Everything Coming to Netflix in April
Bill Nye and a number of new shows and movies will help you deal with April showers.
SpaceX makes history by successfully re-launching an orbital rocket for the first time
SpaceX has successfully re-launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit and had it return to Earth safely - a first in the history of space missions.
Galaxy S8's facial recognition can be fooled by a photo | Cult of Mac
Facial recognition is one of the myriad new features of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but only one a couple of days after the phone's announcement, Samsung's late
April Fools' Day 2017: the best (and worst) pranks
April 1st — a day colloquially known as "April Fools’ Day" or "the worst holiday ever" — isn’t even until tomorrow, but because the month of April starts on a Saturday this year, all the #brands...
How Samsung will sell 'safe' with Galaxy S8
From tweaks to the battery to a more stringent testing process, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to ensure a safer phone.
The best April Fools' Day pranks in the tech world [2017 Edition]
April Fools’ Day is a time reporters have come to dread. As we sift through our inbox while drinking that morning cup of coffee we’re met with excitement, disbelief, and even dread as we try to discern what’s real and what’s not. It’s a day that has us questioning everything. And since April 1 falls on a Saturday this year, …
Snapchat launches search for stories, rolling out now in select cities
The battle over Stories continues with Snap releasing an update for its ephemeral messaging app that now lets you search across stories. Rolling out city by city, the company claims it has built a way to "understand what's happening in Snaps that are submitted to Our Story, and to create new Stories using advanced machine learning." To date, more than 1 million stories have been created.
This Startup Plans to Revolutionize Quantum Computing Technology Faster Than Ever
Instead of processing information the way existing systems do, quantum computers use quantum bits (or qubits) that can both be a 0 or a 1 at the same time.
Snapchat Stories are now searchable by content
Snapchat Stories are now searchable. The company announced today that users can use the search bar at the top of the app’s main page to find whatever they want in a story. That means you can type...
Oh no, Netflix’s Final Fantasy 14 drama is still called Daddy of Light
Netflix is bringing Final Fantasy 14: Daddy of Light to a worldwide audience this fall. The show is about the father-son bond formed over a mutual love of Final Fantasy 14, Square Enix’s massively...
A UK entrepreneur takes flight by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs
A YouTube collection of grainy video clips highlights the progress Gravity founder Richard Browning has made toward his outlandish dream over the past year...
Verizon will pre-install spyware on Android phones to track your data
We collect information about your device and your use of the AppFlash services. This information includes your mobile number, device identifiers, device type and operating system, and information about the AppFlash features and services you use and your interactions with them. We also access information about the list of apps you have on your device.
Apple Officially Opens Doors to Its App Accelerator in Bengaluru
"We want to, as the name says, accelerate the quality and the innovation of the apps that are being created here, by bringing some of our unique Apple expertise close to developers who are making their great software," Schiller, Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing at Apple, said in Bengaluru on Friday. "What unique Apple expertise? Well, things like user interface design, ease of use - those are in our DNA and things we spend a lot of time on. We think that all developers in the world we can help with that, and we know here in India we can be of great assistance [to] developers with that."
No joke, Google lets you play Ms. Pac-Mac in Google Maps for April Fool's
Open up your Google Maps app and you’ll find a new icon above compass symbol that looks suspiciously like an 8-bit Ms. Pacman. Tap it and you’ll be transported to a random location (we were sent to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Munich, Germany) where the roads will be filled with dots and power pellets, and you’ll be able to control Ms. Pac-man as she traverses the streets to eat them. And of course, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde will be there as well.
Verizon is taking aim at cable TV this summer with a low-cost competitor
The idea of an "online" TV package, delivered over the internet to your smart TV, phone, laptop, and so on, has caught fire recently. Companies from Dish (with Sling TV) to AT&T (with DirecTV Now) to YouTube have entered the market. Hulu has a product ready to launch, and Amazon is even rumored to be working on one.
Netflix wants to pay you to translate subtitles
Wish you could get Netflix for free? So do I, but that’s not how the world works. However, you could get paid to watch shows and movies – if you’re good with languages, that is.
Twitter ditches the egg avatar, opts for a human silhouette
"We've noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others -- often they don't take the time to personalize their accounts," Twitter wrote in the blog post. "This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn't fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven't yet personalized their profile photo."
Honeywell bets big on India's smart cities' growth track
Honeywell’s strategy involves boosting its existing presence in India, which generates $1 billion a year in domestic sales and exports. Honeywell’s revenues are produced by the 15,000 workers it employs in its seven manufacturing centers and five R&D labs around India.
