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Samsung Galaxy S8: What We Know

Samsung's Galaxy S8, which arrives on March 29, will be one of this year's hottest phones. Here's everything we know so far.

Is Dell claiming it's better than all that Apple magic?

Commentary: In a new ad, Dell Technologies insists that its ingenuity will make you gasp with wonder. But there's nothing magical about it.

GoPro video shows why it's not wise to ride a retired racehorse

Commentary: It all starts so nicely. And then the horse remembers it used to be a racehorse.

Stephen Hawking debuts new voice (for fun, of course)

Commentary: In a charity skit, the physicist listens to Liam Neeson, Bill Gates and Miss Piggy -- among many others -- before choosing, well, someone more appropriate.

Avengers react to 'Justice League' trailer in snarky mashup video

Avengers Assemble -- to watch the League unite. Sure, Bruce Wayne's rich, but Tony Stark thinks he can match him million for million.

StarCraft remaster unveiled, and original SD version becomes free-as-in-beer

Original version's patch to 1.18 will make it free; remastered gameplay revealed.

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StarCraft: Remastered Announced, Coming This Summer - IGN

Separate from the remaster, Blizzard also announced that Brood War will be updated to version 1.18 this week, with bug fixes, the ability to rebind keys, observer mode, “modern anti-cheat measures,” and more. StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and Brood War, will be available for free following the update.

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash - BBC News

Uber has pulled its self-driving cars from the roads after an accident which left one of the vehicles on its side.

LG G6 review: in pictures | ZDNet

Other than last year's LG G5 modular mishap, LG has been improving its G series with each release. The LG G6 is its best yet and competes with the other flagships at a lower price in a form factor fit for business.

Lucas Mearian on Twitter

CW@50: Data storage goes from $1M to 2 cents per gigabyte (+video) … via @computerworld

The Best Gaming Desktops of 2017

Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)

How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

Contrary to popular belief, most AI systems currently act as a complement to humans instead of replacing them. According to expert estimates, we are still years away from general artificial intelligence and full automation. But eventually, there will come a day where robots will perform most tasks and the role of humans in the production cycle will be marginal.

7 United refused to let three girls to board a flight because they were wearing leggings

This morning, a United Airlines passenger took to Twitter to complain that a gate agent refused to let three passengers board because they was wearing leggings. The airline said that its rules allows airline personnel to refuse service for passengers who aren’t properly attired.

Westworld Creators Reveal Which Host Was the First to Use Free Will

The season finale of Westworld was ripe with twists and turns, even ones the vigilant Reddit forums didn’t anticipate. As everyone sits on their thumbs waiting for season 2, the show creators have confirmed which host was the first to exercise free will... and it might not be who you think.

Commentary: Why I'm not buying the Galaxy S8

I wasn't kidding when I wrote, in my review of the Nexus 5X , that Google's budget phone felt nearly as fast as my Galaxy S6 despite its notably slower processor. And that was when my Galaxy was relatively new. The reason was pretty clear: Google doesn't install all kinds of unnecessary apps like Samsung. (Why would I use Samsung's sub-par web browser, calendar or voice assistant when the stock Google versions are so much better?)

These scientists turned spinach leaves into beating heart tissue

Along with spinach leaves, the team also removed cells from parsley, sweet wormwood (an herb) and hairy roots of peanuts. Researchers said they suspect the spinach leaf might be best for heart tissue, with its complex vascular network, while the vascular columns in wood might be useful in bone engineering.

The 3 best ways to protect your iCloud account

Without that second code, which is randomly generated in real-time, the person attempting to access the account won't be able to get in -- even if they have your username and password. So, not only are the bad guys locked out, you'll get a pop-up or a text message alerting you if and when they're trying to get in.

Users complain of sensitive files found on Microsoft's document sharing site

It's clear that Microsoft hasn't suffered a data breach, though its users have inadvertently had their data exposed. Who's to blame depends on how you look at it. All of the documents would have been uploaded by the owner, but may not have realized that each document could be made public, which is's default uploading setting, say compared to files created or edited with Word and Excel Online, which are private until set otherwise.

Google will now let you share your location with friends in Maps

To use the new feature is simple. You can either open the side menu or tap the blue dot on the map to find the new Share location option. Once it opens, you’ll be able to select who to share with and how long you want them to have access to your location. You can share your location with anyone in your contacts or generate a link that can be sent to another social app.

