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Amazon Web Services jumps into call-center market with new ‘Amazon Connect’ service Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the

Here’s how much one industrial robot can affect U.S. employment

Researchers from M.I.T. and Boston University have released a report looking at the effect of industrial robots on wage

SoftBank Wants Autonomous Shuttle On Public Roads By 2020

Japan could have a fleet of self-driving shuttles on the road within three years, if SB Drive reaches its target date for commercialization.

This Swedish ad perfectly skewers the hype surrounding self-driving cars

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The real story behind Stories is advertising

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Donald Trump is now your last hope for the most basic internet privacy rules

The House voted 215-205 on Tuesday in favor of erasing a rule that would prevent internet service providers from quietly selling off consumer data without notifying those consumers. The rule — enacted last year by the Federal Communications Commission — was so short-lived that it never got the chance to be implemented.

Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

Facebook is an online social networking service that allows its users to connect with friends and family as well as make new connections. It provides its users with the ability to create a profile, update information, add images, send friend requests, and accept requests from other users. Its features include status update, photo tagging and sharing, and more. Facebook’s profile structure includes …

Congress sends White House repeal of broadband privacy rules

WASHINGTON The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.

Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

It’s hard to see this as anything but a major loss for consumers. While reversing the FCC’s privacy rules will technically just maintain the status quo — internet providers have actually been able to sell your web browsing data forever (it’s just not a thing we think about all that much) — they were about to lose permission to keep doing it, unless they got explicit consent or anonymized the info.

Musk Wins Tencent Backing as 5% Stake Boosts Tesla's Cash

“Having Tencent as a partner helps position Tesla to launch the Model 3 in China,” said Joseph Fath, a fund manager at T. Rowe Price, Tesla’s fourth-largest shareholder. “Tencent is one of the three superpowers in China along with Baidu and Alibaba, and they clearly have a lot of backing from the government.”

Uber’s Diversity Report Leaves Out the Most Important Thing

After weeks of scandal, Uber released its first report Tuesday detailing the gender breakdown and racial makeup of its employees. Though welcomed by diversity advocates, the revelations weren’t that surprising: Within engineering, only 15 percent are women and 6 percent are black, Latino or multiracial, which makes Uber not that different from other tech companies, where those groups make up a tiny fraction of the technical workforce.

With new security features in place is it time to try Microsoft Edge? - TechRepublic

I gave the Edge browser a try when it was first released but rejected it because it was noticeably slower loading web pages than Chrome. Now that it has had time to mature, I plan to give Edge another look. There are some annoying quirks in Chrome that crop up from time to time and I want to give a different browser a chance to be my primary choice.

Samsung store suffers fire mishap a day before Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung has had a lot of trouble with fire and the bad luck has continued after a blaze at a store in Singapore ahead of the launch of its flagship Galaxy S8.

How to use a ramdisk on Linux - TechRepublic

There may be instances where you need to include the fastest possible storage you can find on a server. In some cases, the best route to that is by making use of a ramdisk. Effectively, a ramdisk takes a portion of your system memory and uses it as a disk drive. This method of storage is considerably faster than standard hard disk storage, so it is a great tool for when you need blistering speed on a specific app.

Twitter Adds Video Advertising to Periscope, Focusing on Predictable Content

Periscope's progress will be slower, with an invitation-only trial to start, Derella said. Twitter wouldn't say how much of the video on its site comes from its Periscope tool -- only that many millions of hours of Periscope are watched every month. The company is betting on video advertising to help boost its sales, which have slowed in recent quarters and are expected to post their first annual decline this year.

Wall Street Journal staffers signed a letter criticizing the control white men have over the newsroom

"Our highest ranking female role model left the company earlier this year," the letter says, in reference to Rebecca Blumenstein, the 22-year Journal veteran who left for The New York Times in February. "There are currently four women and eight men listed as deputy managing editors, and both editorial page editors are men. Nearly all the people at high levels at the paper deciding what we cover and how are white men."

