Sniffer drones: The answer to Poland's suffocating smog problem? | ZDNet
A tech startup thinks it may have the solution to the headache of policing Poland's most polluted areas.
Use PhonoPaper to turn drawings into music, and sound into images
PhonoPaper turns music and audio into black and white pictures that can be played back via your iPhone's camera. Here's how to use it.
Samsung Galaxy S9 is tougher than iPhone X, but still breaks with one drop | Cult of Mac
Samsung says that its new Galaxy S9 smartphone has been designed for "enhanced durability," but just how durable is it? And, perhaps more importantly to Apple fans, how does it stack up against the iPhone X? Those question are answered in a new drop test video created by insurance company SquareTrade. In a variety of
I will delete Facebook, but you can pry Instagram from my cold, dead hands
Instagram has my memories, it's my photo album, and I'm not ready to part with it.
Cambridge Analytica used self-destructing email to cover its tracks
The now-former CEO discussed his then firm's privacy strategy in a secretly recorded video.
US, UK investigating Facebook's role in Cambridge Analytica data breach
Along with the FTC, the British Information Commissioner’s Office (BICO) is also investigating if Cambridge Analytica could have used similar voter data to influence UK citizens during the EU's Brexit' referendum. And, the EU’s Electoral Commission has also begun scrutinizing Facebook’s actions.
Telegram told to give encryption keys to Russian authorities
Durov said in a tweet following the ruling: "Threats to block Telegram unless it gives up private data of its users won't bear fruit. Telegram will stand for freedom and privacy."
Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed company, tops Alphabet
(Reuters) - Amazon.com ( AMZN.O ) became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc ( GOOGL.O ) for the first time.
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WhatsApp cofounder: 'It is time' to delete Facebook
Deleting Facebook may not be a viable option for some, but those who want to detach themselves from the Facebook platform would need to delete apps Facebook owns, too, which include WhatsApp and Instagram. Signal is a secure alternative for people who choose to leave WhatsApp.
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"The Board of Cambridge Analytica has announced today that it has suspended CEO Alexander Nix with immediate effect, pending a full, independent investigation."
This Introvert’s Secret To Happiness: Be Less “Successful”
Even to this day, I don’t like to visit college campuses—and my husband is a professor! I can feel the echoes of anxiety and profound loneliness so strongly. And it’s not only me. A recent Duke study found that women who graduated in the 1970s were much happier than those graduating now, and had far more self-confidence. The report concluded that the women who graduated in the 70s cared less about what people thought of them, and were able to take risks—such as pursuing nontraditional careers or starting their own businesses. In fact, women seem to be increasingly less happy, even as they achieve more professionally.
Breakingviews - Cox: Dual-class buyers’ early remorse at Facebook
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Six years ago, when Facebook was going public, investors bent over backwards to grant Mark Zuckerberg near-totalitarian power over the social network he founded in his Harvard dorm room by letting him hold special super-voting stock. The reasoning was that the young chairman and chief executive needed “runway” to build Facebook, without the pesky distractions most public companies face from unwashed shareholder hordes.
Cambridge Analytica suspends its CEO after comments about bribery and entrapment
“In the view of the Board, Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation,” the company said in a statement posted to its website. “We have asked Dr. Alexander Tayler to serve as acting CEO while an independent investigation is launched to review those comments and allegations.”
How to Prevent Facebook From Sharing Your Personal Data
It's scary but any personal info you have on Facebook could be used by your friends when they access third-party apps and websites. Why does your birthday matter when Chester from third grade is playing a shooter he logs into with Facebook? Nothing except making someone besides you some cash. Use this screen to limit what can get used by others. Do it stat—and remember, you want to UNCHECK the items you don't want to be shared. (A check means the info is shareable.) Click Save after you select all the info you want limited.
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Fitbit Versa is the Apple Watch's strongest competition, but Fitbit Ace is going for your kids
SmartThings ADT Home Security: Where smarts meet security | ZDNet
To be clear, you aren't required to pay ADT for service. The hub will still send alerts to you through the SmartThings app, and all of the home automation features work without the need for monthly service. That said, if you're only looking for a SmartThings hub, you're better off buying a standalone product.
NASA's Hubble telescope delivers new space stunners
A bright center shines in this Hubble space telescope image of the Messier 98 galaxy. "Because of the high amounts of gas and dust, there are numerous star-forming regions in the galaxy, especially in its nucleus and arms," NASA says .
Microsoft readies new cloud SSD storage spec for the Open Compute Project | ZDNet
"Project Denali is a standardization and evolution of Open Channel that defines the roles of SSD vs. that of the host in a standard interface. Media management, error correction, mapping of bad blocks and other functionality specific to the flash generation stays on the device while the host receives random writes, transmits streams of sequential writes, maintains the address map, and performs garbage collection. Denali allows for support of FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays) or microcontrollers on the host side."
