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BMW turns its HQ into giant batteries as it delivers its 100,000th EV this year

BMW gets on-board with an “electric future” today as it delivers its 100,000th electric vehicle in 2017. For the occasion, it lit up its headquarters in Munich to make the building look…

Sandra Bullock And Rihanna Plan To Rob The Met Gala In The Trailer For “Ocean’s 8”

Packed with an A+ list of actresses, this one looks like the rare remake that is actually worth the effort.

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Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new feature that uses facial recognition to determine when a photo of you has been uploaded, even if you weren't tagged. If someone is trying to use your photo as a profile picture, Facebook will give you a notification.

Google brings a Chrome… installer… to the Microsoft Store

Google hasn't developed a Store-packaged version of Chrome, and it's not clear that it has any particular interest in doing so. A Centennialized version of Chrome would make Windows 10 S a more viable operating system, in turn reducing the appeal of Google's Chrome OS. This would make Chrome for the Store good for Microsoft and good for Windows users, but not obviously beneficial to Google.

YouTube TV delays Apple TV and Roku apps until early 2018

Back in October, YouTube announced that it would be rolling out apps for its YouTube TV over-the-top cable TV service on connected devices over “the coming weeks.” But it turns out that two of the biggest living room platforms — Apple TV and Roku — won’t get a YouTube TV app until early 2018, according to a report from CNET .

U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack

The U.S. government has assessed with a “very high level of confidence” that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the government’s investigation.

Chrome will start auto-blocking the web's most annoying ads in February

Google is going to make your web browsing experience a lot less annoying soon. The company today revealed it will stop showing ads in Chrome that don’t meet certain standards for quality starting February 15. Google  had announced its intention to do so back June, but this is the first time it’s provided a concrete date.

<em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em> Easter Eggs

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Easter Eggs and Reference Guide. This explainer is full of spoilers, and is only for those who've already seen the movie.

Facebook just added a simple 'on/off switch' for its facial recognition features

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it is releasing a new feature that uses facial recognition to determine when a photo of you has been uploaded, even if you weren't tagged. If someone is trying to use your photo as a profile picture, Facebook will give you a notification.

The hyperloop has a new world speed record: 240 mph

Perhaps more important than the speed of the XP-1 pod was the demonstration of the team’s new airlock technology. In order to obtain the high speeds first theorized in Elon Musk’s 2013 white paper, the hyperloop pod needs to travel through a near-vacuum state. This frictionless environment allows the magnetically levitating pod to travel at airliner-speeds through the length of the tube. The airlock will be a key factor in transferring pods with passengers or cargo between atmospheric states.


Apple may offer combined iOS and Mac apps next year

Applications that work with touchscreen iPhones or iPads as well as on Mac desktops and laptops could be coming in late 2018.

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality device could put a big focus on music

Music is a niche where Magic Leap's device could find success, especially if it's as playful and well executed as Tónandi appears to be. However, earlier glimpses released by Magic Leap suggest we'll see plenty of other uses. The video below, for example, shows a morning routine carried out with the help of mixed reality.

Why smartphone cameras were the most important tech of 2017

Regardless, the smart camera is rapidly become a reality. Everywhere you look, tech companies are adding layer upon layer of intelligence to their cameras at a surprising rate. And while none of these applications are, on their own, enough to change our lives, put them all together and it adds up to a world where the camera — augmented by powerful chips, precise sensors, and a vast database in the cloud — becomes the most important app on your phone.

The 25 Best New Apps Of 2017

Cintiq without the Cintiq. Astro HQ’s most brilliant new idea for Astropad , which lets you use an iPad as a graphics tablet for a Mac, was to repurpose the iPad’s front-facing camera as a button that provided access to settings without cluttering the screen. Sadly, Apple nixed the concept. Even so, Astropad does something really useful for artists who might otherwise drop a tidy sum for one of Wacom’s Cintiq tablets. And its makers dramatically improved its performance this year. It’s particularly at home on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Pencil. [ Astropad ]

Waymo Teams Up With Insurance Startup to Cover Riders in Its Self-Driving Cars

Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are coming, and depending on where you live, they might already be here. Google’s parent company Alphabet has had fully autonomous cars on the road for over a month, while Uber has its own self-driving fleet cruising the streets of Pittsburgh , with a deal to buy as many as 24,000 SUVs from Volvo that it plans to turn into autonomous vehicles. However, just because the tech is there, that doesn’t mean the infrastructure supporting self-driving cars has all been figured out, which is why Alphabet is partnering with the insurance startup Trov to cover passengers riding in its autonomous Waymo cars.

