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Samsung mocks Apple again: This time it's poking fun at iPhone's throttling troubles | ZDNet

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 upgrade ad tries to capitalize on Apple's iPhone "battery slowdown" controversy.

This creepy thought experiment about a serpent king brought Grimes and Elon Musk together

  A reptile of legend recently reared its head. The basilisk is a fabled serpent king who, according to European bestiaries, can cause death with a single glance. Its most recent incarnation, however, looks to the technological future rather than the mythological past. “It's both terrifyingly interesting and interestingly terrifying” According to VICE, TNW Conference …

3 reasons why a 'live personality' can take your brand from drab to fab

The concept of “going live” in the business world has been steadily picking up steam for a few years now. The implementation of Facebook Live back in 2016 thrust this practice into the spotlight.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 migrates from Steam to

Activision is switching things up for its cash cow franchise, taking it from Steam, PC gaming’s biggest digital distribution platform, to The platform switch was revealed during the game’s debut event earlier this week. According to Activision, the game will be “fully integrated” with’s social features (which, you know — I’d certainly hope …

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Meet the smartest locks on the block

Much about this lock remains the same as previous generations. You can install it in minutes flat, it relies on the same August app as before, and like August's Smart Lock Pro, this simpler version also comes with DoorSense. It also works with August Access, part of August's app that lets users give temporary virtual "keys" to service people, couriers and retail delivery services.

The insane Deadpool 2 cameo you might have missed is...

Look for Tudyk early on, almost right after you see Cable (Josh Brolin) for the first time on screen. He's sporting a mullet and drinking watered-down beer in an open field with his buddy. Cable comes up to the duo, asks a simple question and then gets annoyed when there's no simple answer. Tudyk drops to the ground when Cable hits him, and that's the last we see of him. Poor Wash .

Deadpool is not an Avenger and not part of the MCU

If anything, Deadpool can *maybe* be called an X-Men trainee, or perhaps even better, he's the founder/"leader" of X-Force. So please, stop asking if he's an Avenger.

Best wireless speakers for dads

The waterproof UE Roll 2 plays 15 percent louder than the original Roll, has a longer wireless range of up to 30 meters (about 100 feet), and it ships with a UE Floatie, so you can take it into the pool with you right out of the box. Certain colors of this speaker often go on sale, particularly now that the newer UE Wonderboom has been released.

12 Android P features to get excited about

Prior to Android P, when listening to music and you wanted to adjust the volume of said music, there wasn't a simple way of doing so. You could use the volume buttons but ultimately would adjust the system volume setting for your phone.

7 Gmail tips every emailer should know

With Google behind Gmail, it's no surprise that Gmail offers powerful search functionality. You've likely used the search bar above your inbox to dig up an old email based on a keyword or sender, but it can do so much more. Click the little down-arrow button on the right of the search bar to open Gmail's advanced search panel where you can search for date ranges and attachment sizes, by subject line and with other filters.

How to sync your Google contacts to your iPhone

If you're one of the users who lives in both major mobile ecosystems, staying organized can be difficult. Here's how you can access your Google contacts on your iOS device.

Best Father's Day gifts under $100

OK, these are the final headphones on the list. The JBL Reflect Mini 2 doesn't have the absolute best sound quality for a $100 pair of headphones, but they're so comfortable that it kind of makes up for it. Also, the reflective cord glows at night when it catches the light. Is dad a nighttime runner or walker? Then definitely check these out.

IBM warns of instant breaking of encryption by quantum computers: 'Move your data today' | ZDNet

Welcome to the future transparency of today as quantum computers reveal all currently encrypted secrets -- a viable scenario within just a few years.

Sony's X900F has minimalist style, maxed-out image

With great picture quality and Smart TV features galore, as well as the Sony name itself, the X900F is an appealing package.

Hearing Yanny? You might speak a lot of languages

President Donald Trump and White House staffers waded into the Laurel or Yanny minefield with a humorous video, but good luck turning this into a political debate. Qualtrics found 53 percent of Democrats heard Laurel while 51 percent of Republicans heard Yanny. That isn't significant enough to argue about.

Want to watch the royal wedding? YouTube has you covered

There's now one more place on the internet you can watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.

Get the Bluetooth model of Koss' iconic Porta Pro headphone

So I'd call it a draw. I like the Porta Pro's Wireless' more robust bass, but in the end I preferred the wired 'Pros more laid-back sound balance. You may of course feel otherwise. Both are good at what they do, but if you're looking for a budget price Bluetooth headphone, the Porta Pro Wireless is worth a listen.

Google Assistant 101: Get to know Google's voice-activated helper

Now, let's talk about what all you can do with Google Assistant once you're up and running. For the most part, Google Assistant can do the same tasks whether you're talking to it on your phone or a smart speaker. Your Assistant can obviously display more info and interact with apps like Google Maps more directly when you're on your phone. But unless otherwise noted, as I go through Google Assistant's abilities, I'm talking about its abilities on all compatible devices.

