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Playground is betting big on robots

You find robotics in unexpected corners of Playground Global’s Palo Alto headquarters. They’re in the lobby and scattered amongst the cubicles. Inside the venture fund’s labs, an older Spot Mini stands next to RightHand Robotics’ pick and place mechanical arm. A recent video shoot in the space show…

Google AI can pick out a single speaker in a crowd: Expect to see it in tons of products | ZDNet

Google reveals its speech-separating tech, which could, for example, transform hearing aids.

The best part of Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of Congress was the memes

The internet did not hold back meme-ing Zuck.

Tertill robot is like a Roomba for your garden | ZDNet

A startup developing a weed whacker robot for gardens just got backing from an industry heavyweight

'Underworld Ascendant' teaser reveals a reborn dungeon crawler

Want to see what 'Ultima Underworld' would be like if it were made today? Watch the teaser trailer for 'Underworld Ascendant.'

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How to check if your Facebook data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica

Based on Facebook’s findings, the page will update to answer the question “Was My Information Shared?” Note that the result is only specific to Cambridge Analytica obtaining data from the app “This Is Your Digital Life” — the quiz app developed by university researcher Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. It is certainly possible that your Facebook data was compromised in another way, by Cambridge Analytica or by a different firm (indeed, Facebook has already suspended two more companies: CubeYou and AggregateIQ).

Leaked Apple memo: 12 employees were arrested last year for leaking secrets

Bloomberg’s Gurman is himself one of the main media beneficiaries of leaks from Apple employees. But that’s not where all the leaks come from. Many come from people at Apple’s suppliers who know the company’s plans–and some of them get paid to tell what they know. Apple says it’s Global Security team has worked “hand-in-hand” with its suppliers to eliminate leaks, but was not specific about its success. MS

Apple Shares New Ad for the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8

And now, one day later, the new smartphones are available to order if you’re a fan of the red design. The handsets are being offered without a premium when compared to the original iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, so potential owners won’t have to fork over any additional money to get the new red hue.

AMD Ryzen 2nd-gen processor is on its way

The new chips use the same Socket AM4 as their predecessors, though AMD is releasing a new X470 chipset to take advantage of the higher clock speeds. And to sweeten the deal, the chipset has AMD's StoreMI disk-acceleration technology built in and the boxed processors will include an AMD Wraith-series CPU coolers .

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What's up for appliances and smart home tech in spring 2018

Smart fridges always compete for attention at CES these days, but this year, the one that really caught our eye came from Whirlpool. It isn't just because of the champagne-colored "Sunset Bronze" finish -- the clever, understated touchscreen comes packed with useful-sounding features based on common kitchen routines, and the virtual Amazon Dash buttons seem like a great idea, too. Eye-catching design, useful tech that doesn't try to do too much. Is this the smart fridge sweet spot?

Android security: Your phone's patch level says you're up to date, but that may be a lie | ZDNet

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OK Google, Twitter. Now it's your turn in the congressional spotlight over privacy

The scandal has shone a spotlight on the trove of data the company has on all of us, and how ripe it is for abuse. (Facebook uses the data to sell ads.) But the social network is far from the only tech company that has tons of personal information on people all over the world. Google, for example, stores information on you based on things like your search history, Gmail account and Google Maps queries. Both Google and Twitter are ad-based as well, and they've been under fire from lawmakers before for abuse on their platforms.

TP-Link's Kasa Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini is a simple way to smarten your stuff

The TP-Link Kasa Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini works with Amazon Alexa for voice commands and automation. Enable the TP-Link Kasa skill and log in to your Kasa account. Discover new devices and the plug will appear.

Mark Zuckerberg's trip to Washington had some crazy, crazy visuals

Throughout the week, reporters and spectators mumbled about whether Zuckerberg or the latest scandal for President Donald Trump would dominate more headlines. Press crammed into hearing rooms; the lines for the public to join snaked around corners; and the commotion in the usually calm and stately halls of the Senate and House office buildings was intense.

Deep Learning: The interest is more than latent | ZDNet

But reality is going to bite someplace, and here, not surprisingly, it's with the availability of skills. It was cited as the chief bottleneck. But the proportion was surprisingly modest: only 20% cited lack of skills as a bottleneck. Again, we believe it's an artifact of the sample. This is an audience that is already trying to be in the loop for innovation. And reflecting that, a large proportion indicated reliance on training to get their staff up to speed; nearly half (49%) cited on-the-job training (meaning, they expect to rely at least in part on non-PhDs), while 21% are putting money where their mouths are by budgeting for formal training.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson wants 'awesome' to be reserved for science

Commentary: The astrophysicist runs into Twitter mockery from many sides, even from Merriam-Webster dictionary.

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor sees who you are, sends an alert

If you pay for the Nest Aware cloud service, you can also create a database of your friends and family members. That way, you'll get a custom alert whenever "Chris," "Ashlee" -- or whoever you add -- walks within range of your IQ Outdoor.

