Aliens over LA? No, this incredible sight is a SpaceX Falcon 9
Southern California is reporting that someone broke a hole in the sky. That someone is a giant rocket.
Hard to believe, but the FCC may have done something right
In the wake of voting to do away with net neutrality, the FCC—every netizen’s favorite kicking bag—may have done something good. The agency hit Sinclair Broadcast Group with a $13.4 million fine for running sponsored content as news. As Variety reports, Sinclair’s network of local news stations ran stories about Jon Huntsman Sr.’s cancer foundation without disclosing that the …
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Turn a Car Into a Game Controller
The CAN bus has become a staple of automotive engineering since it was introduced in the late ’80s, but in parallel with the spread of electronic devices almost every single piece of equipmen…
Watch SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 rocket launch for 2017
SpaceX is launching its last mission of 2017 later today, with a planned launch window of 5:27 PM PST (8:27 PM EST). The mission is for client Iridium, and..
Apple in 2018: The 4 biggest things that may impact businesses
Predictions are a tricky business, but Mac expert Erik Eckel is undeterred. After reading the tea leaves, he reveals four truths he believes 2018 has in store for Apple users.
This crypto-mining Android malware is so demanding it burst a smartphone | ZDNet
The malware has a self-defense feature that enables it to reach a command-and-control server for a list of apps that that could detect it, such as legitimate antivirus apps. If a targeted security app is launched, the malware displays a "malware detected" alert and asks if the user wants to uninstall it. In fact, the victim has little choice but to agree to uninstall the app as the message is shown in a loop that won't disappear until give in.
Facebook tool lets you see if you followed the Russians
While this is useful to an extent (where was this 15 months ago?), it doesn't actually tell you what, if any, fake news from the Agency you were actually exposed to, leaving that part of this whole mess still something of a mystery. Thanks to the way Facebook works, you don't have to be following one of these pages to have been exposed to something like, say, a meme of Jesus boxing Hillary.
Apple's iPhone slowdown sparks multiple lawsuits
After years of complaints from consumers that their iPhones seem slower once a new model is released, Apple on Wednesday disclosed it was indeed slowing the performance of some older iPhones under particular circumstances. When batteries age, become very cold or operate at low power, their currents can spike when the phone's computer tries to hit higher speeds. Rather than having a phone shut down automatically to protect itself, Apple said that last year it tweaked its iOS software for some older iPhones so they slow down instead.
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Amazon just acquired smart home startup Blink
Blink offers wireless home security systems, powered by batteries rather than needing to be plugged into an electric outlet. One camera unit sells for $99 on Amazon. A three-camera set costs $229 on Amazon.
Opera now blocks attackers from hijacking your browser for mining Bitcoin
Opera will help protect users' CPU capacity by blocking outside cryptocurrency mining in their browser. A new feature called NoCoin—part if the Opera 50 Beta RC—blocks cryptocurrency mining scripts in the same way a browser may block ads, Opera wrote in a blog post .
iPhone Batterygate: The environmental cost of the smartphone explosion | ZDNet
Yes, some extra bulk will almost certainly be added as a result of such changes. But we need to look past the basic aesthetics and more about how we as human beings play into the health of our planet and what kind of place we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.
Seven end-of-year maintenance tips for Apple machines
Maintaining your Apple computers is an ongoing process. If you've been too busy to complete big systems maintenance projects, now is a good time of year to cross those IT tasks off your to-do list.
Snowden's new Android app turns your cheap smartphone into a home security system
Even the best digital security practices are often undone by sloppy physical security. An unreadable 40 character password, after all, is only as secure as the office containing the Post-it note you wrote it on.
Largest U.S. Bitcoin exchange halts trading as cryptocurrencies plummet
This "high traffic" is largely in reference to activity in the Bitcoin market. Bitcoin is the world's highest-valued currency, as one Bitcoin hit nearly $20,000 this December.
This secret HQ trivia cheat will earn you one extra life
Step 1. Open the HQ trivia app. Well, no, download the app if you haven't yet, and then open it. (Please use my referral code "kerrymflynn" if you're a first-time user.)
How to clean your gas cooktop without harsh chemicals
Remove the grates that cover the burners. Check your cooktop manual to see if your grates are dishwasher safe; if so, clean them in there. Otherwise, wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse and let them dry completely.
This is the best-sounding portable Alexa-enabled speaker
The Blast is very similar to the Boom 2, but UE says the Megablast has been completely redesigned from the "ground up" and is equipped with new drivers that deliver enhanced sound with a top volume that's 40 percent louder than the Megaboom's. It weighs in at 2.8 pounds or 1.3kg, while the smaller Blast tips the scales at 1.4 pounds or 0.64kg. That's a 2X difference for those keeping score.
