in the coffin | ZDNet
Microsoft's latest effort to keep Windows relevant in mobile is to bring the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge, to Android and iOS . The headline feature is "Continue on PC", which offers a simple way for users to share a web site, app, photo, and other information between a phone and a Windows PC. The feature is also available in the new Microsoft Launcher for Android, a revamped version of the Arrow Launcher it released in 2015.
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
Flight 666 lands in HEL for last time on Friday the 13th
Finnair is on the skyway to HEL ... sinki, that is. Somehow it's not nearly as hot at the demonic destination as one would think.
Redefining the state of the art with Magnepan’s wall of sound speakers
I love small speakers, I really do, but the sound of the best of them never approaches the size of real instruments. Big, statuesque tower speakers get closer, but to my ears only flat panel speakers, thanks to their larger sound radiating areas convey scale better than other speaker types. The all-new Magnepan 30.7 projects a wall of sound like no other speaker in my experience.
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).
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.
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.
The impossible dream of USB-C – Marco.org
While a wide variety of USB-C dongles are available, most use the same handful of unreliable, mediocre chips inside. Some USB-A dongles make Wi-Fi drop on MacBook Pros. Some USB-A devices don’t work properly when adapted to USB-C, or only work in certain ports. Some devices only work when plugged directly into a laptop’s precious few USB-C ports, rather than any hubs or dongles. And reliable HDMI output seems nearly impossible in practice.
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.
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.
Yale announces HomeKit-enabling module for Assure smart locks
The $50 module will be available at major retailers including Best Buy and Lowes.com. You can also purchase the Assure Lock with the iM1 Network Module for $220. In addition to the iM1 Network Module, Yale will continue to offer its Z-Wave Plus and ZigBee modules.
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
Abode adds a camera, sensors and more to its security kit
Abode also added to its third-party integrations today by adding support for Ecobee smart thermostats , as well as Lifx and Philips Hue . Nest and Ecobee customers should be able to view and make changes to their thermostats straight from the Abode app, including rules tied to family members' home and away status. Lighting customers should be able to adjust the brightness, hue and saturation for color-changing Lifx and Hue LEDs. They should also be able to set rules that change the color of the lights when the Abode system is armed or disarmed.
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.
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."
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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.
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.
Northern California Wildfires Death Toll Rises to 38
Per the Times , the fires are not expected to go down anytime soon, with Cal Fire spokeswoman Jaime Williams telling the paper firefighters are facing “red flag warnings” of 10-20 mph winds that could gust up to 40-45mph. The winds are likely to spread the fires even further, while the 10,000 firefighters in the area to fight the blaze have to contend with a wet winter/dry summer combination that has left the area covered in more potential dry fuel than they have seen in at least decades.
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."
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Facebook blocks researcher from viewing Russia-affiliated posts
The researcher had looked at the information to study the reach of ads associated with an alleged Kremlin-backed campaign.
One of the main ideas of Brain is saving some operations in machine language, creating an instruction optmizer due to the excess of instructions that Brainfuck would generate. Brain aims to implement it by using current technology (LLVM) .
Berlin 5G tests highlight Europe's race to catch up in connectivity
Deutsche Telekom tested Europe's first 5G antennas Thursday, and will be ready to deploy alongside 5G's global release in 2020.
Got an New iPhone? Here Are the Essential Apps You Must Download
Even in 2017, one of the best arguments you can make for the iPhone is the apps. The apps on iOS are still of a higher quality and have a level of attention and detail you just don’t get anywhere else. If you just got an iPhone and are looking to download and try all the best apps, you came to the right place.
A couple paid for two Teslas by sharing them on the Airbnb for cars — here’s how they did it
Chad Hurin said they started renting out the Model S in February
and the Model X in May. The couple has earned $25,000 through the
service, but that doesn't account for fees Turo collects for
setting up the rental. Still, it's been enough to pay off the
Hurins' monthly car loan payments and insurance with some
cash left to spare.
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