Mini Sega Genesis is real: The Sega MegaDrive Mini

Behold, the Sega MegaDrive Mini, just announced in Japan to commemorate the system's 30th anniversary. (MegaDrive was the original name for the Genesis, in case you didn't know.)

Windows 10 later this year: Microsoft's new test build shows more of what's coming | ZDNet

New Windows 10 preview brings Sets tabbing to Office 365, revealing more of what's due after Spring update.

Bionic pancreas and beyond: Here's how tech helps life with diabetes

Through Facebook groups she belongs to, Kathryn has heard about the different ways this can play out from parents of other children with type 1 diabetes who've trodden the path before her. A type 1 diagnosis in the family is a shock to the system in many ways, but the help of online communities can prevent it from being quite so isolating. They're a source of tech support, but also of "huge kindness," Kathryn told me.

New Gmail update said to add self-destructing email you can't print or forward

"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)," a Google representative said in an email. "We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet -- archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send."

How to connect to an SMB share from your Android device

That's all there is to it. You can add as many server connections as you need and make all of those shares available with a couple of taps. X-plore File Manager may suffer under the weight of a cluttered interface, but the results you get with SMB connections make this app worth using. Give it a try and see if it doesn't make your Android-on-LAN life a bit easier.

Court tells Facebook: Stop deleting 'offensive' comment | ZDNet

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Four popular news apps suspended in China | ZDNet

China shut down 128,000 websites that contained obscene and other "harmful" information last year, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing government data. Since the country's first ever cybersecurity law officially taking effect on June 1, 2017, regulators have punished a number of technology giants in China, including Tencent, Sina, and Baidu after their respective WeChat, Sina Weibo, and Baidu Tieba platforms were found circulating "fake and vulgar" information.

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Your tag line should have read “Apple will repair for free some Apple Watch 2 models that have swollen batteries or won’t power on”! Putting ‘for free’ after ‘...won’t power on’ just doesn’t make any sense!

How SAP uses anthropologists to build better software | ZDNet

An in-house team of anthropologists has helped SAP improve SuccessFactors, its HCM software, by drawing out insights from users that regular market research wouldn't find.

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips | ZDNet

The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.

Is your Android phone a 'toxic hellstew' of vulnerabilities? There's an app to help you find out | ZDNet

Just because Android tells you it's patched and everything is safe doesn't mean it is. But there's an app to help you determine if you're being told the truth.

Major update hits the Samsung Gear IconX: Control ambient sound levels, equalizer, and more | ZDNet

Samsung announced and released a new update for this headset that continues to improve the listening experience. The update is available in the Samsung Gear application, bringing a new equalizer option, fine volume control for ambient mode, multiple track transfer and deletions via a wireless connecton, and touch lock capability. The update weighs in at just 11.12 MB.

CES 2018: Best laptops, PCs and tablets we've seen

What to expect: At the heart of most of the laptops and desktops arriving this spring and into the summer are Intel's latest processors including its first six-core, 12-thread chips for laptops. Though that chip will be pricey, the latest crop of i3 and i5 processors will be available with more cores, too.

Yahoo and AOL just gave themselves the right to read your emails (again)

Though Yahoo was already scanning its users' emails to maximize ad opportunities, doubling-down on the policy could raise eyebrows in a post-Cambridge Analytica world.

Anybody out there still listening to music on AM or FM radio?

The last radio I regularly listened to was the Sony XDR-F1HD I bought on Amazon for $90, and it went on to be considered one of the greatest budget tuners ever made. Even so, without any explanation Sony stopped making the XDR-F1HD just a couple of years after they introduced it. The XDR-F1HD reminded me of how great the diversity of terrestrial radio is. Not just the music, but the personalities of the local DJs, and their ability to turn me onto new music was an essential resource. The intimacy of radio was, and is, hard to beat. I can't begin to imagine how many thousands of hours of my life were spent listening to tunes on the radio, and those people on the mikes. It felt like a very intimate connection between me and my radio. It really did.

The 10 best 4K cameras in 2018

At the time of the A7S II's review we said it was the best video-shooting stills camera available, and while much has changed in the market we still reckon it’s a compelling option for the videographer. One of its major selling points at launch – internal recording of 4K footage – has since been matched by many others, but it’s the modest pixel count of its sensor that splits it from its rivals. We found its dynamic range to be very high, and consistently better than rivals at higher sensitivities, while noise was also shown to be lower than cameras with more populated chips. It also has the advantage of using the whole sensor width for recording video, and of being able to record to the memory card while outputting 4:2:2 footage to a HDMI recorder, but proves itself to be capable for stills shooting too. Autofocus is generally fast and built-in image stabilisation is a huge bonus, while the body is sturdier than its predecessor’s too. Overall, while it may not be the newest model, its sensor and video specs give it a handful of advantages over its rivals.

Fake news and sick society: More decline ahead as the media seeks stable business model | ZDNet

Overall, the economic trend continues down and there is no solution in sight. I'm constantly puzzled why more people are not alarmed by this. I've been obsessed with these issues for more than 15 years. It is the most fascinating puzzle we face and it is key to so many aspects of our society that we value and we need for our shared success. The future is what we say it will be. Jaron Lanier writes about "Who owns the future?" Who has a say in the future will be more important and our media is how we have a say. It is how we think about things as a society and how we decide. We need a healthy media sector -- we don't have it.

