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Commentary: Surveillance video shows an Amazon delivery that seems to have been inspired by the NBA playoffs.

NASA, SpaceX to launch TESS spacecraft to find another Earth

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will scan the sky for nearby exoplanets that could host life.

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AI creates 'Flintstones' cartoons from text descriptions

AI is creating new 'Flintstones' scenes using just a simple text description.

'Sea of Thieves' updates will focus on new maps, not perks

Rare is shifting the focus of 'Sea of Thieves' content updates to focus on maps and enemies, not extras like pets.

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Apple Watch code hints at future support for third-party faces

Ever since the original Apple Watch premiered in 2015, owners have been frustrated by the absence of third-party faces. And it's hard to blame them -- while Wear OS and Pebble devices have had them for years, Apple Watch owners couldn't do much more than customize existing faces. Thankfully, there might be relief on the horizon for individualists. The 9to5Mac team has discovered code in watchOS 4.3.1's NanoTimeKit that hints at future support for third-party faces. It's just a placeholder, but it's explicit: one of the kit's log messages says "this is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen."

Facebook's problem with fake news: It's the memes, stupid

When it comes to fact-checking images, Zuckerberg's company is relying on the same strategy it uses for news stories. If a picture is flagged as false, the company's algorithm buries it on your newsfeed, numbing its influence. If the image completely violates Facebook's community standards -- a post promoting violence, hate speech or terrorism -- moderators delete it.

An audiophile's speaker zoo that's all about Zu

Adrianne is a musician and Eel is an audiophile and an avid collector of Zu Audio speakers . That's an understatement, he currently has 11 pairs of Zus! Eel's audiophile journey started with a single pair of Zu Druid MKIV speakers back in 2008, which he still has. His small New York City apartment in Chinatown is packed with really interesting audio (and non-audio) gear.

Solo: A Star Wars Story movie length revealed by Cannes

The movie directed by Ron Howard will clock in a little shorter than Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Swollen batteries in Apple Watch 2 get free repairs | Cult of Mac

Lithium batteries swell because gasses are building up inside. The gas comes from oxidation of battery’s electrolyte (the chemical that allows electricity to flow between the cathode and anode). The root cause is the battery being overcharged. Apple designs its devices to prevent this from happening, so the flaw is in the design, not the way the wearable is charged. Still, it happens from time-to-time .

Apple's unreleased gold iPhone X: in pictures | ZDNet

What appears to be a gold iPhone X has appeared in an Apple filing with the FCC.

Just in time for Westworld season 2, Hulu cuts HBO from $15 to $5 a month

Hulu is one of many streaming video services eager to step in as a replacement for traditional monthly cable TV subscription fees, and HBO is fueling the shift with its $15-a-month HBO Now program. Several services besides Hulu offer HBO Now, including Amazon Prime , Roku, Verizon and Google Fiber.

Chinese media giants hit snag with piracy block | ZDNet

Unable to answer questions as to whether watching the live broadcast amounts to copyright infringement, Nicholas J acquiesced to counsel seeking additional time to submit an affidavit addressing this. Counsel is claiming that much of the content is curated and made up of original TVB-produced films and TV shows, rather than merely pure live broadcasts.

Today in Apple history: Apple scrambles to fix doomed Apple III | Cult of Mac

Apple introduced the troubled Apple III, Cupertino’s first official flop, in May 1980. On paper, it should have been a massive success. For the first time, this wasn’t a computer singlehandedly built on virtually no budget by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Instead, it was the work of a committee of talented engineers working for a well-funded company.

Galaxy S9: Best and worst features about Samsung's phone | ZDNet

Samsung is done with cheap, plastic flagships -- like in the Galaxy S5 days. Samsung is out with its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus phones, and their best features heavily outweigh the worst.

