Facebook pauses smart speaker unveiling in wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal
It's definitely the wrong time to ask people to buy a device that collects even more data.
PC Building Simulator Enters Steam Early Access
Spare the expense of building a real PC by simulating the build instead!
iOS 11.3 arrives with new battery features and more -- but only for new iPad | Cult of Mac
The first major iOS update of 2018 has finally arrived, bringing a host of new features and improvements. However, in an odd move by Apple, iOS 11.3 is currently only available to download on the new 9.7-inch iPad Apple revealed yesterday. We assume the software update will be available for all other iPhones and
New 'Westworld' trailer coming Thursday
In a super brief glimpse, HBO teases a new trailer for season 2.
This PRODUCT(RED) iPhone X mockup is RED hot | Cult of Mac
Apple didn't announce a mid-year iPhone refresh at yesterday's education-focused media event, but that isn't stopping fans from dreaming. Leading the pack is designer Martin Hajek, who has taken a page out of Apple's 2017 playbook (when it introduced the PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7) by giving us a mockup of what a red
Apple's Tim Cook rebukes Zuckerberg over Facebook's business model
But Cook has been sounding the alarm on mass data collection by Facebook and Google for years. The executive has long pointed to the distinction between Apple’s business model – selling products to customers for a profit – and that of internet platforms that are “gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it”, as he said in 2015 .
Google Home can now play music through your other Bluetooth speakers
You can pair a Bluetooth speaker with Google Home in the device settings section of the Home app. Just set it as your default speaker. Your Home device will still listen for your commands, but will route all audio through the connected Bluetooth speaker. This doesn’t magically give those paired speakers Google Assistant’s smarts, though. “You’ll still need to talk to your Google Home device — not the connected Bluetooth speakers — for queries like asking questions, getting weather updates, and using smart home commands.”
Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genome
Just ahead of Spotify’s public debut planned for early April, Pandora is punching its rival where it hurts: personalized playlists. Spotify’s playlists customized to its individual users – like Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Mix – have been a key draw for its service, but Pandora believes it can do even better. The company today is launching its own take on personalization with playlists built to fit users’ moods, activities, and genres, which are all powered by Pandora’s Music Genome.
Facebook will no longer allow third-party data for targeting ads
For instance, a company like Pepsi is able to advertise on Facebook using information gleaned from Facebook profiles, information it owns like email addresses, and information it purchases from data aggregators like Experian, which gathers together purchasing history and other valuable information. As part of Partner Categories, Facebook shares revenue with companies like Experian that help inform its data set every time a marketer purchases ad space on Facebook using that data. While this is not necessarily an inherently abusive practice, Facebook clearly views its existence as a potential threat in the waiting, and the company is taking seemingly ever preemptive measure it can right now to fend off future privacy violations and PR disasters like the Cambridge Analytica one.
Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange's internet access at London embassy
Assange sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012 following a series of legal challenges through British courts to a European arrest warrant issued by Sweden. He is technically free to leave but says he cannot because he is in breach of a warrant that was granted to extradite him to Sweden, and faces arrest. Assange has not at any point been charged with an offence under Swedish law but was sought for questioning over complaints of sexual assault by two women in 2010. Assange had raised concerns about Swedish demands that he be questioned in person, fearing extradition to the US.
In a single day, Donald Trump cost Amazon more than Airbnb’s entire value
Regulation is in the air and investors are freaking out. Last week, it was Facebook that faced the wrath of angry government officials and lawmakers, following revelations of its mishandling of user data. Today, it seems President Donald Trump has it in for Amazon and seems eager for the e-commerce giant to be investigated for anti-competitive practices.
Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, fears it could cripple some jet production
Boeing was hit by the WannaCry computer virus Wednessay, initially raising fears within the company that airplane production could be affected. Later Boeing played down the impact and called it a “limited intrusion” with production unaffected.
Rare galaxy found without any dark matter
Even though its formation is a mystery, this galaxy might solve a big puzzle for astronomers. In a weird way, finding a galaxy without dark matter actually helps to strengthen the idea that dark matter exists in the first place. Some experts have argued that maybe dark matter isn’t real and that the bizarre motions of galaxies we’ve attributed to the material are actually just the laws of gravity working differently than we thought. But if that were the case, then all galaxies would behave in the same odd pattern. Finding a galaxy devoid of this behavior means that there probably is a distinct, strange substance to blame for the effects we see out in the Universe.
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A Palm smartphone reboot is reportedly coming to Verizon later this year
There are little details beyond a supposed release date for this new device. According to Android Police’s report, the phone is expected to run on Android OS, and TCL has reportedly returned to Palm’s erstwhile partner, Verizon, for the impending release. The carrier sold most of the brand’s phones, including the Palm Pre 2.
Microsoft's Windows 7 Meltdown fixes from January, February made PCs MORE INSECURE
The Meltdown chip-level bug allows malicious software, or unscrupulous logged-in users, on a modern Intel-powered machine to read passwords, personal information, and other secrets from protected kernel memory. But the security fixes from Microsoft for the bug, on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, issued in January and February, ended up granting normal programs read and write access to all of physical memory.
