'The Last Jedi' star Daisy Ridley builds a Lego Millennium Falcon
Star Wars actress answers questions while snapping together the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Jodie Foster's 'Black Mirror' episode looks chilling
Want to make sure your kid doesn't get lost? This technological solution almost certainly is a terrible idea.
Start Tracking Satellites with This Low-Cost Azimuth-Elevation Positioner
Tracking satellites and the ISS is pretty easy. All you really need is an SDR dongle or a handheld transceiver, a simple homebrew antenna, and a clear view of the sky. Point the antenna at the pass…
Lowest Prices Anywhere: 15" MacBook Pro w/ Radeon 560 for $2,299; 16GB 13" MacBook Pros as low as $1,399, plus no tax in 48 states
New Cyber Monday markdowns have arrived, and AI readers can save up to $250 on Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with a multitude of upgrades. Prices start at just $1,399 for 13-inch models with 16GB of memory, while Radeon 560 15-inch MacBook Pros are as low as $2,299. All with no tax outside NY and NJ, plus 0% financing on approved credit.
Best Cyber Monday 2017 Deals on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac
With Black Friday over, retailers have now turned their attention to Cyber Monday. Since both events are so close to each other, the deals you get during both events are largely the same. So, if you missed out on some great deals on Macs this Black Friday, you will still be able to pick one up at a great discount this Cyber Monday.
Report: FBI Failed to Warn U.S. Officials Targeted by Russia's Fancy Bear Hackers
Per the AP, in interviews with 80 Fancy Bear targets, just two said the FBI had approached them to say they were vulnerable to ongoing Russian attempts to break into their email accounts. The failure to notify all of the potential Fancy Bear targets appeared to be at least partially related to the large number of attacks, with a senior FBI official speaking on the condition of anonymity telling the news agency, “It’s a matter of triaging to the best of our ability the volume of the targets who are out there.”
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Bitcoin Blows Past $9,000
The Bitcoin bubble continues to stretch to even more grotesque proportions, clearing a value of at least $9,143 per bitcoin and attaining a market cap of $152 billion on Sunday, TechCrunch reported . The strong gains more or less put Bitcoin on a path to clear a value of $10,000 by the end of calendar year 2017, and potentially even more.
How to Switch Between Apps Faster on iPhone X
This is a great feature for the real-life use case when you’re using two to three apps together and need to quickly switch between them. For me, it’s usually Safari, WhatsApp, and an email app. Just swiping sideways left or right to switch to Safari, seeing the information there and then switching back to WhatsApp happens so quickly it seems straight out of the future (like many things about the iPhone X).
Bitcoin is over $9,000
Even as you recoup from attempting to explain Bitcoin to your family over the Thanksgiving dinner table, the value of the cryptocurrency is growing at an increasingly hefty pace. As of the time of this writing, the value of a single Bitcoin was above $9,143, climbing nearly 6 points in the past 24 hours.
FanDuel CEO, co-founder Nigel Eccles leaves fantasy sports site
FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles is leaving the daily fantasy sports site he co-founded in 2009, just months after the site failed to merge with rival DraftKings.
Apple removes Skype from its app store in China
"We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law, therefore these apps have been removed from the App Store in China," an Apple spokeswoman told Reuters.
How an IoT sensor is helping Australian milk reach China faster | ZDNet
Telstra, Peloris, Chinese quarantine, Sendum, M2M Connectivity, and multiple Australian milk producers are bringing fresh dairy to China within 36 hours, with the companies using IoT sensors for tracking and temperature monitoring.
Hollywood tech lands a leading role in health care
In this case, motion capture technology is finding its way into medicine at a time when it's booming in mainstream technology. It's been used for decades by Hollywood moviemakers by tracking an actor's movements with a camera and computer. Video game makers have also used this technology to help count your score in titles like Ubisoft's Just Dance .
Missed Black Friday? Here are 7 tips for a better Cyber Monday
Just because you have the comfort of shopping from your phone or computer doesn't mean you have the luxury of taking your time to find deals. While there are no physical lines of people to fight through, the very best deals will disappear very quickly and you'll need to be quick on the draw to score big.
Marvel's The Punisher: "Memento Mori" Review - IGN
Speaking of the second season, what does the ending mean for the rest of the ensemble? While David wasn’t the primary focus in the finale, there is plenty of work ahead for the boys, since Russo is still alive. Bernthal was excellent this season, but Moss-Bachrach was the beating heart that made it all work. If it wasn’t for David, and Frank’s interaction with his family, events would have turned out different for The Punisher. With friends like David, Frank has a reason to live.
