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Jeff Goldblum joins the cast of 'Jurassic World Evolution,' an upcoming business sim video game that lets you build your very own Jurassic Park.

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Playing with friends and family in the living room is the killer feature in 'Pit People'.

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Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa

And while we’re here, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. Yes, the Fitbit Versa basically looks like an Apple Watch. At a press event in New York City, Fitbit executives were covertly wearing the new smartwatches ahead of their keynote, and it was difficult to tell the devices apart from the Apple Watches attendees had been wearing until you start looking for a digital crown. The Versa is also offered in black, light grey, and rose gold, making the similarities uncanny.

2 Larry Page's Kitty Hawk unveils autonomous flying taxis

The firm’s two-person craft, called Cora, is a 12-rotor plane-drone hybrid that can take off vertically like a drone, but then uses a propeller at the back to fly at up to 110 miles an hour for around 62 miles at a time. The all-electric Cora flies autonomously up to 914 metres (3,000ft) above ground, has a wingspan of 11 metres, and has been eight years in the making.

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Amazon recalls six faulty AmazonBasics power banks

'Avengers: Infinity War' is going to blow your mind

Thanos (Josh Brolin) is likely going to be the last man standing after this film. With "Untitled Avengers 4" set for May 2019, we don't expect the Infinity gems storyline to wrap until then. Marvel has said that the title to 2019's Avengers movie is a spoiler, so don't look for that title to be revealed until some time later this year.

Donald Trump blocks Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm | ZDNet

The proposed deal could weaken Qualcomm's standing and leave an opening for China to exert more influence over 5G standard setting, CFIUS said. The regulatory panel also intended to investigate whether the deal would limit the supply of Qualcomm products or services to the US government, or whether it would threaten the integrity of those products and services.

Fitbit’s New Smartwatch, The Versa, Looks A Lot Like An Apple Watch

[Photo: courtesy of Fitbit] The new watch offers common smartwatch features like quick message replies and mobile payments, although the version with Fitbit Pay costs $30 more. But it’s clearly focused on the same health-conscious consumer Apple is targeting. Fitbit gave the device a redesigned dashboard with a simpler way of displaying health and workout data. You can watch guided workouts on the display. The heart rate monitor tracks your beats 24 hours a day, Fitbit says, and aids in tracking your sleep stages at night.

The One Thing That Will Definitely Disqualify You In A Job Interview

Jordan Rayboy, CEO of Rayboy Insider Search , agrees. “If a candidate is overly negative about a current or past employer, it plants seeds of doubt in a hiring manager’s mind ,” he explains. “First, that the candidate has a negative attitude in general–and no one wants to hire a potential dark cloud onto their team. Next, that the candidate will likely bad-mouth their company in the future if they end up getting hired. And it also shows a lack of good decision-making skills– as in, what to share in certain situations and what not to. Lastly, and most importantly, it’s a sign the candidate tends to blame others when things don’t work out. They don’t take ownership of their share of responsibility for things. It’s always someone else’s fault–like their current or past employer’s fault–that they didn’t hit their numbers, or didn’t last more than a year there, or anything else that may have happened.”

Betsy DeVos Was A Disgrace On “60 Minutes” But It Doesn’t Matter

During an excruciating interview with 60 Minutes ‘ Lesley Stahl, the U.S. Education secretary appeared to not know very much about education in the United States. She shrugged and slithered through a series of vacuous answers, unable to speak to key tenets of her policies, making bold claims (which she could not back up) about the failure of investing in public schools, and just generally appearing out of her depth. To top it off, DeVos delivered the entire performance with a perma-Cheshire grin suggesting a person proud of her ignorance and lack of curiosity.

The 10 best digital cameras in 2018

Our final camera is a 'bridge' camera, a type of camera that we don't normally like very much because the ultra-zoom design forces the makers to use titchy 1/2.3-inch sensors the same size as those in point-and-shoot cameras. You get the look and feel of a DSLR, but you certainly don't get the image quality. But the Panasonic Lumix FZ2000 (known as the FZ2500 in the US) is different. It sacrifices a huge zoom range in favour of a much larger 1.0-inch sensor - a compromise most serious photographers will applaud. While the zoom tops out at 480mm equivalent, which is relatively short for a bridge camera, that's still plenty for all but the most extreme everyday use. We'd certainly sacrifice a little for of zoom range for better and faster optics. We love the FZ2000 because it delivers both image quality and zoom range, while also offering full manual and semi-manual controls, the ability to shoot raw files and 4K video.

