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AI Weekly: AI democratization depends on tech giants

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Here's exactly how your iPhone gets slower when you have an old battery

The good news is that replacing the battery on your iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, or iPhone 7 should help it get back to full strength. If you're unsure whether your battery is old, Apple will release a software update that will let you check on its health. For the next year, Apple is charging only $29 for a battery replacement at one of its stores. That reduced pricing went into effect on Saturday, a bit sooner than planned, Apple's Trudy Muller told Business Insider.

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The 10 best games of 2017

2016 brought us amazing titles and new hardware like the PlayStation 4 Pro, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation VR, but 2017, somehow, was even better. Indie titles like Cuphead proved creativity is alive and well, while titles we expected to be good, like Destiny 2, somehow still managed to exceed expectations. Sprinkle in the most powerful console to date, the Xbox One X, and you’ll see why 2017 defied all expectations.

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How to cook delicious rice in your Instant Pot

These machines often have multiple water lines. The one you choose depends on the rice variety you plan to prepare. Not so with an Instant Pot. There's just one series of suggested water lines. It matches the water levels that standard rice cookers suggest for white rice. It also translates to a 1:1 ratio (1 part rice to 1 part water). Most importantly the water lines account for displacement caused by the volume of rice itself (measured by that 180ml cup).

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10 things in cybersecurity that you might have missed this year

Thought you caught everything in security this year? There was a lot to unpack. Here are ten things we learned this year that you might have missed.

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AT&T's FirstNet enlists all 50 states for first responder network | ZDNet

AT&T says it will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to deliver FirstNet and all states are opt-ing in.

6 Call of Duty Gaming Community Points To 'Swatting' In Wichita Police Shooting - Slashdot

And so did a buddy of mine. Both white. Both in relatively affluent areas. Both times for absolutely no good reason (there was no justification for them pulling me or him over and no tickets issued). Neither of those areas ever had a shooting happen towards a police officer. And, this was many years ago, like 30 years. The cop had his firearm pointed at my head from behind me while I was talking to the another police officer through the window. So, I am sure I was quite close to getting killed had I made a move that they considered 'threatening'. Once you have an experience like that you will never forget it and you won't spout your mouth off as 'police are justified' and all that bullshit. So, cops have always been inclined to pull their weapons for no good reason. You know the saying, 'If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?'. Well, I think that is the main problem here. Police are trained to resolve issues through force and that's what they know how to do so they do it. I know my stories are anecdotal but they have created a deep mistrust of police and most authoritarian symbols which I make sure to convey to anyone who will listen.

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LiberiOS 11.0.1 Update For iOS 11 - iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak Released; Here's What's New

As mentioned in the release notes, it still doesn’t include Cydia, so it won’t be easy to install jailbreak tweaks, and most of the tweaks won’t work because Cydia Substrate is not compatible with iOS 11 – iOS 11.1.2. saurik is working on Cydia for iOS 11, so we hope it is released soon.

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Forever 21: Yes, hackers breached our payment system

A breach at Forever 21 left customer payment card information exposed to hackers, the retailer confirmed Thursday. The company didn't specify how many customers had information stolen, but said various point of sales terminals were affected between April 3 and November 18, 2017. Hackers collected credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and sometimes cardholder names.

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Macworld on Twitter

Face ID on the iPhone X: Everything you need to know about Apple’s facial recognition https://buff.ly/2CojnvB  pic.twitter.com/kIX6fwoIna

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Google kills Pixel C tablet, points customers to Pixelbook | ZDNet

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iFixit drops its iPhone battery replacement to $29, matching Apple’s apology price

iFixit has never been particularly fond of Apple’s repair policies. The company’s gadgets regularly rack up poor repairability scores on the site. The site’s taking another jab at the tech giant today, dropping the price of its battery replacement kits to $29 — matching the cost of out-of-warranty battery replacements being offered up as consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies.

