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How to download and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

As with previous updates, Microsoft will be performing a roll-out release for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which means you may have to wait until the update is available for your device – so read on to take matters into your own hands, as we show you how to download and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Google Pixel 2 review

The Pixel 2 clues us in on why Google called its phone series Pixel: it was building the best camera on a phone. This second-generation effort fulfills that promise with best-in-class photos, dual front-facing speakers and water-resistance. You have to be okay that it looks dated and there’s no headphone jack.

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A bigger, better Surface Book 2 might be Microsoft's first gaming PC

Of course, both models work with the sold-separately Microsoft Pen stylus, which is getting a very minor update, and the new Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10, which lets you do all kinds of cool augmented reality stuff through the new Mixed Reality Viewer app. You can take a 3D model from Microsoft's Paint 3D program, for example, and drop it into a real-world situation, as captured by the rear-facing camera. (The Surface Book 2 has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing one.)

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Microsoft's vulnerability database hacked in 2013, public kept in dark

The bigger issue in this whole debacle is the Microsoft database's contents. According to the Reuters report, the database contained information on unfixed flaws and vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, some of which was in wide use around the world. And it was poorly protected, the former employees said, with only a simple password locking it down.

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GM will be the first company to test self-driving cars in New York City

The testing will be in Manhattan, where Cruise has begun mapping a geofenced area, Cuomo’s office said. All testing will include an engineer in the driver's seat to monitor and evaluate performance, and a second person in the passenger seat. As part of the agreement with the state, Cruise will also set up an office in New York City and begin building a team of employees.

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Garmin teamed up with Amazon to make a tiny Echo Dot for your car

But the Garmin Speak does not have the essential outward-facing camera like dash cams do. Instead, the device is solely a home for Garmin Speak software and Amazon's Alexa. As with any other Alexa-toting device, you can summon Alexa with your voice through the Garmin Speak, asking for news, weather, sports, and other updates. You can also use Alexa to ignore or accept phone calls, and you can also control music search and playback so you can ask to hear a new song, artist, or genre without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. Alexa's smart home controls work when you're in the car as well, so you can ask Alexa to turn on your lights before you pull into your driveway.

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This camera tech is why Google thinks you'll crave Pixel 2 photography

Google's machine-learning smarts also mean it offers a portrait mode with the front camera, too. There, it's based only on machine learning. Without the distance information, the Pixel 2 front camera can't blur elements of the scene more if they're further away, a refined touch you might not miss for quick selfies but that's necessary in some other types of photography.

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Google Calendar for web gets a refresh and more meeting information in G Suite

Other notable updates rolling out to Google Calendar on the web today include the ability to manage multiple calendars side-by-side while in “day” view, which could prove useful for personal assistants and admin staff who have to schedule meetings on behalf of other people.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential sued over modular connector tech

The phone startup has been accused of stealing trade secrets relating to its modular connector, reports Reuters.

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OnePlus turns to customers to fix its identity crisis

I visited the event to hear what the customers had to say. It was held in central London in an event space with blank white walls -- walls that were soon plastered in poster-size pages of notes from all the attendees. Coffee flowed freely, as did the conversation about what OnePlus is doing right and what it's doing wrong. Pei greeted every attendee at the door and played an active role throughout the day.

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TNW on Twitter

Samsung's new tracking device looks both useful and scary http://tnw.me/EUqZ3KX  pic.twitter.com/tZRxhqy9Qz

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NBCUniversal and Snap Team Up to Produce Content for Snapchat

NBCUniversal and Snap Inc. are teaming up to produce content for Snapchat, in an effort to stake a claim in a crowded market where both traditional media companies and cash-flush tech firms are vying to create original shows.

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SoftBank's giant investment in Uber will be finalized 'very likely in the next week'

LAGUNA BEACH, CA — SoftBank's multi-billion-dollar investment in Uber will be finalized "very likely in the next week," Uber board member Arianna Huffington said at the WSJD conference Monday.

