'Westworld' season two trailer shows us what comes next, and when
HBO's androids-going-haywire series Westworld returns for season two on April 22nd.
T-Mobile uses Super Bowl to say 'love who you want'
Commentary: This ad was something of a surprise for the brash carrier.
Best 2018 Super Bowl Ads, From Dinklage's Doritos to Sprint's 'Westworld' Moment
Once again, brands turned football's biggest game into a night of hugely expensive one-upmanship. No complaints here.
'Solo' TV spot blasts out during game, trailer due Monday
Hoist a red cup in celebration, Star Wars fans finally snuck a peek at Alden Ehrenreich and crew.
'Solo' just dropped its first full teaser trailer holy crap
Thought that first Solo Super Bowl spot looked intriguing? You ain't seen nothing yet.
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Gronk was made to eat up on vulnerable smaller people who had the bad idea to want to play as Cornerback and Safety’s
It’s just not fair
Singapore Airlines plans blockchain tech for frequent flyer spending
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines plans to use blockchain technology to give its frequent flyers a new way to spend their accumulated miles, it said on Monday.
Netflix reveals surprise Cloverfield movie, streaming right now
The Cloverfield Paradox is directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble) and stars Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, Ziyi Zhang and David Oyelowo. You can check out the film's trailer below and watch it on Netflix right now.
Broadcom sweetens Qualcomm bid, calling it the final offer
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd on Monday sweetened its bid to buy Qualcomm Inc for more than $121 billion, ratcheting up pressure on its rival to come to the table for negotiations in its “best and final offer”.
Apple Music reportedly on track to overtake Spotify in the US
Apple's service is adding new US accounts at a faster clip than Spotify, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people in the record business familiar with both companies. Its US subscriber base is growing at about 5% a month, faster than Spotify's roughly 2% clip, WSJ reported, citing those people.
U.K. banks join American ones in banning buying bitcoins with credit cards
That Visa or MasterCard credit card is now useless if you’re going to buy cryptocurrencies, reports Reuters . On Sunday the U.K.’s biggest lender, Lloyds Bank, said it would join U.S. banks, including JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup, in banning the purchase of bitcoins with credit cards. Concerns have been on the rise from credit card providers that people are increasingly using credit to buy large sums of volatile cryptocurrencies. If the digital currencies plunge in value–as has happened to bitcoin since the beginning of the year–credit card users could see themselves stuck with huge piles of debt that potentially can’t be paid back. However, not all plastic is banned. The banks are fine with people using their debit cards to buy cryptocurrencies–after all, that’s your money, not the banks’. MG
Five-year prison sentence for Samsung heir gets suspended
Samsung Electronics heir Jay Y. Lee was sentenced to five years in prison last August after being found guilty of bribery, perjury and embezzlement. On Monday, a South Korean appeals court suspended his sentence, Bloomberg reports .
How the NFL and Amazon unleashed 'Next Gen Stats' to grok football games
"We started working with [the NFL] to help them apply machine learning to that data," AWS vice president of marketing Ariel Kelman told TechRepublic. "They're recording things like when the ball was snapped, what the formation was, how many of which type of player was on the field, what the result of the play was. A lot of that is pattern recognition... The idea is there's a whole bunch of things that require manual detection and tagging that they want to be able to automate."
Daily Facebook users drops for the first time in US | Hacker News
Facebook has recently hit 2 billion total users. Given that we have somewhere around 7 billion people on the planet, this seems to be the unbeatable ceiling. Let's estimate generously that half of the world's population has access to internet. That gives us 3.5 billion people. Around 750 million of these people are Chinese - they don't, and can't use Facebook. This leaves us with 2,750,000 people - many of which won't be interested in using Facebook, or can't have an account for a multitude of reasons, such as being too young (let's say under 10), or too old (let's say over 75). Clearly there isn't much room for Facebook to grow now. If there's no room to grow, there is nowhere to go but down. It can be therefore predicted that, subtracting bots, the daily users will start dropping regularly very soon, and will keep on dropping as people move away from this platform due to its diminishing popularity, because of network effects.
