Watch the Atlas Robot Nail a Backflip
Boston Dynamics continues to develop Atlas into an ever-more agile robot. It may even be ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at this rate.
Here’s an all-in-one Bluetooth speaker-turntable system
Sounds like a crazy idea, but somehow +Audio’s The+Record Player actually works!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest film in the saga
Director Rian Johnson confirms audiences will be sitting down to an extra-packed Episode VIII.
Amazon: We're fixing flaw that leaves Key security camera open to Wi-Fi jamming | ZDNet
A malicious courier could easily freeze the Key's Cloud Cam and roam a customer's house unmonitored.
Do Not Feed the Monkeys or how I learned to stop worrying and love the surveillance state
Do Not Feed the Monkeys preys on the fear that drives people to put tape over their webcams. In it, you're tapped into surveillance cameras that spy on different locations and people going about their lives. But developer Fictiorama Studios did not necessarily mean to make it dark or dystopian. The studio describes it as a "digital voyeur simulator" that lets you peek into other lives and sometimes affect them. It's slated for a PC release in early 2018 with possible console versions to come in the future.
Black Friday 2017: Everything You Need to Know
For the next few weeks, we'll dedicate much of our time to sniffing out the very best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This post will serve as something of a central hub, providing information about Black Friday, and linking out to the latest deals when the time comes. For now, let's jump in, and familiarise ourselves with all the Black Friday need-to-knows.
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Wire-free earphones are generally gym-friendly, with most models sporting some form of water resistance. They also usually come with their own battery-equipped carrying case for keeping them topped off when not in use, and the simple advantage of not dealing with a wire is its own significant benefit. The trade-off is that most wire-free earphones have inferior battery life compared with tethered models, forcing you to pop them in their charging case fairly often. Their small size also means on-earphone controls are generally limited, and their price is usually significantly more than similar tethered wireless earphones. Our reviews go into greater detail about these benefits and limitations, and highlight how certain models are starting to overcome these growing pains.
Notion's newest sensor works with Nest
inside the Notion app, a Nest thermostat page displays the current Nest temperature reading with a sliding bar to make adjustments. It also displays the home's average temperature based on Notion sensors set to monitor temperature.
The Argentine Navy Is Missing an Attack Submarine With 44 Crew on Board
Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters that “Detection has been difficult despite the quantity of boats and aircraft involved in the search,” the BBC wrote. He added that they expect to find it on the surface, due to naval protocols requiring submarines to rise if they experience a technical failure cutting communications.
HomePod delay clouds Apple’s smart speaker future
Missing the critical holiday season is a blow to Apple. The company loses the opportunity to sell the HomePod to shoppers in a more buying mood and help it break into the young smart speaker market. The delay comes as both Amazon and Google roll out aggressive discounts during Black Friday and beyond for their respective family of smart speakers, potentially cutting down on prospective HomePod customers.
Your Apple Watch 3 alternative
Smartwatches are coming along, but they've yet to deliver on their promise and become a truly essential piece of technology. In a similar way, a smartwatch you can slot a SIM card in sounds like a tangible step into the future. For me, however, it ended up not making a huge difference. I almost always have my phone on me, so I don't actually need a cellular watch.
How to Reset and Retrain Face ID on iPhone X
Face ID system is set up so that it can retrain itself when it fails. Next time Face ID doesn’t recognize your face the first time, just enter your passcode. This is confirmation for Face ID that it’s indeed you. And that this time, you look a bit different, or you’re in different surroundings that Face ID is not used to. Ideally, when you enter the Passcode, Face ID takes the data from the failed attempt and integrates it into your Face model data.
7 Biggest iPhone X Annoyances and How to Fix Them
iPhone X is the early adopter’s phone. You’re paying the price (literally and figuratively) to get the future’s phone, today. There are a lot of new ideas here. Some of them are intuitive and work reliably every time. But many don’t. The gesture-based interface can be unreliable sometimes. Face ID is magical but in some conditions, it loses a bit of the magic.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
Microsoft adds gamer-ready graphics and new CPUs to the bigger, better Surface Book 2.
'The Incredibles 2' trailer focuses on Jack-Jack, the most perfectly adorable laser-spewing baby
Disney Pixar's first-ever look at The Incredibles 2 reveals that the youngest member of the superhuman family has some new powers: Jack-Jack Parr can now shoot lasers out of his eyes. That's in addition to the shapeshifting, fire-making, and phasing powers he tapped into in the first movie.
ID card security: Spain is facing chaos over chip crypto flaws | ZDNet
With the security of its 60 million national ID smartcards in question, Spain faces some tough choices.
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Video: How to get started with blockchain tech
CEO of Riot Blockchain John O'Rourke explains the best steps for getting started with the blockchain, one of the hottest trends in business technology.
Brazil advances in ICT adoption | ZDNet
The country improves in the skills front and in broadband provision - but sees decline in use and access to tools, says report.
