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Nintendo 2DS XL Launches July 28 For $149.99

Just when we thought all of Nintendo's focus was on Switch, they go and announce a brand new 2DS handheld.

Visual effects expert sells the hell out of old Suzuki

Earlier this month, one Eugene Romanovsky posted a YouTube video showing off his 20-year-old Suzuki Vitara. Watch it and be amazed by the capabilities of a 96-horsepower engine: Ever been to a tech festival? TNW Conference won best European Event 2016 for our festival vibe. See what's in store for 2017. LEARN MORE I hope …

Laid back dad is totally cool with his kid driving a car full of other kids (and a goat)

This car has everything.

How Philadelphia is getting connected beyond brotherly love

Philadelphia was been named one of five U.S. cities to win a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant. How are they getting smarter in Philly?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Talks Diversity With The Cast Of “The Circle”

The Twitter head fields questions from the cast and director of “The Circle,” ranging from diversity to social responsibilities.

Elon Musk Shows Off A “Boring” Tunnel Network To End L.A.’s Traffic Jams

This video shows that The Boring Company is about more than digging holes.

This 'Dota' player's life was hit hard hard by cancer and his story is inspiring

Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier is competing with Team Faceless.

The big heads of Mount Rushmore weigh in on Trump's national monuments order

They are very confused.

Watch how Elon Musk plans to fix LA traffic by boring giant underground tunnels

After creating Tesla, setting the Hyperloop in motion, and trying to send more people to space, Elon Musk is now working on a boring company. And by boring, I mean creating holes in the ground. Musk has teased this new venture – literally called the Boring Company – for some time now; its current goal …

Watch how Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnels will move cars faster

Just what does Elon Musk's Boring Company want to accomplish? This might be our clearest picture yet – a video shown during Musk's TEDTalk from Friday..

Merriam-Webster calls Apple fans 'sheeple' | Cult of Mac

It is officially proper English to call compliant people -- including Apple fans -- "sheeple," according to Merriam-Webster. Talk

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Apple wants California to change self-driving car reports | Cult of Mac

Just weeks after getting its permit to drive self-driving cars on public roads, Apple is already asking the California DMV to change reporting protocol requirements.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 owners report their phones are randomly restarting

Meanwhile, Samsung has already begun rolling out its software fix for the reddish tint. Chances are the South Korean giant will drop a similar fix for the rebooting issue, if it turns out to be software and not hardware related.

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Is the "augmented customer" the true future of tech?

“With the number of connected smart devices expected to double thanks to advancements in smart home, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and wearable technology, customer behavior is going to change and organizations need to be prepared,” says Rob Gallagher, research director of the consumer services group for Ovum. “It starts with evaluating their business models and meeting changing customer expectations. Service providers, in particular, should be investing in content, convenience, and comfort – in the form of data and privacy protection – for their customers.”

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Apple is using the same Lexus model as Google's Waymo to test self-driving tech

As is usually the case, Apple is keeping mum about its self-driving initiative, which is presently named Project Titan. But given that on-road tests are essential to this technology, it’s likely that we’ll see more of the company’s work in progress over the coming months.

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Uber finally lets you delete your account

This new option — which should roll out in the next few weeks — comes in the wake of #DeleteUber, where dozens if not hundreds of users got rid of their accounts following numerous scandals. While doing that, they discovered deleting your Uber account was frustratingly obscure.

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Apple stops paying Qualcomm's patent royalties

Apple in January filed suit against Qualcomm in the US, alleging the wireless chipmaker didn't give fair licensing terms for its technology. Apple also said Qualcomm sought to punish it for cooperating in a South Korean investigation into Qualcomm's licensing practices by withholding a $1 billion rebate. Apple wants a court to lower the amount it pays Qualcomm in licensing fees, as well as order the return of the $1 billion. The iPhone maker said in its suit that Qualcomm should be paid royalties based on the value of its particular contribution, not for contributions from other patent holders.

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Apple Cuts Off License Payments to Qualcomm as Fight Mounts

“We’ve been trying to reach a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years but they have refused to negotiate fair terms,” Apple said in a statement. “Without an agreed-upon rate to determine how much is owed, we have suspended payments until the correct amount can be determined by the court.  As we’ve said before, Qualcomm’s demands are unreasonable and they have been charging higher rates based on our innovation, not their own.”

