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Here’s the first trailer for Netflix’s Altered Carbon

The adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel will begin streaming in February 2018.

Microsoft paints politically beautiful world for the holidays

Commentary: Redmond's ad for Christmas is warm, cuddly and celebrates, of all things, Microsoft Paint. It also has a serious political message.

Netflix drops super-charged trailer for Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' Season 2

"If you say with great power comes great responsibility, I swear I'll throw up on you."

'Stranger Things' gets hilarious Bad Lip Reading treatment

Steve and his hair grab all the best lines when the Netflix hit turns into a whole new show.

'Street Fighter' anthology brings online play to classic brawlers

Capcom is releasing a 30th anniversary 'Street Fighter' collection with online multiplayer for some of its biggest releases.

'Black Mirror' boldly goes at Star Trek with 'U.S.S. Callister'

The new crew member on an Enterprise-like ship doesn't seem to have much patience with her mission.

New 'Ready Player One' trailer reveals more of the real-world story

There's now a full-fledged trailer for 'Ready Player One,' and it shows much more of the story beyond the virtual realm.

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Launch of Bitcoin Futures Trading Crashes CBOE Site - Slashdot

Overall, trading bitcoin futures is a positive development for the cryptocurrency says the research team at Fundstrat... The introduction of derivatives lays the necessary market structure for institutions to allocate cash towards cryptocurrencies , points out Fundstrat... Short sellers may now express negative views on bitcoin, which could lead to short-term pricing pressure. But the ability for short sellers to hate on bitcoin could be viewed as a longer term positive, Fundstrat says. Shorting essentially creates true price discovery and means that hedge funds could take bitcoin more seriously. This should improve the long-term prospects of bitcoin as it broadens sponsorship, Fundstrat believes.

The Winklevoss twins are now Bitcoin billionaires

The Winklevoss twins, famously known for suing Mark Zuckerberg after claiming he stole their idea for Facebook, are now Bitcoin billionaires, according to a few reports . Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss won $65 million from the Facebook lawsuit, and invested $11 million of their payout into Bitcoin in 2013, amassing one of the largest portfolios of Bitcoin in the world — 1 percent of the entire currency’s dollar value equivalent , said the twins at the time. Their slice of the Bitcoin pie is now worth over $1 billion after Bitcoin surged past $10,000 last week to now trade at $11,100, according to CoinDesk . The cryptocurrency has surged over 10,000 percent since the Winklevoss’ investment, when one coin traded at around $120.

Bitcoin exchange NiceHash hacked, $68 million stolen | ZDNet

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How to use Chrome with more than one Google account

Where you sign in to Chrome matters, and may impact the services you can use. Learn how to easily transition between your personal account to your business account.

Men use 'password' as their password far more than women

Commentary: A new study shows that password habits don't appear to have become more secure, despite recent hacks.

Business leaders must change their security posture to remain safe in the cloud

According to Michael Liebow, head of the Accenture Cloud, business leaders must shift their mindset away from thinking of the data center and moving outward to best embrace cloud security.

How machine learning can be used to catch a hacker

The tools that hackers use today are sophisticated, which makes them hard to track down after an attack. TechRepublic's Dan Patterson met with SecBI's Alex Vaystikh and Gilad Peleg to discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance threat detection systems.

I built the ultimate tech travel-kit for cheap | ZDNet

And not only what to pack, but how to pack it. That's the first item on my list of essential tech for your travels, stuff you'll find indispensable. Of course, because I'm the Business Bargain Hunter, I made sure to assemble this kit on the cheap.

The 10 IT jobs that will be most in-demand in 2020 | ZDNet

"One of the things that we've seen is a fast pace of change in the skills that are required and consequently, the importance of having training mechanisms in place to be continually upskilling your workers for the new types of skills that may be coming in demand," Bartels said. "Don't assume that this problem will take care of itself. Be proactive in terms of identifying skills gaps, putting in place training to help close those gaps, making sure that you really are focused on your human resources."

​IEDM 2017: Intel unveils 10nm technology | ZDNet

In the past, Intel has referred to these additional measures by the somewhat gimmicky name of 'hyperscaling,' but the bottom line is that density is scaling at or even beyond historical rates. Based on Intel's new metric, which it said is a more accurate measure of the density of modern processors that primarily consist of random logic, the rate of density increase of Intel's technology as actually been accelerating from twice the transistors per generation from 45nm through 22nm to 2.7x at 14nm and now 10nm.

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$68 million in Bitcoin missing after cryptocurrency marketplace hacked - Video | ZDNet

Nice Hash users are watching the attacker's wallet address like hawks, waiting for any movement of their stolen coins.

5 TED Talks selected by Shah Rukh Khan

Please enjoy these five talks that I hope capture your heart as they did mine.

Ten predictions for digital media in 2018

RELATED BONUS PREDICTION — In reaction to 2017’s sobering and frequently shocking negative societal forces, many digital media companies will take things even further by infusing their offline efforts with social impact, an inspirational and motivational element that is already proven to be commercially smart.

