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50 actually nice things that happened in 2017

It wasn't ALL trash.

Hulu's 'Puppies Crash Christmas' video is best holiday gift

This video of pooches wrecking a fully decorated holiday room will bring your whole family together.

Why 4K isn't enough: The case for higher resolutions

A 4K TV gives you more than 8 million pixels. You might think that's plenty. But other tech needs even more.

Spotify gets Ed Sheeran to destroy a look-alike for Christmas

Commentary: To celebrate the ginger-headed crooner being its most streamed artist, Spotify confronts him with Ginger Ed Man.

At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment

A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.

Nanoscale nativity scene can fit on a human eyelash

Pope Francis received his own copy of the world's smallest nativity, based on a real full-size Christmas scene.

These are the best Christmas episodes to watch this weekend

From delightful to depressing.

LED Christmas Tree Is Perfect Holiday Build

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Huawei signs AI mobile agreement with Baidu | ZDNet

Huawei and Baidu will work together on developing and building an open AI mobile ecosystem, including devices, technology, internet services, and content.

Making thoughtful software design a mainstream business practice | ZDNet

There's plenty of pressure on software developers and designers to push things out the door as fast as possible, and between requirements meetings with users, coding, integration and testing, there's precious little time to sit back and consider the ramifications on overall design. Perhaps there needs to be more thought given to what becomes important piece of the developer experience, and ultimately, the user or customer experience. Jonas Downey, a designer at Basecamp, puts it this way : perhaps it's a good idea to "move slowly and fix things."

Genes to geoengineering: 4 science stories to watch in 2018

The past year saw breakthroughs that changed how we see and feel the universe at the largest scales and also could revolutionize how we manipulate the tiniest bits of our own bodies to heal ourselves. But 2018 looks to be one heck of a follow-up year to 2017 when it comes to science. From opening new fronts in the battle to slow climate change to becoming much closer to our computers, here are four areas that're sure to advance in the next 12 months.

Ethereum: An explainer

Dan Guido, co-Founder and CEO of Trail of Bits, explains how Ethereum works and why the application-based cryptocurrency is rapidly-emerging as a Bitcoin alternative.

Ex-banker cheerleads his way to cryptocurrency riches

But two securities lawyers told Reuters they believed that some of Silbert’s social media postings about the price of ethereum classic could draw the attention of U.S. regulators. Although the digital coins are not considered securities, Silbert is chief executive of Grayscale, a DCG subsidiary that offers an ethereum-classic investment fund whose shares are securities, according to Grayscale’s website. The attorneys said his postings on price and the “pro tip” he gave to one investor could raise red flags with regulators who enforce federal securities and commodities laws and rules that prohibit price manipulation.

The most popular stories of 2017

If you want the best Android experience possible, our advice has usually been to buy Google. That was the case again in 2017, as we reviewed Google's latest smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Hardware-wise, Google failed to push the envelope. Software, on the other hand? As Ron Amadeo put it, the Pixel phones sport "a killer software package that no other Android OEM can touch. It's got a great camera, the best Android UI performance, and three years of day-one OS updates packaged with hardware that's "good enough" for the high-end of the market.

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.

Facebook says its age-based recruitment ads aren't discriminatory

US law forbids discrimination in employment based on age, race, gender and other legally protected characteristics. That said, simply showing certain job ads to different age groups on services like Facebook or Google may not in itself be discriminatory — just as it can be OK to run employment ads in magazines and on TV shows targeted at younger or older people. What matters is that marketing is broadly based and inclusive, not simply focused on a particular age group. In addition, certain employers want to attract retirees, or recruit for jobs with specific age restrictions like the military or airline pilots.

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Apple developing advanced heart monitor for new Apple Watch: Report | ZDNet

Behind the walls of Cupertino, a version of the Apple Watch being tested requires users to squeeze the frame with two fingers to send a weak electrical current to the heart to pick up signals, the report said.

UE Blast is a compact wireless speaker that gives you Alexa on the go

However, there's a big downside to not buying the Power Up charging base: It's actually a little bit of a pain to access the USB charging port. The speakers have a threaded tripod mount on the top, which is cool, but you have to unscrew and take off the flap (which keeps moisture out) to access the charging port. If you plan on using these primarily inside your home, the charging base seems like more of a must-have accessory, which adds to the total price of the speaker.

How CNET tests phones

The process is straightforward -- but that doesn't mean it's easy. We rate phones based on major categories like design, features, performance, camera quality, battery life, waterproofing and how well they compare to other devices in their field. We come to the final rating using a blend of benchmarks, procedural testing and real-life observation accumulated from using these devices day-to-day.

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.