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Macworld on Twitter

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning cable review: Everything you want in a Lightning cable https://buff.ly/2DyFS00  pic.twitter.com/oy8TfSwfdx

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Software development rethink is all about design - Video | ZDNet

The era of "moving fast and breaking things" is over. Time to "slow down and take stock of what's broken."

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6 iPhone Features Apple's Controversial Power Management Does Not Impact

The problem here is that Apple’s power management feature affects other key areas of an iPhone like its performance and app loading times. This leads to a sub-par experience and frustrates owners. So, even if other basic features like camera, GPS and call quality are working as intended, it does not really help in any way. After all, most iPhone owners end up upgrading to a new one because their existing iPhone has slowed down and not because it is dropping calls or its GPS performance has deteriorated. If you are unsatisfied with any of the above aspects of your iPhone, you should consider upgrading to a newer one instead of replacing it since that’s not going to help in any way.

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The Most Popular Posts of 2017

Last week a friend of mine tried to print his boarding pass for a return trip home from San Francisco and ran into trouble. No matter how many times he reloaded Delta’s site or tried checking in on his phone, he kept getting a message that he wouldn’t be able to print his boarding pass. At the time we attributed it to a weird fluke, but when he arrived at the airport he found out why: He’d been selected for a Secondary Security Screening. That’s why his boarding pass wasn’t able to be printed, and when he actually got it the pass was emblazoned with an “SSSS” across it.

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‘Nigerian Prince’ Email Scammer Arrested in Louisiana | Hacker News

419 scams began long before most people were using email. Around 27 years ago, my relatives in Texas sent us a tape of 60 Minutes when I was in Lagos, and in the opening monologue the person said "Nigeria is the most corrupt country I have ever reported on or from." Then they revealed lots of American businesses were scammed into thinking they were sending an initial round of money for valid business contracts with government or Nigerian companies. These scams have never been a large organized effort by one entity and the addition of email added in a whole new wave of scammers who enjoyed a lower barrier to entry since less overhead was needed and they could still enjoy enough successes with less sophistication. A lot of them are simply young unemployed guys killing time in internet cafes. In the late 90s the USPS and Secret Service both already had websites warning about 419 scams and although most people are only familiar with the cheesy emails, there is a history of massive amounts of dollars being siphoned out through a wide variety of storytelling by countless actors.

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Our #4 most-read story of 2017 wasn't exactly a story, it was more of a list—our 50 Smartest Companies of 2017 list to be exact. Take a look back at which companies made the cut. https://trib.al/fA7WCi2 

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Macworld on Twitter

Nomad Lightning cable review: Built to take a beating https://buff.ly/2pZRnMb  pic.twitter.com/dQgacCrqKU

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The year in crowdfunded PCs: Who succeeded? Who failed? | ZDNet

The ever-maturing PC industry hasn't deterred manufacturers large and small from embracing crowdfunding as a method of bringing new systems to market, whether they need the funds to produce their new product, or just want to gain publicity and guarantee some upfront sales. Not every launch on Kickstarter or one of its rivals is a roaring success, but enough are to keep the campaigns coming.

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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Gadgets

It’s been a pretty good year for gadgets. While the most popular gadget may have been the fidget spinner, there have been a number of devices released in 2017 that will make a lasting impact for years to come. From the Nintendo Switch, which turned out to be a major hit for the Japanese gaming company , to new smart home devices from companies like Nest and Arlo, to changes in policy around smart luggage that threaten industry leaders in the space, 2017 has been nothing if not exciting for gadget enthusiasts.

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Analyst Declares iPhone the 'Best-Selling Tech Product of 2017'

Apple earned that specific trophy back in 2016, too, and Ives says that the company managed to sell 223 million iPhones through the course of 2017. To compare that to last year, it’s quite the impressive boost, as Apple sold 211 million iPhones in that stretch of time. And, if you’re curious how the competition fared according to Ives’s data, then Samsung came in second with 33 million Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 devices sold in 2017, the Amazon Echo Dot in third with 24 million sold, the Apple Watch in fourth place with 20 million devices sold, and the Nintendo Switch sold 15 million units to come in fifth.

