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3 things Westworld should borrow from the movie

The original 1973 film has many ideas that can still make for fascinating TV reveals.

Why Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints are a master stroke | ZDNet

Amazon has opened up Alexa to the masses with Alexa Skill Blueprints and integrated the digital assistant even more with families. Here's why these Alexa code-free templates make good business sense.

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The Verge on Twitter

Apple is replacing the batteries for some 13-inch MacBook Pros https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/21/17266440/apple-13-inch-macbook-pro-battery-replacement-program?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/lyEPh8TzLu

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Eyes-on Motorola's Moto G6, G6 Play, E5 Plus and E5 Play

Motorola has new Moto phones. Many new Moto phones. From left to right: The budget G6 and G6 Play, and the ultrabudget E5 and E5 Play.

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We got real close up to the Pixel 2 to take these macro shots

The back of the Pixel 2 has a glass panel that cuts across the rest of the aluminum backing. You can see the camera, LED flash and two Laser Detect Autofocus (LDAF) sensors. There's also the fingerprint sensor below the glass divide.

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Github's Learning Lab will teach you how to collaborate with code

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Meet Daisy, Apple's new iPhone recycling robot

Daisy, Apple's new recycling robot, can disassemble nine versions of the iPhone. Its predecessor, Liam, was custom designed for the iPhone 6.

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LG's latest flagship smartphone gets a dedicated Google Assistant button

It’s the first phone to have a physical button that calls up only Google’s digital assistant, and it follows Samsung's own Bixby button on the Galaxy S9.

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TechRepublic on Twitter

Microsoft is planning a new feature for Windows Defender that will continually check for system integrity, informing users if any secure part of the operating system has been compromised. https://tek.io/2Jgla8d  pic.twitter.com/Ysl1d6f2kW

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A paranoid's guide to the internet

Neither of those is the smartest approach -- extreme methods on either end of the bell curve rarely are. A more common approach is what I call buffet-style security: You pick up potentially useful information based on second-hand news reports or tips passed around at the virtual watercooler and come up with your own personal digital security plan. But is every suggestion worth following? And where should you draw the line between convenience and security? I asked a trio of experts to weigh in on some of the most common personal digital security questions.

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High-end audio extravaganza rocks Chicago

The Audio Expo North America (Axpona) 2018 high-end extravaganza was held last weekend, April 13, 14, and 15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center near Chicago, and it was a really big show. The sprawling event hosted 165 rooms packed with the world's best audio. Indeed, a feast for the eyes and ears. I had nowhere near enough time to check out everything, but here's a sampler of the high points.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Weekend long reads: Facebook's new data policy http://gizmo.do/GAb7BHU  pic.twitter.com/UYYeCpNsMn

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Today in Apple history: Rumors fly that Canon might buy Apple | Cult of Mac

Ultimately, the Apple-Canon deal (obviously) never happened. In April 1995, Cupertino was enjoying a brief respite from the “bad old days” of the 1990s. Thanks to increased demand for Macs in the second quarter of 1995, Apple earned $73 million. That was more than four times the $17 million it made the same quarter a year earlier.

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Valve acquires the creators of 'Firewatch'

If you ask Campo Santo, the two companies are a natural fit. The company said there was an "obvious match" with Valve, which felt similarly about game development. Valve also saw creators with a "unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives."

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Cannabis Club TV brings high hopes to video streaming

The channels focus on broad categories like education, entertainment, pop culture and medicinal. Each video is anywhere from two to six minutes. They can be anything from slides defining terms like "a Pinene," which is what makes pot smell like, well, pot, or minutes-long videos on topics like the benefits of cannabidiol, or profiles on specific brands the dispensary might actually be carrying. And ads, of course.

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Google's Project Zero exposes unpatched Windows 10 lockdown bypass | ZDNet

Once again , Project Zero has knocked back Microsoft's request for an extension to the 90-day deadline it gives vendors to either disclose or release a fix for bugs it finds.

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New 'exploding ant' species sounds like a bad dream

Nature has invented some wonky defense mechanisms , but ants that explode raise the concept to a new level of horror. A type of tree-dwelling ant found in Borneo has a class of workers that sacrifice themselves to protect their colonies. An international team of researchers has now discovered a new species of these exploding ants.

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Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super new exhibit

At the end of the exhibit, visitors can vote for their favorite Marvel character (or at least from the selection presented in the machine). That character then shows up on a television set in a nearby display case to thank you for your vote.

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ZTE lashes out at US ban, vows to protect company | ZDNet

Chinese vendor describes US export ban as unacceptable, adding that it has invested significant efforts since April 2016 in ensuring compliance with export laws and, if necessary, will seek judicial recourse to protect its interests.

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Smart home suites match up devices for security and convenience | ZDNet

Are you looking for ways to make your home smarter and safer? Then check out these hand-picked smart home product suites. They're expansive, easy to use, and overall good options if you don't know where to start.

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This malware will take screenshots, steal your passwords and files - and drain your cryptocurrency wallet | ZDNet

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CNET on Twitter

Join us every Monday as we dissect the latest episode from season 2 of Westworld. We'll talk plot, characters and fan theories. Plus, there will be interviews with actors from the show, too.