Alcatel to you: Please have this sub-$100 budget phone

The A30 is a new budget smartphone from Chinese phone manufacturer Alcatel. It will cost less than $100 (converted, that's around £80 and AU$130) and has gesture controls like tap-to-wake and flip-to-mute. The A30 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and will be released in April. The phone is currently available for preorder on Amazon Prime with a $40 discount .

Tech not diverse enough? That's news to workers

Tech not diverse enough? That's news to workers The vast majority — 94% — say they would give their industry a passing grade on diversity. Check out this story on

Lyft tests letting riders donate part of their fare to charity

Lyft is taking a page right out of  Ride Austin ‘s book with a feature that allows riders to donate part of their fare to charity. Called Round Up & Donate, the feature being tested by the on-demand ride hailing service involves rounding up fares to the nearest dollar, with the remainder donated to a specific charity. So if your standard fare was $12.57, for example, Lyft would charge you $13.00 and allow you to donate the $0.43 to a select organization.

Apple to start building iPhones in India within 6 weeks | ZDNet

India's federal government didn't accept most of Apple's demands for concessions, but manufacturing of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE will start soon.

Sex and Gor and open source

Yes, I am one of those people … Despite the total lack of evidence that alternative lifestyle cultures offer any harm to anyone, there is still a great deal of prejudice and bigotry regarding it … someone, I do not know who, stumbled across my profile on a private, registration-required website for alternative-lifestyle people … that information made it to the Community Working Group (CWG), who concluded “there was no code of conduct violation present for [them] to take any action on” … in my first contact with Dries, he asked me “to step down from Drupal” … Drupal has been the cornerstone of my career for the past nearly 12 years … Dries wouldn’t budge on me leaving, including making it clear that it wasn’t an option, but an instruction … informing me that I’d been summarily dismissed from my position as track chair and as a speaker at DrupalCon, “per [my] conversation with Dries” … here I am, being bullied, harassed, and excluded because of my personal activities, which I don’t even publicize much less advocate for in tech circles.

NBN 1Gbps services would cost AU$400 due to 'unfair' CVC: MyRepublic | ZDNet

Ahead of launching its gigatown in July, MyRepublic has said that no one else is offering 1Gbps services across the NBN because it would cost RSPs between AU$300 and AU$400 thanks to the CVC charge.

Gorgeous hand-colored photos capture Japan on the brink of modernity

Suzuki Shin’ichi was one of the first Japanese to take up the trade. He apprenticed in the studio of Yokohama photographer Shimooka Renjō, and in 1872 he was commissioned by Scottish publisher to J.R. Black to create a series of photos for The Far East , a magazine catering to expats in the burgeoning port city.

Final Four: One Carolina tweets politely, the other gets cocky

Commentary: After North and South Carolina both make the Final Four, they offer different tweeting styles.

Aliens have never been to Earth, claims former astronaut

Bean, though, insisted: "Civilizations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly -- like Earth, which is better than it used to be -- so they would have landed and said, 'We come in peace and we know from our studies you have cancer that kills people, we solved that problem 50 years ago, here's the gadget we put on a person's chest that will cure it, we will show you how to make it.'"

Before Netflix airs a Death Note film, watch the original show

Death Note has been adapted from its manga origins into an anime, video games, a musical, and several Japanese live-action movies. Now it’s getting the English-language film treatment via Netflix. The live-action adaptation will premiere on August 25th. If the teaser trailer released today looks puzzling or even a little cheesy to you, then let me give you this one nugget of advice: go watch the anime on Netflix or Hulu.

Last call for the phone booth?

Jen Hensely, who works for the company installing them, explained: “People are on their phones all the time. And this allows them a free way to offload their data plans for people who don’t have access to mobile plans or data. We’re offering that for free. So we think it’s a really important public service.”

Android O, Google’s Next OS, Is Coming to Save Your Phone’s Battery

Google won’t formally launch Android O until the I/O conference in May. Count on more features to come. Google timed this result mostly to get devs thinking and planning, and perhaps even start tinkering (Google calls it a “canary” release, which is only slightly too ominous). It provides another clear indication that Android is much more than a wildly popular mobile operating system. Google clearly considers it the everything operating system, one capable of powering your phone, your TV, your car, your tablet, your computer, your watch, your lights. Until now, Android has been an excellent phone OS haphazardly tacked onto everything else. Google hopes to make it a single platform that works and looks right, no matter what you’re looking at. It’s getting there, one adaptive icon at a time.

A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling

Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property . But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili.

