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April Fools' Day 2017: Don't trust anything

Keep a wary eye on your social media, and don't say we didn't warn you. These are the jokes and hoaxes spreading across the web.

Garmin Forerunner 935 announced with a focus on performance and results | ZDNet

Garmin is a leader in the GPS sports watch market and has various series to address the needs of every athlete. It's latest premium offering comes as the Forerunner 935.

April Fools' 2017 roundup: The pranks start early this year

It is April 1, and you know what that means: pranks. Companies from all over are getting in on the fun -- here are some of the best hoaxes around.

Apple sneers at laptops in new iPad Pro push

Commentary: In new ads, Cupertino chuckles at laptops because they're heavy and lack battery life.

The Galaxy S8’s facial scanner can, unsurprisingly, be tricked with a photo

Just days after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8’s new facial-scanning feature, someone has already successfully spoofed it. Bloggers at Marcianophone secured a S8 with their face and then tricked...

Daedulus is an insane, real-life flying Iron Man suit

A UK inventor starts strapping jet engines to his body and slowly creates a flying exoskeleton that's the stuff of superheroes.

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Ken Mingis on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

'Ghost in the Shell's special effects: behind the scenes

Scarlett Johansson's new film blurs the line between humanity and technology. The effects are a dazzling combination of live-action and cutting-edge CGI.

Twilio now lets apps programmatically send and receive faxes

This isn’t an April Fools’ joke: Twilio now works with fax machines. The cloud communications company announced on Friday the launch of Programmable Fax , a service to lets apps send and receive faxes. It might seem strange to some, but there are businesses in various industries that still rely on fax machines. Twilio’s offering bridges the gap between these companies’ desire to modernize and the workflows they’re restricted to.

10 Essential Notes Tips & Tricks for iPhone in GIFs

Remember when the Notes app was as pathetic and dull as possible? It was nothing more than a plain text editor for jotting quick thoughts or grocery lists. In recent versions of iOS , Apple started giving Notes much more attention. It has finally evolved into a full-fledged note-taking application, complete with several different tricks up its sleeve. Let’s explore some of the essential Notes tips and tricks in the way the Internet loves best: animated GIFs.

Snapchat launches Stories search and Facebook hasn’t copied it yet

After being mercilessly ripped off by Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat is leveling the playing field by adding a feature its competitors don’t have: Story search.

Mashable on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Snapchat drags Instagram so hard with its April Fools' Day filter

The app is offering a filter that lets you make any Snapchat look like an Instagram post. If that weren't enough of a prank against the app that copies every feature Snapchat creates, the filter also makes it look like your photo was liked by three people — "my_mom and 2 others." AKA the people Snapchat thinks are using Instagram.

ISPs promise they aren’t going to sell your browsing history (anymore)

Several of the most popular internet service providers are stepping over themselves to tell customers that, no, they aren’t going to sell your browsing history.

Relive the greatest April Fools' web pranks of all time

April Fools' Day brings out jokesters everywhere, from Google to the Smithsonian Museum, and the internet is their preferred method for spreading the inanity. With a new round hitting online for 2017, we explore some of the finest pranks to ever hit the web.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe: a few improvements go a long way

The top of the line Limited Ultimate model starts at $41,150, but that gets you heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats and a USB port for the third row.

The right reboots: The '90s movies we think need remakes

Who doesn't want to see a reboot of " Pacific Heights " (Morgan Creek Productions), a psychological thriller starring Michael Keaton set in one of the most expensive areas of San Francisco? The story is about two dreamy-eyed lovebirds who buy a property they can't possibly afford. Sound familiar? This is basically everybody in 2017. They rent out the spare rooms to tenants, which is when the nightmare begins. The world is having a bit of a Keaton renaissance right now (think "Birdman," "The Founder") so it's about time to give one of the most underrated movies in his back catalog some love.

Snapchat takes a YouTube turn by adding public search features

Snapchat is taking a step towards becoming a short-form, mobile version of YouTube by adding a new search tool that lets you browse through over a million public stories from the comfort of your smartphone.

Mashable on Twitter

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Verizon's LTE Cat M1 network could make enterprise IoT deployments cheaper, faster - TechRepublic

"As the natural shift from CDMA-based IoT solutions to the more robust and cloud-based LTE technology occurs, it's important we stay ahead of that technology evolution for our customers so we can continue to provide them service on the best and most advanced wireless network," Mike Haberman, network vice president at Verizon, said in the release. "Our commercial deployment of the nationwide LTE Cat M1 network does just that."

Google Calendar is now an official Apple iPad app

Starting today, iPad users can update their Google Calendar app to version 2.0.0 (no need to download a new, separate app) to enjoy a better-looking, full-screen digital log of all their upcoming appointments, travel dates, reminders, to-do lists, and more.

