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The endgame for cameras is having no camera at all

I've been reading about Gcam, the Google X project that was first sparked by the need for a tiny camera to fit inside Google Glass, before evolving to power the world-beating camera of the Google...

Optimus Prime meets his maker in the 'Transformers: The Last Knight' trailer

And Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins narrates the whole thing.

Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper

Burger King is unveiling a horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out ad today that’s designed to intentionally set off Google Homes and Android phones. The...

Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper

Burger King is unveiling a horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out ad today that’s designed to intentionally set off Google Homes and Android phones. The...

This smart toilet paper monitor tells you when you need a new roll

One resourceful inventor has built a real-time toilet paper monitor so you can track how much remaining toilet paper you have in real-time.

Man builds working iPhone 6s using spare parts bought in China | Cult of Mac

YouTuber proves it's possible to build your own working iPhone 6s using replacement parts purchased in China.

Finnish Museum commits to playing a 1,000 year long GIF to the bitter end

Kiasma, the Museum of Modern Art in Helsinki, has committed to displaying a 1,000 year long gif by Finnish artist Juha van Ingen.

Google Chrome will no longer jump around as you load webpages

Progressive loading is a good idea – in theory. It basically means that rather than having to wait for an entire web page to load, you can view and interact with the fragments that your computer has already downloaded. The downside is that this can lead to a weird jumping experience. You might be reading …

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump's vacations: 'This is the guy we need United to drag off the plane'

Travel's in the news this week, as United's PR nightmare bumps up against news that President Trump's vacation spending is on track to surpass that of his predecessor.

U.K. lawmakers say Russian hackers may have tried to influence Brexit

A group of cross-party members of the U.K.'s parliament says a government voter registration website, which allowed the

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BlackBerry surges 15% after being awarded $814.9 million in Qualcomm arbitration

BlackBerry said on Wednesday Qualcomm was asked to pay the Canadian company about $814.9 million in an interim arbitration decision over royalty overpayments.

Tesla Investors Press for Board Members Without Ties to Musk

An influential group of investors is pressing Tesla Inc. to add two board directors who don’t have ties to Elon Musk, a sign that concerns over the electric-car maker’s corporate governance remain as its shares soar.

Samsung's Bixby voice assistant won't ship with Galaxy S8 on April 21

"It's never a good idea to put out less than great software on a consumer device. So in this case, if Samsung can delay a few weeks and get a better product, it makes sense to do so. That said, voice recognition generally is not all that easy to do. It's not just the recognition software itself, but the whole voice chain that has to be tailored. That includes everything from the microphone through the audio channel on the phone to the recognition algorithms and the user interface. If they tested and it wasn't at their expected level of accuracy, then it's better to get it right than to get it out fast."

Okay, Who Had Jude Law in the 'Young Dumbledore' Pool?

Because if you guessed that the Fantastic Beasts movies would tap Jude Law to play the young Dumbledore, come collect your money. Now I’m really sad that Robert Downey Jr. didn’t get himself cast as Grindelwald somehow. Then we could have had a Sherlock Holmes reunion!

Google Home can track flight prices for you

You can now ask Google Home to give you pricing for flights to and from any cities you want, and it'll respond telling you what the prices look like for two weeks out. It'll then ask if you have specific dates in mind. If you say yes and tell it when you're thinking of traveling, you'll get an updated price. Google will also then start tracking that route via Google Flights , and you'll get email notifications if the price goes up or down.

Amazon's new dashboard gives parents eyes on their kids' browsers

The dashboard and other features are an update to Amazon FreeTime , a parental control feature Amazon has had for years. With this, parents will get daily reports about their kids web activity. Parents, you’d be able to see what your kid plays, reads, and looks at in little percentage wheels.


The Internet Association, a trade group representing companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, stressed the importance of defending current net neutrality rules in a meeting with Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday. "The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition and innovation online," the group said in the meeting, according to a filing with the FCC. "Existing net neutrality rules should be enforced and kept in tact." The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, are intended to keep the internet open and fair. The rules prevent internet providers from playing favorites by deliberately speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps. This is the first face-to-face encounter between the tech association and the new FCC head. It comes on the heels of reports Pai met with the telecom industry to discuss changing how the rules are enforced, potentially weakening them.

