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Can ElliQ the robot combat social isolation in the elderly?

Intuition Robotics has a new AI companion called ElliQ, aimed at keeping older adults active and engaged and less lonely.

Here are the funniest reactions to Kendall Jenner's terrible 'woke' Pepsi ad

No. Just, no.

Dude wakes up to a really mean skunk in his tent

GTFO, skunk.

New SoulCycle Campaign Offers A Glimpse Into The Brand’s Cult Phenomenon | Fast Company

“Find It” features real instructors giving impassioned pep talks that perfectly sum up the brand’s unique sweaty spirituality.

A Year Later, The Tech Team Behind The Panama Papers Continues To Help Break News | Fast Company

It was “the biggest leak in the history of data journalism.” International Consortium of Investigative Journalists head of data & research Mar Cabra speaks about what worked and didn’t work from a tech and data science point of view.

#QuitThisShit helps sexual assault survivors stand up to their trash-talkers

No more victim-blaming.

Self-driving taxis by 2020? Daimler and Bosch say they will make it happen

Car manufacturer Daimler AG and auto supplier Bosch are joining forces to put autonomous and self-driving taxis on roads

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Uber drivers in Seattle blocked from unionizing after federal judge’s temporary ruling

The law in question passed the Seattle city council in a 9-0 vote back in December 2015 . The first of its kind, the law allows drivers for ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft to unionize and collectively bargain for better working conditions, earnings, and other benefits. The bill was a victory for labor groups like the App-Based Drivers Association, which had lobbied with the local Teamsters union on behalf of freelance drivers.

​Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wins top computing prize

The World Wide Web, just 28 years old, is a stunning achievement -- even if bogus information and mobile apps are undermining its influence.

Spotify now offers Premium users exclusive early access to new music

We know that not every album by every artist should be released the same way, and we’ve worked hard with UMG to develop a new, flexible release policy. Starting today, Universal artists can choose to release new albums on premium only for two weeks, offering subscribers an earlier chance to explore the complete creative work…

Everything We Know About Spider-Man's New High-Tech Suit in Homecoming

He figures out it has a heater, which might have come in handy in the other ones. He finds out that it lights up. At an inopportune time, he finds that out. At one point, the Spider logo on his chest goes [makes motion with hands] and floats off and starts giving him surveillance data, and he’s like, ‘What?’ In fact, that startles him when it happens because he didn’t even know that would happen....Long story short, we tried to look through the comics and pull out all of the sort of fun and wacky things that Steve [Ditko] did, which seemed even harder to explain when he built it in his own bedroom. So, like, there’s an airbag at one point. What else? There are different sorts of webs that he can unlock, too. He has one that can sort of tase people. One that shoots multiple webs at the same time out of one wrist. like, it shoots in two or three different directions.

Amazon Prime will replace Twitter to stream Thursday NFL games

Last year Twitter made Thursday Night NFL games a centerpiece of its video streaming/group chat effort s. This year, the NFL is taking its 10-game simulcast package to Amazon Prime, according to reports by Recode , the Wall Street Journal and Variety . While Twitter made the games available for free (alongside the broadcasts on CBS or NFL Network), on Amazon they will be a part of its Prime subscription, just like two-day-shipping, movies, music and other things it offers.

Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum from streaming only

Kanye Omari West is a rapper, record producer and singer. West graduated from Polaris High School and completed one year of art school at Chicago State University. After spending time rapping and working with local artists, West moved to New York in 2001 to pursue his music career full time. Respected rapper Jay-Z hired him to produce songs for his album The Blueprint, which sold more than 420,000 …

New bill aims to ban warrantless phone searches at the US border

The bill, if it becomes law, would require border officials to obtain a warrant, which requires prior probable cause. But some agencies, including Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, contend that they have wide authority to search devices at the border, which doesn't afford foreign nationals constitutional protections like they would past the border.

Forbes Tech News on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Google Awareness API: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

The Google Awareness API can vastly simplify programming context-aware Android apps, and for busy developers that's never a bad thing. The information that the Google Awareness API can gather and make use of has incredible benefits for app users, which could be just what you need to catapult your app to the top of the Play Store.

Android beats Windows as most popular OS, raising questions about future of desktop - TechRepublic

A recent report from StatCounter said that Android is more popular than Windows in terms of internet use. Here's what that means for the future of Android and the desktop.