Microsoft starts testing Windows 10’s Timeline and app tabs features

Alongside Timeline, Microsoft is also testing out Sets — its tabbed window feature . Microsoft admits it may end up calling it something else by the time it ships, and the company is only testing Sets with a limited number of Windows Insiders today. Sets add tabs to windows so that activities can be grouped into a single interface. It’s very much tabbed browsing but for every Windows 10 app. Only Universal Windows Apps will be supported initially, with this extending to Office and win32 apps next year.

A cryptocurrency hedge fund has delivered a 24,000% return over the past 4 years

Hedge funds focused on cryptocurrencies have opened up at an eye-popping rate this year. Founded in 2003, Pantera Capital was among the first to dive into the nascent market for digital coins and the underpinning blockchain technology.

Twitch launches a live-streaming reality show

Stream On will take place across multiple channels as contestants compete throughout the week from their home streaming setups, with the action punctuated by a weekly recap and elimination show from Twitch Studios. Viewers in Twitch chat will have their say in who stays and who goes, with the ultimate victor being the individual deemed best at entertaining and leading a gaming community. Twitch is currently looking for participants, so if you're a Partner and think you've got what it takes (and reside in the US, UK or Canada), apply today to be in the with chance of making live-streaming history (or at least winning a sweet cash prize).

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White House strategy to punish North Korea for WannaCry attack: 'We're going to shame them'

Amazon’s Fire TV devices add web browsers to access YouTube

Amazon says that its Silk browser has been optimized for Fire TV with an interface you can use to search, browse and launch curated bookmarks for the web with the Fire TV remote. "With full web browsers on Fire TV, our customers' entertainment and information options are greatly expanded," said Amazon's Marc Whitten in a statement . "We want to make it easy for customers to access the Web from the comfort of their couch."

The Looming Net Neutrality Fight Is Looking Damn Good for Democrats

In total, petitioners will have 60 days to join the lawsuit, which will include numerous net neutrality advocacy organizations, such as Free Press, but may also include trade groups, such as the Internet Association (IA), which represents Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, eBay, Uber, Lyft, Reddit, and more—companies that have historically supported strong net neutrality rules. It is too early to say which organizations will join the fight, though IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman said last week the trade association was weighing “legal options in a lawsuit.”

Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

But some companies contend that there are permissible reasons to filter audiences by age, as with an ad for entry-level analyst positions at Goldman Sachs that was distributed to people 18 to 64. A Goldman Sachs spokesman, Andrew Williams, said showing it to people above that age range would have wasted money: roughly 25 percent of those who typically click on the firm’s untargeted ads are 65 or older, but people that age almost never apply for the analyst job.

Apple seems to have forgotten about the whole 'it just works' thing | ZDNet

Apple owes a lot of its current success to its dedicated fanbase, the people who would respond to Windows or Android issues with "you should buy Apple, because that stuff just works." Shattering that illusion for those people won't be good in the long term, which is why I think Apple needs to take a long, hard look at itself in the run up to 2018 and work out what's been going wrong and come up with ways to prevent problems from happening in the future.

Apple Being Sued by Chinese Clothing Manufacturer Kon Over App Store Icon Design

The similarities between the two logos are pretty obvious at an initial glance. Each has three straight sticks, or lines, that intersect to form what looks like an “A.” In the case of Kon’s logo, the ends of the sticks or lines are straight and sharp. Apple’s App Store logo, meanwhile, has rounded edges. The separation between the two left sticks is different, too, with the Kon logo seeing the separation on the top, and the Apple App Store logo seeing the separation on the bottom.

