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Apple Releases iOS 11.1.2 to Fix Bug Causing Unresponsive iPhone X Screen in Cold Weather

Apple already confirmed that they were working on a fix for the issue, and, as it turns out, that fix is ready to go. Today, Apple officially released iOs 11.1.2, which primarily focuses on the aforementioned bug. Specifically, this update will address the issue that causes some iPhone X touchscreen to become momentarily unresponsive while in cold weather. Or, as put by Apple, “after a rapid temperature drop.”

HealthMatch wins TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Australia

The startups from Australia and New Zealand were hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $25,000 and an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in TechCrunch’s flagship event — Disrupt SF 2018.

Apple’s first diversity chief is leaving after less than a year

Apple’s diversity is improving, but it’s still far from where it should be and is moving at a slow pace. Some of that is because the company has to wait for turnover and new hires in order to change things, so it’s hard to tell how much of an impact Smith has had during her time in the role. But from the looks of things, Apple’s leadership team doesn’t seem to have been happy with the ways things were going, as this seems like a very sudden departure.

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Airbnb acquires Accomable in push to better accommodate travelers with disabilities:

Elon Musk will unveil Tesla's first semi-truck on Thursday — here's how to watch

Tesla aims to begin full-scale production of the vehicle in two years, Musk has said. There's been no word on how much it will cost, but Morgan Stanley analysts predict a price of about $100,000.

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Here are 8 things to watch for in Tesla’s big electric-truck reveal

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Sources: Mashable has agreed to sell itself to Ziff Davis for around $50M, a fraction of the site's $250M valuation less than two years ago ( @xpangler / Variety) … …

Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 really is a beautiful beast

As you would expect for a workhorse laptop – even a hybrid like this – the Surface Book 2 maintains its supply of ports. There are still two USB 3.1 ports and an SD card slot on the left side of the keyboard. The right side though is home to one of the most important port changes Microsoft has made in the history of the Surface brand. There’s finally a USB-C port. It’s there for data or charging, though you can’t grab just any USB charger. I tried a USB-C cable plugged into a Samsung charger and the system informed me that the computer wasn’t charging and that I should use a recommended USB-C charger.

Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS Robot Is Now a Backflipping Cyborg Supersoldier

10 minutes ago, I was cautiously optimistic that one day we’d live and work side-by-side with robots in perfect harmony. Then Boston Dynamics posted a video of its ATLAS humanoid robot performing incredible jumps and backflips , and now I’m ready to go find a cave somewhere and hide.

Net neutrality rules may be thrown out in December

The FCC is expected to unveil a plan next week to vote on rules barring internet providers from throttling the stuff you watch, read and listen to online.

OnePlus 5T announced with bigger screen, new camera system, and a headphone jack

Launching its new flagship phone today, OnePlus joins in on the hottest trend of 2017 by nixing the display bezels, but it resists the urge to participate in another popular change by retaining its headphone jack. The new OnePlus 5T is only slightly taller than the OnePlus 5, however it fits a full 6-inch OLED display in roughly the same footprint as the earlier 5.5-inch device. OnePlus has also reworked its dual-camera system, making the secondary camera a dedicated low-light shooter, and it’s refined the already polished and appealing design of the 5 to a perfect finish. If you loved the OnePlus 5 , but just wanted to see it with one of those fancy bezel-deprived displays, this new phone is the answer to your hopes.

New free Quad9 DNS service has built-in security, privacy settings to protect internet users

Project partner IBM Security says it's time for DNS-level cybersecurity, and it's launching a free service to show how much safer the internet, and the IoT, could be.

'This is not TV': A growing number of advertisers feel duped by YouTube

These buyers said they felt misled by Google, and they're not happy. Google says it removes channels that aren't appropriate and that it is working on giving the brands more control over what the ads run against. Some of the ad buyers said they give the company credit for its response, but that doesn't keep them from worrying that they could see their wholesome pitch running into trouble.

6 of the largest enterprise Mac deployments

Macs continue to spread in the enterprise due in large part to employee demand. Here are the companies deploying the largest numbers of these devices.

