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Magic Leap's mixed reality headset is real, and it looks totally steampunk

It's vaporware no more.

The first teaser for Stargate Origins channels Indiana Jones

The show debuts on Stargate Command on February 15th

Bitcoin is inspiring people to do crazy, paranoid things

You can't hide bitcoin in a coffee can in your backyard.

Netflix has renewed its mind-bending sci-fi thriller Dark for a second season

Netflix has officially ordered a second season of its supernatural, German-language series Dark. Just a couple of weeks after the first season premiered, the streaming service says that its "one of...

The 10 best TV shows of 2017 (returning)

Returning shows only – the new ones get their own list.

'Donut County' is a love letter to LA

Trace Ben Esposito's journey from cultural appropriation to fried-dough appreciation.

As ‘PUBG’ finally exits beta, its creators look to the future

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Apple admits it slows older iPhones -- to prevent battery issues

To address that, Apple's iOS software, starting with last year's iOS 10.2.1, included better power management capabilities, the company says. The operating system slows down your device to prevent it from shutting down, Apple says, but only in cases of cold temperature, a low battery charge or very old batteries.

Coinbase halts Bitcoin Cash transactions amidst accusations of insider trading

Coinbase has launched an internal probe to identify whether its employees engaged in insider trading of Bitcoin Cash shortly before the cryptocurrency was officially introduced to the exchange yesterday. Increased trading led to a spike in Bitcoin Cash’s valuation, and just four hours after its introduction, Coinbase suspended trading of the digital currency.

Twitter adds support for app-based two-factor authentication

Twitter is rolling out an update to its platform security that will allow users to employ third-part authentication apps to receive a two-factor login authentication for their Twitter account. Twitter has offered two-factor for a long while now, but it’s used the less secure SMS-based verification method excessively until now.

MoviePass boasts it reached 1 million paid subscribers faster than Netflix and Hulu

The company announced on Wednesday that its surpassed one million paid subscribers. In August, the company changed to a $9.95 per month pricing model, and according to the company, its subscription base since then has increased over 6,500%.

Apple will reportedly unify iOS and macOS apps in 2018

Seven years after Apple released the original iPad , choosing the iPhone’s pared-down operating system over the Mac’s robust version, the company apparently plans to merge the separate platforms’ apps into unified iOS and macOS binaries. According to a report from Bloomberg’s well-sourced Mark Gurman, the next version of macOS — expected to be numbered 10.14 — will be capable of running apps originally developed for iOS devices.

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Elon Musk accidentally shares his cell phone number on Twitter

The GOP net neutrality bill is super vague about internet “fast lanes”

True to her promise from last week, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has introduced net neutrality legislation that would allow Congress to pick up where the FCC left off when it repealed open internet regulations on December 14 . At six and a half pages, Blackburn’s draft bill is a breezy read compared to the 313 pages of FCC regulations it replaces. It’s a lot easier to amend vague points in an old law than to justify a legal interpretation of those vagaries.

Magic Leap One finally revealed: augmented reality goggles coming 2018

Magic Leap has finally revealed the Magic Leap One, its first consumer-orientated augmented reality goggles, are set to release to the public in 2018. After years of hype with very little sign of a product to match, it now seems the company is ready to unleash its AR technology upon the world.

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AT&T is giving $1,000 bonuses to 200,000 employees after tax bill

The 20 Coolest Gadgets of 2017

Another hellish year on this mortal plane is about to come to a conclusion. Soon, hopefully, the abject mediocrity will fade and we’ll forget everything that was boring or bland. Instead, we’ll remember only the very best and the very worst. Being that this is a blog ostensibly about gadgets we felt it was important to remind you of the twenty very best gadgets from this year. Hopefully you’ll remember some of them with fondness as the world grinds on.

The 5 most important tech job trends for 2018

"This year has been good for many—but not all—workers," Chamberlain wrote. "Job seekers who've mastered key skills in data science, software development, and health professions are seeing rising pay and benefits. At the same time, average wages for many remain stubbornly flat. Despite a healthy job market overall, job growth is sharply divided, with tech skills earning a premium and others being left behind by rising artificial intelligence (AI) and automation."

