The Falcon Heavy launch made me feel like a little kid again
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Inside Facebook's Two Years of Hell
It’s not easy to recognize that the machine you’ve built to bring people together is being used to tear them apart, and Mark Zuckerberg’s initial reaction to Trump’s victory, and Facebook’s possible role in it, was one of peevish dismissal. Executives remember panic the first few days, with the leadership team scurrying back and forth between Zuckerberg’s conference room (called the Aquarium) and Sandberg’s (called Only Good News), trying to figure out what had just happened and whether they would be blamed. Then, at a conference two days after the election, Zuckerberg argued that filter bubbles are worse offline than on Facebook and that social media hardly influences how people vote. “The idea that fake news on Facebook—of which, you know, it’s a very small amount of the content—influenced the election in any way, I think, is a pretty crazy idea,” he said.
Amazon laying off corporate employees in rare cutback
Amazon is cutting several hundred jobs in Seattle, and hundreds elsewhere, a rare layoff that appears to fall predominantly on its established consumer retail business. The company continues to hire aggressively in other areas.
A German court just ruled that Facebook illegally uses personal data
A regional court in Berlin said Monday that Facebook isn’t doing a good enough job of telling its users how it uses their personal data, and ruled the collection of such data illegal, Reuters reported .
Instacart raises $200 million as delivery battle with Amazon looms
San Francisco-based Instacart isn’t ready to cede an inch to rival Amazon in the battle to bring groceries to your home.
PyeongChang Olympic committee hacked during opening ceremony of 2018 winter games
Athletes aren't the only ones going for the gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea: Cybercriminals hacked the Olympic organizing committee during the opening ceremonies on Friday, leading to malfunctions of the internet protocol televisions at the Main Press Centre, according to South Korea's Yonhap News .
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Uber will require drivers in the US to take six-hour breaks between long shifts
In an effort to combat drowsy driving, Uber announced today that it would require its most frequent drivers to take six-hour breaks after driving for 12 hours straight. Uber is updating the driver version of the app so that it logs off after counting 12 hours of driving, and drivers will not be able to log on until after the app registers six hours offline.
A Russian nuclear weapons lab was just caught up in a cryptocurrency mining scheme
Computers at nuclear weapons labs are supposed to be used for things like simulating fusion reactions so countries can have some faith their thermonuclear bombs will work. But scientists at a top Russian lab are accused of trying to use one to make money with cryptocurrency instead.
Verizon will start locking iPhones to deter theft | Cult of Mac
Verizon plans to start locking all phones, including iPhones, to its network for a certain period of time. The carrier is hoping the move, which will prevent customers from using other SIM cards in Verizon devices, will help it fight theft.
Instagram tests screenshot warnings for Stories
Instagram is borrowing another feature from Snapchat , although this is one you'll definitely appreciate if you value your privacy. The social site has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's testing a screenshot warning system for Stories. If you're in, you'll get a notice that Story creators can see the screenshots you take. You won't get an alert with each screenshot when you're the creator, but you will see that people took screenshots when looking at your viewer list.
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New autonomous pods move in swarms to improve public transportation
The pods become a bus when demand calls for it, but can also work as a single pod—basically a car. The adjustable nature of the pods may help get people closer to their exact destination as opposed to a train or bus station that often lets them off a few blocks away.
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Fortunately, V8 uses a shortcut to speed things up: just like thawing a frozen pizza for a quick dinner, we deserialize a previously-prepared snapshot directly into the heap to get an initialized context. On a regular desktop computer, this can bring the time to create a context from 40 ms down to less than 2 ms. On an average mobile phone, this could mean a difference between 270 ms and 10 ms.
Top 25 HomePod Tips and Tricks
Anyone who’s near your HomePod, can basically stream anything to the HomePod. By default, there’s no authentication process involved. If you live in a dorm or a shared space, this can be an issue. Anyone can walk up to your HomePod and just start blasting anything. There’s a way you can restrict AirPlay access to only users on the same Wi-Fi network or with people you’ve expressly shared your “Home” setup with in the Home app.
