Social Media Quick Tip: New LinkedIn Messaging
LinkedIn recently updated their messaging interface - in this post, Karen Yankovich looks at the new system and how it works.
Netflix's 'Dark' is a mind-bending fairy tale worth watching
This sci-fi series will make you think twice about ever walking into a creepy cave.
The best meteor shower of the year is happening this month
The best chance for meteor-spotting also brings a special guest this year.
Lynda Carter stars in hilarious PSA to save single-player games
Bethesda creates a quite wonderful ad, starring the original Wonder Woman, in support of the loner gamer.
Presenting everything we think will happen in 'The Last Jedi'
How much of the movie can we predict based only on official information?
What makes this tomato-sorting machine so freakishly fast?
Turns out it’s very old tech — just extremely well optimized
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is actually pretty fun
Dwayne Johnson is a jungle VIP in this entertaining sequel to the much-loved Robin Williams caper.
See the 8 Game Awards video game reveals you may've missed
Most award shows are focused on awards, but with The Game Awards you also get to see trailers for the biggest upcoming games.
The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor
Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how..
Photos: Holiday gifts that will make your co-workers happy
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Uber settles lawsuit with woman who accused executives of obtaining medical records after she was raped
In the lawsuit, Doe’s attorneys said “Uber executives violated her a second time by unlawfully obtaining and sharing her medical records from that vicious sexual assault and have failed, as of the date of this filing, to apologize to her for this outrageous conduct.”
Photos: 13 great holiday gifts for the boss
Give a coffee gift and benefit a charity. Hope Bridges ' Thai coffee is a fair-trade coffee that gives back. Hope Bridges, based in Kansas City, MO, is a 501c(3) caring for impoverished children in Thailand, offering them a bridge of hope by providing food, clothing, education and basic health care. The coffee beans used in Hope Bridges coffees are organically grown, fair traded and provide financial support to tribal farmers in the hill country of northern Thailand. Beans are processed by a hill tribe cooperative, providing a means of support to the tribal people in addition to delivering life-giving support children need. More than 50% of the purchase price goes to support children in Thailand. Prices range from $4.95 to $12.95 and monthly subscriptions are available.
Andy Rubin returns to Essential after leave of absence
Recode notes that Essential and Rubin wouldn’t comment about the situation, but says that his return should help ease some worries about the company after the lackluster release of its first product, the Essential Phone . Rubin is also expected to be working on the company’s next product, the Essential Home , which is designed to take on smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home — but with a focus on local data processing to keep your information as far away from the cloud as possible. The Essential Home was reportedly said to arrive over the summer, but the company had been continually plagued with delays of its flagship smartphone .
Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera: Enhancing auto mode through artificial intelligence | ZDNet
Smartphone cameras have improved significantly over the last couple of years, but the majority of people still use auto mode and just like to point and shoot. Many phones have manual mode for highly customizable shots, but Huawei is attempting to combine the best of both convenience and power with intelligence.
Some Amazon Prime Exclusive phones are now even cheaper | ZDNet
Amazon's lineup of Prime Exclusive Phones are all Android-powered, and in exchange for a steep discount, Amazon will randomly display offers and ads on your lock screen. Naturally, the ads are for products Amazon sells. It's the same approach Amazon has used on its Kindle lineup.
Samsung's $26 billion bet | ZDNet
Samsung is more than doubling its semiconductor fab investment next year. Besides a welcome increase in supply - and a drop in prices - it also is an attempt to dominate, perhaps even monopolize, the critical DRAM and NAND flash markets. How will this play out?
Hilton rolling out mobile-controlled hotel rooms in 2018 | ZDNet
"At Hilton, almost all digital products are born out of necessity and shortcomings in the marketplace - and Connected Room is no exception," Joshua Sloser, SVP of digital product at Hilton, said. "The technology we put in hotel rooms has to be intuitive, simple and quick to pick up because guests typically spend a limited amount of time in their rooms and we want them to spend that time enjoying the experience instead of adapting to new technology."
Facebook Messenger Kids app targets ages six to 12
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The Atlantic warns of backlash against more diversity in tech | ZDNet
Ms Jobs is a billionaire and could certainly help move the needle on diversity and gender discrimination in Silicon Valley with her money and her connections. Her Emerson Collective is spending tens of millions of dollars every year to fullfil its mission of "removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential."
