Find out if your old password was hacked
A new tool makes it easier to know if your old passwords have been compromised.
Gaming AI beats human top scores by cheating | ZDNet
The artificial intelligence system had no qualms about exploiting ancient bugs to win.
Physicist Michio Kaku: Humans should avoid aliens at all costs
Commentary: Michio Kaku says that if extraterrestrials are smart, talking to us would be like us talking to squirrels.
See Stephen Hawking explain what happened before Big Bang
Was there anything there? Was there nothing there? Was there even a there there?
Amazon's Alexa suffers widespread outage | ZDNet
Amazon's Alexa AI assistant went down on Friday for what's turning out to be an unintentional reenactment of the company's Super Bowl commercial.
The best comedy movies on Netflix for March
If you could use a good pick-me-up, why not watch a good comedy? We're here to help. We've rounded up the best comedy movies (and thrown in a couple of stand-up specials to boot) that are available on Netflix right now.
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Tech tip: Here's how you can add skills to Amazon's Alexa https://usat.ly/2rKnkoK pic.twitter.com/3eBbR7mjtM
Apple products you shouldn't buy (March 2018 edition) | ZDNet
Just because Apple offers something for sale doesn't mean that it's a good idea to buy it! Here's a list of Apple products that you shouldn't buy because they are old, or that newer versions are likely to land soon.
Hands-On: Installing five different Linux distributions on my new HP laptop | ZDNet
I've just picked up a new laptop, and I have to say at first glance, it looks like a real beauty. It's an HP 15-bs166nz, which I got at one of the large electronic chains here in Switzerland for CHF 649.- (approximately £500 / €560 / $685). That's supposedly half-price, if you believe their list prices. It's a bit difficult to judge, really, because HP makes so many different models with similar numbers but very different configurations, but after digging around on this one for a while I decided it is a very good price for this configuration.
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AI breakthrough: http://Otter.ai app can transcribe your meetings in real time, for free http://zd.net/2CWpZjl pic.twitter.com/n9SdIFbsEy
Microsoft's fancy hinge patent could mean folding phones
Tradtionally, devices need to leave a gap between the two screens to keep them from being damaged when you fold the device, but not Microsoft's fancy "determinative hinge." It flexes slightly as you open and close the screen, pushing the two pieces slightly apart, to keep them from being damaged.
Amazon to stop sales of all Nest products as battle with Google intensifies
Customers will soon be unable to find products made by Google-owned Nest on Amazon, a result of a decision the online retail giant made to not to carry the smart home device maker's latest gear, a report said on Friday.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, Business Insider reports Amazon informed Nest in a conference call late last year that it would not sell the firm's newest products, which includes devices like the Nest Cam IQ and forthcoming Hello video-enabled doorbell.
Amazon said the decision came "from the top" and had nothing to do with Nest's product quality, leading some Nest employees to speculate it was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who made the call, the report said.
In response, Nest has resolved to discontinue dealings with Amazon, meaning currently available items like the Nest Security Camera and third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat will disappear from Amazon's digital shelves once existing stock runs dry. A source said Nest wants to present customers its entire lineup or nothing at all, the report said.
The move comes as Amazon looks to leverage its prominent market position to push into the connected home space.
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There's a new Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone. How do the specs compare to the iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X? @morlium has a look: https://buff.ly/2HZmDzH pic.twitter.com/hzTZaFFZL7
Samsung Galaxy S9: better camera, AR emoji and stereo speakers
While the phones are about the same size as the previous versions, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the screens are brighter and slightly bigger. They have an advanced camera and stereo speakers, along with fun new tools, such as AR emoji, photo language translation and improved slow-motion video.
Blazing 5G speeds are almost here. But are they everything they're cracked up to be?
The bad news: The early days of 5G will bring some growing pains, and those promised insane speeds may not show up consistently -- or at all. After a poll of the network experts at MWC, here's what the industry thinks mobile 5G will look like when carriers finally flip the switch.
