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20 things that will be 20 years old in 2018

Let the nostalgia begin.

Everything you need to know about the internet's new obsession with eating Tide pods

We really don't deserve net neutrality.

2017 was the year women took back their own narratives

The year that the pussy grabbed back.

The best games of 2017

It had just turned April when we declared that 2017 was a great year for video games. The post-holiday quarter is usually fairly quiet for new releases, but in...

GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb’s top 10 games of 2017

This has been such a spectacular year for games, and that affected me in an unintuitive way. As I was putting together this list, I wasn't sure if I would have 10 games to fill it out with. Now, to be clear, I've liked way more than 10 games this year, but I just wasn't sure if I loved them all enough to enshrine them below.

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Apple apologizes for slowing down iPhones with older batteries

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

Apple Apologizes Over iPhone Batteries and Performance, Will Offer Limited Time Battery Replacements for $29

While Apple’s efforts, which included a new feature it launched a year ago to stop older iPhones from randomly shutting down, may be an attempt to keep iPhones in the hands of customers longer, it was simply not communicated well at all. And, with data that proved older iPhones were getting slower as they aged, and with conspiracy theories stating as much for years, the perfect storm caught on just before the end of 2017.


Metal Gear is a series full of twists, but to call the Colonel’s glitchy freakout near the end of Metal Gear Solid 2 a mere twist doesn’t do the sheer weight of the sequence justice. After learning to trust and rely on Colonel Campbell for your main mission objectives two games in a row, you discover the person Raiden has been talking to this whole time was an AI based on the real Colonel. But it's the leadup to the reveal that makes it so eerie. Once Raiden is cut loose from captivity inside Arsenal Gear, naked and alone and desperately in need of guidance, the Colonel — for the first time — isn’t there for you. Where he once fed you useful information, his codec calls are suddenly full of nonsense. In one of Metal Gear’s many fourth wall-breaking moments, he even starts urging you to turn off your game console. But it gets weirder, from his eerie skull face and disjointed voice to the original Metal Gear clips that flash during calls to a live action video clip of a woman in the upper corner that feels unsettlingly at odds with the tone of the level. It’s a chaotic sequence that catches you completely off guard.

Smartwatches were finally worth our time this year

Adel Ejjeh, 27, swapped his Fitbit Blaze for an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE last month. The Apple Watch "is as good as the Fitbit, or maybe even better" for fitness tracking, he says. But the University of Illinois Ph.D. student now uses his smartwatch to place calls and send texts when he forgets his phone or steps out of the office to grab a coffee. Ejjeh credits the switch mainly to brand loyalty (he also has an iPhone and a Mac), but says the cellular feature is worth the $10 more each month on his phone plan.

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6 Softbank acquires large stake in Uber

The offer comes at a critical time for Uber. The company has struggled for months with lawsuits, a CEO takeover, and a host of internal struggles. On top of that, Uber has been losing competition to rivals like Lyft in the US and Grab and Didi Chuxing in Asia. In fact, Softbank is an investor in several of those competitors as well. When asked if that would be a problem for Uber, board member Arianna Huffington said in October that "This is not marriage; this is a business." A few months ago, Uber agreed to limit the power of former CEO Travis Kalanick in order to sweeten the deal for Softbank.

SoftBank Succeeds in Tender Offer for Large Stake in Uber

Uber investors and employees tendered shares equal to about 20% of the company in an offer by a SoftBank-led consortium that values Uber at $48 billion—a roughly 30% discount to its most recent valuation of about $68 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

So much bokeh: Check out CNET's favorite portrait photos

My co-worker and multimedia producer for CNET en Español  Marta Franco  looks amazing in this portrait. By the way, she is one of the most well-read people in the world. This photo is hilarious and was taken during our Halloween party at CBS Interactive. The entire female team from CNET en Español dressed up as Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroes. We had a great time choosing the colors, make up combinations and dying the wigs. Marta looks simply stunning in this portrait taken with the iPhone X.