Google says its ads.txt initiative to clean up digital advertising is seeing strong adoption, but new data suggests otherwise

Launched by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Tech Lab in May, ads.txt is an effort aimed at wiping out fraud that's dubbed 'spoofing' by the industry, where unauthorized sellers trick ad buyers into paying for space they are not actually getting. You think you're buying ads on, but you're really buying ads on a no-name website, for instance.

The Founder of Litecoin Says He No Longer Owns Any Litecoin

Currently the fifth most valuable cryptocurrency, Litecoin has enjoyed a massive surge of late: While a single Litecoin traded for approximately $4 in March, theyr’e now listed at over $300 a piece. But in a surprise move, the coin’s founder Charlie Lee announced in a Reddit post early this morning that he had divested his entire stake in Litecoin (except for a few physical Litecoin collectibles), citing an effective conflict of interest.

Massive leak exposes data on 123 million US households

The repository contained massive data sets belonging to Alteryx partner Experian, a consumer credit reporting agency that competes with Equifax, and the US Census Bureau, researchers said. Alteryx apparently purchased the data from Experian's ConsumerView marketing database, a product sold to other companies that contains a combination of publicly available information and more personal data.

Android Nokia 9 squares up to Apple iPhone X with 5.5-inch OLED screen | ZDNet

The Nokia 9 could also provide a chance for HMD Global, which has the exclusive rights to the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets, to fix the shortcomings of the Nokia 8. While the Nokia 8 is a decent smartphone, it lacks features that define true high-end Android phones like Samsung's S8, and doesn't offer full water resistance, an edge-to-edge display, or a slim design.

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Netflix ordered a sequel to its Will Smith fantasy film 'Bright' — making it the first movie franchise in streaming-only history

My Magic Leap skepticism and optimism explained: no matter what this is an important product for our future

4. Even if it’s wildly successful it probably won’t make a real dent in marketshare in the industry. Let’s look at VR. HTC Vive is an amazing product but only sold about a million. Let’s say Magic Leap is 20x more successful. That’s 20 million headsets sold. Drop in the bucket. Apple could sell that many in its first month. Back to FUD. And chances that it’ll sell 20x more than HTC Vive? Possible, but not probable. Why? Well, there are a million early adopters who’ll buy for sure. I’ll be one. But to get to everyday people? You need brand, stores, and make a product that’s safe to buy, er, necessary to buy. We’re a long way from all that and I believe it’ll take many billions to build all that from a standing start. Even if it does exceed all expectations (many of my friends who’ve seen it believe it will) it will face huge, entrenched competitors within three years (Apple, Google, Facebook, Snap, Amazon, and a bunch of Chinese companies are all gearing up their own efforts and, most are spending billions in getting their products ready to get to market).

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Bitcoin’s smaller cousins are leading the crypto rally

Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

Apple is effectively saying that it’s not slowing down older iPhones just to urge people to upgrade to newer devices. Rather, the company says it’s addressing an issue with devices containing older lithium-ion batteries that results in unexpected shutdowns. Because those older batteries are incapable of handling peak current draws with the same effectiveness of iPhones with newer batteries and more efficient processors, they run the risk of the device powering down to prevent damage to its internal components. The same is true of devices running in extremely cold or hot weather, as evidenced by a recent kerfuffle with the iPhone X shutting down randomly in freezing temperatures .

The Best Products of 2017

These 100 gems represent the top 4 percent of the thousands of tech products and services we've tested in the PC Labs this year. If you want to know what to buy this holiday season, here's your list.

10 hard truths about succeeding in IT operations

If you're not meeting your objectives, your future in IT operations - or at least in your current role - is limited. You can't just answer emails and attend meetings all day; you have to exhibit the capability to provide measurable deliverables and achieve specific goals in order for your career to thrive. These should be demonstrable to your management chain (just saying "I kept a bunch of servers from crashing," or "No viruses broke out on the network," won't cut it) and preferably part of or linked to building and developing your skill set.