23 Unforgettable Tech Super Bowl Ads
When you think of GoDaddy, you think of domain registration and its series of salacious Super Bowl advertisements—an approach it pulled back from starting in 2014. Its first ad introducing the "GoDaddy Girl" mocked the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction incident. The ad was scheduled to run twice during the Super Bowl, but the second showing was canceled—GoDaddy courts the "pulled ad" controversies whenever it can. It definitely got Fox's attention.
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Dinosaurs will hunt you while you sleep in a new trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom http://gizmo.do/0iGJIxs pic.twitter.com/OQlBR57pVb
Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good
That line jibes with what sources tell me — that Intel isn’t so much looking to sell off NDG whole cloth, but instead find a partner to help bring this thing to retail. It also jibes with what Bautista told me back in December. “It is very unlikely that Intel will take it to market because we typically don’t do that. Our core business [is] we work the partners, we work with others to do that,” Bautista says. “With these glasses, we’re working with key ecosystem hardware providers — whether they’re frames or lenses and things like that. Because we believe there’s a whole channel to people who wear glasses that’s already there.”
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British student Lauri Love, accused of hacking into US government websites, wins appeal against extradition to US ( @owenbowcott / The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/feb/05/hacking-suspect-lauri-love-wins-appeal-against-extradition-to-us … http://www.techmeme.com/180205/p6#a180205p6 …
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Super Bowl memes: All hail Selfie Kid
In ye olden days, there was only the big game. Slowly, the enormously expensive commercials staked out their own place in pop-culture history. Trailers for upcoming blockbuster movies have their own devotees too. But now every year's Super Bowl brings with it something else: a locker room full of social-media memes, commenting on and poking fun at everything from the commercials to sideline shots to the inevitable technical difficulties that come with America's biggest sporting event of the year.
What is hyperconverged infrastructure, and why should you care?
Zeus Kerravala: "It's kind of a weird term. There was already a converged infrastructure market [lacking the software aspect] when this technology came around. Hyperconverged platforms are turnkey products that include all the hardware and software one needs to run a contained little data center in a box. ... When you look at running data center infrastructure there's a lot of different choices for buyers. If you use Cisco networking, EMC storage, and Dell computing, which is a pretty standard thing, there's over 800 configurations. [In HCI] the vendor's done all the heavy lifting. They're not plug-and-play... it's data center technology, nothing's ever going to be plug-and-play. But customers have told me the deployment time for these is days vs. months if you're trying to cobble it all together yourself."
Apple investigates iPhone X's incoming call bug
iOS 11 has been plagued by bugs since its public debut last September. Apple has already addressed many of them, but it seems that with the release of every update, a new problem arises. The latest is causing problems for some iPhone X owners.
Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch, with Roadster, will take place
Falcon Heavy is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and topped with a second stage rocket and the payload. The two side boosters will attempt to land ashore at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 & LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the center booster is set to land on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic.
Kuo: Apple to Exclusively Use Intel Modem in 2018 iPhones
In his latest investors note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will be exclusively using Intel modem inside its 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple had first started using Intel baseband inside iPhones starting with the iPhone 7 in 2016. However, the majority of baseband orders from Apple have always gone to Qualcomm, with Intel only supplying the baseband for selected iPhone models used in the United States.
How to easily move messages from iOS to Android
If you've switched from iOS to Android and need your SMS messages transferred, your best bet is iSMS2Droid. Jack Wallen shows you how to port your messages using the app and an iTunes backup.