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Amazon patents a drone that can juice up your EV on the fly

Amazon first applied for this patent back in June 2014, and it was only granted this month. Like many other patents, there's no guarantee that Amazon will actually create a product based on the design. It could merely be an attempt to stop competitors from doing so. But given range anxiety is a major issue for many potential EV buyers, a little extra peace of mind sure wouldn't hurt.

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Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s secretive hardware lab, is leaving the company

“There is a tidal shift going on in Silicon Valley, and those of us in this industry have greater responsibilities than ever before,” Dugan said in a statement provided by a company spokesperson. “The timing feels right to step away and be purposeful about what's next, thoughtful about new ways to contribute in times of disruption.”

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http://www.techmeme.com/171017/p12#a171017p12

“There is a tidal shift going on in Silicon Valley, and those of us in this industry have greater responsibilities than ever before” This is a very unusual Departing Executive Statement! http://www.recode.net/...

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Google's first mobile chip is an image processor hidden in the Pixel 2

The coolest aspects of the Pixel Visual Core might be that it’s already in Google’s devices. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have it built in, but laying dormant until activation at some point “over the coming months.” It’s highly likely that Google didn’t have time to finish optimizing the implementation of its brand-new hardware, so instead of yanking it out of the new Pixels, it decided to ship the phones as they are and then flip the Visual Core activation switch when the software becomes ready. In that way, it’s a rather delightful bonus for new Pixel buyers. The Pixel 2 devices are already much faster at processing HDR shots than the original Pixel, and when the Pixel Visual Core is live, they’ll be faster and more efficient.

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Google just added these antivirus features to ​Chrome for Windows | ZDNet

It has also redesigned Chrome's Cleanup feature which offers a shortcut to restoring the browser's default settings after an infection. It shows an alert when the browser detects unwanted software and offers a way to remove it. Chrome users have previously been able to use the standalone Chrome Cleanup Tool to remove harmful software. Google says it redesigned the alerts to make it easier to see what software will be removed.

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TNW Answers • Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University.

21
Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great

Part of the issue, Google says, is that Oreo is the first version of Android to have proper color space control. So until now, Android developers really didn't have a way to control precisely how their colors would look on screens. The Pixel 2 is part of an effort to fix that, but even so, the more "naturalistic" color tuning on the Pixel 2 XL (and, to a lesser extent, the smaller Pixel 2) just looks a little off. The problem gets much worse when you look at the screen from angles, the color swings simply because that's what pOLED does.

22
Docker gives into inevitable and offers native Kubernetes support

When it comes to container orchestration, it seems clear that Kubernetes, the open source tool developed by Google, has won the battle for operations’ hearts and minds. It therefore shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention that Docker announced native support for Kubernetes today at DockerCon Europe in Copenhagen.

23
Huawei’s Mate 10 blends AI into every part of the smartphone experience

Huawei's first "AI-powered" smartphone, the Mate 9 , debuted last year, and the Chinese company continues to dive further into the benefits of artificial intelligence in its newest smartphones. Huawei announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones today, both of which promise not only hardware improvements over the Mate 9, but also more AI power thanks to a dedicated neural network processing unit (NPU). While most of us are accustomed to AI assistants on our smartphones (think Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Alexa), Huawei is taking a more embedded approach to AI, focusing on how a dedicated NPU can increase performance and efficiency over time as it learns about everything you do with your smartphone.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft's new MacBook Pro killer — they say it gets 17 hours of battery life

At a starting price of $1,499, the Surface Book 2 is Microsoft's most-expensive laptop. Earlier this year, Microsoft released the $999 Surface Laptop, a mid-range Windows 10 laptop aimed at students. Microsoft also offers the tablet/laptop hybrid Surface Pro starting at $799, and the all-in-one desktop PC Surface Studio for $2199.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is the name of the upcoming Han Solo movie

There have been rumors for a couple of months, after Making Star Wars got their hands on a picture of a crew T-shirt . The production’s working title was Red Cup , which now makes sense given that the real-world Solo company produces, well, red cups. The movie is said to follow the early days of Han Solo, well before he met up with Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a pair of droids in A New Hope . We don’t know much about what that story will entail, although Howard has alluded to locations like Corellia (Solo’s home planet) and Kessel (where he made the infamous Kessel run). The film will also include Tag and Bink, a pair of characters familiar to hardcore fans of Star Wars comics.