3 counterintuitive trends when thinking about smart cities

Leapfrog approaches are the stuff that innovators, especially in Silicon Valley, talk about. Take a radically different approach and disrupt this industry, so goes the mantra. When it comes to smart cities I think nothing could be further from truth. Our technology progresses often much faster than our ability to adapt to them and when it comes to adjusting to new ways of living, potentially even relocating, it just adds a significant barrier.

Why so many tech pros want to leave Silicon Valley for their next job - TechRepublic

"Typically, people 45-54 are at the mid-to-late stage of their career journey and are more likely to have established themselves in a profession and often are more settled in their personal lives," Mukherjee said in the release. "So it begs the question, why are these people looking to migrate for their next job? We think it is because living in the Valley has become unaffordable for so many people or it could be desire for a better work-life balance."

Why big vendors could ruin Blockchain by making it a centralized service - TechRepublic

Which leaves us, Bradbury concluded, where the Web was back in 1994. Early and still small enough to fit in a "Yellow Pages" you could buy at Barnes and Noble. Not to worry, however, as things get better: "Two decades later, the web is the Justin Bieber of tech—recently come of age, hugely successful, but addled and tarnished by its runaway success. It is a beautiful but insane place let down by a dystopic mixture of dodgy Javascript and rampant cybercrime, and ruled by privacy-eating monoliths."

The real reason behind the new law for ISPs and what it means for internet users - TechRepublic

Nathan Wenzler, chief security strategist at AsTech, said, "Since the original regulations had not yet taken effect, there is little that will change immediately, but the intended purpose was to prevent ISPs from collecting and selling the browsing history and patterns of their users. Many websites do this already when a user is on their site, and leverage that browsing history to deliver targeted advertising to the consumer. But they can only do this for what a user does on their own site. An ISP, being the means to connect directly to the internet for a user, would be able to gather every single bit of usage data for a user, including every site ever visited. ISPs have argued they need this data in order to be competitive with websites like Facebook and Google for delivering valuable browsing data to advertising networks."

New York’s top court rejects Facebook challenge to 381 search warrants

(Reuters) – New York state’s highest court on Tuesday rejected Facebook’s challenge to 381 search warrants to uncover suspected widespread Social Security disability fraud by its customers.

How Tech Companies Prowl Hackathons for the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Tech companies face a harsh reality: You're only as good as your latest product. The scramble to identify and lure the best talent has taken recruiters to unusual places. This week, Bloomberg Technology's Lizette Chapman visits a recent hackathon, where high school and college students code through the night. All the while, corporate representatives and investors are watching, eying the kids who will become future stars.

Chris Hardwick will host a new prime-time show about science and technology

It might sound unusual for a show like this to get a slot on prime time, but Hardwick has a history of drawing eyeballs for NBC. He currently hosts the game show The Wall , which is the network’s highest-rated unscripted launch of the year, according to The Hollywood Reporter .

Microsoft to reveal Xbox Project Scorpio specs this week

Microsoft previously revealed that Project Scorpio will run at 6 teraflops, ahead of its main competitor the PlayStation 4 Pro with 4.2 teraflops of graphical power. Microsoft plans to replace its 8GB of DDR3 RAM / 32MB of ESRAM with 12GB of GDDR5 memory on Project Scorpio. Thursday’s Scorpio reveal should provide us with information on whether Microsoft is using AMD’s latest Ryzen processors, and the exact power of the system Microsoft plans to release later this year.

The Webby Awards People's Voice needs YOU

To keep the suspense we've hidden the standings during the last 24hrs.

Invader Zim Is Coming Back as a TV Movie

If there is one thing Nickelodeon has realized in the last year or so, it’s the vast money- and publicity-generating power of nostalgia. But since it’s bringing Invader Zim back, I’m kind of okay with the pandering.

The 10 best smartphones of 2017 so far | ZDNet

Samsung's Infinity Display looks fantastic and minimizes the top and bottom bezel while removing anything on the sides which roll down from the front to the back. We see ample RAM and internal storage with the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, new Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, improved front facing camera, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S8 and it deserves the top spot.

Keep cool (and organize your condiments) with the best refrigerators

When choosing a new appliance, the overall aesthetic is definitely something to consider. After all, a refrigerator is a large focal point in any kitchen. It may be the best refrigerator ever constructed but if it’s unsightly or unnecessarily bulky, do you really want to showcase it alongside your other appliances? Probably not. We also like to focus in on specific special features. What does this appliance do that others simply cannot? Many of these bonus bells and whistles will certainly affect the price of the unit but then again, many of these options are the selling points on a specific model.