SteelSeries' Arctis Pro is a high-res headset for discerning gamers

But. I honestly didn't hear a huge difference between the Arctis Pro in Hi-Res mode and the lower quality wireless version. And yes, just to confirm, I was listening to 24-bit music from HDTracks and Tidal Hi-Fi. If I concentrated in a perfectly quiet environment, I could make out a tad more clarity from the wired headset, but it wasn't anything revelatory. I'm not too surprised, though. I've been dabbling in the world of high-resolution audio for years, and while I've heard some great recordings (Michael Jackson's Thriller sounds amazing in 96kHz/24-bit), I still prefer the flexibility of streaming music and my compressed (but still very high quality) library.

Want more privacy? These PCs have unique security features

While foolproof methods of covering your webcam with a piece of tape or band-aid remain popular, some manufacturers, like Huawei, are taking the initiative to build devices with features that eliminate the need.


Myanmar: UN blames Facebook for spreading hatred of Rohingya

“It has … substantively contributed to the level of acrimony and dissension and conflict, if you will, within the public. Hate speech is certainly of course a part of that. As far as the Myanmar situation is concerned, social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media,” he said.

Eddy Cue: Apple Music reaches 38 million subscribers | ZDNet

To compare, Apple Music's main competitor Spotify has 71 million paying subscribers and 159 million active users monthly, Spotify revealed in February. Both Apple and Spotify charge $9.99 a month for their unlimited streaming services. However, Spotify offers a free ad-supported edition.

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Nintendo’s latest Switch update finally makes it easier to find friends

For a 5.0 update (from the previous 4.1 in December 2017), the added functionalities are pretty incremental. Other additions to 5.0 include the option to filter news from specific channels, downloads made from a PC or smartphone will start downloading sooner (even if your console is in sleep mode), and new notifications for when prepurchased software is ready to play. You can now also add specific games to your whitelist in the Switch Parental Controls app, though any time limit restrictions you have enabled will still apply.

Apple, Google brand reputations sink in latest Harris poll | ZDNet

The Silicon Valley giants simply haven't produced enough buzzworthy products as of late, according to the Harris Poll CEO.

Microsoft women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints:...

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Women at Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O ) working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday.

Apple to Acquire Digital-Magazine-Subscription Service Texture

Apple Inc. said it will acquire Next Issue Media LLC and its digital-magazine-subscription service Texture, a product developed by top magazine companies that bundles together some 200 subscriptions into one monthly service.

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Apple supplier Wistron secures land to build new site in southern...

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A unit of Apple Inc’s ( AAPL.O ) Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp ( 3231.TW ) has won approval from Karnataka to build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, two officials said, signaling what could be a vital expansion of iPhone assembly work in India.

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Bully Pulpit Interactive director Daniel Scarvalone explains how technology, particularly data analytics, has changed the business of politics and running a campaign. 

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VW just gave Tesla a $25 billion battery shock

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Ecobee’s new Switch+ puts Alexa in your light switch

There’s also a basic button on the front to manually turn the lights on or off from the switch itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow for dimming of lights, which seems like an obvious thing you’d want a $100 connected light switch to do. (Ecobee says you can use smart bulbs in the fixtures that the Switch+ controls to gain dimming features, but that sort of defeats the purpose of putting the smarts in the wall switch.) The Switch+ can be voice-controlled by Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri via its HomeKit support. It also integrates with SmartThings and IFTTT for more advanced smart home integration.

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Morning Spoilers: Could the new Teen Titans show bring in another former Robin?

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Russia says it won't comply with the UK's deadline regarding the spy poisoned with Novichok

Google Cloud’s Agones enables open source dedicated multiplayer game servers

Dedicated game servers for multiplayer games serve a lot of purposes. They keep the speeds in multiplayer matches high, reducing interaction delays, or latency. They stop cheating and produce an overall better experience for players. But they aren’t easy to build or maintain, and so Google is addressing that with a new open-source platform in a partnership with French game giant Ubisoft .

