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Modders Are Creating New Vegas Inside Fallout 4 -

There are some Fallout fans who consider Fallout: New Vegas to be the best entry in the series. Though that game is indeed great, it hasn’t aged well over the years. Thankfully, a …

Amazon shows you how to use WorkSpaces on the Samsung Galaxy S8 | ZDNet

AWS is one of the partners offering desktop virtualization services via the DeX, Samsung's new docking station.

Video Shows Elon Musk's 'Boring' Tunnel Vision

There's at least one major problem holding back this plan at the moment: tunnel boring is a ridiculously slow process.

Flying Taxis Will Be More Like Taking the Bus

It’s no longer a dream, but physics, safety, cost, and utility still stand between you and the reality.

Heineken just made the ad Pepsi wishes it had

Commentary: You want to bring people together over the drink you're selling? Watch this. Millions on YouTube already have.

How Echo Look could feed Amazon’s big data fueled fashion ambitions

This week Amazon took the wraps off a new incarnation of its Alexa voice assistant, giving the AI an eye so it can see as well as speak and hear. The Echo..

Watch SpaceX Launch a Super-Secret Payload for the Feds

*Cough cough* spy satellite *cough cough.*

Dog learns to turn off home robot, and it's serious about it

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A hacker has leaked 10 stolen episodes of 'Orange Is the New Black’ season 5 after Netflix allegedly refused to pay ransom

“It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix. You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was,” the hacker wrote. “We’re quite ashamed to breathe the same air as you. We figured a pragmatic business such as yourselves would see and understand the benefits of cooperating with a reasonable and merciful entity like ourselves.”

Elon Musk teases electric Tesla semi truck at TED talk - Roadshow

During a TED talk, the Tesla CEO showed a teaser image for his company's forthcoming electric semi truck. It's interesting in the sense that it doesn't look like any other Tesla on the road. The headlights are tall, instead of wide, which is more typical on trucks like this.

What Trump’s first 100 days have meant for tech, science, and the future

Yet it has been an eventful hundred days. We won’t delve into every executive order and diplomatic shift, but the beginning of the Trump administration has had a profound impact on technology, science, and the future course of the planet. Media, politics, and so much else seems to have entered a new era, and it’s a surreal one. Even more than before he took office, Trump permeates the culture: news, television, music, even things that aren’t direct responses to Trump get pulled into his gravitational field. Rollbacks of environmental regulations and aggressive tweeting about North Korea mean we can now worry about two apocalypses at once: nuclear winter and climate change. (The fact that tweets can raise the specter of nuclear war is new, too.) The wall may end up being more of a fence or maybe just a metaphor, but metaphors have power, and hostile rhetoric coupled with aggressive deportations means the future looks more isolated and less connected than ever. Meanwhile, one of the primary drivers of interconnection, the internet, is being divvied up by corporations.

Merriam-Webster lists ‘sheeple’ as a word, cites Apple fanatics as examples

Merriam-Webster understands that its dictionary is a living document, subject to the verbal fashions and colloquialisms of succeeding generations. And as a sign of the times, the respected language source has added the word “ sheeple ” (a word that our word processor still doesn’t recognize) to the official list of Webster-ordained words. What are sheeple, you ask? Well, as Merriam-Webster would have you believe, they’re Apple fanatics. See? Like we said — a sign of the times.

Google's Waymo gives free self-driving car rides in Phoenix

Waymo, formerly the Google (GOOGL, Tech30) self-driving car program, announced late Monday that it will give hundreds of Phoenix residents free rides in its self-driving Lexus SUVs and Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The company is looking for people from diverse backgrounds and varied transportation needs.

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Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

In its statement, Amazon said that as it launched the program in 2015, it was building its own Appstore, and decided to end the Underground program while it continued to “expand the Amazon Appstore experience.” The company noted that access to the store will continue through the end of this summer, and that it will end support for the app in 2019.

How to Install Kodi 18 Leia iPA for iOS on iPhone Without Jailbreak

A new Nightly build is now available for Kodi, namely Kodi 18 Leia. It is currently under development, but the iPA has been made available for iOS users and doesn’t require a jailbreak. The latest update brings new improvements to Kodi along with a slightly redesigned UI. Keep in mind that this is currently a development build and may contain issues.

