Will Smith tries his best to romance a robot
Advanced humanoid robot Sophia isn't moved by Smith's pickup lines.
WWDC 2018 rumors: All the new Apple hardware and software to expect
What's next for Apple? We'll find out in June, when the company hosts devs from around the world at Worldwide Developers Conference 2018. Every year, the event gives Cupertino execs a chance to show off Apple's new software and hardware. The latest WWDC 2018 rumors show what's on the horizon.
Jade Raymond and Ken Moss of EA to speak about the future of games and tech at GamesBeat Summit
We’re getting a double-dose of Electronic Arts’ top leaders as our latest speakers for GamesBeat 2018, which will examine the future triple-A games and the technology required to make t…
Today in Apple history: Apple goes to war with The Beatles' record label
On March 30, 2006, A court case begins pitting Apple Computer against Apple Corps, aka The Beatles' record label.
Amazing Songmaker Kit has everything you need for making music on the go | Cult of Mac
Roli's modular Songmaker Kit combines a keyboard, a drum pad, and a looper into one super-portable package.
'PUBG' will start testing its tiny 'Savage' map next week
If you can pull yourself away from 'Fortnite' then 'PUBG' has a special Event Mode available now and a new map on the way.
Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Crash Under Investigation in California
A 2016 fatal crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot first raised questions about the system’s abilities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded Tesla’s technology didn’t contain a safety defect while the NTSB decided that the company shared blame in the crash by failing to include enough safeguards. In that crash, a Tesla Model S struck a tractor trailer crossing a road and the company said the system didn’t see the white trailer against the bright sky.
Believe it or not, these products aren't April Fools' pranks
Every year, April Fools' Day throws down a minefield of made-up products, but you don't have to resort to pranks to find some truly bizarre items that are totally real.
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Chinese smugglers use drones to deliver iPhones | Cult of Mac
Authorities in China arrested 26 suspects that were found using drones to smuggle $80 million worth of iPhones between Hong Kong and the mainland in what is reportedly the first case of drones being used in cross-border smuggling crimes in China.
Google Maps is adding a Where’s Waldo? mini-game for the next week
Starting today and continuing on for the next week, Google is bringing Where’s Waldo? to Google Maps. On Android, iOS, and the desktop, you’ll see Waldo pop up in his signature red and white stripes and give you a friendly wave. From there, just tap or click on him and you’ll see the option to play a game that’s straight out of the classic children’s puzzle books. This is one of Google’s annual April Fools’ Day jokes, but the Maps integration is actually happening.
The Coolest Cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show
One of the most significant debuts at the New York show, the latest version of the hot-selling Toyota RAV4 crossover is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to either an 8-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission. All 2019 RAV4s come standard with Toyota Safety Sense and a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and in-cabin Wi-Fi via Verizon, while an 8-inch touch screen with navigation and a premium JBL 11-speaker sound system are available as options. The non-hybrid 2019 Toyota RAV4 will hit dealers late this year, with a hybrid version coming early in 2019. Pricing was not announced. ( Photo: Toyota )
Apple's iPad event took me back to school. What a trip!
For Dillon, and other educators like him, it's not just the new iPads themselves that have him intrigued. It's also the seemingly little things, like the ability for a school to set up hundreds of Apple ID accounts in less than a minute. Or for students to quickly log in to shared iPads by tapping a picture of their face and entering a passcode. Or for teachers to control all devices in the class at one time, automatically opening them to the same lesson and locking them so students can't turn on sounds or use apps they shouldn't be using. The teachers can easily monitor the progress of students and see if some kids are falling behind.
After leaked memo, Facebook seems to reckon with culture shift
Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former Facebook employee who worked for Boz, tweeted that the leak was likely the result of a festering grudge. "It was two years old, and surely buried in the high-traffic flow of some broad group," he wrote. "So somebody with an axe to grind dug it up, stripped it of context, and shipped it off to BuzzFeed, a nice shank in Boz's back. Keep that in mind when you read that and later leaks.
All the 2018 education apps Apple announced
While it's already available on iPad, Apple spent some time talking about the Classroom teaching assistant app. One feature lets teachers view students' screens to make sure they're paying attention. The company announced the Mac version of the app will be available in beta starting in June.
This is the fake news campaign that tried to divide South Africa
The Guptas and their team got the message out with fake news sites and bots that shared stories from these websites, as well as retweeted Gupta-aligned political voices en masse. This worked in tandem with Gupta-owned TV and print media. All of it promoted one simple message to South Africans: You shouldn't be worried about the Guptas, you should be worried about the white elite .
Siri job listings show Apple seeks engineers to make Siri smarter
Apple wants to hire 142 people for Siri-related jobs, almost twice as many as this time last year. Clearly, the company is serious about turning around its troubled voice-driven digital assistant.
iOS developers get new tools that let you download and delete iCloud data | Cult of Mac
Developers received word of the new tools today which were created in order to help developers comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation that goes into effect this May. The new laws mean developers will be forced to comply anytime a customer requests to access manage, restrict or delete personal data.
