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Now your Instagram posts can be mini-albums of photos and videos

Ever since Instagram added its Snapchat-inspired Instagram Stories last August, it's concentrated on building out that f

NASA to announce a 'discovery beyond our solar system' tomorrow

You can watch it on NASA TV.

NASA to announce a 'discovery beyond our solar system' tomorrow

You can watch it on NASA TV.

This solar system of seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life

Around 40 light-years away, seven Earth-sized planets have been spotted orbiting closely around a small, ultra-cool star. It’s one of the largest solar systems that’s ever been discovered outside...

​Click, click, clack: Apple's MacBook Pro 2016 keyboard sounds all wrong to owners | ZDNet

What's behind the high-pitched noise on some keys on Apple's latest MacBook Pro 2016?

Apple Park's campus auditorium named 'Steve Jobs Theater,' opens later in year

Want a good look at the Nintendo Switch console? Check out this unboxing video

Nintendo has released the official Switch unboxing video featuring Nintendo Minute's Kit and Krysta, and it's making the wait unbearable.

Netflix is grossing people out with these “Santa Clarita Diet” ads

One of the billboards for the Drew Barrymore zombie comedy is so graphic that it was taken down in Germany, AdWeek repo

NASA: We found 7 Earth-sized planets just 40 light years away

Three of which are in the habitable "Goldilocks" zone.

This robot butler follows you around and carries your stuff

Say goodbye to bags, luggage, and purses – and hello to your own cargo ‘bot. Piaggio – the company behind the Vespa scooter – created “Gita,” a ball-shaped blue robot whose name means “short journey.” Piaggio says that Gita rolls after its owner on two wheels at speeds up to 22 mph, and carries items up to 40 …

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7 planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away could play host to alien life

All of the planets are far enough from their star that they could conceivably host liquid water on their surfaces, according to the researchers. Four of the worlds in particular are thought to be in the "habitable zone" of the star, which means they could be our best chances for life outside the solar system.

Like smartphones, self-driving tech may prove problematic for road safety

Most of today’s self-driving systems are not yet fully autonomous. Tesla’s Autopilot, for example, only works part of the time, and still depends on humans to take control when the machine falls short. But as humans spend more and more time behind the wheel otherwise occupied (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted an 8.8 percent increase in fatalities as a result of distracted driving), they may not be taking control in due time. There’s already precedent for this kind of tragedy — just look at last year’s fatal  Tesla Autopilot crash .

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Use code   "XPS599".  This is one of the lowest prices we've seen for an XPS desktop equipped with a 6th Generation Core i7 Quad-Core processor. The rest of the specs include 8GB of memory, 1TB hard drive, and Windows 7 Professional (Windows 10 license included). All you need to do is add a decent video card and you are set. Don't be scared off by the Dell "Small Business" name, you don't have to be a small business to purchase anything from this site. If you're looking for some cheap video cards that will game properly, check out the example below!

Netflix reportedly snags Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'

Netflix is making another big movie splash, as IndieWire is the first to report that it's acquiring the rights to Martin Scorsese's $100 million+ gangster flick The Irishman . Reportedly in the works since at least 2010 , the project is supposed to unite the legendary moviemaker with both Robert de Niro and Al Pacino. The big budget is apparently due to the use of Benjamin Button-style special effects to make its actors appear younger for certain scenes. The story is adapted from the nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses , about mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran.

How to share multiple photos in one Instagram post | Cult of Mac

The only draw back of the new feature is that all your photos will be cropped to a square. Only one caption is allowed for all pictures. To signify that there are multiple pics in a post, Instagram shows a couple of dots underneath the gallery.

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Apple's spaceship campus, Apple Park, opens in April

The new auditorium includes 1,000 seats and is situated on a hill that overlooks the main building and surrounding parklands. Apple Park will also feature an on-site Apple Store, public café, a visitors center, R&D facilities, and a large fitness center for Apple employees. Apple Park will also be powered by 17 megawatts of rooftop solar power, making it one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. Apple is also planning to use natural ventilation for the building, and projects that it will not require heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.

Apple's new HQ, Apple Park, will open in April

Jobs conceived of the 2.8 million-square-foot building, which evokes a flying saucer with panels of curved glass, and Apple will honor its late founder’s memory with a 1,000-seat auditorium named Steve Jobs Theater. Apple Park sits on 175 acres of land designed to be part nature refuge, part center for collaboration and creativity.

