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Apple put together a bunch of bite-sized iPhone camera lessons

Apple’s trying something a little different on its YouTube account today: rather than putting up more ads about how great the iPhone’s camera is, it’s published a series of short tutorials on how...

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Commentary: Trending on YouTube is a video of the actress filming a skit for "Saturday Night Live."

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When Star Wars first hit our galaxy 40 years ago, gas went for 65 cents a gallon and the Atari 2600 topped every kid's wish list. Let's time-warp back to 1977.

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Microsoft sends out a Windows XP patch to block new ransomware

WannaCry is the latest in a long, long line of lessons to keep your software updated and patched up. The security block for this ransomware was pushed out by Microsoft back in March, but won't have reached OSes that are no longer supported - like Windows XP.

2 Hospitals across the UK hit by WannaCrypt ransomware cyberattack, systems knocked offline | ZDNet

Hospitals across England and Scotland are being forced to postpone appointments and divert patients elsewhere because systems have been taken offline by a ransomware attack in an event NHS England has declared as a 'major incident'.

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Global Ransomware Attack 'Accidentally' Halted But It's Probably Not Over

An anonymous 22-year-old security researcher who goes by MalwareTech has, at least temporarily, managed to find a kill switch for the ransomware that spread across the globe yesterday. He insists his discovery was entirely accidental but experts credit his quick action for mostly stopping the malware from spreading to the United States.

Germany greenlights self-driving vehicle tests on public roads

Germany’s large automotive industry will soon be able to test self-driving cars in their home-country. The upper house of parliament approved a law on Friday that enables manufacturers to test vehicles on public roads for the first time.

It's the year of Linux on the Windows desktop | ZDNet

That aside, it will make it much easier for developers and system administrators to run Linux shell commands on Windows. While this isn't very useful for ordinary desktop users, for serious IT staff it's a real step forward in making Windows more useful in a server and cloud world that's increasingly dominated by Linux. Even on Windows Azure, over a third of server instances are now Linux.

Apple's first target for its $1 billion US manufacturing fund is glass supplier Corning

The glass company is a logical choice as a recipient of Apple’s investment, which is meant to promote increased US-based manufacturing. Given that Corning is a longtime Apple partner that’s both headquartered out of New York and has a major production plant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, it’s an easy win for Apple in both furthering technology for a major supplier and fostering local manufacturing.

Uber Lawsuit Goes To Trial, After Judge Rules In Waymo's Favor

Waymo, Google’s self-driving division, has been granted permission to take Uber to trial in a trade secrets lawsuit. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not settle the lawsuit through private arbitration, which would have avoided the lawsuit details becoming public.

Apple acquires AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured ‘dark data’, for $200M

As large tech companies gear up to make a stronger push into machine learning and artificial intelligence, Apple has acquired a company to fill out its own capabilities in the area.

What We Know About the Global Ransomware Attack

Attackers, using a tool allegedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, took advantage of flaws in Microsoft Windows systems to spread malware around the world on Friday. The “ransomware” encrypts files, effectively hijacking computer systems, and demands money, in the form of bitcoin, in exchange for decrypting them. Microsoft Corp. had issued a fix, or patch, for the flaw on March 14.

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How to record your own voice for Waze navigation

Indeed, there are lots of ways to have fun with this, and not just on your own phone. If you're able to briefly borrow (OK, steal) the phone of your spouse, a friend, etc., you can replace their selected Waze voice with your own. And if you can do a killer Christopher Walken impersonation, so much the better.

The 25 Best Fitness Apps of 2017

FIT Radio Free; $3.99 per month for Premium Available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS FIT Radio is a music-streaming app that specializes in DJ-created mixes that maintain a consistent beat. You can browse mixes by genre, DJ, or type of workout, such as Spin, Zumba, or yoga. If you like exploring new music and never want to think about putting together a workout mix on your own, FIT Radio is a great fitness app to try. FIT Radio is free to use, but with the free level, you get only one genre of music (the "FIT Radio Free" genre) and only a few mixes. A premium membership gets you more than 25 genres and stations, access to more mixes, unlimited skips, track list information, the ability to save favorites, DJ profiles, and no ads. Premium membership costs $3.99 per month, $27.99 for the year, or $79.99 for a lifetime.

