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LinkedIn boosts its messaging with smart replies, pre-written, AI based interactions

LinkedIn -- the Microsoft-owned platform for those who want to network with professional contacts and advance their own careers -- has been in the middle of a..

Meet the rockers bringing YouTube stars to the stage

Live show Hello World brings fans together with Zoella and many of the UK's biggest YouTubers, thanks to rockers Jason and Adam Perry.

Amazon's Kindle app gets a major update

Amazon has redesigned its Kindle app and tightly integrated Goodreads into the UI.

Google Assistant adds over 50 kids games and activities

Google is adding a bunch of new games and activities to the Google Assistant today as a way to keep kids entertained. The update, which was previewed earlier this month, includes "more than 50 new...

Master iPhone 8 Portrait Lighting with Apple's video tips | Cult of Mac

Apple published two new videos today educating users on how to use the new Portrait Lighting feature that debuted on the iPhone 8. Unlike most of Apple's v

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Delphi acquires self-driving startup NuTonomy for $450 million

As part of the deal, NuTonomy will combine more than 100 employees, including 70 engineers and scientists, to Delphi's more than 100-member automated driving team. After the transaction is completed, Delphi will have self-driving operations in Boston, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Santa Monica, and Silicon Valley; NuTonomy will continue to be based in Boston, where both companies currently operate pilot programs. By combining efforts with NuTonomy in Boston, Singapore, and other pilot cities around the world, Delphi will have 60 autonomous cars on the road across three continents by years end.

Instagram now lets everyone go live with a friend

The livestream-with-friends feature that's been in testing since early August is now ready for prime time.

New Bad Rabbit ransomware spreads to many organizations in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Germany

Uber adds new fees to compensate drivers for slow passengers, longer trips to pick up riders, and ride cancellations   —  Extra fees kick in for pickup trips longer than eight minutes  —  Uber is adding a bunch of new fees to sweeten the pot for drivers who may be reluctant to wait for slow passengers …

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Do more from your inbox with Gmail Add-ons

Rather than toggling between your inbox and other apps, use add-ons to complete actions right from Gmail. With Gmail Add-ons, your inbox can contextually surface your go-to app based on messages you receive to help you get things done faster. And because add-ons work the same across web and Android, you only need to install them once to access them on all of your devices. Click the settings wheel on the top right of your inbox and then “Get add-ons” to get started.

Uber sees its first decline as rival Lyft rises, report says

Uber's reported decline in business travelers is minimal, but it's notable since it's the first time the company has seen a loss of passengers. Certify says Uber owned 55 percent of the ground transportation market in the second quarter. But in the third quarter, it slipped to 54 percent. In its hometown, San Francisco, Uber's market share saw the biggest loss at an 8 percent decline, according to Certify.

FBI tried to break into 6,900 phones -- and failed

This only adds to the frustrations of governments across the globe. Wray called device encryption a "huge, huge problem" at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference on Sunday, although he added he understood "there's a balance that needs to be struck between encryption and the importance of giving [them] the tools [needed] to keep the public safe."


Reaction to Twitter's announcement has been positive with praise coming from Senator Mark Warner. In a tweet, Sen. Warner said that this is a good first step and pleaded for more transparency for online political ads.

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The Nintendo Switch now supports GameCube controllers thanks to new update

The GameCube controller adapter is still sold by some retailers online for $10-20, although they may be a little harder to find now that Nintendo no longer has them in production. The adapter allows you to use up to four GameCube controllers at a time.

Microsoft Drops DOJ Suit After Feds Limit Secret Gag Orders

The main problem Microsoft had was in how gag orders were being used. Vague legal standards were all that was required for a secrecy order to be issued, and no end date needed to be specified. So customer information was secretly being shared without specific facts or case details being known for an undefined period of time.

AT&T results miss estimates as video competition rises

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc’s quarterly results missed Wall Street estimates as the U.S. No. 2 wireless carrier lost video subscribers to traditional and online TV competitors and fewer of its existing customers upgraded their devices ahead of Apple Inc’s launch of the iPhone X.

Will Sears' Kenmore brand still sell Whirlpool appliances?

According to Sears, Whirlpool will continue to manufacture appliances for Sears’ own Kenmore brand. That means customers can still buy a Whirlpool-made dishwasher, fridge, or washing machine at Sears—except it will wear a Kenmore badge.

Hulu’s CEO is going to run Sony TV, and another Fox exec is going to run Hulu

Hulu is jointly owned by Fox, Disney and Comcast*, which have traditionally used the service as a place to show their reruns, though one of Hopkins’s jobs has been to build up original programs to rival Netflix. Last year, Time Warner bought a 10 percent stake in Hulu , valuing it at $5.8 billion.

