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Google Assistant will soon know two dozen more languages

In the next few months the search company's digital assistant will be able to respond by text in Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and Apple iPhones. By the end of this year, the assistant will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide, Nick Fox, Google's vice president of product, said in a blog post Friday.

2
Apple’s AirPower wireless charger could finally land in March

We certainly hope so, as it’s been a long time coming. The iPhone X , iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are the first Apple phones to support wireless charging and the company even went so far as to switch from a metal back to a glass one to enable it, yet still hasn’t launched its own wireless charger for them – though there are of course third-party options.

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Sony’s new flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact phones leak ahead of MWC

Sony’s Mobile World Congress plans seem to have leaked out ahead of time: details for its new flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones have hit the internet a few days early, according to Evan Blass at VentureBeat .

4
Small b blogging

So I challenge you to think clearly about the many disparate networks you’re part of and think about the ideas you might want to offer those networks that you don’t want to get lost in the feed. Ideas you might want to return to. Think about how writing with and for the network might enable you to start blogging. Forget the big B blogging model. Forget Medium’s promise of page views and claps. Forget the guest post on Inc, Forbes and Entrepreneur. Forget Fast Company. Forget fast content.

5
Samsung Max replaces Opera’s data and privacy app in India and beyond

The app works by scanning users’ phones and identifying which apps are using the most data. It’s also able to actively compress images, videos, music files, and webpages in apps and browsers to save on data quotas. There are also options to manage data permissions for specific apps and to block auto background data usage. If you’re often working on public Wi-Fi, the app’s privacy features include a useful tool that encrypts open, untrusted, and unknown hotspots with just one tap. There is also tracker blocking and a Domain Name System (DNS) masking service.

6
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: Flagship confusion galore | ZDNet

Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at Mobile World Congress just five months after the Galaxy Note 8's release sets up a nice debate over how the company should approach its innovation cadence.

7
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

The mini-tumor technique was better at predicting whether a drug would work against a patient’s cancer than simply sequencing a tumor’s DNA. https://trib.al/KlYBSY0 

8
George Dvorsky on Twitter

There's no such thing as a truly 'wild’ horse anymore—and there hasn’t been for a while https://gizmodo.com/there-s-no-such-thing-as-a-truly-wild-horse-anymore-1823235141 … @Gizmodo pic.twitter.com/tnb7Mqi7Db

9
Discord partners with esports teams to launch Verified Servers

Whether an expensive business like Discord — which must operate free voice chat servers, not to mention pay sponsorship fees for top streamers — can create a subscription model that carries the load is a question for the future. But this partnership with esports teams and orgs should surely encourage gamers to continue flocking to the platform.

10
Google publicly launches ARCore 1.0 on 13 phones, will begin expanding Lens preview

While ARCore will be exiting its preview and hitting 1.0 status, Google is still working with its preview of its Lens computer vision tool, though it says it will be bringing it to more users going forward. The functionality will soon be available to users of the Google Photos app running Android or iOS 9 and above. This will allow features to use Lens features after a photo has been taken, the live functionality inside Google Assistant will be coming to some upcoming devices from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and HMD/Nokia.

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Kylie Jenner tweet wipes $1.3 billion off Snapchat's value | Cult of Mac

Snapchat’s value has fallen by $1.3 billion following its much criticized redesign. The explanation for the decline? A damaging tweet from reality TV star Kylie Jenner who Tweeted concerning her disapproval of the app, saying “ Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? ”

12
6 things to expect from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The world’s biggest mobile technology event is upon us. This coming week’s Mobile World Congress is the alter ego of January’s Consumer Electronics Show. Where CES is full of far-out concepts, increasingly autonomous cars, and furnishings for the smart home, MWC is unapologetically fixated on mobile and phone tech. Hosted in Barcelona every year, MWC plays host to some of the biggest Android flagship launches, and this year’s no different with Samsung preparing to unveil its new Galaxy S9.

13
Zack Whittaker on Twitter

ICYMI. US border officials have failed to cryptographically verify the passports of visitors to the US since 2007 — because the government didn't have the proper software. CBP still hasn't responded. http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-border-officials-havent-been-properly-verifying-visitor-passports-for-over-a-decade/ …

14
Tesla wants to install charging stations at your office

"As Tesla's fleet continues to grow, it is more important than ever for our customers to be able to easily charge their cars where they park. The most convenient way to charge is to plug in overnight at home, and for most people, this is all that is needed. For others, such as those who live in an apartment, Tesla is introducing its new Workplace Charging program. Charging at work is simple and convenient, just plug in and your car is charged by the time you're done for the day.