Apple's new campus, Apple Park, opens in April | ZDNet

Apple has also revealed that the campus' 1,000-seat, glass cylinder auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater, in honor of the late co-founder, who would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24.

AMD's Ryzen launches March 2, outperforming Intel's Core i7 at a fraction of the price

AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X, a 95-watt part, boasts 8 cores and 16 threads. It runs at 3.6GHz and will boost to 4GHz, AMD chief executive Lisa Su said. When AMD’s $499 chip matched up against the eight-core Intel Core i7-6900K—a $1,089 part—the 1800X recorded an identical single-thread score of 162 on the Cinebench benchmark. But when all of its cores were turned on, the 1800X outperformed the 6900K by 9 percent, recording a score of 1,601. The 1800X “is the fastest eight-core processor on the market,” Su said.

Valve launches SteamVR support for Linux

Developers can also use an AMD card, but it requires more futzing and is limited to secondary "desktop" display mode. Intel graphics aren't yet supported, and Linux OpenVR game development requires the Unity version 5.6. There are a few other known issues: Base station power management and headset audio device switching aren't yet implemented, and as mentioned, you can't switch between direct (headset) and desktop display modes.

The next 'Futurama' mobile game has the show's creators aboard

Futurama continues to be the animated franchise that just won't die. Fox and developer TinyCo (a divison of Jam City) announced today that they're working on another mobile game from the series -- Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow -- which will notably have creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen involved. Even better, TinyCo is also working with the show's original voice actors, animators (Rough Draft Studio) and some of its writers. We still don't know what the game is actually about, but it's expected to land this summer as a free title. The developers will also be revealing more during a Facebook Live chat this afternoon.

Facebook Is in Talks to Stream Major League Baseball Games

Facebook Inc. is in talks to stream Major League Baseball games, according to a person familiar with the matter, the latest sign professional sports leagues are embracing social media as a way to reach viewers.

Uber's self-driving cabs are hitting the streets in Arizona

Governor Ducey, who’s big on self-driving tech, is glad to have Uber’s autonomous cabs on Arizona’s roads. “I’m happy they’re here and not in California. Uber has chosen Arizona because we are open for business. We embrace this technology. This brings lots of benefit to Arizona and is really good for our economy.”

Twitter tests custom profiles for customer service DMs

Twitter has truly fully embraced its role as a customer service platform for businesses around the globe. One of the features it's testing in private beta, for instance, is designed to give companies a way to make direct messages a lot more personal. The feature allows businesses to add custom profiles for their CS reps, which display their names, profile photos and their job titles within the direct messaging window. Twitter says that knowing if a human is replying or not helps people manage their expectations on what kind of responses they'll get.

WhatsApp unveils Snapchat-like Status

WhatsApp revealed an upgraded version of its Status feature, which would allow users to share their status to friends through a series of photos and videos. Just like messages, Status updates will remain end-to-end encrypted, meaning only the sender and receiver can view someone's Status.

Google’s Waze Plans Expansion of Ride-Sharing Service

Google is planning to expand a carpool service on its Waze navigation app, setting the tech company on a collision course with companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. that have a head start in the ride-sharing industry.

Microsoft announces Skype Lite for low connectivity areas, launching in India first

Here’s how it works: Both parties hop on a Skype Lite video call, and the interviewer requests Aadhaar verification. The interviewee enters their 12-digit ID, as well as an OTP sent to the phone number linked to her account. The recruiter is then shown the verified ID information and can proceed with the interview. Once the call is concluded, all verification data is wiped from their device.

The Morning After: Wednesday, February 22 2017

T he dilemma with hydrogen is that while fueling your car with the stuff is faster than charging an EV, making and distributing it is inefficient and polluting. A team from the Georgia Institute of Technology has created a four-stroke "engine" that converts natural gas (methane) into hydrogen from just about anywhere, while capturing the CO2. It could one day hook up to your natural gas line, letting you fuel your car from home in a non-polluting way like you can with an EV.

Microsoft confirms second big Windows 10 update due later this year

Microsoft first revealed it was planning two big Windows 10 updates in 2017 back in August, but the company never shared timing details for its second unnamed update. While the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, is expected to debut in April, it’s not clear when the second big Windows 10 update will be made available.