Coinsecure, not so secure: Millions in cryptocurrency stolen, CSO blamed | ZDNet

"We are working around the clock to restore services and to try to recover all of the lost funds, and we shall keep all our users posted on the outcome of the details to ensure utmost transparency," the company says. "We are hoping that as users of Coinsecure, you will stand by us in this hour of need by providing us with your help and support as we diligently work to ensure that all of our customers' funds are recovered and to leave no stone unturned.

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The hackers managed to find and steal information from the casino's high-roller database through an aquarium thermometer. 

HP Takes on iPad Pro With First Detachable Chromebook

Tuned for use in four different modes, the HP Chromebook x2 can be magnetically paired with an included island-style keyboard, and it comes with a stylus for no added cost.

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.

This aircraft engine works like a jet and a rocket

Boeing and Rolls-Royce invest in Reaction Engines, a British company developing a hypersonic propulsion system that's part rocket, part jet engine.

Here's the leaked Apple memo about how leaks don't pay

In many cases, leakers don't set out to leak. Instead, people who work for Apple are often targeted by press, analysts and bloggers who befriend them on professional and social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and begin to pry for information. While it may seem flattering to be approached, it's important to remember that you're getting played. The success of these outsiders is measured by obtaining Apple's secrets from you and making them public. A scoop about an unreleased Apple product can generate massive traffic for a publication and financially benefit the blogger or reporter who broke it. But the Apple employee who leaks has everything to lose.

This Is How You Should Be Prioritizing Your Work And Life

While there’s nothing wrong with working to earn money to buy nice things, it’s important to realize how much time with your family you’re giving up in order to earn money for whatever they’re working for, says Clayton. “The ‘a-ha’ moment for many is that they’re working long hours prioritizing work while ignoring what they thought was the priority all along,” he says.

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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.

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

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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.

Video editing on the iMac Pro

Earlier this year Apple released the iMac Pro, a thoughtfully built machine aimed at creative professionals. The base model starts at $4,999 while a maxed-out configuration will run approximately $13,000. Apple sent us a mid-tier model for review:

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The UK's 100,000 Genome Project reaches the halfway stage | ZDNet

"Managing clinical and genomic data at this scale and complexity has presented interesting challenges," said Augusto Rendon, director of bioinformatics at Genomics England. "Adopting MongoDB has been vital to getting the 100,000 Genomes Project off the ground. It has provided us with great flexibility to store and analyse these complex data sets together."

AWS broadens focus on innovation acceleration | ZDNet

As the CIO , you need to help them see and accept that this change is coming and that your staff is needed and will be needed, with their new skills in the future. Show them what will be different and what will drive their value as part of this new team in the future, assuming they embrace the new skills and services needed. And atop this, commit to investing in their training and certifications, as this will help them see your level of commitment to them. Part of this investment in them is to also embrace failure. No innovations come to market without a path of failures and learning and evolving the strategy from these. Sadly, few IT organizations have a culture of failure embracement -- without it you will not get to the next level nor become the agents of innovation and change for your company.

Can blockchain-powered donations restore your trust in charities? Helperbit thinks so | ZDNet

An interesting feature of the platform is that charities need not be the sole beneficiaries of donations. Even single users can register to Helperbit, and get donations, if they can provide proof that they live in an area struck by a natural or man-made disaster and have been affected by it.

Get a complete business startup kit for free | ZDNet

Social Insider Pro, for example, aims to help you promote your business on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up directly and you'll get a mere 7-day trial. But as part of the bundle, you get a full 60 days -- essentially two months free, for a total value of $118.

It’s time to give Firefox a fresh chance

Before I settled on Firefox as my Escape from Chrometown alternative, I gave Safari a solid couple of months as my primary browser. If I were committed to using only iPhones, iPads, and Macs for the rest of my tech life, I might still be on Safari. Its performance is great on both iOS and macOS — though I’d be lying to you if I were to say I could tell a difference in speed between any of the modern browsers — and it offers a choice of ad blockers among a reasonable selection of browser extensions. The options are nowhere near as varied as Chrome’s extension library, but that’s a non-issue for me since I’ve never been dependent on extensions in the first place.

