Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States
The big tech companies worked closely with a conservative, non-profit advocacy group.
InVision takes on Adobe with the introduction of Studio
InVision, the collaborative prototyping tool used by more 3 million people, has been around since 2011. But today, InVision is taking on the full stack with..
Google Pixel 2 review
Google wanted to announce more than just a boatload of products at its event the other week. The company hoped to foster a new conversation around consumer..
'Monument Valley 2' comes to Android on November 6th
The beautiful puzzler Monument Valley 2 is almost ready for Android devices.
Watch the first four episodes of the Silicon Valley mockumentary ‘Bubbleproof’
We're excited to be premiering a new mockumentary series about the startup world; watch the first four episodes of Bubbleproof right here on TechCrunch.
How to Get Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
There's no requirement to use specific assistive technologies; you can still get this upgrade even if you use assistive tech from a third-party company. Microsoft hasn't commented on whether it's checking whether those who take advantage of this offer are actually using the assistive technologies, but the download page says: "If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer." Microsoft still hasn't announced an end date to this offer.
WhatsApp now lets you share your location in real time
WhatsApp announced today that you’ll be able to share your location in real time with friends on your contact list, a popular feature borrowed from its parent company Facebook. The feature, called Live Location, should be available starting today and is coming to both the iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp. Facebook officially rolled out temporary location sharing in Messenger back in May , having experimented with the idea in different formats within Messenger and the main Facebook app for years.
Microsoft Eyes Pro Users With Surface Precision Mouse
Another neat feature is the ability to switch the cursor between up to three Windows 10 PCs. Just drag the cursor arrow past the right side of the screen, and control will shift to the next PC to the right on your desk. Sadly, unlike the Logitech MX Master 2s, you can't use screen switching with the Precision Mouse to copy text and files from one PC to another, nor can you switch between a Mac and PC automatically. For cross-platform switching, you'll have to hit the manual switch on the bottom of the mouse . Also, full app support (like key mapping) is limited to Windows 10 and 8.1, but the mouse will work in a more limited fashion on Macs and Android devices.
Billy Corgan says he saw a person transform into something other than human
Corgan said he was embarrassed about his experience, and wouldn't give many details, but essentially, he says he witnessed a person transform into something he "can not explain."
Facebook Live adds screen-sharing feature via a Chrome extension
Facebook Live adds screen-sharing feature via a Chrome extension, so users don't need to install 3rd-party streaming software
HP ZBook x2 workstation lets you tear off the keyboard
HP says it worked closely with Adobe when developing the ZBook x2 (seen here running Photoshop), which isn't surprising given the laptop's feature set.
NASA shares stunning panorama of Saturn's rings
Cassini launched back in 1997 as a joint mission from NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The spacecraft spent nearly 20 years in space before running low on fuel and reaching the end of its successful mission with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere.
Windows 10 Update: How Microsoft is thinking differently about hardware and software | ZDNet
Maybe this 'One Microsoft' thing really is taking hold -- at least if you believe Microsoft's account of how the latest Surface Book, Windows 10 feature update and new Office release all came to be.
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Weinstein Co board
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, it said on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business.
PayPal rolls out Venmo payments to its U.S. retailers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - PayPal Holdings Inc ( PYPL.O ) said more than two million U.S. retailers will be able to accept payments through its mobile app Venmo starting this week, seeking to broaden its reach with a brand that has been a hit with young people.
This foldable phone could kick off a crazy bendy phone trend
There's a reason phones have largely settled into a common design: The standard slab is typically the one that does best. History is littered with phones that have gambled on a novel feature or design -- think the Amazon Fire Phone, the Facebook Home-powered HTC First or the Nokia Lumia 1020 -- only to be dumped into the bargain bin.
Video: The biggest threats posed by IoT devices
At Mobile World Congress Americas, Michela Menting discusses the latest cyberthreats for IoT.
iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2: Which has the better camera?
