Good Samaritan uses Amazon Prime Now to help the homeless
Rob Bliss used Amazon's Prime Now service to make a difference in the lives of several people living on the street, getting them exactly what they needed.
Alibaba launches cat-shaped car vending machines in China
Customers can sign up for a three-day test drive and pick up their car from a giant cat-shaped vending machine.
Everything You Need To Know About Universal Basic Income In 10 Minutes
The idea of a program that would cover the cost of living for everyone feels like something out of a far-off utopia. This informative video grounds it in reality.
Finally! Windows 10 gets a native OpenSSH client
It’s a long-overdue move that’s guaranteed to delight developers who use Windows as their daily driver. Microsoft is introducing a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. The software is available as a beta in the Fall Creators Update, and as demonstrated in this video from ServeTheHome, is pretty trivial to install: This means that developers …
In Trump’s Playbook, Looks Sometimes Count As Job Qualifications
Physical appearance seems to have repeatedly played a role in how Donald Trump hired, fired, and managed women.
What words do I have to put in this headline to get you to read 'The Siberian Times'?
For the best gun-toting bear content on the internet, look no further than 'The Siberian Times.'
NY attorney general: 2 million net neutrality comments were fake
A day before the vote to take down the 2015 rules, Eric Schneiderman reports on misused identities in comments to the FCC.
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Maker of sneaky Mac adware sends security researcher cease-and-desist letters
Serper said that OSX.Pirrit is a "great example" of how an ad-tech company borrows nefarious tactics found in malware to make it harder for antivirus software to detect them. "There is no difference between traditional malware that steals data from its victims and adware that spies on people's Web browsing and target them with ads, especially when those ads are for either fake antivirus programs or Apple support scams."
This is who the iMac Pro is for
I got a chance to spend a little time up close with the iMac Pro — in fact, multiple iMac Pros — at an Apple-run demo on Wednesday. What was special about the walk-through, though, was that I met several of the developers and creators who are exactly the iMac Pro’s target market. I talked to visual software mainstays like Adobe, professional software developers who build tools for architects and surgeons, VR creators — as well as Apple itself — to parse who has the iMac Pro on their Christmas lists, and why it was such a game-changer for them.
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iPhone 8 and iPhone X Were the 2nd and 3rd Most Popular Google Searches This Year
Unless you’ve been living under a cave, you’d know that the iPhone X is one of the most popular phones in the world right now. That status is expected to remain over the coming months as Apple gets its supply in order . So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the iPhone X is ranked No. 3 among global search trends on Google this year.
Google launches Assistant on Android tablets, more phones | ZDNet
For phone users running Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google Assistant has begun to roll out to users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. It's also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.
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Explainer: What is net neutrality?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted three to two to roll back an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality". The change will enable internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up or slow down different companies' data, and charge consumers according to the services they access.
The most spectacular meteor shower of the year, the Geminids, happens tonight — here's how to watch
To best see the shooting stars, get away from bright lights as
much as possible. The Geminids are visible from most of the
world, though the view is better from the Northern Hemisphere.
There'll be good meteor activity starting at about 7:30 p.m. on
December 13 going until dawn on December 14, according to Cooke.
Peak activity is expected from midnight to 4 a.m.
Samsung's new headphones get battery boost to take on AirPods
For the second-generation Gear IconX 2018 ($200, £200, AU$300), Samsung removed the heart-rate monitor. Doing so not only improved battery life, it made the headphone smaller and more comfortable than its predecessor. I still like the Airpods better, but the IconX is now a very good choice too, especially for owners of Samsung phones who can take full advantage of its features.
Microsoft adds more AI-powered updates to Bing, Cortana, Office 365 | ZDNet
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25 best battery life laptops for 2017
We call on our laptops to do a lot of things, from playing videos to office work to web surfing to games. As a middle ground task that's not too easy and not too intense, the specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.
Here's how to keep your electric stovetop clean
Use a razor-blade scraper to remove heavy spills that have burned onto the cooktop. Hold the scraper at a 45-degree angle to the surface and carefully apply pressure to scrape away the residue. Remove the debris with a paper towel or cloth.
We Are Starting To See The Shape Of A Fashion Industry Without Plastic
The goal of completing this complete material revolution in seven years may seem like a radical proposal. “But the bio-fabrication movement has been a long time coming,” Gutsch says. Modern Meadow, for instance, has been finessing its yeast fermentation process since 2014 (the same year Lee founded Biofabricate) and has reached the point where it’ll be able to produce its leather-like material at scale. “Certainly, when I founded Biofabricate, it all felt a little bit science fiction–much of the work was still in the lab, still in R&D,” Lee says. “Now, you see Bolt Threads putting their new hat into the store and it sells out in three hours; you now have a bio-fabricated product like spider-silk shoes that consumers are wearing. It’s not just in the future, it’s in the marketplace now.”