Ford begins testing Domino's and Postmates deliveries with autonomous vehicles in Miami
"In order for us to service and be able to bring technology back everyday for the engineers and the technicians to work on, in addition to servicing the vehicles that we're going to be running with multiple businesses, there's going to be a lot of vehicles. So, it's important for us as part of our strategy to run an autonomous business is to actually manage the fleet of vehicles across different partners. So, we identified and actually moved into a terminal in the Wynwood area of Miami, which is a trendy area of Miami, but it's also ideal because it's only a couple miles from downtown. So, the location is perfect for us to operate from. So, that's what we're doing. We have our team that already moved in and starting up that terminal to operate from," Marakby said.
Affordable 4K projector proves resolution isn't everything
The BenQ HT2550 ($1,500) is one of the least expensive 4K projectors available, and it's really good. First off, it actually delivers every line of 4K onscreen according to test patterns. It also puts up an excellent image overall, with solid contrast and accurate color, although it fell short of a couple of slightly more expensive projectors I tested, namely the 4K Optoma UHD60 and the Epson Home Cinema 4000 .
Hey Siri, take off! Get ready for more-advanced planes
It's a clear evening and the Arizona desert stretches in all directions, but I'm not here to admire the view. The Dassault Falcon that I'm flying in isn't an ordinary aircraft. Full of glowing displays and experimental warning systems, it tests technologies that may change the way we fly. Soon, advancements like voice assistants for pilots, augmented reality displays, and 3D printed components could find their into way into cockpits, making air travel safer and more efficient for both pilots and passengers.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 arrives March 16 for $720, with AR emojis, real-time translation and a better camera
AR also plays a bit role in Samsung’s long-rumored Animoji competitor. In fact, Samsung’s calling it AR Emoji — decidedly less catchy than the name Apple landed on. There are cartoon characters here that respond to your movements and speech in real time, like Animoji — in fact, Samsung managed to land a much coveted deal with Disney. No doubt Apple’s kicking itself for not managing to score Mickey and friends for its own offering, but between this and the Star Wars AR it introduced for the Pixel, Disney clearly didn’t want to play favorites.
GitHub hit with the largest DDoS attack ever seen | ZDNet
GitHub explained how such an attack could generate vast amounts of traffic: "Spoofing of IP addresses allows memcached's responses to be targeted against another address, like ones used to serve GitHub.com, and send more data toward the target than needs to be sent by the unspoofed source. The vulnerability via misconfiguration described in the post is somewhat unique amongst that class of attacks because the amplification factor is up to 51,000, meaning that for each byte sent by the attacker, up to 51KB is sent toward the target," it said.
Equifax says millions more Americans affected by hack than first thought
The company said in a statement Thursday that an ongoing analysis showed 2.4 million more Americans had their names and partial drivers' license information stolen, but they were not previously thought to have been affected.
The five things that kill your iPhone's battery the fastest | ZDNet
There are no end of tips and tricks out there to help you get more out of your iPhone's battery, but based on exhaustive testing I've narrowed down the five things that drain your battery the fastest.
Earliest figural tattoos found on 500-year-old Egyptian mummies
Tattoos believed to be the world's oldest figurative body art have been discovered on a pair of well-preserved Egyptian mummies. Talk about ancient hipsters.
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Russia used "North Korean IP addresses and other tactics" to make it look as though the Olympics were being hacked from Pyongyang. https://trib.al/TlLW0sv
The Best of MWC 2018
Amazon Alexa and Google Home are the new operating systems of the 2010s. These new voice-based UIs are all about simplifying technical tasks, and dealing with router settings is black magic for most average home PC users. We've never seen router management through Alexa before. Rather than typing in an obscure IP address and clicking through warning boxes—a UI that hasn't changed in a decade—you can use McAfee's Secure Home Platform skill to block devices, scan your network, run parental controls, and find insecure smart home devices by voice. That's a big step forward.
Cellebrite Says it Can 'Get Around the Security of Devices Running iOS 11'
This is seen as a good thing for many Apple customers, and it is one area that Apple itself does not appear willing to budge on. This is visible in a variety of ways, from the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, saying as much, and even in features like Siri, which lags behind the leading competition due to Apple’s focus on security (among other reasons).