Uber sued by rider alleging rape, driver said to have violent past

The newest lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court on Wednesday. The "Jane Doe" alleges her Uber driver raped her during a ride home in Long Beach, California, in November 2016. According to the suit, the woman was intoxicated and had blacked out in the back of his car. She woke up to her driver reportedly on top of her ripping off her clothes. He allegedly assaulted her and then drove her home. The next morning, hospital doctors confirmed the woman had been raped, according to court documents.

Nvidia teases next PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds map and gives away thousands of game keys

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is selling up a storm, flogging 20 million early access copies so far this year – yes, it hasn’t even been officially released yet – and Nvidia has some exclusive screenshots of the incoming new desert map, as well as a load of free copies of the game to give away.

Amazon's Last Mile

Amazon considers these companies, just like individual Flexers, to be contractors, though drivers still have to run Amazon’s software while working, and still have to pass a check from Accurate Background. “We have to background check the guys [that deliver Amazon packages]. We have to use their background check company. They won’t even tell us what the criteria is,” a California-based courier business owner said with clear frustration. A dispatcher for another last-mile courier claimed that applicants who don’t pass Accurate Background’s vetting simply aren’t hired by the company he works for. UPS spokesman Dan McMackin told Gizmodo that Amazon is not a threat to UPS—whose drivers are both full employees and the single largest contingent of long-lived Teamsters labor union—because “ecommerce is bigger than one customer.” In his opinion, good courier work requires a skilled, consistent workforce, and retaining that pool of labor means providing solidly middle-class wages and benefits. However much he claims to dislike doing business with large, often pushy customers, the California courier said he finally agreed work with a company like Amazon because, “the writing’s on the wall that Amazon’s gonna take over the whole delivery industry in the next ten years.

How digital transformation changed kathy ireland Worldwide's approach to retail

Tech is transforming every industry, including retail. Kathy Ireland and her colleagues share how the $2.6B enterprise uses retail technology to connect with customers.

10 things you should never do in Outlook

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Apple’s latest iOS update fixes iPhone X screen responsiveness in cold weather

The fix is a pretty fast turnaround for Apple, which acknowledged the issued far sooner than usual when reports of the problem first emerged last week. Along with the screen fix, iOS 11.1.2 also patches a problem where live photos and videos shot on an iPhone X could become distorted.

'Fantastic Beasts 2' reveals title, young Dumbledore

Muggles and magical types were given the new title and a cast image, but yes, the Johnny Depp controversy lingers.

​Google Home and Amazon Echo hit by big bad Bluetooth flaws | ZDNet

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Toy R Us has tons of deals on games and consoles this Black Friday

Black Friday is Nov. 23 this year, and many Toys R Us locations will unfortunately be opening their doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Some of the deals in the catalog will also be available online.

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The upgraded @oneplus 5T is getting our look back stare - Here's our hands-on review

Instagram now lets you post Stories from the mobile web

The feature is pretty basic for the time being: you can only add photos and place some text on top of them. Instagram’s many other fun features — like face filters, stickers, and different post types — aren’t available. So you can’t do videos yet, and you can’t post from the desktop, which are some pretty big limitations.

Facebook releases tools and tips for livestream creators

Facebook is gunning to be the social network for gamers and other passionate communities, and it is releasing a couple of new tools that will help those creators and their videos get noticed more easily.

This malware will steal your Twitter and Facebook accounts

A variant of the Zeus trojan isn't content with your banking details. It wants your social media logins, too.

Tesla could surprise everyone and reveal another vehicle at its big semi-truck event tonight

The fact that Musk was willing to show Strauss vehicles besides the semi suggests that the company could reveal other prototypes soon, possibly at the event Thursday evening.

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Making a two-legged robot walk is hard enough, but have you ever seen one do a backflip?

Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone 4 test build 17040: Lots of fixes, plus a few minor features | ZDNet

Microsoft is continuing to roll out many fixes plus a few minor features in its latest Windows 10 test build for PC Insiders .

