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Sasquatch finally found (on 'SNL')

Commentary: When the long-awaited meeting of Bigfoot and human occurs, it doesn't go well.

How to watch Elon Musk’s Q&A at SXSW

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will host an event at SXSW today called Elon Musk Answers Your Questions! Here’s how to watch if you’re not attending.

HAL-exa. Here's a replica of HAL 9000 with Alexa inside

Commentary: Is this a portent of the true future? Welcome to a replica that has real world uses. Perhaps too real.

10 books to read during the #MeToo era

Spice up your bookshelf with important works by women that will change your world.

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Black Panther has crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide

Marvel’s Black Panther is continuing its winning streak at the box office. This weekend, it crossed the $1 billion mark in its worldwide box-office totals, after beating out the four-day totals of Disney’s last big movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi .

Optoma's UHD60 affordable 4K projector really pops

Between the Optoma and Epson, it's very close and depends on what and how you watch. The brighter Optoma is better at filling larger screens and in situations with more ambient light, but also has more contrast and pop in a dark room, as well as the advantage of a slightly sharper image with 4K sources. The Epson, meanwhile, has better features including a power lens, somewhat more accurate color and a better image with HDR TV shows and movies.

Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft is a ‘lost’ girl turned action hero in Tomb Raider

It's set in a reality close to today, and she has all the common traits that she is so well known to have. But she is also not afraid of showing her vulnerability. She's human. And this very much adds to her becoming the action hero we so well know her to be. I love that it was grounded in trying to find, maybe, a physicality. She is a very physical person, so it would be plausible for her to go into this first adventure ... She doesn't have any experience in the beginning of the film. So, hopefully, we get to be with her and then root for her while she's going step-by-step to becoming this action hero.

Intel might buy Broadcom, which is trying to buy Qualcomm

A combination of the two companies would create a chip giant supplying components to a wide array of electronic gadgets found in your home or pocket -- and would mean that one major company served as the primary supplier for key components used by Samsung, Apple and other tech giants. It also would pose a threat to Intel, which already has seen its position decline as its core market -- PCs -- shrinks in favor of mobile devices.

Sayonara to the best phone fingerprint sensor in the business | ZDNet

Whether the phone was face-down or face-up, a side-mounted reader allows the user to always know exactly where the sensor is, and hit it every time. Having to hit the power button with Android to wake the display up -- since most Android phones have ditched the physical home button for some time -- it makes perfect sense to put the reader where the user has to go. If you just want to peek at notifications, and not unlock the device, then a quick squeeze is all that is needed.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX Mars spaceships ready by next year

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Chinese venture capitalists pushed $1 billion into South American projects during 2017. That's up from just $30 million in 2015. 

The Gogogate2 lets you stop wondering if you left the garage open

Along with installing the Gogogate2, you'll also need to install the tilt sensor. This small, white device adheres to your garage door to transmit the door's position (horizontal for open and vertical for closed) to the Gogogate2 via a 2.4Ghz wireless frequency. Powered by two AAA batteries, the sensor also provide provides temperature readings displayed in the Gogogate app. Though it's an added cost, the tilt sensor does make setup easier than systems like the Garadget which rely on centering a laser on a reflective tag to pinpoint door position. If you need to control multiple doors, additional sensors cost $35.

Elon Musk wants to preserve humanity in space

This was just some of the ground Musk covered with moderator Jonathan Nolan, co-creator of HBO's "Westworld." Musk, who is the founder of multiple companies, including SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company, is tackling some of the biggest challenges and technological advances of the modern age, like space travel and autonomous vehicles. He made a two-day stop at SXSW to talk about his work. He also appeared on Saturday at the end of a panel with the cast and show creators of the HBO series " Westworld ."

This little device puts garage doors in their place

The $119 Gogogate2 is a smart garage door controller that can add voice control, remote access and geofencing to up to three garage doors with one unit.

FBI paid Best Buy staff to check broken computers for illegal activity - Video | ZDNet

A freedom of information request revealed that the FBI used the Best Buy division's repair staff to flag illegal content.

March Madness 2018: When the games start, how to stream and more

Sling TV isn't the best option because it doesn't offer CBS but does include the other three networks that will broadcast the tournament. Its $20-a-month Orange plan includes TBS and TNT, and its $25-a-month Blue plan includes TBS, TNT and truTV. And if you want to tune it only for the Final Four, then Sling TV will suffice because the semifinal games on Saturday, March 31 and the National Championship game on Monday, April 2 will be broadcast on TBS.

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Forty percent of the growing costs for cauliflower, and similar crops like cabbage and broccoli, comes from harvesting in the UK. 

How to get better sleep in 2018

Somnox is a smart pillow that, well, breaths as you hold it to lull you to sleep. It also has a carbon dioxide sensor that can monitor when you fall asleep so that it can shut itself off. The Somnox will be available for purchase in the fall of 2018.