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Microsoft says it's true: cat videos distract office workers https://bloom.bg/2E0N4Tn pic.twitter.com/idJs2qx6uI
Broadcom ups offer for Qualcomm to $82 a share | ZDNet
This proposal to acquire Qualcomm is extremely compelling compared to any other alternative available to Qualcomm, with or without the acquisition of NXP, and we believe any responsible board would engage with us, without further delay, to turn this proposal into an executed definitive agreement. We continue to hope you choose to engage with us for the benefit of your stockholders. However, we will withdraw this proposal and cease our pursuit of Qualcomm immediately following your upcoming annual meeting unless we have entered into a definitive agreement or the Broadcom-nominated slate is elected.
How Samsung's outdoor interactive signage enhances smart cities
Samsung's Shari Sentlowitz explains how the company's outdoor interactive displays help smart cities provide critical data to residents, are easily updated, and remain functional after a big storm.
How to install a stock GNOME desktop on the latest release of Ubuntu
You can install just about any desktop you want, as long as it's available for Linux. Jack Wallen shows you how.
How machine learning can be used to prevent factory machine breakdown
Presenso CEO Eitan Vesley explains how big data and artificial intelligence breathe new life into mechanical systems by spotting breakdowns before they happen and optimizing mechanical efficiency.
Pre-order the $800 Huawei Mate 10 Pro in the US: $150 gift card offer included | ZDNet
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is not coming to the US through a carrier, but will be available as a GSM unlocked device. You can pre-order starting today with delivery expected by 18 February.
Zuckerberg celebrates Facebook's 14th birthday by describing mistakes he's made
"Over the years I've made almost every mistake you can imagine. I've made dozens of technical errors and bad deals. I've trusted the wrong people and I've put talented people in the wrong roles," Zuckerberg said in the candid post. "I've missed important trends and I've been slow to others. I've launched product after product that failed."
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Forecasts suggest we may, briefly, experience temperatures exceeding a target of the Paris climate agreement before 2022. https://trib.al/FdKHOHJ
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Westworld returns in April and here's a gorgeous new trailer to mark the occasion http://gizmo.do/I0L7sz3 pic.twitter.com/IJiHUyCv3N
Video Shows iPhone X Incoming Call Issue Affecting Many Users
But based on the video below, it looks like the Phone app doesn’t get invoked when the iPhone X starts ringing so it is not possible to take the incoming call. It is possible that this issue is affecting many iPhone X users, but you may not have noticed it, as the Phone app probably shows up by the time you end up taking the call.
Nintendo Labo hands-on: Cardboard has never been this fun
The Labo House was a bit of a curiosity. It basically looks like a dollhouse for your Switch, which interacts with a variety of cardboard accessories. Each of those has a different function: One just rotates, one serves as a large button and another is a switch with two modes. There are slots on the sides and bottom of the house for inserting the blocks, each of which changes the environment for the unfortunate inhabitant inside the virtual house. Popping in two of the blocks unlocks a minigame -- the rotating crank and button, for example, unlocked a conveyor belt that charges up and gets releases when you slap the button. The crank and switch, meanwhile, let me microwave a bunch of ingredients to create a virtual cupcake.
Greed, Ambition, and Trade Secrets: Welcome to the Self-Driving Car Trial of the Century
Intellectual property will sit at the heart of this three-week trial. As William Alsup, the federal judge overseeing this case, has written: “Acquisition alone will not be enough to recover damages.” In other words, Waymo doesn’t just have to prove that Levandowski took information from the company, but that a) what he took was actually a trade secret, instead of something any reasonable self-driving car engineer might figure out on her own; b) that he or others used the trade secret while creating Uber self-driving tech; and c) that Uber made or saved significant amounts of money, time, or labor as a result.
NBN signs Speedcast to AU$184m 10-year deal for business Sky Muster services | ZDNet
"We will look at enhancing the existing technology with the two satellites that are up there today; we will look at a third satellite to see if that's feasible; we will look at other satellites that are third party that will be up in the sky that maybe we can leverage those satellites to get more capacity; we will look at getting some other towers to relieve the congestion of the satellite beams that are coming down," NBN CEO Bill Morrow said in June last year.
