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Samsung mercilessly mocks Apple's last 10 years

Commentary: In a new ad, Samsung returns to the attack on Apple, as it laughs at the iPhone. Even the iPhone X's infamous notch.

Amazon Alexa stars in creepy horror short film

Yikes. You might want to start unplugging your Echo at night.

Fake Celebrities Created By A Neural Network Look Terrifyingly Real

New software uses bits and pieces from actual celebrities to create new synthetic ones. Looks like AI will take celebrities’ jobs, too.

Watch intense footage as sharks attack 'enemy' submarine

Commentary: The BBC's Blue Planet II team dives down to see what happens when whale carcasses fall to the ocean floor. Things get a little scary.

'Future Man' makes video games real, then everyone pukes

Hulu's series is a time-traveling comedy, but the laughs are inspired more by gross-out gags than far-out future.

Set an alert: Do not miss The Farthest on PBS

On November 15, see the story of one of NASA’s—and humanity’s—greatest missions.

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iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Spec showdown

Living With The iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus

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.

Video: The top disliked programming languages

TechRepublic's Alison DeNisco shares the top coding languages developers love to hate. What tops your list?

T-Mobile, Sprint call it quits on merger talks | ZDNet

The rivals and long-rumored merger partners ended speculation about a combination. The two wireless carriers will go it alone vs. Verizon and AT&T.

Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments

Ultimately, Mr. Milner’s companies came to own more than 8 percent of Facebook and 5 percent of Twitter, helping earn him a place on various lists of the world’s most powerful business people. His companies sold those holdings several years ago, but he retains investments in several other large technology companies and continues to make new deals. Among Mr. Milner’s current investments is a real estate venture founded and partly owned by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser.

How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad

DNS, or Domain Name System, is a server that translates domain names like to IP addresses, a numerical sequence of numbers that can locate servers on the internet. Your ISP has its own DNS server that is used by default on all your iOS devices, but you can also point it to a different DNS server.

Here are Apple's tips for avoiding 'burn-in' on the iPhone X's screen

"If you look at an OLED display off-angle, you might notice slight shifts in color and hue," Apple said. "This is a characteristic of OLED and is normal behavior. With extended long-term use, OLED displays can also show slight visual changes. This is also expected behavior and can include “image persistence” or “burn-in,” where the display shows a faint remnant of an image even after a new image appears on the screen."

Amazon (and Netflix) Pursue a 'Lord of The Rings' TV Series - Slashdot

Really? J.K. Rowling over Tolkien?? Are we talking about the same Rowling who just invents things out of thin air every time she needs a plot device? The same author who invoked time travel in one single plot line but for some reason time travel was never used in any story before or after? I'm sorry, but as a fantasy author, Rowling is awful. I'll give you that Tolkien isn't known for "deep characterization", however I believe his plot lines are far more interesting and logical than Rowling's. Stephen King

Video: How AI can help companies improve efficiency

TechRepublic's Olivia Krauth explains how companies are using machine learning to create jobs and streamline operations.

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Caseology case roundup for the Apple iPhone X: Stylish drop protection for less than $15 | ZDNet

Millions of people put their iPhones in cases and the smaller size, along with extremely high price, of the iPhone X makes it even more likely that people will use a case. Caseology offers eight affordable options for everyone.

Free PDF download: The Future of Everything as a Service

This special report from ZDNet and TechRepublic examines the role of SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud services. Download the entire report as a free PDF ebook.

UX needs to operate under a new set of rules within the Internet of Things | ZDNet

These layers need to be considered in any attempt to introduce UX to IoT apps and devices - and needs to be a team effort. "It's more important than ever to think of the user experience at a systems level, spanning user interactions with multiple devices, physical hardware, the properties of networks, wider business and service context, and the underlying technology enablers. The UX is not just the responsibility of the designers, but everyone involved, including product strategy and engineering."

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.

Apple withdraws 3 Macs from repair support

The company classified its 21.5-inch  and 27-inch iMacs from late 2009 as obsolete , a designation that Apple applies to products five years after they are last manufactured. The company's mid-2011 Mac Mini was named "vintage," which is a classification that provides support for the devices for an additional two years because of legal reasons in Turkey and California.

What is Information Theory? (Information Entropy)

What is the essence of information? We explore the history of communication technology leading to the modern field of information theory. We'll build up towards Claude Shannon's measure of information entropy, one step at a time.

The Moon is a floating eyeball-shaped cam that can track you as you walk

While the Moon sounds cool as a security camera -- yes, the floating aspect is neat, and I particularly like that you can save footage on your cloud service of choice -- it checks a lot of other boxes as a multipurpose smart tool. It'll work as a hub with built-in Wi-Fi (as you'd expect) as well as Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, NFC and even an IR blaster.

iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus camera comparison

There's not a huge jump in image and video quality between the 8 Plus and the X. But the X definitely has the edge over the 8 Plus in low light, and on the selfie camera if you have to have the portrait mode effect.