What Google is learning about user experience | ZDNet

UX leaders at Google and YouTube shared their firsthand experiences in keeping on top of the UX challenge. There is a shift toward greater interaction and co-creation -- users are coming to platforms to engage with content creators on a more active level. The bar for superior and rich UX keeps getting raised, as do users' expectations. At the same time, more sophisticated technology is helping to point users to the resources they seek, helping them to overcome manual searching. Finally, and importantly, it takes an enterprise -- developers, designers, executives -- working together and collaboratively to deliver superior UX to customers and employees.

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Some entrepreneurs and tech leaders are saying that the time has come to leave the Valley. But not everyone is convinced. 

Donald Trump's tweets show he's a modern man, Putin says

Commentary: Interviewed by NBC's Megyn Kelly, the Russian president says he, on the other hand, isn't a Twitterer.

1More’s Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone is a knockout

To put the headphone's sound in perspective I brought out a set of Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 over ear headphones ($249). The two 'phones sounded more alike than I would have guessed, though the 'Triple Driver was a tad clearer overall from bass to midrange to treble. Not by a large amount, the '7 wasn't what I would call laid back, but it's not going to push exaggerated "detail" on your ears. They're both closed-back designs, but the 'Triple's soundstage was wider and more clearly focused than the '7's, and the 'Triple was also more comfortable, thanks to its lighter head clamping pressure.

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"The synthesis of data and strategy determines success," says Daniel Scarvalone, director at Bully Pulpit Interactive. 

Forbes on why we need to shut Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies down | Hacker News

Bitcoin's value these days is tightly coupled with its exchange value. Crypto is resistant to regulation and decentralized; exchanges are not. (yes there are decentralized exchanges with close to no volume, and LocalBitcoin, but the lion's share goes through exchanges that rely on the traditional banking system) All you need to do is make ACH transactions for virtual currency illegal and you'd rip the reasons for the mainstream to use it out of their hands. It would still exist; the technology is the same at $20 as $20,000. It could still be used for a barter/digital economy, but you'd kill speculation. reply

How to Use Your Amazon Echo to Get in Shape

Say: "Alexa, open HiFit." Alexa launches the HiFit high-intensity workout route . Through this skill, you can work out your entire body or just certain muscle groups, such as your abs or chest. Alexa even volunteers to play some music while you work out. Your workout kicks off with a specific exercise, such as a certain number of pushups. Alexa then gives you time to cool down and recover before launching into the next exercise. Keep this up until the program finishes or you're too pooped to continue.

Netflix Tests Gamifying Kids' Shows with Trophy Unlocking

. @netflix has patches /badges now? What's the deal with this?? As if getting my son to stop watching Netflix wasn't hard enough. Now I have to deal with him wanting to binge endless hours of shows just to earn a silly patch? Not good. My opinion I know, but still I don't like it!

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X Speed Test

Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S handset, the Galaxy S9, is all set to hit the retail stores later this week. The handset will be the first one in the market to launch with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. The S9+ also comes with 6GB of RAM which should definitely give it an edge in the multitasking department.

Back to the future: Does graph database success hang on query language? | ZDNet

The world is a different place now, so the war is arguably more subtle, and there may not even be a clear winner. But it's a war nonetheless, and the query language battle is raging. Just think what kind of power any vendor could have over the industry if they got to control SQL, and you will begin to see why the battle for graph query language is important.

The Ready Player One tie-in games’ final boss is copyright law

Ready Player One is a movie about virtual reality escapism, so it feels like the main unifying theme is “nostalgic virtual reality sci-fi and fantasy.” Granted, even though VR isn’t remotely mainstream, it’s still big enough for that to be a little like making generic video games to promote a movie about gaming. But it’s still interesting to see a media tie-in that’s more about interpreting a general concept than following plot or characters. And this particular collection also highlights the contradiction between intellectual property law, which grants companies complete and effectively perpetual control over beloved pieces of culture, and modern fandom, which uses that same culture as building blocks for new art. I don’t know that I’d play any of these games for very long, but in spirit, that pretty much makes it tailor-made for me.

23 Things You Didn't Know Your Chromecast Could Do

The Chromecast is a handy gadget for streaming Netflix, YouTube, and other content from mobile devices to your TV, but it requires a strong Wi-Fi connection to deliver streams that don't buffer. Not everyone has a super-fast Wi-Fi network, though, and for those people, Google has an Ethernet adapter for Chromecast. The adapter looks like the existing Chromecast power cord, but the plug end now includes a small Ethernet port. Connect an Ethernet cable that's also connected to your modem to that port, plug the USB end of the adapter into the Chromecast, attach the Chromecast to the HDMI port on your TV, and you're ready to go. It's $15 in the Google Play store.

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Smart street light poles are being installed in Huntington Beach, CA with Philips Lighting's Smart Fusion Poles for mobile connectivity, LED lighting and smart city enablement. 

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We shopped at @amazon 's new cashier-less, AI-run grocery store. With no checkout line, it feels a little like stealing, but computer-vision algorithms are keeping tabs. 

Beta code suggests Android Wear could be in line for a rebrand

It's been rather quiet on the Android Wear front recently, but the beta version of Google Play services suggests that the wearable software could soon be called simply "Wear OS". Could a rebrand give the platform some fresh momentum?

