Facebook’s Oculus Home update gives you a VR room of your own
The social network's VR company is offering a pre-release version of its latest software designed to let you create a unique space in VR.
Tracee Ellis Ross’s Hilarious Children’s Book Explains Sexual Harassment To Men
On last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the actress and activist read aloud from her timely (but sadly not for purchase) book, “The Handsy Man.”
In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics | UW News
The 3-D printed gears (in white) and spring (blue spiral) toggle a switch (white box with grey surface) made of conductive plastic. The switch changes the reflective state of a 3-D printed antenna (gray strip) to convey useful data to a WiFi receiver. The shape of the gears and the speed at which they move encode the digital data. Mark Stone/University of Washington
Thieves Can Test ATMs to Check if it's Worth Fitting a Skimmer
A new $200 handheld "Smart Shield Detector" tests an ATM to see if it is using anti-skimming technology.
YouTube's most viral video of 2017 was a singing oyster
The site's viral video rankings are here to remind you that you're out of touch with cultural phenomena.
Every episode of 'Black Mirror' ranked, and it's pretty bleak
With season 4 of Black Mirror about to hit, which of Charlie Brooker's grim visions hit you the hardest?
Watch Amazon totally freak out cafe customers (just for fun)
Commentary: Unsuspecting customers find a café in high gear. It's all to celebrate the second season of "The Grand Tour."
Amazon Prime Video Finally Lands on Apple TV
While Google and Amazon continue to bicker back and forth about which company’s services will be available for what platforms, it seems Apple is finally getting its act together now that Amazon Prime Video is available on the Apple TV.
Time's Person of the Year is The Silence Breakers
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
The top 10 YouTube videos of the year
The top 10 videos in the trending category were viewed more than 633 million times for over 40 million hours on Google’s video platform. Together they represent a zeitgeist of feel-good escapes that many people found so appealing in 2017. Here's your chance to relive those moments — or see what all the fuss was about — one last time.
Phonelike PCs failed before. Here's why they'll succeed now
The renewed effort comes as you spend more and more time on your smartphone and as the market for PCs continues to shrink. The answer? Turn your next PC into something more akin to your phone. For Qualcomm, PCs mark a potential new business at a time when Intel has created a 4G LTE radio good enough to power Apple's iPhone. Microsoft and PC makers hope the longer-lasting computers get you to give their products a second look.
Pokémon GO Adding Dynamic Weather and More Third-Gen Pocket Monsters
“For the first time in an augmented reality mobile game, real-world weather will now be a factor in the gameplay experience. As Trainers are exploring the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. The real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways that include changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.
These 3 departments are causing the biggest cybersecurity problems at your office
Strong cybersecurity across departments also requires change from the top down, Simpson said. It's important to build cybersecurity core values into the organization's mission, and make sure every individual has a cybersecurity goal that is being tracked and measured. "It's really going to help push out some of those responsibilities and accountability to every single employee in the organization, and not just rest it on the CIO or CISO's shoulders," Simpson said.
Bitcoin breaks $12,000 barrier for first time
Despite its bull run, the cryptocurrency's lack of government backing and regulation has led to volatility. After crossing the $11,000 mark for the first time a week ago, the currency lost 20 percent of its value in one day.
Xiaomi's Mi 7 phone will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip
While Xiaomi's Mi 7 is the first announced phone to use the Snapdragon 845 chip, it won't be the last. Qualcomm's top-of-the-line processor are used in many flagship phones, including Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Google's Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 5T. It's a safe bet that the next Snapdragon chip will find itself in many of the same premium phones.
Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat
(Reuters) - A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.
Commentary: Video games look great, so why do they suck?
My biggest pet peeve is choose-your-own-adventure storytelling, in which the plot changes depending on choices you make throughout. Many AAA games now have this, though it's most famously associated with the Mass Effect and Witcher franchises. Nice restaurants generally don't let you make substitutions because it'll mess with the taste profile, and it makes similar sense that game creators should tell a specific story, not one generated by the player, so as to not dilute theme, characters or plot.