Mirai botnet adds three new attacks to target IoT devices | ZDNet

While the original Mirai uses traditional brute force attacks in an attempt to gain control of IoT devices, Wicked uses known and available exploits in order to do its work. Many of these are old, but the inability of many IoT devices to actually install updates means they haven't been secured against known exploits.

Apple planning new campus for North Carolina: Report | ZDNet

The new Apple campus could bring a $1.5 billion investment from the iPhone maker, and create as many as 10,000 jobs. Apple is being offered a sizeable tax break for expanding its corporate campuses outside Cupertino, CA from North Carolina politicians.

Here’s a pint-size, yet feature-packed power amp from PS Audio

I reviewed the original Sprout in 2014 , but I haven't heard it since so I can't say how the original and new models compare. This much I know for sure, I enjoyed my time with the Sprout 100 paired with my KEF LS50 speakers, and I checked the amp's compatibility with my Magnepan .7 flat panel speakers (they were good together). Since the Sprout 100 is just a mere 6.2x8.2x1.9 inches (152x203x44mm) it's small enough to be used in desktop systems. The aluminum chassis runs slightly warm to the touch.

Scandinavia gets its first autonomous public buses, but there's a big catch | ZDNet

Mass-transit company Kolumbus in Stavanger, southwestern Norway, has just won the right to run an autonomous bus service on some of the city's public roads. The license is the first granted in Scandinavia, according to the company.

How to run Windows 10 and Windows applications on your Mac | ZDNet

macOS is a great platform, but there are times when some Mac users still need access to Windows and Windows apps.

Six deals for Saturday: $21 wireless headphones, $55 4K Roku and more

Happy Saturday. There are always plenty of tech deals out there, but it's hard to tell what's really a deal and what isn't. So we've poked around a bit, sifted through the bargain bin so to speak and came up with a few sales we found worthy of attention.

How guests will be expected to behave at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

But, once the invite has plopped onto lucky attendees' doormats, there's much more than just outfit planning to be considered. This is a royal wedding, remember, and that means guests will be expected to behave in a certain way.

Inside Microsoft's lab with the Xbox Adaptive Controller

"We're coming up on 2 billion people playing video games on this planet," Phil Spencer , the head of Microsoft's Xbox team, said last week. "As an industry, when you start to hit that kind of impact act in terms of the broad base of people that interact with your art form, I do think we have a social responsibility."

5 tips for making meetings more effective and efficient

I'm frequently shocked by presenters who stick to their planned presentation at all costs, even when the audience is telling them it's not helpful. I've seen meetings where the audience has clearly tuned out, and finally someone is kind enough to say, "This isn't what we need," only to have the presenter respond, "Let me just finish the last 48 slides." No one is awarding points to you for finishing your agenda, and I've often led highly successful meetings where we change direction in the first 90 seconds and don't even get past the title slide of my carefully prepared presentation. Stay attuned to the needs of your audience, and keep your ultimate objective in mind. There are usually multiple paths to the same objective, and just because the path you carefully mapped out isn't the one the group ultimately takes does not make the meeting any less successful.


Debating someone, who obviously doesn't know what they are talking about with regard to cephalopods and the human brain, who is pushing an entirely implausible and fantastical claim, that the human brain has a section which is alien brain matter grafted onto the frontal lobe, is not close mindness (sic), it is challenging a fantastical claim that has zero proof backing it up.� You have brought zero proof of your claim and neither is there a scintilla of evidence that these grey aliens even exist.�� You are peddling drivel here and doing it very poorly.

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In Google we trust: But why? | ZDNet

In contrast to Facebook, which has seen its trustworthiness plummet, Google has won trust by delivering sherpa-like navigation through digital and physical domains. That's going to pay huge dividends in an AI-driven world.

The new era of the Multi-Model Database | ZDNet

Increasingly, customers are demanding that their databases take on multiple chores. Emergence of multi-model databases providing developers multiple paths through APIs is the latest evidence of this trend.

A puzzling problem: Teaching robots to criticize themselves | ZDNet

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GDPR in real life: Fear, uncertainty, and doubt | ZDNet

In this first part, we focus on the reasons why most organizations are not ready to deal with GDPR, the chances of US-based organizations being scrutinized under GDPR, and the process and expectations for individuals wishing to exercise their rights under GDPR. The second part will cover GDPR on premise and in the cloud, and its impact on data governance, transparency, and innovation.

Intel's Mobileye inks deal to supply millions of autonomous vehicles | ZDNet

"Many of you have asked why we think autonomous cars and vehicles are so important to Intel's future," said Krzanich at the time of the purchase. "The answer is DATA. Our strategy is to make Intel the driving force of the data revolution across every technology and every industry."

Yanny or Laurel? The internet's still not tired of the debate

Somehow the Yanny or Laurel debate continues on as more people hear the robotic voice that quickly went viral a couple days ago. There are so many theories for why people hear one or the other based on how good your hearing is, whether your bass is turned up or even how old you are. Whatever you hear, you have to admit it's pretty amazing how stuff like this can grab the world's attention with the power of the Internet.