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France is sending out eagles to snatch terrorist drones from the sky

Verizon to test 5G in 11 cities

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Instagram Releases Self-Improvement Tool for the Worst People You Follow

Common decency is rare in these vile times. Facebook is overrun by lying profiteers. Twitter remains the best place to be threatened by complete strangers. Worst of all, people on Instagram continue to shit up the timelines of their followers by posting a dozen photos from the same dull brunch that, if we’re being honest, you didn’t really want to go to—not that you were invited.

AMD returns to high-end gaming CPUs with Ryzen 7

The initial range arrives both by itself (including compatible motherboards) and in pre-assembled systems on March 2nd, and it unsurprisingly focuses on higher-end systems. AMD is still promising a lot of value for your money. though. Your selection starts off with the Ryzen 7 1700, which at $329 is supposed to beat Intel's slightly pricier Core i7 7700K in multithreaded chip tests. The 3.4GHz 1700X reportedly outperforms the Core i7 6800K at a lower $399 price tag, and the 3.6GHz 1800X can just edge out a not-quite-top-tier Core i7 6900K while costing less than half as much, at $499.

Astronomers have found 7 Earth-size planets circling a dwarf star — and some might be able to host life

"But one thing is certain: In a few billion years, when the sun has run out of fuel and the solar system has ceased to exist, TRAPPIST-1 will still be only an infant star. It burns hydrogen so slowly that it will live for another 10 trillion years," Snellen wrote, adding that that's "more than 700 times longer than the universe has existed so far, which is arguably enough time for life to evolve."

We talked to Windows tech support scammers. Here's why you shouldn't

The technician then pulled up the Windows Action Center to show which security services were enabled and which weren't. (For what it's worth, our virtual machine was woefully out-of-date, which didn't exactly hurt his cause.) Then, he pulled up a command window to display the computer's local and foreign IP addresses. Again, nothing untoward here, but he claimed it was "hackers" piggybacking the connection for cybercrime, which is nonsense. Then, he pulled up Windows' Event Viewer, which logs issues relating to the computer's performance and stability. There will be hundreds if not thousands of entries in here as standard for any ordinary user and is generally no cause for alarm, yet these events were positioned as hackers gaining access to the computer's files.

Bitcoin is closing in on its all-time high

Buying early on in US trade has run bitcoin up 1.4%, or almost $16, to $1,123 a coin. Wednesday's bid has the cryptocurrency higher for a ninth straight session and threatening its all-time high of about $1,161.88.

Verizon to Start Testing 5G Service in 11 Cities This Year

The Big Blue carrier expanded those tests later in the year , as it announced that network speeds had reached 10Gbps. So, it should not be surprising to hear that Verizon is starting to go down that path as well. The Big Red network has officially announced that, beginning this year, it will start making headway into its own 5G network.

iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple's mobile devices

A little over 5 months after the update's release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79 percent of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers. The figure is based on App Store tracking data as of Feb. 20, Apple said. The same data indicated that 16 percent of devices are on iOS 9, while 5 percent are relying on earlier operating systems. That would so far suggest faster adoption than iOS 9, which by the same point last year was only on 77 percent of devices, having hit 75 percent in January . That in turn outpaced iOS 8, which took about six months to reach iOS 10's current levels. As usual, Apple didn't indicate the reasons for iOS 10's performance. One is likely the record sales of the iPhone 7 , which comes with iOS 10 pre-installed. The software brought with it a number of changes, including Siri and Maps improvements, a dedicated Home app, an overhauled Messages with its own sub-apps, and an improved notification system, including media previews and inline message replies. The combined featureset may have enticed a number of existing device owners to upgrade.

How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

A 2011 document by GCHQ’s SIGINT Development Steering Group, a staff committee dedicated to implementing new spy methods, listed some of these worries. In a table listing “risks & challenges,” the SDSG expressed a “concern that [Palantir] gives the analyst greater potential for going down too many analytical paths which could distract from the intelligence requirement.” What it could mean for analysts to distract themselves by going down extraneous “paths” while browsing the world’s most advanced spy machine is left unsaid. But Palantir’s data-mining abilities were such that the SDSG wondered if its spies should be blocked from having full access right off the bat and suggested configuring Palantir software so that parts would “unlock … based on analysts skill level, hiding buttons and features until needed and capable of utilising.” If Palantir succeeded in fixing the intelligence problem of being overwhelmed with data, it may have created a problem of over-analysis — the company’s software offers such a multitude of ways to visualize and explore massive data sets that analysts could get lost in the funhouse of infographics, rather than simply being overwhelmed by the scale of their task.