Dirty oven? Here's how to clean it without harsh chemicals
The inside of your oven is probably a lot dirtier than you'd like to admit. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your oven. The following method works well if your oven doesn't have a self-clean cycle or you just don't want to use harsh cleaning products.
How strong are iPhone X sales? | ZDNet
The fact that we've not had an Apple PR blitz telling us how awesome fast they are flying off the shelves suggest that the data may not be as good as Apple hoped it would be, and that the company is going wait until end of the quarter earnings to announce sales (by then it's likely that any supply shortages will have mostly worked themselves out).
Cyberpunk 2077 release date, trailer and news
In December of last year they were given a grant of more than $5 million from the government to research new game techniques related to multiplayer, animation and city creation. The sizable sum came with a project deadline attached and if it does relate to Cyberpunk 2077 it’ll mean the game really does have to be released in 2019. The government said so, which ironically isn’t particularly Cyberpunk.
10 ways you're doing Thanksgiving wrong
Don't want your Thanksgiving to be a turkey? Here are 10 things you're doing wrong in the kitchen and how to make the day run much more smoothly.
The Best Printers of 2017
In addition to a USB port, most office printers and an increasing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can share the printer easily on a network. Many also include Wi-Fi capability. Even if they don't, if you have a wireless access point on your network, you can print wirelessly to any printer on that network, whether the printer itself offers a wireless connection or not. Printers that support Wi-Fi Direct (or its equivalent) can connect directly to most Wi-Fi–enabled devices, even if your computer or handheld isn't designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. We're also seeing printers that can connect to and print from a mobile device via near-field communication (NFC) by merely tapping the phone or tablet to a particular spot on the printer.
The inner workings of surreal sculptures at the Exploratorium
On the move, thanks to cranks and gears: the mythical "Dieselpunk Pegasus" by Keith Newstead. "Automata," the artist says, "is really about exploring and inventing mechanisms that re-create some movement you might find in life."
How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar and one part water. Spray down the oven and wipe away leftover baking soda paste with paper towels or another cleaning cloth. You can use a handheld vacuum or attachment to remove any remaining clumps of baking soda.
Best Black Friday deals for cord-cutters: Roku, Fire TV and more
The new Roku Streaming Stick Plus scored a CNET Editors' Choice for its winning combination of great 4K and HDR video, offering nearly every video streaming app under the sun and adding a new remote that controls your TV's power and volume -- in addition to offering voice search, too. And you can get it on Black Friday weekend at Walmart for $48, and at other select retailers for $50. That's about $20 off its normal price.
Who's on your network? Fingbox will let you know
If there was one nit to pick about Fingbox is that it would be nice if notification alerts were a bit more instant. I've noticed a lag wherein I will receive email notifications before notifications in the Android Notification Shade. Considering we're talking about the security of a network, immediacy is crucial. Why there is a delay (of up to two minutes I've witnessed), I do not know. Unfortunately, that delay could mean the difference between an attacker reaching your data or not. If this can be made more immediate, there would not be a single negative to be found with Fingbox.
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Photos: The computer programmers behind NASA's Apollo missions
The Real-Time Computer Complex (RTCC) for the Apollo Program's Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. The RTCC was situated on the first floor in Building 30, below the Mission Operation Control Rooms. There were no windows to the outside world in any of these rooms.
Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks
Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press ), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, which is supposed to start shipping in 2019.
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Video: How software engineers powered NASA's space race
Learn about the computer programmers who played an integral role in NASA's Apollo missions to put men on the moon.
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The Best Gaming Monitors of 2017
A monitor's refresh rate refers to the time (per second) it takes to redraw the entire screen and is measured in hertz (Hz). Most LCD monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second, but fast-moving images may appear blurry at this refresh rate, or the panel may suffer from screen tearing, an artifact that occurs when the monitor displays pieces of two or more screen draws at the same time. Look for a display with a 120Hz or higher refresh rate, which not only helps reduce image blur and eliminate tearing, but is a requirement for active 3D technology.
How and why (or not) to brine a turkey
Lopez-Alt states plainly, "I don't brine my turkey. Ever." He points to two problems with brining. First, it's a hassle because you need a giant container to house your bird, and you need to keep it cold, which either means deploying ice bags or taking up valuable real estate inside your fridge. Second, he says the added juiciness comes at the expense of flavor: "It's juicy, but the juice is watery" because you forced the bird to absorb water. In summary, Lopez-Alt says, "I don't brine my birds because I like my birds to taste like birds, not like watered-down birds."
Roomi hits 1 million users and raises $11 million to grow its shared housing marketplace
Roomi officially launched in 2015, and it managed to garner 100,000 downloads in its first year. As of today, the startup claims one million registered users and around 250,000 listed apartments on its platform. Certainly, with property becoming more expensive to buy in major cities such as New York and San Francisco, and people seeking flexibility as they move from job to job, shared housing is the most practical and affordable means of living for many people. Elsewhere, California-based HubHaus, a platform designed to help working professionals find shared housing, recently raised $1.4 million.