Analytics in 2018: AI, IoT and multi-cloud, or bust | ZDNet

In this year's predictions roundup for data and analytics, we find that AI, IoT, and the "multi-cloud" concept are all the rage. But cautions around data governance/regulation and irrational AI exuberance subdue the mood.


Sometimes called the the "fourth industrial revolution", new technologies like AI and automation are radically changing both the IT and general job market. Bill Detwiler and Dan Patterson discuss the findings of a 2018 IT jobs report produced by TechRepublic and ZDNet's sister site Tech Pro Research.

Sound is the next frontier for virtual reality | ZDNet

It's not just about frame-rate and resolution. Music is playing an increasingly important role in virtual reality and augmented reality development.

How to explain AI to your family over the Christmas turkey

Some people – Elon Musk in particular – are worried that we’re heading down a path towards super-intelligent robots that could eventually decide they know better than we do, and use their skills to kill us all. Or something like that. There’s no imminent threat, but Musk might have a point. If we’re going to give machines human-like abilities, many people think we should be seriously thinking about how we make sure they don’t end up using those abilities to harm us. But for the time being, there’s probably no danger that your your washing machine will turn sentient and kill all your family. Probably.

The rapid rise and even faster fall of an HQ trivia champion

Better known by his username “AllanG,” Gibbons is an HQ trivia celebrity, born from his knack for dominating the game show's daily competitions. The 28-year-old radio DJ from Owen Sound, Canada has earned more than $870 from the nine games he's won and has sat at the top of the all-time leaderboard for about two months.

Net Neutrality: What is it and why should you care?

In the effort to maintain an open internet, some think we need more government intervention while others trust the free market to keep the big telecoms in check.

Finally, an audiophile-worthy Bluetooth portable headphone amp

Wired connectivity runs to a Micro-USB input and 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm headphone jacks -- more on that 2.5mm jack later in this review. Over the USB input the BlueDAC supports up to 24-bit/384kHz PCM and DSD high resolution file playback. If you prefer wireless operation, the BlueDAC features aptX Bluetooth, but with iPad's and iPhones Bluetooth, it's limited to AAC audio. When the BlueDAC is in Bluetooth mode, it powers down its USB circuitry, and CEntrance claims you get 20 hours of playtime; in USB mode, eight hours.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' toys for re-enacting the movie

When folded up, this $200 (about £155 or AU$255) Mega Star Destroyer Force Link set is actually a BB-8. But unfold it like this, and you have a re-creation of Supreme Leader Snoke's ship, complete with interactive areas when certain toys are placed in specific rooms. For instance, take Luke Skywalker into certain rooms while wearing a Force Link wristband, and Stormtroopers will demand his arrest. Take Kylo Ren there, and they'll bow to him.

How blockchain technology could prevent fake news from spreading

Blockchain has to do with trust—or the lack of trust—which makes it great for the media industry. TechRepublic's Dan Patterson met with James Del, publisher of tech news site Futurism, to discuss how publishers can use blockchain technology to verify news content, streamline advertising, and rapidly adjust to trends.

Reveling in the heavyweight sound of the SVS SB-4000 subwoofer

I moved on to recordings that didn't make big demands on the SB-4000. When I played Spoon's "Hot Thoughts" CD, the sub helped the 3020 speakers project a larger and deeper soundstage. I tested it further by turning off the SB-4000 and running just the 3020s. Right away the sound space seemed markedly smaller. Then turning on the sub didn't just add more bass, the SB-4000 enlarged the soundstage. I've noted the same effect with other top-quality subwoofers over the years.

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Fitbit Aria 2 WiFi smart scale hands-on: Accurate, convenient weight tracking designed to help you achieve your goals

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Ranging in topics from diversity in the tech industry to the drama around securing a CRISPR patent, these are the best books @techreview editors read this year. 

New Facebook tool reveals if your account was a cog in the Russian propaganda machine

A new Facebook tool allows users to see just how vulnerable they were to Russian propaganda during the 2016 election. The tool, conveniently tucked away in Facebook’s Help Center, scans past posts in an attempt to link them to known propaganda Pages, some of which have since been deleted.

Asus' new RT-AC86U router gives speed, security and control

Easily connect new devices via WPS or turn your router on and off without have to log in or unplug it.

How to Get Unlimited Zoom On Any iPhone Photo

Apple only allows you to zoom so far into photos in iOS, but thanks to an odd bug in the latest versions of its operating system, there is a way to get unlimited zoom on your iPhone. Here are the steps to follow.

Now you know what Control Center's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it's "disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow". The same goes for Bluetooth.