Wikipedia blocked in Turkey - Turkey Blocks

The Turkey Blocks monitoring network has verified restrictions affecting the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia in Turkey. A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April. The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country.

Insanely great audio products rock Chicago expo

The Axpona ( Audio Expo North America ) show was held last weekend at the Westin O'Hare Hotel in Chicago. I've never attended before, but I'm happy to report the exhibits of affordable to high-end audio were outstanding. At least half the demonstration rooms were playing LPs, and the ones that weren't streamed digital files. Only a handful played CDs.

The Aura is an unique home security system

In open space, you can place the two units some 50 feet apart. But if there are walls in between, this distance is reduced to just 30 feet or even less, effectively shrinking the the protected area.

Our favorite phone apps right now

If I have to choose just one I am going with Strava ( iOS / Android ). I use it on my iPhone 6 to track my runs and hikes. It is great especially for runs because I can see my progress. It is easy to keep motivated and try to compete against yourself that way. Also against other people, I guess, but I'm not much into that, and I only have six followers/people who I follow. My favorite feature is the little map of the area where you ran that you can see on your Feed. It's addicting. I'm especially proud of my runs in Tokyo being immortalized that way (even though it was hot and humid and I really wanted to quit running and just go eat something).

What makes Deep Learning deep....and world-changing?

Inspired by these biological processes of the human brain, artificial neural networks (ANN) were developed.  “Deep learning” refers to these artificial neural networks that are composed of many layers. It is the fastest-growing field in machine learning. It uses many-layered Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) to learn levels of representation and abstraction that make sense of data such as images, sound, and text

A Black and White Version of Logan Is Coming to Theaters for One Night Only

Mangold previously announced he was working on a black and white version of the film, but this is the first we’re hearing it’ll be shown in theaters. Sadly, details beyond that are scarce. Will it be 1,000 screens? 500 screens? We don’t yet know and haven’t heard back for Fox for comment. It’s probably best just to keep an eye on your local theater’s website for May 16 screenings.

Check Out the Lexus That Apple's Using to Test Self-Driving Car Technology

Almost two weeks after Apple Inc. secured permission to test its autonomous-car technology in California, the first images of the vehicle have been captured on Silicon Valley roads.

As Chromebook sales soar in schools, Apple and Microsoft fight back

Few saw the Chromebook coming. When it launched half a decade ago, the category was broadly maligned for its limited feature set, middling hardware specs and operation that required an always-on internet connection to work properly. But things change in five years. In 2015, the category overtook MacBooks in the U.S. for the first time ever, selling around two million units in Q1 . It’s a pretty astonishing number for a product many pundits deemed doomed in its early stages. And that victory has been largely fueled by the K-12 education market.

Despite setbacks and job cuts, Google is promising a big update in its race against Amazon’s delivery drones

Wing is part of X, formerly known as Google X, which is the company's R&D unit working on far-out "moonshot" projects, racing against Amazon and drone makers like DJI to usher in what may one day be a massive new market, delivering everything from food to medicine straight to people's doorsteps.

China Doesn't Understand the Concept of American Chinese Food

Meet Fung and Dave, two Americans who opened up a Chinese-American restaurant in Shanghai, where the cooks shake their heads at dishes like crab rangoon and orange chicken and the customers don't understand the point of fortune cookies.

Urbanears' Stadion wireless earphones are all coiled up like an old telephone cord

Urbanears' Stadion wireless earphones are all coiled up like an old telephone cord

EPA Officially Removes Its Climate Change Sub-site

Well, it took 100 days but the EPA has finally removed the climate change section of its website. An agency spokesman explained that the information that has been collected on the page over the last 20 years posed a problem because it contradicted the administration’s denial of man-made climate change.

Overwatch hero D.Va will be temporarily removed

The company said today in a tweet from its customer support page that tank character D.Va is being deactivated while it investigates a bug in the game.

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Flash sale: Blu R1 Plus is $109 for the next 24 hours

The Blu R1 Plus Amazon flash sale price is $109, but ends at 11:59 Pacific time. It goes back up to $159 midnight on Sunday. 

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.

The director of 'The Circle' explains why the movie makes huge changes from the book

“I love the ending in the book and in adapting there were a lot of conversations with Dave and with Emma, and it was a feeling that if the audience feels that Mae is purely evil then it becomes too binary or some propaganda film," Ponsoldt said. "I'm not technophobic, I don't think technology is inherently bad, I think technology is great. My issue is more with the companies that are bringing us all that great stuff. Why do they have to collect, store, and perhaps monetize our private information? That was the spirit that we wanted to have with the movie and of Emma's character at the end. She means well, I think, to the very end."