Guy in Charge of All the Nukes: Relax, I'm Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”
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Update your router firmware to fix internet connection woes
Note that the update process needs to run without interruption. If you unplug/turn off the router during this time, that can render the device unusable. Networking vendors generally have clear instruction on how to flash a particular router. It's recommended that you follow them. Also, flashing the firmware might reset the router's settings to default, so you might want to save the settings to a file prior to the upgrade in case this happens.
Black Friday 2017: Best laptop and tablet deals
This HP Windows 10 notebook is a good workhorse, designed primarily with work in mind; for your money you get a 1TB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and WiFi AC, Ethernet, two USB 3.1, one USB 2.0 and 1 HDMI port for wireless and wired connectivity. The 1366 x 768 15.6-inch screen means it's not the best for gaming or streaming HD video, as at almost half the resolution of Full HD, you won’t get the full benefit. For smashing through essays, reports and projects, however, it's ideal.
Amazon's 'Death Star' will be fueled by fat enterprise margins for years, and no one is safe
Liberty Media's John Malone said that Amazon is in 'striking range of every industry on the planet.' And their enterprise software margins are a big reason for that.
This Startup Is Luring Top Talent With $3 Million Pay Packages
One of the beneficiaries is Cao Huan, a 24 year-old from China's southwestern Guizhou province. A year ago, his parents were forcing him to help fellow villagers build houses; now he makes three- to five-minute videos with his younger brothers about rural life and says he makes as much as 40,000 yuan a month, mostly from Toutiao. ``I definitely see this business going somewhere,’’ says Cao.
GitHub to devs: Now you'll get security alerts on flaws in popular software libraries | ZDNet
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I went to buy an iPhone X. AT&T told me Galaxy Note 8 is better
Commentary: An AT&T salesman tells me it's quite obvious why Samsung's large phone is better than Apple's future of the smartphone.
How Being A Product Designer Has Helped Me Redesign My Life
The real solution, I’ve learned, isn’t to put boundaries on who’s allowed to post what and how come. Dig deeper and you might realize the answer is just having an honest conversation: How does this person fit into your life, and do they see it the same way? If they’re important to you, how can you create a space for them and earn their trust? Being a product designer has helped me stop treating the symptoms and try to diagnose the causes themselves.
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It’s also more than just a 10th-anniversary face over for the trailblazing device. It’s a top-to-bottom overhaul with a bigger screen, faster processors, and sensors, improved security…the works. But at $1,000 a pop and with many pre-orders still backlogged, most of us won’t be getting our hands on one anytime soon.
Elon Musk’s Greatest Hits in Pictures
When Elon Musk whipped the veils off his latest gobsmacking products Thursday night, he capped a seven-year string of dramatic innovations reminiscent of Apple's headiest days. Because it wasn't enough to say, Ta-da, here's the world’s fastest long-haul semi truck, Musk reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out a new Tesla Roadster, a tribute to the product that established Tesla Inc. as a maker of ultra-fast electric cars.
11 Great Tech Gifts Under $100
If you know someone struggling with a lackluster in-home Wi-Fi signal, they might not need a new router; a range extender could get the job done. For under $100, our Editors' Choice is the TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE450) , but our roundup of Best Wireless Range Extenders has a few other sub-$100 options, too.
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How to Take Awesome Depth Effect 'Portrait mode' Selfies on iPhone X
Step 5 : You’ll see the preview of the depth effect and lighting effects live. When you’re satisfied with what you see, tap on the shutter button. The end result won’t be exactly what you see (I’ve found that the captured photos deal with blur a lot better than the live previews). And you can go to the Photos app and end the selfie later as well.
Complimentary tote bags are killing us slowly, quietly, one by one
But who's to say tote bags are that much better? Study after study has come to the same grating conclusion. Tote bags are being over, not under, produced in America. Many of us have more tote bags than we could ever dream of, and we're not using them particularly efficiently. Take a look at your own collection. How long have you used the same tote bags for? Are you really using them all? How much is pure tote bag waste?
Tesla is seemingly taking a big risk with the Semi and new Roadster — but it just might work
Ultimately, what seems to trouble Tesla skeptics the most is the company's apparent lack of discipline and humility. They want business to be conducted according to a familiar formula: make something, sell it, book profits. Tesla considers this formula to be short-sighted and stupid, a roadmap to limited ambition and blameworthy for generating the very threats to the planet that Musk and his employees are trying to defeat.
Australia just landed its first high performance centre for esports
"Our OPL (Oceanic Pro League) teams have all grown a lot in the last past 12 months, but as far as dedicated training facilities like this, no other teams in the region have anything that comes close," he said. "It's really the first time that an esports team has partnered up with a traditional sporting body such as the SCG."