Lil Tay's Insta feed is like mainlining internet (now just wait for the crash)

Other than Beverly Hills, circa 2009, I have a bold theory for you. Lil Tay has actually been around forever. She's the fast-burnout sensation for the internet era. A child star in Gucci. Shirley Temple burning out on a social media account. Watching a 9-year-old Instagram star crash and burn generates the same schadenfreude we've always felt over Hollywood stars. Now it's just voyeurism on a smaller screen.

The perfect phone: 13 features I've dreamed of | ZDNet

I honestly could do without any sort of Portrait Mode feature on any phone, it's just not something I use a lot. And truth be told, I've yet to use one portrait mode feature on any phone that is consistent. There's always some sort of caveat or concession required in order to capture what I want.

Sony Brazil focuses on premium products | ZDNet

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Hey entrepreneurs: Here's how to fix your sucky product

You’ll face this sometimes, some of your customer stakeholders have a stake with the current supplier. This stake is not necessarily financially related, it could be a psychological one, as they were part of developing their product or due to having a good relationship with its founders. You need to figure out what the true relation is, check the market, with their colleagues, and with the other stakeholders.

Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1: But it's still dwarfed by Amazon, Google | ZDNet

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​OpenSSH arrives in Windows 10 Spring Update | ZDNet

One of the most universally used Linux/Unix tools is now included by default in Windows 10: OpenSSH. Here's how to get started with it.

Operator of counter-antivirus service Scan4You prosecuted | ZDNet

One customer of the service used the service to test malware which was released in order to cause chaos for US retailers. The result was the theft of roughly 40 million credit and debit card numbers, 70 million addresses, phone numbers, and other personally identifiable information (PII) from customers.

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We're at @makerfaire Bay Area and giving away brand new #HackadayPrize t-shirts NOW ONLY to the first 10 people who find us at the Tindie Booth and give us the Secret Password "Build Hope"! Find @QueerEngineer ! Tindie is in Zone 2, in the Electronics Section!

UIs that accidentally preserve memories

The worst thing about being over 50 has been cleaning out contact lists. Old friends. Family. Some I can't remove yet. I'm just basically never going to clear out my contact list. It's full of old addresses that no longer work, for people I no longer know, but going back through it reminds me of all kinds of phases of my life that I've forgotten. Also, if I ever need to track someone down or feel like getting back in touch, it gives me a list of potential usernames and numbers to try, which has actually come in handy more than a few times. It's like going back through text files I used to write to myself in college, dated to-do lists that I'd keep adding to for months after that date. Sometimes it's cathartic to realize I was right all along about something. Sometimes it's frustrating to realize I knew something years ago and just put it out of my mind. A friend of mine did an exhibit on this subject, collecting screenshots of metadata in an open call, then re-creating them in letterpress form. A lot of them are like stories half-told, glimpses into someone's personal messages.

Windows 10 tip: How to enable Hyper-V and create virtual machines | ZDNet

Every business edition of Windows 10 includes a full-strength virtualization platform, Hyper-V. If your PC meets the requirements, you can begin creating virtual machines for testing software and services without risking your daily productivity.

E3's leather Apple Watch bands are made the old-fashioned way   | Cult of Mac

Whether they are rebuilding vintage motorcycles or crafting Apple Watch bands, the folks at E3 Supply Co. do everything by hand. It’s not that they can’t afford fancy robots to get the job done — the small team of three prefers to do things this way.

Here's what happens in the Deadpool 2 after-credits scenes

What it means: This is a reference to the Green Lantern movie that came out in 2011. It was Reynold's last superhero movie before the first Deadpool. To say Green Lantern is largely considered a disappointment both financially and critically is an understatement. In a time when comic book movies had reached the heights of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, Green Lantern felt like a '90s comic book movie throwback in the worst way possible. This final Deadpool 2 scene was the movie's way of acknowledging Green Lantern as a bad choice at the time and moving on. It seemed to offer a bit of catharsis for Reynolds as well. And it's hilarious.

Apple started paying $15 billion European tax fine

It took a couple of years, but Apple has started to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government. The company has paid $1.77 billion (€1.5 billion) into an escrow account designed to hold the fine. Apple has to pay $15 billion in total (€13 billion).

IQbuds Boost review: pricey earbud, bargain hearing aid

In short, the IQbuds Boost work. Part of that, though, is what they do to your own speech. They don't enhance your speech as much as they muffle your hearing of it via the ear seal. That's a weird thing to get used to, and I just didn't have the patience. Whenever I had to actually converse with someone, I took the buds out, which defeats a lot of the purpose. It's not a deal-breaker, but using these in your daily life, as intended, is a commitment.

How to protect your company from tax season phishing scams

For example, if an employee named Ray Donovan sends a W-2 form from his corporate email address ( to his Gmail address (, UEBA can determine that it's highly likely this information is being sent to the same person and will not send a critical alert nor block the transmission. It helps if Ray has a history of sending himself emails of this nature so UEBA can mark that behavior as normal.

​LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies | ZDNet

LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo, the leader of South Korea's fourth-largest conglomerate, has passed away. He will be remembered for transforming LG to a global technological powerhouse.

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