E-book readers: A buyer's guide | ZDNet
Storage capacity varies on e-readers, and most don't have external storage support so you're stuck with what's on the device. This isn't likely to be an issue unless you want to take advantage of the very latest Kindle feature -- audiobook support, because audio requires much more storage capacity than text. If you're happy with text alone, then 4GB of storage will hold about 3,000 books. Importantly, all of the books you've bought are stored in the cloud, so they don't all need to be on your device at the same time.
Snowden's new app protects you from kidnappers. Or maids.
Haven, an app backed by Edward Snowden, turns an Android device into something like a baby monitor on steroids, or the world's most paranoid nanny-cam.
4 touch controls for the Google Home Mini you need to know
A few weeks later, and Google is slowly adding touch controls back to the Home Mini, albeit in limited form. Here's what you can do:
Google Home Max: Big and loud | ZDNet
After unboxing the Home Max and connecting it to power, setup was done in the Google Home app on my iPhone X. The app automatically found the speaker and walked me through the setup process. A couple taps and a software update later, I was able to start talking with Google Assistant.
Photos: The top 18 smartphones of 2017
This year saw the release of several hyped-up, long-awaited smartphones. Here are the best of the best, as determined by TechRepublic.
Get a first look at Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk's huge new rocket
The next big thing from Musk's commercial rocket company SpaceX has been unveiled at Cape Canaveral ahead of its planned inaugural launch in January.
Why Hyperledger could be the future of blockchain for business
Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf explains how blockchain-based smart contracts will transform nearly every industry.
Tipping point: 2017 was a record-shattering year for robotics | ZDNet
The growth is likely to continue in 2018, and my prediction is that it will also be the year that consumers begin seeing robots in the wild -- at work in places like hospitals, hotels, and restaurants, which are the latest sectors to begin experimenting with automation. The robots will still be a novelty, something to take a photo of, but not for long.
The 100 Most Popular Gizmodo Posts of 2017
What a year, huh? While Facebook snooped on your family secrets, Trump tweeted us deeper into disaster, and various foreign objects were being pulled out of unsuspecting people’s heads, there was some joyous things to behold too. Like a hand-squeezed Juicero bag, or a flat Earther trying to go to space to prove a point. The new iPhone also happened! Take a journey into a time you’re going to miss next year. These are the 100 most popular Gizmodo posts from 2017 according to Google Analytics.
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We're going to need more lithium https://bloom.bg/2l0Xv16 pic.twitter.com/ApVUn6Jfjp
How to custom-fit your images for the lock screen with Windows 10's Photos app
Since that time, I've received all kinds of feedback and questions about using images as the lock screen background. One question that has popped up quite frequently refers to the way Windows automatically crops user photos that are set as the lock screen background on a wide screen monitor. Most often folks complain that when they set their own pictures as the lock screen background from the Lock Screen tab, as shown in Figure A , Windows crops out the main focus of their photo.
How to clean up and organize macOS Mail
It's a good time of year to organize your Mac's Mail. With just a little effort, your mailboxes can be tidied up and ready for the new year.
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
A legal spat between two Chinese companies focusing on self-driving cars echoes the heated battle currently under way in the U.S. between @Waymo and @Uber . https://trib.al/ON3D6hU
The difference between Bitcoin and Ethereum explained
Bitcoin and Ethereum are based on the same foundational concept of a global distributed ledger that everyone has access to and validates new transactions on. However, Bitcoin is used for value transfer, while Ethereum is a new way to develop applications. Instead of validating and sharing the transfer of tokens between two parties, Ethereum tracks the state between applications, Guido said. That shared state allows developers to write applications instead of providing someone with a token.
CNN pulls the plug on its daily Snapchat show
But the show just wasn't worth it for CNN. One of the reasons it cancelled the show was "there wasn’t a clear enough path to make money," people familiar with the matter told WSJ. Previously, Snap offered CNN and other media companies licensing fees, but Snap is looking to change that program and instead require partners to fund their own ventures. Discover partners make a cut from ads in their channels.
Robot growing pains: Two U.S. factories show tensions of going digital
COLUMBUS, Ind. (Reuters) - When Sandy Vierling took a job at a new robot-packed factory her company built just a few miles from an older plant where she made automotive exhaust systems, she crossed into the future of manufacturing in the United States.
Elon Musk shows off the Tesla Roadster that SpaceX will send beyond Mars
This will be the inaugural flight of the Falcon Heavy, a rocket that SpaceX has been planning for years. The successor to the Falcon 9 , it’s essentially (and simply put) three boosters strapped together, all of which will add enough thrust to make it the most powerful rocket in the world. It will give SpaceX the ability to send bigger payloads to space while also helping the company push farther out into the Solar System.