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Will multi-actuators save the disk drive? | ZDNet

Disk drives win against SSDs on $/bit, but lose on I/Os per second (IOPS). Seagate is now floating the idea of multiple actuators in a single disk drive. Will that save disk drives from oblivion?

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5 tips for your new Nest Thermostat

The auto-schedule option on the Nest learns how warm or cold you like your home throughout the day and automatically sets the temperature for you, using what it has learned. If you live in a crazy place like I do where one day it could be freezing and the next day a walk in the park can broil you like a piece of meat, your Nest can get confused, though.

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Six tech topics for software engineers to watch in 2018

I've never been a huge supporter of using non-native tools for development work. I firmly believe that if you're developing for iOS, you should do that in Xcode with Swift/Objective-C; if you're developing for Android, you should use Android Studio and Java/Kotlin; and if you're developing for Windows, you should use Visual Studio. However, I think Xamarin is an interesting technology that could benefit a lot of developers and is one of the reasons that I'm investing time in learning it in 2018. I also plan to learn C# , which can be used across other platforms besides Xamarin.

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5 ways to dispose of your Christmas tree

Finally, you can put parts of your Christmas tree to good use. You can cut discs from the tree to make a centerpiece for your dining room table or coasters for the living room. You can make potpourri with the needles (if they're not too dry). Or have the tree chunked and use it as mulch around your yard.

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5 ways to keep strand lights tangle-free for next year

The solution? Use the same concept, but replace your arm with a rectangular piece of cardboard. Cut it to about the size of a magazine and cut a slit in one end. Slide one of the ends of the strand lights in the slit and begin wrapping around the long edge of the cardboard until you run out of lights. You can even double-up by interlocking two or three strand lights per piece of cardboard.

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Digital transformation spend to reach $57 billion in LatAm by 2020 | ZDNet

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

This year drones pollinated flowers, a lamb kicked around in an artificial womb, and robot butts sat in car seats over, and over, and over again. Check out the best tech GIFs of 2017: https://trib.al/VIwlQWQ  pic.twitter.com/glXJjntrfR

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10 Weird High-Tech Kitchen Gadgets You Don't Need

We've all marveled at the artistry of the cute barista down at the corner coffee shop who can make beautiful leaves on the top of your lattes. Guess what? She's about to get replaced by a robot, if the creators of the Ripple Maker have their say. With a tagline like "The full range of human emotion created in coffee, on coffee," you know that there's a lot of hot air being blown here. How does it work? Like many awful gadgets, it has disposable pods that contain a blend of coffee grounds, which it squirts in 3D on top of the foam in your cup to create just about any image that the heart desires in just 10 seconds. Right now, it's only available for specialty coffee shops in the US, Canada, and parts of China. With a retail price of $1,300, this is a pretty steep investment for personalized lattes.

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Docker, Inc is Dead

To say that Docker had a very rough 2017 is an understatement. Aside from Uber, I can’t think of a more utilized, hyped, and well funded Silicon Valley startup (still in operation) fumbling as bad as Docker did in 2017. People will look back on 2017 as the year Docker, a great piece of software, was completely ruined by bad business practices leading to its end in 2018. This is an outside facing retrospective on how and where Docker went wrong and how Docker’s efforts to fix it are far too little way too late.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

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10 Features Apple Killed in iOS 11

iOS 11 adds a lot of new and interesting features . From the redesigned Control Center, the new App Store to the new multitasking on iPad. But in the process, iOS has also removed some features. Here are the features you’ll no longer see in iOS 11.

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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.

