SwiftKey toolbar gives speedy access to GIFs, emojis, and more | Cult of Mac
SwiftKey, one of the most popular third-party keyboards on iOS, has just gotten even faster and more efficient -- thanks to an update which adds a new Toolbar for giving you super-speedy access to the keyboard's most popular features. For those unfamiliar with it, SwiftKey Keyboard is a third-party iOS keyboard you
Logitech Adds Reactive Lighting to G560 Speakers, G513 Keyboard
The Logitech G Lightsync technology synchronizes both light and sound to gameplay for better immersion.
Netflix's 'On My Block' is a teen story rarely seen on TV
Life in the inner city isn't always doom and gloom (except when it is).
You can't play EA's newest game because you're not a robot
Electronic Arts' researchers are training AI to play video games like people do, and they're building custom environments to give their's a leg-up.
Anker unveils PowerWave fast wireless chargers for iPhone and Android | ZDNet
Anker's new PowerWave wireless chargers can charge the iPhone X and iPhone 8 at 7.5 Watts, and premium Android devices at 10 Watts.
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Google Maps Gets 'Wheelchair Accessible' Option Under Transit Navigation Settings
Accessing the new feature is as simple as searching for the location you want to travel to under public transport, tapping options and checking the “Wheelchair accessible” marker at the bottom. Google also adds a disclaimer saying “Use caution – wheelchair-accessible directions may not always reflect real-world conditions.” This suggests that the feature might not be fully ready in some parts of the world.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus go on sale today
The Samsung Galaxy S9 price is $719.99 (£739, AU$1,199), while the Galaxy S9 Plus price is $839.99 (£869, AU$1,349).
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Want a beast of a phone and money left over? Get this phone
I quite like the feel of the smooth, matte metal View 10, and the deep blue tone is a welcome change from black, too. That said, the Mate 10 Pro's all-glass back looks and feels like a much more luxurious device and will certainly draw more attention when you whip it out on the bus. Whether that slick design is worth the extra cash is a decision only you can make.
Google wants you to know Android's as hard to hack as Apple's iOS
After years of big security gaps, Google says the phones it powers are now as hard to hack as iPhones. It wants to make sure you know that.
Ever buy an original PS3? Sony may owe you $65
Technically, the lawyers attest Sony sold as many as 10 million "Fat" PS3s in the United States, which means if every single buyer submitted a claim, they'd be getting less than a dollar each. But that's not super likely. They'd need to care about OtherOS, remember when and where they bought the console, have never sold it or traded it in, find out about the settlement in time, and actually submit the form promptly.
Nest's smart home just keeps on growing
Like Nest's IQ cams, the Hello has 1080p HD live streaming, person alerts and facial recognition (if you pay for the Nest Aware service).
'Tomb Raider' star Alicia Vikander's bust size under fire
When Tomb Raider was released in 1996, Lara Croft's boobs were triangular. Let's stop acting like the size/shape of a woman's breasts predict her ability to play Lara Croft. It doesn't really matter whether you "see" Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft... she is, deal with it. https://t.co/KTKtP9XxmS
IoT hacks are rising -- and older gadgets may be most at risk
It didn't end with robots and gas stations. Other panels detailed how you could hack a yacht, a car, industrial control systems and hospital tech. The one common thread for all of this research: It wasn't shiny, new gadgets with security flaws, but devices from years ago. These are the ones makers have moved on from, but people can still buy in stores.
Lyft begins testing monthly subscription plans
The company has sent invitations to users for its All-Access Plans, which offer a set number of free rides each month for an upfront payment. The San Francisco-based company is testing several pricing tiers, with one invitation outlining a service offering 60 free rides (up to $15) for $400 up front each month, while another invitation offers 30 free rides for $250 per month. One in New York City costs $250.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss' coding camp for girls is expanding
What do you hope comes out of the coding camp's expansion? Our goal is to increase our reach, not only through more camps and more cities, but by connecting with both scholars and instructors. This year, we are working with Teach For America to find passionate instructors who will not only lead the camps, but take what they've learned from the Kode With Klossy curriculum and bring it back to their classrooms. That way, we'll be able to make an impact long after the camps are over.
Apple's March 27 event in Chicago takes place at school
Apple snuck in a little Friday surprise with an unexpected invite to a March 27 event. And it's not at the company's lavish Cupertino campus -- it's in Chicago.
New “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer Has Jokes, Mortal Danger, And Shuri
Anyway, the new trailer quickly lays out the premise of the film. Thanos is after those dang infinity stones we’ve had glimpses of in many of these movies, and he is not playing around. The stakes are revealed through many of our favorites being put into precarious positions, such as when Thanos is squeezing Thor’s head like a grape. More importantly, though, this trailer finally gives a flavor of what kind of humor we can expect when alpha dogs like Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) have to work together on a mission. Also, this first new trailer to emerge since Black Panther assures us that a standout character from that film, Shuri (Letitia Wright), will be on hand. This party might not be so awkward after all.
Apple is holding an education event March 27
Apple has a long legacy of providing services to schools and teachers, but the industry has shifted in recent years as the Chromebook has completely changed the way classrooms work. The company is no doubt looking to take back some of that mindshare. This morning, it sent out invites for an event, asking attendees to, “take a field trip.”