Google Sheets machine learning features make pivot tables easier, improve data insights
The UI for pivot tables in Sheets has been updated, and users will now be able to customize headings for both rows and columns, the post said. There's also a new way to view data in pivot tables with "show values as a % of totals" that will show summarized values as a fraction of grand total. Additional formatting options like repeated row labels are also coming to pivot tables in Sheets.
Ryan Reynolds to Star as Detective Pikachu in Pokemon Movie - IGN
Written by Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch , the Detective Pikachu movie's plot centers on the kidnapping of the father of Smith's character. The teen lead then teams up with Pikachu (Reynolds) to hunt him down, while Newton is reportedly playing a journalist aiding them along the way. Goosebumps' Rob Letterman is directing the film.
Yahoo and Mozilla are suing each other after their big search partnership fell apart
The terms of our contract are clear and our post-termination
rights under our contract with Yahoo should continue to be
enforced. We enter into all of our relationships with a shared
goal to deliver a great user experience and further the web as an
open platform. No relationship should end this way – litigation
doesn’t further any goals for the ecosystem. Still, we are proud
of how we conducted our business and product work throughout the
relationship, how we handled the termination of the agreement,
and we are confident in our legal positions.
This Gremlins Fan Film Is Guaranteed to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit
“Making a Gremlins film is an idea that’s been on my mind for over a year. It’s one of those films you want to see a good sequel to—but Hollywood just hasn’t done it yet. Everyone on this crew is a Gremlins super fan. We just wanted to take people back to that world, and show some cool Gremlin kills along the way.”
These 10 cities led the Thanksgiving weekend malware spike
If you live, or work, in one of the following 10 cities you should be especially concerned. These 10 topped the list for malware infections during the holiday weekend, so businesses and home users should take the time to update software, scan devices, and be sure any machine entering a work network is protected and malware-free.
Lenovo Yoga 920 review
It’s a small price to pay, however, for such a good-looking 2-in-1. The hinges along the back of the Yoga 920 are also eye-catching – we’ve fluctuated between thinking they're stylish and finding them a bit gaudy. There’s no doubting the strength and build quality of the hinge though, which is essential for a convertible laptop as that hinge is likely to see a lot of action as you flip the screen orientation, so you don’t want it to be a point of failure.
These are the 10 best tech companies to work for in the U.S., according to Glassdoor
What employees say: “This is one amazing place to work. Execs, across the board, are open & interested in your ideas – from any level. The level of transparency is mind-blowing: from Marc sharing his yearly objectives on company-wide TV (where *all* employees can view & participate), to every single employee’s annual goals posted for all to see — it’s phenomenal to walk into a meeting with someone where you know what’s important to them, and be able to share how your common goals can be accelerated by working together.” —
Data of 31 million users of iPhone add-on keyboard ai.type potentially leaks
Conflicting accounts have emerged about a security breach involving the ai.type add-on keyboard for iOS and Android, with researchers claiming that 31 million people's data has been compromised —with a user's contacts also potentially included in the leak.
The Kromtech Security Center discovered on Tuesday that a MongoDB database used to collect data on ai.type keyboard users was misconfigured, and was available on the internet. Contained in the database is reportedly "data and details of 31,293,959 users" of the ai.type keyboard.
According to the researchers, user information includes phone numbers, full names, device name and model, mobile network name, SMS number, screen resolution, user languages enabled, Android version, IMSI number, IMEI number, emails associated with the phone, country of residence, links and the information associated with the social media profiles including birthdates and photos, IP, and location details.
Making the situation worse, it appears that 6.4 million records contained data gleaned from a user's Contacts, including names and phone numbers, leading to a total of 373 million records in the briefly publicly available database.
Soon you'll be able to attend a ClassPass workout from the comfort of your home for $15 a month
Fitness subscription service ClassPass will soon be
available from the comfort of your home, in the form of
livestreamed fitness classes. On Wednesday, the company announced
that it will begin offering original video content, called
ClassPass Live, in early 2018, its first foray into the home
Apple transforms iTunes Movies Twitter account into @AppleTV
Apple has rebranded its iTunes Movies account on Twitter as @AppleTV —which, despite its name, is so far concentrated on the TV app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.