Waymo reportedly applies to put autonomous cars on California roads with no safety drivers

California only just made it possible to grant permits allowing autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on April 2; one other company has applied for it in addition to Waymo, but it’s unclear which. The new permit type also allows for vehicles lacking any kind of traditional manual controls, but for now the company is sticking with its modified Chrysler Pacificas. Hey, they’re practical.

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Uber won't be fined over data breach it paid $100,000 to cover up

When will tampon users stop shaming pad users?

Over time, though, I came to grow ashamed of my sanitary napkins as tampon users ascended and "pad-shaming" became more powerful. Pad users, I learned, belonged to an abject underclass: a derelict group of pseudo-humans who enjoyed sitting in "mushy blood diapers" every 28 days. We were accused of being "too afraid" to use tampons (hello, toxic shock syndrome!), hurting the environment (definitely true), and being old virgins (totally accurate, but that had nothing to do with the tampons).

Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how blockchain might solve critical problems, but now one city intends to move forward with an actual implementation.

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The next flagship iPhone may cost more than the iPhone X

If the UBS analysts' prediction holds true, it's possible that the new OLED iPhones would cost $1,100 or more -- keep in mind that the iPhone X with the most storage already  costs $1,149 (or £1,149 and AU$1,829). But at the same time the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone and iPhone SE may give buyers a cheaper alternative.

Cult of Mac Magazine: How Apple Watch could shape up for fitness, and more! | Cult of Mac

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine : When it comes to fitness apps on Apple Watch, sometimes it feels like Cupertino is running before it can walk. Fancy new features like Heart Rate Recovery are very welcome, but a few of the basics remain missing.

Gadgets to keep your iPhone or Android smartphone charged up | ZDNet

Looking for a power bank or wireless charger for your smartphone? Here's a selection, along with exclusive discounts.

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A notorious scammer tricked Twitter into thinking he was in Syria

The Case For Paying To Use Google And Facebook

Financing these platforms via paid advertisements, Lanier says, is no longer viable. That’s what’s lead to the proliferation of fake news, corporate manipulation, and insecure data across, chiefly, Facebook and Google. “We can’t have a system where if people want to communicate, the only way that’s possible is financed by a third party who wants to manipulate them,” he says.

Want your sweet PS3 Linux settlement cash? Sunday's your last day to claim

That's because April 15 also happens to be the deadline for Sony's "OtherOS" class-action settlement. Sony originally promised the PS3 could become a Linux computer, but removed that feature in 2010, and now it's paying $3.75 million to resolve the lawsuits that followed.

Best software utilities for your Mac | ZDNet

Whether you are new to macOS, or you have been a Mac owner for years, adding a few extra utilities will allow you get an awful lot more from the platform with very little extra effort.

Google might add iPhone X-style navigation to Android P

Android P is coming down the line and we're expecting to hear much more about Google's next mobile operating system update at the Google I/O developer conference in May. In the meantime, we may have some hints about updates to the navigation system, leaked by... Google itself.

Three Ways For Diehard Procrastinators To Beat Fake Work

It’s not that these tasks aren’t marginally useful now and then, but they’re among the lowest-value things you can do, and you do them way more than you probably need to–typically in order to procrastinate. Sometimes fake work is a sign that you’re just spending too much time at work overall. Our brains can only concentrate for so long before they need a break. So if you find yourself fake working, the first thing to do is get up and walk around a bit. If a short break helps, then just build those into your routine.

Sen. Warner says Congress needs Silicon Valley to help solve privacy woes

That isn't to say Warner's itching to deliver a finger-wag to every major name in tech. Instead, he says tech giants need to wise up that the issues raised in these hearings are not going away and that it's in their best interest to work with Congress rather than resist.

Google shows off Android P’s gesture navigation, quickly deletes image

Enlarge / The full-size Google screenshot. The navigation bar in Google's screenshot is nothing like what you see on Android today. The blue color scheme indicates that the phone is running the Pixel theme, so the back button should be solid white. Instead, it's rendered in the old hollow style. The home button is a pill shape instead of circular. The Recent Apps button, which is normally a square, is totally missing.

Cyber security: Don't leave it to your tech team or you'll get breached, warns data protection chief | ZDNet

"If left solely to the technology teams, security will fail through lack of attention and investment. These companies may have the best policies in the world - but if those policies are not enforced, and personal data sits on unpatched systems with unmanaged levels of employee access, then a breach is just waiting to happen".

Donkey Kong ace stripped of standing

"Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Billy Mitchell's' scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards," Twin Galaxies said Thursday in a  statement .

Windows 10 update: there's good news and bad news

By default, when you use the search bar to look for apps or documents on your PC, Windows 10 also displays internet search results from Bing. This has always been a bit of a clumsily-implemented feature, and in the past it would often return inaccurate results.

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