Comcast launches its contractless Xfinity prepaid internet service

Comcast is partnering with Boost Mobile to sell the $80 prepaid internet starter kits , which come with a wireless DOCSIS 3.0 gateway and 30 days of service. Download speeds measure up to 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps for uploads, and refills start at $15 for one week. The prepaid plans works anywhere within Xfinity’s coverage area, and while there’s no credit check involved, you do have to be 18 years or older to sign up. The partnership also gives Boost Mobile customers $5 off refills.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 facial recognition feature can be fooled with a photo

But the fact that facial recognition is still an option to unlock your phone when it can easily be tricked is a bad move. Plus, there's better technology already available that lets you unlock a device with your face, like Windows Hello, which uses special sensors to analyze the contours of your face. It's so accurate that it can even tell identical twins apart .

Lenovo appoints new Brazil head | ZDNet

"It is a great pleasure to receive the responsibility to head Lenovo's operations in Brazil as president," the executive said in a statement.

Use your smartphone to fix car troubles and detect heart problems | ZDNet

A smartphone or tablet opens up a world of possibilities. You can take photos, control drones, make payments, and, if you're old-school, make calls and send messages. But here's something truly amazing that you can do with your iOS or Android device, and it'll only cost you as little as $75 - transform your device into a portable ECG heart monitor for you, your family and friends, or even your pet.

​Galaxy S8: Signature design gives Samsung back its product identity | ZDNet

Samsung firmly establishes its product identity and shows itself as the best hardware maker in smartphones with the Infinity Display, polished metal work, and glossy Gorilla Glass finish.


Starting now until April 4, you can chomp fruit, avoid ghosts, and collect PAC-Dots along city streets in Google Maps worldwide -- all as Ms. PAC-Maps. Just tap on the Ms. PAC-Maps icon on iOS and Android, or click the Ms. PAC-Maps button at the bottom left on desktop, to enter the maze and start chompin'. Sign in to save your top score on the leaderboard and share with friends.

SoundCloud brings Chromecast streaming to iOS

SoundCloud was already compatible with Sonos devices , and Android folks had Chromecast integration for awhile now too, but Friday's update means iPhone users with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription can finally stream their entire catalog to a Chromecast connected to a TV or speakers. Multiple users can also control what's on with a shared playback feature. SoundCloud also says they've upgraded their mobile apps across the board and streamlined the whole experience for more consistent playback.

Could this be the best small speaker on the planet?

I have to admit the ME-1's sound didn't bowl me over at first. I liked it, but it's not the sort of speaker that screams detail, resolution or dynamics... it just plays music. Starting on the third day of getting to know the ME-1, it dawned on me how amazingly natural the sound was, that it wins by doing less and lets more of the music's essence through its speaker. The stereo imaging was the best I've had at home, as the ME-1 liberates the music while bringing it back to life.

The Best Cheap Desktop Computers of 2017

You'll still find systems with 2GB of memory at the lowest end ($200 to $250), though today's entry-level desktops will come with 4GB or more. Storage will either be a 16GB to 64GB solid-state drive (SSD) or a standard hard drive with capacity up to about 1TB. Look for higher-capacity storage if you're a serial downloader, but note that even 16GB is sufficient for a Chromebox that is on the Internet 24/7. SSDs trade capacity for speed, especially in day-to-day tasks. If you ever need more storage space, USB 3.0 ports will let you attach a speedy external hard drive or SSD.

When the S in HTTPS also stands for 'shady'

Because it's now free and easy to add HTTPS to your site, criminals who exploit trusting internet users think Let's Encrypt is pretty groovy. When a site has HTTPS, not only do users know they can trust they're on an encrypted connection, but browsers like Google's Chrome display an eye-catching little green padlock and the word "Secure" in the address bar. What's more, privacy and security advocates, from the EFF and Mozilla (who founded it) to little people like yours truly, have done everything possible to push people to seek these out as a signifier that a website is safe...

McLaren festoons 570GT with carbon feathers for April Fools' Day - Roadshow

McLaren festoons 570GT with carbon feathers for April Fools' Day

Internet Providers Have Some Disingenuous Promises About Your Privacy

Faced with rising public outrage over Congress’ decision to repeal Obama-era rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling customers’ personal web browsing data without their knowledge or consent, several major ISPs have released statements saying they don’t and don’t plan to do that.

How to Get Diabetics Addicted to Data

Long says the FreeStyle Libre lets him “micromanage” his condition. An avid gardener, he says he measures his glucose about 20 times a day, sometimes more when he’s physically active, such as when he’s planting vegetables. “With the Libre, there is no limit to the number of scans you can do,” says Long, who pays about £100 a month ($123) for the sensor, which must be replaced every two weeks and isn’t yet covered by the National Health Service. “Over the two years I’ve been using it, there has been a significant reduction in my A1C reading,” he says, referring to a widely used glucose gauge.