Writing GUI apps using the Red Programming Language

After trying (and failing) to wrap “executable” ducktape around a Python script using PyInstaller on Windows, The class of programming languages which now usually pique my interest have the following attributes:

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2017 in review: iPhone 10th anniversary, Samsung Note rebound, solid cheap smartphones | ZDNet

2017 was the year of small bezels and big screens, removal of home buttons, and the headphone jack. Apple celebrated 10 years of the iPhone while others released phones a fifth the price of the new iPhone X.

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This Surface Pro killer compromises on performance

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Are Hex's Star Wars iPhone cases better than OtterBox's?

British Cops Want to Use AI to Spot Porn—But It Keeps Mistaking Desert Pics for Nudes

London’s Metropolitan Police believes that its artificial intelligence software will be up to the task of detecting images of child abuse in the next “two to three years.” But, in its current state, the system can’t tell the difference between a photo of a desert and a photo of a naked body.

How to Get Your Money Out of Bitcoin

According to Coinbase , it’s a simple process that can be done in your web browser or with the official app. On the web, log in to your account and then head to the “Sells” page. Enter the amount of money you want to remove, the Wallet you’re taking it from, and the account you’re sending it to. Then confirm everything and hit “Sell” to finish the transaction.

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How to Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper on Your Mac

The creation of the animated GIF has changed my life for forever. I use GIFs so often people are convinced that I have a stockpile of GIFs on my phone and computer. Both of which are true. Now, you will be hard pressed to find a person that completely hates animated GIFs, which is why they would make for perfect computer desktop backgrounds.

Dubsmash: Scaling To 200 Million Users With 3 Engineers - Dubsmash Tech Stack | StackShare

Before ingesting their data into the pipeline, our mobile clients are aggregating events internally and, once a certain threshold is reached or the app is going to the background, sending the events as a JSON blob into the stream. In the past we had workers running that continuously read from the stream and would validate and post-process the data and then enqueue them for other workers to write them to BigQuery. However, we discovered after some time that the custom Python implementation for those workers was dropping up to 5% of the events. This was mostly due to the nature of how reading happens with Kinesis: every stream has multiple shards (ours up to 50!) and each reading client would use a so-called shard iterator to keep track of where it was reading last. Since the used machines could always crash, be recycled, or scaled down, we needed to save those shard iterators in some serialized format to Redis and share them across machines and process boundaries. Since we had so many shards, every once in awhile we would skip events and hence lose them.

How to Tell If Your iPhone Battery Is Screwed and What You Can Do About It

While Apple’s fix is reasonable, it could have approached the issue a lot differently and to less anger from customers. As Wired noted , Apple hides information about how long their lithium-ion batteries last deep in documentation, and it similarly chose not to notify users that it was throttling their devices. Apple also led the charge towards unibody phone designs that make it rather difficult to replace smartphone batteries—on a device like my old Samsung Galaxy S5, replacing the battery could be done in less than 10 seconds by popping off the cover on the back. It’s only recently that the idea of being able to replace your own smartphone battery easily has seemed strange.

Theranos Just Got a $100 Million Christmas Miracle

Theranos has so far failed to gain FDA approval for at least one of its proposed new tests. It has also been downplaying what was once its hallmark, the ability to conduct blood tests on very small ‘fingerstick’ samples.

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iOS 11 Jailbreak Update: Saurik Reveals He Is Working with 'People from past Jailbreaks'

What is going on right now is simply that the entire concept of an iOS 11 “jailbreak” is an incredibly sketchy house of cards, and the people who are assembling it (using an off-the-shelf exploit from Ian Beer, so like… I have no reliance on them: I can release my own jailbreak) all hate me and hate Cydia and are just taking every single opportunity to poke at me and make my life more annoying.

Elac Adante AS-61

The Elac Adante AS-61 is a high-end standmount speaker which features a three-way design and an exquisite finish.

The Google Santa Tracker is back! See Santa delivering presents in real time

For 13 years now, Google's Santa Tracker - using data from NORAD, a US / Candadian aerospace warning and control system - has been a great way to check up on Saint Nick and learn a few things in the process.

iOttie's iPhone X wireless car charger gets one-day price chop

The Qi Wireless Fast Charge Car Mount usually costs $50, but it's down to $35 as an Amazon "deal of the day."

The best iPhone VR apps and games we've seen in 2017

There's nothing like a little outdoor exploration. But then again, there's nothing like exploring the outdoors from within your fancy VR headset. That's exactly what you'll do while playing Trail World VR, a fun and easy exploration game available now for Google Cardboard on iOS. 

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California's Thomas Fire Is Now the Largest Wildfire in Official State History

Southern California’s Thomas fire is now officially the largest in modern state history, Cal Fire announced late Friday night, after surpassing the 273,000-plus acre Cedar fire from 2003.

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