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Make Resolutions Without Moralizing

“Self-improvement” is a tricky framework for resolutions. We take the phrase for granted, but what is it really saying? That changing a lifestyle habit improves your very self? That implies moral value to your choices, labeling some habits intrinsically “good” and others “bad.” This ends up at the idea that your lifestyle choices affect your inherent worth and value as a person. And honestly, that sucks.

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Affordable headphones rarely sound as good as the Status Audio CB-1

Status Audio  may be a new name to me, but I'm so glad it sent its CB-1 headphones over for review. They're affordable and ruggedly built, and the sound quality is as good as I've heard for the money -- just $69 on Amazon  (£44 in the UK ).

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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Artificial intelligence and robotics

Artificial intelligence boomed this year like few other areas in tech, but despite the scientific breakthroughs, glut of funding, and new products rolling out to consumers, the field has problems that can’t be ignored. Some of these, like company-driven hype and sensationalist headlines, need better communication from the media and experts. Others challenges are more nuanced and will take longer to address , such as bias in algorithms and the growing threat of tech firms becoming AI monopolies as they hoover up data and talent.

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Mashable on Twitter

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Hidden NES Golf Game on Switch a Tribute to Satoru Iwata

When setting the date, it is only the day and month that need to be changed. By doing that, Nintendo allows the game to become playable every year on July 11 as a way of remembering Iwata. It's a lovely gesture.

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How to Get Around OkCupid's Stupid New 'Real Name' Policy

Online dating service OkCupid made two big changes to their platform recently , one of which involving usernames. In short, you can no longer hide behind AIM-like screen names akin to “HoneyBabe37" or “StudddMuffin96.” That’s right, they want real names now. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to still maintain your anonymity.

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T-Mobile CEO is still blathering about 5G in 2020

According to the post, Legere seems to think that T-Mobile is ahead of its rivals because its focusing on building a network that can transmit these blazing internet speeds, anywhere, wirelessly. It would certainly come in as good news for T-Mobile. Verizon is currently the largest wireless telecom service provider with 149 million subscribers, followed by AT&T with 138.8 million subscribers. T-Mobile has 70.7 million subscribers.

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Next year's iPhones: More X? More notch? Here are our predictions | ZDNet

Now that the Class of 2017 iPhones have been announced and are shipping, it's time to turn our attention to next year. Here, we present our predictions for next year's iPhones.

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9 of the best apps you can only use on iPhones

As a result, there are dozens of iOS-only apps populating the App Store, taking advantage of the iPhone's and iPad's special hardware features — like 3D Touch, or the Apple Pencil — to make unique experiences.

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10 logo design trends that will dominate 2018

The logo design industry is changing at a lightning-fast speed. What was trendy five years ago may not even ring a bell today. As methods of attracting customers become more effective, logo design must keep up the pace. New ideas develop so fast, designers have a hard time following them.

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Don't Throw Out Prepaid Debit Cards When They're Done

If you were gifted a prepaid debit card over the holidays, first, congratulations. Second, and I’m sorry I’m about to seemingly saddle you with clutter, but: save the card even when its balance is spent.

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9 creative New Year’s resolutions

Feel like you start the new year ready to reinvent your life, only to find that, a month later, you’ve given up on everything and are living a life that’s totally indistinguishable from last year?

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The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2018

An outdoor camera is ideal for keeping an eye on what's happening outside of your home. These devices are weatherproof and typically require a nearby GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet to supply power, although there are a handful of battery-powered models out there. As with their indoor counterparts, outdoor cameras connect to your Wi-Fi network and allow you to view live video from your phone. They are fairly easy to install, but if you're not familiar (or comfortable) with electrical wiring, you may want to have a licensed electrician do the job. Most outdoor cameras offer motion detection with push and email notifications, night vision, and cloud storage for event-triggered video, and some pull double duty as floodlights or porch lights. Some models can even tell the difference between a passing car, an animal, and a person. Look for an outdoor camera that will integrate with other smart home devices such as garage door openers, external sirens, and smart switches.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is about to hit the production line

We've also seen leaked renders of the Galaxy S9, which may even manage to embed a fingerprint reader under the front display, if the rumor mill is to be believed. As for that 18.5:9 Infinity Display, supply chain sources say the visible bezels are going to be shrunk even further for a screen-to-body ratio of around 90%.

