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Feds using stingray phone-tracking devices to locate undocumented immigrants

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Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia

Why liberal conspiracy theories are flourishing in the age of Trump.

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How to socialize great smart cities strategies for all urban centers

“Our discussions with city CIOs worldwide tell us that once they become more aware of this digital inclusion issue, of disability and accessible ICTs, they are strongly interested in addressing it–but they also know they need help and guidance in doing so,” explains James Thurston, G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, to Cities Today.  “As part of our new toolkit, we have created the smart cities for All Database of Solutions for Digital Inclusion to help solve that very problem.”

The top 10 companies professionals want to work for in 2017, according to LinkedIn - TechRepublic

The social network for professionals recently listed 50 companies that have the most interest from users. Here are the top 10.

Telegram adds video messages and public ‘Telescope’ videos

Telegram released its latest 4.0 update this week, and one of the biggest features being added is video messages , which allows users to send video clips to each other at the push of a button. It’s similar to the app’s addition of audio messages — in fact, to access the video message feature, users simply tap the existing audio icon to switch to video mode.

Want a Raspberry Pi-powered PC? This $50 case turns the Pi into a desktop - TechRepublic

Now Raspberry Pi manufacturer Premier Farnell has released the Pi Desktop, a case that offers most of what you need to build a Pi-based PC. The case includes a real-time clock, an mSATA solid-state drive interface, heat sink, and a power switch, with support for an optional camera.

Linux distros won’t run on Windows 10 S after all

According to Turner’s post, Windows 10 S is primarily aimed at “non-technical users” who don’t want or need that kind access, and specifically isn’t designed for app developers or IT administrators who need more advanced control over their machines. To be clear: there’s no technical reason that the Linux distros from the store can’t run on Windows 10 S, aside from the choice by Microsoft to limit that option, and anyone running a 10 S device that chooses to upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 will immediately be able to install the Windows Store-distributed versions.

Apple blames Beats headphones explosion on third-party batteries

In a statement published on Friday, an Apple representative blamed the explosion of an Australian woman's Beats headphones on her using third-party batteries, rather than any product defects.

There's a WannaCry fix now, with some caveats

So if you've rebooted since your computer was hit by WannaCry, you might be out of luck. For the few who haven't, here's how the fix works. (Note: CNET has not tested this solution, since we don't have a computer infected with WannaCry.)



No. See the explanation for the dropping of the investigation [] which for some reason Slashdot didn't bother to mention. The short of it: They dropped it because Moreno won the Ecuadorian election, and he's refused to negotiate on handing over Assange, so there's no realistic possibility that he'll be surrendered before the statute of limitations runs out. Swedish law mandates that when all possibilities to resolve an investigation have been exhausted, the prosecutor is obliged to discontinue it.

Ford Sync 3 update brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to older vehicles

To get the update over-the-air, a Ford SYNC 3-equipped vehicle must have Wi-Fi compatibility and automatic system updates enabled. Ford says the update will work for as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, adding that you don't actually have to keep the car running to install the new features.


According to data released today by Kaspersky Lab , roughly 98 percent of the computers affected by the ransomware were running some version of Windows 7 , with less than one in a thousand running Windows XP. 2008 R2 Server clients were also hit hard, making up just over 1 percent of infections. Windows 7 is still by far the most common version of Windows , running on roughly four times as many computers as Windows 10 worldwide. Since more recent versions of Windows aren't vulnerable to WannaCry, it makes sense that most of the infections would hit computers running 7. Still, the stark disparity emphasizes how small of a role Windows XP seems to have played in spreading the infection, despite early concerns about the outdated operating system. The new figures also bear on the debate over Microsoft's patching practices, which generated significant criticism in the wake of the attack. Microsoft had released a public patch for Windows 7 months before the attack, but the patch for Windows XP was only released as an emergency measure after the worst of the damage had been done. The patch was available earlier to paying Custom Support customers, but most XP users were left vulnerable, each unpatched computer a potential vector to spread the ransomware further.

WannaCry's ransom deadline is here. Should you pay?