Waze takes a small bite of the food business with ‘Order Ahead’ and Dunkin’ Donuts

Ordering ahead via app has become a curse and a blessing for fellow coffee seller Starbucks, which is dealing with big changes to its retail model to handle the popularity of the feature. Tying it to navigation software the people are using already to get from place to place seems like a way to juice interest even further; I’m far more likely to decide that yes, I would actually like a coffee after all when I open up my navigation app and see it as an option.

5 tips for managing older employees - TechRepublic

Because many older workers have already been managers, they aren't likely to question your management authority or to even want your position—unless you get into a technology debate with them in their area of expertise, which you are unlikely to win. Stay away from the technology ego challenges and focus on doing what it takes to manage the project. Your older workers will appreciate it. As one of them who was still managing IT recently told me, "I can't wait to retire so I can take a regular IT staff job in systems programming, which I've always loved. Then when someone asks me about project status, I can point a finger at some other person, and say, 'Go ask them!'"

How automation and artificial intelligence could transform backup software - TechRepublic

HAL-like control of data backups may be science fiction, but some of the basic concepts are not so far removed from reality. The person in charge of strategy for Commvault is intrigued by these ideas.

Samsung unveils new cinema theater screen with support for HDR and 4K

As the first-ever theater-sized High Dynamic Range LED display, Cinema Screen promises “unprecedented picture quality” with “higher vibrancy and accuracy” than anything your eyes have previously seen.

How to make use of the Android Nougat recent apps lock - TechRepublic

How often do you make use of the Android "recent apps" button (officially called the Overview)? Do you every so often tap it to reveal (to your surprise) how many apps are there, or do you tend to use it to switch back and forth between apps? If you are of the latter sort, you know that list of apps can be very useful. Instead of tapping the home button to dismiss an app (so you can then open the App Drawer to locate the new app you want to use), you can skip a step or two and tap the Overview to launch the app you want.

Amazon launches store-pick grocery service in Seattle Inc launched AmazonFresh Pickup service from two locations in Seattle, as the online giant attempts to crack into the multi-billion dollar grocery market dominated by retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

We Have Seen the First Footage From The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower will hit theaters in July but a trailer has yet to be released. Well, that changed at CinemaCon 2017 where Sony showed about four minutes from the film—a featurette leading into a trailer and an extended scene. Here’s what happened in the footage.

Uber’s Diversity Report Leaves Out the Most Important Thing

After weeks of scandal, Uber released its first report Tuesday detailing the gender breakdown and racial makeup of its employees. Though welcomed by diversity advocates, the revelations weren’t that surprising: Within engineering, only 15 percent are women and 6 percent are black, Latino or multiracial, which makes Uber not that different from other tech companies, where those groups make up a tiny fraction of the technical workforce.

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Congress votes to repeal internet privacy rules TODAY - here's how to stop them

A very important vote goes before the US House of Representatives today, and if you have any regard for your online privacy, then you need to contact your Rep  now.  Here’s the fastest way to do just that.

Twitch to start selling video games this week

Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games and other in-game content on its site, the company says. We understand the games may arrive as soon as tomorrow or later this week, though the exact timing is still in flux. Already one of the top destinations for live streaming and fan engagement, it’s not surprising that Twitch would take the final step to become a video game retailer as well, especially considering the company is owned by Amazon.

The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights now

The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights now

Discovery CEO Warns of Cable `Street Fight' as Viewers Go Online

But if the popularity of new web-TV services grows, cable operators may have no other choice but to go nationwide with online versions of their services, Zaslav said on the sidelines of an event where Discovery previewed its new shows and its annual sales pitch to advertisers. That would not only disrupt its industry but start a “a street fight” between cable distributors and streaming services that have been gaining subscribers, he said.

Tesla employee sues the company over harassment

Staffer alleges that co-workers regularly used racially disparaging language toward him.

iOS 10.3 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test

As for app loading times, all the iPhones running iOS 10.3 did load apps faster, but the credit for that likely goes to the shorter system animations that also lead to a perceived improvement in system performance and smoothness. Lastly, in benchmarks, iOS 10.3 did not bring about any major improvements to performance, with the scores on all the devices being all over the place.