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Has the time finally come for PostgreSQL? | ZDNet

Scott Yara , founder of Greenplum and SVP of products at Pivotal , described the company's full circle journey dealing with the analytic forking. During the early days of Greenplum (before it was acquired by EMC), the emphasis was on delivering a production MPP data warehouse, which dictated focusing on its own technology. An acquisition, spinoff, and pending IPO later, Pivotal has committed to 100% open source. But the Greenplum database remained on an older, now unsupported version of PostgreSQL. With the next major version (6.0) that is expected later this year, the Greenplum database will merge back with the open source trunk and get on a reasonably current, supported release of the open source project. That will allow Pivotal to eliminate some features that it developed that are now included in the more current open source platform. But as PostgreSQL remains a transaction database, the Greenplum database will still require its own analytic extensions.

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iPhone terminator: Apple's Daisy teardown robot can rip your phone apart in 18 secs | ZDNet

The teardown robot targets components constructed from high-value materials such as the logic board, receiver, the iPhone's taptic engine, speakers, the enclosure, and rear camera. And Daisy can recover about 1kg of gold, 7.5kg of silver, and nearly two tons of aluminum from every 100,000 iPhones.

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AT&T's 5G 'foundation' technology is now live in 141 markets | ZDNet

AT&T's 5G Evolution technology has theoretical peak speeds of up to 400 megabits per second on capable devices, which currently includes the Samsung Galaxy lineup (S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8 and S8 Active), as well as the LG V30 and Moto Z2 Force Edition. AT&T now has 141 markets set up with the technology.

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Cryptographers spank blockchain, social media | ZDNet

Marlinspike had similar feelings on social media, which he said has suffered a substantial perception hit in the past year. "The utopian narratives of connecting the world and organizing information is coming to an end.," he said. "Across all contexts and political spectrums, people are seeing social technology less as a hopeful tool for a brighter, better tomorrow and more like weapons everyone simultaneously thinks are in the wrong hands." He said this has direct consequences on society and things people are doing [at RSA] and what people and thinking in the worlds of privacy and cryptography."

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Amtrak is swapping dining cars on some trains for “airplane food”

One of the chief delights of choosing to travel long-haul by train versus plane (apart from skipping the whole airport security thing) is the dining car. Like a moving restaurant, dining cars await passengers needing to stretch their legs and recreate something of a normal daily routine by sitting down to a proper meal. They’re among the few options for non-stressful social spaces for travelers.

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How to set up Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi

But how do you get started? Here's a step-by-step guide to setting up Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, and then deploying a simple app, using a Windows 10 PC as the base machine.

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How This African-American Pot Grower Is Mastering California’s Green Rush

If the cannabis equity movement in the U.S. is to ever be more than just Green Rush theater—an inconsequential sideshow to the emerging multibillion-dollar legal marijuana industry—it’s going to need a lot of anomalies like Mitchell. Black people didn’t get our 40 acres and a mule after the Civil War, and we’ve yet to gain the trust and money to be brought into the cannabis industry at a foundational level. A twist on the industry of black celebrities endorsing white-owned cannabis brands, Mitchell, a Texas native, is the rare black grower operating at this size and in the light of adult-use legal scrutiny. Necessity brought Mitchell from dispensary owner to grower after he hired someone who couldn’t repeat what he’d previously cultivated. In only a few years, Blaqstar has earned the endorsement of the popular rap act Migos and the admiration of cannabis equity supporters.

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6 things all tech leaders should know about business finance

There are many aspects of day-to-day IT performance that should be looked at financially, even though the CFO or the budget process might never demand that you do. How well are your projects being run? Do you have people who are just doing busy work because there isn't a new project for them to be plugged into right away? How can they better be utilized? What about your storage and processing? Do you have servers or disk drives that are only 20% capacitized? Is there a reason for this—or is staff just too busy to optimize them? Looking at IT performance from a financial, as well as an operational, perspective can provide a lot of helpful information.

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How to clean shoes in the washer (without ruining them)

Stepping in a mud puddle doesn't mean you need to handwash your shoes. You can get them clean quickly in the washing machine, instead. There are some important tips to follow to keep your shoes from falling apart in the washer, though. Here's what you need to know.

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Developers enjoy a huge boost from iOS 11's App Store redesign | Cult of Mac

The iOS App Store got a new look last fall, and the change has greatly benefited developers of third-party applications, as Apple intended. A new study found that getting named Game of the Day results in an 800 percent increase in downloads.

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At the Tribeca Film Festival, Swap the Popcorn for VR Headsets

The Virtual Arcade Featuring Storyscapes is meant to show that the future of film lies beyond a flat screen. But those stereoscopic viewers, a technology of the past, being used so seamlessly with our present-day smartphones highlights that film in any medium will always be an empathy engine, no matter what powers it.

