A robot just solved a Rubik’s cube puzzle in 0.38 seconds
That’s a new world’s record. Previously the fastest time a robot could solve a Rubik’s cube was in 0.637 seconds, reports the BBC. The new robot was created by two students at MIT and uses two PlayStation Eye cameras to help solve the puzzle. You can check out the behind-the-scenes of their Rubik’s robot wonder …
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See creepy headless robots take over the world in parody vid
Boston Dynamics robots swarm desolate wastelands in this horrifying "Planet Earth" parody.
Nintendo teases Smash Bros. for Switch, coming this year
Virtually no information other than a 2018 release window
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Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X Drop Test, and more for 03/10/2018
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X Drop Test
By Rajesh Pandey on Mar 09, 2018 11:51 pm
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X are both made of glass. While the Galaxy S9 features a Series 7000 aluminum for its chassis, the iPhone X uses a stronger steel chassis. The Galaxy S9, however, is more durable than the Galaxy S8 as it features a thicker glass and its edges are slightly thicker as well to better absorb shock.
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Super Mario Run is Only $4.99 to Unlock All levels to Celebrate Mario Day
By Evan Selleck on Mar 09, 2018 04:13 pm
When Nintendo announced way back when that it was going to start making smartphone games (in partnership with DeNA Studio), the anticipation for Mario to arrive on mobile devices was high.
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Poll: Do You Think Siri On the HomePod Is Not ‘Smart’ Enough?
By Rajesh Pandey on Mar 09, 2018 12:12 pm
The release of HomePod has sparked quite a debate in online forums and among passionate Apple followers. It is about whether the HomePod’s excellent music quality makes up for its lack of smartness.
Best mobile games of 2018
If you like the style of tower defense the Kingdom Rush series does so well, you'll definitely like Iron Marines. This game is a newer effort from the same people, Ironhide Game Studio, and takes much of the same great action into the future. Instead of knights and archers, you'll be playing with futuristic soldiers and snipers. Fight aliens and mechas as you strategize the best way to beat the level at hand. But what's cool about this version, is there is even more focus on special characters -- individual heroes with unique abilities you can bring along for the fight with your other units.
Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF
Snapchat and Instagram have temporarily removed their Giphy GIF sticker features after users saw an extremely racist GIF as an option to add to their images. Snapchat confirms to TechCrunch “As soon as we were made aware, we removed the GIF and have disabled Giphy until we can be sure that this won’t happen again . . . while we wait for Giphy’s team to take a look at it.”
HGTV addicts, rejoice: We're going to a home and housewares show
More than 2,100 exhibitors from across the housewares industry will attend the sold-out show, which begins Saturday in Chicago. We'll be at the show covering anything that catches our eye. Here are some of the things we've already heard about that you might think about the next you're in the market for a small appliance:
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Westworld at SXSW: We found Sweetwater and it was exactly as we hoped
Westworld has taken over SXSW in Austin, Texas, this year and it is 🔥. Can't make the trip to Texas? Well, we've obtained photos of the in-depth activation and some fun facts about it.
Smash Bros. and beyond: Everything Nintendo just announced for Switch
What's not clear, however, is if the Nintendo Switch version of Smash Bros. will be a new entry in the series, or an updated port of the version that came out on the Wii U and 3DS. All we know for sure is that it will have Mario, Link from the Legend of Zelda, and the boy and girl Inkling characters from Splatoon.
Darth Vader would feel right at home in this Star Wars home theater
Patrick and his wife Stephanie don't look like soldiers of the Galactic Empire, but don't let that fool you. When they decided to build a new house in Nixa, Missouri, Patrick knew that the new place had to have a dedicated home theater room.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ review
You probably don’t need a 4,000-word review to tell you that the Galaxy S9+ is a good phone. Now that everyone’s got all of the Note 7 jokes mostly out of their system, we can mostly agree that Samsung makes good phones. The S8 was great, and the S9 builds on that success in a number of ways.