Fortnite on the Jumbotron? Yes, at the Cleveland Indians

The latest evidence comes from Progressive Field in Cleveland. Home of the baseballing Indians, the ballpark suffered a drenching on Saturday, culminating in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays being postponed .

Cameras to watch this spring

Outlook:  The A7 III inherits a lot of the enhancements Sony has put in its other cameras over the past couple of years, notably a much-improved autofocus system, better photo quality and longer battery life, so this midrange full-frame model promises to be an excellent value for $2,000.

Google Phone App to Send Spam Calls Straight to Voicemail

9to5Google reports that Google is planning to update its default phone dialer app with a new feature that will send spam calls straight to voicemail. The app already warns users about potential spammers by turning the incoming call screen red, but this new feature goes beyond that.

What did VCs study in college?

Although some colleges may offer a major program in business or entrepreneurship, there isn’t exactly a major in venture capital or angel investment.

Wavelength, Project Highrise, and other amazing apps of the week | Cult of Mac

Record and publish your own microcasts, play as an architect and building manager, and have your illusions about the state of the world set right in this week’s app roundup.

Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone

You’ll see a little three dotted button at the end of the toolbar, right next to the Send button. Tap it and Facebook Messenger will show you a list of apps specifically made to interact with Messenger. You’ll find all sorts of crazy and fun apps here. For creating GIFs, videos and all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, you’ll need to download these apps to be able to use them. But once downloaded, they integrate seamlessly with Messenger.

“You can't do data science in a GUI” -- by Hadley Wickham

“You can't do data science in a GUI”, by Hadley Wickham, Chief Scientist at RStudio. Copyright CC BY-SA 4.0 Speaker: @hadleywickham Talk given at Chicago Chapter of the ACM, March 7, 2018 Video by ACM Chicago, attempt made to clean up audio, otherwise unmodified recording. Main talk first ~42 minutes, followed by questions and answers. Original meeting announcement:

3 Easy Ways To Sound More Credible And Confident

As someone who works in public relations (and loves language), I spend a significant amount of time figuring out the most effective ways to convey messages. I’ve noticed some of the bad habits people adopt in the workplace, and the impact that changing these habits has on both the outcomes of conversations and leaders’ credibility and confidence.

Gmail is getting a major redesign

Users of Google’s Gmail platform will be excited to hear the email service is about to get a major new redesign. Now Android Authority has posted screenshots of Gmail’s new UI. The revamped Gmail will take its design cues from the company’s Material Design as well as its new bubble design. Besides the design changes, the new Gmail will feature smart replies and the ability to snooze emails, as well as a sidebar of plug-ins that gives users quick access to Google apps like Calendar and Keep. Users can also expect to see a revamped Tasks app built into Gmail’s main window. As for when the revamped Gmail will launch, it’s likely to see the light of day in time for Google I/O in May.

​Perfecting DevOps' Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery with Kayenta | ZDNet

Google and Netflix have released Kayenta, an open-source automated canary analysis tool, which promises to make the final step of deploying by using CI/CD more reliable.

Nintendo’s New DIY Toys Are Mind-Bendingly Imaginative

These resolutely low-tech items are the stuff of Labo (short for laboratory ), a  series of add-ons for the breakout Switch handheld console, which Nintendo introduced in March of 2017. As much maker projects as they are games, Labo’s DIY kits let you fold cardboard parts into smart toys that you can engage using the Switch. The $70 Variety Kit provides the makings of a piano and a fishing rod, along with a house, a motorbike, and two radio-controlled cars. Labo’s second offering, the $80 Robot Kit, contains parts for a visor and backpack that, once built, turn the wearer into a Transformers-style automaton. (Crouch down and your character can zip over terrain like a tank; stand up and raise your arms and it takes flight.)