Software developers and designers risk over-automating enterprises | ZDNet
Instead of trying to wring out all this human judgment, developers and designers should endeavor to amplify it, and build systems around that. Design technology "to take over "the parts of a task that people are bad at. Let people decide upon high-level goals and constraints," Norman states. "Rely on machines to supplement the truly astonishing capabilities of humans." If human judgement is swayed too far by recent or unique events, the system can then intervene and say, "here's a suggestion," or "have you considered this other possibility," Norman says. "Human judgments and human decision-making, which most of the time, is extremely powerful, and most of the time, is correct."
People driving while playing Pokémon Go caused millions in damages in 148 days
This working paper, appropriately and evocatively titled “Death by Pokemon Go,” shows the darker side of the massively popular augmented reality game. Purdue University economists Mara Faccio and John McConnell combed through accident reports from Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in the first 148 days after the game was released in July 2016. In that county alone, the total value from injuries, damage, and the two lives lost is between $5.2 million and $25.5 million. If you scale this to cover the entire US, it would suggest that $2 billion to $7.3 billion were lost just in those few months.
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Here’s What’s Coming and Going From Netflix in December 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Netflix has announced what’s arriving (and departing) from its streaming video lineup this month, and is taking the holiday spirit pretty seriously. You’ll have an ample number of Christmas-themed shows and films to choose from, as well as solid features that you can enjoy all year long (or as long as they last on Netflix). With the advent of the season also comes the loss of some great cinematic works, so here’s what you should watch before they disappear.
Amazon Echo comes in red now to help raise funds to fight AIDS
The newly colored Echo is part of a collaboration between Amazon and (RED) , and just one of a collection of new (RED)-inspired products currently available on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa -- with the red Echo, Amazon is pledging $10 for every speaker sold now through December 31. Bank of America is also pledging 30 cents for every dollar spent on Amazon's (RED) collection during the same timeframe, up to a maximum contribution of $1.5 million (this applies to US sales only).
China's former top internet censor faces corruption probe
According to state media outlet Xinhua , China's anti-corruption agency is investigating Lu Wei, although no specific allegations have been revealed. Up until last year, Lu Wei was head of internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China, which keeps tight controls on citizens' use of social networks, VPNs and other online communication.
Uber updates its app to help you find your driver more easily
The ride-hailing company rolled out several new features on Monday, all aimed at making the process of hailing a ride and connecting with drivers less hectic. The updates include a way for people to call an Uber for a friend and a feature that lets passengers share their exact location with a driver.
The Best Encryption Software of 2017
Virtual Private Network, or VPN , to encrypt your own internet traffic. From your PC to the VPN company's server, all your data is encrypted, and that's a great thing. However, unless you're connected to a secure HTTPS website, your traffic is not encrypted between the VPN server and the site. And of course the VPN's encryption doesn't just magically rub off on files you share. Using a VPN is a great way to protect your internet traffic when you're traveling, but it's not a solution for encrypting your local files.
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Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads
The social network has also been in the hot seat over Russian trolls abusing it to meddle in last year's US election. Foreign agents used a combination of paid ads as well as unpaid "organic" posts to reach 126 million people on the platform. Facebook, along with rivals Google and Twitter, faced congressional hearings over the matter on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale includes discounts on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S
Walmart has announced its deals for tomorrow’s digital shopping day, Cyber Monday, which will begin at 12:01AM ET on Monday, November 27th. The sale includes some good ones for the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Playstation 4 Slim, which my colleague Nick pointed out haven’t really been on sale since they were released last year. While they were discounted for Black Friday, but they did sell out in some places, so this might be a good chance to pick one up if you missed out. It’s currently listed as out of stock, but Walmart says that they’ll have more tonight.
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Imgur just learned 1.7M accounts got exposed in 2014 hack
Imgur said the hack is still under investigation but believes an older password encryption system in use at the time of the hack allowed hackers to breach the system using a brute force attack. The company said it updated its algorithm last year.
Marvel's The Punisher: All the Best Easter Eggs and References From the Netflix Series - IGN
If you've had a chance to binge all 13 episodes, check out our list of the coolest Easter eggs and Marvel cameos in The Punisher: Season 1. Full spoilers follow!