Emaar Malls Bids for Dubai's to Challenge Amazon

Amazon restarted talks to acquire in a deal valued at as much as $650 million after walking away earlier this year, people familiar with the matter said this month. was valued at $1 billion in its last funding round, people with knowledge of the matter said in April 2015. The retailer raised $275 million, making it the most valuable internet company in the Middle East, according to Standard Chartered Plc , which had invested in the company.

Lights, camera, Nubryte: This smart switch puts the action on the wall

This is all the iPhone 8 reports and rumors in one place. From a 5.8-inch OLED display, reports of wireless charging and even a 3D scanner for facial recognition, it's all here.

This Dystopian Riot Control Truck Is the Vehicle of the Future

We all want to believe that the future is filled with amazing technology, the end of disease, interplanetary travel, and a thriving environment. But the good folks at Bozena Security Systems know that the future is made of armored plating and riot gear.

7 hidden tips for iOS Notes

If you have an idea that is better sketched than typed, Notes has drawing tool. To access it, open a note and tap the "+" button above the keyboard to access the app's formatting tools. Tap the squiggly line and you'll have three pens, an eraser and a color picker with which to draw, doodle and sketch. There is also a ruler to help you draw straight lines. You can drag the rule with one finger to move it around and use two fingers to change its angle.

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What happens when you don't use a toilet seat cover?

Toilet seat covers are absorbent and bacteria and viruses are tiny, able to pass through the relatively large holes in the cover's paper, said Kelly Reynolds, a public health researcher at the University of Arizona. That means they don't stop the spread of germs, she said, but the risk of germ transmission from your skin touching a toilet seat is unlikely in the first place.

People want to know: Why are there no good bots?

The power of these bots is easy to misunderstand when you don’t have a bot yourself to monitor and analyze usage. One of the main reasons for this is the exact same reason why these things work well. They are private communications. External parties can’t listen in on the conversations or the usage of the bots. Which means from the outside, you have no idea how successful they are. It’s “dark social,” it’s 1-1 communications. This is one of the many powerful things about these bots.

'Westworld' boss reveals huge moment you probably missed in the Season 1 finale

Nolan and Joy are in the process of writing Season 2 now, and while they declined to offer any actual specifics — aside from joking (we think) that "it's a musical" — Nolan did say, "It’s a 10-hour movie we’re making. We’re writing right now; we’re terribly excited about what we’re writing."

Twitter Is Thinking About Paid Subscriptions

Twitter offers both its main web interface and Tweetdeck to access the service alongside mobile apps. According to The Verge , it's Tweetdeck where the paid subscriptions would come into play. A more advanced version of the Twitter client would be developed offering "marketers, journalists, professionals, and others" more insights into what is happening on Twitter.

Mandy Moore Shuts Down 'Morbid' Frozen and Tangled Fan Theory

Tangled star Mandy Moore has killed off a popular fan theory that Frozen , Tangled , and The Little Mermaid are connected through one couple’s painful, terrible death. While the theory was already debunked by super fans, it was worth it to see the horrified look on Moore’s face.

The Bob Ross of Glow-in-the-Dark Drawing

Looking over Peter’s channel, it appears that he likes to switch up his tools and this is his first entry with glow-in-the-dark ink but hopefully it’s not his last. It’s a well-produced clip that starts out with taking advantage of the cosmic effects that the ink has when you drop it in water. “Each drop of glowy ink, upon hitting the water and diffusing makes the jar a little bit brighter.” he intones. “Maybe looking at things and getting little drops of inspiration works the same way.” Then he goes in for the Rossian leap:

James Wedding on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Learn Android development by build 14 full-functioning apps

Numbers don’t lie. Over 80 percent of the world’s mobile devices run on Android . Those devices account for about 40 percent of the entire globe’s web traffic. That’s a huge market for developers. Start connecting — and creating — for the Android community now with the Complete Android Developer course , which is on sale now for $17 (91 percent off) from TNW Deals.

Sleepless in Seattle as they hunt for smart city program head

Understanding what to do with smart city programs is a necessity for the job, as Seattle already has some programs that may require upgrades. One of those is RainWatch, a network of sensors that monitor precipitation in the city. This could do with an upgrade in the near future to smaller, cheaper, and more efficient sensors, which should be installed in more places, according to Mattmiller.

Facebook comments may soon look like text message conversations

Other subtle design tweaks include the introduction of pop-ups that load individual posts in a new window and a visual indicator that alerts you when other people are currently writing a comment on a post. Basically, Facebook is taking features that Messenger users have become accustomed to and incorporating them inside the Newsfeed.