Developer details Apple HomeKit vulnerability that left locks and cameras open for a month

It’s worth underscoring that Apple’s original pitch for a new HomeKit product ecosystem suggested that it was necessarily incompatible with established home automation products because it was better: engineered to be more private and secure. Just like several prior Apple accessory initiatives (the 30-pin Dock Connector, Lightning Connector, and AirPlay speakers) eliminated compatibility, Apple locked out previously released smart thermostats, locks, and light switches, requiring users to purchase new accessories with extra-secure Apple-approved components. HomeKit was sold on the premise that you could trust your home to Apple — and perhaps not other companies (read: Google) that weren’t as concerned with your privacy.

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This is what those "crypto" companies were all doing before they pivoted to crypto

How to Play Dreidel With Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for Hanukkah

My personal favorite is Google Home/Assistant, which mimics the sound of a spinning top before revealing the result and telling you what it means. However, Amazon Alexa comes pretty close, offering an excited cheer instead of an audio cue along with a quick explanation. Apple’s Siri is the worst, offering a dry result with no extra flair or details. Still, even that is better than nothing.

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Amazon files to trademark 'AmazonTube,' a bad sign for those hoping for Amazon-YouTube reconciliation

Blow to Uber in Europe as top court rules it’s a transport service

Responding to the court’s final verdict today, an Uber spokesperson emailed this statement: “This ruling will not change things in most EU countries where we already operate under transportation law. However, millions of Europeans are still prevented from using apps like ours. As our new CEO has said, it is appropriate to regulate services such as Uber and so we will continue the dialogue with cities across Europe. This is the approach we’ll take to ensure everyone can get a reliable ride at the tap of a button.”

Pokemon Go’s New AR+ Mode Finally Puts Apple’s ARKit to Good Use

More than a year after its initial launch, Pokemon Go is often remembered for its rabid players that overwhelmed parks and swarmed streets looking for cute little pocket monsters. But people tend to forget that Pokemon Go was also many people’s first experience with augmented reality. And while today’s trainer count is down from peak numbers last summer, Pokemon Go creator Niantic says the game’s augmented reality features were noticeably improved thanks to an integration with Apple’s ARKit on iOS.

Windows face recognition fooled by printed photo

However, upgrading to the latest version alone isn't enough. Users will then need to reconfigure Windows Hello Face Authentication afterwards, the researchers wrote. If a user were to update from an older version like 1607 without reconfiguring Hello, then they will still be vulnerable to the attack.

IT pros will need a diverse skill set to be employed in 2020 | ZDNet

It's not enough to master the skills required to do your job today. Keeping up with the rapid pace of technological change and honing a wide range of skills will be essential to future employment in IT.

Apple says slower performance of older iPhones is intentional

A couple of weeks ago, Reddit user TeckFire ran some CPU benchmarks (via Geekbench ) on his iPhone 6 Plus before and after he replaced its battery. He found that CPU performance was significantly better after a battery replacement, which he attributed to Apple slowing down phones with low capacity batteries. A week later, Geekbench's own John Poole wrote a post that pointed to Apple's involvement. In essence, Poole says that Apple introduced code to iOS that limits iPhone performance when battery charge is low, which could be interpreted as a CPU issue leading to users replacing their iPhone instead of their battery. While this may not be Apple's intent in this case, it's not hard to see users being confused and blaming the company for planned obsolescence practices, especially as Apple benefits from user confusion and iPhone upgrades.

NASA's next billion-dollar mission will either visit Saturn's moon Titan or bring back samples of a distant comet

One of the finalists, named Dragonfly, is a lander that would head to Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The other, nicknamed Caesar (full name Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return), would go to the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and collect samples.

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Why Google might be building an ad blocker into chrome

Uber CEO just hired his number two. Yes, it's a man.

Barney is the former CEO of Orbitz. He has deep experience building and managing two-sided marketplaces and has served as an advisor to Uber since October, so you may have already seen him around. He’s spent the last few months learning how Uber works and developing perspectives on how it can work even better in the future, so he’ll hit the ground running in January.

How to adjust your settings to make your screen easier to read

Some individual apps also offer customization. In a desktop browser, for example, you can adjust the Google Docs view setting to "Fit" the screen, or to a specific scaled percentage. On iOS, the Twitter app includes a font size setting (Settings and privacy > Display and sound > adjust slider to suit). On Android, Chrome offers a Text scaling (Settings > Accessibility > adjust Text scaling slider). But customized settings aren't always available across platforms: as of December 2017, Twitter on Android omits app-specific font size controls, as does Chrome on iOS.