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The FBI busts Phantom Secure CEO for allegedly selling encrypted phones to gangs, drug cartels

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New documents show that some employees of Best Buy's Geek Squad repair staff were paid by the FBI to find and report illegal content. 

The next Call of Duty is Black Ops 4 and it's launching in October

From the trailer we can see that Call of Duty is returning to a modern warfare style game, with contemporary weapons and gear. There are also brief glimpses of zombies, signaling we'll get more zombie-killing fun, along with short scenes featuring driveable vehicles and drones to take out the enemy.

The Best Computer Speakers of 2018

Few things in life are as important as good music. But as you've probably noticed, that music only sounds as good as the system it's playing through. Many PCs and Macs don't come with very good speakers. And that's to say nothing of the tiny built-in drivers found in most laptops. Even if you're on a tight budget, low-cost speakers can noticeably improve your listening experience. Here are things to consider when picking the best speaker system for your computer.

Sharepoint: Four reasons why you should use it

Wondering why you should choose Microsoft Sharepoint? Here are four reasons it may be right for your organization.

Last male northern white rhino showing signs of recovery

Sudan is the last of his kind. He's a male northern white rhino, the only one in the world known to still be living. He has two female companions, making the trio the final outpost of this critically endangered white rhinoceros subspecies.

All the coolest cars at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

TechCrunch attended the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which is a showcase for ambitious, wild, fast and fantastic cars from basically all the world’s automakers. Here’s what caught our eye this year.

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These amazon logistic drivers are useless. I've had them dump packages outside my door and walk away without even knocking and then I get a notification saying the package was delivered. Which was a surprise to me as he didn't knock. @AmazonUK

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New infrared sensors that could be built into future cameras could see through fog and smoke, improve augmented reality, and make autonomous vehicles cheaper. 

How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria

A false-color image of healthy red blood cells with some sickle cells, the defective cells that die quickly and cause sickle cell anemia. Sickle cells are the result of a mutation that scientists say arose in a single person in West Africa more than 7,000 years ago.

This Colorado vault is keeping your favorite foods from going extinct

She led me up a set of stairs to her colorful, sunlit office decorated with a poster of Bumblebees of the Western United States, grain bags that once contained varieties of alfalfa, and framed portraits of botanical and animal collections. “On the plant side,” she told me, “we’re similar to Svalbard, except what we do is actively manage the base collection.” When the facility receives seed samples, it tests them to ensure their viability before putting them into storage. NLGRP continues to monitor the seeds over time to ensure that they haven’t degraded and can still be used, and conducts research on the long-term storage of plants. “It’s more of an active, resource-intensive system than what’s at Svalbard, where you basically just send your boxes and they’re put into storage.”

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram over messaging patents

BlackBerry Limited, the Canadian enterprise software company that used to sell smartphones, filed a lawsuit today against Facebook, alleging that the social network and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries infringe on BlackBerry messaging app patents. The core of BlackBerry’s complaint, which is a sprawling 117 pages , is that the company’s proprietary and patent-protected messaging product BlackBerry Messenger, known colloquially as BBM, was a cornerstone of modern mobile communications.

NASA space telescope takes a Star Wars snap of Earth

It also helped that Kepler was 94 million miles (151 million kilometers) away from Earth at the time. NASA says the flashlight-like image highlights the sensitivity of Kepler's photometer, which looks for changes in brightness as far-off planets cross in front of stars.

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The Israeli robotics shop is pioneering work with the Robot Operating System to build connected robots and autonomous drones. 

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Teaching young people to code will help close the tech skills gap, according to Crystal Adkins, a Java and Android instructor for Interapt Skills. 

Intel's turbo-charged Optane SSDs just got more affordable with the new 800P | ZDNet

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Apple May be Developing a Lightning Connector With a Waterproof Seal

While it’s possible to keep an iPhone working even if you drop it in water, thanks to the current water and dust resistance of the handsets on newer models, if you happen to drop the phone in water while it’s charging or connected to another accessory, you could still run into some issues. In that scenario, the Lightning connector would still be getting wet, and that could cause a short.

The 8K race is in full swing in 2018 | ZDNet

Samsung will open the first salvo this year in the 8K race with its AI QLED TV, and Japanese vendors Sony and Sharp and Chinese players are sure to follow. All signs point to 2018 being the year 8K enters the mainstream.

Latest Ryzen 2nd-generation leak could reveal AMD’s fastest processor ever

That’s even faster than the maximum clock speeds of 4.2GHz enabled with XFR 2.0 that we saw from the rumored Ryzen 7 2700X. This leads us to believe the chip in question could be the Ryzen 7 2800 or 2800X, which would be the new flagship of AMD’s mainline CPUs.

There are now 1 billion active WeChat accounts worldwide - Video | ZDNet

The messaging app developed by Chinese technology giant Tencent has seen total domestic and international monthly active accounts exceed 1 billion. Read more:

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iPad 2018 rumors: New iPad Pro design with Face ID to launch at WWDC in June.

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