Samsung's Gear VR may be the Galaxy S8's greatest fringe benefit

The upcoming Gear VR Controller should be the type of magic wand that the headset has desperately needed, versus the Xbox-style Bluetooth gamepads that worked with previous models. A new wave of apps and games should take advantage of the controller in new ways: navigation, interaction and as a substitute for free-range VR walking-around. On Google Daydream, the included remote makes using Google StreetView easier. I can use the remote to click around apps and browse videos as well as photos.

Here's the best way to save your photos off your phone

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Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

You didn’t misread that. Napster—or at least its brand name—is still around. Of course, the only thing that remains of the original peer-to-peer music app is the logo— everything else is actually just Rhapsody, one of the very first streaming music services. (The two merged back in 2011.) In many ways, the Spotifys and Apple Musics of the world owe a huge debt to Rhapsody/Napster. Rhapsody was the first subscription service that licensed streaming music from all of the major label groups. But being early isn’t always a good thing, and the company has struggled over the years. As of 2015, it had just 3.5 million paying subscribers. We’re more and more amazed that Napster/Rhapsody is still alive with every year that passes.

Avere scoops up $14m to expand hybrid cloud offering, adds Google as investor | ZDNet

The company claims its Avere OS file system can boost performance within standard, on-premises, network-attached storage systems as well as within diverse, hybrid architectures that include cloud provider services.

Apple Acquires Workflow, a Powerful Automation App for iPhone

Popular iOS automation tool Workflow has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed sum. Despite the acquisition, the app will continue to be available on the iOS App Store and will even be made free later today.

Tesla Will Take Orders for Its Solar Roof in April

The roof tiles are made of textured glass. From most viewing angles, they look just like ordinary shingles, but they allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. The plan is for Panasonic Corp. to produce the solar cells at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo and for Tesla to put together the glass tiles and everything that goes along with them. 

Uh oh: The 'Pretty Little Liars' finale will have a 'huge twist'

Mitchell’s character, Emily, has been out and proud since Season 1 and has also seen her fair share of love interests. The actress admitted that, “to play a character that has an impact on a lot of people's lives in a meaningful way has been huge." King noted that Emily’s relationship with Pieterse’s Alison (the pair known to the social media crowd as Emison) will also get some attention in the remaining episodes.

This simple extension makes it easier to get things done with Google Chrome

Using OneTab is simple. After you download it for the desktop, all you do is click the little icon to the right of the address bar. Then, OneTab will quickly collapse whatever you have open into a tidy list of links in its own tab. When you want to open a particular page back up, just click the appropriate link. If you’re done with a page, just strike it off the list. It cuts down the mess and the memory usage.

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53 Apple now lets you order the brand new iPad and red iPhone
54 13 feminists who play the Twitter game to win
55 How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them
56 Did firmware 'upgrade' make headphones sound worse?
57 How to install Config Server Firewall on CentOS 7 - TechRepublic
58 How to install and use Portainer for easy Docker container management - TechRepublic
59 Baidu to establish second R&D center in Silicon Valley: Report | ZDNet
60 This is the dishwasher with an unsecured web server we deserve | ZDNet
61 Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Finally, an Android tablet built with enterprise users in mind Review | ZDNet
62 Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption
63 ​Australia and China sign AU$12m 'Dialogue on Innovation' | ZDNet
64 Weekly Roundup: 13 New and Noteworthy Jailbreak Tweaks of the Week (March 26)
65 This Jailbreak Tweak Brings YouTube's Volume HUD to Your iPhone
66 iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone on Windows 10? Here’s how to fix it
67 EPA chief calls historic climate treaty a 'bad deal' because this is our life now
68 Sean Hannity is so very sad that Ted Koppel thinks he's bad for America
69 Android O Features: All the New and Hidden Features We've Found So Far
70 Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says AI taking US jobs is '50-100 years away' — but it's already beginning to happen
71 Wikileaks’ ‘Vault 7’ proves Big Brother and criminal hackers use the same tricks
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74 Hackers Say They’ve Cracked iCloud. Here’s How to Protect Your Account, Just In Case
75 Amazon to collect sales tax in most states starting April 1st
76 How TV Opening Titles Got to Be So Damn Good
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78 2017 Honda Civic Type R to have U.S. debut at AutoCon in Los Angeles
79 Amazon Alexa on the Huawei Mate 9: Hands-on screenshots | ZDNet
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82 'The Hate U Give' is required reading for this American moment
83 Samsung’s Bixby Hopes the World Needs Another Voice Assistant
84 Stories are the new News Feed
85 Technology is killing jobs, and only technology can save them
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88 End-to-end encryption on messaging services is unacceptable: UK minister
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