Not all that glitters in IoT is gold but you can make money

The common theme for the different facets of IoT is the addition of smart, connected devices. This doesn’t mean the additions are limited to the most novel of new product ideas. There’s a lot of success to be found in adapting existing products for the IoT. This is especially an advantage with proven product lines perfected over years of use.

Tinder scammers pose as Thai air hostesses to trick men into wiring cash

The criminals apparently masqueraded as Thai Airways flight attendants to fool needy men into wiring them funds. Unlike the usual ‘quick cash’ swindle, the scammers took their time, building up a relationship with their victims before asking for favors.

Bon Appétit is trying to make 'hand salad' a thing, but no one is falling for it

Bon Appétit is trying to make 'hand salad' a thing, but no one is falling for it

The Best Printers of 2017

In addition to a USB port, most office printers and an increasing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can share the printer easily on a network. Many also include Wi-Fi capability. Even if they don't, if you have a wireless access point on your network, you can print wirelessly to any printer on that network, whether the printer itself offers a wireless connection or not. Printers that support Wi-Fi Direct (or its equivalent) can connect directly to most Wi-Fi–enabled devices, even if your computer or handheld isn't designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. We're also seeing printers that can connect to and print from a mobile device via near-field communication (NFC) by merely tapping the phone or tablet to a particular spot on the printer.

Post-Bitcoin Technology Has Geeks, Giants, and Hackers Excited

Ethereum is still a long way from that kind of success in either its public or private forms. The public version needs significant upgrades to be able to handle anything like the volume of interactions on the internet today. Ethereum’s leaders, in their response to the hack, offended a substantial part of the blockchain development and programming community, which isn’t that big. On the business side, corporations have to be convinced that they won’t be giving away trade secrets through their use of a ledger shared with other companies. At the same time, they’ll need to keep the technology open enough so that anyone can put their ideas into the same Ethereum ecosystem. “I don’t want to build AOL,” says Amber Baldet, blockchain program lead for JPMorgan. “I want to build the World Wide Web.”

10 Best Action Movies to Stream on Netflix - IGN

No list of great action movies would be complete without Bruce Lee. Unfortunately, most of Lee’s greatest films are currently unavailable on Netflix, but his second-to-last finished film is still a treat. Bruce Lee stars in, wrote, and directed Way of the Dragon (aka Return of the Dragon), the tale of a martial arts master who travels to Italy to protect a family business from local gangsters, and who eventually squares off against a young Chuck Norris in the colosseum, in a fight to the death. Way of the Dragon was Bruce Lee’s attempt to bring kung fu movies into the present day, and to find solutions to the practical problems of action filmmaking — problems like, what good is kung fu against enemies with guns? Bruce Lee found novel solutions to these obstacles, and proved he had the potential to — at least — recreate the whole action genre in his image.

The best feature in Apple's iOS 10.3 is one you won't even notice

iOS 10.3 is available to download now. If installing it takes a little longer than you’d expect, don’t worry – it’s making a pretty big change.

MIT: US cyber insecurity a 'disgrace' that Trump needs to take seriously | ZDNet

However, things have changed. In the past decade, cybersecurity expertise in both the white and black-hat arenas has expanded, and as part of this transformation, we now have state-sponsored threat actors with resources at their disposal to target governments and companies alike, teenagers that are able to take down tech vendor websites from their bedrooms with ease, and hardly a week goes by when we do not hear of yet another data breach which has led to the release of credentials belonging to millions of accounts online.

High-Tech Humans Explore a Galactic Void in Scifi Indie The Beyond

A lot of blockbusters are unveiling new trailers this week—but on the other end of the budget and hype spectrum is Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull’s indie scifi film The Beyond, which just dropped its own first trailer. It’s about robotically enhanced astronauts who travel through a wormhole, ominously dubbed “the Void.”

