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Rumu is the sweet and sad indie game for the smart home era

Commentary: What is life like for a smart robot vacuum with feelings when the humans are gone and AI has become sentient?

Amazon Key In-Home Delivery Service Launches Nov. 8

Those interested in trying it out will need to buy the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which is available for pre-order now starting at $249.99.

Angela Ahrendts calls rumors she's next Apple CEO 'fake news'

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Apple's head of retail and CEO Tim Cook sort of deny the rumor.

Everything Leaving Netflix in November

Binge-watch your way through some films and shows before they’re gone.

Robot bees can now dive in and out of water using tiny combustible rockets

Take that, real bees

Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé on the evolution of Super Mario Odyssey

From the outside, at least, Nintendo is a study in contradictions, at once devoted to the constant development of new gaming experiences, while remaining..

Nintendo announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for smartphones

Nintendo has announced Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for smartphones, due for release on iOS and Android in late November. The title looks much like other games in the Animal Crossing series, which...

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Make Your iPhone 5s Look Like an 'iPhone 7 mini' with This Kit

As per the Reddit user, the iPhone 7 mini kit uses an aluminium that is very similar to the quality that Apple has used on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and gives the phone a very sexy look. There is one caveat, though; the reception of the phone will degrade by at least 15-20 percent once you apply the kit on your iPhone 5s. The conversion kit also does not make use of a 2.5D curved glass which can make swiping from the edges a less than pleasant experience.


Though the iPhone X is on the cusp of being publicly available, it's entirely possible that the unit he had — which Peterson showed off in the video — was a pre-production unit. Even if it wasn't, Apple assuredly doesn't want its staff casually showing off unreleased products in unauthorized YouTube videos.

Top tech gifts under $500

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB has been around for awhile now, and there's a reason you see it for sale at so many of your local record stores: at $300, it offers customers an affordable way to listen to records without a complicated setup process. Its built-in preamp means that no additional accessories are required when connecting the turntable to a stereo or set of powered speakers, and it includes a replaceable, precalibrated cartridge and needle that sound great with all kinds of music.

Photos: The top 10 universities for data science

CMU takes an interdisciplinary approach to data science, offering multiple master's degrees with different focuses and tracks. Top options for big data include computational data science and information systems management, with a focus on business intelligence and data analytics. With most programs lasting two years, tuition varies by program and by semester--for example, the Information Systems Management degree doesn't charge tuition for the last semester.

Living With The iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus | Fast Company

What I really want is an iPhone that’s the pocketable size of the 8 with a similar screen size, yet which has dual cameras on the back. Looking around at the other phones on the market with dual cameras, they’re mostly large phones. The dual camera assembly requires extra space. But dual-camera phones are getting smaller: Huawei now has one with a 5.1-inch display. And the iPhone X will pack dual cameras into a phone that’s bigger than the iPhone 8, but more svelte than the 8 Plus.

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Red obsession: Take a look at these stunning fiery smartphones

Fortunately, some device manufacturers like to experiment with colors and seldom produce unique looking models. And since the holiday season is coming right up, we thought you might want to gift yourself or a loved one with a unique looking smartphone. Red is also the color of Christmas, so a fiery handset might make for the perfect gift. We know there are still two months to go before Santa arrives, but it never hurts to start planning early. That’s how you’ll ensure you’ll be able to deliver the right gifts.

'Stranger Things' Season 2 is full of references to one classic arcade game

Ahead of the release of Stranger Things Season 2, the titles of the first six episodes were revealed, giving the world an extremely vague tease of what's to come. One of those episode titles is a reference to an arcade game from the '80s, and now we know why.

NBA star appeals to NASA, Bill Nye to explain damaged plane

Commentary: The Oklahoma Thunder's Steven Adams is on a team jet that suffered serious damage to its nose, allegedly at 30,000 feet.

17 scary photos of IT gore

The techsupportgore channel on Reddit is not for the faint of IT heart. It's a horror show of laptops mangled beyond recognition, smartphones smashed beyond reason and other mistreated devices.

iPhone X: Nine can't-miss new features - Video | ZDNet

Here is a look of at some of the most anticipated features of Apple's new flagship, the iPhone X.

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iPhone X pre-order livestream: A recap of our live iPhone X preorder

Photos: The best iPhone X cases for business and personal use

Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.

NASA hunts first exomoon, new frontiers in search for E.T.