The Nintendo Switch made me swear off physical games
Additionally, Nintendo needs to figure out some sort of cloud storage system or a way to transfer save files between consoles. Right now, Switch cartridges don’t even offer one of the best benefits of cartridges, which is that they can store data for transferring between devices. With the Switch, whether downloaded game or physical copy, all save data is stored on the console. Again, this is something other companies figured out a long time ago. Microsoft has cloud saves for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Sony includes it as part of its PlayStation Plus subscription service (along with the option to move save files using a flash drive).
GodMode, a pill promising gamers a boost, is hard to swallow
Some of GodMode's ingredients might sound more familiar than others. They include theobromine, which is found in tea and which Boss Level Labs said aids in memory, attention span, reaction time and problem-solving skills. Caffeine is an ingredient, as is yamabushitake, a mushroom extract the company said can reduce depression and anxiety and serve as a cognitive enhancer.
When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree
The researchers then used this data set to test several genetic and historical hypotheses, showing “you can harness the hard work of so many people around the globe just documenting their own family history, and learn something about humanity,” said Yaniv Erlich, the chief science officer of MyHeritage, the parent company of Geni.com, and senior author of the paper.
Google turns to Reddit community for ideas on how to improve Pixel phone
Users can post comments and requests regarding the phone's settings and features, and others can up or down vote the posts to signify that Google should consider a request or not. Turning to Reddit, whose users tend to be tech-focused, could help Google build a more user-friendly phone with settings people really want.
How to install the Nextcloud Client on Ubuntu
Make sure to select your location of choice (for the syncing between your desktop and the server) as well as what specifically you want to sync. By default, the client will sync to ~/Nextcloud. If you have a reason for it to sync outside of your home directly, change it here. Once you've configured the client as you need, click Connect and you're good to go. You will be presented with the option to open Nextcloud in either a browser or a local folder. The local folder option will open your file manager in the directory you configured for syncing. Any file or folder you add to the Nextcloud folder will automatically sync with your account on the Nextcloud server. Because the sync is two-way, anything you add to your Nextcloud account on the server will automatically sync to your desktop).
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 review: A slim, stylish 2-in-1 with some graphics muscle
Priced at $1,299 , the ZenBook Flip 14 stacks up well to our favorite premium two-in-one, Lenovo's Yoga 920 . It might not be as polished as Lenovo's offering, but compared to a similarly priced 920 configuration, Asus puts in a faster processor, twice the memory and storage and includes its active pen for drawing and writing on its screen. And you get the Nvidia graphics chip; Lenovo just uses Intel's integrated graphics for the 920. (The ZenBook Flip 14 currently isn't available in the UK, but the price converts to roughly £945. Australian buyers can buy the Flip 14 without discrete graphics for AU$1,998 .)
How the Nintendo Switch finally turned me into a gamer
Why you may ask? Well the answer is simple: I was always slightly worried that I would spend too much time at home playing it. That wasn’t a problem with my handheld devices as I tended to only play them when I was traveling. The same can be said of the games I downloaded onto my iPad. But every time I played on a console I could feel myself getting sucked in. Like the One Ring to Rule Them All, consoles called out to me with their alluring offer of limitless gaming power. I long suspected that should I succumb to the temptation I would be lost forever.
Sweet! Lego goes green by making some pieces from sugarcane
These new Lego plants are made from actual plants. But we bet they still hurt just as much when you step on them barefoot.
Electra 1.0.2 Jailbreak for iOS 11.1.2 Released to Fix APT 0.7 Strict Error
Coolstar has released Electra 1.0.2 jailbreak to fix the APT 0.7 strict (lib) error that was affecting many jailbreakers. The issue seems to have occurred as Jay Freeman aka saurik released an APT update which broke Cydia on devices that were jailbroken using Electra jailbreak.
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46% of the initial coin offerings launched in 2017 have already crashed and burned, despite raising a dizzying $104 million. https://trib.al/hUClnNc
Your Amazon Deliveries Are Being Photographed
For Amazon, having photo evidence of a delivery results in a couple of positives. The first is proof a delivery was actually made, meaning if a customer complains their package is missing, it was taken after delivery was complete. The second is a better experience for customers. Not only do they know when a delivery is made, but they can see exactly where it is.