This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain -- and it isn't good
This technique isn't just used by social media, it's all over the internet. Airline fares that drop at the click of a mouse. Overstocked sofas that are there one minute and gone the next. Facebook notifications that change based on where our friends are and what they're talking about. We've gotta have it all, we've gotta have more, and we've gotta have it now. We're scratching addictive itches all over our screens.
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
CFIUS is charged with deciding whether takeovers of US businesses by foreign companies pose a threat to national security. It can scrutinize any industry, but has been taking an especially hard look at tech. https://trib.al/c7V6m5R
Is the Samsung Galaxy S9 already a 'dud'? | ZDNet
Yearly upgrade cycles are taxing all round, from manufacturers to the end consumer. And Samsung has positioned its release to come at the halfway point between new iPhone releases, and March isn't the most buoyant time for tech sales. It's possible that the carriers are choosing to sit back and see what the demand for the Galaxy S9 is before placing pre-orders, and might be leaving the heavy lifting of marketing this new release to Samsung.
OnePlus 5T: 3 months in, here's what's changed
With previous OnePlus models, including the 5 , you could take photos in three aspect ratios: 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1. In the 5T, however, 16:9 has been replaced by 18:9. That means images start out closer or more "zoomed in" on the subject, and it makes me have to take a step back to fit everything I want in the frame. While it's true that phone screens are adopting the 18:9 ratio (the 5T's own screen is 18:9), 16:9 is far from dead for photos and video. I don't see why OnePlus couldn't keep the 16:9 ratio on the 5T, since it provides the perfect middle ground between the (dated looking, IMO) 4:3 ratio and the burgeoning 18:9 standard.
Linux beats legal threat from one of its own developers | ZDNet
He continued, "We have never even considered enforcement for the purpose of extracting monetary gain. It is not possible to know an exact figure due to the secrecy of Patrick's actions, but we are aware of activity that has resulted in payments of at least a few million Euros. We are also aware that these actions, which have continued for at least four years, have threatened the confidence in our ecosystem."
Has Alexa snapped? Why your Echo sometimes does creepy things | ZDNet
To increase the usability of Alexa, it has to be able to respond to variations of a given command. For example, Alexa has to be able to process "Alexa, tell me the time," as well as "Alexa, what time is it." Most AI handles this problem by ignoring filler words (i.e., is, the, etc) and converting sounds into sound stems and normalized sequences. Essentially, this allows the system to take a variety of utterances and treat them as the same command.
Sony's Xperia Touch already had an unusual interface. Now it's getting gesture controls
"We aim to offer our customers the most intelligent and advanced user experiences, and with the synergy between our touch and voice-based interaction and EyeSight's touch-free gestures, we're able to fulfill that promise," said Hiroshi Ito, deputy head of Sony Mobile's Smart Product Business Group.
MIT Tech Review on Twitter
Nuclear power is one of the few sources of clean energy that can reliably provide always-on power (unlike solar or wind), making it a crucial tool for addressing the growing dangers of climate change. https://trib.al/fdn4lVY
CNET News on Twitter
HTC Vive creates a 'Ready Player One' VR experience at SXSW, and CNET's Erin Carson is there to slam her controller into a wall http://cnet.co/2FK1Odw pic.twitter.com/pzVe5c1dT0
Macworld on Twitter
Report: Apple is developing high-end noise-cancelling headphones. Let's hope they come in more colors than "glossy white." http://bit.ly/2Ig1LVb pic.twitter.com/nuoCnNPhoV
Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to iOS and Android
The port is coming to both phones and tablets, and Epic Games promises that “it’ll be same 100-player game you know from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac,” with the same gameplay, content, maps, and weekly updates as the console and PC versions. Users will be able to sign up for an iOS beta starting on March 12th, with invites rolling out shortly afterward. Players who get an invitation will also get several invites to send to friends as well. Android support is planned in the next few months.