The IT leader's guide to shameless self-promotion - TechRepublic

Persona: Perhaps the most interesting and daunting aspect of self-promotion is that you're presented with a blank slate. There are no "rules" preventing a business analyst from promoting him or herself as an advisor to CEOs, and the image you craft through your promotional activities need not be handicapped by your current position, work history, or experience. Marketing is a delicate balance of presenting a product in the best possible light without being dishonest, but IT leaders tend to err on the side of caution. At the end of the day, you want to promote the brand of where you want to go in your career, rather than where you are now.

​Microsoft Build 2017: The lessons learned on Windows, Azure, Dynamics | ZDNet

Management expects Dynamics to be spurred by LinkedIn and Office 365, implying tighter integration and enabling the modern professional to access more data than ever. Currently, the Dynamics business is roughly $2B and consistently growing double digits. Management believes the LinkedIn business is continuing to do well with members increasing at a 15% CAGR the past two years to over 500 million while sessions have increased 20%. Management expects that over 70% of the combined revenue from Dynamics and LinkedIn will be SasS in FY18.

2 tricks to make iOS Control Center less annoying

If you hate having Control Center accidentally pop up while playing a video game or using an apps, you can turn off "Access Within Apps". The upside to this is that you won't see that black arrow poking up from the bottom of the screen. The downside is that this setting applies to all apps meaning that you'll only have access to Control Center from your home screen or lock screen (unless you disabled it).

How to securely erase any hard drive, SSD, flash drive, iPhone, iPad or Android device | ZDNet

"While DBAN is free to use, there's no guarantee of data removal. It cannot detect or erase SSDs and does not provide a certificate of data removal for auditing purposes or regulatory compliance. Hardware support (e.g. no RAID dismantling), customer support and software updates are not available using DBAN. Should you need to erase data from a SSD or require a certificate of data removal, request a free trial of Blancco Drive Eraser."

Apple expected to reveal new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

In addition to a rumored Siri-powered home speaker, Apple is also expected to announce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a redesigned chassis at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

The '80s movies we think deserve a reboot

Editor's note: Every week we ask a question to the folks around our offices to see what they're into. This week we wanted to know which '80s movies should get an update.

6 GIFs Showcasing the Benefits of Jailbreaking iOS 10.2 - iOS 10

Picture-in-Picture is an exclusive feature available for certain iPad models, but if you jailbreak, you can get it right on your on your iPhone with a tweak called VideoPane. It allows you to position the floating video on any side of the screen, enlarge or shrink its size and watch it while you’re within another app.

Microsoft to turn Windows 10 PCs into smart home hubs

Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into smart home hubs in next major update, scheduled for September. According to internal documents seen by The Verge , HomeHub will support devices from Philips Hue, Nest, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink.

The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2017

If you don't want to go the DIY route, the Vivint Smart Home system is an excellent alternative. This soup-to-nuts system has door and window sensors, door locks, glass break detectors, indoor and outdoor cameras, light switches, motion and water detectors, smoke/CO alarms, thermostats, a video doorbell, and more. It's a multi-protocol system that communicates with RF, Wi-Fi, and Z-Wave wireless components, and offers complete 24/7 monitoring with direct alerts to your local police and fire departments. It features a well-designed mobile app and a 7-inch control panel that lets you communicate with a live representative when an alarm is triggered. You can also use it to view live video from the doorbell camera before opening the door. It requires professional installation and certainly isn't cheap, but it's a comprehensive home security system that doubles as a home automation system.