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5 settings every new Android owner should change
Whether you're a newcomer to Android or just upgrading to a newer model, consider tweaking these settings to improve performance and battery life.
Google to 'derank' results from Russia Today and Sputnik
"It's a very legitimate question as to how we rank, A or B, right? And we do the best we can in millions and millions of rankings every day," he said. "I am strongly not in favor of censorship. I am very strongly in favor of ranking. It's what we do.... You would derank information that was repetitive, exploitative, false, likely to have been weaponized and so forth."
What to do when you forget to defrost your turkey
You'll need 30 minutes of defrosting time for every pound of turkey. So, a typical 15 pounder will take around 7.5 hours to defrost. If you get started first thing Thanksgiving morning, you can have your turkey defrosted and ready to bake by noon, giving you just enough time to finish before dinner.
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Voices in AI
In this episode, Byron and Rudina talk about the AI talent pool, cyber security, the future of learning, and privacy.
For the love of birds
From the glorious crested guinea fowl to the adulterous African jacana to vultures that can pick a zebra carcass clean in 30 minutes, Washington Wachira wants us all to get to know the marvelous species of birds that share the planet with us. If you're not already a fan of earth's feathermakers — or concerned about their conservation — you will be after you watch this delightful talk.
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Balderton raises new $375 million fund to bet big on early-stage European startups
Balderton was originally created as the European arm of Benchmark, where it raised three funds. Today’s announcement marks the third fund since Balderton spun out on its own. Over the course of that history, Balderton has scored some big wins, including backing MySQL, Betfair, The Hut Group, Yoox, and Net-a-Porter. One of its biggest recent exits was Talend, the data analytics company that went public in 2016 .
The iMac Pro supposedly has an iPhone processor, too
In addition to always-on Siri, the borrowed iPhone chip could help the iMac Pro securely boot up before the other processors take over the heavy lifting, as engineer and Mac fan Pepijn Bruienne tweeted . The take-away? It could make the iMac Pro encryption faster, and make the whole platform more secure.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game that helps calm my anxiety
Pocket Camp generally follows the other Animal Crossing games, with a focus on making friends and collecting things, but this time it’s set on a campsite you can deck out with furniture crafted from materials you obtain. It’s similar to past games in that you have plenty of things to do — a core mechanic of the game is talking to the animals and making friends with them, which really fosters a sense of community. You have your own campsite you can customize and invite your friends over, which feels like a virtual safe space, and it’s one I gladly load up and go to when I need a mental health break.
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Black Friday, Thanksgiving online retail traffic skews toward mobile | ZDNet
2017 could go down as the year that e-commerce decidedly went to the small screen. Conversion rates are still much higher on desktop, according to Adobe data. Salesforce found personalization mattered.
Smartphone shoppers help Black Friday online sales reach a record high
CHICAGO — Black Friday and Thanksgiving online sales in the
United States surged to record highs as shoppers bagged deep
discounts and bought more on their mobile devices, heralding a
promising start to the key holiday season, according to retail
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Firefox will soon flag sites that have been hacked
Hunt is working with Mozilla on the code, but isn't quite sure how the final feature will work. "Firefox is just looking at which sites have been been breached and we're discussing other ways of using the data in the future," he told Engadget in a message. "They've got a broad reach and surfacing this info via Firefox is a great way to get more exposure around data breaches."
CUT THE CORD: DIY Qi WIRELESS CHARGING PAD AND STAND.
The only issue really, is the thickness of the wood. 3mm doesn't seem like much, but magnetic fields decrease by the power of 3 of the distance. So, the strength of the field is reduced drastically the further away from the transmitter you get. Instead of using 3mm peaces, I would recommend a peace of plastic or something thinner and use a veneer of on top for the wood look. Unless you can get a peace of wood that thin. 1mm if possible would be best. This would allow the phone to be placed much closer to the coils and not take as long to charge.
Windows 10 is testing new Apple macOS-like search box featuring Fluent Design | ZDNet
As Thurrott.com observes , the new search bar looks and behaves quite like Apple's macOS Spotlight search box, moving results that normally are found from the Start Menu and the Cortana search bar to a central location. The new search UI was discovered by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia.
Bitcoin reaches new record high, breaks $9,000
The cryptocurrency hit a record high of $9,033 per bitcoin early Sunday morning. The price rose steadily over the weekend and surpassed $9,000 at around 6:40 a.m. UTC (1:40 a.m. ET), according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index . It now has a market cap of more than $150 billion.