The original Pixel produced impressive low-light shots last year, so it comes as no surprise that the Pixel 2 does it even better. This year Google added a faster f1.8 lens, which lets in more light than last year's f2 model, and it added built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) for holding the camera steady to counteract shaky hands that often spoil shots in dim conditions. The wide-angle lens on the iPhone 8 Plus also has OIS so the shot of the Mirror Maze looks well lit, but it's not quite as sharp as the Pixel's. But to be fair, they were taken within a millisecond of each other and the shot is slightly different because of the flashing lights.
2017's most innovative smartphone... ZTE's dual-screen Axon M?
ZTE's bet is that the two screens can drive stronger multitasking than any other smartphone to date. Being more productive is where ZTE thinks the Axon M can gain a foothold. The device can fold over into a form factor similar to the leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung—albeit much thicker—while folding out into the size of a small tablet.
Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings | ZDNet
Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips has been freshly updated for the Fall Creators Update. This page includes the most popular tips for getting Windows 10 configured exactly the way you want it.
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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Specs, pricing, availability | ZDNet
Surface Book 2 looks quite similar though not identical to Microsoft's original Surface Book. The screen is still detachable and usable as a tablet. The hinge gap is still there, though officials are saying they've made some improvements that make the device is less unstable when its touch screen is used. As was true of the original Surface Book and Surface Book with Performance Base, the Surface Book 2s are definitely not meant to be slim and light ultrabooks. The 13.5-inch weighs in at close to 3.5 to 4 pounds and the 15-inch at 4.2 pounds.
While you were doing, whatever, the world's first giant robot duel happened
Then, we've got Kuratas, from Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry, with a 18-mm submachine gun, articulating hand and "Ichigeki Fist," which showed its well-clenched might in the duel. According to the commentators, this guy is more agile and speedy, perfect for taking down giant robots with hand-to-hand combat.
KRACK attack: Here's how companies are responding
"The KRACK attack is against devices using the Wi-Fi protocol. We recommend that consumers use secure Wi-Fi passwords and install the latest patches on their phones, computers and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to prevent such attacks. Since Philips Hue does not itself support Wi-Fi directly, it does not need to be patched because of this attack. Further, all our cloud account APIs are protected using HTTPS which offers an additional layer of security which isn't affected by this attack."
Windows 10 performance and troubleshooting tips: Run faster, smoother, longer | ZDNet
Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for performance and troubleshooting.
Twitter is done with hate symbols and violent groups
Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content. Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it. While we recognize there’s an entire genre of pornography dedicated to this type of content, it’s nearly impossible for us to distinguish when this content may/may not have been produced and distributed consensually. We would rather error on the side of protecting victims and removing this type of content when we become aware of it.
The head of Amazon Studios has resigned following sexual harassment allegations | Fast Company
The allegations made against Price were some of the latest to rock Hollywood after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment going back decades
IRS says you were screwed even before the Equifax hack
Koskinen told reporters the agency believes a "significant" number of the more than 145 million Equifax victims had already had their personal information stolen by cybercriminals.
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Raspberry Pi overheating? Here's how to stop it says Microsoft
When not under load, the Pi's CPU operates at 600MHz, increasing its speed to 1.2GHz when tasked with carrying out a heavyweight operation. Operating at this higher speed will begin to raise the temperature of the board and when it goes over ~80C the Pi 3 will start to reduce its operating frequency in order to reduce the heat emitted by the CPU. Its speed is gradually reduced, dropping down to 600MHz if the board hits 85C or over.
Who’s Afraid Of AI? Senior Creatives, Mostly | Co.Design
Your answer might depend on whether you’re a junior-level creative or a senior-level creative, according to a new Adobe survey. The survey, which asked 600 creative workers at agencies about different elements of their jobs, showed that 44% of junior creatives aren’t afraid of AI taking over elements of their jobs compared with 28% of senior creatives. Meanwhile, 48% of senior creatives believe AI will subsume their responsibilities within the next 5 to 10 years; just 26% of junior creatives felt the same way.
Qualcomm CEO Still Expects Things to Resolve with Apple
Despite the intense legal battle going on between Apple and Qualcomm, the chip maker’s CEO believes that both companies will start working together again in the future. He says the dispute between the two companies is about the price of a fundamental technology and how much one is willing to pay for it.