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How hackers are cashing in on cryptocurrency mining

Hackers are making a mint on cryptocurrency mining, but they're avoiding Bitcoin, says ZDNet's Danny Palmer.

16 The era of blind faith in big data must end

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China's Huawei set to lead global charge to 5G networks

FRANKFURT/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s Huawei is forging closer commercial ties with big telecom operators across Europe and Asia, putting the company in prime position to lead the global race for next-generation 5G networks despite U.S. allegations it poses a security threat.

18
MIT Tech Review on Twitter

"If you had 50 or 100 qubits and they really worked well enough ... you could do unfathomable calculations that can’t be replicated on any classical machine, now or ever.” https://trib.al/8BEukA9 

19
Smarking - Lead/Manager, Product

Smarking is a group of passionate and driven overachievers seeking to rapidly grow through the journey of making the world a better place by solving the hardest problems. We are hungry to make an impact; we value learning for constant growth and excellence in communication and collaboration; and we share a strong sense of responsibility. We value our people and believe if we take care of our people first, the business success will take care of itself. We work hard, and we play harder.

20
These 35 Cities Have Local Plans To Solve Global Problems

Nearly one-third of those selected were about adapting to climate change, especially the increased risk of natural disasters. Officials in Charleston, South Carolina, for instance, foresee the need for a specially tailored emergency alert system now that coastal floods often swamp the city. Another top priority is healthcare, with battling opioid addition a fairly common thread. In Huntington, West Virginia, where overdoses are 10 times more common than elsewhere, according to Bloomberg-compiled proposal summaries, city leaders want to attach mental healthcare workers to emergency response crews, both for the sake of drug addicts in need and those who might have “compassion fatigue” from dealing with so many crises.

21
Why the UK has set up a separate fund to further the Time's Up movement

All of us are responsible for creating change, whatever industry you work in. We're asking everyone to help create a world we can be proud of - one that is safe, just and equal. Please join us and donate to the new Justice and Equality Fund, which will support frontline organisations that are working to end a culture where harassment and abuse are commonplace. Together we can spread our message, support the strong people of all genders who are taking such personal risks, and make sure that this is one of those watershed moments in history where things never go back to the way they were before. This is the moment we stand together and say. #TIMESUP. We hope you’ll stand with us.

22
Snap stock plummets after Kylie Jenner declares Snapchat dead

While this may be just an odd case of correlation, it’s hard to deny that Jenner is an influential person on social media; she has 24.5 million Twitter followers. She’s also one of Snapchat’s most popular users, and her declaring that she’s done with the app could have ripple effects throughout the user base.

23
How tech professionals can use virtual career coaching to boost their skills

Compared to in-person career coaching, virtual coaching lets the job seeker to work in their own space. Talking over the phone instead of in-person can decrease anxiety, leading to more open interactions between the job seeker and coach, according to Kimberly Schneiderman, practice development manager at RiseSmart. There are options to talk via webcam to the coach or to peers—group coaching is common for in-person coaching, Schneiderman said—but only when a person feels ready.

24
Amazfit Bip review: $100 smartwatch with integrated GPS and 45-day battery life | ZDNet

Many of my wearables end up in a drawer over time because I grow tired of the daily and every other day charging requirement. Devices with long battery life tend to stay with me longer and it looks like I can go a month with the Amazfit Bip, unless I use it for running. With GPS enabled, I measured a consumption of about 1 percent every 16 minutes or about 4 percent per hour.

25
Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction

Two other Jobs items will appear in the same auction - a Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001, valued at $25,000, and a signed 2008 newspaper clipping, valued at $15,000, with a photo of Jobs and a headline that reads “New, faster iPhone will sell for $199.”

26
Reg Saddler on Twitter

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. Learn more

27
There Could Be 7 Amazon Go Stores This Year

As Recode reports, people familiar with Amazon's plans believe that a six more Amazon Go locations are in the works. All of them would stay close to Amazon's main base of operations in Seattle, but stores in Los Angeles are also being considered. In particular, it is thought Amazon is in contact with developer Rick Caruso about adding a Go store to the 600,000 square-foot shopping and entertainment complex called The Grove.

28
Lifehacker on Twitter

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. Learn more

29
5 iPhone and iPad charging myths debunked

We’ve all heard a lot of charging myths. “Don’t keep your iPhone plugged in throughout the night,” “Don’t talk on the phone while it’s charging,” “Let the phone completely discharge, and only then put it back on charging” and so on. But how many of these are valid points, and how many are just myths? Let’s find out.