Astronomers on Saturday pointed the Hubble Space Telescope in the direction of a star system 4,000 light-years away, where they hope to confirm the presence of an exomoon orbiting a distant exoplanet for the first time. Confirming the existence of such satellites beyond our own solar system opens a new door in the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Acer made a cheap laptop that looks good and lasts all day long

Priced at $329, the 13.3-inch laptop is thin at 0.7 inches (14.95 mm), and weighs a trim 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) with a body that's finished in metal for a more premium appearance. It has a few other nice touches like a full-HD IPS display, a fingerprint reader and a fair amount of ports and more than 9 hours of battery life.

Acer Swift 1

The Swift 1 might be cheap, but its thin, all-metal body and extras like a backlit keyboard and full HD IPS display are way better than you'd expect.

OnePlus 5T rumored to launch in November with slimmer bezels

OnePlus' prices have slowly crept up, with the 3 starting at $399 in the US, the 3T at $439 and 5 at $479. So it wouldn't be unusual for a OnePlus 5T to cost about $500 or even $550. After all, the 128GB storage version of the OnePlus 5 already costs $539.

Facebook to implement new transparency rules for political ads

After Facebook first announced the new ad rules, Democratic State Senator Todd Kaminsky of New York, who authored a bill demanding more transparency around political ads, said the archive didn't go far enough. "I am disappointed that Facebook's policy changes do not impact state and local elections," he said in a statement earlier today. "As the victim of malicious, false, and anonymous political advertising, I know that voters deserve information on who is targeting them so that they can properly evaluate the messages they receive."

Puerto Rico moves to cancel Whitefish power contract after uproar

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico’s government power company said on Sunday it will cancel a $300 million contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal.

20 How To Buy an iPhone X

In case you end up being late in placing your iPhone X pre-order, you have the option of walk-in to your nearest Apple Store on launch day (November 3) and buying the handset. However, as Apple recommends, due to heavy demand, you should walk-in early to the store. How early? Well, Apple Stores will open early at 8:00 am on iPhone X launch day. Looking at the demand and supply issues, you should ideally start camping outside your nearest Apple Store at least a couple of days ago. Don’t think that you will get your hands on the iPhone X on launch day if you simply walk-in to an Apple Store on November 3 — that’s simply not going to happen. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of camping outside an Apple Store to get the iPhone X, make sure to get your pre-order in early.

4 TED Talks for cat lovers

When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art — including the database of 15 million photos her team built to "teach" a computer to understand pictures — and the key insights yet to come.

Apple Says iPhone X Demand is 'Off The Charts'

As it stands right now, shipping details for the iPhone X in every single configuration (silver/black, 64GB/256GB) are now pushed back to five to six weeks. Those numbers are likely to fluctuate over the next several weeks, but, if previous years are any indicator, at some point in the (hopefully near) future Apple will more than likely get a handle on demand and production will match it.

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Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.

NSW Police targeting shows the ethical dangers of secret algorithms | ZDNet

Once the unknown and unaccountable process decides you're a potential future criminal, simply wearing the 'wrong' clothes and sitting in the 'wrong' train carriage can attract police attention.

Feeling generous? These TVs make ridiculously great gifts.

One of our favorite TVs of the year, the P comes in only one size--55-inches--but if that's for you, it's tough to beat. Superb image quality combines with Roku's best-in-class Smart TV system.

The new Japan Taxi from Toyota wants to be an international icon

Japan’s getting an iconic new taxi courtesy of Toyota. The new, aptly named ‘Japan Taxi’ (or Jpn Taxi for conveniently fitting on a rooftop sign) is already on roads, and bears a slight resemblance to London’s signature black cabs. The idea behind its design was indeed to make something that would be tied to its city’s identity as closely as the London black cab or the New York City yellow taxi, in fact – while also taking into consideration the reality of Japan’s rapidly aging society and other factors.

It's cosplay Australia-style at PAX gaming confab

There were plenty of excellent Junkrats at PAX AUS, but this one won points for LED lights in the hair, detachable grenades and a serious commitment to the peg leg.

Everything we know about 'Stranger Things' season 3

There was a gap of just over one year between "Stranger Things" season one and two, so fans can likely expect a similar timeline for the next season's premiere. As for what the possible future seasons will focus on, we have to turn to the  Shadow Monster, aka the Mind Flayer.