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Tesla Employees Detail How They Were Fired, Claim Dismissals Were Not Performance Related - Slashdot

Tesla is trying to disguise layoffs by calling the widespread terminations performance related, allege several current and former employees. On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News first reported that Tesla had dismissed an estimated 400 to 700 employees . That number represents between 1 and 2 percent of its entire workforce. But one former employee, citing internal information shared by a manager, said the total number fired is higher than 700 at this point. Most of the people let go from Tesla so far have been from its motors business, said people familiar with the matter. They were not from other initiatives like Tesla Powerwall, which is helping restore electricity to the residents of Puerto Rico now. The mass firings, which affected Tesla employees across the U.S., had begun by the weekend of Oct. 7 and continued even after the initial news report, sources said. Among those whose jobs were terminated in this phase, some were given severance packages quickly while others are still waiting on separation agreements. Some terminated employees told CNBC they were informed via email or a phone call "without warning," and told not to come into work the next day.

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Intel aims to conquer AI with the Nervana processor

Intel is no doubt hoping to change that formula with the Nervana NNP chips, which are efficient at both AI training and execution. The company says it has "multiple generations" of the chips in the pipeline, and obviously has the manufacturing and sales infrastructure needed to pump them out in volume and get them into clients' hands. Intel is also working on a so-called neuromorphic chip called Loihi that mimics the human brain, and of course has the Myriad X chip designed specifically for machine vision.

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Nicholas Thompson on Twitter

What will human-like robots do to our conceptions of love? A great cover and cover story. https://www.wired.com/2017/10/hiroshi-ishiguro-when-robots-act-just-like-humans/ … pic.twitter.com/TgmBhQhjwd

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A bigger, better Surface Book 2 might be Microsoft's first gaming PC

Of course, both models work with the sold-separately Microsoft Pen stylus, which is getting a very minor update, and the new Fall Creators Update version of Windows 10, which lets you do all kinds of cool augmented reality stuff through the new Mixed Reality Viewer app. You can take a 3D model from Microsoft's Paint 3D program, for example, and drop it into a real-world situation, as captured by the rear-facing camera. (The Surface Book 2 has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing one.)

30
Google removes Maps feature showing calories and mini-cupcakes after huge online backlash

While other navigation apps like Citymapper, which is incredibly popular in the UK, already have a calorie-counting feature, the pink-coloured mini cupcakes really upset people online who saw it as perpetrating fat-shaming culture, particularly of women:

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Why Docker is finally embracing Kubernetes

There's no shortage of container orchestration solutions. The early leader, Mesosphere, has lost much of its momentum. Docker Swarm is a single vendor's view of orchestration, but it offers a tight integration with Docker Enterprise Edition (EE). Docker is building a platform with Docker EE that compares to mature projects such as Cloud Foundry. However, as mentioned, the industry has converged on Kubernetes.

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TNW on Twitter

5 science fiction books Hollywood needs to turn into amazing movies http://tnw.me/DpHO4Nd  pic.twitter.com/EPkO9gpH1P

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Guillermo Del Toro on the Brutal Honesty of Monster Movies

It’s the season of spooks and monsters, and no one loves a good spook or monster than Guillermo Del Toro. But the director recently shared some thoughts on what makes the monstrous so fascinating to people, and his answer was suitably chilling.