UK government websites, ICO hijacked by cryptocurrency mining malware | ZDNet
It was not long before the researcher realized far more than the ICO had been compromised. Websites including the UK's Student Loans Company (SLC), the UK National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, the Australian Queensland government portal, and US websites were also affected, such as uscourts.gov.
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Italian cryptocurrency exchange gets hacked for $170 million in Nano
On Reddit, one user reports losing $1.4 million in the hack. “Before Kucoin was added as an exchange, I played around day trading on bitgrail to see if I could gain some more Nano,” the user writes, providing a link to their Nano wallet as proof. They explained that they had been trying to withdraw their Nano from BitGrail for a month (presumably after the price spiked in December or January) but were restricted by a 10 Bitcoin per day cap on withdrawals. They noted that over time, that limit was lowered to something closer to 1 Bitcoin per day in withdrawals and BitGrail stopped responding to their support tickets.
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This 'Olympic Destroyer' Malware May Have Killed Winter Games Computers https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/02/12/winter-olympics-cyberattack-and-the-destroyer-malware/ …
Indications that hackers had access to Winter Olympics systems as malware had hardcoded usernames and passwords.
It looks like they left a "calling card." So they could be back.
Facebook is losing its younger U.S. audience to Snapchat, and Instagram isn’t stopping the exodus
It seems that all the old farts puttering around Facebook in their Bermuda shorts and mom jeans are, like, killing the whole social networking vibe for the cool kids who are, like, totally hanging at Snapchat now.
5 reasons you should buy a Chromebook over a Mac or PC
If you consider yourself a power user, you may be quick to write off Chromebooks. While they're not as powerful as gaming laptops, they're plenty fast for basic tasks like checking email or browsing the web. If you're not married to macOS or Windows 10, these web-based laptops are both reliable and inexpensive. Plus, some of them look more expensive than they actually are. So, whether you're on a tight budget or looking to get some light work done, Chromebooks may be a good option for you.
Amazon reportedly paid $90M for security camera company Blink
The tech giant hopes to do more with the company than simply sell smart home cameras, under its brand, the site reported. Instead, it wants to use the chips exclusive to Blink to lower production costs and lengthen the battery life of other gadgets. This will start with the Amazon Cloud Cam, and eventually extend to its Echo speaker line.
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Queen of chill Chloe Kim tweets about ice cream in the middle of Winter Olympics halfpipe qualifier
Is the time between Olympic qualifying runs stressful? It was stressful for me to watch, so I assume yes. But did Chloe Kim still tweet about ice cream during this high-pressure time? Absolutely.
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Apple overtakes Asus to become fourth largest notebook maker | Cult of Mac
According to a new report from market research firm TrendForce, Apple recorded a 9.6 percent market share in global notebook shipments, up from 8.3 percent the previous year. As a result, Apple overtook Asus to become the fourth largest notebook maker by shipments, compared to the fifth largest in 2016.
The X-factor in our driverless future: V2V and V2I | ZDNet
One of the big challenges with V2V will be in the early stages of autonomous vehicle adoption, when driverless cars are sharing the road with traditional automobiles that they can't communicate with. The autonomous vehicles will still have radar, cameras, and LiDAR to rely on, but V2V technology makes for a much clearer picture of predicting vehicle behavior.
Apple iBoot leak was an inside job, and the hacker has more iOS source code
The anonymous sources cited by Motherboard claim they only wanted the code for research and didn't want it to leak publicly for fear of legal repercussions. While Apple maintains that the security of its products doesn't depend on secret code, the leak was still embarrassing, and a future leak of more source code could have more dire consequences.
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Amazon is reportedly designing AI chips to improve Alexa
It should be noted that Google and Apple have both designed their own AI chips, and Google also is using its own chips to support services such as Street View, Photos, Search and Translate. Amazon is just the latest company to go down this route, though it should be noted that just because the company is reportedly designing these chips does not mean it will achieve the performance from them that it desires.
Turns out the Equifax hack was even worse than we thought
The 145.5 million people impacted by the Equifax breach may have had their tax identification numbers, email addresses, and driver's license information stolen.