All the best laptops and desktops for your holiday shopping needs

Want a desktop, but your recipient isn't a Windows fan? The Apple iMac's 27-inch 5K display is not only a pleasure to use, it's the most color-accurate monitor we've seen in an all-in-one. The most recent models have improved performance and two USB-C/Thunderbolt connectors which can drive more external displays and transfer data faster.

Best gifts for the home chef

The Hestan Cue uses Bluetooth to connect a pan, a countertop induction burner and an app to walk you through recipes and regulate your cooking temperature. Each step comes with videos that show you what to do. The app's recipes are delicious and make it easy to improve your cooking skills.

Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone

You’ll see a little three dotted button at the end of the toolbar, right next to the Send button. Tap it and Facebook Messenger will show you a list of apps specifically made to interact with Messenger. You’ll find all sorts of crazy and fun apps here. For creating GIFs, videos and all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, you’ll need to download these apps to be able to use them. But once downloaded, they integrate seamlessly with Messenger.

This one 'Walking Dead' line might reveal the season's ending

Taking Rick's red-rimmed eyes and shakiness at face value, if that flash-forward does follow on from Rick taking down Negan, the show version of Rick seems to grapple with this choice a little more than his comic counterpart does — but that's in line with what the show's been doing. Book Rick tends to be just a little more level-headed at times, while Andrew Lincoln's version of the character can be a little more emotional.


Deep Learning is of great interest these days - there's a need for rapid and optimized implementations of the algorithms and deep architectures. Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) is designed to provide a free and fast-and-easy platform for facilitating the deep learning architecture design and implementation. CNTK demonstrated to be superior compared to the famous TensorFlow in performance ( Benchmarking State-of-the-Art Deep Learning Software Tools : report , paper ).

iPhone X Pre-Orders Are Now Live

As scheduled, Apple has now started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone X through its online store and Apple Store app. Pre-orders for the iPhone X have also gone live in 55 other countries or will go live in an hour or two from now.

Hewlett-Packard Historical Archive Destroyed In California Fires - Slashdot

When deadly flames incinerated hundreds of homes in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove neighborhood earlier this month, they also destroyed irreplaceable papers and correspondence held nearby and once belonging to the founders of Silicon Valley's first technology company, Hewlett-Packard. The Tubbs fire consumed the collected archives of William Hewlett and David Packard, the tech pioneers who in 1938 formed an electronics company in a Palo Alto garage with $538 in cash. More than 100 boxes of the two men's writings, correspondence, speeches and other items were contained in one of two modular buildings that burned to the ground at the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies. Keysight, the world's largest electronics measurement company, traces its roots to HP and acquired the archives in 2014 when its business was split from Agilent Technologies -- itself an HP spinoff. The Hewlett and Packard collections had been appraised in 2005 at nearly $2 million and were part of a wider company archive valued at $3.3 million. However, those acquainted with the archives and the pioneering company's impact on the technology world said the losses can't be represented by a dollar figure.

Scary tech that keeps us up at night in 2017 | ZDNet

Face it: In our business, it's always Halloween somewhere, thanks to some data breach or another. But some tech trends scare us more than others. This year, these are the ones keeping us up at night... starting with the destruction of identity privacy.

The 9 biggest questions we have after watching 'Stranger Things' season 2

In season two we (barely) meet Eight, who grew up with Eleven at Hawkins Lab. Eight has a special ability, too, that is much different than Eleven's. Eight can make people see, or not see, whatever she wants — from butterflies, to spiders, to explosions and giant walls. Eight uses her abilities to kill bad guys, and does so with a team of misfit punks who rely on her powers to get away with it.

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Here's what that creepy 'Stranger Things 2' ending means for Season 3

"We very, very consciously limited the plot cliffhangers that commit us to Season 3 storylines. We learned on the first season, as soon as Hopper got in that black car, we had answers that we needed to get. As soon as Will coughed up that slug in the sink, we needed to give explanations. As soon as [Hopper] put those Eggos in that lock box, we were committing to a storyline," he explained. "On Season 2, we definitely implied that evil has not left Hawkins, and that it's lying in wait. Other than that, I think it's a wide-open horizon for the storyline of Season 3. We're just starting to develop it, and we're enjoying the kind of wide-open freedom to take these characters almost any way we want, without being too obligated to explain things that we left as breadcrumbs at the end of the finale."