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TNW on Twitter

This app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into source code http://tnw.me/w9JUzxU  pic.twitter.com/4ZdNgWER0T

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Apple Responds to Senator AI Franken's Request of Providing More Information about Face ID

Soon after Apple unveiled the iPhone X in September, U.S. Senator AI Franken sent the Cupertino company a letter containing several questions surrounding security and privacy while using Face ID. He provided Apple time until October 13, 2017, to answer all the questions raised in his letter.

36
The new WWE game is a hot mess of wonderful glitches

This is just a smattering of some of the issues that have popped up in WWE 2K18 , and people will likely find a whole lot more. These glitches are relatively harmless (except to the digital wrestlers), but some people have mentioned game-breaking bugs, like referees not counting pins, or being forced to wrestle themselves and thus not being able to win.

37
Chinese backdoor malware resurfaces after more than a decade

The new version comprises of a backdoor and a rootkit, allowing the malware access to the operating system's core, which gives the attacker access to system information, listing processes, and running commands. The researchers also found the malware can grab screenshots and files, covertly download additional tools, and open telnet and remote access port. The tool can also extract Windows user's credential from the current session and grab system information.

38
Google Maps now lets you explore more than a dozen planets and moons

A few hours after Google’s announcement, planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla noted on Twitter that several of the icy moon maps, including Enceladus and Europa, had their names and images off by 180 degrees. We’ve reached out to Google to see if the error has been corrected.

39
The candle that smells like a new Mac got an update

Apple accessories maker Twelve South made headlines last year with the release of its “New Mac”-scented candles. It cost $24 to make your home smell like a freshly unboxed Apple Mac, which Twelve South interpreted as a mix of mint, peach, basil, lavender, mandarin, and sage. The candle sold out pretty quickly and has since been out of stock — until now. Say hello to Twelve South’s flagship candle, the Inspire [mac candle N°2].

40
FCC chairman throws cold water on Trump's NBC threat

"The FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment," Pai continued, "and under the law the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on content of a particular newscast."

41
Garfield's Jim Davis Turns Galactus Into the Cutest Planet-Eater Ever

In an exclusive preview, Davis told Entertainment Weekly that North thought Galactus and Garfield were two peas in a pod, given their love of eating things—even though one prefers lasagna, while the other chomps on galaxies. David ended up styling Galactus as Garfield himself, while turning the Silver Surfer into Jon. Apparently, the Surfer was a dead-ringer for the beleaguered pet owner, but it was a little harder turning Galactus into a giant, lazy cat.

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Razer's Blade Stealth laptop now packs a quad-core processor

The quad configuration is available now in North America (France, Germany and the UK get it later in the year) for $1,699 and ships with the usual 16GB of RAM, a 3,200 x 1,800 screen as well as a 512GB SSD. Razer clearly sees the more powerful chip as an upsell at this stage rather than an across-the-board upgrade for every model, and that price is perilously close to the $1,900 you'll pay for the brawnier 14-inch Razer Blade. You'll want to think carefully about buying this model, then. Still, if you're more interested in raw portability than playing Destiny 2 on the road, this is one of the speedier options.

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Hear us out -- this dual screen phone is really cool

But ZTE thinks the time is right to double the display fun. It made its software more efficient, the company said, to reduce battery drain and processor slow-downs. Cellular networks are much more equipped now to handle the data load of streaming two different things on a screen. ZTE also says that even if you use both screens for several hours a day, the Axon M can last from morning until evening on a single charge (it'll last longer over Wi-Fi than over a cellular connection). We won't be able to test ZTE's claims, of course, until we get the final product in for review.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

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Video: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 10

A step-by-step guide to getting the most out of Microsoft's upgrade to its cloud storage service.

