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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 … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading “Hard to believe, but the FCC may have done something right”</a>

Cybersecurity researchers breach Windows 10 facial recognition with a photo

A facial recognition system is fooled again.

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..

Solange directed SZA's latest music video in the most Solange-way possible

"The Weekend" video is finally here.

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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.

Elon Musk really will launch a Tesla Roadster on the first Falcon Heavy rocket

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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Check out this robot DJ. Even some nightclubs are embracing automation in the workplace:

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

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.

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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 . 

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.”

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Yowza! Mysterious bright light stuns Californians after SpaceX rocket launch


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.

UE Megablast

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

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.)

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Gift this, not that: Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Apple iPhone X:

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.

51 The Truth About Those 'Alien Alloys' in The New York Times' UFO Story
52 Heartland Tech’s 2018 predictions: Seed capital, apprenticeships, and HQ2 publicity stunts
53 These were the priciest purchases on eBay in 2017
54 13 tech products we're most excited for in 2018
55 ​GCHQ 'over-achieved' in hunt for exploits and cyber weapons | ZDNet
56 Star Trek: Bridge Crew is no longer VR-only
57 USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
58 You Should Sous-Vide a Goose This Christmas
59 Amazon just bought a smart-doorbell company—probably to let more packages inside
60 Mashable on Twitter
61 Brands have found a new secret weapon to hit viral gold – their lawyers
62 How to use machine learning to improve customer service
63 3-Ingredient Happy Hour: A Bourbon-y Eggnog "Latte"
64 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
65 Does This Photo Mean Elon Musk Is Serious About Blasting His Personal Tesla Into Space? [Updated]
66 Lifehacker on Twitter
67 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
68 Bitcoin's inevitable plunge is here
69 This AI tried to write Christmas carols, and the results are hilarious
70 7 companies whose stocks surged — then slumped — after jumping on the crypto bandwagon
71 Snake-Like Probe to Get Deepest View Yet Into Damaged Fukushima Reactor
72 Nothing gets in the way of LeBron James finding candy for his daughter
73 Uber messes up Facebook ad by confusing Puerto Rican and Cuban flags
74 It turns most of the seasonal music played during the holidays isn't the classics — it only seems that way
75 Tesla is now taking Semi orders in some European countries — here are all the companies buying the electric truck
76 The OnePlus 6 might be coming in March
77 Amazon fixed the most annoying thing about receiving online orders
78 Uber Wishes Its Followers a Happy Puerto Rican Flag Day With the Cuban Flag [Updated]
79 5G specs approved, sets stage for next-gen business mobility
80 Everyone’s mad about ‘The Last Jedi’ but the Expanded Universe was way worse
81 Uber exec Rachel Holt admits: 'Everything hasn't happened in the right way in the past'
82 Simple Cheat Gives You a Free Extra Life in HQ Trivia, No Friend Code Necessary
83 When you absolutely should not upgrade your iPhone
84 By ditching usernames, OKCupid is removing a crucial protective barrier
85 CNET on Twitter
86 Apple's iPhone slowdown sparks multiple lawsuits
87 Just a sampling of the stuff you hated most in 2017
88 San Francisco's housing shortage is so bad that an $8 billion development is rising on a former nuclear test site — here's what it's like
89 Stephen King Has Some Thoughts on the Failure of The Dark Tower Movie
90 The Holidays Make Us Horny, Google Searches Reveal
91 The situation at San Francisco's sinking skyscraper is so dire, residents are selling their condos at a loss of millions
92 Why augmented reality headsets could soon find a home in the operating theatre | ZDNet
93 Don't Get Conned by Crytocurrency 'Pump and Dump' Scams
94 The People and Things We'll Actually Miss From 2017