Here's what Huawei's P20 cameras can do
We're not sure the pics were taken with the three-camera model, but it's a good sign they were obviously shot in a meticulously lit studio given the buzz around the phone is about its photographic chops. If it's good enough for a studio, it's probably going to be able to handle your selfies.
Windows RDP flaw: 'Install Microsoft's patch, turn on your firewall' | ZDNet
"The attacker will set up the man-in-the-middle, wait for a CredSSP session to occur, and once it does, will steal session authentication and perform a Remote Procedure Call (DCE/RPC) attack on the server that the user originally connected to (eg, the server user connected with RDP)," explains Preempt researcher Yaron Zinar.
Iran’s iPhone users have been locked out of App Store | Cult of Mac
The App Store ban appears to be IP based, which means there are ways for users to get around it, but it’s unclear whether Apple is behind the ban or if it was done by the government.
Understanding quantum computers: The basics
Qubits can be more than one thing at a time because of a strange phenomenon called superposition. Quantum superposition in qubits can be explained by flipping a coin. We know that the coin will land in one of two states: heads or tails. This is how binary computers think. While the coin is still spinning in the air, assuming your eye isn’t quick enough to ‘observe’ the actual state it’s in, the coin is actually in both states at the same time. Essentially until the coin lands it has to be considered both heads and tails simultaneously.
Apple announces March 27th event focusing on education
There’s not a lot to go by in terms of hints from the invitation — just a stylized Apple logo and the phrase “Let’s take a field trip,” which fits in with the education theme. But it’s been rumored that Apple has been working on cheaper MacBooks and iPads , which would make sense given this event’s context. Interestingly, the event won’t be held in Apple’s newly opened Apple Park campus in Cupertino, but at a high school in Chicago. Chicago’s Board of Education recently added computer science as a graduation requirement for all public schools in the city, making it a fitting pairing for an Apple event.
Facebook apologises for search suggestions of child abuse videos
In a statement, Facebook apologised and said it was investigating the issue: “As soon as we became aware of these offensive predictions we removed them. Facebook search predictions are representative of what people may be searching for on Facebook and are not necessarily reflective of actual content on the platform.
Android Wear is now Wear OS by Google
Google has confirmed last week’s rumor on Reddit : Android Wear has been rebranded to Wear OS by Google . In short, Google’s wearable operating system is no longer tied to Android — it’s “a wearables operating system for everyone.” Users will begin to see the new name on their watch and phone app “over the next few weeks.”
What is Hyperloop? Everything you need to know about the future of transport | ZDNet
The companies building Hyperloop services argue that they are significantly cheaper to build that high-speed rail services. Musk's Hyperloop Alpha paper claimed his LA to San Francisco route could be built for one-tenth of the price of a high-speed rail alternative. Other companies have said their services could be one-third to half the price of rail services and much faster. Being cheaper to build should mean these services can become profitable quickly. However, there are plenty of engineering challenges to be tackled which could push the costs up, and how these services will be funded in the first place is not clear; many of the feasibility studies under way are looking at how these services can be financed, likely through a combination of public and private investment.
Microsoft to roll out new Outlook.com 'over the next few weeks' | ZDNet
Microsoft is ready to roll out its updated Outlook.com web mail -- plus the related Calendar and contacts features -- over the next few weeks.
Duolingo can now teach you how to speak Klingon
There were apparently a few oddities of the Klingon language that needed to be figured out before it could come to Duolingo, though. As Michaela Kron, Duolingo’s senior PR manager, notes in an interview with Engadget , “Klingon uses apostrophes in the middle of words, which is not something our system was able to handle at first, since no other language does it.” The company also had to compensate for the fact that capitalization is important in written Klingon, where meanings of words can shift depending on which letters are capitalized.
Amazon is testing a "brief mode" for Alexa that replaces verbal responses with beeps
Tech companies are still working out how users want to interact with voice assistants, but it seems one option is making them less chatty. Amazon, for example, is apparently testing a new “brief mode” for Alexa devices that replaces some of the virtual assistant’s verbal responses and confirmations with beeps.
How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone and Save to Camera Roll
There are third-party apps that allow you to download YouTube videos onto your iPhone, but this requires you to manage a separate app. Luckily, there is a more simpler method that will allow you to download videos right from the YouTube app and save it to your iPhone’s Camera Roll.
Introducing GCP’s new interactive CLI
By Seher Aylin Altiok, Product Manager
If you develop applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), you probably spend a lot of time in the GCP command line. But as we grow our GCP services, the number of commands and flags is growing by leaps and bounds. So today, we’re introducing a new command line interface (CLI) that lets you discover—and use—all these commands more efficiently: gcloud interactive .
The Google Cloud SDK offers a variety of command line tools to interact with GCP, namely:
gcloud — GCP’s primary CLI
gsutil — CLI to interact with Google Cloud Storage
bq — CLI to interact with Google BigQuery
kubectl — Kubernetes Engine’s CLI
Currently in public alpha, the new interactive CLI environment provides auto-prompts and in-line help for gcloud, gsutil, bq and kubectl commands. No more context-switching as you search for command names, required flags or argument types in help pages. Now all of this information is included as part of the interactive environment as you type!