30
Holoportation is still on Microsoft's mixed-reality radar | ZDNet

Last year, Microsoft bought AltSpaceVR, a "social virtual reality" vendor. This acquisition seems to be the cornerstone of the "immersive communications" component of Microsoft's MR strategy to which Kipman refers in his blog post. What AltSpaceVR does is similar in some ways to the holoportation capabilities which Microsoft showcased over the past few years, so maybe this is the new way Microsoft intends to try to reach that end goal (to which it seemingly now refers to as "teleportation.")

31
L.A. Times website injected with Monero cryptocurrency mining script

The cryptojacking attack appears to have persisted for weeks before being addressed, as it was configured to not max out CPU usage. Hackers injected it through an unsecured AWS S3 bucket.

32
Nissan's self-driving taxi is ready for passengers

When Nissan first announced its plans to test the service this year, it said the initial trial period will only last for a couple of weeks. Nissan and DeNA won't be able to gather tons of feedback within that time, but any survey response they get will be used to develop future field tests and Easy Ride itself. To be able to offer rides to Olympics tourists and Japan's aging population, they're planning to expand their routes, offer multilingual support and fine-tune their pick-up and drop-off processes in the next couple of years. While it's not exactly clear if the initial tests will have a human driver behind the wheel, Nissan says the companies have set up a remote monitoring center for customers' peace of mind.

33
SEC will now require US companies to disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches

Also worth mentioning is that the SEC's statement is an interpretation, meaning that it isn't legally binding. They are statements of how the SEC interprets existing law and are designed to serve as a guideline, so companies should do their best to comply: The interpretive statement may be the legal reasoning behind a case should the government catch wind of a violation.

34
Optical processor startup claims to outperform GPUs for AI workloads

Fathom Computing , a startup founded by brothers William and Michael Andregg, is aiming to design an optical computer for neural networks. As performance increases in traditional transistor-based CPUs have relatively stagnated over the last few years, alternative computing paradigms such as quantum computers have been gaining traction. While optical computers are not a new concept— Coherent Optical Computers was published in 1972—they have been relegated to university research laboratories for decades.

35
Apple repair centers are accidentally calling 911 dozens of times a day

Since last October, Elk Grove emergency responders have been receiving around 20 calls a day from Apple repair and refurbishment facilities in the area. There’s never anyone on the other end of the call, and it’s not clear if the calls are made by iPhones or Apple Watches.

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Building a backup bee - Food and Environment Reporting Network

Every February an extraordinary research project resumes in the southwestern corner of California’s Central Valley. It takes place inside a series of huge cages that span 20 acres by a vast pistachio grove. Each cage is shaped like a rectangular warehouse but is made entirely of extremely fine netting, pulled tight and straight along strong, narrow beams to form see-through walls and ceilings. The experiment is run by Gordon Wardell, director of bee biology for the Wonderful Company, the largest almond grower in the world. For the past eight years Wardell has been using these cages to develop an alternative insect to replace the honeybee.

37
How Trump Is Changing The Landscape Of Hate In America

Beirich is unequivocal on the driving force behind all of these trends. “There has been a substantial emboldening of the radical right, and that is largely due to the actions of President Trump, who has tweeted out hate materials and made light of the threat to our society posed by hate groups,” she says. “Trump has brought them into the political system in a way that hasn’t happened in decades.” Until Trump began his campaign, she adds, white supremacist groups used to view politics as a waste of time. When the SPLC analyzed 10,000 posts on white nationalist website Stormfront a few years ago, the most popular topics, by a long shot, were Holocaust denial and black-on-black crime. This past year, the nonprofit replicated the analysis and found that 23% of the posts related to Trump. With the understanding that their views are now accepted in the political sphere, even glorified, far-right members are beginning to run for office: Art Jones , a Holocaust denier, secured the GOP’s nomination for a vacant congressional seat in Illinois, and the GOP candidate running to replace Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin recently appeared on the anti-Semitic white-power podcast, Fash the Nation .

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How to Begin Integrating AI into Data Center Operations - InformationWeek

"IoT and AI will enable data center issues to be root-caused and resolved automatically by software," Rogers said. Data center administrators will no longer be woken-up at night to troubleshoot outages. "Voice technologies will enable data center operators to monitor and manage their data centers from any location, be [they] at the grocery store, gym or living room couch," he predicted. IT Infrastructure gear will be deployed and maintained autonomously. "You simply stock new compute nodes and disk drives and robotics [will] streamline the technology to the appropriate systems," Rogers explained.

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Lifehacker on Twitter

How Lifehacker's remote staffers work from home: http://lifehac.kr/6vJD3Ah  pic.twitter.com/fR45LqIcCo

40
Kylie Jenner's tweet about dumping Snapchat made one group of investors $163 million

It was a nice payday for Snap skeptics who had amassed a nearly $2 billion short position in the company after adding to their wagers since the beginning of the year. Following Thursday's sell-off, Snap short sellers now have made more than $250 million on a mark-to-market basis in 2018.