Season 2 of The Handmaid's Tale: Everything you need to know

Mayday, Mayday:  There's an underground movement afoot trying to bring down Gilead, but this might not be as good for Offred as she hopes. "The Mayday resistance is going to be a big part of season 2," Miller told the Times. "Mayday is not the handmaid rescue organization -- it's the anti-Gilead organization. And the anti-Gilead organization is not necessarily a friend to June or a friend to handmaids. If I was going to try to hurt Gilead, the first thing I might do is kill all the handmaids."

Drug dealer caught by WhatsApp photo

A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message "is the future" of how police approach evidence to catch criminals.

Now you can get Spotify and Hulu together for just $12.99 each month

This bundle began as a student-only offer back in September, but now it's being rolled out more widely. The main benefit is savings: Spotify Premium costs $9.99 monthly and Hulu is $7.99. So you're paying $4.99 less than you would if you subscribed to them separately. ]

What is Finder Spyder: An investigation.

Finder Spyder is so far the most widely used fictional search engine on television. It may have peaked in in the late 2000s, but it's still one of those cool things that you won't notice unless it's pointed out. So next time your favorite TV character needs to cyberstalk their arch-nemesis, keep your eyes peeled.

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.

Lyft’s Raj Kapoor joins the TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference on mobility, June 7

The TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference on mobility is in June and we’re excited to announce that Raj Kapoor, the Chief Strategy Officer for Lyft, will be joining as a speaker.

Acer prepping Chromebox CXI3 desktop lineup starting at $300 | ZDNet

The configs featuring refreshed Kaby Lake CPUs include the CXI3-I58GKM, which sports a Core i5-8250U, 8GB of memory, and 64GB SSD for about $50 more than the Core i3 version, and the CXI3-I716GKM, which is powered by a Core i7-8550U and includes 16GB of RAM and 64 gigs of storage for approximately $750. Whether a high-end Core i7 is overkill for a system running the Chrome OS, which prides itself on being resource un -intensive, is open to debate, but that hasn't stopped Acer from giving you that option.

Like a Dog

There’s a painting by Pierre Bonnard in the Carnegie Museum of Art here in Pittsburgh, where I live, of the last of his nudes in bathtub, which he only managed to complete after his model, Marthe, who was also his lifelong companion, had died. It’s an alien, opalescent setting of a plain domestic scene—“exotic,” the museum’s narrative calls it. The woman is sunk in the tub up to her chin: beautiful, but melancholy. On the floor, their little dog lies curled on the mat. I used to find that painting a bit overwrought; now it’s one of my favorites in the collection. I can’t imagine there’s any other reason for my aesthetic change of heart than that I came to recognize the dog. It is absurd, logically considered, to propose that the mere presence of some mammal in a room can by itself make a person better, but that is what they do. A dog appears in at least one other Bonnard bathroom scene, but her presence in this particular painting, exactly in the center of the bottom third of the canvas, a dark space amid glowing pastels, seems to me now to also be a gesture toward the unwellness of the woman whom the woman in the bath became.

A pricier, better sounding alternative to Apple's AirPods

Due to their small, independent nature, there's a perception that totally wireless earphones are easy to lose. They are. To that end, there's a new "Find My Buds" feature on the Bose Connect App that displays the last time and place they were used to help locate them should they get lost. You also use that app to update the buds' firmware, a 30- to 45-minute process (it seems like an eternity).

How do the cameras on the Galaxy S9 Plus stack up against the iPhone X's?

When recording video at 1080p at 60 frames per second, the differences are also subtle. The Galaxy S9 Plus tends to have more contrast saturation in the shot, which makes it look sharper -- and darker. Video on the iPhone X is brighter, making the shot look softer. Shadows are not as harsh, but there's not as much depth. I tended to favor the iPhone, whereas some of my coworkers preferred the S9. It also varies depending on the type of screen on which you're viewing the end product.

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.

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