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The internet is having trouble feeling sorry for the folks at Fyre Festival

The internet is having trouble feeling sorry for the folks at Fyre Festival

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Worldwide PlayStation 4 shipments reach 60 million

Shipments are up from last year by about 2.3 million units.

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How one company wants to replace tech show booth babes with STEAM students - TechRepublic

The idea for STEAM-Con Connection took hold at RSA 2017. Diamond's colleague told her that he saw a beautiful young woman checking in, who knew nothing about who she was working for that day. "I thought to myself, 'What a waste! How many STEAM students would love to be here, and get the experience of what each company is doing?'" Diamond said.

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The best golf tech of 2017 | ZDNet

The FocusBand is a wearable device that monitors your brain activity via sensors. When paired with your phone or tablet, it gives you visual feedback on your state of mind, and can help you redirect or focus your emotions. While not built specifically for golf, the company says it's used by several top pro golfers , including Jason Day. List price is $500.

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Amazon's Alexa now sounds more like a real assistant

The way Alexa speaks at the moment sounds pretty human, but there are obvious ‘tells’ in the lack of intonation, pitch change and pause that give away that it’s an artificial voice. These new commands are designed to make her voice feel more human, report TechCrunch .

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9 Hideous Creatures That Deserve Your Unconditional Love

We can’t all be puppies—or even capybaras , for that matter. There’s a whole world of critters whose inner beauty goes unnoticed. Perfectly snuggly critters like naked mole rats have been mocked and called things like “the stuff of nightmares” or “the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen.”

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Lego's next masterpiece is a NASA Apollo Saturn V set

Lego has been inspired by NASA lately. Last month, the toymaker paid homage to women who made great contributions to the space agency , and now it's revealing an Apollo Saturn V set that also looks incredible. As seen in the picture above, this rocket stands at a little more than three feet tall and can be positioned horizontally or vertically. The idea for the piece was born out of the company's Lego Ideas program, which lets people from all over the world submit concepts they'd like to see get made. Made up of nearly 2,000 Lego pieces, the NASA Apollo Saturn V is expected to hit stores in June for $120 -- which is a small price to pay to make your Moon-landing fantasies come true.

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Airbnb Goes After Business Travelers With New Booking Tool

There were 250 companies signed up with Airbnb to book and manage business travel in 2015. Last year, the number of people using the site for business purposes tripled and is expected to quadruple this year, said David Holyoke, the head of Airbnb's business travel division. There are now more than 250,000 companies using it, including Alphabet Inc., Domino's Pizza Inc. and Morgan Stanley. "As millennials advance in the workforce, we're seeing incredible growth," said Holyoke. "These young business people want to feel at home on the road."

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Ja Rule on Fyre Fest: 'I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT'

Now that the ill-fated Fyre Festival is officially cancelled until further notice, the event's organizers are left to wonder how it all went so, so wrong .

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Exclusive: I thought being a mom would be easier. I miss my old life.

This morning at an ungodly early hour, I awoke to the sound of my twins scream-singing a not very melodic duet of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." As I lay in bed trying desperately to fall back asleep (hahahahaha, as if), I started scrolling through my phone and saw this headline, "Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life."

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The Startups Economy Is Finally Stabilizing

That may be contributing to still-tough conditions for less-proven businesses. Two components of the Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer—the number of deals, and the number of companies that raise money for the first time—have still continued to decline from a year earlier.  

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Google and Facebook scammed out of $100M in elaborate phishing attack

The phisher, identified as 48-year-old Evaldas Rimasauskas, posed as an Asian contractor to trick executives from Facebook and Google to wire a total of more than $100 million in the period between 2013 and 2015.

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Exploring Virtualities, a Utah VR arcade and theater startup taking over a dying mall

Both Utah-based businesses are part of only a handful of little VR upstarts in the country right now. However, IMAX has been testing a standalone location with Samsung VR in LA and plans to install five VR movie theaters in the U.S., China and the U.K. in the coming months. The company, valued at $2.36 billion, has the means to make much more of an impact — and on a global scale. If the five test sites prove successful, the company says it will roll out VR cinema spaces in select multiplexes throughout the globe, posing a worrisome problem for these littler companies with fewer resources.

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Some Airbnb hosts will face racial discrimination tests in California

But a good-faith pledge wasn’t enough for California officials. Now, the state will be permitted to conduct fair housings tests on hosts with three ore more listings who have received discrimination complaints. Testers will be able to create accounts posing as potential renters “in order to gather information about whether a host is complying with fair housing laws.”