Broadcom is reportedly eyeing an $80 billion deal — and the CEO was just at the White House

The timing of the news is notable, coming as it does a day after its top executive made a high-profile visit to the White House to support President Donald Trump's tax plan and announce its relocation to the US. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan joined Trump in the White House on Thursday, lauding the White House's efforts to make the US more business-friendly.

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE coming December

With a Cat 9 modem, the Surface Pro with LTE promises some of the best LTE performance around, as well as fierce processing power thanks to the Intel Core i5 chip. The basic model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD will set businesses back $1,149, which converts to about £870 or AU$1,500. Or you can choose to double those numbers to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD for $1,449. That's about £1,095 or AU$1,890.

NBN announces 1Gbps enterprise wholesale product | ZDNet

With the rollout now reaching metro areas, NBN is updating its enterprise services with a 1Gbps Ethernet product, a dedicated team for working with businesses, an 'industry engagement' partner program, and tailored pricing.

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Apple iPhone X sells out in 20 big cities

Search for 'Bisexual' on Twitter Right Now, and No News, Photos, or Videos Show Up

What’s going on here? Numerous Twitter users have noticed that searching for the terms bisexual or bisexuality (with or without a hashtag) and clicking on the fields for photo, video, or news results returns nothing but a message stating, “The term you entered did not bring up any results. You may have mistyped your term or your search setting could be protecting you from some potentially sensitive content.”

The Higher Bitcoin Gets, the Faster Bitcoin Goes: Chart

Bitcoin’s rally has picked up speed throughout this year, with the world’s largest cryptocurrency breaching new levels at an ever greater pace as it increases sixfold. Bitcoin first crested at $1,000 in 2013 and didn’t even breach $2,000 until this May, but the currency since cracked the $3,000, $4,000 and now $5,000 levels in quick succession, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The only slowdown came amid China’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies in September, which seems a distant memory as bitcoin rockets toward $6,000.

5 reasons to trust Apple's Face ID

Face ID will completely replace Touch ID, and this can be concerning to some. Here are answers to five common questions.

Watch an iPhone X Get Disassembled on Video

The video shows all the internal parts, including the L-shape battery –which is actually two batteries– but unfortunately it’s not the best quality video. We’re all accustomed to seeing teardown videos from the likes of the folks at iFixit, and this is a bit more crude than that. Still, with the iPhone X now rolling out across the globe, with more markets going live as November 3 comes around in specific regions, it’s an easy way to get an inside look.

Video: Forecasting the future of the smartphone

Have we hit peak smartphone? ZDNet's Steve Ranger predicts what the next ten years of mobile devices could look like.

Are You Excited About the iPhone X Launch?

The handset was originally announced back at the beginning of September, and, drifting away from the yearly routine of launching its new flagship just a couple of weeks after that, has left customers waiting almost two months before they can get their hands on the handset. Now, following pre-orders that went live on Friday, October 27, the all-screen smartphone is on the brink of launch.

What's the Status of Your iPhone X Shipment?

Within 45 minutes, iPhone X shipments, for both the 64GB and 128GB variants, were pushed back to five to six weeks. Some third-party retailers were still doing pretty well on stock by the middle of the day, but even those were depleted eventually, and now finding an iPhone X on launch day (November 3) either means you got your pre-order in on time, or you plan on waiting in a line.

BBC launches interactive voice drama for Amazon Alexa devices

The answers you provide will influence the story directly, which has multiple endings, so it may be worth going through this a couple of times if you want to hear every scenario.

3 small ways SMBs can build up a cyberdefense strategy

Regardless of size, all organizations are targets for cyberattack.. Allianz's Jenny Soubra offers advice for small business leaders who don't normally specialize in cybersecurity.

Xiaomi passes its smartphone shipment target for 2017 | ZDNet

As the company has shipped 70 million for 10 months in 2017, its shipment target for 2018 is well-justified, Lei told a group of Chinese media in Shenzhen, according to a NetEase report on Sunday. Xiaomi's previous best for a year is 71 million handsets.

'Avengers: Infinity War' directors tease about trailer

Some fans cheered the Russos on: "Stick to your guns guys," wrote donnam40 . "As an old woman who has aged like a fine wine, I believe in the old saying, 'good things come to those who wait.' It's your movie and you can do whatever the hell you want to in regards to the trailer being released."