YouTube for iOS Gets a Dark Mode

The dark theme essentially inverts the white UI elements to black thereby making it more immersive. YouTube had first added a dark mode to its website last year after which it quickly became the most commonly requested feature for its mobile app. Given the popularity of dark theme in apps among power users, it is nice to see Google finally getting around to adding a dark theme to the app.

Fitbit Doubles Down on Smartwatches With Versa

Since it's designed for children, it doesn't have the same fitness prompts as the company's adult-oriented trackers. For instance, kids will receive a recommended 60 minutes of daily active minutes, compared with 30 for adults. Privacy is also beefed up, with a new Fitbit family account feature that's compliant with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. This will include parental view settings, so you can control who friends your children. It also limits what children see in the app, including stats like calories burned, friend requests, and Fitbit's social community.

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Amazon is on track to be a $1 trillion company by 2022, Jefferies says

Flying taxi: Google cofounder Larry Page's project takes to the skies in New Zealand

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US Customs and Border Protection has released a propaganda video called 'Walls Work'

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Trump fires Rex Tillerson, replaces him with former CIA director Mike Pompeo

Many Washington insiders saw Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive, as a mitigating factor for Trump’s unpredictability , but Trump often publicly clashed with the nation’s top diplomat. That came into focus when Tillerson allegedly called the president a “ moron. ” Trump did not fire him, but their tensions played out a national stage when the president tweeted in October that Tillerson was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs, writing: “Save your energy, Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Now, Tillerson is out and Pompeo is in.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now, but leaves a few things out.

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Amazon Turbocharged Audible’s Domination of Audiobooks

Bombardier Union Seeks to Thwart Sale of Toronto Jet Facility

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mu Space targets 2020 launch of first satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn

Jeff Bezos’ New Glenn rocket, the reusable launch vehicle created by Blue Origin to put people and large cargo into orbit, has a new confirmed payload for one of its first missions: mu Space. The Thai satellite startup announced it would be working with Blue Origin late last year , but now it has confirmed that the agreement is in place, with a launch window that opens in late 2020.

Google Assistant gets a proper home on the iPad

This is the year every voice assistant adds native iPad support, it seems. Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Cortana update , Google has released an iPad-friendly version of Assistant. The updated app takes full advantage of the tablet's larger screen, of course, but that also includes multitasking support in iOS 11 -- you can send commands to the AI companion while you're chatting with a friend or planning your day. The app is available now in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portugese and Spanish.

UN blames Facebook for spreading hate speech in possible Myanmar genocide of Rohingya Muslims

More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown last August. Many have provided harrowing testimonies of executions and rapes by Myanmar security forces.

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Salesforce bulks up Essentials SMB efforts with Service Cloud Essentials, to sunset IQ CRM,  by @ldignan

Rookie crypto investors look past risks, flock to London show

LONDON (Reuters) - Dozens of stallholders, pitching anything from a happy retirement to commercial property to the future of electronics, set up shop in central London last weekend to pitch their wares.

Have a look at Philips Hue's new outdoor smart lights

Philips tells us that the lights will also be arriving in Europe around the same time as the US release, though pricing specifics have yet to be determined. Converted roughly, the prices listed above range from about £35 to £200. An Australian release could happen later this year when the southern hemisphere gets closer to the start of its next summer season, but details have yet to be locked in. Converted roughly, the prices above would range from about AU$60 to AU$355.

Facebook is getting ready to launch a special news video section | Cult of Mac

Facebook is reportedly working with these publishers to come to an arrangement around budgeting and monetization. The current deal with Facebook Watch’s original video content is that it is produced for the company by partners, who earn 55 percent of advertising revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent.

Bitcoin start-ups in Asia take aim at remittances market

HONG KONG/SEOUL (Reuters) - Bitcoin, battered by warnings about volatility and bubble-like appreciation, may have found a way to play a niche role in a big market: overseas money transfers.

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The Stack Overflow developer survey also looks at the perceived impact of artificial intelligence on programmer jobs. 

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