The car of the future isn’t a car at all
Over the last year, the auto industry has been leaning into minivans, vans, and shuttles as the types of vehicles best suited for these shared, pooled rides, either with a human driver or an autonomous one. Thanks to a convergence of self-driving technology, ride-sharing and car-sharing apps, and battery-electric vehicles, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are rushing to respond to shifting consumer habits. And the fact remains, the classic four-door passenger sedan just doesn’t cut it anymore.
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Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash says the contents of its bitcoin wallet were stolen in a security breach and about 4,700 bitcoin were lost (Reuters)
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Black Girl Nerds Creator Jamie Broadnax and Actress Grace Gummer on the Mr. Robot Digital After Show
The Mr. Robot after show is an online series hosted by The Verge's Nilay Patel along with Megan Farokhmanesh & Russell Brandom. It covers the show and themes of cybersecurity, technology, and hacking. Tune-in every Wednesday at 11pm after the latest episode of Mr. Robot. Follow the Mr Robot Official After Show Reddit Thread: http://bit.ly/2ABCmlv Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com
Gadgets w/ Gurman
ech reporter Mark Gurman. Each week, Mark gets his hands on the latest gadgets, from iPhones to smartwatches to TVs, and gives you a first look.
Facebook tops list of best places to work -- again
If you don't work at Facebook, there might still be hope for you. Glassdoor said there were 40 newcomers on this year's list, including video game maker Blizzard Entertainment (at No. 28 on the list) and wireless carrier T-Mobile (No. 79). There are also three veterans that have made the list every year since it was introduced 10 years ago, including management-consulting firm Bain & Company (No. 2), search giant Google (No. 5) and Apple (No. 84).
Gay man denied a marriage license by Kim Davis now running for her job
Still, 2017 has been a wonderful year for revenge plots, even if the candidates don't interpret it that way. Transgender candidate Danica Roem won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates against an incumbent who wrote anti-trans legislation. And Ashley Bennet won a position as a New Jersey Freeholder against a man who made an anti-Women's March joke.
Apple's Latest Entry in its Machine Learning Journal Focuses on Privacy and Search
“Users have the option, in System Preferences on macOS or in Settings on iOS, to share privatized records for analytics. For users who do not opt in, the system remains inactive. For users who do opt in, we define a per-event privacy parameter. Additionally, we set a limit on the number of privatized records that can be transmitted daily for each use case. Our choice of […] is based on the privacy characteristics of the underlying dataset for each use case. These values are consistent with the parameters proposed in the differential privacy research community, such as  and . Moreover, the algorithms we present below provide users further deniability due to hash collisions. We provide additional privacy by removing user identifiers and IP addresses at the server where the records are separated by use case so that there is no association between multiple records.”
Make Your Own Golden Syrup for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life
Place the base caramel ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over very low heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, stop stirring and allow caramel to cook until golden brown. It’ll go from golden brown to smoking in the blink of an eye, so keep the heat low and watch it like a hawk. Mine cooked slightly too long and started to smoke, but turned out fine—as long as it doesn’t turn black, you’re OK.
Zombie Reboot Day of the Dead: Bloodline Looks Sorta Braindead
Romero fans, of course, will recall that the original Day of the Dead is set in a military base populated by weary survivors—civilians, soldiers, and a scientist whose star subject, Bub, is a zombie whose mushy brain has retained a startling amount of human characteristics. This new version, directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, has a similar setting as well as a weirdly smart dead guy, and what looks to be appropriately gushing geysers of gore (say that three times fast!). But it’s hard to tell from this “edgy,” abrasively-edited preview if Bloodline is entertaining or innovative enough on its own to justify remaking Romero’s cult-beloved classic—much less bring yet another zombie movie into the world.
10 texting tips to gain control of iMessage
I'll end here with my second favorite tip, after the muting of chatty group texts. I once thought you needed to copy and paste the text from a text bubble in order to forward it, and it's always a bit of a pain to highlight text and copy it on an iPhone. Little did I know there is a secret forward-message feature in iMessage. Tap and hold on a text bubble, tap More in the menu that pops up from the bottom and then tap the arrow in the lower right corner. Now, the text will be entered into a new message, which you can now send off to whomever you please. Way easier than copying and pasting.