Let's Talk About Google's Crazy Year in Hardware

Google needs to be in the hardware business. It’s infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and Chrome. Yet it’s gonna hit a wall soon. A company as large as Google can’t infiltrate every point of the human experience with software and services alone. It needs to be producing the phones we text on and the computers we browse on. Last April it was reported that Google was aggressively hiring a hardware team in preparation for a big push, and sure enough, by the end of the year, the company had released a whole line of gadgets across categories ranging from smart phones to smart speakers.

IT storage certifications are evolving, but experts debate their true value - TechRepublic

Marks is lukewarm about the SNIA certifications in general. "There's value in the training. I just don't think there's much value in the certifications," he said. "I remember teaching some of the advanced Novell classes many, many moons ago, and having guys in the classroom who were [Certified Network Engineers] who knew exactly what the test was going to ask but didn't understand any of it."

Apple Halts License Payments to Qualcomm in ‘All-Out War’

When it began it’s suit against Qualcomm in January, Apple accused Qualcomm of monopolizing the market for chips used in wireless devices and withholding $1 billion in retaliation for cooperating with South Korean antitrust authorities. Apple also said it wants back some of the billions of dollars it claims it was overcharged in “Qualcomm’s illegal scheme” to control the market for mobile phone chips. It wants a court to change how Qualcomm charges for its technology.

Prepare to worship the deities of 'American Gods'

In Slavic mythology, there are generally only two Zorya sisters mentioned — The Morning Star (Zorya Utrennyaya) and the Evening Star (Zorya Vechernyaya), but Gaiman's novel and the TV show  include a third: the Midnight Star (Zorya Polunochnaya). These sisters of different ages are relatives of Czernobog, and each represents a portion of the day. They're tasked with guarding the doomsday hound Simargl, who is chained to a distant star, because if he ever escapes, he'll devour the universe and bring about the end of the world. No pressure!

The Best Wireless Routers of 2017

Satellites in a Wi-Fi system are all part of the same network and provide seamless connectivity as you roam throughout the house, and they do not usually require any configuration or management beyond a few taps on a free associated mobile app. A number of the solutions in this category support high-end features like guest networking, device prioritization, parental controls, and MU-MIMO, but because Wi-Fi systems are designed to be simple, in most cases you won't be able to access the same kind of in-depth settings you can on routers. For that reason, power users and compulsive tinkerers might not love Wi-Fi systems, but for everyone else who finds network setup intimidating, these are among the friendliest and most innovative options you can find today.

Mars-like soil can be pressed into strong bricks — which could make building easier on the Red Planet

But these bricks aren’t a complete solution to construction on Mars — at least not yet. The team only made miniature bricks, so it’s possible that larger Martian bricks won’t hold up so well. And it’s not clear how durable they are either, which is important for a few reasons. Obviously, you don’t want your structure to collapse. But less obviously, dust from the soil could break off into the air that astronauts are breathing, and inhaling large enough particles could cause health problems. The dust may also contain a type of salt known as perchlorate, which has been found throughout the Martian surface. Perchlorates can be toxic to human thyroid glands. So more research needs to be done to better understand these risks.

It's electric! Mountain bike racing gets recharged

Pro bike racer Ben Goyette, a video game programmer by day, was at the Sea Otter Classic to race his conventional mountain bike. But he's fine with e-mountain bikes, and says riding them is like a really good day on a conventional bike.

The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2017

Whether you received a new iPhone for the holidays or you just want to breathe new life into an older one, these are the apps you need.

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.”

The Business Guide to Machine Learning

Ted Dunning, Ph.D., is the Chief Application Architect at MapR, which provides Big Data distributions and data management tools for enterprises, and has also co-authored two books on what he refers to as " Practical Machine Learning ." The Silicon Valley veteran has worked in the field for decades, watching the AI techniques and the space evolve to the point where advances in cognitive computing and the availability of open-source tools has truly brought ML to the mainstream. Dunning spoke to PCMag to cut through the jargon and explain what ML actually means, and impart some wisdom and best practices on how businesses can make the most of their ML investment.

