A complete guide to bluffing your way through the Winter Olympics
Don't know the difference between an axel and a lutz? Step right this way.
The case against subwoofers for music
For home theater and games, sure, subwoofers can provide deep bass oomph that speakers alone can’t match.
MoviePass somehow just got even cheaper
Why does the price just keep going down???
Sonos cleverly mocks Apple on HomePod launch day
Commentary: The speaker maker takes to Twitter to offer Apple a playlist. A very funny playlist. A very funny playlist you can't easily play on a HomePod.
9 romantic comedies on Netflix for Valentine’s Day
Remember how much everyone loved this film when it came out? It was a beautiful time when Rachel McAdams needed to be the love interest in every single romantic movie and people still got excited about a surprise Will Ferrell cameo. Even if we can't go back to that time, at least we still have "Wedding Crashers" for a few good laughs. If you aren't looking to take your Valentine's Day viewing too seriously, I highly recommend strolling down this particular memory lane.
Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones are going ad-free
Amazon said the line of Prime Exclusive Phones will continue to have cheaper pricing for Prime members and will be unlocked for use across US carriers. An Amazon spokesperson told CNET that despite the price increase, the phones will still cost less than their list price. The phones will also continue to ship with an Amazon Widget installed that includes the retailer's offers, but that can be easily removed.
The Netherlands celebrated their Winter Olympics win by trolling Trump
On Saturday, The Netherlands pulled off a medals sweep in the women's 3,000-meter speed skating event, making them the first country to collect gold, silver, and bronze medals for this round of games. And how did they celebrate? By throwing some shade at President Trump, of course!
How to Fix iPhone X Battery Life Problems With These 10 Tips
I’ve noticed that people are quite cynical about such articles as most of them tell you to disable features. The aim of the article is not to tell you to disable features on your iPhone, but the purpose is to provide you information about the various settings that are available, so you can disable the features that you don’t use as it would help in extending your iPhone’s battery life. I will promise you that you will learn something new that will help you extend your iPhone X’s battery life whether you are a long time iPhone user or a new iPhone user.
Amazon delivery service: Why Bezos is launching Shipping with Amazon | ZDNet
Shipping costs, which include sortation and delivery center and transportation costs, were $11.5 billion, $16.2 billion, and $21.7 billion in 2015, 2016, and 2017. We expect our cost of shipping to continue to increase to the extent our customers accept and use our shipping offers at an increasing rate, we reduce shipping rates, we use more expensive shipping methods, and we offer additional services. We seek to mitigate costs of shipping over time in part through achieving higher sales volumes, optimizing our fulfillment network, negotiating better terms with our suppliers, and achieving better operating efficiencies.
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The NSA sent coded messages from its official Twitter account to communicate with Russian spies http://gizmo.do/g7ilhXD pic.twitter.com/5Vpgo352TL
These two Dell laptop sales are worth checking out
Presidents Day isn't as big a shopping holiday as Black Friday, but you can still score a deal on a laptop.
As Google reclaims Nest, ex-CEO Tony Fadell says spin-off was blunder
A culture clash might have been involved. Fadell, an ex-Apple executive and disciple of Steve Jobs, is known as the godfather of the iPod, and played a key role in the development of the iPhone. His joining the search giant was seen by many as Google co-founder Larry Page's attempt to inject his company with Apple's storied hardware sensibility. But Apple's rigid and secretive culture is a stark contrast from Google's open and experimental one.
SpaceX denies claim that Air Force blew up Falcon 9
Elon Musk had hoped to tow one of his rockets home after it managed to survive an experimental landing in the Atlantic Ocean, then weird reports surfaced about its fate.
Windows 10 tip: How to capture and print Windows 10 screen | ZDNet
Windows 10 offers a wide range of built-in screen capture options. You can save the full screen, the active window, or a rectangular selection to a file or to the Clipboard for reuse in another app. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to memorize.
How astronauts prepare for a Mars voyage in the desert of Israel
The astronauts will live in the habitat and spend each day as if they are actually on Mars, according to the report. That means wearing spacesuits and conducting exploratory missions in the area. They will also communicate with a control and operations center via an AMOS-7 satellite. There will even be simulated "blackout periods," representing when Mars passes almost entirely behind the sun from the perspective of the Earth, and radio communication is impeded.
Hands-On: Kali Linux 2018.1 on the Raspberry Pi Zero W | ZDNet
I wrote about Kali Linux 2017.3 not long ago, and I looked at the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 version. Now there is a new Kali release available (2018.1), and it includes a version specifically for the Raspberry Pi Zero W! Yippie! This is great news for computer and network security professionals, because, as I have said many times before, I believe that Kali is the absolute best Linux distribution for security and penetration testing, and having that available on a computer that you can stick in your shirt pocket is just awesome!