How to install SpiderOak One on Ubuntu and use it from the command line

If you're using SpiderOak One on Linux, you have command line options available. This means you can use the cloud sync tool on a headless Linux server. However, you do have to set up your SpiderOak One account from within the GUI tool. You can set that up on a desktop and then migrate over to your headless server, install the software with the same commands as above, and make use of the SpiderOak One command line options. Using SpiderOak One from the command line is pretty simple, and is relegated to a few commands. The first command will setup the account on the server:

The future of Apple in the enterprise: 3 factors to watch

Apple's future is in the office. TechRepublic's Jason Hiner details the tentpole technologies that will position the company as an enterprise powerhouse.

Team Trump tried to diss Obama in its website code, but couldn't even get that right

Team Trump tried to diss Obama in its website code, but couldn't even get that right

Software updates for workstations and mobile devices: How to stay safe and sane

The most efficient way is using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to distribute core OS updates. This reduces network load by only downloading updates from Microsoft once and distributing those updates to each system on the network from your local server. For laptops and prebuilt PCs, vendor-supplied software such as HP Support Assistant and Lenovo System Update can be used to automatically check for updates to Intel ME or AMD PSP, system BIOS and firmware, and hardware drivers. Apps installed via the Microsoft Store can be updated through that interface, though most other applications like Firefox and Chrome have their own internal update mechanism that operates when the programs are launched.

Tim Cook gets a pay raise amid better iPhone profits

While better sales are good news for Apple, the company also believes it means that Cook's security could be at risk. So the iPhone maker now wants Cook to fly private for "all business and personal travel," according to the filing. Cook isn't the first Apple CEO to use a private jet for air travel. The late Steve Jobs was gifted with a Gulfstream V airplane by the Cupertino-based company " in recognition of his service to the company ."

The 4 most important tech disruptions of the year

From predictive analytics to the proliferation of connected devices, TechRepublic's Jason Hiner explains how 2017's big tech innovations will impact the future of IT and business technology.

Engineers create plants that glow

The researchers’ early efforts at the start of the project yielded plants that could glow for about 45 minutes, which they have since improved to 3.5 hours. The light generated by one 10-centimeter watercress seedling is currently about one-thousandth of the amount needed to read by, but the researchers believe they can boost the light emitted, as well as the duration of light, by further optimizing the concentration and release rates of the components.


The South Korean government announced new cryptocurrency regulations today, which led to a 12 percent and eight percent drop in bitcoin and ethereum prices, respectively. After the US and Japan, South Korea is the world's third largest market for cryptocurrencies. Beginning next month, anonymous cryptocurrency accounts will no longer be allowed under the new legislation and regulators will continually monitor cryptocurrency exchanges going forward. In a statement, the government said, "Cryptocurrency speculation has been irrationally overheated in Korea. The government can't let this abnormal situation of speculation go on any longer."

Snapchat adds a 2017 year in review feature for saved memories

Snapchat users who snap and save can take a stroll down memory lane with the app’s new feature, “A Look Back at 2017.” If you’re the type that would rather ruminate than remain committed to Snapchat’s previously purely ephemeral philosophy, you can find your 2017 year in review in the memories tab.

HTC and Motorola say they don’t slow old phones like Apple does

Apple said it introduced this behavior last year, for the iPhone 6, 6S, and SE, as a way to prevent random shutdowns of aging phones. As the phones’ batteries naturally degrade with use, they become able to output less power, leading the phone to unexpectedly shut off when the processor fires up to a high and demanding speed. Apple limited the phones’ processor speed to prevent those shutdowns, but in the process, also limited how fast a phone can get and did so without making this behavior clear to users.

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Italian Clothing Company Defeats Apple, Wins the Right To Use Steve Jobs' Name - Slashdot

Brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato named their clothing brand "Steve Jobs" in 2012 after learning that Apple had not trademarked his name. "We did our market research and we noticed that Apple, one of the best known companies in the world, never thought about registering its founder's brand, so we decided to do it," the two told la Repubblica Napoli. The Barbatos designed a logo that resembles Apple's own, choosing the letter "J" with a bite taken out of the side. Apple, of course, sued the two brothers for using Jobs' name and a logo that mimics the Apple logo. In 2014, the European Union's Intellectual Property Office ruled in favor of the Barbatos and rejected Apple's trademark opposition. While the outcome of the legal battle was decided in 2014, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato have been unable to discuss the case until now, as their claim on the brand was not settled until 2017. The two told la Repubblica Napoli that Apple went after the logo, something that may have been a mistake. The Intellectual Property Office decided that the "J" logo that appears bitten was not infringing on Apple's own designs as a letter is not edible and thus the cutout in the letter cannot be perceived as a bite.