"In some cases, paying the ransom is inevitable; customer, patient and financial data can't be easily replaced and has more than just personal or sentimental value associated with it," a Malwarebytes spokeswoman said. "In some attacks, there's also a very high probability you will get all of your files back when you pay. In situations like that, we recommend attempting to negotiate with the attacker for a decreased ransom payment or the decryption of key files rather than paying the entire ransom."

Twitter abandons 'Do Not Track' privacy protection | ZDNet

Kint remains hopeful about DNT: "Twitter dropping its support is disappointing as they were a leader here, but the standard is written regardless of what Twitter says and will continue to move forward. In the desire to regain consumer trust and reduce ad blocking, the ad tech world would be wise to embrace Do Not Track rather than ignoring it. Ultimately consumers win. No business has ever succeeded long-term without meeting consumer demands."

Twitter warns Vine users that email addresses and phone numbers were exposed

Vine as we once knew it has already been shut down, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean the information you provided to the Twitter-owned company is secure. Twitter just sent out a mass email to Vine users alerting them of a “bug” that briefly allowed third parties to view email addresses and phone numbers associated with Vine accounts. If you get the email, your information was likely exposed — though that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s being misused by anyone. The company makes no mention of any passwords having been exposed during the window that it claims lasted “less than 24 hours.” Vine has also published a Medium post on the issue.

15 Talking With Viacom, NBC for Original Shows has already been working closely with traditional media companies. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo recently collaborated with for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and is in talks with the app to develop more Hispanic-focused entertainment concepts. Meanwhile, Hearst’s Seventeen magazine recently announced it will make a slate of video series focused on fashion and beauty for

This is the new Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft is holding an event on Tuesday, May 23 in Shanghai, China where it will unveil a widely anticipated refresh of its Surface Pro 4 laptop-class Windows 10-powered tablet, known simply as the Surface Pro. But you won’t have to wait until then to check out the new model from all angles.

Tim Cook is testing a new Apple Watch device that monitors his blood sugar monitor

This week, CNBC reported that Cook has been testing a new device that monitors his blood sugar levels. This glucose monitor is a prototype attached to Cook’s Apple Watch that can track how food consumption and exercise affects the CEO’s blood sugar levels.

37,000 AT&T workers go on strike

(Reuters ) – About 37,000 AT&T workers, or less than 14 percent of the company’s total workforce, began a three-day strike on Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier over new contracts.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

President Trump's cybersecurity order made the National Institute of Standards and Technology's framework federal policy. Here's what you need to know about the NIST's Cybersecurity Framework.

Amazon Sets Sights on U.K. Grocery With Checkout-Free Trademark Inc. is laying the groundwork to bring its checkout-free grocery store Amazon Go to Europe, as the U.S. giant steps up its efforts to crack the $800 billion global market.

Strategy first: How to do mobile dev right

Build platforms, back-end services, native vs. web—to launch the right mobile development strategy, you must make sense of several moving parts

How millennials are changing project management - TechRepublic

At GlassSKY , a company dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women, founder Robyn Tingley believes millennials differ in their approach to timelines, collaboration, and communication. "Millennials have a far better sense of work/life balance than Gen Xers," she said. "This doesn't mean that they won't put in extra time when the situation demands it, or respond to correspondence after hours, but they will most certainly expect that to be the exception." Tingley said that more so than other generations, millennials are drawing boundaries more clearly and that this new way of thinking is at odds with the old 'all nighter' mentality of project management deadlines. "It's making project leaders rethink deadlines, how to schedule work and wins, key milestones and what is truly realistic and achievable when your key players clock out earlier than the leader, and earlier than anyone in the older generations expect," said Tingley. "It also means decision making needs to be put on steroids...if your team members are going to be productive for just 8 hours, you can't have them spending 2-3 of those each day in meetings presenting powerpoints and flow charts to get consensus around change requests and scope adjustments.

Will Delphi and their self-driving supergroup create autonomous hits?