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TNW on Twitter

Google's AI can create better machine-learning code than the researchers who made it http://tnw.me/amCFhTC  pic.twitter.com/Xwu245sXE5

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DHS orders federal agencies to bolster cybersecurity with HTTPS, email authentication

Within 90 days, all federal agencies must deploy the email security protocol DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance). This will help prevent spam and phishing attackers from using federal agency email domains to conduct their attacks. Organizations using DMARC receive less than a quarter of the threats received by those that do not use the technology, according to a report from security firm GreatHorn.

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It's official: the Han Solo movie is finished and has a name

Since Howard (also a Lucasfilm veteran) took over the project, he's been sharing largely spoiler-free pictures from the set on social media. But the sheer number of scenes he's shared, plus the amount of time it has taken, suggests Howard has substantially re-shot the entire movie and that little of what Lord and Miller shot remains.

49
Google Maps kills off its new calorie counter

The feature in its iOS app, which apparently was meant to encourage walking instead of driving, also shows users how many mini cupcakes they would burn from their walk.

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One simple chart shows why Facebook just bought an anonymous chat app for teens

Facebook's strategy is to dominate the apps on your smartphone — by building, cloning and acquiring. And as the chart shows, Facebook has a hand, or has tried to have a hand, in almost all the most popular free apps in Apple's App store. Once tbh started climbing the chart, it was only a matter of time until Facebook came calling.

51 The myth of the tech talent shortage: Why it's a much smaller problem than vendors say
52 Dropbox’s new Professional tier brings its best business features to individuals
53 Not sure what Pixel 2 phone to get?
54 Star Wars Han Solo movie title finally announced by Ron Howard
55 Microsoft Made Pricey New Surface Books, Including a Giant One—They Seem Nice!
56 Apple TV universal search now supports Apple Music and more
57 Not sure what Pixel 2 phone to get?
58 Microsoft wants to reimagine VR with Mixed Reality
59 Not sure what Pixel 2 phone to get?
60 ZTE Axon M hands-on: A new hope for dual-screen phones
61 Microsoft wants to reimagine VR with Mixed Reality
62 PayPal rolls out Venmo payments to its U.S. retailers
63 This camera tech is why Google thinks you'll crave Pixel 2 photography
64 Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great
65 How Amazon helped bring NoSQL to the enterprise mainstream
66 'Game of Thrones' actress Lena Headey shares her own horrifying Harvey Weinstein experience
67 Google's biggest new app searches the world around you
68 Google Pixel 2 XL review
69 Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolts are coming to New York next year
70 The Daydream View is not the Pixel 2's friend
71 Adobe patches zero-day vulnerability used to plant gov't spying software | ZDNet
72 KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? | ZDNet
73 Dropbox targets freelancing workers with new 'Professional' tier
74 Google Photos can now identify your pets | ZDNet
75 The Q Neely and Q Jacqueline are Fossil’s smallest hybrid watches yet
76 Video: Finding a path to digital transformation
77 Video: Scott Kelly stopped by and we got to ask him a few questions
78 Bitcoin engineer Jameson Lopp SWATted by angry crypto fans
79 Greenpeace: Apple is green, but there's a greener smartphone maker | ZDNet
80 ZTE launches crazy, foldable, dual-screened smartphone
81 Scary tech that keeps us up at night in 2017 | ZDNet
82 Alphabet to develop high-tech site in Toronto: sources
83 15 Highest-Paying Tech Jobs for 2018 - InformationWeek
84 Some macOS High Sierra Users Experiencing Delayed iMessages and Texts
85 A Bizarre Tie-In May Hint at Another DC Hero Coming to Justice League
86 PayPal enables Venmo payments at millions of US retailers | ZDNet
87 This Robotics Startup Wants to Be the Boston Dynamics of China
88 Snapchat has cute AR foam fingers for you to wave at NBA games
89 New Jersey Offers $7 Billion in Incentives to Lure Amazon to Newark
90 Twitter launches Video Website Card ads for businesses
91 Google Advanced Protection is for high-profile hacking targets
92 Play Atari's 'Centipede' on a tiny, authentic arcade cabinet