Solomon Hykes, Docker's founder, leaves day-to-day running of container company | ZDNet
He wrote, "I'm announcing my departure from Docker, the company I helped create ten years ago and have been building ever since. A founder's departure is usually seen as a dramatic event. Sadly, I must report that reality is far less exciting in this case. I've had many roles at Docker over the years, and today I have a new, final one - as an active board member, a major shareholder and, I expect, a high maintenance Docker user. But I will no longer be part of day-to-day operations."
Electric Vehicles Are Now The Equivalent Of Driving An 80 MPG Car
David Reichmuth, an engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, analyzed climate change emissions of EVs versus gasoline-powered cars using 2017 figures from the E.P.A. On average, though figures vary widely across the U.S., an EV now gets has the equivalent emissions of a gas car that gets 80 miles to the gallon (which is to say, basically no car on the market).
Tesla is overusing automation in Model 3 final assembly, analysts say
So the net labour saving may be only $50 per unit. Yet putting the automation into the plant seems to involve an apparent capital cost that’s $4,000 higher per unit of capacity than for a normal plant. If the product is built for 7 years, that’s over US$550 of additional depreciation per unit built. It’s hard to see an economic case even if somehow the Fremont Model 3 line can be made to work. So why exactly has Tesla taken this route? It’s unclear.
Facebook Sued Over Call and SMS Data Collection
If Facebook's legal team wasn't already on high alert, it certainly is today as the social network is being sued by three Facebook Messenger users for violation of their privacy. The alarm bells will be ringing at Facebook because the lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of all affected users as well as asking for unspecified damages.
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Tim Cook on building Apple’s next campus: ‘We’re not doing a beauty contest kind of thing’
He continued: “From our point of view, we did not want to create this contest because I think what comes out of that is you wind up putting people through a ton of work ... [only for a company to select one winner] ... So that is a case where you have a winner and a lot of losers, unfortunately. I don’t like that.”
How a Billionaire Crypto King Built the No. 1 Exchange in Just 8 Months
Zhao, who goes by CZ, has handled his success differently than the stereotypical Bitcoin Bro. He’s older than most of his peers, and has no interest in the status symbols of the crypto-world’s nouveau riche (the Lamborghini giveaway was the brainchild of Binance’s marketing chief). Other than luxury hotels and business class flights, Zhao said he has little use for his fortune. He doesn’t own a car or a house, and mostly wears Binance-branded t-shirts and hoodies. He has few interests outside cryptocurrencies.
They’re not sexy like Teslas, but electric delivery vans are coming to San Francisco
They also save money, according to Workhorse. “We believe we’re coming in comparable to a diesel truck lease,” says CEO Steve Burns. “And then of course [there are] extreme fuel and maintenance savings.”
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Uber Exec Ron Leaves an Autonomous-Vehicle Unit in Turmoil
Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle division, wrote in an email to employees that he and Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi remain committed to the trucking project despite Ron’s departure. “Dara and I both know all of you have been through a lot of change, and that is not easy,” Meyhofer wrote in the email obtained by Bloomberg. “I assure you that we remain bullish on Freight and continually impressed by the great work you do.”
The Best Online Backup Services of 2018
You can either tear out your hair when disaster inevitably strikes your data, or you can prepare for it ahead of time. An online backup service is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the loss of precious data, whether as a result of a crashed hard drive or an unintentional deletion. Natural disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes can also spell the end of your digital media and documents. Even if you're among the very few who diligently perform local backups at regular intervals, you could still lose data if you don't store backups offsite.
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China is using AI and facial recognition to fine jaywalkers via text
Traffic authorities in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have teamed up with an AI firm named Intellifusion to carry out the rather dystopian policing, reports the South China Morning Post . Already traffic police in the city have been using Intellifusion software and cameras to identify passing jaywalkers and project their faces and identifying information on large screens located near intersections for all to see, but now Intellifusion is taking its surveillance a step further. The company is partnering with social media platforms including WeChat and Sina Weibo and local mobile phone carriers so it can text jaywalkers the second they offend. Police will also have the option of delivering a ticket and fine on the spot for people who are picked up by the AI system for repeat offenses.
How to use Apple Pencil with Pages on iPad: Smart Annotations, drawings
In Pages 4.0 for iPad, you can use Apple Pencil for more than just tapping stuff. Now you can use two great new iOS-only features in Apple’s word processing software. Smart Annotations lets you mark up text just like a teacher would — scoring red lines through words, running a highlighter over a sentence, etc. And a new drawing mode means you can easily add a sketch to a page just by tapping it with the pencil.
What's the Difference between 2018 9.7-Inch iPad and 2017 9.7-Inch iPad
To take on the education market, Apple unveiled the sixth-generation iPad with Apple Pencil support. Contrary to rumors, the new 9.7-inch iPad costs the same as the model it replaces. But then it comes with more powerful internals and most importantly Apple Pencil support which help it stand out from its predecessor.