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Wireless recharging for devices gets FCC approval

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The American tendency to worry about robots’ replacing human workers is driven by the severe consequences of losing a job in the U.S.—consequences that don't exist in countries like Sweden. 

Chrome OS will finally run Android apps in the background

There's no guarantee that Android Parallel Tasks will reach the stable Chrome OS 64, so you might not want to plan a purchase around the feature. With that said, it's hard to imagine Google leaving this out. This is a major step toward Android becoming fully integrated with Chrome OS, and arguably a step toward making Chrome OS behave like you'd expect if you're coming from a more conventional computing platform.

SoftBank’s big investment in Uber comes to a close

The shares purchased from existing shareholders will value the company at roughly $48 billion, a significant discount to the roughly $69 billion that company was valued at in its last private round. As part of the deal, the group will also be investing $1 billion directly in Uber at the $69 billion value.

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'Heed these words of warning:' Ethereum founder threatens to leave if the crypto community doesn't grow up

'Heed these words of warning:' Ethereum founder threatens to leave if the crypto community doesn't grow up

The Beauty of Freezing Bubbles Is the Only Good Thing About These Nightmarish Temperatures

Did you for some reason think the grueling endurance march that was 2017 would end without one final ordeal? You fool. Right now the eastern and midwestern parts of the country are enduring record-breaking sub-zero temperatures, with the only silver lining being that it’s cold enough to instantly freeze soap bubbles , which it turns out is shockingly beautiful.

World Health Organization will recognize video game addiction in 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) will recognize "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition in its next revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), coming in 2018. A beta draft of the WHO's 11th ICD includes a gaming disorder entry , which is described as an addiction to video games both online and offline.

Scientists Observe Strange Double Whirlpool Effect in Ocean for First Time

Slow waves meander westward out in the deep ocean south of Australia. Sometimes they carry with them carry large eddies, whirlpools over 100 miles across. But every so often, these whirlpools combine into double whirlpools and travel across the ocean 10 times faster than the rest of the whirlpools, moving in sync for months and potentially transporting minerals and nutrients with them.

Mom, who is sadly not our mom, crochets 'Golden Girls' cast for son's Christmas

Mom, who is sadly not our mom, crochets 'Golden Girls' cast for son's Christmas

Marvel Is Cancelling Its Fantastic She-Hulk Series and It's a Damn Shame

She-Hulk’ s cancellation comes at a time when Marvel seems to be backpedaling somewhat from its All-New All-Different campaign first launched back in 2015 that saw characters like Sam Wilson, Jane Foster, and She-Hulk elevated to new positions of prominence and visibility. Gradually, each of these characters have been ceding back the codenames and superhero personae they’d inherited from white, male legacy characters and Marvel as a whole appears to be vested in focusing more on those legacy characters .

Amazon versus Google: When ecosystems collide | ZDNet

As their interests have expanded, Amazon and Google's many steps into each others' turfs have turned nasty. But the need to keep Alexa at the top of her game could drive an uneasy truce.

The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2018

So, you've got that shiny new iPhone X , but what good is it without awesome iOS apps? Not much good at all. Even if you don't have the latest handset from Cupertino, one of the top reasons for owning an Apple iPhone is because of the ever-increasing wealth of apps available for the platform. But which ones to install? We've got you covered. The experts here at PCMag have tested a vast number of apps, sorting the good from the bad, to come up with this all-encompassing list of the 100 best iPhone apps.

Bitcoin's Very Bad Week Continues With South Korea Considering Shut Down of Exchanges

The rush to get in on the cryptocurrency boom has spread around the globe, but nowhere more than in South Korea . That fact hasn’t slipped by the South Korean government’s attention. On Tuesday new regulatory measures, including a real name policy, were announced, and the government warned that it could move forward with a shutdown of cryptocurrency exchanges altogether.