Amazon, FTC End Legal Battle, Clearing the Way for up to $70 Million in Refunds Inc. can begin refunding as much as $70 million to consumers for in-app purchases made by children, following the end of a legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC on Tuesday said it and the Seattle-based retailer agreed to end appeals related to a federal court decision last year that found Amazon was liable for in-app purchases children made over the course of about five years without their parents’...

Apple Music for Android finally gets new iOS 10 design | Cult of Mac

Apple Music subscribers on Android got some much-needed love from Apple today in the form of a new update that brings some fresh UI changes to the streaming app.

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Samsung gives an insider view on the design process behind the Galaxy S8

Following months of speculation and an incessant  deluge of leaks , Samsung unveiled its brand new Galaxy S8 flagship at a special event in New York City last week. Now the company wants to share how its creative team came up with the gorgeous design for the handset.

Will Apple unveil a touchscreen laptop running iOS in '15 months to 2 years'? | ZDNet

Apple may be designing its own graphics processors to make the augmented-reality glasses Tim Cook has dropped hints about, but the move is also an opportunity to build something that takes the security and modern app development of iOS and puts it into a device format Mac users have been asking for.


Researchers say they have developed a new material that could pave the way for self-repairing smartphones, robots and other electronic devices. Scientists from the American Chemical Society claim that the material, which can stretch up to 50 times its usual size, is able to heal itself "like nothing has happened " even when cut in two. The material is flexible, transparent and shares similar properties to human skin. When exposed to electrical signals, a current is generated that creates a chemical bonding reaction between molecules. The most obvious applications for electronics devices seems to be self-healing displays, although lead researcher Dr Chao Wang is also exploring the possibility of a self-healing lithium-ion battery.

How BioWare will fix 'Mass Effect: Andromeda'

Following Thursday's release, BioWare says it'll roll out a number of additional patch to improve "several areas of the game. Those include a deeper character creation tool, fixes for character appearance and hair modelling, improved "male romance options for Scott Ryder" and better conversations with the trans character Hainly Abrams. That final update is welcome -- Abrams' dialog has been the source of criticism in recent weeks.

Advanced Chinese hacking campaign infiltrates IT service providers across the globe | ZDNet

Dubbed Operation Cloud Hopper, the cyber-espionage campaign has been uncovered by security researchers at PwC, BAE Systems, and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre. The researchers say the campaign is "highly likely" to be the work of the China-based APT10 hacking group.

This Air Force General Wants a Cloaking Device for His Aerial Tankers

The U.S. Air Force’s military transport chief is tapping Silicon Valley, the defense industry and the Pentagon’s new innovation office in search of electronic cloaking technologies out of “Star Trek” to shrink the profiles of aerial tankers on enemy radar.

Michael Keaton's Next Villainous Turn May Be in Dumbo

If none of that sounds familiar to you, that’s because there is no circus sale in the original movie. The “villains” are other animals that bully Dumbo, the clowns who make it so Dumbo has to perform a dangerous and scary trick, the circus manager for his treatment of Dumbo and Dumbo’s mother, and the sort of the ringmaster. There are cruel characters, but there’s no antagonist or classic Disney villain to be found in Dumbo .

A Girl's Drawings Come Alive in This Playful Blend of Live Action and Animation

Directed by Danny Madden, Frolic n’ Mae tells the tale of a little girl who slowly realizes she’s the weirdo outcast at a slumber party. To cope with her bitchy preteen peers, she begins doodling, but the artwork magically comes alive—and causes all sorts of mischief and mayhem in the process.

Google study shows teens think Google is more lit than Supreme and Nike

“Unlike millennials,” the study found Gen Z’ers are “ambitious, engaged, and feel like they can change the world” which is why it was so important to pinpoint what the young leaders of tomorrow find cool – that and the $44 billion purchasing power they hold.

New ice cream is made from trash and tastes like treasure

Salt & Straw plans to play its part by making Second-Steeped Rum Spices and Apple Butter ice cream with spices that were first used in Portland’s East Side Distillery. Salt & Straw plans to re-steep the rum-soaked spices (including peppercorns, vanilla, and orange peel) in cream and will use apple butter made from bruised apples that would have otherwise ended up in the trash bin.