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Meeting David Attenborough IRL and VR. Guess which is better
It turns out when you can experience the real Sir David in the real Natural History Museum underneath the real skeleton of the blue whale that appears in the film, the VR version won't have quite the same impact. With the grand architecture carefully mood lit and everyone's favorite natural history presenter telling jokes in real time -- "I must say, I look rather better there than I do here," he quipped about his virtual self -- the evening felt heightened and multi-sensory in a way VR simply can't replicate.
5 reasons why you'll want Android P
The first build is meant to give developers an idea of new programming features can be integrated into apps. However, we do know a little bit about new features coming to Android P that will make it an update you'll want to have ASAP.
New Instant Pot Max cooks faster, with more features
The Instant Pot Max was on display Saturday at the International Home and Housewares Show here in Chicago. It's a 6-quart (5.6-liter) electric pressure cooker that can crank up its pressure to a full 15 psi (pound per square inch), an ability once reserved to stovetop pressure cookers. (Other Instant Pot models have a 12 psi maximum.) The higher pressure means that the Instant Pot Max should cook ingredients up to 15 percent faster than the company's quickest appliances do today. The higher pressure will also let you use the Instant Pot Max for home canning, the company said.
Lifehacker on Twitter
I've never used clothed anything unless it was a cutoff portion of my shirt in a most unfortunate situation lol. I agree that tp and more so wipes have an impact on the environment due to waste. It's a little unnerving to hear the fat globs & tp in sewers lol.
'Black Panther 2' officially confirmed by Marvel
"One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a part one and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a part two," Feige said. "There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first 'Black Panther.' We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one."
9 great iPhone pranks to fool your friends
Everyone is a fan of a good prank. Well, that usually holds true until a prank gets pulled on them. But when it comes to someone’s iPhone, these pranks can be pulled off quickly and are very harmless, which saves the pranked and the prankster from any unwanted headaches if you catch my drift. Check out 9 of the best iPhone pranks you can pull on friends and family.
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'Westworld's gritty western fantasy comes to life at SXSW http://cnet.co/2Fs66Xu pic.twitter.com/CWuUEm2Yyg
TechRepublic on Twitter
Corporate networks can be complicated, but often not as complicated as service provider networks. Cisco Systems is hoping to learn from the latter to provide for the former. http://tek.io/2Dh1Fch
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, and you should be furious
On Sunday, March 11, right at 2:00 a.m., clocks and phones across North America and Europe will jump ahead one hour to begin Daylight Saving Time (DST) until next year. (And no, it's not "savings" with an "s.")
New cryptojacking attack uses WannaCry exploit to mine on Windows servers
Once exploited, it will run as shell command, drop RedisWannaMine, and run a cryptominer (admissioninit.exe) program, the post said. After that it will scan for vulnerable Redis servers and drop RedisWannaMine as well. It will also scan for vulnerable Windows SMB servers and exploit EternalBlue to drop the cryptominer, the post noted. Once the miner is up and running, it will mine cryptocurrency and funnel the funds into a wallet owned by the hackers.
Good-bye JEE, hello Jakarta EE | ZDNet
Oracle waves good-bye to Java Enterprise Edition, as the Eclipse Foundation takes over Java EE under a new name, Jakarta, and without the "Java" trademark.
Reminder: Don’t put your satellites in space without FCC permission
The startup, Swarm Technologies , aims to provide connectivity to internet of things devices in remote areas. Founded in 2016 by an engineer who worked with Google and another who sold his previous company to Apple, Swarm had applied to the FCC for permission to launch unusually small satellites. But the FCC denied its applications over concern they would be difficult for radar to track, presenting a collision hazard for other satellites and spacecraft.
Macworld on Twitter
Three things Apple's rumored cheaper MacBook Air will need to be a hit. http://bit.ly/2oYHZp1 pic.twitter.com/ProkmxSBNT
TechRepublic on Twitter
Jack Wallen walks you through the process of enabling configuration storage for phpMyAdmin to gain added security features for the web-based MySQL tool. http://tek.io/2FqH6Qu
Study finds that people are more loyal to Android than iOS
Brand loyalty for iOS and Android has shifted over the years. In 2013, iOS users were more loyal, but from January 2016 through December 2017, Android had the lead, ranging from 89 to 91 percent while iOS loyalty ranged from 85 to 88 percent. However, CIRP says it’s worth noting that the rate of those switching is different from the number of people switching. Android has a larger customer base than iOS, so the number of people switching from iOS to Android is equal to or more than the number of people switching from Android to iOS. ”Looking at absolute number of users in this way,” Levin says, “tends to support claims that iOS gains more former Android users, than Android does former iOS users.”