15 brainy gadgets that bring the smart home outside
We've tested plenty of smart home gadgets that offer to bring some new intelligence to the outside of your home. Let's start with Rachio, makers of a smart irrigation system that promises to smarten up your sprinklers for automated watering. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, it's a terrific upgrade.
Google Cloud, FogHorn partner to boost the Industrial Internet of Things | ZDNet
"Cloud IoT Core simply and securely brings the power of Google Cloud's world-class data infrastructure capabilities to the IIoT market," said Antony Passemard, Head of IoT Product Management at Google Cloud. "By combining industry-leading edge intelligence from FogHorn, we've created a fully-integrated edge and cloud solution that maximizes the insights gained from every IoT device. We think it's a very powerful combination at exactly the right time."
Theranos fraud duped billionaires but Silicon Valley culture blamed | ZDNet
The very public demise of Theranos momentarily satisfies the schadenfreude of Silicon Valley's critics, but it's a distraction that protects the reputations of rich and powerful men that financed and ran the company for years.
The top 7 startups from Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day 1
Autonomous cargo shipping, voice games and a camera that fits in a catheter were amongst the most impressive startups that launched yesterday at the Y Combinator Winter 2018 Demo Day 1. You can read about all 64 startups that launched in verticals like biotech and robotics, and our full coverage of all the companies from Day 2 . Based on investor buzz and what interested TechCrunch’s writers, click (web) or scroll (mobile) to see our picks for Day 1’s top seven startups.
How Google aims to save journalism, thwart fake news and trump Facebook | ZDNet
Google's olive branch to news publishers is about capturing ad dollars from a weakened Facebook as much as it is saving the media industry.
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Microsoft delivers first test build of Windows Server 2019 | ZDNet
Microsoft is releasing to Insider testers its first test build of Windows Server 2019, due later this year, which will be its next Long-Term Servicing Channel release of its OS.
Cavium's ThunderX2 processor powers first 64-bit ARMv8 workstation | ZDNet
The ThunderXStation, built by Gigabyte, is the industry's first 64-bit ARMv8 workstation , built around Cavium's flagship ThunderX2 processor. The workstation is built around a single- or dual- socket ThunderX2 motherboard in a 4U tower format. On top of that it comes with up to 16 DDR4 channels, six PCIe 3.0 slots, and two OCP x16 slots, two 1/10 gigabit Ethernet QLogic network ports, as well as the capacity for four NVMe and two 2.5-inch U.2/SATA III drives.
Orbitz says hacker stole two years' worth of customer data
According to the statement, the company found evidence in March that an attacker had access to the company's legacy systems between October and December last year. It was during that time the hacker accessed customer data from the previous two years -- between January 2016 and December 2017 -- which included names, dates of birth, postal and email addresses, gender, and payment card information.
Raspberry Pi with a side of AI: These powerful new boards come with NPUs | ZDNet
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Uber self-driving car kills a pedestrian. Could this happen where I live? https://usat.ly/2HPAcRn pic.twitter.com/sLl0GAEpyG
Uber drivers denied service to woman with cerebral palsy, new lawsuit claims
The plaintiff, D’Edra Steele, details a number of instances in which she was allegedly denied service by Uber drivers in the lawsuit. Many of the claims revolve around Uber drivers refusing her service and canceling rides only after finding out that she uses a service dog. Steele, the lawsuit states, relies on a service dog named Goodee in order to walk and maintain her balance.
Telstra completes small cell rollout in Melbourne | ZDNet
Telstra has increased its 4G network coverage across Melbourne's CBD via the installation of 50 small cells as part of the 1,000 sites that will be deployed over the next three years in preparation for 5G.
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Last month, Venezuela issued its own crypto token and Donald Trump has now signed an executive order calling “all transactions related to” it illegal. https://trib.al/gyRyW4I
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Facebook is why we need a Digital Protection Agency https://bloom.bg/2pwrQqj pic.twitter.com/bNk0aBN3Pt
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Netflix's new movie The Titan features Sam Worthington actually looking interesting http://gizmo.do/1gwDnQa pic.twitter.com/TxnN1Zc11v
Google doodle honors Mexican astronomer Guillermo Haro
It was in the Orion nebula region that Haro co-discovered flare stars, red and blue stars that experience unpredictable dramatic increases in brightness for a few minutes. This shining moment is part of the reason Google has dedicated its doodle on Wednesday to Haro on his 105th birthday.
The Best Samsung Galaxy S9+ Cases
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ has the best screen, the best connectivity, the best speaker, and three of the best cameras available on any phone, according to PCMag's Sascha Segan. So if you just bought one, congratulate yourself on a smart purchase.