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Architecture’s UX Problem

Vent covered with packing tape. [Photo: Julia Day] In architecture, the rise of LEED and other technical standards for architectural efficiency has led to more nuanced forms of what’s known as “post-occupancy evaluation,” or testing and understanding whether a building is really meeting the energy benchmarks it set out to hit. But those numbers-driven studies need to be augmented with qualitative research talking to the people who actually use the buildings, Day points out. “It doesn’t matter how well our buildings are ‘performing’ if the people in the buildings are miserable,” she writes. As the study shows, miserable occupants can lead to less efficient buildings when people disable systems designed to make their buildings better.

Brave browser lets you pay your favorite YouTube stars

The free browser blocks ads by default but lets you distribute money anonymously to websites each month, giving more money to the websites you visit more often and letting you "pin" favorites you always want to fund. Now Brave lets you do the same with YouTubers -- at least for those creators who sign up to receive the money.

Google makes it easier to move big data to the cloud with new BigQuery service

Google is making it easier to move data from Software as a Service (SaaS) applications to its BigQuery big data platform with the new BigQuery Data Transfer Service. On Thursday, Google announced that the service, initially unveiled at the Google Cloud Next conference, is now generally available.

The Dangerous Problem Of Gender Bias In Healthcare Design

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women comprise over 75% of the workforce in healthcare and social assistance – hospital workers, home healthcare workers, and people who work in doctors’ offices. Humans are a diverse species, and as any anthropometric survey will point out women are generally smaller than men. They’ll also point out ethnic size differences. People from the Philippines and India, for example, tend to be smaller than people from Germanic countries. Larger bodies correlate with larger and stronger hands, smaller bodies with smaller and less-strong hands. This diversity is not a problem as long as we consider its scope and design products to accommodate everyone. But we don’t.

Google Maps: Here's how its new look will adapt to the way you're traveling | ZDNet

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Skip the Switch and Play This Cardboard Version of Super Mario You Can Build Yourself

Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch? The hunt’s only going to get harder now that the holidays are here, but why add to your pre-Christmas stresses when you can just build your own playable version of Super Mario out of cardboard , and save yourself hundreds of dollars?

NASA looks for Mars lessons in world's saltiest pond

Despite winter temperatures that hit -58 Fahrenheit (-50 Celsius), Don Juan rarely freezes thanks to its salty nature, which significantly lowers its freezing temperature. The pond -- which is saltier than the Dead Sea or the Great Salt Lake in Utah -- is of particular interest to scientists because of the similarity of its environment to conditions on Mars.

In Hotel Transylvania 3, the Monsters Go on Vacation, Because of Course They Do

Everyone needs a vacation sometime—especially monsters who make their living working in the hospitality industry. Though you wouldn’t necessarily expect a group of vampires and other ghouls to hop on a cruise ship, that’s exactly what happens in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

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Looking for a grid's weak spots? Scientists may have the answer

Star Wars: Battlefront II microtransactions go offline until EA can ‘make changes’

“We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases,” DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson. “We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing, and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.”

The top 10 highest-paying AI jobs

Average base pay for US jobs in artificial intelligence is more than twice that of the average full-time job. Here are 10 high-paying open jobs in the field, and where to find them.

Twitter confirms it’s testing a tweetstorm feature

Twitter confirms it’s testing a feature that allows users to more easily create “tweetstorms” – those series of connected tweets that have grown to be a popular workaround for Twitter’s character count limitations. The feature, which was recently spotted in the wild, offers a new interface for composing tweets, where individual tweetstorm entries can be written one-by-one then published to Twitter in a staggered fashion with a press of a “Tweet All” button.

OnePlus phones have 2 factory-installed backdoors that could steal data or root your device

A Twitter user going by the name Elliot Alderson (also the name of the main character on the show Mr. Robot) announced the discovery of two factory installed debug apps on OnePlus devices; one that can root the device, and another that can log and transmit device information. The latter, which Alderson says is more critical, could give an attacker "everything" on a device.

Engineer dances onstage with robot he programmed

Taiwanese engineer Huang Yi programmed a robot to perform a choreographed dance with him onstage at a TED talk in the spring.

Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds evolved without the typical avian aptitude for flight. Then came Western settlers, and along with them rats, mice, opossums, stoats, cats, and the occasional misbehaving dog . For these invaders, New Zealand’s flightless birds were a veritable feast. Numbers dwindled. Despite conservation efforts, the country still loses about 20 of its namesake kiwi birds every week .

Your Roomba's Also a Half-Decent Nanny

Need to run downstairs to fetch the laundry? Or maybe there’s a phone call you just have to take? Life with a baby can make even the smallest chores feel like a herculean task if you don’t have a nanny. But it turns out, if you keep your floors clean using a robot , maybe you do have a nanny and just didn’t realize it.

Futurist Isaac Arthur predicts robots will replace white collar, not blue collar, jobs first

While many of today's emerging technologies will cause disruptions to people's' lives, Arthur believes the biggest disruptions will be caused by: 3D printing, self-driving cars, and fusion power. "It's very hard to say which of these is going to hit first, but the effects of them could be huge," Arthur said.

Here's How To Get Free 2-Day Shipping On Your Black Friday Purchases

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What may not be obvious is that digital transformation represents a fundamental business change that not all organizations are prepared to make just yet. The most progressive companies have learned how to embrace change and capitalize on it, but the majority of companies are either slow to change or are impeding their own ability to change.

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52 Huawei's Mate 10 Pro Is a Valiant Attempt to Slay the iPhone With AI Smarts
53 Steppenwolf Explained: Who Is the Justice League Villain? - IGN
54 EA denies accusations that 'Star Wars Battlefront II' loot boxes are a form of gambling
55 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
56 Newly discovered nearby planet could support life
57 You can now reach peak-millennial with some overpriced avocado toast holiday ornaments
58 Channel 9: Videos about the people building Microsoft Products and Services
59 Bitcoin Hits Record Just Days After a 29% Plunge
60 James Franco May Be Joining the X-Men Universe as Multiple Man
61 Hillary Clinton saw 'Dear Evan Hansen' last night, met the cast, and signed a cast
62 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
63 Mathew Ingram on Twitter
64 Someone Spent Almost Half a Billion Dollars on a Possibly Inauthentic da Vinci Painting
65 Behind the scenes on the Sony Alpha A9 production line
66 I long to be the person who found Diana Ross's lost fanny pack at Marshalls
67 PayPal to sell U.S. credit assets, raises fourth quarter forecasts
68 Bride pranks groom with a fake first look and his reaction is priceless
69 Reg Saddler on Twitter
70 Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review
71 Virgin Hyperloop One is now eyeing India for possible high-speed routes
72 Hands on with the new smartphone from OnePlus, the OnePlus 5T
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74 My Brain Refuses to Believe These Are Clouds and Not the Ocean
75 New DNS Service Launched by IBM Vows to Keep Your Browsing Habits Secret
76 Facebook, Google, Twitter join tool labeling 'trusted' news
77 'Justice League' is kinda terrible and kinda great
78 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
79 OnePlus 5T review
80 Lyft acquihires the Kamcord team for engineering talent
81 Black Friday 2017: The best gaming deals
82 Apple VP of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith is leaving
83 This banking malware wants to scoop up your email and social media accounts, too | ZDNet
84 $1 million price tag in spotlight as gene therapy becomes reality
85 Four startups that are poised to revolutionize e-commerce in 2018 | ZDNet
86 Amazon continues to march into your kitchen with Allrecipes deal
87 Toy R Us has tons of deals on games and consoles this Black Friday
88 The OnePlus 5T is here with a larger screen and even better dual cameras
89 Here are the favorites for Amazon's second headquarters
90 Adobe Lightroom CC
91 Spire develops a health-tracking wearable that never needs charging | ZDNet
92 Williams-Sonoma, Inc. acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112M
93 Apple 'Engaged' in Close Talks with Intel for Development of 5G Modem for Future iPhones
94 Techmeme on Twitter
95 Apple Publishes 'What's a Computer' iPad Pro Ad
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