Jessica Jones Season 2: Episode 6 - "Facetime" Review - IGN
Jessica is a character who has always felt isolated by her powers and her history -- a freak, a monster, an outsider -- but all of a sudden, she has a chance to reclaim the family that she lost, and that's a seismic shift. Of course, they're basically strangers now, and no matter how much love or desperation for belonging exists under the surface, you can't change the past. Jessica's traumas, fears and insecurities won't be magically erased by this new information -- and even if her mom isn't a villain, she clearly has some issues of her own to work through -- but you have to hope there might be the potential for at least some degree of healing.
Debian -- News -- Updated Debian 9: 9.4 released
Do not update /etc/nsswitch.conf when its content already matches the default; debian/script.in/nohwcap.sh: always check for all optimized packages as multiarch allows one to install foreign architectures; avoid use-after-free read access in clntudp_call [CVE-2017-12133]; define collation for Malayalam chillu characters and correct collation of U+0D36 and U+0D37 Malayalam characters; fix invalid cast in group merging affecting ppc64 and s390x; fix compatibility with Intel C++ __regcall calling convention; install the libc-otherbuild postinst and postrm in the libc6-i686 transitional package, to make sure /etc/ld.so.nohwcap is correctly removed after an upgrade
Microsoft to drop Outlook on the Web mobile apps for iOS, Android by mid-May | ZDNet
"In recent years, we've invested heavily in delivering an award winning user experience and bolstering security in Outlook for iOS and Android, and have reached the point where the core value surpasses that of the OWA mobile apps. Key features have been built into the native Outlook mobile app. Remaining capabilities, such as Shared Mailboxes, will be built into Outlook by the end of the year but in the meantime, users can still access all OWA features from the browser on their mobile device."
How do you make 'Tomb Raider' fresh? 'Cast Alicia Vikander'
Roar Uthaug's reboot has plenty of action, but the director says action films only work if you care about the characters. You'll care about Lara Croft, he predicts.
Watch the High-Flying Physics of a Plant’s Exploding Fruits
While the plants in this family all have exploding fruits, the seeds come in a variety of shapes. Some are shaped like basketballs; others have appendages sticking out of them. They have not yet studied the aerodynamics of those shapes and do not know whether the seeds of related plants are spinning as fast as those of the hairyflower wild petunia.
TechRepublic on Twitter
Using metrics to gauge employee and company effectiveness can be helpful, but they rarely tell the whole story. Here's how to make sure your team is doing more than just checking boxes. http://tek.io/2FucJbG
Viewing Canary's latest all-in-one home security system
Canary's View shares a similar design and list of features with the pricier All-in-One device, but it doesn't have a siren, an Ethernet port or motion detection zones.
Fast Company on Twitter
“When you get out in this fast moving media environment on your own there’s no safety net, but I’ll tell you, I kind of like it.” - @DanRather , News and Guts #FCGrill
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These penguins found a camera, then they hammed it up
In the short video, posted by the Australian Antarctic Division , you can see one penguin approach the camera, somehow flick it up so that it’s focused on its face, and then a second penguin joins. They both curiously stare down at the lens before losing interest. One of the penguins is even saying something — a vocalization I decided to interpret as, “Why are they spying on us?”
How to Revise or Cancel Your Hulu Subscription
To cancel your subscription altogether, click on the CANCEL button at your account page. Hulu will remind you that you can put an account on hold; click "Continue to Cancel." Hulu then asks why you want to stop your account. Is it too expensive? Do you not like the ads? Do you not have enough to watch? Click on the button that best explains your reason for cancelling.