'Star Wars: Battlefront II' trailer leaks early, looks amazing

'Star Wars: Battlefront II' trailer leaks early, looks amazing

It's official: Microsoft is holding a big event on May 2nd, but don't expect a Surface Pro 5 or Surface Phone

While Microsoft isn't likely to say anything until May 2nd, it seems like a reasonable deduction that this event could see the launch of a cheaper, more traditional Surface Book laptop, with that so-called "Windows 10 Cloud" operating system, aimed at defeating Google in the educational market. It's just a guess, but the pieces fit.

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Google launches a dedicated home for Chrome WebVR experiences

WebVR for Chrome now supports Daydream, Cardboard and 2D view on desktop and mobile, so anybody should be able to check out the experiences. The team also gave an update for desktop Chrome support on other headsets like the Rift and Vive, which it said is “coming soon.”

Qualtrics waits on that IPO, raises $180 million at a $2.5 billion valuation instead

“Qualtrics is a one-of-a-kind company that has executed incredibly well,” Sequoia Capital partner Bryan Schreier said in a statement. “They have delivered outstanding, accelerating growth at nine-digit revenue numbers all while staying cash flow positive. That is practically unheard of. It’s an incredible sign of confidence in Qualtrics’ continued growth trajectory and the huge market for its new XM Platform that all of its investors have come back to buy as many shares as they could at this new valuation.”

4 fascinating details after a closer look at the 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' leak

Is the story set before, during, or after The Force Awakens ? Probably some mix of at least two, if not all three. If we're assuming the Death Star II's destruction serves as the entry point for the story — which the trailer suggests is the case — then we stand to get a good glimpse of the First Order's early days as this story's star reconnects with her Imperial friends.

Google, Facebook, Netflix lobbyist tells the FCC not to destroy net neutrality

The Internet Association also showed some amount of support for the recently struck-down internet privacy rules, saying that the FCC was correct to find a distinction between web companies like Google and Facebook and internet providers like Comcast and AT&T. Republicans and Pai himself have insisted that this distinction doesn’t exist, and thanks to Congress, it looks like it won’t be present whenever new privacy rules are put in place.

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This fitness tracker wants to tell you how stressed you are about not being fit

Apple and Google alums have unleashed self-driving food delivery robots in San Francisco

Vandalism and theft may also be a concern. In San Francisco, a city divided by those who work in tech and those who are being displaced by the industry, it's not hard to imagine that a self-driving robot becomes a target for harassment from protesters — or even just bored kids.

Google Is Using Artificial Intelligence for Clip Art

That’s what it’s supposed to do—“fast drawing for everyone,” Google says. It’s a nice program. But it’s also one that gives doodles a mass-produced feel that is decidedly undoodly. “A lot of these [programs] that are coming up, they’re really quite shallow,” said Alexander Rudnicky, a computer-science professor at Carnegie Mellon, when I described AutoDraw to him. “There’s no real intelligence. It’s very sophisticated pattern-matching, and I think it’s really cool, but it’s not the same as what we like to think of as intelligence—the ability to create new structures from scratch.”

Embarrassing dad Will Smith looks pumped about cutting off Jaden's hair

It seems like Will wasn't content with just cutting off his son's hair, he also wanted to see what he would look like with blonde dreadlocks.

Samsung reportedly has a foldable, dual-screen smartphone in the works

The reports follow on the heels of Samsung’s Project Valley, an “early vision” of a foldable smartphone that featured a single flexible panel. It’s not a new idea — as The Verge points out, both NEC’s Medias W N-05E and the Kyocera Echo featured collapsing dual-screen designs. But it’s the first material effort from Samsung, which has long expressed its intention to build a foldable handset small enough to fit in a pocket.

Uber’s policy and comms chief Rachel Whetstone resigns

(Reuters) – Ride services company Uber’s said on Tuesday its head of communications, Rachel Whetstone, will leave the company.