History: SpaceX launches and lands the same rocket for the 2nd time
"We just had an incredible day today," Musk said during a live broadcast of the launch. "The first reflight of an orbital class booster did its mission perfectly, dropped off the second stage, came back and landed on the drone ship, right in the bullseye. It is an amazing day I think for space as a whole for the space industry. It means you can fly and refly an orbit-class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket."
The history of selfies is a real exhibit in a posh London museum
The Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibit called “From Selfie to Self-Expression” which compares form of self-portraiture across history. Standout names on display are Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Kardashian.
Baidu trained an AI agent to navigate the world like a parent teaches a baby - TechRepublic
Baidu's goal is to eventually teach a physical robot in a realistic environment using natural language. It plans to follow the current experiments with those using a virtual agent in a 3D environment, which is more realistic, and would pose new challenges to the AI. This work aligns with the company's business goals: Its Baidu Duer is a virtual assistant that can search and mine information on the web via voice commands. Duer aims to extract meaning from information found on the internet by using an end-to-end, deep-learning system that can pick up English or Mandarin Chinese voices.
8 practical ways to make your tech job less stressful - TechRepublic
Stress can cause burnout and a loss of motivation, said Dave Denaro, vice president of career management firm Keystone Partners . "Workplace stress has more causes than just the obvious one of too many hours at work," Denaro said. "For some people, especially members of the tech industry, workplace stress is due to the misalignment of one's strengths vs. what they are being asked to do on the job. If you can't use your biggest strengths in your current job you forfeit the ability to be most successful."
Search the world's largest cybercrime library - TechRepublic
As a result, the repository has quickly emerged as a mission-critical platform that aids in training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges. It also enables lawmakers to draw upon the database of legislation when drafting laws on cybercrime or electronic evidence, Lungameni said. "[The database] facilitates international cooperation by helping law enforcement and prosecutors to identify cybercrime legislative provisions applicable in other [member States]."
Cloud Foundry to train an army of developers with 'world's largest' certification program - TechRepublic
Kearns : There are four basic components. The first, our free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), kicks off in May. Through our partnership with the Linux Foundation, which has trained and certified 800,000 people in more than 200 countries on open source software skills, we'll offer a self-paced eLearning "Cloud Foundry for Developers" course online for $500 before any discounts. In-person training courses are available through licensed Cloud Foundry member companies. The performance-based certification will be an online exam, lasting about three hours, that costs $300.
Verizon’s new bloatware app will monitor apps you install to target ads at you
According to TechCrunch , the app is named AppFlash, and it’s designed to be a mobile search hub on Android that will live a swipe to the left away from your home screen. During a testing period it’s going to be pre-installed on a single device, the LG K20 V, but Verizon says the app is opt-in to use and customers can easily disable it. The company imagines it’ll be used to search for everything from restaurants to music to mobile apps, but it seems its primary function is going to be collecting user data.
Comcast says it will not sell customer browsing histories
WASHINGTON Comcast Corp ( CMCSA.O ) said Friday it would not sell customers’ individual internet browsing information, days after the U.S. Congress approved legislation reversing Obama administration era internet privacy rules.
Facebook's $2 billion bet on virtual reality has been a fiasco (so far)
Nimble America said in its description that "we've proven that
s---posting is powerful and meme magic is real." Luckey told The
Daily Beast that Nimble America's work was "something that no
campaign is going to run." One such example was an enlarged image
of Clinton's face with the phrase "Too big to jail" alongside it.
Apple may bring True Tone displays to the next iPhones
Barclays says True Tone will be available on all three of Apple’s iPhones, which it’s referring to as the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and iPhone 8. Hopefully that naming structure isn’t the case, or it’ll make for a very confusing fall.
Prank experts build the app of your April Fools' Day dreams
The app has dozens of pre-recorded calls, many of which are based on the characters from the YouTube series voiced by Russell Johnson, the face of the series. Each call sets up a different scenario — a stranger asking why you're leaving notes on their door, a random coworker asking if you can cover their shift — and follows a set script with Johnson's voice guiding the conversation.
Shutting down CodePlex
I think this makes a lot of sense TBH. VSTS and Bitbucket are less about social coding and more about enterprise team collaberation. Github, and gitlab trend toward more open and social systems. Looking around at the landscape its clear that codeplex has fallen by the wayside and that github is the future. I’m sure hosting codeplex is not without costs, and I support this decision.