Whistleblower Wylie: Facebook can 'delete you from the internet'
Over the weekend, the 28-year-old data scientist provided whistleblower accounts to The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers about Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy he worked for that was hired by the Trump campaign. The firm allegedly harvested data from more than 50 million Facebook accounts without users' permission.
Pornhub: Fortnite searches are up 834%
Fortnite is one of the biggest games in the world right now , and that means people want to watch characters from Epic’s last-player-standing shooter performing sexual acts on video. Searches for “Fortnite” on adult entertainment site Pornhub jumped 834 percent from September to March, according to Pornhub’s statisticians .
“Being Everywhere Is Not Enough”: The 5 New Rules Of Branding
When you walk into a clothing store and use your mobile device to read reviews of something you hold in your hand, then step into a dressing room with a virtual mirror and your friend Skypes in to help you pick an outfit, that’s mixed reality. Creatives in advertising need to start thinking about how to design these “mixed” moments. At SXSW, the lead researcher Elliot Hedman at mPath emphasized “the tyranny of choice” many consumers feel–and described how brands are failing to create a mixed reality that engages people in “the feeling of the joy of learning.”
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#Facebook will flag false posts in your feed to tackle fake news http://bit.ly/2i2IKux #socialmedia pic.twitter.com/mpBm2t5dXh
Salt grain-sized computer is IBM's weapon against counterfeiters - Video | ZDNet
IBM has big ambitions for its barely visible computer, including helping combat fraud with blockchain tech.
iPhone needs a blood pressure monitor like Galaxy S9's | Cult of Mac
Apple does not simply add new features to its devices just because they become available. It will not build a bathtub into a bicycle just because it can. That’s probably why it avoided putting a heart-rate monitor in its latest iPhones. That type of sensor just does not prove very useful in a smartphone.
Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $40M
In the case of Lytro, that translated to captivating but expensive cameras; a weaker business funnel for its pivot to VR; and, it appears, a persuasive offer from a company that has plenty of cash and time to wait out the right market conditions for new platforms, and in the meantime to consider the multiple uses of the tech in a variety of different scenarios, be it in its automotive or mapping businesses, or gaming or something else entirely.
Facebook Sued by Investors Over Voter-Profile Harvesting
Facebook Inc.’s failure to safeguard privacy was blamed in an investor lawsuit for a slump in its share price that followed the revelation user data was harvested without permission by a research firm connected to U.S. President Donald Trump.
UpGuard aims to automate breach discovery with new security tool | ZDNet
With BreachSight, UpGuard says businesses can automate the breach discovery and disclosure process to help businesses detect and respond to breaches faster after they occur. The firm posits that this is the first cybersecurity product to handle such a task.
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Microsoft's Spectre and Meltdown patch efforts continue, with the latest models of the Surface Pro now able to secure themselves. http://tek.io/2ptFOcF
Apple blocks bogus 'What's New' messages from App Store | Cult of Mac
Developers soon will need to get approval from Apple for the descriptions of software updates posted in the App Store. The goal seems to be to prevent unscrupulous devs from using this high-profile messaging area for nefarious purposes.
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Apple has eliminated a flaw in WebKit's implementation of HSTS that left the door open for cross-site tracking abuse in Safari. http://tek.io/2FWlEPn
How to track your kids with your iPhone | Cult of Mac
To enable all of these features you have to make sure your kid’s iPhone is sharing its location. They’ll also need to be carrying an iPhone (or a cellular iPad), because their device requires a connection to the internet to actually do the sharing. The GPS part of the equation is strictly a private affair, done on the phone, by scanning then heavens for blips transmitted blindly from satellites. GPS alone cannot be used to track someone, despite what one million TV cop shows tell us.
Chinese Companies Are Buying Up Cash-Strapped U.S. Colleges
The pending purchase rankles some Westminster faculty and alumni, who question what a longtime maker of steel spans knows about running an elite school whose choirs sang with maestros Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini and Seiji Ozawa. Alumni are among those suing in New York federal court to block the sale, saying it violates Westminster’s 1991 merger agreement with Rider and will trigger the choir college’s demise.
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Highly anticipated TCL 6 series Roku TV will ship May 1
a release date of May 1 for the 6 series. Pricing was not announced, but TCL did say previously that the 55-inch model would cost about the same as the 2017 P series -- currently $650 in the US (converts to £480, AU$830). No other new information was announced aside from the release date, so the rest of this article remains essentially unchanged from its publication in January.
Facebook Just Lost More Than Tesla's Entire Market Cap in Two Days
The social media giant has lost over $60 billion in market value over the past two days, following revelations that personal data of millions of users was obtained by a data analytics firm. That’s more than the market capitalization of Tesla Inc. at around $52 billion or three times that of Snapchat owner Snap Inc. at about $19 billion.