Best Comedy Movie - Best of 2017 Awards - IGN
From IGN's The Disaster Artist Review: There are good movies, there are bad movies, there are awful movies, and then there’s The Room, a movie so mind-explodingly incompetent that it feels like it shouldn’t exist. James Franco’s new film The Disaster Artist reveals the strange but (apparently) true story of how the worst movie ever made actually got made, and it’s an unusually heartwarming ode to outsider art. The Disaster Artist is a hilarious and heart-wrenching ode to outsider art, with a baffling story that would be impossible to believe if it weren’t apparently true. James Franco directs the film with sensitivity and painstaking detail, and gives a fantastic performance as one of the worst filmmakers - and one of the most unusual human beings - ever.
The iPhone is the most popular camera, according to Flickr
Flickr, the popular image hosting site, just shared some interesting info on the top cameras of 2017 . According to its data, the iPhone ranks as the most popular camera with 54 percent of photographers using devices from Apple -- more than all the other traditional camera companies combined.
How to make video calls on your Nextcloud server
And that's all there is to adding video conferencing to your Nextcloud server. If you've been looking for a cost-effective means of adding video calls to your internal company network, Nextcloud might well be your best bet. Even if you only use Nextcloud for this feature, which you probably won't as there are so many outstanding additions to the platform, it is well worth the investment especially since it's free.
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.
LG's induction stove is just too expensive
The LSE4617ST's smooth cooktop has four induction burners and one warming zone (learn more about induction here ). The burners have an LED bar below them to show the power levels of each burner when they're in use. Like other induction cooktops we've tested, each burner is marked with a cross as opposed to a traditional circle, so it's important to keep the product's manual close by to make sure you're using the right size cookware for each burner. And speaking of cookware, you'll need pots and pans that are made of a magnetic base material. Newer cookware will have an "induction ready" or "induction capable" label. If you're not sure if your cookware will work with induction burners, take a magnet and see if it sticks to the bottom of your pot or pan. It's ready for induction if the magnet sticks; if not, you'll need new cookware.
Watch the CNET Holiday Buyer's Guide Live: Thursday, Dec. 14
The CNET Holiday Buyer's Guide Live is back again to help, streaming live from our New York studios. We have gift-giving advice, tips on finding hot deals and answers to readers' questions -- live, with a cast of CNET experts!
PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad shrinks the game controller
PlayStation 4 Mini Wired Gamepad shrinks the game controller
Jony Ive is back to managing design at Apple | ZDNet
In 2015, Ive stepped away from his role of an Apple senior vice president where he oversaw hardware, software UI, and retail store design. Apple dubbed it a promotion, and presumably Ive was turning his attention to design Apple Park and iPhone X.
As Alibaba ramps up, Amazon loses the plot in Asia | ZDNet
The US online retailer finally introduces Amazon Prime in Singapore but the launch has been described as "piecemeal", which should give Alibaba even more room to expand its own footprint in the region.
12 of the best baby tech gifts for the little ones in your life
This baby tech gift guide is a new one for TechCrunch’s annual gift list but one that’s been on my mind for a little while now (for reference, I’m six months pregnant). Lately, I’ve been inundated with ads, tips, lists and articles of my own on items for baby in this modern tech age… so, I’ve scanned through it all, compiled a list of the top tech and wrapped it up just for you and your little one (or little one to be).
AI is more than automation on steroids, it amplifies human innovation | ZDNet
A big piece of the challenge is that AI is more than allowing machines to take over processes. It means new ways of thinking about how things get accomplished, and what people need to do to make this happen. It doesn't just mean replacing human tasks, but rather, while freeing humans from rote tasks, also helping to amplifying their strengths and capabilities. It's a two-way street. A forward-looking, well-managed organization is capable of building incredibly revolutionary AI just as much as well-designed AI can help the business.
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This Is How Emotionally Intelligent People Vacation
On vacation, we tend to unwind and let our minds wander away from the pressures of daily life—or at least that’s what we hope for while booking trips to foreign climes. The key is actually make that happen. Since self-awareness is the basis of emotional intelligence, it’s worth planning a vacation that gives you a chance to notice things about yourself that you might not in an ordinary workweek.