12 best Google Chrome extensions to make life easier

Google Chrome has become the most popular way to browse the web. With Chrome extensions you can make your browsing experience even more efficient. Among the top browser add-ons are password managers, in-tab dating sites and discount hunters. The best part: they're all completely free.

Boeing's Proposed Deep Space Explorer Will Be Our Stepping Stone to Mars

While details are still pretty thin on the timeline for these bad boys, there are a few things we know for sure: Boeing plans to use NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS)—which, upon completion, will be the most powerful rocket the agency has ever built—in order to send a habitat into the Moon’s orbit. This outpost, dubbed the Deep Space Gateway, will be similar to the International Space Station (ISS) in that it will create a space to do scientific research while providing a destination for transportation vehicles to dock. In theory, Boeing’s Deep Space Transport vehicle could stop there on its way to the Red Planet, likely carrying humans.

Xiaomi Wants to Be More Like Costco

Xiaomi has frequently been compared to Apple with its sleek devices and charismatic leadership, but the company says it is misunderstood. Bloomberg's Peter Elstrom reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia." (Source: Bloomberg)

The Latest Lucifer Promo Hints at What Will Surely Be Another Uneasy Family Reunion

Lucifer has been on hiatus since late January, when a two-part episode saw Lucifer realizing the true nature of his relationship with Chloe, as well as traveling back to Hell to rescue her from a deadly poison. Now we’ve got a peek at the show’s return next month, with the introduction of a key new character.

How to set up an Android phone for your kid

Google Family Link can help you manage how your children use their phones, but it doesn't do anything to kid-proof apps designed for adults -- Tinder won't become kid-safe, for example. Family Link is simply a tool. Having conversations with your children about how they use their phones and how they can be safe and responsible is still recommended.

Rodan + Fields quietly became the top-selling skincare brand in America

"As someone who owns a competing brand to Thinx….and has been around for the same amount of time. I just have two requests for Miki/Thinx. 1) Please stop pretending like you are the only game in town, because you are not and 2) Please stop trash talking other brands. As you and I talked about 2 years ago…We are creating a category…But when you are constantly trash talking the other products on the market it is bad for the category. I applaud your boldness and the way that you have grown your brand, but this particular tactic I have a major issue with." 

What is DevOps? 3 things you need to know - TechRepublic

For a topic as hot as DevOps, there remains plenty of confusion about what it is and how it can help a company on its digital transformation journey. Here is a quick summary.

Free PDF ebook: Riding the DevOps revolution - TechRepublic

In this joint special feature from ZDNet and TechRepublic, we offer practical advice on how to plan and implement a shift to DevOps. And we've made the whole series available as a free download.

Alibaba is using Microsoft's Azure networking switch for its public cloud | ZDNet

Microsoft uses its Linux-based SONIC cloud switching technology to power Azure. Alibaba is now starting to implement SONIC, as well, Microsoft says.

The Easiest Way To Help Save The Planet: Get A Bike | Fast Company

These days, Walker is more of what he calls an “everyday cyclist”: he bikes with his son to school, and around the neighborhood on errands. That type of casual cycling–when hopping on a bike is just a part of your daily life, not an event–is the kind of use that Walker sees as truly transformative. “Even a relatively sedate daily bike commute can have a near-miraculous health impact at just about any age,” Walker writes. Every year in America, around 800 Americans die on bikes; in the same period of time, at least 200,000 die prematurely from illnesses linked to lack of physical activity, like cardiovascular disease and cancer. The most comprehensive study on the benefits of cycling, Walker says, tracked 30,000 Danes over the course of 15 years; the researchers found that just biking to work decreased risk of mortality within that time frame by approximately 40% .

New data on open source: Reinventing the wheel every day

Imagine every time you wanted to drive a car, you had to build new wheels. People would probably still be riding horses to work. Elegant, some might say, but a terrible waste of time and effort. New data shows this is exactly what is happening in 2017. If you are a developer, you might be reinventing the smallest of functionalities across repositories and microservices every day.

Caving to labels, Spotify ends its music free-for-all

"As someone who owns a competing brand to Thinx….and has been around for the same amount of time. I just have two requests for Miki/Thinx. 1) Please stop pretending like you are the only game in town, because you are not and 2) Please stop trash talking other brands. As you and I talked about 2 years ago…We are creating a category…But when you are constantly trash talking the other products on the market it is bad for the category. I applaud your boldness and the way that you have grown your brand, but this particular tactic I have a major issue with." 