According to Richard Rau, a BMW director of product development, the group is collaborating to develop Level 4 and 5 self-driving technology that can be used across the industry for not only BMW but also other OEMs. He believes that a  small number of platforms will represent the market in the long term explaining “That’s why we believe it’s so important to not just build an exclusive BMW solution, but really to open this approach to as many OEMs as care to join. More carmaker partners are actively discussing joining the group in the next several weeks”.

That 'Alien Megastructure' Star Is Freaking Out Again

It’s almost certainly not aliens, but once again, Tabby’s Star is acting hella weird. The star that first became our planetary obsession back in the fall of 2015—when astronomer Jason Wright suggested its weird flickering behavior might be the result of an alien megastructure—is, once again, flickering. But unlike previous stellar glitches, astronomers are now prepared to study it in the act.

Uber Starts Charging What It Thinks You’re Willing to Pay

The company detailed for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg a new pricing system that’s been in testing for months in certain cities. On Friday, Uber acknowledged to drivers the discrepancy between their compensation and what riders pay. The new fare system is called “route-based pricing,” and it charges customers based on what it predicts they’re willing to pay. It’s a break from the past, when Uber calculated fares using a combination of mileage, time and multipliers based on geographic demand.

This Cyclops Goat Is Good

Eight days ago, a one-eyed goat was born in the Indian state of Assam. Since then, this brave little fluff has become an international sensation for obvious reasons: clearly, it’s training to be in the X-Men .

Hey IoT developers -- it's time you knew your rights

“While the IoT market is vastly complex, with standards and types of devices ever-evolving, what is certain is that the network technologies over which IoT services will be hosted are well defined, even as they continue to evolve,” said Silver Spring Networks chief technology officer, Don Reeves. “Our goal with publishing these Rights is to provide customers guideposts on which to make a mission-critical decision that must meet their requirements today and well into the future.”

Race to the future - Reuters TV

Technology from around the world is accelerating the change in our way of life. Here’s your first step to keeping up with what’s going on.

Duck Me, Ducktales Has Added Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck

In the original, his transformation into the heroic Gizmoduck was a little more accidental, having first appeared as an accountant for Scrooge, but he went on to appear as a regular character and even had a few appearances in Darkwing Duck . And that’s despite the fact the shows took place in separate universes !

5 Ways to Promote Your Products on Facebook : Social Media Examiner

Lion Brand Yarn uses Facebook Live video to promote sales, highlight specific yarn, answer customer questions, and share great patterns. The best part is that they do it without using any fancy effects or production. The videos feature one employee in a simple showroom setup, speaking frankly and humorously about what she makes and how Lion Brand Yarn’s products can be used.


I was sort of hopeful for Windows 10 S when Microsoft made a shocking announcement at Build 2017 that it is bringing Linux distributions to the Windows Store. This gave the impression that students using the S variant of the OS would be able to tinker with Linux. Unfortunately, this is not the case as Microsoft will be blocking Linux on the new OS . In other words, not all apps in the store will be available for Windows 10 S. "Windows 10 S does not run command-line applications, nor the Windows Console, Cmd / PowerShell, or Linux/Bash/WSL instances since command-line apps run outside the safe environment that protects Windows 10 S from malicious / misbehaving software," says Rich Turner, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft. Tuner further explains, "Linux distro store packages are an exotic type of app package that are published to the Windows Store by known partners. Users find and install distros , safely, quickly, and reliably via the Windows Store app. Once installed, however, distros should be treated as command-line tools that run outside the UWP sandbox and secure runtime infrastructure.

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China pays for Windows XP addiction as 'WannaCry' hits. …

Facebook adds food ordering so you never have to leave

When you tap through to the new food ordering icon on Facebook, you'll see a list of restaurants in your area that use the service. A tap on the restaurant's image will take you to its Facebook page, or you can just hit Start Order to get directly to the menu. There's a spot to enter your address to ensure the place can deliver to you or tell it that you'll pick up your order. The interface for ordering seemed fairly straightforward for the restaurants we tried it out with, too.