Apple Gives in to Furious Customers, Slashes Price on iPhone Slowdown Fix

Apple has finally recognized that it will have to do more to calm customers’ ire after admitting to, and then apologizing for slowing down their old iPhones. In a letter my mother would have said was “passive aggressive” and “not really apologetic at all” had I written it, Apple wrote: “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize.” To that end, the company has slashed the price of battery replacements for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 devices from $80 to $30.

These are Google Android 8.1's five best features | ZDNet

Before Treble, which first appears in Android 8.0, when Google launched a new Android version, the chip OEMs, such as Mediatek and Qualcomm, had to add drivers so their silicon could run it. Then the device vendors added their customizations. Finally, the carriers had to bless the update. Then, and only then, could you get a new version of Android on your old phone. What a mess!

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MORE: Apple will cut the price of its battery replacement to $29 from $79

Leaked Image Suggests Galaxy S9 Retains Headphone Jack

The Galaxy S8 , S8+ , and Note 8 all retained the headphone jack while still allowing for wireless headphone use if you preferred. But what about the Galaxy S9 arriving next year? I'm sure many believe Samsung will adopt what is fast becoming the norm and ditch the jack. A leaked image suggests otherwise, though.

Apple’s flagship Chicago retail store wasn’t designed to handle snow

The deadly ice daggers have forced the closure of those spaces, as pointed out by local blogger Matt Maldre and reblogged by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. As Maldre explains, the fancy building design, while seemingly in service of Apple’s new “town square” ideal for its retail stores , doesn’t seem to have been designed for the actual city it’s located in. “Maybe next time Apple will consider the actual community where their stores are built,” Maldre writes. “Y’know, basic things like in Chicago, the weather gets cold. It snows. The snow falls off the roof. Don’t design a slopping roof where the snow can’t be caught or guttered off somewhere.”

Apple's iPhone and iPad lead holiday device activations

During the holiday lead-up, iPhones and iPads accounted for 44% of all mobile device activations globally, remaining unchanged over the 2016 holiday season. Samsung came in second, accounting for 26% of device activations during the 2017 holiday week, up from 22% over the same period in 2016.

Russia Lost a $45 Million Satellite Because ‘They Didn’t Get the Coordinates Right’

In November, Russia lost contact with a 6,062-pound, $45 million satellite. Turns out, that happened because the Meteor-M weather satellite was programmed with the wrong coordinates.

Watch the Grand Canyon Fill With Clouds in This Timelapse of a Rare Weather Phenomenon

Clouds form when warm, humid air rises into the cooler atmosphere, and all that water vapor condenses into tiny floating water droplets. But sometimes that process can be inverted, like when cold air trapped in the Grand Canyon causes it to fill with clouds as warm air passes over the massive gorge. And sometimes, that phenomenon can be absolutely stunning .

2017 was the year video went vertical

This year, however, the script was finally flipped. One of the biggest trends to emerge on popular social sites was vertical video — or video filmed in portrait mode rather than horizontally.

Tokyo may use facial recognition for security at the 2020 Olympics

The organizing committee tested the technology at Japan's housing during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with moderate success though there were complaints of long waits. They hope to sort out the wait and other issues over the next 2.5 years ahead of the Tokyo Games which start in late July 2020.

Chinese court strikes against founder of ambitious LeEco

It seizes assets of Jia Yueting, who resigned as CEO earlier this year from the company that once saw itself as a mashup of Apple, Tesla and more.

So Retro: The classic '80s arcade roars back to life

"I think a lot of the secret sauce to our success is really just people's desire to connect with other people. With gaming, I think it's really interesting to see young kids and teenagers come in with their families and do something together, which nowadays can be a little more difficult with all the competing forms of entertainment," Mia says. "We've seen kids come in and start playing some games with other kids that they don't even know. They come back the following week and meetup and play again. I just think that is something that is inherently special about it."