5 things we don’t like about the Samsung Galaxy S8
So the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have arrived into the world and we’ve already shared our enthusiasm related to the two flagships in a previous article. But there’s no such thing as a perfect phone, is it? So in this piece we’ll be take a look at the things that aren’t so great so great about the Galaxy S8.
Audio Amplifier Hack Chat
Hi! I'm repairing yamaha stagepas 300 amplifier/mixer which has a problem with left channel making crackling sound. Short video of my problem is shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGmbwmNCyzU. Any clues why this would be happening? It gets worse when the device gets warmer. Perhaps something wrong with the feedback loop or the filter section? Any help is appreciated where to measure or what general components to check with multimeter/oscilloscope? Thanks!
Google Maps lets you play Pac-Man on real streets
G oogle has launched an April Fool's Day version of Google Maps that allows users to play the classic arcade game Ms Pac-Man on real streets.
This super bizarre George Foreman tweet contains multitudes
This super bizarre George Foreman tweet contains multitudes
'Game of Thrones' fan deciphered the secret behind the tiny reflections in new trailer
It's impossible to be sure, but the line running right from the top of the Night's King's pupil does sort of resemble the top of the wall.
Rocket League: Fate of the Furious DLC Announced - IGN
“Typically they’re cars we want to bring to the game. We do have a bit of a dream wish list, but it’s not one set in stone where we go off a checklist,” Dunham said, mentioning that the original DeLorean deal came when a Universal Pictures brand manager coincidentally reached out to him just as the team was discussing their desire to have Doc Brown’s car in the game.
Didn't we offer you enough? Google's $350,000 Project Zero prize attracts junk entries | ZDNet
Google's Project Zero bug-hunting group hoped that launching a special six-month hacker prize with a top payout of $200,000 would uncover novel remote code execution (RCE) attacks on Android. However, the prize has now concluded with not only no winners, but not a single valid entry.
Ads are coming to VR and we really hope this is an April Fools’ joke
HTC is opening its Viveport to advertisers, offering the chance to put elaborate ads directly inside the VR world. The ads come in 2D and 3D flavors, as well as loading scenes, end scenes, or “ app recommended .”
Pornhub turns on HTTPS to hide the weird porn you watch from ISPs
As Google showed in its recent Transparency Report , only three out of the 11 adult industry portals in the world’s top 100 most visited websites currently support HTTPS encryption – but now you can also add Pornhub and YouPorn to the list.
Elon Musk Isn’t the Only One Trying to Computerize Your Brain
In other words, Musk and Johnson are applying the Silicon Valley playbook to neuroscience. They’re talking about a technology they want to build well before they can actually build it. They’re setting the agenda for this intriguing yet frightening idea before anyone else sets it for them. And they’re pumping money into the idea in ways no one else ever has. Throw in all those science fiction tropes involving brain interfaces—that’s where the term “neural lace” comes from—and you’ve got a brand new and potentially very important industry that’s ridiculously difficult to make sense of.
Razer Blade review: the Goldilocks of gaming laptops
The entire concept of Razer’s Blade series represents a compromise, too: it’s a gaming laptop that’s much smaller and more portable than almost any other PC gaming machine, but that comes at the sacrifice of the long-term upgradability that a desktop or even a bulkier laptop provides. Like Microsoft’s Surfaces or Apple’s MacBooks, the Blade is a closed machine — even the RAM is soldered down, and you’ll void your warranty just by cracking open the case. So whatever specs you buy it with are what you’ll be stuck with forever. Fortunately, the newly upgraded Blade packs some serious specs that should carry it for a couple of years.
Facebook now lets you hold fundraisers with your friends
From there, the fundraiser undergoes a 24 hour-long review process before going live for your Facebook friends to share, comment on, and donate to. You can also see which friends contributed to your cause, or invite others to join in.
Google to users: Keep an eye out for our new sign-in page. It's faster, simpler | ZDNet
Google has started telling users to watch for a different-looking Google sign-in page that's rolling out over the next few weeks.
The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2017
Luckily, you don’t need any other games to play Day of Infamy, which splits its intense close-quarters action between competitive and cooperative multiplayer scenarios. It spans 10 maps set across Southern and Western Europe, and provides an array of objectives to complete, not to mention various player classes to command in battle. Day of Infamy isn’t the most polished-looking game you’ll play this year, but Steam user reviews are widely positive so far .
6 Visual Apps for Creating Social Media Content : Social Media Examiner
There are many great free and premium apps for iPhone and Android users that allow you to create amazing visual content for your social media networks. These are just the tip of the iceberg.