WeChat begins censoring users ahead of China’s National Party Congress
The country’s National Congress is a hugely influential political summit that takes place every five years, and includes the selection of central party leadership. It is also a time when Chinese censors are on high alert, particularly when it comes to online media.
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Love photos? The Pixel 2 is the best Android phone for you
Aside from physical changes, Google refreshed the lock and home screen too. The phone has an Always On lock screen now, showing missed notifications and messages when the screen is off. The lock screen also displays Music Detection, which is a Pixel-exclusive feature that runs continuously in the background. Whenever the phone picks up a song (for example, in a store or a car), it'll look up the artist and song and list it on your lock screen. This feature works offline and on Airplane Mode, and if you're uncomfortable with your phone "always listening" you can disable it.
Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go
A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow ) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out on the road that need them while in route, providing enough juice to get to a proper charging station.
Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: Google's best phones get even better
So yeah, there aren't a ton of shiny new user-facing features in Oreo. Instead, Google went big on structural changes that should improve the way devices handle over the long haul. Project Treble, for instance, separates Android's core from manufacturers' software tweaks, which should make it easier and faster to roll out updates. Though I'll believe it when I see it. Another feature, Vitals, is a series of system optimizations and analytics tools for developers so they can see if their apps are working as intended. I'll continue to fiddle with Oreo as I work on our full review, but one thing seems clear: it's the most powerful, accessible version of Android I've played with so far, and that bodes well for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL.
Lego celebrates the women of NASA with new minifigs
Sally Ride, who was the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, accompanied by a miniature Space Shuttle
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We just got our first look at Lego's rad Women of NASA set
Women of NASA was originally designed by Maia Weinstock and submitted as part of Lego's Ideas program, which allows fans to develop their own ideas for what may become the next sets for the company.
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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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Duo Security raises $70 million at a valuation north of $1 billion
Duo Security today announced its Series D funding that puts the company in unicorn territory. The company raised $70 million led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital at a valuation of $1.17 billion. This funding round brings the company’s total amount raised to $119 million.
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Razer's external graphics dock is back: The Razer Core V2
Plus, Razer's Travis Furst tells us the redesigned chassis should fit practically any video card on the market. It's roughly half an inch taller inside now, a move Furst says was made to accommodate oversized graphics cards that don't technically meet the PCIe standard. Now, if your GPU is under 5.71 inches tall by 1.69 inches wide x 11.81 inches long, it should fit.
These are the best wildlife images of 2017
Daniël Nelson picked up the award for Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 with his shot of a young western lowland gorilla taking it easy on the forest floor. The judges said they picked Daniël’s image because it managed to capture "the inextricable similarity between wild apes and humans, and the importance of the forest on which they depend".
It took Harvey Weinstein to bring down Amazon's Roy Price. That's just sad.
The same reporter who covered Hackett's allegation for The Hollywood Reporter this month had written another story two months prior for The Information referencing the incident. Hackett wasn't talking on the record about what Price said then, but the reporter did have confirmation that there had been an investigation. Even getting that published was a struggle as writer Kim Masters shopped the story around to multiple outlets who all shied away as Price lawyered up (with Weinstein's former attorney, Lisa Bloom, and Hulk Hogan 's, Charles Harder). The Gawker effect was real.
Some iMessage users report significant delivery delays because of macOS bug
One user wrote on an Apple forum , "I have to manually click the home button to see if I have received any messages. Only when i shut down the Macbook does the phone start responding with sounds + vibrations." For users affected, the only workaround seems to be completely disabling iMessage from their Mac, or downgrading to macOS Sierra. Other options, like disabling then reenabling iMessage, or sending a message on the Mac seem to only fix the problem temporarily.
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Google looks to prove VR is more than a toy with updated Daydream View headset
I don’t like the new fabric type on the updated View quite as much as last year’s version, which felt like it was basically a Patagonia quarter-zip wrapped around a pair of lenses. This year’s is still plenty breathable and the face pad feels a bit cushier but it feels like less of a hipster headset and a bit more legit which may be good or bad depending on what you want. The most notable build shifts otherwise are the top strap for the headset and the front which has some venting to funnel heat away from the phone.