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See how the one percent lives, one $65,000 LED bed at a time

Tidal Force has been diligently preparing its new Wave 5 planar magnetic headphone for its April launch. Previously high-end planar magnetic headphones have cost upwards of $1,000, but we're seeing more "affordable" models lately and the Wave 5 carries a $300 list price. International pricing isn't available, but it's about £240 or AU$390.

Hillary Clinton discusses diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley

Speaking at the PBWC Conference in San Francisco today, Hillary Clinton called on Silicon Valley to improve diversity and inclusion, particularly by introducing paid parental leave policies. Clinton mentioned Uber and its recent sexual harassment scandal as an example of a company struggling with inclusion, and cited Salesforce as a company making positive strides on equal pay.

How 3D XPoint promises to reshape the data center - TechRepublic

My simple example app serves as an illustration of the challenges faced in the enterprise data center. The number of memory slots and cost limit the amount of DRAM a server holds. An Intel Xeon server filled with Optane could potentially hold as much as 24TB of 3D XPoint-based RAM. An obvious use case is in-memory databases. The ability to have several TB of data in-memory significantly reduces query times and results in faster business answers.

You can download the Windows 10 Creators Update right now, but should you?

Want to install the Creators Update on your Windows 10 PC right now? Well, you can do so even if you’re not a Windows Insider Preview tester, courtesy of an Update Assistant utility which has been leaked from Microsoft’s servers.

If You Use Public Transit When You’re Young, You’re Less Likely To Drive Later | Fast Company

The total effect is a 30% to 60% increase in the chance of later public transit use if you were exposed in your twenties. But that impact on ridership is still relatively small: because so few people use public transit at all, even a 60% increase in a small number of potential riders is minuscule. But exposure to better transit is also associated with a 3-8% decrease in car ownership. Despite those low numbers, it’s a more significant impact than the effect on transit, since there are 260 million cars on American roads.

Truecaller's caller ID app now lets you send money to your contacts in India

At a press event in India today, the Swedish firm announced that it’s adding support for peer-to-peer payments so users in the country can send and receive money directly through the app. The feature is supported by ICICI Bank , which relies on the government-regulated Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system to allow secure instant money transfers.

A Serial Killer Stumbles Into a Body-Dumping Comedy of Errors in This Horror Short

A serial killer who dwells in an apartment building has to make like Jeffrey Dahmer every so often, and dump a corpse without anyone noticing. Unless, as in Greg Pregent’s wryly funny Trunk of Death , his oblivious neighbors happen to be way too helpful. Jeez, just let a manic do his evil housekeeping in peace!

Instagram Killed the Retail Store

One Sunday in November 2015, Alexandre Daillance (known by his nickname, Millinsky, which he made up), woke up slightly hung over in his Wesleyan University dorm room. Then 18 years old, the Paris-born upstart fashion designer did what any teenager would do first thing in the morning: He grabbed his phone. He had dozens of notifications from Instagram, all showing he’d been tagged in a photograph of Rihanna. Still bleary-eyed, he realized she was wearing one of his hats—a simple baseball cap fronting his slogan “I Came to Break Hearts.” Within days he’d sold more than 500 of them. “So many were ordered so quickly that we had to shut down the web store,” Millinsky says. Soon celebrities such as rapper Wiz Khalifa and millennial icon Zendaya were wearing his designs. He was overwhelmed.

We could find out more about the mysterious Tesla ‘Model Y’ next week

Tesla has long teased a Model Y, or fourth production car for its lineup, which will be another SUV, this time a compact likely with a more attractive and generally palatable price point. The Model Y fits with Tesla’s schoolyard humor name scheme, bringing the “S3X” model lineup to its natural, “S3XY” conclusion. Now, it looks like we could learn more about the Y shortly.

Sony Is Weirdly Questioning Spider-Man's MCU Future After the Homecoming Sequel

Because Sony and Disney and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU, and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film, and I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do, because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never been able to do in any other way. So, it was a very selfless thing that was very smart on the part of all the companies.