11 reasons why Apple and Adobe should fear the new Microsoft

Most of the automation relies on what Microsoft Graph knows about you, including analysis of your photos and videos, to intelligently choose its themes, clips and photos. It can import a couple of standard 3D file formats, as well as take scenes you've created in Paint 3D. As an application, it sounds cool; as an indicator of what you'll be able to do in other applications, it sounds even cooler. And I can't help but wonder if some of this will make it into Microsoft's gaming foundation. I can't tell you how many times I've seen companies attempt to make 3D "easy" and failed. The missing ingredient: operating system support.

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How to stain a Microsoft Surface Laptop

Sweat may be the biggest threat of all, but it’s something we can’t prove in a day. If you buy a Surface Laptop, your palms will rest on either side of the trackpad for the better part of two or three years. The fabric will eventually start to wear down, depending on how well you look after it, and your sweat will contribute to discoloration over time.

Intel’s Itanium CPUs, once a play for 64-bit servers and desktops, are dead

The first nail in Itanium's coffin came in 2003, when AMD (then in its heyday) released its first 64-bit Opteron chip based on the AMD K8 architecture. That chip's AMD64 instruction set introduced 64-bit support but didn't break compatibility with regular 32-bit x86 code, letting IT shops make the jump to 64-bit hardware without also having to switch to 64-bit software all at once. AMD's approach was so successful that Intel actually adopted AMD's extensions, cementing what is now usually called x86-64 as the dominant industry standard. This left Itanium to die a long, slow death.

Hasselblad’s X1D puts other medium format cameras on notice

For most of my time with the X1D, I exclusively shot in Manual mode, occasionally trying out the Shutter and Aperture priority modes. The f/3.5 30mm lens that my demo unit came which was useful for most of the situations the X1D is suited for (nothing moving fast, all stationary and at short to medium distance). As of publication, the X1D has only four XCD class lenses available — and they’re all prime lenses — but zoom, wide angle and one more prime lens is coming out later this year.

Kobe Bryant on 'Game of Thrones'? Photo with author sparks buzz

From the game of basketball to the "Game of Thrones"? Casting rumors abound after the retired NBA star hugs author George R. R. Martin in a photo.

The Windows Store is looking a lot like the future of Windows

It’s been a busy few weeks for Microsoft: unveiling Windows 10 S , the Surface Laptop , and a slew of major Windows 10 updates and features at Build 2017. But one thing that stood out among the various announcements by Microsoft was a renewed focus on the Windows Store, which is increasingly looking like a central piece of the future of Microsoft’s operating system.

Hackers Behind Massive Ransomware Attack Have Made an Embarrassingly Small Amount of Money

Krebs notes that the hackers may have other Bitcoin addresses that researchers are unaware of, but there’s no evidence of that at this time. What’s interesting is that figure divided by 100 payments comes out to $261.84. Unless some other factor is involved, it would appear that the criminals are cutting some people a deal. The page that appears on victims’ screens offers a way for them to contact the hackers, so maybe they’re negotiating? Here’s a low-quality video of the malware in action:

EcoFlow's River mobile power station is where style meets utility

The River is a mobile power station that can keep up to 11 devices charged all day long and looks good doing it, too.

How to configure Apache mod_deflate to enhance web server performance - TechRepublic

Gaining even the smallest performance boost from your web server can be crucial. Jack Wallen shows you how to eek the most out of Apache with the help of mod_deflate compression.

NBC's Timeless Travels to a Past Where It Wasn't Cancelled With Surprise Renewal

Kripke previously announced that the show would be getting a 10-episode season in summer 2018, but has since said he’s not sure when exactly the show will be coming back... just sometime next year. Still, it’s cause for celebration among Timeless fans, who may have just witnessed the most incredible time travel of all: back to a time when Timeless was still on the air.

Speed up your sluggish iPhone or iPad | ZDNet

Is your iPhone or iPad feeling a bit sluggish? Here's how to give it a refresh and get it working optimally again.