Psychedelic shrimp with tons of sonic energy named after Pink Floyd

The shrimp can stun and even kill a small fish with its sonic energy, so it's fitting that it's named for a rock band. The British band isn't necessarily known for its super loud sounds and heart-shaking rhythms — you're more likely to enjoy their tunes from the couch than the dance floor — but the researchers clearly have a soft spot for the musical group.

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This 840 hp badass can go from 0 to 60 faster than you can say @Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. #NYIAS @DigitalTrends

Facebook Messenger passes 1.2 billion monthly active users

Another way of looking at the 1.2 billion monthly users is that it’s proof Messenger has become a more integral part of people’s lives. In July, Facebook said that voice calls through the app accounted for 10 percent of all Voice over IP (VoIP) calls. Whether this percentage has changed remains unknown — the company wouldn’t say. But between offering better communication between friends and the ability to interact with brands directly or through their bots, Messenger has certainly become more than the chat app of yesteryear.

An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator

If Yoda goes into cardiac arrest, will you know what to do? Artist and first-aid enthusiast Todd Scott breaks down what you need to know about using an automated external defibrillator, or AED — in this galaxy and ones that are far, far away. Prepare to save the life of a Jedi, Chewbacca (he'll need a quick shave first) or someone else in need with some helpful pointers.

The 25 highest-paying companies in the US in 2017

— which includes base salary and other forms of income like commissions, tips, and bonuses — as reported by US-based employees on the Glassdoor website over the past year.

Dropbox Paper's mobile apps now work offline

The feature will allow users of the Paper apps on iOS and Android to view, comment on and edit their favorite and recent documents stored in Paper. In addition, those users will also be able to create new documents while offline. When they reconnect to the Internet, their changes will be synced to the Paper service.

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Las Vegas nightclub is turning into an eSports arena

This app will bring Spotify to Apple Watch

The story behind Snowy is an interesting one. It started out as an app called Spotty, built by a developer who grew frustrated with Spotify’s reluctance to develop an official Apple Watch app. The name changed after Spotify’s legal team got in touch.

Eight best practices for hiring DevOps engineers | ZDNet

Like virtualization and the cloud, DevOps can mean different things to different people. This is why it's essential for you to know what the vision for DevOps is within your own company and how you want to utilize it before you do any hiring. In some cases, DevOps is primarily a cultural change in IT that gets people from diverse IT disciplines working more collaboratively, and provides them with DevOps tools so they can do so. In other cases, the DevOps goal is to automate IT processes such as system provisioning deployment in order to speed the application development process. Only after you can clearly articulate how you want to apply DevOps at your own company should you go looking for a DevOps engineer. Why? Because DevOps engineers, like other IT professionals, have personal and professional goals of their own. If their interests and goals don't align well with your company's, chances are that their employment with you will be short-lived.

Ohio inmates used salvaged computers to commit credit card fraud from jail

The prison authorities first realized that something might be amiss when informed by the institution’s computer support team that a device had “exceeded an internet usage threshold”. Upon closer inspection, they discovered the credentials were used on days when the employee wasn’t scheduled to work.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his workers about the biggest enemy: 'Irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline.'

Why? There are many advantages to a customer-centric approach, but here's the big one: customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great. Even when they don't yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customers will drive you to invent on their behalf. No customer ever asked Amazon to create the Prime membership program, but it sure turns out they wanted it, and I could give you many such examples.

How to Keep Shady Apps From Screwing Up Your Computer

Not all applications and browser add-ons come in peace. So you need to know a few warning signs to look out for if you want to make sure that only legit software makes it onto your machine. Here’s how to avoid bad actors and weed out any shady apps that have already taken root.

Ben Carson has been saved from a stuck elevator, and Twitter has jokes

Firefighters had to rescue him so he could then meet with former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.

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Skybuds true wireless earphones review: Nifty but pricey

Connecting your phone to the buds via Bluetooth will allow you to use the Skybuds’ basic functions, but you’ll want to download the app so you can check battery levels and find your earphones with a sonar-style detector that tells you how near or far you are from them. GPS-based location isn’t supported yet, but the company says that’s in the works.

