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Google Photos upgraded with new sharing features, photo books, and Google Lens

Google today announced an upgrade for its popular Google Photos application, which is now being used by 500 million people every month. The app now has a new..

On 'SNL,' the Rock shocks mad scientists with sick invention

Commentary: Mad scientists try to outdo each other with evil inventions. The Rock appalls them all with something so depraved that they want to call the police.

'SNL' parody ad hawks diamond-studded fidget spinner

Fidget spinners, the trendy gadget of the moment, go way upscale with a fake ad for those who need to distract an obnoxious date.

Star Trek: Discovery's First Real Trailer Finally Drops - ExtremeTech

We've finally got a real trailer for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series on CBS All Access. Here's what we can glean from it.

Samsung's Artik promises interoperable, secure IoT solutions

Samsung has unveiled an updated Artik Smart IoT platform with the goal in mind of giving IoT-innovating companies what they hope are the right tools.

UK switches on the world's largest wind turbines

32 640-foot wind turbines in Liverpool Bay have begun generating power for the UK.

2017 Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: New form factor makes it easier to capture the whole world | ZDNet

Last year's original Samsung Gear 360 was one of the best affordable 360 cameras, but was limited to a couple Samsung phones and the large ball was awkward to carry around for capturing life's moments. This year's model is much easier to handle and records higher resolution video.

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FCC Refuses to Release Evidence of the 'DDoS Attack' on Its Website

In a new interview with ZDNet , FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray said that the logs will not be released. He claims that the attack did not come from a botnet, but was instead coming from commercial cloud services. It used the FCC’s API which is legally required to be open to the public. He says that the logs of the attack won’t be released because they contain private information like IP addresses. Yes, the FCC is suddenly worried about your privacy in this situation that doesn’t involve major companies paying for your information.

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How San Leandro is using IoT to transform its core

San Leandro, a suburban city in California, plans to integrate a 10-gigabit fiber loop into public infrastructure and services, in a move to evolve the city from its industrial roots.

Why DevOps is key for your business in 60 seconds - Video | ZDNet

Inspired by the world of just-in-time manufacturing and widely practised in 'greenfield' IT organisations such as web-scale businesses and startups, DevOps is now making inroads into the 'brownfield' enterprise market.

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.

iPhone 8: Here's everything we think we know about Apple's super-expensive iPhone | ZDNet

Apple's super-expensive 10th-anniversary iPhone 8 is set to redefine the iPhone and help take the device into its second decade. Let's take a look at what we (think we) know.

Can we use wearables to predict your future?

Imagine having a wearable that is capable of warning you when you are about to start a fight and can provide you with alternate behavioral solutions.  The study of biometric data in prediction models for human behavior is an interesting peek inside what the future of wearables may be like.

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These fidget spinners are causing way too much trouble. RIP iPhone.

Hey Siri, Google Assistant is on the iPhone now

Yep — the rumors are true : Google Assistant is headed to the iPhone to take on Apple’s Siri. Announced at Google I/O, the company will roll out Assistant as a separate iOS app from Google search to specifically target tasks tied to your personal preferences.

LeEco CEO steps down in troubled times for China's tech giant

In April, LeEco employees told Bloomberg the company was five days late paying its US employees and that the Vizio deal was stalled. A week later, LeEco and Vizio said their tie-up wouldn't happen, blaming "regulatory headwinds" for the deal's demise.

Busted Movie-Ransoming Pirates Show There May Not Be a Lot of Money in This Racket

In recent weeks, both Netflix and Disney have been threatened by movie pirates who demanded a ransom in exchange for not leaking big ticket films and shows. In both cases, the companies have refused to pay. The producers of India’s most successful film of all time were also the victims of blackmail, and six suspects were arrested this week.

NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron making new 'Terminator'

He'll be back! Fans of "Conan the Barbarian" and "Twins" can also rejoice -- the former governor is going back to the 1980s for those franchises, too.

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.

iPhone users can now install the voice-enabled Google Assistant for iOS

Why this matters: The Google Assistant for iOS sure sounds like a better voice-enabled assistant. Sorry, Siri. The Assistant is better at understanding conversational queries and contextualizing these requests based on previous information. For example, both Siri and the Assistant know who Amazon’s CEO is (Jeff Bezos), but if you ask them a followup questions, like how much he’s worth, the Assistant will surface a more appropriate answer.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S, 720S bring more style to thin-and-lights

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S, 720S bring more style to thin-and-lights

io9 Co-Founder Charlie Jane Anders Wins Best Novel at This Year's Nebula Awards

The winners of this year’s Nebula Awards were announced Saturday at the 51st annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. The Nebula Awards, given every year by members of the SFWA, honor the best works in science fiction and fantasy. They, along with the Hugo Awards, are considered some of the most prestigious accolades for scifi and fantasy writers.