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Event-driven cloud computing: How and when it makes sense for your organization | ZDNet

The advent of traditional cloud computing services -- like Amazon EC2 -- presented a business case for offloading maintenance of physical servers onto a third party, eliminating upfront costs of provisioning physical hardware. In so doing, organizations gained the ability to scale their computing capacity seamlessly to meet their computational demands. For specially engineered workloads, event-driven computing promises to do the same. Rather than maintain long-lived EC2 instances for computational tasks, event-driven computing allows for functions to be executed on arbitrary servers when triggered, and companies are billed only for the duration of time it takes for the function to complete.

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Poor, unfortunate soul gets his penis stuck in a London subway gate

A London Tube passenger this week snagged his inner-thigh and penis in the fare gate while trying to jump over the barriers to avoid paying. The jumper remained stuck and screaming for several minutes while authorities struggled to dislodge him.

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Free PDF download: Tech Budgets 2018, a CXO's Guide | ZDNet

This special report from ZDNet and TechRepublic examines how IT budgets will change in the upcoming year as many companies focus on digital transformation. Download it as a free PDF ebook.

51 10 New Control Center Features in iOS 11
52 Don’t restore your phone from a backup: Why you should start fresh
53 Apple’s $29 iPhone battery swap is now available, sooner than promised
54 Prank in Call of Duty Feud May Have Killed Bystander
55 'Make America Gay Again' banner welcomes Mike Pence outside his vacation home
56 Apple announces its $29 battery replacement deal is available starting today
57 Soccer match gets upstaged by hilarious snowball fight between opposing fans
58 The ultimate guide to customizing the ultimate Android home screen
59 A hidden message about Obama golfing was deleted from Trump's website after people noticed
60 Macworld on Twitter
61 Around 6,000 Swiss VW owners seek damages in emissions scandal
62 2017 in Review: Tech's Biggest Scandals & Fuck-Ups
63 LAPD arrested a 25-year-old suspect in Wichita 'swatting' case
64 Reg Saddler on Twitter
65 ​South Korea to auction 5G spectrum in June 2018 | ZDNet
66 My favorite cheap tech of 2017 | ZDNet
67 How data scientists can improve their careers in 2018
68 McAfee founder tweets 'hack' of his account
69 Yoti can guarantee your identity online, but sometimes you just want to fake it.... | ZDNet
70 Howl at a New Year's supermoon to start 2018 right
71 The 7 best perks of your new Amazon Prime subscription
72 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKEA_effect
73 Trump says Amazon is making US Postal Service 'dumber'
74 Casetify for Apple iPhone X: Essential Impact and Snap cases provide protection without bulk | ZDNet
75 Germany Orders Amazon To Stop Taking Advantage of People Who Can't Spell 'Birkenstock' - Slashdot
76 ZDNet on Twitter
77 How to gain consumer trust for your ICO launch in 2018
78 Paulina Karadagian on Twitter
79 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
80 Mashable on Twitter
81 Linksys WRT32X Wi-Fi Gaming Router
82 Cryptocurrency expert kidnapped for $1 million bitcoin ransom
83 2017: Year of the podcast
84 Here's when all your favorite shows are coming back in 2018
85 Why has Nintendo ignored India for 30 years?
86 Eric Sapp on Twitter
87 Mashable on Twitter
88 Mashable on Twitter
89 Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta
90 Samsung and Other Major Android OEMs Confirm They Don't Slow down Their Old Smartphones
91 State of emergency declared in W. Va. jails, prisons due to staffing level
92 Job hoppers, you’re (probably) playing a losing game
93 Techmeme on Twitter
94 MIT Tech Review on Twitter