The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017

Earphones (or earbuds, or in-ear headphones) offer a slightly different sound profile compared with conventional headphones. Generally, you'll get better sound from a full set of "cans" around your head than from buds in your ears, but in-ear sound quality has improved a great deal. More importantly, in-ear headphones are much more likely to be water resistant, and much better suited for use when working out. Get a good sweat going, and you'll turn your headphone earpads into a nasty mess. For our top picks, check out The Best Earphones .

Twitter Confirms Some Emails and Phone Numbers Tied to Vine Accounts Were Exposed

Twitter made the announcement today through an email to those who have their phone number or email address associated with a Vine account. The company says that if you didn’t receive an email from Twitter regarding the situation then you were “likely not effected.” Otherwise, the bug exposed phone numbers and email addresses for a 24-hour period.

Ford adds Android Auto and CarPlay to its 2016 vehicles

As it promised last year at CES, Ford has started updating 2106 Sync 3-equipped vehicles with Android Auto and CarPlay . That means drivers who have so far settled for the automaker's in-house setup will essentially get a brand new infotainment system if they'd rather switch. Android Auto users can update via WiFi or the USB port, while drivers who want CarPlay will have to make a trip to their dealer and pay a fee.

Uber Starts Charging What It Thinks You’re Willing to Pay

The company detailed for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg a new pricing system that’s been in testing for months in certain cities. On Friday, Uber acknowledged to drivers the discrepancy between their compensation and what riders pay. The new fare system is called “route-based pricing,” and it charges customers based on what it predicts they’re willing to pay. It’s a break from the past, when Uber calculated fares using a combination of mileage, time and multipliers based on geographic demand.

The weirdest star in space is acting weird again. Is it aliens?

This week, observations of the star located some 1,400 light-years away showed a potentially major dimming event was beginning to happen again. This sent astronomers like Tabetha Boyajian, who is credited with discovering the star and its odd nature, scrambling on social media and elsewhere to get "eyes" on the system, both human and technological.

Microsoft should have left Windows XP to rot and die | ZDNet

Microsoft should have left Windows XP to rot and die. Yes, it's painful, but it eventually has to happen, and all Microsoft is doing is pushing the problem out to another day. And bear in mind that Microsoft didn't really need to release this patch, because it wouldn't have taken security firms long to push out detection signatures to antivirus and endpoint security products.

Microsoft is getting closer to completely modernizing Windows 10's native applications - TechRepublic

And then there's Paint 3D, which appears to be an update to the old Paint, yet it's not—because Paint still exists in Windows 10 right alongside the new version. Having both is actually a good thing. If you simply want to edit an existing image or create a new one using techniques you are already familiar with, Paint's your man. However, if you want to explore a new way to create images, you'll enjoy getting to know Paint 3D, as it allows you to create or modify 3D objects, easily change color or texture, and turn 2D images into 3D images.

The Best Printers of 2017

In addition to a USB port, most office printers and an increasing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can share the printer easily on a network. Many also include Wi-Fi capability. Even if they don't, if you have a wireless access point on your network, you can print wirelessly to any printer on that network, whether the printer itself offers a wireless connection or not. Printers that support Wi-Fi Direct (or its equivalent) can connect directly to most Wi-Fi–enabled devices, even if your computer or handheld isn't designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. We're also seeing printers that can connect to and print from a mobile device via near-field communication (NFC) by merely tapping the phone or tablet to a particular spot on the printer.

Windows XP hit by WannaCry ransomware? This tool could decrypt your infected files | ZDNet

Windows XP wasn't vulnerable to the WannaCry worm but still could be infected with the ransomware. Now there's a tool to decrypt Windows XP machines attacked by WannaCry.

Security firm recovers iCloud Notes beyond Apple's 30-day deletion window

Despite an Apple policy of permanently wiping deleted iCloud Notes older than 30 days, it appears to be possible to recover notes that are far older, a security firm said on Friday.

New FCC proposal completes plan to gut net neutrality | ZDNet

The Writers' Guild of American, West , snarled, "Chairman Pai has described the Open Internet rules as 'a panoply of heavy-handed economic regulations' that could harm 'one of the most incredible free market innovations in history.' This doublespeak -- the claim that every attempt to protect true free market competition from monopoly control is necessarily a regulatory attack on the free market -- is pure Orwellian demagoguery. In reality, the internet is free now, and can remain free from monopoly control by ISPs, but only if the Open Internet rules remain."