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You now can sign up for Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service

Comcast last month said it planned to launch the service, which will run on Verizon 's network as part of a reseller agreement, by the middle of the year. It will offer an unlimited data package for $45 per line for signups through July 31. After that, the price goes up to $65 for unlimited data. For pay-as-you-go subscribers, Comcast charges $12 per gigabyte.

A look inside Facebook's New York office, where employees of the $435 billion company enjoy virtual reality games and an in-house pastry chef

The first thing that jumped out at us on the tour was this physical embodiment of a Facebook "wall." Reynar told us New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker recently stopped by to sign it. “What’s kind of fun about this is that there’s a wall at most of our offices," Reynar said. "It’s kind of temporary. At some point, we’ll probably do some kind of construction and this will go away and we’ll start a fresh one with new signatures."

The 10 best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017: the best hybrid laptops ranked

That said, the top 2-in-1 laptops all come in various shapes, sizes and colors with a wide array of use cases as well. Some, like the 13.3-inch HP Spectre x360, are meant for portability and longevity while others, like the Surface Book i7, put performance at the forefront. No matter the demands of your checklist for the best 2-in-1 laptop, you can count on it being here in our hand-curated list below. To get straight to our top reviews, check the links below:

Google makes Cloud Spanner generally available | ZDNet

Google started developing the technology in 2005 and has been running most of its mission-critical applications on Cloud Spanner for the last nine years. It's now being used in a range of industries for mission-critical applications in the cloud, as Preuss noted in a blog post -- including customer authentication systems, business-transaction and inventory-management systems, and high-volume media systems that require low latency and high throughput.

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud online

R esearch has revealed it is "frighteningly easy" for fraudsters to get the details needed to make scam payments on someone else's credit card.

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

“We have a really diverse global community and people are going to have very different ideas about what is OK to share. No matter where you draw the line there are always going to be some grey areas. For instance, the line between satire and humour and inappropriate content is sometimes very grey. It is very difficult to decide whether some things belong on the site or not,” she said.

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Trump Mind-Melds With the Saudis Over Glowing Orb

Capping off his trip to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump completed his process of fully assimilating to the Saudi’s political outlook and goals by laying hands on the magical orb that cleanses all sense of self from anyone who touches it.

Get a JBL Clip 2 waterproof Bluetooth speaker for $34.99

Priced at $50 everywhere else, this top-rated, travel-friendly speaker features a built-in carabiner and 8-hour battery. Plus: three sweet bonus deals!

Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash

A week after the document was leaked, more than two dozen nonprofits from the US, Europe, Brazil, and Mexico wrote a blistering public letter to Zuckerberg arguing that Facebook should release the document because the health and ethical implications were “far too concerning to keep concealed.” Facebook has become a “powerful cultural and social force in the lives of young people,” they wrote, and the mega-corporation could not just chalk up the mistake to a deviation from its research protocols. Marketers “and others” could use this research to “take advantage of young people by tapping into unique developmental vulnerabilities for profit,” the letter warned. (WIRED reached out to The Australian ’s media editor, Darren Davidson, who obtained the leaked document, to see if the paper has plans to publish it in full, but did not receive an immediate response.)

Hold off on buying an Apple laptop ... at least for a month

The company is preparing to refresh its MacBook line in time for the Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a report.

Diesel engines pollute much more than we thought — and that’s bad for our health

Diesel cars, trucks, and other vehicles in more than 10 countries around the world produce 50 percent more nitrogen oxide emissions than lab tests show, according to a new study. The extra pollution is thought to have contributed to about 38,000 premature deaths in 2015 globally.

Big Game Hunter Crushed to Death by Elephant

According to a report from South African news outlet News24 , a 51-year-old professional big game hunter met his demise on Friday when he was crushed by an elephant. And hey, I’m sure the possibility of that happening is what made his game so “fun.”

Dear Apple, Americans aren't in love with 'America First'

Commentary: Ever since the president launched his slogan, he's been pressing Apple to manufacture here. Is that what Americans want? A new survey suggests it might not be.

Apple patented a pizza box, for pizzas

Apple’s brand-new campus is starting to open up to employees, and Wired got to step inside for an early look at the incredibly elaborate building . The article highlights a bunch of thoughtful and often excessive architectural touches — from making sure rain doesn’t streak on the glass to using water cooling so that the air conditioning rarely kicks on because Steve Jobs hated fans — but perhaps the true standout detail from the piece is that Apple invented its own pizza box for its cafeteria, because it obviously couldn’t settle for what was already out there.