Reg Saddler on Twitter
You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history.
The story of Mobile World Congress 2018, in 25 photos
From smartphones as powerful as computers to mobile networks faster than Google Fiber, big ambitions characterized this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
iOS 11's New Files App: 10 Things You Should Know
The Browse tab has a Locations section in the sidebar. In the first beta, it only supports iCloud Drive. While there’s a section for local files, I’m not able to add files or folder there. By the time iOS 11 ships, you’ll be able to add third party sources here as well – Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and more. And by then, I hope the local storage feature works as well.
Ah, the Winter Olympics. There’s snow, and plastic objects designed to slide on said snow, and also rifles held by people standing on said plastic objects designed to slide on said snow. To train for this whimsical winter wonderland of athletic competition, Matt Perez encourages you to stay inside, plop down, and play these three games. Subscribe to FORBES: https://www.youtube.com/c/F... ... Stay Connected: Forbes YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/forbes ForbesLife YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/for... More Tech: twitter.com/ForbesTech More Crypto: twitter.com/forbescrypto More Science: twitter.com/SciForbes Follow us on Facebook: http://fb.com/forbes or check us out the old-fashioned way, www.forbes.com/. ForbesTech YouTube managed by twitter.com/megchristensen
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A 1.5 million penguin "supercolony" was just discovered (thanks to their poop stains lol) pic.twitter.com/vsmLU3VcwI
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Tech group says U.S. unlikely to back off on H-1B spouses rule https://bloom.bg/2FiYzcz pic.twitter.com/sMsEi4uK8k
Google Clips review: a smart camera that doesn’t make the grade
The camera’s ultra-wide-angle field of view (it captures something similar to what a 10mm lens on a full-frame DSLR sees) makes it easy to position without a screen and be assured that you’ll get something in frame, but it’s bad for pictures of people, as it distorts facial features in an unflattering way. Likewise, anything near the sides of the frame is wildly distorted. Your subjects also have to be within roughly 10 feet of the camera, lest they be tiny in the resulting image. But the Clips’ fixed-focus lens has a range of about three feet to infinity, so nothing close to the camera is ever sharp. Even then, subjects within its range never really look sharp, either. That wouldn’t be an issue if the Clips was capturing heartwarming moments that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get, but as I mentioned earlier, that hasn’t been the case in my experience.
The Best Cheap Laptops of 2018
And you'll have to accept fewer compromises with the budget laptops of today than you did in the past. Intel's Atom and Celeron processors have evolved to the point that they can support most of your Web browsing and basic productivity needs without being overly slow. The newest integrated GPUs can hold their own in browser-based Flash games and even some online games like World of Warcraft, but meeting the higher demands of AAA titles still requires a discrete GPU, which you won't find in this price range. If money is no object, check out our top-rated gaming laptops .
Unlocking the Galaxy S9 with Intelligent Scan? It's easy, but maybe not so secure
Samsung's facial recognition system uses a regular camera to create a 2D map of your face, contrasted with Apple's Face ID, which creates a complex 3D scan of your facial pattern. People were able to fool Samsung's technology on last year's Galaxy S8 by using photos, and Samsung itself warned the technology could "only be used for opening your Galaxy S8 and currently [could not] be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder."
Week's best Apple deals: Get an iPhone SE for free | Cult of Mac
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, you have lots of options this week. Plus, TechRabbit is running its “best of Apple” sale. Don’t miss out on your chance to save on iPods and MacBooks as well!
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High-tech 3D software from Esri was used by Framestore to create special effects depicting a furturistic Las Vegas in Blade Runner 2049. http://tek.io/2F8wbuC
Samsung Galaxy S9 Intelligent Scan facial recognition still fails on security
Samsung touts the new Intelligent Scan facial recognition system in the Galaxy S9 as better than the easily fooled system used in the S8, but there’s no real-world change for owners of the new device. Samsung’s facial recognition technology remains far less secure than Apple’s Face ID.