Here are the best apps on Android, according to Google | ZDNet

From indie developers to VR apps, there's a little bit of everything in Google Play Awards 2017.

Tech Week in Review: Ransomware Attack, Google I/O, Cisco

Bloomberg's Tom Giles and Mark Gurman review the big stories in tech this week. They speak with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

VCs Hunt for a Food Delivery Business That’s Sustainable

But the era of free lunch is over, says Howard Hartenbaum, a partner at venture firm August Capital. He said his firm looked at more than a dozen delivery companies before investing in Eat Club. He estimated it takes about $12.50 to deliver a single meal on time in most U.S. cities. “It has become obvious that you can’t make money on individual deliveries; the cost of a single meal is too low to hide your associated fees,” Hartenbaum said. “Who wants to subsidize a company with no path to profitability?”

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Google bolsters the Home and Assistant

It's becoming clear that Google is working hard to boost its competitive standing in the smart speaker market. Amazon is king there now, with an estimated 9.17 million US households holding Echo devices. That dwarfs Google's market share — a BI Intelligence survey found that 8% of respondents owned an Echo, while just 2% owned a Google Home. But Google has been moving fast to enhance the device's capabilities to bring it up to speed with competitors, by beginning to allow third-party developers to add their own skills last year, and introducing multi-user functionality last month. These latest announcements expand on those, and make Google more readily able to take on the Echo line.

51 ​Google I/O 2017: Here's what we learned | ZDNet
52 Why Google Assistant Can't Beat Siri for iPhone Users
53 Predictive analytics: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
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56 Mexico's Steamy Soap Operas Lose out to Netflix, Snapchat
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58 Wal-Mart's Online Sales Soar as Retail Giant Pursues Amazon
59 Alien's Ripley Is My Favorite Action Hero Ever
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61 Shopify Plans Share Sale as Record Prices Help Fund Growth
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63 This electronic cannon disables drones
64 'World’s Hottest Pepper' Will Have You Breathing Fire, But It Won’t Kill You
65 Chelsea Clinton's Husband Joins Silicon Valley Firm Social Capital
66 The Venom Movie Has Chosen Its Star/Symbiote Host: Tom Hardy
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69 How 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' pulled off its incredible 'Lemonade' parody episode
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71 U.S. Startups Fail to Attract Crowd of Small Investors
72 The Best Fitness Trackers for Running
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74 Court ruling is major setback for FAA's drone registration program
75 All the Dangerous Things You Shouldn't Be Doing With Your Fidget Spinners
76 And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY 2017 is… RecordGram
77 Apple could release MacBook updates soon
78 A 'Superbug' Fungus Is Spreading Across the US
79 Make Your iPhone 5s Look Like an 'iPhone 7 mini' with This Kit
80 Alien: Covenant May Be the Biggest Disappointment of the Summer
81 Companies use kidnap insurance to guard against ransomware attacks
82 Court ruling nullifies US requirement that hobbyists register drones
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84 Android TV gets a new look with Android O, but it's probably still too confusing
85 Weekly Roundup: WannaCry ransomware attack, Google I/O, RecordGram wins Startup Battlefield
86 Google's Coolest Tech Is Getting Harder and Harder to See
87 New Tool Could Liberate PCs Infected With WannaCry
88 A Tip for Apple in China: Your Hunger for Revenue May Cost You
89 I'm Afraid to Ask The Internet to Name This New Moon
90 Source: Apple CEO spotted test-driving prototype glucose-tracker connected to Apple Watch
91 'Panda' Porpoise Could Be Extinct In Months
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93 Watch teen Mark Zuckerberg's reaction to getting into Harvard
94 Anderson Cooper DGAF, literally talks about Trump taking a dump on his desk
96 The Global Seed Vault may have already met its match
97 Facebook takes on Twitch with new live-streaming deal for esports