Bond smartens ceiling fans so you can lose that remote for good
The Bond device is the flagship product for its parent company, Olibra. The Bond smartens ceiling fans by acquiring the signal from the device's original infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) remote. Ceiling fan remote controls come in both IR or RF varieties, but most are RF. If you do have an IR remote control, you'll need to be sure the Bond is placed so it has a clear line of sight to the fan. I didn't find that to be an issue, since the Bond is a relatively small, black device that fits on most tables and shelves. My disappointment here is the device's color. It would be nice if the Bond came in options like white or gray, since it will be sitting out in the open.
Pantone's 2018 color of the year goes cosmic
This isn't just a color. It's a search for meaning, an attempt to make sense out of a chaotic world. "Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now," Pantone says. If this color doesn't make you want to sign up for NASA's astronaut corps, then you aren't breathing.
B&W PX headphone auto-pause, auto-resume sensors are a turn-on
Like earlier wireless Bowers & Wilkins headphones, the PX comes with a quilted carrying case and a cable for listening in wired mode so you can plug into an in-flight entertainment system. This headphone charges via USB-C, not Micro-USB, and its battery life is rated at 22 hours with wireless and noise canceling turned on (the battery isn't user replaceable). That number may not be tops for the category, but it's in the same league as competitors.
This beach's rope swing is so Instagram-famous
In a single day during my family's five-day visit this month, we helped release newly hatched sea turtles on the beach and snorkeled next to their full grown relatives later on: it's truly one of those places where nature presents itself in the form of a playground. But it is the crude, human-constructed bit of play equipment that visitors write home about the most and that draws the most interest online.
Chord Electronics redefines the state of the art for digital audio
Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell's "'Round Midnight" CD worked its magic on me. This recording from 1972 has a very analog feel, with a tremendous soundstage that extended a few feet beyond the edges of the ME1 speakers. Dave put the music first, this Burrell album has a late night feel, it just flows, with nimble rhythmic undercurrents.
Houdini for iOS 10.x Brings 'Semi-Jailbreak' Experience to your iPhone
If you have been patiently waiting on iOS 10 for a jailbreak, then we have some interesting news. Hacker Abraham Masri has released a tool called Houdini that brings some jailbreak functionalities like the ability to theme and customize your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 10.x. Masri is quick to point out it is not a jailbreak nor does it allow you to install jailbreak tweaks, like some websites are reporting.
The Best Ways to Share iPhone Photos with Your Family and Friends
Google Photos is cross platform, it’s easy to share from iPhone, iPad, Android and even the web. If your friends and family are split between iOS and Android, this is basically your best option. And that’s not a bad thing because Google Photos is a nicely designed app with a seamless workflow. The feature is a bit hidden but once you figure out where it is and how it works it becomes second nature.
The biggest iPhone game of 2017, HQ Trivia, is coming to Android for Christmas
The breakout hit iPhone game of 2017 has undoubtedly been "HQ
Trivia," a live trivia game that went from curiosity to viral hit
seemingly overnight. And now, in a few weeks, it's finally coming
Mini price, mini size, maxi sound
In another nod to resonance reduction, the 5-inch Aramid Fibre/Paper driver and 1-inch soft dome tweeter are acoustically decoupled from the cabinet. The speaker is small at just 10 inches tall by 9 inches deep and 6.7 inches wide (260 by 226 by 170mm). Its rear port sits above an unusually angled set of binding posts. The models we received came in an attractive gloss white, but the 3020 also comes in gloss black, graphite and walnut. A pair of magnetic grilles is included.
iOS 11 Bug Leading to iPhone Being Stuck in Reboot/Respring Issue for Users
The issue seems to stem from a bug in iOS which is being triggered by apps that send multiple notifications or reminders a day. So, if your iPhone is stuck in a respring loop, you can try to turn off notifications from such apps to fix the issue. Alternatively, you can also try changing the date back to December 1 on your iPhone to fix the issue temporarily until Apple gets around to fixing the issue for good. A restart or resetting the settings of the device will not solve the issue here since the problem is occurring due to an underlying iOS 11 bug.
This big-ass Chromebook is a good-ass deal
The full-size, all-black keyboard is flanked by two speakers. It's backlit (a treat for a budget laptop), and the keys travel and respond well. I didn't find them stiff to type on, though they're not as comfortable and fluid as a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop's keyboard. If a superior typing experience is required, I'd recommend taking a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 instead.