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A Tech Bro Charged Thousands for an Island Getaway That Turned Into The Hunger Games

The distance between expectation and reality makes fools of us all, but it made the well-heeled attendees of an exclusive music festival in the Bahamas look particularly moronic late Thursday night. For tickets that started at $1,200 and went as high as $250,000, the young and rich signed up for passage to the doomed Fyre Festival, hyped for months by its co-founder, rapper turned aspiring mojito mogul Ja Rule.

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CEO Jack Dorsey just bought $9.5 million worth of shares after Twitter beat on earnings

CEO Jack Dorsey has purchased an additional $9.5 million in Twitter shares — just two days after his company reported better than expected earnings for its first quarter .

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Will Samsung's DeX dock work for business? Maybe tomorrow. | Computerworld http://ow.ly/GtbD30b7ltC 

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Acer's Windows VR headset: aiming for cheap and easy

From there, it's more of a mixed bag. The visuals aren't bad, but I thought they looked better than Dan Ackerman did, who thought it was a clear step below both Oculus Rift and Vive. Microsoft's "mixed reality" hub for Windows 10 definitely has an Oculus vibe: A "Cliff House" open-walled central home hub, overlooking the mountains, feels like the open-aired virtual living-room hub of Oculus Rift. That home has walls where different apps can be experienced. I walked up to one wall where an Edge browser showed me videos and news. On another wall, I browsed movies and videos, including a 360-degree video shot with an array of GoPros. Another app, Holotour (also available for HoloLens), shows a 3D spinning globe where I can zoom in on panoramas. It's no Google Earth, though.

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2DS XL Special Edition Planned for Dragon Quest XI Launch

It will cost roughly $200, so about the same as a New 3DS XL , but in return you'll get a Metallic Slime 2DS XL. There will be a limited supply of these special editions featuring a custom case including a raised shiny mirror metal slime on the exterior alongside Dragon Quest symbols printed across the black plastic casing. There's also custom detail below the D-Pad, and a Takenagi Metal Theme that will only be made available for this version of the 2DS XL.

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Extremely Relatable Dragonfly Fakes Her Death to Deter Horny Males

It’s a scenario many women in the room are all too familiar with: You’re sitting in the park, enjoying some R&R, when you spy a leery Y-chromosome carrier lumbering your direction, clearly looking to test the pickup line he found on Imgur last night. You could run; you could start talking loudly and to no one in particular about your last menstrual cycle. Or, you could do as the female moorland hawker dragonfly does, and pretend to be dead.

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Smartphone camera shootout: Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and LG G6

The iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6 share an advantage over the S8 and the Pixel, and that’s versatility. After taking the four similar shots above, I realized that the LG G6’s super-wide second camera was able to catch the sun setting over the hill. I was shooting through a fence here, so I wouldn’t have even been able to back away and try to get this shot with the other cameras. It was the super-wide angle lens that made this shot possible.

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Mother's Day 2017 tech gift guide: You're welcome | ZDNet

Additionally, we'll accept presents. For the record, we like a lot of the same stuff you'll find on Father's Day tech gift guides, but in the interest of equal representation, here are some solid suggestions for tech gifts to make the tired, crowded lives of the moms and non-dads you love a little easier in 2017.

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IT pros fear cloud adoption is putting their jobs at risk - TechRepublic

According to the report, 28% of IT pros are concerned that the growth of cloud infrastructure adoption could put their current job at risk. The main reasons why are because of improper tools to manage the cloud (50%), insufficient knowledge of where to migrate workloads (37%), and lacking the skills to confidently lead a cloud deployment (31%).

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All the anti-Trump stickers in NYC are being documented on this Instagram

Tim Olmstead of New York set out on a hero's journey of sorts: to document all the anti-Trump stickers in NYC. Trust him. This is no small task.

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I am having a great time at Fyre Festival and I don't get why everyone is upset

That night, I went to sleep on top of my collapsed tent and thought about all the great memories I'd have from this dope festival. TBH, it was tough to sleep with all the engagement my instas were getting — practically everyone I knew was trying to figure out "where I was," and "If I was okay," and "When I was going to be able to get home." Yikes, maybe you should've come if you're so curious, Mom and Dad! Next Fyre Festival, I'm going on a tech detox.