Apple has just made a major change to the paella emoji

Apple has updated the appearance of the paella emoji on iOS to reflect the traditional version of the much-beloved dish from Valencia, Spain. In 2016, Emojipedia designed a sample image for the paella emoji featuring chicken, shrimp and peas. This emoji was added to iOS 10.2 in December 2016. But, there was a problem. "To the dismay of the authors of the original paella emoji proposal; the mixed ingredients used by Apple in iOS 10.2 did not match those used in traditional recipes from Valencia," says Jeremy Burge, editor of Emojipedia.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition reveals Microsoft's true business strategy - TechRepublic

If you find it amusing that Microsoft is selling a special edition Samsung Galaxy S8 because it runs Android and not Windows 10, you are not seeing the big picture. Microsoft's enterprise business model is to sell subscriptions to productivity and cloud services. The platform used to reach those services is not relevant—it is all about the cloud.

How Red Hat's strategy helps CIOs take baby steps to the cloud - TechRepublic

Or, as Yeaton said, "Our customers want diversity in their underlying fabric but uniformity at the app layer." This makes sense, and I've sung the praises of OpenShift's role before in modernizing how Red Hat does business. Even so, like any organization, Red Hat needs to balance the short and long term needs of its user base, and balancing the investment between its two flagship cloud technologies, OpenShift and OpenStack, will be key signals to watch. I take Yeaton's point that OpenStack provides incremental cloud benefits to otherwise earth-bound apps, yet also believe the company needs to be constantly nudging its user base toward the future (OpenShift).

This chart shows how Netflix's originals keep getting better and better

That is a huge bet, and it seems to be working. How well? 33% of respondents to Morgan Stanley’s survey said Netflix had the best original programming of any streaming service or premium TV network. Not just good: “the best.” That’s up from 17% in 2014.

The LG G6 could get facial recognition via LG Pay

LG reportedly partnered with Oez, a facial-recognition firm, to add support for recognizing faces. With LG Pay confirmed for a release in Q3, the LG G6 could get facial recognition as early as June -- though we won't officially know if face-unlocking would integrate with LG Pay, or simply be one more way to unlock the LG G6.

Why digital transformation is forcing IT to evolve - TechRepublic

The Facebook 100Gbps data center switch is a indicator of how traditional enterprise vendors no longer drive innovation. This is forcing IT to change the way they operate.

Samsung Galaxy S8's Most Hyped Feature Won’t Work At Launch

Samsung has already botched one of the most important product launches in the company’s history, and it hasn’t even happened yet. Samsung confirmed that its digital assistant—Bixby—will not respond to voice queries when it launches with the new Galaxy S8 later this month.

BlackBerry awarded a preliminary $815M in arbitration dispute with Qualcomm

BlackBerry awarded a preliminary $815M in arbitration dispute with Qualcomm over royalty payments, with final award to be determined on May 30; stock up 15%+

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WD's G-Drive USB-C adds storage and power to your laptop

Inmates Stashed Two Homebrew Computers in Ohio Prison's Ceiling, Used Them to Do More Crimes

Somehow Spriggs and Johnson were able to run ethernet cables through the ceiling and down to the network switch, where it was connected to port 16, and the inmates were able to obtain internet access via credentials belonging to Ray Canterbury, a retired prison employee who now works for ODRC as a contractor. Once connected, they were able to download articles on “home-made drugs, plastics, explosives, and credit cards.” Johnson, according to the report, also “accessed an article online from the site detailing how to submit fraudulent tax returns and have the refunds wired to debit cards,” and stole the identity of another inmate and used his name and social security number to apply for five credit cards.

Microsoft is announcing something big on May 2

The company today sent out invites to the press in the usual cryptic fashion preceding a major hardware announcement, but the invite suggests there will be an education focus what with the ‘Learn what’s next’ caption and ‘#MicrosoftEDU’ subtitle.

This store wants you to switch off your phone and relax while you peel potatoes

Faced with "such a disparate and contrasting picture", the store wants customers to pause and consider what home means to them by "reflecting on" and "celebrating the essence of what makes a house a home" in addition to the rituals that take place within it. And, that means celebrating the much maligned ritual of potato peeling. How fun! While this might sound pretentious, some mindfulness techniques incorporate household chores as a way of boosting happiness.