NeoGAF is back online, but it's turned into an undead Nazi version of its former self

The future of NeoGAF will be a return to what many of us have come here for, a place where we can gather together and enjoy our shared hobby of video games. For a short time, Off-Topic Discussion and Off-Topic Community will be closed so that we can rediscover that. We'll be starting with a clean slate when they come back. However, the focus will be on the many other hobbies we may have like TV, movies, anime, writing, music, etc. Political and social discourse will not be allowed in the new Off-Topic. Those types of discussions greatly added to the harsh and unwelcoming atmosphere of Off-Topic, which pushed many users away. For those worried: OT has not been deleted, and important threads will be archived for recovery once it's open again.


Facebook also announced its first two out-there projects from Building 8 , its secretive hardware lab. One of them was trying to get your brain to type directly into a computer, and the other was a system to get your skin to "hear." Last week, Regina Dugan, Building 8's leader, said she was leaving Facebook.

Do more from your inbox with Gmail Add-ons

Rather than toggling between your inbox and other apps, use add-ons to complete actions right from Gmail. With Gmail Add-ons, your inbox can contextually surface your go-to app based on messages you receive to help you get things done faster. And because add-ons work the same across web and Android, you only need to install them once to access them on all of your devices. Click the settings wheel on the top right of your inbox and then “Get add-ons” to get started.

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This $130 noise-canceling ramen fork is the dumbest gadget of 2017

What it's like to be a woman in Hollywood

What we see in movies matters: it affects our hobbies, our career choices, our emotions and even our identities. Right now, we don't see enough women on screen or behind the camera — but waiting for Hollywood to grow a conscience isn't going to fix the problem, says Naomi McDougall Jones. Join forces with the actress and activist as she outlines her four-point plan for a total representation revolution in Hollywood.

New Evidence Suggests Doctors Are Misdiagnosing a Third Type of Diabetes

The common understanding of diabetes mellitus includes two types: type one and type two. But there’s a third type that’s been around for a while you may not have even heard of—and some doctors think it’s being misdiagnosed.

AMD says its going to see a big drop in revenue, shares sink (AMD)

AMD says its going to see a big drop in revenue, shares sink (AMD)

Logan Director James Mangold Is Working on a Script for an X-23 Spinoff

Logan brought a definitive end to Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine earlier this year, but like the comics before it, laid the groundwork for a successor to the mantle in the form of Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23. Now, it seems like that changeover is already in the works, according to Logan ’s director.

Windows 10 security overhaul: Microsoft lays out the most important new features

While Microsoft added some of these capabilities with Windows 10's Creators Update in April this year, Microsoft says it is working to broaden the range of devices that support the service, with Lenovo, HP, Panasonic, Toshiba and Fujitsu due to introduce support from January 2018.

10 best gaming laptops 2017: top gaming notebook reviews

The Asus Strix GL502 may not boast the most innovative design, swapping out the usual black and red color scheme for one that makes it feel like Halloween year-round. But, it's undoubtedly one of the best when it comes to gaming in 1080p. In fact, we were able to crank the settings all the way up in Overwatch without taking a hit below 60fps. The battery life is janky, sure, but the screen, performance and onboard sound system more than make up for it.

Over 500,000 dishwashers recalled for fire risk—is yours on the list?

Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau are part of BSH home appliances. BSH also manufactured an affected model for Jenn-Air (the JDB9600) and some Kenmore models sold only in Canada.

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) review: smaller and cheaper, but mostly the same

The simplified design of the new Echo trades the rotating volume ring for plus and minus buttons, like found on the Echo Dot. They work just as well, and since most of the time I adjust the Echo’s volume with voice commands, I don’t miss the ring at all. The new Echo has the same number of far field microphones to pick up voice commands (seven), but Amazon says it has second-generation technology that’s improved over the first model. I haven’t noticed a significant improvement in my testing however, the new Echo hears me just about as well as the prior model did. Most of the time, it hears me on the first try, even when it’s playing music, though occasionally I have to repeat the “Alexa” wake word. It is no better or worse than the Google Home or Harman Kardon Invoke in this regard.

As AT&T focuses on show business, its wireless business struggles

On the entertainment side, AT&T crowed about nabbing nearly 800,000 DirecTV Now subscribers in less than a year. But the company also lost 385,000 traditional video subscribers in the period, thanks to competition from both streaming services and other traditional pay-TV providers. It also blamed the numerous natural disasters that hit the US, and the company tightening its credit policy and kicking off customers who weren't paying.

Clever 3D-Printed Widget Turns a Balloon Into a Flower Vase

How often do you actually get flowers and need a vase to put them in? On your birthday, maybe? When a family member passes? So why bother storing a rarely-used fancy vase when this clever 3D-printable plastic widget turns a party balloon into a decent place to keep a few flowers alive?

Stranger Things season 2: to binge or not to binge?

And regarding all those moving parts you mention: you get more impact out of letting each episode sit. I get more impact out of watching episodes close together, so the story parallels are clearer. Yes, there’s a big cast, and a lot going on. For me, bingeing a show makes it easier to keep track of the subplots, and feel the impact they have on each other. When characters or plotlines are sidelined for an episode or three, it’s easier to keep up on their importance if the last episode was two hours ago, instead of two weeks ago.