Photos: Inside Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM's frozen Nordic datacenters | ZDNet

The Nordic countries' low outside temperatures, cheap power, and stable economies are proving hard for tech giants to resist when it comes to siting new datacenters.

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Password manager maker Keeper sues Ars Technica and reporter Dan Goodin for story on a vulnerability in Keeper software, first highlighted by Google researcher ( @zackwhittaker / ZDNet) … …

You Can Do More Of What You Like At Work And Less Of What You Hate

Bosses love hearing about how you can make them look better. So as much as this is about your quality of life, it’s about doing more for your company. The reason you should give for requesting a meeting isn’t to talk first and foremost about making you happier–it’s to talk about making you more productive. How many other employees do that? This will automatically prime your boss to receive your request with interest, and to work with you on the implementation bit, which will probably take a little while to hammer out if and when they agree to it.

Walmart is reportedly developing a store of the future with no cashiers

Recode also reports that Walmart is testing tech-heavy personal shopping service geared toward higher income "busy" moms. It allows customers to buy products or get recommendations simply by snapping a picture and sending it to the company.

Windows 10: Some of 2018's biggest new features are now available to try

New features that promise to make meaningful changes to Windows have been rolled out to PCs testing early builds of Windows 10 under the Insider program.

Worlds collide: VR and AR in 2018

The future of AR -- or mixed reality as a whole -- is tied to the future of artificial intelligence. As the AI industry advances, developers will be able to pack more power into smaller and more-streamlined headsets, until it's impossible to spot the differences between analog and AR spectacles. Hell, even Facebook (that is, Oculus) is getting in on the AR hardware game, promising to eventually launch a pair of unassuming spectacles capable of projecting new worlds onto our own in everyday situations.

12 tech trends that will define 2018

"Because it changes how votes are collected and minimizes the risk of fraud or manipulation, blockchain technology may be what helps more voices get heard in government matters and policy decisions," they wrote. "By the 2018 midterm elections, we may just see an end to paper ballots altogether."

Chinese clothing company sues Apple over App Store logo | Cult of Mac

Kon says that it owns the trademark to its logo, which is similar to Apple’s, only with squared-off, rather than rounded edges. It is demanding that Apple publicly apologizes for infringing on Chinese copyright law, and also that it pays damages. The case has been accepted by the Beijing People’s Court, and a judgement is likely to be made soon.


‘Password,’ ‘Monkey’ and the Other Terrible Passwords We Choose

“Hackers know your tricks, and merely tweaking an easily guessable password does not make it secure,” Morgan Slain, SplashData’s chief executive, said in a news release. “Our hope is that our Worst Passwords of the Year list will cause people to take steps to protect themselves online.”

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Want To Guarantee Net Neutrality? Join Peer-To-Peer, Community-Run Internet

[Photo: NYC Mesh] To start, those who want to be a part of People’s Open Network can buy a cheap, off-the-shelf dual-band router that the group has programmed with open-source mesh software. Once plugged in, it works as both a wireless hotspot and a router. If it’s in range of another router on the mesh network, it automatically connects. But until the network is big enough, people are using the routers differently–continuing to pay a traditional internet service provider, and sharing a little of their bandwidth with others in range. If a volunteer wants to take the next step, they can install an “extender” node on their roof or in a window, pointed at another node in the network.

Odds alien life exists are boosted by the oldest fossils found on Earth

The surface of planet Earth 3.5 billion years ago was probably quite unpleasant, to put it mildly. There were frequent volcanic eruptions, almost no oxygen and higher chances than today of getting bombarded by large asteroids. Yet somehow a diverse group of life forms was already alive and kicking here, despite such seemingly inhospitable conditions, leading some scientists to presume that the same thing almost surely has happened on other planets as well.

'Pokémon Go' just took its augmented reality effects to the next level

The game's augmented reality effects just got a huge upgrade, thanks to Apple's ARKit technology. The update, which is rolling out on iOS this week, promises to make catching Pokémon much more immersive and, potentially, challenging.

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