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All the Passive Aggressive Stuff You Should Never Do in a Relationship

Being passive aggressive is more than just frustrating to the people you care about, it sends mixed signals about how you really feel. If you want to be a good partner and keep things going well, here’s a quick rundown of all the passive aggressive things you should always avoid doing:

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Microsoft reinstates My People for Windows 10, connecting you to your BFFs

With the Creators Update finished, Microsoft is now working on the next major update of Windows 10, known as Redstone 3. While the initial builds of Redstone 3 focused on framework, Microsoft appears to have moved on to adding features: namely, the My People “experience,” and a richer Focused Inbox for those who use Gmail with Windows 10 Mail. The latter will also add package and travel-reservation tracking, Microsoft said.

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Apple Patents Long-Range Wireless Charging

Like all patents, there's little chance of this technique showing up in consumer devices in the immediate future, nor is there a guarantee it will ever make it to market. But Apple appears to be preparing for the long-term future, because it notes in the patent filing that the power signals could also come from millimeter wave antennas, which make extremely high-frequency transmissions.

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The Future Of Flying Is Nearly Here–But You Probably Can’t Afford It

Yet Chua believes that a fully customizable cabin would offer airlines a new type of business model, especially since they can tailor their cabins to the exact number of tickets they sell. For instance, Chua imagines that if an airline sold more business-class tickets than expected, it could quickly reconfigure the cabin to add more business-class seats. But an airline could also partner with a brand to maximize revenue for under-booked flights. If it didn’t sell all its economy-class seats, a module designed as a brand experience could add a valuable way to get passenger feedback and market data.

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Chrome warns you when typing anything into non-secure sites

As part of Google's quest to compel all websites to use the more secure HTTPS protocol, Chrome 62 will flash more warnings when you visit HTTP sites. A few months ago, Chrome 56 (rightly) started labeling unencrypted sites as "not secure" right next to their URLs in the address line if they're asking for passwords and credit card details. As the Chrome Security Team's blog post said , though, passwords and credit card numbers aren't the only types of data worth protecting. That's why when Chrome 62 rolls out in October, you'll see the warning pop up whenever you type anything in an HTTP website.

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Now you can listen to Sufjan Stevens’ cathartic cover of 'Hotline Bling' anytime you want

While live versions of the singles "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross" and "Should Have Known Better" offer intense emotion and performative power, Sufjan's "Hotline Bling" gives the indie kids something to dance to for once.

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Juno Sold Itself as the Anti-Uber. That Didn’t Last Long

Ahmed Hashem, another Juno driver, said he knew he was at risk of being misled by the company. “When I signed up, I didn’t read anything because I needed the money. All the drivers are like this,” he said. Hashem said he also had an interaction with Marco last year, when he told the Juno CEO via Twitter that he felt Uber had abused him. Marco assured him Juno would be different, Hashem said. “They promised to be better than Uber and everyone else,” he said. “But they broke their promise.”

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Acer Predator 21 X

VR. The system is maxed out with 64GB of RAM, and has two 512GB M.2 solid-state drives (SSD) in a RAID 0 array as a boot drive. A 1TB 7,200rpm SATA provides extra data storage for a total of 2TB, and there are empty drive bays in the body for two more M.2 SSDs. A printed graphic of a blue dragon covers a maintenance panel above the keyboard, with a limited edition series number for the first 300 Predator 21 X laptops sold (ours was number 10). Acer offers a customized replacement panel with multiple patterns and national flags, along with an engraving option. This maintenance door and another plain panel on the bottom cover access to the system's memory and storage. The system comes with a two-year warranty. Killer Performance (for a Killer Price) Because the system uses an unlocked 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK processor and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in an SLI configuration, it's no surprise that it returned some of the highest 3D benchmark test results we've seen on a gaming laptop. At the default clock speeds, The Predator 21 X is able to play our Heaven (154fps) and Valley (106fps) tests smoothly, even at 2,650 by 1,080 resolution with all the eye candy turned up to full.

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Is inventory management clouding your judgment?

Imagine a world where running lean meant the digitization of goods while using smart systems to manufacture end product next to your consumers. Creating such a customer-centric model of production could change the way we view parts manufacturing in its entirety.

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You’re Never Going to Get $10,000 for Your United Airlines Seat

On Thursday, United and the victimized passenger, Dr. David Dao, settled their dispute out of court. But the repercussions have been much wider, triggering modified overbooking policies and even elimination of the practice altogether at some carriers. Now the bid by airlines to mollify an outraged flying public has culminated with promised, eye-popping payments for your seat when a flight is oversold—up to $10,000 at United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. 