Steven Moffat says goodbye to 'Doctor Who' in the best way
"Who" writer and producer Moffat grew up a fan of the long-running time-traveling adventure before taking charge as showrunner in 2009, shepherding the series through its 50th anniversary. He bid farewell to the show on Wednesday night at a screening of the forthcoming Christmas episode, "Twice Upon a Time". That'll be the final episode for both Moffat and current Doctor Peter Capaldi , with new star Jodie Whitaker appearing in the closing moments.
Firefox Quantum: 170 million installs so far, as more Chrome users jump ship | ZDNet
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SingularityNET is building the world's first AI-as-a-Service platform
SingularityNET's Ben Goertzel explains why the blockchain is the perfect technology for building an open and distributed artificial intelligence platform.
Google launches AI center in China
Google today announced plans to launch the Google AI China Center. The news was shared by Google chief scientist Fei-Fei Li ahead of Google Developer Days events in Shanghai.
SMB malware attacks jumped 81% in Q3, and the holidays could make it much worse
In its report, WatchGuard estimated that it came across more than 19 million malware variants in Q3 along. The holiday season could contribute to that number growing in Q4 this year, the report said.
FCC's net neutrality repeal 'boggles the mind,' says commissioner
Pai has attacked Twitter and other internet companies as the real threat to net neutrality. Do you agree that something should be done to protect consumers when these companies censor or deny access to content on their sites? Clyburn: I look at my job description and, simply put, we don't have jurisdiction over internet content. So the argument that the chairman put forth in his speech was an intentional misdirection. To suggest that content is the problem is the chairman swimming outside of his lane. I suggest we keep to the issue at hand, which is do we have or should we have net neutrality protections or not?
Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing
Conversational and intelligent search will both be coming to US Bing users in the next month, while Bing’s improved image search is available now. Microsoft is also bringing intelligent search to Office 365 products, including OneDrive and SharePoint, to let users search for text within image and presentation slides. The AI tools underly a new Excel feature Microsoft calls Insights, which will automatically highlight spreadsheet patterns the company’s software detects from the structured data to make it easier to analyze. These Office 365 features will be rolling out by the end of the month.
Astronauts will watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in space
"Can confirm the crew will be able to watch it on orbit," NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said. "Don't have a definitive timeline yet. They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard."
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How to install password manager Enpass and sync it with your Google Drive account
Whether you make use of the cloud feature or even Enpass, you should be using a password manager. Passwords need to be complex, such that they cannot be memorized. Using strong passwords makes it less likely you'll find yourself with a compromised account and stolen data. Enpass is a solid solution for this, and also allows you to sync multiple instances to a single cloud account.
By 2022, 1 in 5 workers will rely on AI to do their job
"Using AI to auto-generate a weekly status report or pick the top five emails in your inbox doesn't have the same wow factor as, say, curing a disease would, which is why these near-term, practical uses go unnoticed," Craig Roth, research vice president at Gartner, said in a press release. "Companies are just beginning to seize the opportunity to improve nonroutine work through AI by applying it to general-purpose tools. Once knowledge workers incorporate AI into their work processes as a virtual secretary or intern, robo-employees will become a competitive necessity."
Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas
On the heels of Wednesday's release of iOS 11.2.1, Apple issued new beta versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all of which are thought to include minor performance updates and bug fixes.
5 ways IT workers behave badly and how to deal with them
As the boss, you can't always detect every dishonest statement - I can say it would be very hard to dispute the four-hour versus one-hour server repair claim since no two repair jobs go the same way. But certainly you can reduce the risk of these tall tales with concepts such as an employee handbook (which might help verify whether the "having drinks on Friday" story is legitimate) as well as policies involving badge usage, time tracking of work, attendance guidelines, and so forth.
T-Mobile plans to launch a new streaming TV service in 2018
"All of these un-carrier moves sent shockwaves through the wireless industry, prompting competitors to continue to follow T-Mobile's lead," Legere said. "T-Mobile plans to launch its own disruptive new TV service next year, tapping into the amazing content available from creators today to disrupt legacy cable and satellite TV's distribution model."
The service clearly aims to bring T-Mobile roaring into the set-top arena, providing an attractive complementary service to its already appealing " Binge On " unlimited streaming program for mobile devices. The new streaming TV service, though, will be available both on mobile devices and in the home.
Gibraltar launches financial services license for blockchain
LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar’s financial services watchdog will introduce the world’s first bespoke license for “fintech” firms using blockchain distributed ledger technology from next month in a bid to attract start-ups to the British overseas territory as it prepares for Brexit.
What do you know about net neutrality?
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to overturn Obama-era laws relating to net neutrality. We asked people in Washington DC if they have ever heard of net neutrality and what they thought about the possibility of it being overturned.
Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds.
Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls
Apple started implementing indoor mapping data with iOS 11, offering users a new navigation aid for major airports and large malls. While rollout has been slow, the company on Wednesday compiled a list of the 43 indoor locations where users can take advantage of the feature.
iPhone 8 (not X) is the world’s most popular gadget on Google in 2017
To claim this spot, the glass-backed iPhone 8 edged out other popular hardware releases like Apple’s own flagship X handset, Nintendo’s portable console Switch, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Microsoft’s Xbox One X.