'Last Jedi' gets early raves: 'I'm still shaking'

Rian Johnson's "Jedi" wins early praise for its action and appearance. But the film's got depth, many say, with one viewer noting an "emotional payoff decades in the making."

PUBG for Xbox: Say hello to your console controls

But in order to do that, the PUBG team had to divvy up the controls among a variety of different "modes" -- meaning the same buttons might do different things depending on context. Meanwhile others will issue different commands if you hold them down rather than pressing them lightly. (You'll need to hold down X in order to reload, for instance.)

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Bitcoin futures rally trips Cboe circuit breaker, triggering a brief halt

Lumoid, Best Buy's Supposed Gear Rental Partner, Shuts Down

Lumoid, a four-year-old San Francisco startup which was reportedly partnering with Best Buy to offer try-before-you-buy rental services on products like cameras, audio gear, and fitness trackers, has gone out of business.

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Selling iPhone X. T-Mobile and Verizon salespeople speak out

"When I worked at AT&T we had incentives for the S8. For every pre-order, we got an 8-dollar spiff. T-Mobile only has 'sell this much of that phone and we will give you that phone.' Sprint does not. Verizon, if we meet a quota and sell a certain amount of the phones, we get a free one," he said. (A spiff is what salespeople call an incentive. It's different from a spliff.)

You Can Now Click 'Cryptocurrency OK' on Craigslist, Because That's Not Sketchy at All

Unlike with other retailers, there’s not a lot of overhead here for Craigslist—as a classifieds site, it never sees a cut of any of the transactions it enables at all. That’s considerably less risky than, say, the approach from Wall Street, which has clearly been salivating over the explosion in cryptocurrency prices. Several firms are now considering whether to get into the Bitcoin futures game, despite the possibility of an imminent market crash .

Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental car behind? | ZDNet

"What needs to happen immediately is that car rental and car sharing schemes need to completely review how they approach this data and to provide very clear instructions to drivers. But they also need to do it themselves: the onus shouldn't be left on the customers - in the same way a car is cleaned, the data should be wiped," said Privacy International's Graham Wood.

Austrac gets the legal nod to monitor Bitcoin, Ethereum exchanges | ZDNet

Exchanges will also need to adopt and maintain a program to identify, mitigate, and manage the money laundering and terrorism financing risks they may face. Similar to a bank, the exchange must also identify and verify the identities of their customers; and report suspicious matters, international transactions, and transactions involving physical currency that exceeds AU$10,000 to Austrac.

Photos: 13 great holiday gifts for the boss

Give a coffee gift and benefit a charity. Hope Bridges ' Thai coffee is a fair-trade coffee that gives back. Hope Bridges, based in Kansas City, MO, is a 501c(3) caring for impoverished children in Thailand, offering them a bridge of hope by providing food, clothing, education and basic health care. The coffee beans used in Hope Bridges coffees are organically grown, fair traded and provide financial support to tribal farmers in the hill country of northern Thailand. Beans are processed by a hill tribe cooperative, providing a means of support to the tribal people in addition to delivering life-giving support children need. More than 50% of the purchase price goes to support children in Thailand. Prices range from $4.95 to $12.95 and monthly subscriptions are available.

Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

Formerly known as Battery Aid, this free app provides a few additional options to help squeeze out extra hours. Notably, it automatically turns off your phone's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and data connections when not in use, and for a set amount of time. Additionally, it can also be used to toggle the settings for synchronizing the phone to your accounts for email, photos, music, books and so on. If your phone isn't continuously trying to sync your entire account, you won't use up your battery stores as fast.

Industrial IoT trends to look for in 2018

Find out the top IoT trends expected to drive industry in 2018 and beyond as Ryan Martin, principal analyst for ABI Research, shared his predictions.

'Stranger Things' star: Show 'probably' won't return till 2019

"I think we're supposed to go into production around April,"  Harbour told Variety  at the Dubai International Film Festival. "I mean, one of the things that's annoying for fans is that it takes us a long time to do (episodes). Like, you probably won't get (season 3) until sometime in 2019."

Alcoholic gift ideas that say, 'Your political opinions are worth hearing'

A nice bottle of wine says to your family member, “The cost of this gift means you must enjoy it with me, preferably earlier in the day,” without having to say it out loud.

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Spread Holiday Cheer and Do Serious Good With Operation Santa

Okay, yes, pinning your charitable work to holidays can be a problem . But also, this time of year there are lots of people in need—both for seasonal gifts that make life feel good and for winter necessities—and Operation Santa is one solid way to help.

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We actually like 280-character tweets, it turns out

SocialFlow tracked approximately 30,000 thousand tweets between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 and found tweets longer than 140 characters were being retweeted 26.52 times on average, compared with 13.71 times for shorter ones. It also discovered that longer tweets were being liked on average 50.28 times, compared with 29.96 times for shorter tweets.

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Bitcoin "looks remarkably like a bubble," warns New Zealand's central bank chief

FCC chairman jokes he's a Verizon puppet

He was presumably referring to the fact that he was now FCC chairman and some worry that he's a touch too much on the side of the Verizons of this world. To explain how that happened, he showed a video that he said was 14 years old.