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This Common Word Makes You Sound More Negative Than You Want To
It’s also easy to use “but” when you’re thinking out loud, weighing the merits of two or three viewpoints. For example, someone at a meeting might say, “We could take that approach with this client, but we could try a different angle, too. What do you all think?” Or a job candidate might tell an interviewer, “I know I have the skills required for this position, but I can see that there will be new challenges, too. I’m confident I can handle them by drawing on my experience, though.” This phrasing makes the speakers sound unnecessarily tentative and confused.
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Google launches Wear OS developer preview including Android P | ZDNet
To improve power, apps will no longer be allowed to run in the background unless the watch is on the charger. Developers should note that Wear OS is going further with Android's app standby feature than some other form factors. Exceptions to this include watch faces and complications that the user currently has selected. This feature will be rolled out gradually in the developer preview, so you may not see it immediately on your device, but should build your apps accordingly by removing background services.
Stellar speakers, smart doorbells, and more [Crowdfund Roundup]
If HomePod just doesn’t do it for you, you need the immersive sound of the UPstage 360. This incredible speaker uses patented technology to deliver high-quality sound that fills almost any room, and it connects to all your favorite services.
Facebook to Block Option of Using Data Brokers for Ad Targeting
Facebook Inc. is conducting a broad review of all its data practices and taking a much more conservative stance on some policies, moves that could limit advertisers’ ability to target users on the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.
Reddit dumps bitcoin as payment option
It's not a backlash against bitcoin, then, but it's still something of a blow for the digital money format to lose one of its earlier big-name adopters. It also suggests that other stores might join Reddit in holding off on Coinbase's new platform until they're comfortable knowing that they can depend on it. The currency still only has a handful of major adopters, and some of them have been backing off due to its volatlity. It may need more stability (both technically and price-wise) if it's going to continue to grow.
This Small, Off-Grid House Fits All You Need For A Very Comfortable Life
So for his latest iteration of a LifeEdited home, he brought the concept to a wide-open property in Maui (where he often spends winters) to prove that just because a home has the space to be huge, doesn’t mean it needs to be. LifeEdited Maui is a 1,000-square-foot home that’s designed to function like one twice its size. With a similar array of adjustable furniture and sliding walls that made his New York City apartments a success, the Maui home can comfortably sleep eight people in four bedrooms that convert to offices, and host a sit-down party for 20.
Annual BBC report says the service is struggling to keep up with Netflix and Amazon
Like all other established media outlets across the world, the BBC is facing considerable competition from newer broadcasters like Sky and Virgin, and streaming services such as Netflix, Spotify, and Apple Music, as viewers opt to cord-cut, take advantage of exclusive offerings, or opt into all-you-can-watch paid service models. Clementi notes that while consumers have plenty of options — which have raised the bar for quality and delivery options — there are downsides for the BBC. Those high-quality dramas and original content have driven up costs, creating what he says is “super-inflation in key areas like drama and comedy production, sports rights, and talent costs,” at a time when investment in the BBC has declined. The result, Clementi says, is an increased “risk of the BBC being squeezed out of an ever more competitive global market.” As the service’s income has fallen, he says, “our ability to fund original British content has diminished.”
Uber settles discrimination lawsuit with three female engineers for $10 million
The suit was filed by three email software engineers in October of last year alleging that Uber’s payment and promotion system discriminated based on gender and race, reports Recode . The suit grew to represent 420 of the company’s engineers who identified themselves as women or people of color who said Uber’s compensation structure was discriminatory. Besides the $10 million financial settlement, Uber is also agreeing to regularly report diversity metrics from now on and says it will enhance its systems for compensations and reviews. Uber execs will also take part in a review of the company’s diversity growth twice a year. MG
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VMware buys E8 Security to bolster AI-assisted security tools | ZDNet
VMware plans to integrate E8's technology into its Workspace ONE platform to give users more insight into the security posture of their digital workspace and provide advanced threat detection and response, the company said.
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Build 2018, Microsoft's upcoming developer conference, will feature sessions on Progressive Web Apps, its Fluent design system, IoT, blockchain and more, the first session listings confirm. https://zd.net/2GAqMfM
Facebook: We'll pay you to track down apps that misuse your data | ZDNet
"Facebook's bug bounty program will expand so that people can also report to us if they find misuses of data by app developers. We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks," wrote Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships.
Apple Watch usability improvements I want to see at WWDC [watchOS mockups]
Since the launch, Apple has rolled out big upgrades to watchOS every year at its Worldwide Developers Conference. But there is still loads more that could be done to really unleash Apple Watch’s full potential.
Location for yesterday’s iPad event is new HQ for Apple’s coding initiative | Cult of Mac
“There’s no better place than Chicago Public Schools — the first urban school district to make computer science a graduation requirement — to see the benefit that computer science instruction is having on students,” said Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools in a statement. “Our innovative collaboration with Apple and Northwestern will prepare more educators to lead 21st Century classrooms and help ensure Chicago students have the resources, support and high-quality instruction needed to become tomorrow’s leaders.”
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