Star Trek: Discovery Producers on That Crazy Season 1 Finale - IGN
"First of all, we knew that this wasn’t going to be an entire series about war, and we were always hoping there was gonna be a Season 2 and 3," Berg says. "And we also knew since we were in this box where, eventually ... it seemed like we were gonna be running into the timeline and the time period of The Original Series. The more we thought about that ... it became more and more apparent that those two ships existed at the same time. And the more that we realized oh, obviously Burnham and Sarek have a relationship, and Sarek has a relationship with Spock, and that ship that he’s on is out there, from very, very early on we knew [we'd bring in the Enterprise] probably because people would be wondering about it, and wanting [us] to. Like, there’s no real... it’s provocative for us too, so let’s just get there, and tell those stories. But first we had to wrap up a war, and take Burnham on a journey, a pretty big journey of self-discovery, and getting her out of Starfleet and then back into it again."
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Amazon reportedly paid $90 million for Blink’s chip technology
Amazon snapped up home security camera company Blink in December in what many assumed was just another acquisition by the e-commerce giant to strengthen its Amazon Key smart lock and camera delivery service. However, sources tell Reuters that Amazon acquired Blink for much more than its camera tech. They say Amazon primarily bought Blink to get ahold of the startup’s energy-efficient chip technology. It is believed Amazon thinks Blink’s chips could lower production costs and extend the battery life of Amazon’s other products, such as the Echo. Currently, the Echo requires a plugged-in power source to operate, but Blink’s cameras–thanks to its energy efficient chips–can run for two years on a single pair of AA lithium batteries. MG
Apple's HomePod Is 'Built Like a Tank' and Very Hard to Repair
Gaining access to the internals of the HomePod is an exercise in patience and heat gunning. Apple sealed it shut with three layers of adhesive, glue pads, and Torx screws. The 3D mesh that surrounds and protects the HomePod had to be cut to reveal one of the screws, and in order to access and remove the woofer, iFixit ended up slicing through the casing using a hacksaw and ultrasonic cutter. On top of that, the power cord is non-removable.
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How political campaigns use big data to get out the vote
And what you see when you open up voter mapping is you can select by party identification. You can look into vote history and registration date, those kind of standards of the voter file. But beyond there, you can go into consumer information, income, education level, census data based on unemployment rates in different areas. You can look at donor information, both from the Federal Election Commission file, as well as private donor file that we obtain from various third-party sources.
John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire is a space opera about climate change denialism
I don’t know that they necessarily will advance them. Without getting into any particular spoilers, as the book continues, it’s going to be obvious that some of the things that Marce and the Emprox have been talking about are going to start happening: you’re going to see some of the Flow streams collapse — we saw that at the end of the last book — and they will happen reasonably close to what’s been predicted. What will be interesting is not whether the events will conform to the predictions that are based on scientific observation, but how people respond to that. If you get back to the idea of climate change, the issue is not whether or not people accept that there is climate change, right? Because the flooding, the weird weather, the huge differentiations in temperature: they’re all there. The argument is shifting from “no, climate change isn’t happening” to “climate change is obviously happening, but we don’t know if humans are responsible.”
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Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting over acquisition deal imminent | ZDNet
This is the first time Qualcomm has agreed to sit and discuss a potential deal, but the chip maker would not do so until both respective firms had met with proxy advisors Glass Lewis and ISS.
These Fujitsu laptops were just recalled because their batteries catch on fire
Recalled battery pack product numbers are: CP556150-03, CP579060-01 and CP629458-03. The product and serial numbers are printed on a white sticker on the battery, Fujitsu noted. The recalled battery packs were sold online at www.shopfujitsu.com from July 2012 through December 2017, and with Fujitsu notebook computers and workstations.
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This is true to a degree. Should give simklar performance to approx a gt1030. No serious gaming can be done on these chips but they are AWESOME for entry level builds with a real upgrade path. Especially with gpu pricing being so inflated. Good job @AMDRyzen
5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Save The Planet
Decision-making in the wake of natural disasters is limited by the information available to government agencies and aid groups. It’s hampered by a lack of coordination. “Losses of life and property are multiplied when first responders can’t prioritize and target resources. Herweijer sees a role for automated systems that can analyze real-time data, like social media. “We don’t have a data-smart way of responding in real time to natural disasters,” she says. “We need public-private partnerships that bring together humanitarian agencies and big satellite companies to pinpoint where to start,” she says.