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Print fast and in color with Dell's $85 C1760nw laser | ZDNet

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Through luck and grit, Datadog is fusing the culture of developers and operations

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Adblock Plus scores big legal win: It's not breaking the law, court rules | ZDNet

The company behind the popular Adblock Plus service has won an important legal victory in Germany, with the country's supreme court ruling that it does not break competition law by charging publishers for inclusion on its whitelist.

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From the Farside --"Prehistoric Humans May Have Performed Brain Surgery"

Oh, my! Humans have been performing brain surgery—or at least drilling holes in one others’ skulls—for thousands of years, reports today's Science. But how did they get their practice? A new study analyzing an exquisitely bored hole in the skull of a 5000-year-old cow suggests they may have honed their skills on animals.

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Julio Ojeda-Zapata on Instagram: “My freakin' adorable decorator-and-remodeler-extraordinaire wife in her element.”

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Best movies on Netflix UK (April 2018): 150 films to choose from

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The greatest resistance to Robotic Process Automation comes from IT departments | ZDNet

It's also likely that beneath the RPA hype, IT teams will be charged with tearing up existing processes tied to technology, re-architecting for digital workforce approaches, and cleaning up the messes. As Wright and his team put it, "process standardization is the top challenge faced by organizations across all stages of the RPA journey. Put simply, process complexity drives robot complexity: it increases the cost and difficulty to design and implement RPA, increases operating costs,and increases business disruption. Robots require detailed process accuracy and needto be taught at the keystroke level. Yet, organizations are finding processes are not always well understood,even where robust process documentation exists."

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Why this headphone website's year-long return policy is crazy good

Comfort takes time to fully assess, so what at first seems pretty darn comfy sometimes turns out to be torture after a while. What might have felt comfortable on a cool day in June might be unbearable on a hot August day. So it might also make sense to buy more than one headphone at a time, maybe three, so you can find out which one is right for you, and return the others.

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Missing Scandal? 12 shows to stream on Netflix right now

Let's start with the obvious. If you haven't already sunk your teeth into both of these Shonda Rhimes shows, start here. Netflix has 13 seasons of Grey's Anatomy and 4 seasons of How to Get Away with Murder -- that's well over 300 hours of Shonda goodness to help you through these dark times. If you're missing the scandalousness of Scandal, start with How to Get Away with Murder. Viola Davis as Annalise Keating cannot be beat. But if you're missing the melodrama, fire up Grey's Anatomy and bring plenty of tissues.

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Mashable on Twitter

For the past six months, MX3D has been using industrial robots to print the a pedestrian stainless steel bridge in the Netherlands.

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Full-Metal Packet is hosting the future of cloud infrastructure

Cloud computing has been a revolution for the data center. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and managing a data center directly, companies are relying on public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to provide general-purpose and high-availability compute, storage, and networking resources in a highly flexible way.

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Unboxing Nintendo Labo, and putting it all together

Nintendo Labo is a completely insane idea from Nintendo, blending cardboard folding with programmable gaming accessories. It comes in two versions: a $70 Variety Kit, and a $80 Robot Kit.

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The Best Wireless Routers of 2018

With the gaggle of connected home products, smart TVs , smartphones , and other mobile devices ruling our lives, it's more important than ever to outfit your home or business with a wireless router that can handle the increased demand for Wi-Fi connectivity. When choosing a new router, you should consider the size of your coverage area and the number of clients, as well as the types of devices that will connect to the router. Granted, not everybody needs the kind of performance that you get with the latest and greatest models, and there's no reason to pay for features that you will likely never use, but if you have several family members vying for bandwidth for things like streaming video and playing Overwatch online, a new router can make a world of difference and help keep the peace. We guide you through choosing a router that will handle your current and future wireless networking needs, and offer our top picks to get you started.

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Wearables, projectors offer displays for the post-screen world | ZDNet

While we like to have expansive views of content, monitors place major restrictions on how fluidly we can work. But a range of emerging options could bring us closer to seamless computing anywhere.

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How to create a personal Alexa skill

A great one to start with is Custom Q&A , which lets you set up answers to any questions you care to ask. Although you could use this for any number of practical purposes -- "Alexa, what's that password I'm always forgetting?" -- the potential here for fun and mischief is downright limitless.

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Mark Hamill? Mayim Bialik isn't Luke-warm over Star Wars crush

The Big Bang Theory star isn't afraid to freak out over meeting Master Skywalker on the set of her nerd-centric sitcom.

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The Verge on Twitter

The Wikileaks Shop says that Coinbase has suspended its account https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/21/17265928/coinbase-suspended-wikileaks-store-account-cryptocurrency-bitcoin?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/9OSQ5kqjM9

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One in three heart surgeons refuse difficult operations to avoid poor mortality ratings, survey shows

A t least one in three heart surgeons has refused to treat critically ill patients because they are worried it will affect their mortality ratings if things go wrong.

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The Essential Marvel Films to Watch Before Avengers: Infinity War

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86 Planet analytics 1.0: From the UN lab to the globe | ZDNet
87 BigID lands in the right place at the right time with GDPR
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90 These tattoos only become visible when detecting cancer-linked disease | ZDNet
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