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5 Ways To Reset An Unproductive Afternoon
One or two hours of lost productivity shouldn’t ruin your whole workday. Here are some ideas to reset your brain and start fresh.
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A $29 million cryptocurrency donation just funded 35,647 open campaigns from 28,200 teachers at 16,500 schools in one go. http://f-st.co/ubKo7I4
SpaceX just got FCC approval to provide satellite-based broadband around the world
Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company intends to put 4,425 low-flying satellites in orbit around the Earth, flying at between 684 and 823 miles up. Later, the company says in its FCC application, it plans to launch an even bigger constellation of 7,518 satellites that will orbit at about 211 miles above the Earth. Last month, SpaceX sent two of its own demo satellites into space on one of its Falcon 9 rockets.
Foxconn buys Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo
Belkin, based in California, has been around for 35 years and is known today for creating an array of computer and phone accessories, including wireless chargers, laptop docks, and phone cases. Belkin purchased Linksys, which is well known for its home routers, in 2013. And it’s been running a smart home system called Wemo for more than five years now.
Take a look at SimpliSafe's new home security system
SimpliSafe is one of your most affordable options if you're shopping for a home security system that offers live monitoring. This year, the system boasts freshly re-designed hardware that looks a lot better than before.
HP ZBook x2, the detachable for the creative class
HP targets Adobe Creative Cloud users with the laptop; it comes with the Creative Cloud app preinstalled, and the company sells the x2 in preconfigured models in the US that are sort of optimized for specific applications. For instance, the $2,700 Photographer config is supposedly for using Photoshop and Lightroom, but there's no reason a Digital Artist needs a lesser $2,280 system for those applications plus Adobe Illustrator. I'd ignore the "helpful" categorizations while shopping.
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The best views of China's falling space station Tiangong-1
Fraunhofer FHR says it has "one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world." It's able to pick up some fascinating views of the roughly 9-ton space station that originally launched in 2011. China's space agency reportedly lost control of the station in 2016, which is why we're now mired in uncertainty about its exact reentry time and location.
Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart
Rabaiotti: In quite a lot of papers, they just put animals into a chamber where they could measure the gas when they took the animal out. But the problem with those studies was that you didn’t know what end the gas was coming from. So I found this paper about sloths where it was like oh, they produce loads of methane! And I was like yeah, but are they farting it out, or are they breathing it out? And then I had to go on this really long investigative journey to try and find out if sloths fart. I even started planning putting one in front of this methane camera so you could see which end the methane was coming out. But in the end I got contacted by some experts who said that they don’t fart. Apparently if they get trapped wind, they’re probably dying. So, that doesn’t sound good.
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The cryptocurrency-mining malware uses highly aggressive tactics -- which researchers have reverse engineered to help provide protection. https://zd.net/2pT3VCw
JDI Looking to Raise $517 Million to Supply Apple with LCD Panels for 2018 iPhone
Apple’s will eventually switch to OLED panels for its entire iPhone lineup, and most Android OEMs have already made the switch to OLED panels for their flagship and premium mid-range devices. With a decline in demand for LCD panels in the next few years, JDI does not look like it is in a good position to transition its factories for OLED production. The struggling display maker had previously received some cash infusion from the Japanese government to help keep it afloat but that did not seem to have made a huge impact.
Runbox is leaving the Facebook platform - Runbox Blog
This also means that we are conscious about how Runbox interacts with other Internet services such as social media networks. Therefore we have been disappointed by the recent revelations about the privacy intrusions and unethical practices by Facebook.
Power checklist: Managing backups (free from Tech Pro Research)
Every organization relies on data that must be protected and backed up in a reliable and secure way by authorized personnel. While the content or criticality of the data may vary, the processes behind a successful backup strategy are universal. This checklist will help you establish a standard framework for backing up files that you can count on in a crisis. Assess the environment
Take a look at your systems and data and identify your needs. Where is critical data stored? How often does it change? How much data is there, and what type does it represent? Do you need to arrange firewall access across subnets so a centralized backup server can connect to desired hosts or can these hosts can be configured to back up data to the cloud (if applicable)?
Factor in user workstations and/or mobile devices. No system should have a single copy of data, and since they’re often used to generate or change information, a plan should be devised to product this material.
Always follow any security guidelines per your IT or security departments. If no such departments exist, research backup security best practices.
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Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in a rural state—let alone outside the U.S.—you’ll have to travel hundreds of miles to get them. https://trib.al/Oac6yew
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Selfies make your schnoz look 30% bigger if you're too close. Create some distance: http://lifehac.kr/Vgwm7Ww pic.twitter.com/Uc5Z11Y02f
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Coinbase has said that it plans to support the Ethereum ERC20 technical standard for tokens in the coming months. Read more: https://zd.net/2pHbJXP https://zd.net/2IkC6tt
The Complete List of 3D Touch Shortcuts for iPhone
Think of 3D Touch as the right-click for the touchscreen. it reveals hidden functionality and provides shortcuts for doing things. It’s been more than a year since the feature was implemented and it’s starting to become genuinely useful. iOS’s own shortcuts are helpful and some third party apps also integrate the feature quite well. If you have an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you really should consider using 3D Touch for the things we have listed below. It’s sure to make you more efficient.