Busting the 5 biggest myths around the connected car

Artificial intelligence is also being deployed more frequently to help secure connected vehicles by learning and detecting new patterns of malicious behavior (or even non-malicious anomalies that could be early warnings of the need for maintenance). Connectivity management platforms can automate how and when a vehicle connects and what it does with that connection. Through such a platform, automakers can automatically disable connectivity while a vehicle is being shipped, preventing abuse of the connection during transit, and then have it securely resumed once the car has arrived at the dealership.

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We're Ignoring Women Astronauts' Health At Our Peril

WASHINGTON, D.C.— It’s 7pm, and the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, which was packed with investors, aerospace tycoons, and scientists just hours ago, has dwindled to a dedicated few. It’s a very different crowd than the folks who came earlier in the day to watch Buzz Aldrin and other space veterans speak—for one thing, a group of Girl Scouts has crowded the front row. For the first time all day, two women have taken the stage at the Humans to Mars summit in Washington, D.C.

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Check out Michael Kors' fitness and fashion wearable mashup

Fitness and Activity trackers are on the rise, and now that the functionality has been figured out, many companies are looking to incorporate better designs that are more attractive and less sporty looking. With new competitors entering the market, smartwatches are beginning to be offered as fashionable accessories, rather than just basic health gadgets.

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43 Intel, Samsung Gang Up on Qualcomm to Back FTC Monopoly Suit

“The Federal Trade Commission’s latest submission to the court does nothing to cure the fundamental flaws in its complaint against Qualcomm: no coherent theory of competitive harm and no allegations of the type of conduct that the antitrust laws are designed to address,” Qualcomm said Friday in a statement. “The complaint therefore should be dismissed.”

Mytek Brooklyn is an audiophile dream component

The Brooklyn is a "revealing" component, letting you hear more deeply into the sound of your music. Subtle sounds like a vocalist's breath, musicians moving around in a studio and the ambience of the studio or concert venue were newly apparent on everything from Elliott Smith's "XO" CD up to the recently remastered in 24 bit-192 kHz high-resolution files of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." "XO" is a better-than-average-sounding CD, and it was more so on the Brooklyn, while Davis' trumpet's dynamics and phrasing were more lifelike than I've heard them sound before on LPs or in digital formats. The Brooklyn is faithful to the sound of the source master, but when it's good, the Brooklyn lets you hear just how good it really is.

German rail operator affected by global cyber attack

BERLIN German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Saturday its systems were infected by a global cyber attack that caused computer turmoil in nearly 100 countries.

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Armed inmate killed, hostage rescued at Ill. hospital

Kane County Sheriff's Office spokesman Patrick Gengler says a SWAT team quickly moved in to Delnor Hospital in Geneva after negotiations broke down with the inmate Saturday afternoon. Gengler says an officer shot and killed the inmate, whom he identified as 21-year-old Tywon Salters.

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Short version: while Stross can clearly write workmanlike, commercial prose, the plot of "Zero Day" does not hold up to scrutiny. In fact, it reads like a mash-up of popular conspiracy theories, alarmism, and bad Hollywood thriller cliches. Also, the characterisation is spotty: the shadowy villain remains off-screen for the entire novel (and apparently gets away with their crime), the hero who saves the day only appears in the last chapter, and the overall lack of thematic resolution at the end of the novel is painful. We suppose this is a side-effect of telling a story as a collage of blog entries and web news reports, in an update of the style pioneered by John Dos Passos: it's innovative but ultimately unsatisfying. Also, the C++ code listings are a major obstacle for the non-technical reader.

Make your own 'Garden Spicer' to add a press secretary to your lawn

"Presenting the 'Garden Spicer,'" Kadonaga wrote. "Now you too can have the White House Press Secretary in -- or rather, 'among' -- the bushes in your yard. And hey, if you're concerned that when exposed to the outdoors, the image will run worries, that's exactly what Sean Spicer does, so it's totally authentic!"

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