The new Lincoln Continental lives up to its famous name
Last year, we finally found ourselves behind the wheel of a 2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve with all-wheel drive, stickered at $56,000 but then benefitting from about $20,000 worth of options, taking the final price up to $76,000.
Apple’s latest iOS update patches 911 DDoS attack exploit
Verizon hires ex-Ericsson CEO, sets new operating structure
Verizon Communications Inc ( VZ.N ) said on Friday that Hans Vestberg, the former Ericsson chief executive officer, has joined the company and will lead a team building out its fiber network infrastructures amid growing competition from smaller rivals.
BlackBerry's profit beats expectations on software push
BlackBerry Ltd reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings for the sixth straight quarter, as the smartphone pioneer's shift to the higher-margin software business paid off.
Rackspace CEO on AWS, OpenStack and the future of the cloud | ZDNet
Carl Brooks , an analyst at 451 Research, sees Rackspace transitioning from a hosting and cloud infrastructure firm to a more general-purpose IT services provider. "Although the majority of its revenues still come from providing infrastructure to small and medium businesses, it's seeing the best response and fastest revenue growth from its outreach to larger enterprises on multi-cloud and private cloud support and services," said Brooks, who noted that Rackspace has to balance maintaining its stake in IT infrastructure and technologies like OpenStack, and catering to enterprise demand for "boots on the ground".
15 crayon colors inspired by 2017 that Crayola can have for free
A new color will be added to the iconic crayon set, but Crayola has delayed that announcement until May. The company only said that the new shade will be "in the blue family."
Twitch Adding 1080p/60fps Streaming Support
If you've got a powerful PC and a fast Internet connection, Twitch is raising the bar for high quality video streaming.
Samsung Galaxy S8 begins era of better Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5 short-range networks send data twice as fast or four times as far. Samsung's new flagship phone is the first to support it.
How’d You Do During the March Money Challenge?
Some of you pointed to restaurants as your spending weakness, others vowed to focus on clothes, daily deals, or junk food. If you joined us, it’s time to check in. How much did you cut back this month? Compare your savings to previous months and sound off below!
Treasury Secretary Apologizes For Asking You to Watch Lego Batman
Proving that satire is dead and we live in the dumbest possible universe, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin apologized today for recommending that people go see Lego Batman , a movie he helped produce.
Snap Debuts a New Search Tool, the First Major Product Since IPO
Snap had been hand-curating publicly submitted stories into video reels about ongoing events, like the Super Bowl or the Women’s March. Now the company is also using information in posts, like text and visual elements, to automatically display relevant ones in a search. Posts are only searchable when users make them public by submitting them to “Our Story," an option users get when deciding who gets to see their photos and videos.
iPhone 8 could steal a cool screen trick from the iPad Pro
For example, the display might adjust the amount of orange you see to match using the device in a warmly-lit room, or use cooler colors when you take the device outside or somewhere with bright LED lighting.
Digital transformation: A CXO’s guide (free PDF) - TechRepublic
This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature , looks at some of the ways companies are building innovative strategies to enhance customer experience, optimize internal processes, develop new business models, and tap into the benefits of technologies like AI, IoT, automation, and analytics. From the ebook:
The advantage of working in IT is that you are usually well ahead of digital and computing technology information and adoption curves. The downside of this is that you often understand the value propositions of a new technology before your colleagues do.
The quandary for the CIO, then, is how to get buy-on from the CEO and other key stakeholders in the organization for technologies that you regard as essential to the business.
To consider this question at closer range, let's look at digital transformation.
TechRepublic recently conducted a poll of CIOs, and more than half said their company doesn't have a formal digital transformation strategy. "Our business supports constantly varying needs from a shifting pool of clients," said poll respondent David Wilson, director of IT services at VectorCSP.
Oh My God, Look at Saturn's North Pole
Recently, Gizmodo space writer Rae Paoletta called Saturn “ the golden retriever of the solar system ,” and I’m not here to dispute that characterization. But it was a lot easier to think of Saturn as a golden retriever when the planet’s defining hue was, y’know, gold. Not blue. Not electric, alien protomolecule -blue.
Hoverboard Maker Reportedly Sues J.Lo for Failure to Influence
What’s especially amazing about this is that it doesn’t appear that Sidekick was giving J.Lo anything more than hoverboards. For someone of Lopez’s stature, $50,000 of in-kind merchandise for a series of tweets seems low compared to the payments other celebrities make shilling their Instagram accounts to the highest bidder. Lopez has more than 100 million followers across Instagram and Twitter. Jenny, you can do better!