41
This great iOS Spotlight trick lets you know everything about a person | Cult of Mac

This is definitely a power-user feature, but it’s so easy to use, and so helpful, that it’s a great one to learn. If you communicate with people in several ways — Mail, iMessage, WhatsApp, and so on, then having a way to search all of those services simultaneously is fantastic. The alternative is searching or scrolling through each app to find what you want, one after the other. Don’t do that.

42
Intel didn’t warn US government about CPU security flaws until they were public

Intel didn’t provide US government officials with details on the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws until they leaked to the public last month. Reuters reports that US government officials have raised concerns that the flaws weren’t disclosed privately as they could have impacted national security. Intel didn’t report the flaws to US authorities because hackers hadn’t exploited the vulnerabilities yet. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Intel notified a small number of customers about the flaws, including Chinese companies like Lenovo and Alibaba, before they were revealed publicly.

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​Show-stopping bug appears in npm Node.js package manager | ZDNet

A new release of the JavaScript and Node.js package manager, npm, fatally changes file permissions. While that's been fixed, the entire messy process revealed more fundamental problems.

44
Lifehacker on Twitter

The second amendment doesn't guarantee you assault weapons. It guarantees your right to "bear arms". At the time it was written "arms" were muskets. You want a single shot musket, you're welcome to it. Try having a mass shooting with a musket.

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ZDNet is giving away a LG V30+ unlocked smartphone to one lucky winner | ZDNet

Whether you are more inclined to listen to music or capture great photos with a smartphone, the LG V30+ is the phone for you. And now you have the chance to win* an unlocked LG V30+ for free.

46
Hackers are selling legitimate code-signing certificates to evade malware detection

Code-signing certificates are designed to give your desktop or mobile app a level of assurance by making apps look authentic. Whenever you open a code-signed app, it tells you who the developer is and provides a high level of integrity to the app that it hasn't been tampered with in some way. Most modern operating systems, including Macs, only run code-signed apps by default.

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Android P will block background apps from accessing the microphone or camera

Microphone-using apps, on the other hand, won't actually be cut off from the microphone, but will "report empty data (all zeros in the byte array) and once the process goes in an active state we report the real mic data." The Android commit notes for the change say that method avoids a race between apps being notified about their lifecycle and the system being notified about the state of a particular UID.

48
IBM Watson Unity SDK brings AI to enterprise AR and VR apps

The SDK will allow Unity developers to configure games and projects to understand speech, talk with users, and understand the intent of a user in natural language, Ventura wrote. Speech recognition is one of the key features of the SDK, as Watson's capabilities will let developers build highly accurate speech recognition into their project, which can be used to trigger in-game events. Watson's Vision API will allow developers to integrate real-time visual recognition into their Unity projects as well.

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How the NSW government disrupted insurance through the cloud with icare | ZDNet

Now a year in operation, icare shook the bureaucracy of government service delivery, and the monopoly of private insurers, with the mandate of being customer-centric and cloud only.

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'World's first' 5G call completed by Vodafone and Huawei

"This first 5G call has been achieved only two months after 3GPP completed the Non-standalone NR standard and so is much sooner than most in the industry were expecting it to happen," Peter Meissner, CEO and member of the board of the NGMN Alliance, said in the release. "This sends out the very promising signal to the world that the industry is ready to introduce 5G services for customers in due course."

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53 Microsoft 365 adds data protection tools to help customers remain GDPR compliant
54 Stealth space catapult startup SpinLaunch is raising $30M
55 Dubai's autonomous flying taxis: A reality in 2018? | ZDNet
56 The Nest IQ Indoor camera is now a Google smart speaker
57 MIT Tech Review on Twitter
58 Dell launching certifications to prepare enterprise IT for digital transformation
59 Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not humans
60 Gizmodo on Twitter
61 Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware
62 Apple devices at a California repair center keep calling 911
63 Intel did not disclose chip flaw to US government despite risk to national security
64 New Android enterprise program recommends best phones for businesses and professionals
65 Q4 2017 marked first ever smartphone sales decline: Gartner - Video | ZDNet
66 Google: First sub-$50 Android Go smartphones will be out next week | ZDNet
67 Twitter relaxes the rules for customer service DMs
68 Lifehacker on Twitter
69 The X-factor in our driverless future: V2V and V2I | ZDNet
70 6 things to expect from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
71 Follow these steps to protect yourself from cyberattacks while traveling
72 Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses
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77 Homeland Security's tall order: A hacker-free election
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