The top 15 skills found in tech job searches
The Designer Of The Most Iconic Indie Albums Of The ’90s Gets A Book
It’s the work of Vaughan Oliver, a British graphic designer responsible for the surreal look of 4AD , the indie rock label of the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, and, of course, the Breeders. Oliver’s work is the subject of a new book, just launched on Kickstarter , from the independent publisher Unit Editions.
[Image: courtesy Unit Editions] Over the decades, Oliver has developed a distinct style in which he “elevate[s] the banal through surrealism,” he once said. His work is layered and dark and intense, and he often collaborates closely with illustrators, photographers, and other graphic designers to produce his dreamscapes. While the albums and bands he’s designed for have millions of fans, Oliver himself is finally receiving the art book treatment he deserves.
Relying on Advice From Scientists Has Really Paid Off for This Hedge Fund
“We are more long term than many other investors,” Henrik Rhenman, partner and portfolio manager, said by phone on Tuesday. “The Scientific Advisory Board makes us invest more than we would’ve otherwise dared to. If you have renowned scientists behind you that say it’s really good research then you perhaps invest two percent of the fund instead of half a percent.”
This Underground Urban Farm Also Heats The Building Above It
If organic kale or lettuce travels hundreds or thousands of miles to a store, Hassle says, the environmental footprint could be higher than the same greens, grown without pesticides or herbicides, inside the closed-loop system of the indoor farm. Like other indoor farming, the Plantagon system also uses a tiny fraction of the water used on outdoor farms. The heat is captured in water that travels in tubes over the LED lights, and then sent into a heat pump system. Carbon dioxide from the offices will also be sent to the farm, and fresh oxygen from the plants will be sent back to office workers.
Steam ends support for Bitcoin due to high fees, volatility
"When checking out on Steam, a customer will transfer x amount of Bitcoin for the cost of the game, plus y amount of Bitcoin to cover the transaction fee charged by the Bitcoin network," Valve said. "The value of Bitcoin is only guaranteed for a certain period of time, so if the transaction doesn't complete within that window of time, then the amount of Bitcoin needed to cover the transaction can change.
2018: The year of the open source desktop, browser, and office suite
The thing is, both pieces of software are really good, so good in fact, regular users often wonder why more people haven't adopted. Truth be told, the reason for the lack of adoption is simple: interoperability with Microsoft Office. Yes, both can open and save as to the Microsoft Office default format, but when you collaborate with Office users, there are the inevitable problems in formatting and unsupported features. It is my belief that 2018 will finally see an end to that issue—on both fronts. LibreOffice and WPS Office will resolve the compatibility issues and both will enjoy newfound popularity.
Bitcoin Mining Service NiceHash Says Hackers Emptied Its Wallet
NiceHash, the marketplace for cloud-based mining of cryptocurrencies, said hackers breached its systems and stole an unknown amount of bitcoin from its virtual wallet.
Exclusive: Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret - sources
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called “bug bounty” program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters.
Why 2018 will see the rise of the 'no collar' workforce, blockchains, and enterprise VR
"Technology trends are no longer just the CIO's or CTO's responsibility. It's become a CxO, CEO and even board-level conversation," Bill Briggs, CTO and principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP, said in a press release. "We now see many forward-thinking organizations approach disruptive change more strategically. Instead of launching separate, domain-specific initiatives, they are thinking about exploration, use cases and deployment more holistically. Increasingly, they are focusing on how multiple disruptive technologies can work together to drive meaningful and measurable impact across the enterprise."
Runaways' Dinosaur Old Lace Is Proof That TV VFX Budgets Can Do Amazing Things
Because Old Lace is just as much a member of the Runaways team as any of the kids, it was crucial that the production team got her right, which doesn’t just mean that the dinosaur had to look realistic—the actors needed to be able to interact with her in a believable way. Runaways uses a clever blend of CGI and practical effects during Old Lace’s shots that blend seamlessly together. Wider, establishing shots of the animal are mostly (if not entirely) rendered with computers, while tighter shots (especially those involving live actors) use what appear to be very detailed puppets of Old Lace’s head and talons.