How to Make Your Own Animoji Karaoke Videos with iPhone X

The weekend of iPhone X release, my Twitter has been filled with #AnimojiKaraoke posts. And after a long time, I’m actually happy with a trending Twitter hashtag. This one is thanks to iPhone X’s new animated emoji feature – Animoji. In Animoji Karaoke videos, you’re basically lip syncing your favorite songs with your favorite (or most appropriate) Animoji, with the actual song synced up. This makes for a fun video because Animoji’s are so expressive!

Sony’s PS4 smashes 67.5 million worldwide sales

Sony's latest console is selling twice as fast as the PS3 over the same period.

Video: The top ransomware attacks of 2017

TechRepublic's Alison DeNisco explains what the ransomware environment looks like in 2017 and how your company can best respond to potentially-crippling cyber-attacks.

Apple Watches were crashing when asked about the weather

Reddit user rgsteele has theorized that the crashing was related to the end of Daylight Saving Time. If you asked about the time either after DST was over or in areas that don't observe it (such as the Canadian province of Saskatchewan), you were safe. And sure enough, the issue appears to be over: we've checked both before and afterward, and it's now safe to ask Siri if it's raining. The Apple Watch didn't have this issue in previous years, but it's notable that iOS devices had long-running alarm and calendar bugs related to DST shifts.

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Bristol pushes past London as the UK's leading smart city

"There is probably only a handful of cities in the world that you would compare with London so we tried to do a comparison with the rest of the UK cities in terms of their momentum and what it's doing and I think it is a fair representation but over the last 12, 18 months we think that Bristol has just done that bit more in terms of pushing the envelope, such as in terms of where its strategy is going and particularly how it is tying that vision for the smart city into actual city operations and city policy," he said.

Little girl lives her best life under a pile of puppies

Proud mom Emily Rook shared an adorable photo of her 8-year-old daughter Sofia, cuddling with a band of precious pups at their local animal shelter.

The Linksys EA8300 router has the latest features -- up to a point

The Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream router boasts top speeds and tons of features for medium-size homes, and it's affordable at $200  or £150 in the UK. Its tri-band and MU-MIMO capabilities can help improve your Wi-Fi signal, but its AC2200 class distinction implies that it's not quite a top-tier router like the similarly priced  Asus RT-AC3200 . The EA8300 will get the job done today, but as you acquire more devices in the coming years, you will probably want an upgrade. With less theoretical speed but similar features to the Linksys EA8500 and EA9500 , the EA8300 is a nice little router – and I do mean little – for anyone in need of upgrading their networking equipment.

Even more 'It's Always Sunny' comes to Hulu

With a new month comes a lot to watch. Hulu picked up the complete twelfth season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" along with some fun movies.

More Americans are turning to multiple social media sites for news

U.S. adults who get news from multiple social networking sites are more likely to be nonwhite and younger. About half (47%) of news consumers who rely on two or more social media sites for news are nonwhite (including Hispanics), compared with about one-fourth (26%) of those who use just one site. They are more likely to be under age 50: 77% are 18-49 compared with 56% of those who use just one site for news. Additionally, they are twice as likely to be ages 18-29 (37% vs. 18%).

Donald Trump Asked Why 'Samurai' Japan Isn't Shooting Down North Korean Missiles

President Donald Trump has headed to Japan at the head of an 11-day Asian tour, with last-ditch efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis before it spirals out of control at the top of the agenda. And, true to form, the guy is not exactly being a confidence builder with respect to his understanding of missile defense systems.

Autonomous Mercedes will spare occupants over pedestrians

Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.

How to upgrade your home theater system for 4K and HDR

Every step in your home theater's signal chain needs to work with 4K HDR. If any one link in that chain isn't compatible, then none of it is. You won't get 4K HDR. If your receiver/soundbar is more than a few years old, it almost certainly is not 4K HDR compatible. Most new receivers and soundbars are, however.

Altice to sell wireless service on Sprint's network

Sprint and T-Mobile on Saturday had called off their merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders. That left Sprint, the No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier, to engineer a turnaround on its own.

Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' lands big-screen remake

Keep all your cats and toddlers away from the highway, and remember, sometimes, dead is better.

THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automation

But the newfound popularity of smart home voice control has revolutionized smart home ecosystems across the country, and convinces more consumers to equip their homes with smart devices on a daily basis. The Amazon Echo, released in 2014, has become immensely popular and capable, awakening users to the utility of both voice control and smart home devices. This has prompted companies to rush to release competing devices and integrate voice control into their smart home ecosystems.

When to Bring Your Potted Plants Inside—and How

Temperatures are dropping—finally, fitfully—toward winter, so it’s time to start thinking about when to bring in your potted plants. Okay, that part is easy: bring your plants in when nighttime temps drop to 45°F. But before you do it, make sure you do it right.

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