7 tips for taking better pictures with Android - TechRepublic

I never use the phone's flash. Why? Because it's inconsistent and makes for uneven lighting. Your best bet is to make use of the natural lighting. If you can, position the photo by a window; or, better yet, take the photo outside. If you can't get natural lighting for the photo, find an external source (other than the flash). Just remember, however, that most fluorescents are far from flattering. Whatever you can do to avoid it, use anything but the phone's flash. The thing about lighting is, it can be very tricky to get right. And, as a rule of thumb, you can never have too much light. Even if you find yourself in a situation where there's a significant amount of lighting, you can compensate for that within your camera app's settings.

The Nameless City Is Being Turned Into an Animated Miniseries

The news, revealed today by Entertainment Weekly , will see each book in the fantastical trilogy—which focuses on the adventures of Rat and Kai in the titular city, nameless for the fact it keeps getting invaded and renamed by different warring nations all the time—split into four-episode adaptations. While there are no other details about the series just yet (like, where it’ll eventually air), Frederator Studios plans to release the first four episodes in the fall of 2018.

A real-life company is implanting microchips in employees

After a semi-painless injection between the thumb and index finger, a microchip is implanted in another employee. A cyborg is now created, and this human/machine mashup runs off to buy a smoothie using his or her new sub-dermal implant.

51 Apple abandoned some of its most important users, and now it's trying to catch up to its biggest competitors
52 Growing A Living Resistance To Trump’s Anti-Climate Policies | Fast Company
53 5-year-old 'boss lady' is slaying the fashion game
54 Mega Man Animated Series Heading to Cartoon Network
55 Mom accidentally shows off NSFW pillows, and oh god, what is happening
56 Trump just killed Obama's internet-privacy rules — here's what that means for you
57 36 baby names that are on the verge extinction
58 Roadside assistance is T-Mobile's latest connected car freebie
59 On Equal Pay Day, this Facebook chatbot will help women get their money
60 Trump keeps H-1B, but imposes strict guidelines for applicants - TechRepublic
61 Overwatch cheaters owe Blizzard $8.6M after court ruling
62 Video: Top 5 ways to track data breaches - TechRepublic
63 Young Women Aren't Closing the Great American Gender-Pay Gap
64 Ikea employee creates 'Game of Thrones' toilet fit for a king in the north
65 Alphabet bests Uber in self-driving car reliability
66 Google hopes to end Android patent wars with a new community license
67 The Unexpected Outcomes In These Videos Are More Satisfying Than You Think
68 Office Q&A: Three ways to search for messages in Outlook - TechRepublic
69 The reality of hacking....or a new hacking reality?
70 Ian McKellen Explains Why He Refused to Play Dumbledore in Harry Potter
71 Apple Music for Android gets updated with iOS 10 features
72 Snapdeal looking to raise $100 million from SoftBank, other investors
73 New bill would crack down on border phone searches without warrants
74 Do you use dating apps at your desk? You're not alone.
75 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
76 A 'valuation built on a house of cards' - A fired Snapchat employee wants a judge to unseal information he claims shows inflated user numbers
77 Tesla is now the most valuable car company in America
78 This Test Could Settle the Loch Ness Monster Mystery Once and For All
79 ​Microsoft Sprinkles app copies Facebook by copying Snapchat
80 Help us solve the mystery of Kendall Jenner's shorts
81 Why Apple will never abandon the Mac
82 You Could Get Sick if You Follow Gwyneth Paltrow's Cookbook Recipes
83 Equal Pay Day Is a Good Reminder of How Much It Still Sucks to Be a Woman in Tech
84 Trump signs law allowing ISPs to sell your browsing history
85 Microsoft's new iPhone camera app has some weird tricks for the Snapchat generation
86 CNET News on Twitter
87 Tesla is now bigger than Ford despite selling a fraction of the cars — and a threat is looming over the future
88 Netflix's Defenders Assemble on August 18 (UPDATED)
89 Microsoft's Sprinkles app is better at captioning selfies than you
90 The Sonos Playbase is a home theater in a slab
91 Here Are the 2017 Hugo Awards Finalists
92 Experts claim Galaxy S8's display is the most impressive they've seen in a phone