Google poaches a key Apple chip designer
Whatever Bruno works on, it's evident that Google is committed to giving its phones (and possibly other devices) hardware that stands out. It's not hard to see why it would go that route. Up until the Pixel 2, Google's Pixel and Nexus phones only occasionally stood out hardware-wise and frequently used parts you could find in competing models. You bought them mainly for the software (such as pure Android or the Pixel's HDR+ camera mode), and any hardware perks were just gravy. If Google can design chips that are genuinely faster or more efficient than what you find in competing products, you may have a good reason to choose a Pixel even if you only care about raw performance.
Samsung Could Make $22 Billion Off Next Year's iPhones - Slashdot
The recently released iPhone X was Apple's first phone to feature an OLED display, rather than an LCD panel. Samsung, on the other hand, has been using OLED displays in its phones for quite some time. Currently Samsung holds a near monopoly on the world's manufacturing of OLED screens. As a result, Apple had little choice but to turn to its rival for this type of screen. This isn't the first deal of its kind. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple bought 60 million OLED displays from Samsung, apparently for what would later become the iPhone X. According to the report, Apple's next order is up to four times larger than this previous order. Demand is so high that Samsung considered opening a new manufacturing plant to process Apple's order, the report said, but has been able to manufacture enough of the panels to fill Apple's order.
Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet's executive chairman
“Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition,” Schmidt said. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving. In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work.”
USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
Yowza! Mysterious bright light stuns Californians after SpaceX rocket launch https://usat.ly/2D0EDXt pic.twitter.com/XpHaHLPhbD
Amazon acquires connected camera and doorbell startup Blink
Amazon is clearly interested in owning more of the connected home space, after having tremendous success in the bourgeoning market via products like its Alexa smart speaker. This should have rivals including Ring and Alphabet-owned Nest worried, since between its own offerings and now Blink’s, it has a lot to offer consumers in terms of cost and convenience benefits.
Russian hackers have been targeting journalists since 2014
The revelations that a hacking group that's been linked to Russian intelligence has been going after political journalists both abroad and in the United States is just additional fodder for reports that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 US elections. The group is already known for hacking and disseminating emails from the DNC.
How to see which Russia-backed links you 'liked' on Facebook, Instagram
A new tool that simply pastes into a browser reveals which content users of the social network may have unknowingly boosted as part of a Kremlin-linked campaign to interfere with the US presidential election.
The UE Megablast looks similar to the company's popular Megaboom Bluetooth speaker but is WiFi-enabled, has Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built-in and features better sound.
This affordable Instant Pot cooks delicious food for less
The Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1 V3 multicooker has lots of the same features you find in the company's premium pressure cookers.
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After a 7,500% rally, cryptocurrency founder sells all his coins https://bloom.bg/2kKR7vw pic.twitter.com/IICaNT1nmC
THE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow user growth amid a fierce price war
In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine where the wireless industry stands as a result of the price war and uptick in data demand from consumers. We also look at how technological advancements and the adoption of new product lines could incentivize the next wave of revenue growth for telecoms. Finally, we explore potential barriers to carriers' growth, and examine which of the Big Four carriers are poised to lead the pack.
What the rich bought on eBay in 2017
The e-commerce site’s biggest-ticket items include Kurt Cobain's guitar and a rare Art Deco radio. If you were rich, you might indulge yourself too.
You Can Try Tidal for Free for 12 Days Beginning December 25
Announced today, Tidal is going to offer a free trial for its Premium and Hi-Fi services, which will be available for 12 days. It begins on December 25 and runs until January 5. During that time, you will be able to try out either the Premium tier, which offers “standard sound quality,” or the Hi-Fi option, which boasts “lossless High Fidelity sound quality.” That Hi-Fi tier is the primary reason to sign up for Tidal, if you care about audio quality at all.
Walk through the last Concorde that ever flew
Forget the spacious lie-flat seats that are the standard in airline premium classes today. Concorde's seats were as narrow as today's economy class seats with marginally better legroom. But for a three and a half-hour transatlantic flight with fine dining and drink, no one really cared. The fabric and color of the seats changed a few times with the last design in an understated blue that was partly leather. (If you visit, be sure out check out the bright orange seat design from the 1970s in the exhibit.)
Forbes Tech News on Twitter
Gift this, not that: Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Apple iPhone X: http://on.forbes.com/6013DHCgZ pic.twitter.com/teBO1DY6pd
Buy an iPhone 8 on Sprint, get one free, until 2018
Or, if you'd rather take a savings, you'll be able to knock $300 off the bill of the same iPhone 8 or even an iPhone X when you trade in your old device. Those trade-in savings keep pace with November's Black Friday deals, and with other carrier offers during this holiday crush.
Crock-Pot Express looks cool bringing the heat to Instant Pot
Sleek and classy for an electric pressure cooker, the Crock-Pot Express really puts the heat on Instant Pot's kitchen game.