White House shuts down petition site, promises to resurrect it next year

That’s supposedly changing next year. “All existing petitions and associated signatures have been preserved and will be available when the site is relaunched. Following the site's relaunch, petitions that have reached the required number of signatures will begin receiving responses,” reads the new petition landing page . The White House’s overall disorganization in 2017 doesn’t bode well for this actually happening — but if it does, given the topics in question, the results could be surreal.

Amazon Prime Video reportedly has the most first-week downloads of any Apple TV app

Despite the delay — Apple announced Prime Video would be coming to the Apple TV back in June — it’s clear the demand for Amazon’s video content didn’t wane in the least. The timing of the app’s release likely helped as well: it came just two days before the second season of The Grand Tour , one of Amazon’s most popular shows.

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX’s nearly completed Falcon Heavy rocket

Musk took to Twitter to show off some pics of the vehicle. The finished rocket is set to launch sometime in January. When completed, the Falcon Heavy will be one of the most powerful rockets ever, capable of carrying 140,000 pounds of gear into low Earth orbit.

This is Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset

We've been following the development and rumors surrounding Magic Leap's glasses for awhile . Now, we finally have something official: The company revealed the Magic Leap One: Creator Edition headset on Twitter this morning. The mixed-reality glasses will ship in 2018, and while preorders aren't yet open (and there's no price point), you can sign up to be the first to know when it's available.

Amazon Music may soon be part of your car

The integration will make it more convenient for drivers of these vehicles to use Amazon's streaming service instead of its competitors such as Google, Apple, and Spotify, which users still need to access on third-party apps. In a market where there's little to differentiate such streaming services from the rest of the market, such convenience may be the tipping point for drivers who are indecisive — and could convince them to join Amazon Prime.

Why enterprise developers love Node.js

NodeSource CEO Joe McCann explains why N|Solid 3.0 is a faster, more efficient, and scalable upgrade to Node.js.

Do’s and Don’ts Brand Lessons From 2017

Know what you stand for—and stand for it: This is really just a good blanket rule for anyone, but for brands in the age of Trump, it’s pretty much a requirement. That doesn’t mean speaking out on every issue, but it does mean being in touch with your consumers, employees, and stakeholders to know when it’s time to stand your ground. For many brands, particularly in Silicon Valley, the initial immigration ban was that moment. On March 6, Google employees protested the controversial executive order on the tech company’s Mountain View campus. As co-founder Sergey Brin told the crowd, “This is a debate about fundamental values. I hope this energy carries forward in many different ways, beyond what just our company can do, beyond what just companies can do, but as a really powerful force and a really powerful movement.” As my colleague Austin Carr wrote at the time , Google, inspired in part by its community of employees, was announcing what it stood for as a company.

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China’s biggest ride-hailing app, Didi Chuxing, has raised $4 billion in new funding, WSJ reports


The biggest barrier to enterprise AI adoption? Tech pros lack skills needed to implement it

"This year, as businesses strategized how to integrate AI into their operations, they were hampered by a shortage of experts with requisite knowledge of the technology," Chris Mazzei, EY global chief analytics officer, said in the press release. "This serves to demonstrate that successful AI integration is not just about the technology, it's about the people."

The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017

It’s really not that hard to write a science news story, I promise. Some new scientific results come out, you talk to a scientist on the phone and ask them what they did, then you ask a few other people who know about the research if the results made sense. It’s a lot like, well, any other reporting.

I Wore the 'EksoVest' Turning Ford Factory Workers Into Awesome Cyborgs

If you’re like me, lifting your hands above your head for extended periods is an activity solely reserved for roller coasters, really good concerts, or imitating the flailing arm man outside of car dealerships. If you’re more like these assembly workers, building cars for a living, your hands are above your head for hours at a time. In fact, according to Ford, the average worker lifts their arms 4,600 times a day. Back, shoulder, and spine injuries are common, expensive, and can put assemblers out of work for days.

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It's true language is always growing and changing but generally articles don't need to be written to teach native speakers how to adapt to the shift. This is just forced bullshit.

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Bitcoin warnings grow more strident as Singapore urges 'extreme cautio

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - Global financial regulators are beginning to warn the public against the risks of investing in a market that many feel is in a speculative bubble, with Singapore’s central bank on Tuesday urging “extreme caution” about buying cryptocurrencies.