Don't Plug a Space Heater Into a Power Strip
This time of year, you’ve gotta do some work to keep your home warm and cozy. Christmas lights, decorations, an extra throw blanket on the couch. And, of course, a space heater. But with all those decorations, plugs are at a premium. No problem , you think, I’ve got a power strip . Well let me say: nononononono.
How to Find Out If Your iPhone X Has Qualcomm or Intel LTE modem
Cellular Insights ran exhaustive tests with the iPhone X to find out which LTE modem is faster, and as we reported a few days back, the tests revealed that while Intel’s LTE modems are starting to catch up, the Qualcomm variant is still outperforming in terms of LTE speeds .
35 good memes that got us through a bad year
From Salt Bae to the countless memes mocking President Trump and his first year in office, this has truly been a magical year for coping with sadness and madness using increasingly weird comedy online.
Gudak Cam app takes days to 'develop' pics, and people love it
All that waiting might seem like torture to you, young 'uns, but it brought a sweet anticipation that can only come with delayed gratification. Curious what that feels like? So are a lot of people. An app called Gudak Cam that makes you wait three long days for your digital photos to be processed is among the hottest paid iPhone apps in several countries, including South Korea and Japan , where it's especially popular among female high school students, Nikkei Asian Review reports .
PS4 sales reign supreme as PlayStation VR notches its own VR victory
According to Sony's own estimates, it's sold around 70.7 million PS4 units worldwide. That's a huge number no matter how you cut it, but it's especially remarkable in that the number counts units that were actually sold rather than merely shipped. In addition, Sony announced customers have bought more than 2 million PlayStation VR units.
Tech gifts that don't suck: Top 5 options under $500
Picking the perfect tech gift can be a challenge. TechRepublic's Jason Hiner and Bill Detwiler have put together a list of five gadgets that are under $500 and sure to please even the hardest-to-buy-for tech lover.
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Amazon launches single sign-on service for AWS cloud | ZDNet
On Thursday, the company quietly announced AWS SSO, a single sign-on service for the AWS cloud. Amazon describes the product as a centralized portal from which users can manage access to multiple AWS accounts and applications using their existing corporate credentials.
A huge Chromebook with great battery life and a low price
If you're not interested in a compact Chromebook, the Acer Chromebook 15 is an affordable model with a big screen. For being one of the biggest Chromebooks you can buy, it's also a solid value.
Ajit Pai jokes with Verizon exec about him being a “puppet” FCC chair
At the dinner, Pai played a satirical video that showed him planning his ascension to the FCC chairmanship with a Verizon executive in 2003. The Verizon executive was apparently Kathleen Grillo, a senior VP and deputy general counsel in the company's public policy and government affairs division.
Google pauses removal of apps that want to use accessibility services | ZDNet
Google asked ( via ArsTechnica ) developers to provide feedback: "If you believe your app uses the Accessibility API for a responsible, innovative purpose that isn't related to accessibility, please respond to this email and tell us more about how your app benefits users. This kind of feedback may be helpful to us as we complete our evaluation of accessibility services."
Jony Ive Returning to Take Control Back of Apple's Design Team
In 2015, Jony Ive changed his job description at Apple, effectively taking a “Chief Design Officer” position that was created specifically for him. At the time, Ive handed over the day-to-day managerial duties over to Alan Dye (in charge of the user interface teams) and Richard Howarth (leading up the industrial design teams). However, a recent change to Apple’s leadership website indicates that some more changes have taken place.
Windows 10: UK's GCHQ found out how to hack Windows Defender to own your PC | ZDNet
Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch for two severe flaws in Windows Defender. The flaws were discovered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a unit of the UK's spy agency GCHQ, which dispenses cyberdefense advice to the government and public.
Google Home Mini resurrects touch play controls
I'm not sure that a long press on the side will be as intuitive for people as a tap on the middle, and this new feature seems to confirm that the company won't be trying to fix that top button issue -- Google is moving on with this alternate plan. Still, the Mini is a device designed for voice controls. The touch option is a nice extra to have, so I'm happy that at least some of it is coming back.
Review: These active noise canceling wireless earbuds are fantastic for studying and work
If you want a decent pair of headphones that feature active noise canceling (ANC) and wireless Bluetooth connectivity the options are fairly limited. Most are heavy, which makes them ill-suited for extended wear. Others are simply too expensive, with typical price tags in the $300 range — especially if you aren’t even sure whether you even care about ANC or not.