I found out how hard it is to run the slopes like the US ski team
It's been almost a year since Ross tore her ACL and the meniscus in her right knee, which should have kept her out of action for about 18 months. Ross would have none of it. Instead, she put herself through a grueling rehab regimen that included hundreds of VR sessions. She made it back to the slopes in nine months.
Security firm Cygilant apologizes after social media meltdown
A tweet posted by Matt Nelson , a well-known security researcher and senior operator at security firm SpecterOps, described a possible, undisclosed flaw in Microsoft's SCCM, which system admins use to remotely control and patch their fleet of devices. Cygilant quoted Nelson's tweet with comments promoting its own, rival patching service -- something frowned upon in most industries, but especially egregious in the security community.
Winter Olympics Organizers Probe Possible Cyberattack On Opening Ceremony Day
PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Olympics organizers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday.
Apple HomePod: 3 business uses for the smart speaker
For offices without fancy speakerphones, Apple's HomePod offers a convenient method of handing off calls to the speaker's high-quality components. Boasting direct and ambient audio beamforming and a complex microphone array, the HomePod offers quite an upgrade over the standard smartphone speaker.
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Analyzing the dynamics of online political news sharing shows that there’s an ideological pattern to who’s spreading the bad stuff. https://trib.al/nuTDWA6
Apple's TV app for iOS: Now you can watch new 'live news' channels | ZDNet
The new feature was first reported by 9to5Mac , which says Apple has made it convenient to set up. The TV app prompts you to install each news network's app from the App Store if it isn't already installed and then automatically signs you in to each app using Single Sign-On.
How to set up your Apple HomePod
Once you get home, you need to set up the speaker before it's time to jam out with one of the best-sounding speakers out there. The process takes just a couple of minutes, just make sure you have an iOS device handy — you can't set it up without one. Also, make sure it's up to date; 11.2.5 is required to interact with the HomePod.
Photos: 16 ways tech is changing the tourism industry
From designing hotel rooms to on-the-go fitness apps, tech is making its way to all sectors of traveling and the tourism industry. Here are 16 ways technology is making travel easier, safer, and more fun.
Google, Getty Images strike multi-year licensing partnership | ZDNet
Two years ago, Getty Images alleged through an EU complaint that Google was damaging image businesses by showing high-resolution images without better credit to the source. It's not clear if Getty Images dropped the complaint with its new Google partnership.
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
"I wasn’t sure if Hannah [who's 4] knew whether Alexa is human. So I asked, and she told me: Alexa is “a kind of robot” who lives in her house, and robots, she reasoned, aren’t people. But she does think Alexa has feelings." https://trib.al/aypkMN9
Russia Busts Crypto Miners at Secret Nuclear Weapons Lab
Russia’s still debating laws on cryptocurrencies, but engineers at a top-secret nuclear lab were already busy mining them, authorities said.
AI applied: How SAP and MapR are adding AI to their platforms | ZDNet
AI makes house calls While MapR's application of AI is different from SAP's, they have some things in common. In both cases, AI functionality is being brought to the platforms that contain the critical data. Having AI meet data where it's located increases the chance of AI being applied, since data movement, especially at high volume, is cumbersome and time-consuming.
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“You would do experiments and publish them, and it was like you were invisible, your work was invisible, what you said was invisible.” https://trib.al/taqkUNH
Intel's drones broke a world record at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony
If you were watching the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea yesterday then you might have noticed a swarm of Intel-made drones lighting up the night sky at various points – and those intelligent packs of drones broke a Guinness World Record along the way.
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"Technology is not going to stay in the lead in the United States unless gender diversity gets materially better, it’s just not," says @Apple CEO @tim_cook https://trib.al/Lqnvt5J
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Some @Tesla employees have said they receive “near the lowest pay in the automotive industry” and struggle to get workers’ compensation. https://trib.al/A9ZfHRc
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Uber and Waymo reach settlement in case over stolen Google secrets: http://on.forbes.com/6016DPHDi pic.twitter.com/7Z6JGVxO07
Looks like Galaxy S9 will keep the headphone jack alive
Even as Apple and Google abandon the 3.5mm port, Samsung may stick to its guns.
Data usage at Super Bowl 52 grows 48% as social media use skyrockets
The Philadelphia Eagles weren't the only winners at the Super Bowl. Data usage spiked compared to previous years, and US Bank Stadium was able to handle the demand.