New Technology We're Actually Excited About for 2018

Yes, 2017's biggest tech story was probably about the ways in which social media forced us to rehash old culture wars and question who was guiding our political discourse. Rather than seeing technology facilitate greater communication, economic opportunity, and leisure, it seemed that it was exacerbating our differences, concentrating wealth, and threatening all livelihoods. But there was some good stuff too!

SoftBank succeeds in tender offer for Uber shares

(Reuters) - A consortium led by SoftBank Group Corp will buy a large number of shares of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] in a deal that values the ride-services firm at $48 billion, Uber said on Thursday, in a victory for new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi.

2017: a year in Verge illustrations

This piece was one of my favorite from the year not because of its visual complexity, but for its depth of meaning in relation to the story. Patreon, a website many use to support artists they follow, has seen a growth in models using the service to trade nudes and private video sessions for money. It leads to a broader conversation of what is art or what is an acceptable type of content to be hosted on an artistic platform. The usage of a Venus statue in and response to it in our comments section related to this conflict. Many users were surprised to see a nude statue on our homepage, stating that it was NSFW. However, as some users pointed out, this isn’t any different than what you’d see in museums. What is and isn’t art? What is and isn’t appropriate? Where’s the line, not only for Patreon, but also for The Verge ? – Alex Castro

Microsoft Accused of Copying Xbox One PUBG Ad Concept

It looks as though someone in Microsoft's marketing department decided it was fine to lift the content of a concept advert and re-purpose it for an official Xbox One ad without crediting the original designer. Now Microsoft is scrambling to figure out how it happened.

51 Reg Saddler on Twitter
52 TNW Picks: The best smart home gadgets in 2017
53 Cybersecurity maestro and former fugitive John McAfee claims his phone got hacked
54 Short fiction from CNET: Time in a Bottle, Part 2
55 How to encrypt a USB flash drive with VeraCrypt
56 Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know | ZDNet
57 The 10 IT jobs that will be most in-demand in 2020 | ZDNet
58 Zone Out With This Hypnotizing Wall-Mounted Rube Goldberg Machine
59 T-Mobile is on the fast track to 5G, says CEO John Legere
60 Uh-oh! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might have its own battery problems
61 PSA: Internet Fame Isn’t Worth the Burns from This Boiling-Water-Into-Snow Trick
62 Google pulls the Pixel C tablet from its online store
63 How to find the best free movies and books online
64 AI? Blockchain? Cloud computing? What technologies are CIOs really investing in right now? | ZDNet
65 Why Twitter banned the bot that unmasked neo-Nazis. (Hint: Neo-Nazis)
66 Lifehacker on Twitter
67 Microsoft is finally moving TechNet's tips and code snippets to Microsoft Docs
68 Uber investors reportedly agree to sell to SoftBank at steep discount
69 Noon Smart Lighting System smartens old bulbs with new switches
70 Apple may face criminal charges in France over iPhone slowdowns
71 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
72 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
73 10 Really Useful macOS Features That You Never Noticed
74 Apple's first Saudi Arabia retail store could open as soon as 2019 | Cult of Mac
75 The Verge 2017 tech report card: Microsoft
76 What you need to know in advertising today
77 Here are the 4 stories we think will shape media and advertising in 2018
78 MoviePass Adds a Million Subscribers, Even if Theaters Aren’t Sold on It
79 360 VR advertising is the industry’s first sticky monetization model
80 LG debuts the ThinQ, a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker
81 Google retires the Pixel C tablet as it shifts focus to the Pixelbook
82 LastPass fixes fingerprint security flaw in its Authenticator app
83 Apple Apologizes for Handling of iPhone Battery Issue
84 How Apple can rebuff Amazon’s growing Alexa threat in 2018
85 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
86 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
87 Reg Saddler on Twitter
88 FCC extends waiver for video game accessibility for the last time
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90 Uber sells 15% stake to SoftBank
91 Sotheby’s Tries Selling New York as a Car Auction Destination
92 Valve loses appeal over Steam refund policy in Australia
93 It's so cold in the U.S. and Canada that windows are breaking, and there's no end in sight
94 China will cap QR-code payments to tackle fraud
95 Netflix’s ‘Bright’ reached 11M viewers in its first three days, according to Nielsen