Saving Millions by Dumping Java Serialization | Quantcast

Big Data Problems Quantcast’s competitive edge lies in our ability to process vast amounts of data efficiently. We have hundreds of pipelines running on our hardware, processing over 30PB per day. We got to 30PB per day over the years by constantly finding new optimizations. Recently, with the cluster backlog growing and engineers starting to tap their fingers waiting for results, we faced an occasion to invent another one. We targeted an improvement to shave 10-20% off of our compute costs while reducing our storage size by several hundred terabytes. This scale of improvement would allow us breathing room necessary to either optimize additional pipelines or scale our cluster.

4 reasons you should move your startup to Toronto today

After working for several years in Silicon Valley, I knew that in order to truly grow my career, I needed to return home and grow my roots in Toronto. Why? Its unparalleled mixture of top-tier talent, a diverse community, strong governmental support, and access to funding makes Toronto not only the best place in the world to live and work, but the city best equipped to become the next epicenter of innovation. And after selling my first startup, I knew wanted to be a part of it.

Spot-on sketch perfectly portrays Australian gold thief

This wide-eyed, wide-chinned freak of nature was spotted by Dr. Rosemary Draper, the owner of the house that was broken into. She purchased the gold as an investment in the 1980s and since then, her gold stash has nearly tripled in value.

51 ICYMI: Cadillac takes on Tesla's Autopilot and a biometric thrill ride
52 Spicer apologizes for saying Hitler didn't use chemical weapons—and he's sorry for letting Trump down
53 How a $5 Million Launch Vehicle Could Transform the Satellite Business
54 Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief
55 Less than a third of industrial decision makers have IoT strategy
56 Microsoft teases May 2 '#MicrosoftEDU' event – is it Windows 10 Cloud?
57 The Dodge Demon is an 840-horsepower manifesto
58 Angela Merkel picks hanging out with Obama over hanging out with Trump. Can you blame her?
59 Automotive 2.0: The new road ahead to autonomous vehicles
60 OnePlus might skip unlucky number '4' and follow up 3T with OnePlus 5
61 VPNs are getting extremely popular — here's everything you need to know about them
62 NYU student goes undercover at Chinese iPhone factory
63 How machine learning is revolutionizing digital enterprises
64 Earn top dollar for your skills at these 10 tech companies - TechRepublic
65 Nvidia releases Mac driver with support for Titan Xp and GeForce GTX 1000 Series
66 Some Beautiful Nerd Built a Motorized, Rotating Monitor Stand to Save His Neck
67 The cars to see at the New York Auto Show
68 Engadget on Twitter
69 EPA Head Scott Pruitt Requests a 24/7 Security Detail as He Prepares to Gut the Agency
70 Microsoft announces hardware event for May 2nd in New York
71 The White House wants your help to 'make the government tiny again'
72 Amazon makes following what your kids do on its devices child's play
73 When it comes to searching for porn, women don't mess around
74 LG G6 review: Like the Galaxy S8, only cheaper
75 Your emotions could be worth $$$ in the form of GIFs (seriously)
76 Apple updates TestFlight to enable testing of multiple app builds, 90-day beta periods
77 Amazon FreeTime cheat sheets educate parents on kids TV
78 Walmart will give you a discount if you pick up your online order from a Walmart store
79 What the Samsung Galaxy S8 means for the Note 8
80 Dog's Smooth as Hell Jailbreak Captured on CCTV Cameras
81 Twitter is testing a direct message @support bot
82 Virgin Media unintentionally blocks Facebook and Instagram
83 Classic Tamagotchi are making an anniversary comeback
84 This music video was created by an algorithm that turns sound frequencies into landscapes
85 Mossberg: A plan to preserve the internet
86 'Fawlty Towers' fans, rejoice: John Cleese is returning to the BBC for a new sitcom
87 Where does the Ubuntu Linux desktop go from here? | ZDNet
88 Mum says what everyone's thinking about prams being used as a status symbol
89 How to Leave Digit for a Savings App That Doesn't Charge You