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Investigate Uber for phone tracking, consumer group tells FTC

The complaint comes in the wake of a New York Times report from Sunday , which claimed Uber tracked users' iPhones even after the ride-hailing service's app had been removed from the gadgets. Asked to comment on the complaint, Uber pointed to its statement in response to the Times story. In that statement, Uber said that iPhone fingerprinting doesn't let the company keep tabs on people who uninstall its app.

Here's how Elon Musk's tunnels will put an end to traffic jams

If you've been catching the little hints Elon Musk's been dropping this year about revolutionizing traffic flow with a massive network of underground tunnels, you're probably eager to hear more details about it - and we just got a few.

Predictive analytics or gut instinct: Which works better? - TechRepublic

Using predictive analytics can help companies make better decisions. But so can listening to gut feelings. Here's when to go with which of those approaches, or a mix of both.

Mysterious cat-and-mouse-themed Trojan RAT is potentially dangerous, but its creators and purpose remain unclear | ZDNet

The highly skilled nature of the threat actors behind Felismus, and their ability to cover their tracks, means that no-one knows their identity or their target. However, the malware doesn't appear to be linked to any known campaigns.

The Best Baby Monitors of 2017

Many of the baby monitors we've tested are internet-connected, letting you watch infant with your phone or tablet through an app just as if you were checking a home security camera. Because of this, you might not actually get a standalone display to go along with the camera. They aren't out of the question, however; some camera-only baby monitors offer viewers as an add-on or in a bundle. And if there aren't any available, you can simply get an inexpensive tablet like the Amazon Fire to use as a dedicated viewer.

Trump’s first 100 days: a visual review

The Trump presidency is unique for many reasons, not least because our President is a showman — a reality TV star obsessed with ratings and visuals. Those instincts and his team’s inexperience with the trappings of government have run headlong into the carefully choreographed and stage-managed traditions of the Presidency — a show that’s been running for hundreds of years. The photos of the past 100 days reveal wholesale changes to the equipment our President uses, the design of his productions, and the ways in which the media captures him. We asked Josh King, former production director for President Bill Clinton, to examine each week of photos week-by-week for those differences.

The most memorable protest signs from Trump's first 100 days

In recognition of the president's first 100 days in office, here is a selection of the most memorable protest signs from the last three months that Trump probably wants you to forget.

Need a chatbot fast? Your best bet might be a firm you've never heard of | ZDNet

The result of mixing these two approaches -- natural language interfaces with expert systems -- is an almost no-code approach to building a chatbot. You can start with existing formatted data, import into an expert system, process its internal structure and content, and then front-end it with a natural language system that gets extra training from the content in your documents.


Do you work in the financial sector? Time to step up your cybersecurity habits - TechRepublic

A report from IBM Security revealed a 937% increase in records stolen from the financial sector in 2016. Here's what you need to know and do to protect your sensitive data.

The unforgettable moments of resistance that defined Trump's first 100 days

Whether President Donald Trump likes it or not — and he definitely doesn't — his first 100 days as commander-in-chief have been defined by The Resistance. The mass activist movement has brought together those who oppose Trump's leadership, and marginalized communities most impacted by the president's policies are at the helm.

10 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 can do that the iPhone can't

Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh.AP Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, is packed with a lot of thoughtful features that you won't find on the iPhone.

On emotional authenticity and masking as an autistic person

My ideal situation is to express authentically anyway, and deal with the fallout as best I can. I am happier and calmer. But it’s sort of swings and roundabouts - I don’t really save any energy because the energy that is no longer used on real-time processing and masking is displaced to emergency fallout repair as I flail to reassure or save a relationship when a NT person is very upset by something I’ve said. I can only express authentically in real-time if I (very quickly, at the beginning) assess the situation and my energy levels, and find that I have enough energy to patch things up afterwards if I say or do something wrong.

How to give an important presentation with confidence - TechRepublic

In all but a few rare cases, generally when you're presenting content to someone, the audience wants you to succeed. After all, if you fail to convey the material or points, not only have you failed, but the audience has wasted their time. Next time you're on the receiving end of a presentation, notice that most of the audience happily engages in during the first few minutes, hoping that the content and delivery are informative and engaging. This is especially true at the upper echelons of an organization, where time is increasingly precious. Take advantage of those first few minutes of your talk to engage and compel, and you'll likely "own the room" for the remainder of your talk.

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