Two decades after Dolly the sheep, here's what we've learned about cloning

Another important result of the Dolly experiments is that they put science in the spotlight. "Dolly captured the world's imagination and allowed the world to hear about science," Brody said. "It's rare that the general public gets enamored [with] science, and it was clearly enamored with Dolly". The creation of Dolly also brought up important conversations about the ethical limitations of manipulating human cells and embryos , laying the groundwork for similar conversations today, Brody said.

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Email automation platform Mailgun spins out of Rackspace, raises $50 million

Alongside the spin-out news, Mailgun has also raised $50 million in a round led by Turn/River Capital, with participation from Rackspace and Scaleworks. The intention here is to “accelerate Mailgun’s product roadmap, drive growth initiatives, and expand customer support,” according to a statement. The new standalone company will be led by William Conway, who served as general manager at Mailgun within Rackspace.

Turn Doodles Into Furry Cat Monsters With Machine Learning Algorithm

If you’re a miserable drawer, have no fear—a new website takes your doodles and, using a machine learning algorithm, turns them into cats. Or nightmares.

New EPA head is awfully friendly with the industry he should regulate, emails show

Pruitt has been one of the most contentious of President Donald Trump’s nominees. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, he made a name for himself for bringing more than a dozen lawsuits against the EPA, meant to roll back major environmental rules. In these lawsuits, he often worked in coordination with several fossil fuel and electric utility companies, such as Devon Energy and American Electric Power. As EPA administrator, he will now be responsible for enforcing those environmental regulations he tried to undo and regulate the companies he worked with.

10 Photoshop Tricks to Fix Your Worst Photos

Yet you don’t necessarily need to be a design industry veteran or have completed a nine-week course to work a little magic with Photoshop. The heavy-duty image editing app may look daunting if you’re a complete beginner, but these ten tricks will take you a few steps closer to Photoshop mastery. Ever wanted to fix that family photo where your dad photobombed the kids or some funky lighting made the color of the image all awful looking? With these tips that’s a possibility.


General Electric will put cameras, microphones, and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of "smart city" tools GE says can help monitor traffic and pinpoint crime , but raising potential privacy concerns. Based on technology from GE's Current division, Intel and AT&T, the system will use sensing nodes on light poles to locate gunshots, estimate crowd sizes, check vehicle speeds and other tasks, GE and the city said on Wednesday. The city will provide the data to entrepreneurs and students to develop applications. Companies expect a growing market for such systems as cities seek better data to plan and run their operations. San Diego is a test of "Internet of things" technology that GE Current provides for commercial buildings and industrial sites.

Facebook's Plan to Assimilate Television Is Picking Up Speed

The fact that it is now in discussions with MLB shows Facebook's interest in live sports in particular hasn't waned. If anything, it seems to be picking up steam. And that's not all the social network wants. It has also made significant moves over the past few months to expand into TV-style content in a number of ways.

ICYMI: Bulletproof origami shields and hoverbikes

Meanwhile researchers at Brigham Young University have created an origami-inspired bulletproof shield for law enforcement. The 55 pound foldable cover has 12 layers of Kevlar, deploys in five seconds and can currently stop bullets from handguns like the .357 Magnum. Not bad for a prototype.

​Garmin's doing well in wearables

Garmin's outdoor, fitness, marine and aviation units, in particular, saw the greatest growth. The Switzerland-based company's auto unit has seen a decline, however. GPS-equipped smartwatches and fitness trackers have been on the rise, and competitors such as Apple , Samsung and LG have included the location-tracking feature on recent watches.

Drone Footage of a Draining Dam Looks Like Flying Into a Black Hole

Now that California is finally getting a heavy dose of rain, the spillway at Napa’s Monticello Dam—referred to as the “Glory Hole” by the locals—is working overtime to manage the water levels in Lake Berryessa. Every second, over 48,000 cubic feet of water is sent down to Putah Creek below. It might not have anywhere near the immense power of a real black hole that can even suck in light, but you do not want to ever find yourself circling this drain.

LG Watch Sport Review: Not the best start for Android Wear 2.0 Review | ZDNet

Battery life on the LG Watch Sport is horrible. There's no other way to say it. Each day over the course of my testing, I would take the watch off the charger around 6:30 am. Every single night, by 8 pm, the watch would be completely out of battery and end up on the charger.