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All the Major Changes The Handmaid's Tale Has Made From the Book

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are now available on Hulu; we’ve already given our thoughts on the series , which remains mostly faithful to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name, but there are some changes, some big, some small, that separate the two—and we’ve broken them down for you here.

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Hyperloop highway? You could travel from US to India in 3 hours for $50 - TechRepublic

Daryl Oster, CEO of ET3, said his tube transport company has attracted competition in the next generation transportation field—the most recognizable being Elon Musk's Hyperloop. Oster said that tubes, which enable car-sized passenger capsules, could be optimized for value, and could reshape how people travel, reducing labor and fuel costs to less than a tenth of the cost of flying. Hyperloop, Oster said, is regional, whereas ET3 is a "freeway" with access points all along the route.

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How the Son of Chinese Factory Workers Built a $1.5 Billion Startup

We still think of Silicon Valley as the world's technology hub, but China's quickly catching up. For one, consider this stat: China has created as many billion-dollar startups this year as the U.S. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Peter Elstrom and David Ramli travel to Shanghai to visit Colin Huang, the man behind the latest business to join this rarefied club of unicorns. Huang recounts his humble origins in Hangzhou and the various turning points in his life that took him to where he is today, at the center of China's bustling tech scene. At 37, now leading his fourth startup, Huang's just getting started.

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GM, Lyft Plan To Test Thousands Of Driverless Cars In 2018

GM has not been as detailed in its plans for the future as Ford and Tesla, who have both said they want to achieve Level 4 autonomy in the next few years. This major deployment of test cars could be a signal that GM wants to remove humans from the driving experience, replacing car ownership with rental and taxi services.

51 Twitter now supports emoji search, which we all absolutely needed
52 How to feed and care for your wireless sensor networks
53 Justin Trudeau enchants the internet by putting on a jacket
54 Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineers
55 Watch Cherry Blossoms Suddenly Explode Into Life in This Stunning Timelapse Footage
56 Trump signs executive order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in Arctic and beyond
57 The Peen-i-corn is the latest very cute, very NSFW unicorn trend
58 Fyre Festival subreddit accurately reflects the dumpster fire that is the real event
59 Ex-Google Engineer Builds $1.5 Billion Startup in 21 Months
60 The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming
61 TSA taps Accenture for DevOps to make apps more agile - TechRepublic
62 Read and understand a bestseller in under 30 minutes with Instaread, now 90% off
63 Teen cashes in on the perfect revenge after being dumped by prom date
64 How to commit changes to a docker image - TechRepublic
65 Lego is releasing its coolest spaceship to date: an Apollo Saturn V
66 Do you work in the financial sector? Time to step up your cybersecurity habits - TechRepublic
67 China Is Racing Ahead of the US in the Quest to Cure Cancer With CRISPR
68 The item banned from Donald Trump's NRA speech is so ironic it actually hurts
69 Dark Patterns: The Ways Websites Trick Us Into Giving Up Our Privacy
70 Google's CEO got a massive raise last year
71 What to expect from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings report | Cult of Mac
72 Why IT's narrow view of serverless computing is holding it back - TechRepublic
73 Medion Erazer X7849 review
74 5 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Results : Social Media Examiner
75 The Circle Director Had to Create the Biggest, Best Tech Company Ever, and Make a Movie Too
76 The Fyre Festival: The Fiasco We All Should Have Seen Coming
77 NASA is running out of space suits — and it’s years away from having new ones ready
78 Google iOS search now finds streaming movies, music and TV
79 Alphabet just revealed details of a secret Sergey Brin company — and it sounds like his new blimp project
80 China's giant ride-hailing service Didi just secured $5.5 billion to aid its self-driving efforts and expand overseas
81 Cloudera finishes up 20% in stock market debut
82 Even the World's Largest Internet Companies Get Phished, Just Like Your Grandma
83 The Bigger Lesson From Facebook’s New Bereavement Leave Policy
84 Investigate Uber for phone tracking, consumer group tells FTC
85 Cassini's First Grand Finale Images Are Stunning—But What Are We Really Looking At?
86 Genius Vacuum-Hating Dog Figured Out How to Turn Off Its Owner's Roomba
87 Amazon Rival Boxed Sees Narrow Inventory as an Edge
88 What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's
89 These Disney-inspired prints are positively enchanting