Ajit Pai Thinks You're Stupid Enough to Buy This Crap [Update: One of the 7 Things Is Dancing With a Pizzagater]
On Thursday, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission and its chairman, Verizon BFF Ajit Pai , will hold a vote on whether to repeal Barack Obama-era net neutrality rules. If passed, the FCC would allow ISPs to begin setting up a tiered internet designed to suck as much money from customers’ pockets as possible while screwing with their ability to access competitors’ content, or really anything that might suck up amounts of bandwidth inconvenient for their profit margins.
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Women Leaders Share Moments Of 2017 That Redefined Their Roles
“The Women’s March was so interesting because it was so organized, not just in D.C. but in every town. If we could do that for policy, if women really stepped forward in that organized way, holy moley. As a business owner, I think a lot about access, as a leader of women entrepreneurs I get viscerally pissed about [lack of] access to capital, that is banking and venture capital, even though every shred of data shows we outperform our counterparts. It is what really inspired me to jump in to Alice. We have all these users and we can band together to be a pretty loud organized voice. I think the next step right now is harnessing it for access. What if we got every funder from banks to venture capital to say, ‘I’m just going to increase [funding] by 5%’? That amount of capital is nuts, it would be in the trillions, and it would make more money.
Someone is selling a 'spectacular' penthouse in Miami — but they're only accepting bitcoin
According to public records on Redfin, it was last sold in
January 2016 for $315,000 and gained 7.4% annually since then.
Justino Ferret, the agent on the property, told Business Insider
that this seller is only accepting bitcoin.
They're like Airpods, but less weird-looking
Samsung's IconX wireless headphones take on Apple's iconic AirPods with a more conventional design, and included heart rate monitor.
How to embed content from the web to your Google Site
Embedded content on a Google Site makes it simpler for many people to access information. By embedding tweets or an RSS feed, people can see the latest news even if they don't actively use Twitter or an RSS reader. In a company, this may make a Google Site a great way to focus attention on relevant industry news. In a school, you could feature streams of content from teachers, parents, or for a specific classroom.
Microsoft is giving Bing new AI smarts in the battle against Google
Simply put, this is going to result in more intelligent results being returned, with machine learning helping Bing to deliver more relevant and accurate insights into any given topic. Much like how Google is using machine learning in the same way.
Amid Net Neutrality Debate, Biggest ISPs Spent At Least $26.3 Million On Lobbying
Three of the largest internet service providers and their trade association have spent at least $26.3 million on lobbying the federal government since April 1–about $1.12 for every public comment filed with the government on a repeal of net neutrality rules, according to a MapLight analysis.
How to Survive Deadly Black Ice On Winter Roads
Black ice is nearly impossible to see, can form almost anywhere on the road, and has the potential to send your vehicle careening into oncoming traffic. It’s bad news. Here’s how you can spot that nasty black ice and avoid accidents when you hit the road during the holidays.
If We Want Renewable Energy, We Need Fully Digitized Power Systems
This latter capability will be particularly necessary as the state begins to integrate energy from more renewable sources. Grid instability is one of the biggest concerns about converting to renewables –if there’s, say, a large influx of wind power at a particular time, utilities currently lack the flexibility and insight to be able to seamlessly integrate that new supply into the current system. But in the iSOC, Quiniones says, NYPA and GE have built out a lab specifically to simulate and track the power grid. For the lab, NYPA is partnering with other utilities and the grid system operator to “create a very granular and dynamic model of the whole grid system for New York,” Quiniones says. “By doing so, we can really take the planning and operation of the grid to a completely different level, because we can do a lot of ‘what if?’ scenarios.” NYPA now has the capability to model what would happen if they added another transmission line to the grid, or if they added input from a new wind or solar farm to the grid.
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Microsoft's expanding its AI into search, email, Office and apps
Microsoft said it's still finding other ways for AI to improve its products, including automatic email sifting to find the most important messages, Excel spreadsheet data sorting and acronym finding so your writing sounds smarter.
Do Corporations Want To Save America?
Less than a month later, more than 400 CEOs and business leaders signed a letter urging Trump to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program giving thousands of immigrants brought to this country as children protection against deportation. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told NPR last August that in order for federal officials to deport any DACA recipients in the company’s employ, it would “have to go through us.” In early November, Google, Microsoft and Facebook joined 100-plus other tech companies to mount a legal challenge to President Trump’s effort to end DACA.
Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops | ZDNet
Sure, there's some software that only runs on Windows. But, unless you're running one of those programs, most Windows users no longer need Windows. Heck, Microsoft itself has been moving to a service -- rather than a product -- business plan for years now. And the company has just moved Office, once and for all, into a multi-operating system service model.
Apple Invests $390 Million in Laser Tech
"VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable," Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said in a statement. "Technology is only as good as the people behind it, and Finisar is a company with a long history of putting its employees first and supporting the community it's a part of. We're extremely proud that our involvement will help transform another American community into a manufacturing powerhouse."
Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says
After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.