India imposes $21.1M fine on Google for antitrust practices
In India, the CCI highlighted an example that it felt demonstrated Google's anti-competitive behaviours. It pointed out that an "undue intervention" in Google's search design placed the company's commercial flight search function prominently on the search results page, and that this "disproportionate real estate" allocated to its own services put rivals trying to gain market access at a disadvantage.
IBM Security Report: Asia-Pacific users are biometric early-adopters
Users in APAC were the most knowledgeable and comfortable with biometric authentication, while the U.S. lagged furthest behind in these categories says IBM Security's Limor Kessem.
The Leslie Jones Winter Olympics live-tweeting has officially begun!
Every two years, for a few weeks, we all get to enjoy a global phenomenon that brings many countries together: Leslie Jones live-tweeting the Olympics.
How to harden Ubuntu Server 16.04 security in five steps
There's actually more you can do to achieve an adequate level of security for your data. The good news is it's pretty easy to harden your Ubuntu 16.04 Server. See how five quick steps will result in considerable security gains.
Download this: Like, the music video app that lets you create 'music magic'
On its surface, the app is a lot like Muscial.ly or Dubsmash or number of other social music video apps. Users pick a song — the app features popular songs you can use as soundtracks for your creations — and record videos that can be shared within the app or elsewhere on social media.
What Is Lidar, Why Do Self-Driving Cars Need It, and Can It See Nerf Bullets?
Self-driving cars use other sensors to see, notably radars and cameras, but laser vision is hard to match. Radars are reliable, but don't offer the resolution needed to pick out things like arms and legs. Cameras deliver the detail, but require machine-learning-powered software that can translate 2-D images into 3-D understanding. Lidar, by contrast, offers hard, computer-friendly data in the form of exact measurements.
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Comparing smartphone specs? Huge waste of time http://gizmo.do/Ph2UGu6 pic.twitter.com/txsOdXZTTr
Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought
The 2017 Equifax data breach was already extremely serious by itself, but there are hints it was somehow worse. CNN has learned that Equifax told the US Senate Banking Committee that more data may have been exposed than initially determined. The hack may have compromised more driver's license info, such as the issuing data and host state, as well as tax IDs. In theory, it would be that much easier for intruders to commit fraud.
4 reasons why you should be using VLC 3.0, the best media player ever
For power users and real AV nerds, VLC 3.0 also supports hardware acceleration for 4K and 8K resolution videos. What that means is, the media player can tap into the processing power of your device's graphics chip to render videos smoothly without any stuttering or jitteriness.
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Trump's tweet defending Rob Porter sets off a fiery backlash
The story of now-former aide Rob Porter has dominated much of the news cycle this week. After physical abuse allegations surfaced from two of his ex wives, Chief of Staff John Kelly sent out a memo defending him on Tuesday. When pictures of injuries that Porter allegedly caused came out the next day, he left the job, though it's unclear whether he resigned or was fired.
iOS 9 Source Code Was Leaked by Low-Level Apple Employee
However, a year after the code was initially stolen, one member of the group gave it to someone else “who shouldn’t have had it.” No one in the group of 5 is clear as to who leaked the code first and what happened after that. But the damage was already done. This source code then slowly made its into the hand of more people, including some people familiar with the jailbreaking community, a jailbreaking group on Discord, and more.
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Hovering computers will make it increasingly possible to hack equipment that doesn’t connect directly to the internet. https://trib.al/QKmNEdi
Amazon Dismisses Raspberry Pi Key Hack, Patches It Anyway - Geek.com
Since Amazon began waltzing into strangers’ homes to drop off packages, the company’s Key delivery service has run fairly smoothly.
Chinese police are using facial recognition sunglasses to track citizens
One challenge for facial recognition software is that it struggles when running on CCTV cameras, because the picture is blurry and by the time a target is identified they might already have moved on. The sunglasses, by comparison, given police “the ability to check anywhere,” says Wu. “By making wearable glasses, with AI on the front end, you get instant and accurate feedback. You can decide right away what the next interaction is going to be.”
7 tips for using an air fryer
That may change thanks to the recent arrival of an air fryer, a kitchen appliance I'd never even heard of until last summer, but now seems to be everywhere. Suddenly healthy(ish) french fries are within my grasp.
Crumbling national parks mired in $11 billion backlog, but experts scoff at jacking up fees
An influx of money is the obvious way to solve the parks' structural woes, but it's unlikely Congress will appropriate enough funding in the near term to shore up this failing infrastructure. For this reason, a group of around 150 sustainability experts, technologists, and business leaders are gathering in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area this weekend to conceive novel solutions to address the backlog.
Nougat is now most popular Android operating system
First released 18 months ago, Nougat is now the most popular Android OS in the world, having finally overtaken its predecessor, Marshmallow.