Velar is the first new Range Rover in a decade - Roadshow

Land Rover's talking heads say that the car "changes everything," but more likely than not, it's just a utility vehicle with a more coupe-like rear end, which is the current trend. That would put it in contention with smaller, sportier crossovers from the Porsche Macan to the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe and BMW X4 .

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I infected my Windows computer with ransomware to test RansomFree's protection - TechRepublic

RansomFree worked as advertised. It's also small and runs largely in the background, checking processes for malicious activity. And did I mention that it's free? Not for a trial period or pending an ongoing subscription, but as in free for personal and commercial use on both client and server versions of Windows operating systems. There's really no excuse not give it a shot and let it work to stop a possible ransomware infection from occurring like it did in my tests. If you're not targeted, you'd never know it was there—but isn't it great peace of mind to have it on your side in the event of a breach? I think so. That's why I've added it to my repertoire of go-to software apps and installed it on all my personal and commercial computers and servers.

Verizon is planning 5G tests in 11 cities this year

5G for consumers is still years away, but Verizon is taking another step toward the eventual future of mobile internet. Today the company announced that it will be rolling out “pre-commercial” 5G service to pilot customers in 11 markets across the United States by mid-2017.

Grab This Bundle Packed With Over 82 Hours to Get You Coding Your Very Own Apps [Deals Hub]

Swift 3 is the foundation of iOS 10 apps. It’s the coding language you need to know to start building apps. and while it’s rather intuitive once you get the hang of it, it can be intimidating to figure out where to start. There’s no better place to begin than the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle. You’ll find five courses with over 82 hours of actionable instruction that will turn you into an app developer and prepare you to make the most of iOS 10.

'Spaceship' campus will officially be named Apple Park | Cult of Mac

Previously known as the “spaceship” campus or the minimalist Campus 2, the 175-acre plot will open for business in April, although work won’t officially be completed until late summer.

Milo Yiannopoulos Proudly Declares Victory After Losing Everything

Part of the difference this time is that the attacks are coming from the right. It’s strange to think Yiannopoulos’s hate-filled remarks on other subjects were acceptable enough to be associated with Simon & Schuster, CPAC, and Breitbart, but flippant comments about pedophilia were over the line. In the end, those who raised Yiannopoulos’s profile were the same ones to bury it, showing that even those who benefit from Milo’s crusade of offense have limits on what they’re willing to cozy up to.

Apple Park opens to employees in April

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.

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53 SpaceX supply run aborts ISS rendezvous
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56 The Han Solo standalone film will hit theaters on May 25th, 2018
57 Blizzard ends support for Windows XP and Vista
58 I Hire LinkedIn's Tech Workers--Here's What's Working And Why
59 Iceland's president clarifies he likes pineapples, just not on pizza
60 AMD Ryzen benchmark preview: Ryzen 7 outperforms Intel's best
61 Google's new tech turns VR headsets invisible
62 Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough
63 Intel's 7560 Modem Could Push Next iPhone to 1Gbps
64 The New Chewbacca Pens a Heartfelt Letter to Star Wars Fans
65 Netflix's 'Mystery Science Theater' gets release date, perfect cast photo
66 Make a career developing for the brand new Android Nougat — for under $40
67 Microsoft forced to issue emergency Flash fix after delaying Windows patches
68 Best mobile games of 2017
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71 Google’s Tilt Brush lands on Oculus Rift
72 Snap Kicks Off Pre-IPO Roadshow for Potential Investors
73 Heinous furry crocs are the latest fashion trend that nobody asked for
74 You can now order a Trump troll doll and it's very NSFW
75 Microsoft announces Skype Lite for low connectivity areas, launching in India first
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79 Adobe updates Document Cloud with more tools for digital signatures | ZDNet
80 UPS tests delivery drones, insists robots won't replace drivers | ZDNet
81 Mashable on Twitter
82 A robot that eats pollution
83 Uber sexism charges sound wake-up call for Silicon Valley
84 From malware to cyber-spies, the 15 biggest threats online, ranked | ZDNet
85 Windows 10 Continuum but for Android: Jide aims to turn your phone into a PC | ZDNet
86 NASA’s longshot bet on a revolutionary rocket may be about to pay off
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