Stephen Curry consoles Devin Harris' nephew after his father's death

"It's obviously sometimes hard to find the right words to say in that situation because it's such a tough blow to the family," he told reporters. "And for him, at that age, I can't imagine what he's going through."

Creative dad made a perfect DIY Groot and Rocket 'Guardians of the Galaxy' costume for Halloween

Creative dad made a perfect DIY Groot and Rocket 'Guardians of the Galaxy' costume for Halloween

Gmail add-ons boost productivity with third-party app integration

The new Gmail add-ons feature will allow users to interact directly with a separate app from within Gmail, enabling more work to get done without leaving the app.

Please stop decorating your lawns with Halloween inflatables

If there's one thing about the people who buy blow up decorations on Halloween, they can't have less than 17 of them. Halloween did not ask for an inflatable Minion on the middle of your lawn next to a cat next to a giant spider next to a snow globe with a skeleton in it. Also, how is that scary? You can do better.

AT&T Loses Record 385,000 Traditional Pay-TV Subscribers in Q3, Posts Gains for DirecTV Now

AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse TV businesses were hammered in the third quarter of 2017, while the telco’s over-the-top DirecTV Now service delivered its biggest quarterly increase since launching less than a year ago. The company reported a record quarterly loss of 385,000 traditional pay-TV subs, which AT&T blamed on increased competition from other pay-TV operators […]

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AMD returns to profitability in Q3 2017 as Ryzen takes off

AMD has refreshed its processors this year with a new architecture dubbed Zen, which can generate 52 percent more performance per clock cycle than its previous generation. It has resulted in the most competitive chips in a decade for AMD as it competes with arch rival Intel. AMD’s Threadripper series of Rzyen chips are contenders for the performance crown with Intel’s fastest chips, and AMD is selling those Threadripper chips at a considerable discount to Intel’s high-end processors.

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Google's own Play Store antivirus system is disturbingly unreliable

Nearly undetectable Microsoft Office exploit installs malware without an email attachment

Security firm Sophos uncovered a zero day exploit that targets a 24-year-old data exchange protocol, and it can be used to silently attack machines with very little means of detection.

Apple's iPhone X gamble shows signs of backfiring | ZDNet

That's a shockingly small number of handsets considering that the iPhone X is launching in 57 countries and territories around the world, and Apple needs to cater for interest both at Apple Stores and third-party outlets (including the carriers, which account for around 70 to 80 percent of sales overall according to the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP)).

Reaper, a massive new botnet, is a cyberattack waiting to happen

Reaper is on track to become one of the largest botnets recorded in recent years — and yet nobody seems to know what it will do or when. But researchers say the damage could be bigger than last year's cyberattack.

Bitcoin is sliding after bitcoin gold goes live

"What's deeply troublesome is that these spinoffs sprung from a relatively minor squabble in the bitcoin community on how to handle the block size limit," Lederer wrote. "Instead of coming to agreement, the community, developers, and code are fracturing into different groups."

Here are the cars that support iPhone 8 and iPhone X wireless charging

It’s going to be interesting to see if Apple pushes forward the Qi standard faster than when Android started supporting the wireless charging. There are some advantages to using the charging pads, but since the charging rate is less than a cable and using a pad reduces a person’s ability to use the phone during charging, there are big disadvantages, too.

Google Pixel 2's latest hiccup? Now users report whirring, clicking sounds | ZDNet

As Pixel 2 owners complain of strange sounds that can be stopped by switching off NFC, a new problem emerges with Pixel 2 XL's display.

You can now read Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis for free | Fast Company

If you can get the page to load, that is. On Monday, the University of Cambridge posted Stephen Hawking’s highly requested doctoral thesis ,  Properties of Expanding Universes , in full. According to the university , Hawking’s thesis—which he wrote at the age of 24—was the most popular document in its research library, Apollo, drawing hundreds of views each month. Until now, those interested in reading the thesis had to shell out $85 (65 British pounds) for a copy or pay a visit to the university library. Now you can view it for free via Open Access.

NASA satellite sees devastation from California wildfires

NASA's Terra satellite captures a haunting look at the destruction caused by the deadly wine country blazes.

Missing Flight MH370 Inspires New Way to Locate Ocean Impacts

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 investigation has been reopened with the help of a private firm. Its incomplete story has refused to offer closure to the families of its 239 victims and has sparked conspiracy theories . But scientists have continued investigating the impact since it occurred three and a half years ago. It’s inspired one team to create a new way of locating large disturbances in the ocean, like earthquakes, meteors—and even striking airplanes.

Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: Small, fast, and primed for the future Review | ZDNet

The only change I would love to see Amazon make to the Fire TV isn't to the TV itself, but to the included remote. As I just mentioned, we lose remotes all the time. It's a daily occurrence. Short of putting an alarm in the remote to aid in finding it, I would love to have volume controls for the TV. Right now, we have to keep tabs on two remotes - the one that shipped with our TV set and the Alexa remote.

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