The California Wildfires Burned Down Irreplaceable Documents on Silicon Valley History

According to the Press Democrat , the wildfire blazed a trail through the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies, a spinoff of HP spinoff Agilent Technologies, and burned down a modular structure where the personal and business papers of late HP co-founders William Hewlett and David Packard were stored. Appraisers had estimated the documents were worth up to $2 million in 2005; former HP staff archivist Karen Lewis told the paper that the archives had previously been kept in special, flame retardant-lined vaults.

We're pleased to announce that this year's Starbucks holiday cup just has a porg on it

Mostly, though, we chose to stamp a nice porg on our 2017 holiday cup because porgs are so darn cute. Imagine: you're waiting in line for a midnight screening of The Last Jedi, your Starbucks 2017 holiday porg cup in hand and your branded porg pajamas (porg-jamas) keeping you warm as you stand for hours outside the AMC theater closest to your home. Just as you reach the theater door, you catch yourself letting out a high-pitched scream. You realize: it's a porg scream . You are a porg. You love Starbucks. You're so happy.

TiVo's new Bolt Vox lets you voice-control a 4K DVR

The new remote keeps TiVo's excellent peanut-shaped design, but adds three new buttons: Netflix , Skip (for TiVo's SkipMode for jumping over commercial breaks) and a big blue mic button to press for voice commands. TiVo's unified search is one of its DVR's key advantages, allowing you to find what you want to watch whether it's on live TV, recorded on the DVR or available on video-on-demand and online streaming services. With the addition of voice, it just makes drilling down to get the results you want that much faster.

Best Qi wireless chargers: Charge up your iPhone X and iPhone 8 | ZDNet

Ahead of Apple's release of the AirPower mat, there are many wireless charging options available for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

The 11 Scariest Movies Currently Streaming on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime

When a workaholic (Gong Yoo) reluctantly agrees to chaperone his young daughter (Kim Su-an) from Seoul to Busan on her birthday, their high-speed train soon becomes one of the few places in South Korea that isn’t crawling with zombies... for a while. But after the rampaging undead soon infiltrate some of the cars, the ragtag group of survivors (a clever mix of teenage baseball players, rich assholes, elderly sisters, a pregnant woman, and a badass homeless man, to name just a few) don’t exactly band together to protect each other. Some unlikely heroes do emerge, of course, giving the film a surprising amount of heart... amidst all the horrifying tooth-gnashing and flesh-ripping, that is. Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan is easily   one of the best zombie movies in recent years, and one of the most disturbing.

Which iPhone X Did You Pre-Order?

Pre-ordering an iPhone X tonight was like taking part in a global flash sale where millions of people were trying to order a device but the available stock was only around a million or two units.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Top 10 New Features

Mixed Reality makes a grand entrance with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Now you can view 3D objects you create in Paint 3D added to the real world using the Mixed Reality viewer. Of course, a lot of Mixed Reality hardware debuts together with Fall Creators, from partners like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. We tried out the $299 Acer headset in April, while Asus, Dell , and Lenovo showed off their devices at IFA.

Here’s the #1 Reason It’s so Hard to Find an Affordable Home - @Redfin

“After almost a decade of underproduction, we are finally seeing a slow steady increase in single-family housing starts, up 9 percent from a year ago,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “But high building costs are limiting the construction of homes that today’s buyers can afford. This is why even in the midst of extreme inventory shortages for existing homes, new homes are sitting on the market instead of selling.”

Don’t Forget to Bathe Your Plants

Yes, you should be cleaning your plants. You think to dust your bookshelves and tchotckes (I hope), and your plants are sitting there collecting all the same dust. They’re alive, but that doesn’t make them self-cleaning. Plants not only need to take in sunlight through their leaves, but that’s where their respiration happens, too. Dusty leaves are bad news.

'F*ck depression': Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington's life

Fans' countless crying faces were projected onto screens surrounding the stage, but the event didn't feel like a funeral — this was a celebration. Linkin Park's songs are dark and emotionally driven, adding a deep layer of intimacy between the band and its fans. It was hard not to choke up hearing the crowd sing powerful lyrics like "In the end, it doesn't even matter," and "Who cares if one more light goes out in the sky of a million stars?"

This our first look at one of Elon Musk's Boring tunnels

Posted on Instagram , the tunnel is part of a test project being set up close to SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, with the permission of the local authorities. The idea is to see whether Musk's new Boring company can really build tunnels at a lower cost and with greater efficiency than everyone else.

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