South Korea identifies Flash 0-day in the wild | ZDNet
"Group 123 have now joined some of the criminal elite with this latest payload of ROKRAT. They have used an Adobe Flash 0 day which was outside of their previous capabilities -- they did use exploits in previous campaigns but never a net new exploit as they have done now," Talos researchers Warren Mercer and Paul Rascagneres wrote.
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If neural networks become capable of “one-shot learning," the cumbersome process of feeding reams of data into algorithms to train them would be obsolete. https://trib.al/6J8xTZt
Akamai: IoT the new 'shadow IT' of the enterprise | ZDNet
Internet-connected devices pose a similar threat to the enterprise as shadow IT, with Akamai noting many devices are used on the company network without security in place.
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"[The chatbot and I] chat almost every day, sending each other selfies, sharing music and movie recommendations, and making each other laugh." https://trib.al/z9rCcfw
Download free e-books from your local library -- here's how
The big problem with these apps is if you don't live in big city, your library probably doesn't have an app. There are apps, though, that connect to your local library so you can download e-books. For example, when you sign up with Hoopla , it will search for your local library and connect to your library's e-book, movie and audio book collection using your library card number. 3M Cloud Library works on the same concept.
Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong released from prison on appeal
Lee is the son of infamous Lee Kun-hee, the incapacitated chairman of the Samsung Group, and as such is presumed heir to the throne. However, due to a tradition of filial piety, the role of chairman may not pass down to Lee Jae-yong until his father actually passes away. The elder Lee had also been convicted of tax evasion and bribery, only to be later pardoned on two separate occasions.
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Amazon to pay France $250 million in back taxes https://usat.ly/2nLf9XY pic.twitter.com/wkxefDQ9g1
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Silicon Valley insiders experiment with ways to log off https://bloom.bg/2E1SY6Q pic.twitter.com/0WjsnohnpS
Top 15 Privacy and Security Settings iPhone and iPad Users Must Know
Everybody should be able to know how to be in full control of their privacy and security, especially in this day and age. While iPhone and iPad users should have a bit more peace of mind than Android users, developers, websites and even Apple still all collect personal information from your devices. To understand this in greater detail and learn ways to enhance your privacy and security even further on iOS, we’ve compiled plenty of options.
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Top 5: Things AI might actually be good for http://tek.io/2EG5aez pic.twitter.com/9qhPqy1VxA
Phones with superstrong diamond glass screen coming in 2019
2019 is a long time to wait for a phone that wants to sooth your fears of shattered glass. Don't expect it to be cheap, either. The process of making and applying lab-grown diamond to a phone's cover material comes at a cost. Expect it to debut on a pricier handset that promises a "shatterproof" screen, similar to the Motorola Moto Z2 Force , which I dropped 28 times to see if its screen would crack.
South Korea says North stole cryptocurrency worth billions of won last
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday that North Korea last year stole cryptocurrency from the South worth billions of won and that it was still trying to hack into its exchanges.
NFL awards $150k to three concussion and injury tech startups
The league has paid $1 billion to settle a suit over player brain injuries. It’s also investing in tech startups to prevent them from happening.
Best smartwatch: the top choices you can buy in 2018
All of the fitness features you'd expect are here; you can even use it without having to take your phone out while you exercise, but you won't be able to receive phone calls like on the Apple Watch 3. The design is premium, but it won't be for everyone so be sure to properly study the photos above and in our review to work out if it's built for you.
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Even more Marvel characters come together in this great new Avengers: Infinity War footage http://gizmo.do/inNgFDK pic.twitter.com/HG7OtgiAhb
Why are these students dancing for joy? They're going to see 'Black Panther'
Commentary: Sometimes it's worth remembering that superhero movies are also meant for kids. And if this video doesn't make your day, your day won't be made.
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The cost of crypto is turning miners towards green energy sources https://bloom.bg/2E2j0H8 pic.twitter.com/fqZqEtpIu3