The interactive environment also supports standard bash features like:
intermixing gcloud and standard bash commands
running commands like cd and pwd, and set/use shell variables across command executions
running and controlling background processes
TAB-completing shell variables, and much more!
For example, you can assign the result of the command to a variable and later call this variable as an input to a different command:
$ active_vms=$(gcloud compute instances list --format="value(NAME)" --filter="STATUS=RUNNING")
$ echo $active_vms
You can also create and run bash scripts while you're in the interactive environment.
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City in New York becomes first to ban new Bitcoin mining
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Google Has Rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS
What has been hinted at recently is now officially official, as Google has just announced via a blog post that Android Wear is now officially known as Wear OS. The full name is Wear OS by Google, and the company says the new brand name is designed to showcase the fact that its smartwatch platform isn’t designed for just the Android operating system (as Android Wear might have suggested), but is instead “a wearables operating system for everyone”.
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Get Maine lobster delivered to your door for 50% off and live your best life
But that sort of quality comes with a hefty price tag. At $30 to $45 or more per pound in large cities , a lobster dish served in a posh restaurant can rack up to over $60 per person, which is ridiculous if you think about the fact that lobsters were once known as the poor man’s meal . So if you live nowhere close to Maine, you'll be hard-pressed to taste its sweet, meaty goodness for a reasonable price. And frankly, that's a darn shame.
Microsoft’s Edge browser arrives on iPad in beta
Microsoft made its Edge browser for iOS available to all iPhone users back in November , promising at the time that tablet support would arrive in the future. The software maker is now updating its Edge iOS preview app to include iPad support today. I’ve had a chance to briefly test Edge on iPad, and it’s largely what you’d expect. Microsoft has scaled up the interface for the larger screen on the iPad, and features like “continue on PC” remain, alongside options to change from a light to a dark theme.
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Amazon’s Early Easter Sale has been announced
If you’ve experienced an Amazon deal day before you’ll know what to expect; hundreds of Lightning Deals, where you only get a window of a few minutes; Deal of the Day, which is usually a bigger-ticket item that is on offer a whole day (or until stocks run out); and, if you’re an app user, Watch-a-Deal alerts that let you track deals.
Top 15 Minimalist Wallpapers for iPhone and iPad
One of the best ways of customizing your iPhone or iPad without much effort is to use a beautiful and crispy wallpaper that brings a refreshing look to your device’s screen. A common design trend that has been going around lately is minimalism, which strips away all the unnecessary elements to focus on the main subject in a piece of art.
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Allbirds Just Invented Summertime Sneakers That Are Actually Made Out Of Trees
[Photo: courtesy of Allbirds] But while wool sneakers are great in the cooler months, keeping your feet toasty even without socks, they sometimes get a little too hot in the summer months. Today, Allbirds adds a new collection of shoes to its arsenal, this time made of fibers from the eucalyptus tree. These new “tree shoes” come in two silhouettes: One is similar to the brand’s current runner, and the other looks like a boat shoe.
The 10 best smartphones of 2018 | ZDNet
Samsung's Infinity Display continues to take the top spot with every new release, trumping the Apple iPhone X that lived in that spot for a few months. There is 6GB of RAM, the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, a rear dual aperture camera, another one with super slow motion support (S9 Plus only), the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, improved Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. It also launches with Android 8.0 Oreo. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S9 Plus and it deserves the top spot.
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Want to Mine Bitcoin in New York? You'll Have to Pay a Premium
The New York Public Service Commission on Thursday cleared the New York Municipal Power Agency to raise electricity bills for cryptominers seeking to take advantage of the state’s low-cost hydroelectric power. The agency is made up of 36 municipal power authorities in the state. In some cases, the miners -- which require huge amounts of electricity for data processing -- accounted for a third of a municipal utility’s demand, the commission said.
The Best AT&T Phones of 2018
Now that you've chosen AT&T as your carrier, it's time to pick a phone . Choices are broader than ever, as AT&T has largely gotten rid of phone subsidies. Most people still buy their phones from their carrier, with the help of monthly payment plans or fast-upgrade plans like AT&T Next. But there's no overall cost penalty to buying an unlocked phone anymore, and AT&T supports more unlocked devices than any other US carrier. That puts a lot of choices at your fingertips, so we're here to help narrow them down.
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Desperate Alt-Right Is Trying To Co-Opt Black Panther (Because They’re Pathetic)
This is what trolls do. Rather than seek enjoyment for themselves, they go to great lengths to taint or ruin experiences for others. Popular entertainment generally is not concerned with these people–with few exceptions –so this is how they entertain themselves. The key ingredient in entertainment is often empathy, and trolls–specifically those of alt-right ilk–appear to be devoid of empathy. Movies and shows that do cater to an alt-right audience, like Adult Swim’s now-canceled Million Dollar Extreme, are destined to fail because they have no heart and they only punch down. Empathy is as essential for making movies and TV series as it is for enjoying them.
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