Four Clever Ways To Grab Recruiters’ Attention During The Holidays
Think about it: If everyone else stops job searching while you continue to aggressively pursue opportunities, you’ll not only face reduced competition, but you’ll make a strong statement about your interest in the job. So if you decide to stick with it during the holiday season when other contenders drop out of the running, you might have better odds of proving yourself a can’t-miss candidate. Here are four creative ways you can make a positive impression and catch recruiters’ notice during the year-end crunch:
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You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
Chromebooks in 2018: Ready for take-off? | ZDNet
Gartner has estimated the number of Chromebooks shipped worldwide in 2015 at 6.8 million, rising to 9.4 million in 2016 -- an impressive growth rate of 38.2 percent. IDC's figures for the total PC market (which include Chromebooks) in those years are 275.8 million and 260.1 million respectively, which means that the Chromebook share is small but rising -- from around 2.5 percent in 2015 to 3.6 percent in 2016. Gartner forecasts that Chromebook shipments will continue to grow, to 10.9 million in 2017 and 11.9 million in 2018.
A New WarGames Reboot Promises a Contemporary Spin on Cold War Hackers
Barlow: One of the things I wanted to address was that, in a lot of popular culture, Anonymous and that hacker activist is seen as a kind of Robin Hood figure. This mischievous doer of good. I certainly knew from my experience in the games industry that the reality was not quite as nice. There are forces within the hacker world and those parts of the internet that are very reactionary and have done awful things. Same with WikiLeaks. There was that point in history where WikiLeaks were the shining force for freedom of speech and were cutting through the bullshit of the democratic process and the military industrial complex, and the current perception of WikiLeaks is very different now. It’s far more nuanced, and the balance has swung the other way.
There's one big reason that Postgres can't kill Oracle, and it's not the technology
What is clear, however, is that Postgres, much like MongoDB, MySQL, and other Oracle alternatives, proves its mettle for net new database needs. When was the last time a startup opted for Oracle? The answer to that is "never." But it's not just startups: Enterprises, too, are turning to Postgres for modern application workloads, and companies like AWS are happy to help them make the switch. As Mark Porter, general manager for Amazon RDS & Amazon Aurora, told me: "At AWS, we love PostgreSQL for both RDS for PostgreSQL and for Aurora PostgreSQL. The code is great, the community is forward-thinking and innovative, and customers are moving enterprise workloads to PostgreSQL almost faster than we can keep up!"
DeepMind’s AI became a superhuman chess player in a few hours, just for fun
The end-game for Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind was never beating people at board games. It’s always been about creating something akin to a combustion engine for intelligence — a generic thinking machine that can be applied to a broad range of challenges. The company is still a long way off achieving this goal, but new research published by its scientists this week suggests they’re at least headed down the right path.
Coinbase: The Heart of the Bitcoin Frenzy
Coinbase is trying to be more responsive. At the beginning of the year, the company had 24 employees providing customer support. It now has around 180, with most of them outsourced from a call center in Texas and an email response team in the Philippines. The cafeteria is often turned into a “Crypto Club” where new employees are taught the ins and outs of virtual currency.
Is Netflix creating a content pricing bubble?
Netflix has a lot of money to spend and it’s not afraid to spend it. In fact, because of Netflix’s willingness to pay top dollar for its upcoming lineup of original programming, the going price for content is skyrocketing.
“House Of Cards” will continue–just without Kevin Spacey
The sixth and final season of Netflix’s landmark drama was suspended in October after actor Anthony Rapp came forward with sexual assault allegations against Spacey. Following Rapp’s accusations and several more from other victims, it was widely assumed that Spacey’s character would somehow be written off the show.
Here’s a Detailed Look at What's Inside an iPhone
Apple Inc. has sold more than 1.2 billion iPhones since January 2007, when founder Steve Jobs triumphantly claimed, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” That figure, based on quarterly results that include the 15 distinct models that came out before iPhones 8 and X, means that in terms of units sold, the iPhone is probably more successful than any consumer product ever created. The device has seeded entire industries—apps, most notably—and sent the stock prices of suppliers soaring. On the other hand, suppliers that have been spurned by Apple have struggled and, in at least one case, subsequently gone bankrupt.