Trump tweets plea for Obama to be investigated, not Russia

"I think the biggest problem here is you have the president not wanting to accept the conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the election and that there is going to be an investigation in this, whether he likes it or not," said Todd.

German Court Rules Parents Must Turn Over Their Kids for Torrenting

But this week’s verdict was different. The parents were found liable for the child’s torrenting and ordered to pay €3,879.80 ($4,137.61) in fines. The court chairman, Wolfgang Büscher, argued that this case “is not comparable” to the one from October because the child had admitted everything to their parents. Because the parents had admitted that they knew which child was responsible but refused to give a name they will have to “bear the corresponding disadvantages.”

The Best VPN Services of 2017

If you've ever had to connect to a corporate network while working remotely, you may already be familiar with VPN technology. In the simplest terms, it creates a secure, encrypted connection, which can be thought of as a tunnel, between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service. In a professional setting, this tunnel makes you part of the company's network as if you were physically sitting in the office, hence the name. While connected to the VPN, all your network traffic passes through this protected tunnel, and no one in between can see what you are up to. A consumer VPN service does the same thing, but for the purposes of protecting data and identity.

NYC’s smart city leaders say it's all about the sharing and caring

Rather than focus on the disruptive and competitive nature of new technology, New York’s smart city czars are emphasizing collaboration with business and other smart cities.

Will we see Professor X in 'Legion' Season 2?

I think one of the interesting narratives, I guess, in the first season was that idea that we are the stories that we tell ourselves. This idea that he’s been told that he is schizophrenic and that he is this menace, have really defined him for the majority of his life. It’s about dismantling that, and reassembling something in its place. So there’s a weird adolescence that he goes through in the course of [this] season. Yeah, there’s a lot of interesting elements still to play. He’s not on as concrete ground as he might seem at the end of this season, I think.

Musk to Test New Rocket in Late Summer Ahead of Tourist Mission

Elon Musk is planning a first test run late this summer with what his SpaceX bills as the most powerful rocket in the world, a step toward sending two paying tourists around the moon late next year.

Honeywell bets big on India's smart cities' growth track

German automaker Volkswagen and three Israeli cybersecurity experts established a new automotive cybersecurity firm on Wednesday, called CYMOTIVE Technologies. The company, based in Herzliya, Israel and Wolfsburg, Germany, is a response to the growing epidemic of connected cars on the road with insecure software that is readily hackable. See Also: Israel telco giant Bezeq dives … Read more »

See Inside the Office of The Muse

The Muse helps people navigate their entire career journey. We offer expert advice alongside a job search experience that’s engaging and doesn’t suck. We help companies recruit top talent from a diverse pool of qualified candidates by showing our millions of readers what it’s like to work there before they even apply.

Your next high-paid tech job may be in these cities

Your next high-paid tech job may be in these cities Start-ups are heading to the heartland and South Check out this story on

Marvel VP of Sales Blames Women and Diversity for Sales Slump

Shelving the blame onto diversity ignores all the aforementioned internal problems in favor of one they have no control over. In fact, one retailer said during the summit that some of these diverse characters actually brought fresh faces into his store, including people who’d never thought about buying comic books before. “They do bring a different demographic, and I’m happy to see that money in my store,” he said. Of course, he added that they’re not bringing in the numbers that he’d like, but the fact that new characters enticed a new group of readers is not something to dismiss, just because they’re not buying as much as the established fanbase yet. Cultivating a fanbase takes time.

Teacher's funny fake spelling test wins April Fools' Day

Do you know the meaning of the words "blorskee," "speekuzslmn" and "chchch?" Neither does a class of elementary students who fell for a teacher's joke.

Take a trip through time in the Jaguar E-Type Reborn - Roadshow

Jaguar will source an original E-Type and bring it back to original factory spec using a mix of old and new parts.

The Best Security Suites of 2017

The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security and Kaspersky Internet Security are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security and Kaspersky Total Security, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite. With one of these powerful tools protecting your devices, you can relax and enjoy some time off.

We found everything you need to learn to code — and put it all in one bundle (95% off)

HTML and CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails… there are a ton of web technologies out there. And these days, you need to learn not only how each of these popular languages, environments, and applications work, but also how they all work together.

10 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 can do that the iPhone can't

You get a free Gear VR headset if you pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 before April 21. The iPhone can work with some VR headsets like Google Cardboard, but it doesn't natively support VR.