'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before

Following feminism's slow build in Japan since the 1970s, today's workers strive for equality between the sexes, something Japan's pyramid-style corporate structure just isn't built for. That's because institutional knowledge is viewed as a big deal in Japan, Rosenbluth says. Veteran accountants can't expect to leave their current job and start a new one at the same pay grade, as managers are of the opinion that skills don't transfer. As a result, both male and female workers stick around, even if conditions are miserable.

Hive goes the subscription route with "smart home as a service"

Hive, a connected home company, is launching a new subscription service aimed at introducing people to smart home products without having to pay for each device.

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Seven things we learned about WannaCry

The cyberattack is one of the worst of its kind in history, disrupting businesses, hospitals and government agencies. Here's everything we know so far.

Watch the Google I/O 2017 keynote in 10 minutes

Google kicked off its three-day developer conference with a two-hour keynote. There were a lot of news and updates, notably to things like the Google Assistant , Google Home , and Google Photos , but if you don’t have 120 minutes to spend watching the entire thing, we’ve recapped the keynote for you in a snackable 10-minute supercut. Then, if you want to dive into more details on each of these news items, see our storystream for everything you may have missed.


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The Best Gaming Headsets of 2017

Most high-end gaming headsets claim to offer some form of surround sound, but this isn't accurate. The vast majority of surround sound headsets still use stereo drivers (often a single 40mm driver for each ear) to produce sound. The surround aspect comes from Dolby and DTS processing technologies that tweak how the headsets mix sound between the two ears to give an impression of 360-degree audio. This isn't very effective, and while you might get some subtle differences in noises coming from in front of or behind you, it won't provide much of a tactical advantage. It's an artificial effect that wouldn't provide a true surround sound image even if the headset had individual driers for each channel; there simply isn't enough space for the sound to resonate to produce the impression of accurate directional audio.

Google Lens vision recognition tells you what you're looking at

Using Google Lens in Assistant, you'll be able to point your phone's camera at a flower and have it automatically identify the flower for you. Pichai showed how Lens could also be used to automatically join a wireless network by simply pointing your camera at a network name and password label on a router. In another example, he used Lens to quickly show information on a restaurant by, again, pointing your camera at the actual restaurant.

Silver Spring Networks expands its IoT developer program and pushes for industry standards - TechRepublic

An expanded developer program for the Internet of Things operating on Silver Spring's Platform as a Service, along with the top 10 IoT rights, was announced at IoT World 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.


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How Google injects speed into the mobile web

At the show, he's announcing three steps to try to make PWAs work better. Google's Workbox developer tool is designed to help programmers build PWAs, and its Lighthouse service to test those apps is now built directly into Chrome itself. Lastly, Google has finished Polymer 2.0, a collection of code that developers can use for a related technology called web components.

Everything coming to and leaving Hulu for June 2017

In this week's wrap-up, Google shows off new features coming to Google Assistant and Google Photos that let the apps give you information on things based on images alone. On the dark side of tech, the ransomware known as WannaCry continues to make a mess of things.

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How SoftBank and Saudi Arabia Settled Their Differences to Birth the World’s Biggest Tech Fund

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is poised to launch the world’s biggest technology fund as early as Saturday, capping months of arduous negotiations in which the tech giant haggled with the fund’s main Saudi investor over control of the money, investment strategy and questions about its commitment.

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54 From Bluetooth to IoT: Are we repeating the same security mistakes? - Video | ZDNet
55 Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely
56 Maker Faire on Twitter
57 Google is finally replacing its bad emoji blobs in Android O
58 There's a handy shortcut menu hidden on your iPhone or iPad | ZDNet
59 What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber | Aeon Ideas
60 Forbes Tech News on Twitter
61 Here's how to check if your favorite iOS apps are going to soon become obsolete | ZDNet
62 Tom Hardy to star as Venom in Spider-Man spin-off movie
63 Prep for AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam (​TechRepublic Academy) - TechRepublic
64 Lyft Bookings and Ridership Soar, While Losses Shrink
65 Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive - TechRepublic
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68 Google in, Google out
69 Google I/O, Gear Fit 2, Huawei Watch 2, HTC U11 (MobileTechRoundup show #398) | ZDNet
70 ​DTA and Human Services give myGov a 'timely' makeover | ZDNet
71 Drake just broke the record for the most Billboard Music Award wins in a single night
72 Celine Dion performed 'My Heart Will Go On' at the Billboard Awards and the internet cried an ocean of tears
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79 Jia Yueting steps down as CEO of troubled Leshi, remains chairman
80 Secret Facebook documents reveal how site battles violent content
81 Humans May Have Accidentally Created a Radiation Shield Around Earth
82 Texas lawmakers clear way for Uber, Lyft return to major cities
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