Here's what Samsung's latest budget phones may tell us about the Galaxy S9 | ZDNet

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MIT's automated machine learning works 100x faster than human data scientists

A new automated machine learning system can analyze data and come up with a solution 100x faster than humans, according to a new paper from MIT and Michigan State University. This could potentially help businesses take advantage of machine learning's capabilities in a faster, easier way, while also filling data science talent gaps.

Machine learning and the spectre of the wrong solution | ZDNet

"I think it's inevitable," said Oracle VP for Identity and Cloud Rohit Gupta. "We're already seeing the beginnings of machine learning taking in much more critical form and function, if you will, in today's enterprises, particularly as it relates to anomaly detection. But I think if you talk about the projected scale, when it comes to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of objects, workloads, microservices, that essentially are deployed as part of an organization's distributed fabric, the reality is that applying deterministic approaches where you are writing rules dynamically. . . that approach just doesn't scale."

Blink's new $99 video doorbell cam is a breeze to install | ZDNet

What's appealing about Blink's service across its entire platform is that it doesn't require monthly fees. Each user is given 7,200 seconds -- or two hours -- of video storage on Blink's servers. When the allotment is full, Blink will make room by erasing the oldest footage first. Similar services can cost up to $10 per month.

Kaspersky Lab asks court to overturn US government ban

Kaspersky Lab said Monday it has asked a US federal court to overturn a Trump administration ban on US government use of the Moscow-based cybersecurity company's software, saying the move deprived the company of adequate due process.

'Silicon Valley' actor T.J. Miller accused of sexual assault

We met this woman over a decade ago while studying together in college, she attempted to break us up back then by plotting for over a year before making contradictory claims and accusations. She attempted to discredit both of our voices and use us against one another by trying to portray Kate to be a continuous abuse victim of T.J. (further efforts to hurt the two of us). She was asked to leave our university comedy group because of worrisome and disturbing behavior, which angered her immensely, she then became fixated on our relationship, and began telling people around campus “I’m going to destroy them” & “I’m going to ruin him.” We are confident that a full consideration of accounts from and since that time will shed light and clarity on the true nature of not only this person’s character, and also on the real facts of the matter. We stand together in stating this is nothing more than an unfortunate resurgence of her lies designed to wreak havoc on two happily married people in the public eye. She began again to circulate rumors online once our relationship became public. Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again.

Facebook brings its social VR 'Spaces' to the HTC Vive

Earlier this year, Facebook unveiled Spaces , its inaugural attempt at bringing the social network to VR. And, seeing as Facebook also owns Oculus, it's no surprise that Spaces was a Rift-exclusive at launch. But, just as Facebook is on every platform and device imaginable, the plan for Spaces was always to have it spread far and wide as well. That's why starting today, Facebook is making Spaces available for the HTC Vive, marking the first time the app is going cross-platform.

Hackers have a skyrocketing bitcoin problem

Bitcoin's high price has been both a boon and a curse for hackers who depend on the cryptocurrency to defraud companies and consumers, explains ZDNet's Danny Palmer.

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Samsung’s new A8 and A8 Plus devices feature a dual selfie camera

Samsung has announced the latest Galaxy A models: the A8 and A8 Plus. The A8 has a 5.6-inch AMOLED display, while the A8 Plus is the same but larger, at six inches. Both new devices feature a 16MP and 8MP F/1.9 dual front camera, a 16MP F/1.7 rear camera, an infinity display, a display ratio of 18.5:9, and 32GB or 64GB storage that’s expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card. The A8 comes with 4GB of RAM, while the A8 Plus comes with both 4GB or 6GB of RAM. It’s also dust and water resistance and compatible with Samsung Pay. The devices are the first in Samsung’s A series to support Gear VR.

UPS just pre-ordered 125 Tesla Semis

Phillippi said the 125 trucks will allow UPS to conduct a proper test of their abilities. He said the company was still determining their routes, but the semis will "primarily be in the United States." Tesla will provide consultation and support on charging infrastructure.

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