Why we need to shatter the illusion of work-life balance for entrepreneurs

I do think it’s important to discuss these topics and since entrepreneurship can be a lonely profession at times, you have to vent to someone, but what bugs me is people rarely admit the reality: work-life balance, at least for entrepreneurs, is a pretense. It’s a bit like when a doctor asks you whether you’ve ever smoked and your immediate answer is no even though you did and still do occasionally with a pint of beer.

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If you want to raise your APM, you're gonna' need one of these – the best gaming mice we've tested this year

What to play this weekend: Hat in Time, PUBG and Zelda DLC

Hearthstone: Kobolds and Catacombs (iOS, Android) -- If you've stopped playing (or never started) Blizzard's hit World of Warcraft meets Magic: The Gathering collectable card game, this 135-card expansion might be a good time to hop in. You get three free packs and a free legendary weapon, and there's a new single-player mode that'll let you try cards without building an expensive deck of your own. Plus, spells that get upgraded the longer you play.

Best Horror Movie - Best of 2017 Awards - IGN

Be sure to check back on December 20 to see IGN's Best Horror Movie of 2017 winner. And of course our opinion isn't the only one that matters — cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of the page to help decide the IGN People's Choice selection!

6 things to photograph this Christmas

With Christmas though you've got all this time off from work and you just want to get out there and take pictures. However, with family visits and other commitments, it's not always possible to disappear off to your favourite location  with your camera kit. 

HQ trivia app coming to Android on Christmas

The app, which is based in New York and co-founded by the creators of the now defunct Vine video service, features a rotating cast of game show hosts. Users join twice a day (weekdays at 12 p.m. PST and 6 p.m. PST; weekends at 6 p.m. PST) to answer 12 trivia questions. If a user makes it to the last round and answers the final question correctly, he or she will receive the cash prize, divided by the remaining players who have also won.

Taking the Huawei Mate 10 cameras for shootout

The selfies are also often overexposed, but they do a good job of replicating the depth-of-field effect that dual cameras are known to produce.

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4 things to know about Google's Files Go app

Managing storage on a phone or tablet is one of the more annoying tasks we have to commonly deal with. Users are faced with questions of deciding which apps to delete, how much room it will save, and hunting down files that just aren't needed.

Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View

Every year, the 45 million or so red crabs on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island migrate en masse from their forest burrows down to the ocean to mate, and so the female crabs can release their eggs into the sea to hatch. The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View.

Five toy drones for beginners

Made to zip around your living room or backyard for a few minutes at a time, toy drones are a good way to practice your piloting skills without worrying about watching something $500 or much, much more hit the ground or disappear into the trees. They're also a lot of fun to fly -- whether or not you're into RC toys. And, because the tech inside is getting smaller and cheaper, you can find them with more advanced features like GPS for safer, easier piloting and cameras for first-person-view flying (FPV).

Huawei's P11 may have some serious camera specs

Blass claims that the "Huawei PCE Series" phone in question is the follow-up to the Huawei P10, assumed to be called the Huawei P11. The P10 is already a capable camera phone -- it has a dual-lens, 20- and 12-megapixel rear camera setup and 8-megapixel front camera -- but if the rumors are true, the Huawei P11 could get some serious upgrades. Transitioning to a 24-megapixel front camera would be a significant step up from the P10. A triple-lens rear camera would also be a break from the P10 and Huawei P9 , which both use dual rear cameras.

The Best TVs of 2018

Your ideal TV should provide enough video connections not only for now, but for the foreseeable future as well. The most important input is HDMI, which supports all major forms of digital video sources including Blu-ray players, game consoles, set-top boxes, cameras, camcorders, phones, tablets, and PCs through a single cable. Most TVs have three or four HDMI ports, but some might only have two. It's the best way to send 1080p video from your devices to your screen with one cable, and will be the main way you connect your main sources of entertainment to your TV. If you want a 4K screen, make sure at least one of the HDMI ports is HDMI 2.0. It's the latest standard that supports 4K video at 60 frames per second; older HDMI ports can only handle 4K up to 30 frames per second, at best.

The Must Have Accessories for Your iPhone X

This time, the jump from 64 GB to 256 costs $150. Because the iPhone X is already so expensive, you might have opted for the 64 GB version thinking it’s going to be enough. But if you end up using iPhone’s cameras as designed – taking RAW photos, capturing 4K video and 240 fps slo-mo, that 64 GB is going to fill up fast.

Apple’s AI director on advances in machine learning for its self-driving car project

Wired reports that Salakhutdinov spoke before a group of AI experts at the end of this year’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California. There, he spoke about how Apple is using machine learning to analyze data to from a vehicle’s cameras. He talked about techniques used in a recently published study on the advances that the company has made in using AI to detect pedestrians and cyclists using LiDAR. But he also revealed efforts on some other projects: software that uses a car’s cameras to identify objects such as cars and pedestrians, as well as the drivable lanes on the road. He also showed off images that demonstrated how the system performed even when camera lenses were obscured by raindrops, and how their software could infer where pedestrians were, even when they were obscured by parked cars.

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