The Robots Making Your On-Line Orders Faster

Companies such as Fetch Robotics Inc. in San Jose are designing robots that work alongside people in warehouses, a growing industry as people shift spending from stores to websites like The rise of e-commerce and faster delivery times are pressuring logistics companies to get orders out the door as quickly as possible. Fetch's robots help make warehouses more efficient because people can focus on finding items on shelves and in bins and let robots carry them to areas where they are packed and shipped.

Adobe's experimental app copies one photo's style to another

As shown above, using it is pretty simple -- you just select a photo you want to change and one with the style you're trying to emulate. The AI does the rest, applying the color, lighting and contrast of the example photo to the original. It can transform a lake photo snapped in the most boring light possible (above) into one that looks like it was taken at the golden hour on another planet. In another example it transforms a daylight city shot into a much more interesting nighttime scene.

Jeff Bezos is now the second-richest person in the world

Jeff Bezos is now the second-richest person in the world Amazon share rally adds billions to Bezos' fortunes. Check out this story on

How to handle exposure in your smartphone photography - TechRepublic

Getting the proper exposure can make the final edits of your image much easier to manage. I'll share more about my favorite photography editing software options soon. In the meantime, grab your trusty smartphone (because I know it's close by) and fire up the camera app. Practice handling the exposure by snapping the scene right in front of you at this time. Share those photos with me on Twitter and Instagram . Make sure you follow TechRepublic , too! Let's see what you come up with.

Galaxy S8 looks amazing, but we have big questions

Ready for the "but"? But. There are also some head-scratchers with the design of the S8 and 6.2-inch S8 Plus. This time, the fingerprint reader sits so close to the rear camera that I fear you'll smudge the lens when you're just trying to unlock the phone -- that happened in a few tests with a prefinal unit. Samsung also acknowledges that its face unlock feature is more convenient than secure. And while Apple, LG and Huawei have embraced twin rear camera lenses, Samsung is sticking with its single 12-megapixel shooter. On paper, that isn't very impressive. (See full specs below.)

Google's April Fools' prank is a pet project, fur real

For this year, Google updated its iOS app with "I'm Feeling Woof" and "I'm Feeling Meow," which can be activated with 3D Touch on the app icon. You can also prompt the new modes by heading to settings in the app and select the two new options. A screen populates with a cat or dog paw, depending on which one you picked, that takes you to a page with pet-friendly information.

Tencent Emerges as Musk’s China Booster With 5% Tesla Stake

Tesla stumbled out of the gate in China, with Musk blaming his sales staff for underwhelming results and stoking fears about charging challenges soon after deliveries began in 2014. While the company has been getting better traction -- revenue from China tripled last year to more than $1 billion -- sales from the market were still less than a quarter of what Tesla made in the U.S.

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53 Elon Musk’s new venture could turn his cyborg dreams into reality
54 iOS 10.3 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test
56 Spike in Pedestrian Deaths Linked to Distracted Phone Users
57 Dell Technologies Q4 highlights PC surge, debt reduction | ZDNet
58 Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook
59 Zozi’s ousted CEO sues board following last week’s layoffs
60 Singapore government warns digital revolution will impact jobs | ZDNet
61 Bank of Queensland's profit down 6 percent alongside AU$55m IT spend | ZDNet
62 Hungry? This six-wheeled robot might be delivering your next pizza | ZDNet
63 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan S: an old dog with a few new tricks - Roadshow
64 Reddit's 'Place' forces millions to work together in creating something beautiful
65 Verizon's new app launcher brings spyware to all its Android phones, says EFF - TechRepublic
66 Apple, Google and Microsoft will fight Trump's anti-climate order with clean energy
67 New EpiPen Recall Includes the US and EpiPen Jr.
68 Attention Founders: Volta Ventures wants 10 Dutch and Belgian entrepreneurs to join them at TNW Conference
69 Doodle 4 Google winner envisions a happy future
70 PETA's crusade against Nintendo's cow-milking minigame is hypocrisy at its finest
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72 SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch could attempt upper-stage recovery
73 Ads are coming to VR and we really hope this is an April Fools’ joke
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75 2017 Lincoln Continental brings posh over performance - Roadshow
76 ProBeat: Samsung bravely gives the Galaxy S8 a headphone jack
77 Hardcore Hardware: Asus' new Four Dot One PC gives you 4K gaming in your pocket | PCWorld
78 Repainting bad eggs won't solve Twitter's leaky bucket problem | ZDNet
79 Meet the Lamborghini Huracan Polizia - Roadshow
80 Free From Phones, BlackBerry Posts Profit, Says More to Come
81 Verizon restructures, hires former Ericsson CEO to lead network team | ZDNet
82 Online privacy? Forget it, even with VPN
83 Springtomize 4 for iOS 10 Releasing in a Few Days, Says Developer
84 Netflix gives America’s history an R-rated revision in its first animated film
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