Apple Rejecting Apps with 'Free' Keyword in App Title from Submission in the App Store

Apple has started blocking apps from the App Store that use the term “free” or have any other pricing information in their name and metadata. Since almost the last one month now, developers have been blocked from uploading such apps to iTunes Connect.

Google launches new site to showcase its open source projects and processes

That last part is actually the most interesting aspect of this new site because Google is also publishing a number of its documents about how it does open source internally. “Our policies and procedures are informed by many years of experience and lessons we’ve learned along the way,” Google writes in today’s announcement. “We know that our particular approach to open source might not be right for everyone—there’s more than one way to do open source—and so these docs should not be read as a ‘how-to’ guide.”

Playing 'Splatoon 2' over LTE won't kill your data plan

When my first round of LTE-powered multiplayer ended, I pulled up Project Fi's usage statistics . My three-minute game burned through a mere 0.011 gigabytes of data -- a little over 10 megabytes. That rate stayed more or less consistent through my second, third and fourth rounds, taking just 45.6 megabytes from my data budget for 20 minutes of online play (including time spent in matchmaking). While that's not a completely negligible amount of data, it's small enough to make a few mobile rounds manageable.

One of the most dangerous forms of ransomware has just evolved to be harder to spot | ZDNet

Identified by Trend Micro, the new Cerber variant is - like most ransomware - delivered by a malicious phishing email. But rather than encouraging the victim to click on a link to download a file, these emails contain a link to Dropbox controlled by the attackers which downloads and self-extracts the Cerber payload.

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52 Dating app figures out what we all hate about sex
53 Yes, of course, someone from Congress apparently edited the 'celibacy' Wikipedia page
54 College girls use 56 boxes of mac and cheese as a bath bomb and we don't know why
55 Why more video games look and feel like text messaging with friends
56 Amazon Prime members can now get VIP tickets at gigs and festivals
57 New IBM security tool uses machine learning to help businesses detect phishing - TechRepublic
58 Please Help Come Up With a Superhero Movie for Aaron Sorkin
59 Robert Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, and Elton John Are All Working on New Animated Films
60 This robot automatically prints and burns Trump's tweets
61 This Is What a Creative Hackathon For Resisting Trump Looks Like | Fast Company
62 Spiders could eat all humans in one year, and this petition wants to make it happen
63 What is Google WiFi? Everything you need to know
64 Pop Stardom Gets Easier to Track With Kobalt Music's Royalty App
65 Why I'm convinced Square can conquer the UK
66 Digital transformation: Making it work in the real world | ZDNet
67 Google Assistant takes a giant leap toward whole-house control
68 New Pirates of the Caribbean Featurette Confirms a Fan Favorite Theory
69 Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online
70 Elon Musk's Neuralink Will Connect Our Brains to Computers
72 Amazon Buys as Middle East Online Market Takes Off
73 Crayola is killing off a crayon and WTF does it think it's doing right now?
74 Facebook Stories looks like an ill-fitting mask
75 Use these shortcuts and features to quickly navigate a Word document - TechRepublic
76 Bluetooth Trackers And The Race To Help You Find Your Stuff | Fast Company
77 Tropical Cyclone Debbie Looked Massive and Furious From the Space Station
78 Scottish Parliament Backs Independence Vote and Defies U.K.
79 Dojo brings critical security to smart home automation
80 U.S. House Meets for Legislative Business
81 Google Open Source –
82 Taking a look at the future of next-generation transportation
83 David Cameron may have lobbied for Uber while PM
84 Donald Trump is now your last hope for the most basic internet privacy rules
85 Tesla deal boosts Chinese presence in U.S. auto tech
86 You Won't Be Able to See Or Hear This 36-Hour Nano-Scale Endurance Race
87 The way college kids are using Tinder may surprise you
88 Google Home and Wifi coming in April to U.K., first market outside U.S. for both
89 DNA Is Being Collected to Protect Sex Workers, But It Could Also Be Used Against Them
90 We’re looking for the Netherlands' hottest young tech talent
91 Large-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future | Fast Company