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Huawei makes excellent hardware and its EMUI software has improved over the years. However, Google hasn't spent much time optimizing Android tablets and it still shows on solid hardware. https://zd.net/2pTw9x3
Uber reaches settlement with family of woman killed by its autonomous car
Uber has suspended its testing in the wake of the incident. Toyota and chipmaker Nvidia have also suspended self-driving car testing on public roads, as they and other companies await the results of an investigation into the Tempe incident, believed to be the first death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving vehicle.
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The companies announced that the Adobe Experience Cloud running on Microsoft Azure is now available to enterprise customers in China. https://zd.net/2pTGo4p
Internet of Things in the workplace explained - Video | ZDNet
What you need to know about the IoT that's making its way into the office.
Huawei says it isn't quitting US despite 'groundless suspicions'
"We recognize we are not a known brand in the US and we need to build our brand here," Yu said. "Our first step is to win the trust of consumers."
Kakao adds voice calls to AI speaker | ZDNet
Those who own AI speaker Kakao Mini can now make mVoIP calls to friends in chat app KakaoTalk.
Where next for mobile in the Middle East? Big changes are coming | ZDNet
"At a very broad level, the opportunities are in the growth in data access and revenues, which are becoming substantial and growing strongly; and also in digital services, such as M2M/IoT, mobile financial services, content and digital media, [as well as] enterprise ICT services," says Matthew Reed, practice leader for Ovum, Middle East and Africa.
Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane
He studied origami and aerodynamics and put those skills to use designing spectacular planes that perform tricks. He came up with a design for a boomerang plane, which loops through the air and returns to the launcher. Also notable is his bat plane, which eerily flaps its wings as it glides through the air.
Apple augmented reality system could make us better drivers | Cult of Mac
While everyone in tech is working on driverless car systems, it appears that Apple is looking into ways to make it safer for humans to get behind the wheel too. Apple filed for a patent this week that envisions an augmented reality system for cars that shows drivers more of what’s ahead of them than they can see with their naked eyes. And it could totally change the way we drive.
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Apple had quite a week with the announcement of a new entry-level iPad that has Pencil support and the release of iOS 11.3. Combined with continued iPhone X usage, iOS is becoming my platform of choice. https://zd.net/2pUP36A
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Rob High, chief technology officer for IBM Watson, summarizes his presentation from the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona and discusses the state of AI, the relevance of the Turing Test, and what if any limits should be placed on the technology. https://zd.net/2IkjMRd
Amazon’s Alexa can now set DVR recordings
Users will be able to say things like, “Alexa, record the Cubs game,” and the set-top box will plan a recording. They’ll also be able to tell the assistant to launch specific apps or services, like, “Alexa, launch Netflix.” Finally, they’ll be able to say, “Alexa, pause,” without having to explicitly name their set-top box. Some users have previously been able to use these commands, but the developers of these skills had to do additional work on their end to make it work. Now, other developers can implement them more easily. We can all shout at Alexa, even if our set-top box maker doesn’t want to do extra work. Anything that makes interactions with Alexa less painful is cool with me!
Another chapter on Facebook’s privacy woes is being written in Latin America
The abuse of Facebook’s platform for political purposes is a problem that doesn’t stop at the U.S border. Governments around the world are continuing to wrestle with the implications of Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of Facebook user data from the heart of Europe to the capitals of Latin America’s most populous nations.
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The Lean process can help companies better understand their customer and get products in front of users faster, according to Chris Howard, CIO of Slingshot. https://tek.io/2IitCTK
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The British government is spending £200 million on testbeds for the rollout of 5G phone networks, and it's looking for a city that can come up with some innovative projects https://zd.net/2pTf9Hl
New 9.7-inch iPad lands in Apple stores | Cult of Mac
You can now order the new 9.7-inch iPad online and pick it up the same day at Apple stores across the United States. Customers who already ordered the iPad after it was unveiled on Tuesday should also start receiving their shipments today.
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Andrew Grill, Practical Futurist, outlines the need for organizations to develop digital literacy in their C-Suite, with boards of directors and with major shareholders. https://zd.net/2pYh7Gv
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The team from Kinema Pick demonstrates its 3D vision system for industrial robots at Nvidia’s annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. https://zd.net/2GorN77
Apple’s macOS 10.13.4 is here with full external GPU support
GPU upgrades will likely be possible in the promised-but-not-yet-revealed Mac Pro overhaul, but for the rest of the lineup, this is the only path forward. Apple's work on its Metal 2 graphics API to improve performance on the Mac doesn't mean much if users don't have access to more powerful GPUs for tasks like gaming, 3D modeling, and video editing. In theory, eGPU support could make a 13-inch MacBook Pro with only an Intel integrated GPU capable of playing VR games, for example.
Chinese smugglers use drones to transport $80M worth of iPhones
As noted by Reuters, it only took the smugglers a few seconds to transport small bags across the border, each holding more than 10 of the refurbished iPhones. Using this method, and operating after midnight, the team of criminals could get as many as 15,000 phones across in a single night.