Official trailer for 'Game of Thrones' season 7 lands
The battle that's been building for six seasons of HBO's hit show will soon be upon us. Take a look at the trailer for hints at what will happen next.
Boeing will make the military’s new hypersonic spaceplane
For the last few years, the US military has been looking to make an entirely new hypersonic spaceplane — one that can be reused frequently over a short period of time to deliver multiple satellites...
Attackers can use video subtitles to hijack your devices
A security hole in subtitles has exposed media player apps to attack.
DJI goes tiny with new easy-to-fly Spark drone | Cult of Mac
The drone geniuses at DJI are making it easier than ever to get into aerial photography with the unveiling of the company's smallest drone ever called Spar
Tesla replaces head of HR amid claims of poor working conditions
On Tuesday, Tesla announced the hiring of a new head of people, Gaby Toledano. She replaces Arnnon Geshuri, wh
Wikimedia has been cleared to sue the NSA…if they dare
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Wikimedia Foundation has grounds to sue the National Security Agency over its
Save the Children is making an Amazon Dash-like button for charitable giving
The U.K.-based children's charity—known for its compelling PSAs—is working with agency Iris Nursery on a donation button
T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your Phone if You Switch From Verizon
You'll need to have an iPhone 6s or newer or Google Pixel and pay T-Mobile $15 a month to insure your current handset, though.
Out of Development Hell: How Must-See Show, “Shrink,” Got Made
“Shrink” is a hilarious new under-the-radar show that puts therapy in perspective. Creator and star Tim Baltz talks about the long road to getting it made.
You can now book your Cuban vacation on Expedia
U.S. travelers can now book hotels in Cuba on Expedia, making finding lodgings and paying for them a bit easier, the New
DJI's $499 Spark is the company's cheapest and tiniest drone yet
Over the last six months, the biggest trend in the drone industry has been shrinking the size of the units to make them more portable and accessible. Today DJI unveiled its latest aircraft, the...
Tourism taking a big hit in the age of Trump
Donald Trump claims he wants to make the U.S. borders impervious to
Watch two very different new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers
Spider-Man: Homecoming is not that far away now, set for U.S. release on July 7. The movie got two new trailers early Wednesday, including a U.S. version..
Serena Williams Joins SurveyMonkey's Board With Intuit's Smith
Tennis champion Serena Williams will join the board of online-polling platform SurveyMonkey Inc., along with Intuit Co. Chief Executive Officer Brad Smith.
Exclusive: Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox, others for original video shows - sources
NEW YORK Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation.
DJI Spark is a mini drone everyone can fly
Although the DJI Spark comes with a controller, you practically don’t need it, thanks to its intuitive gesture controls. Users can easily launch the drone from the palm of their hand simply by looking, telling it where to fly with their hands or telling it to take a photo by forming a picture frame with their fingers.
Control traffic between services with dynamic route configuration, conduct A/B tests, release canaries, and gradually upgrade versions using red/black deployments.
Imzy, a Reddit challenger, is shutting down
Imzy, a Utah-based startup that wanted to create a friendlier online community—a "nice Reddit"—said on Wednesday that it's shutting down just two years after its founding, and only seven months after opening its website to the public. The company's final day will be June 23.
You Can Have Your Own Social Media Team for Just $25,000 a Month
The promise of a dedicated social media team isn’t just that it will make you look better on popular apps, but that it will help you figure out which platforms matter and spot new opportunities early. “Alexa and Amazon are a high priority right now,” says Lindsay Blum, a vice president at VaynerMedia who runs the talent division, referring to the virtual assistant on Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo device. Any app developer who follows Amazon’s guidelines can create a “skill,” as the company calls it, for the Echo, and Bilyeu has an idea for one: His fans will enable the function, ask Alexa questions, and hear his prerecorded answers. “I want somebody to walk up to Alexa and treat her like she has multiple personalities,” Bilyeu says. “And I’m one of those personalities.”
Republicans push FCC to approve straight-to-voicemail robocalls
Republicans and others want the FCC to clear the way for spammy messages that slip into your voicemail without notice. Free speech? Or voicemail meltdown?
Here's the First Look at Netflix's Castlevania Show, Coming in July
We’ve known since February that Netflix was working on a Castlevania TV show due later this year. Now we know exactly when it’ll premiere (July 7), plus we’ve got an official synopsis and a first teaser.
Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug
One of the riskiest drugs, according to the survey, was synthetic cannabis. Over one in 30 of users in the sample sought emergency medical treatment – the highest of any drug studied except crystal methamphetamine. That rises to one in 10 among people who use the drug at least 50 times per year. These figures echo the data from the previous year’s report.
Facebook redesigns Trending topics in its war on echo ch
"By making it easier to see what other news outlets are saying about each topic, we hope that people will feel more informed about the news in their region," Facebook says. "The stories that appear in this section are some of the most popular stories about that topic on Facebook. These stories are determined the same way as the featured headline -- using a combination of factors including the engagement around the article on Facebook, the engagement around the publisher overall, and whether other articles are linking to it."
Cloudera launches new PaaS offering to boost big data analytics in the cloud - TechRepublic
Through Altus, data engineers can provision popular open source tools like Apache Spark, Apache Hive, Hive on Spark, and MapReduce2 in a cloud-native environment, the release said. Altus also provides default cluster settings for faster deployment time, easier management, and simple automation. It's now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), but will eventually make its way to Microsoft Azure.
FDA approves a more 'personalized' cancer drug
Cancer treatments are becoming more personal . The Food and Drug Administration recently gave accelerated approval for Keytruda, a pre-existing drug from Merck , for use on patients diagnosed with solid tumors containing a specific biomarker. Rather than basing treatment on where the mutation originated, Keytruda will be used to treat microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) cancers, those that are mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) and are otherwise not able to be surgically removed. These types of tumors affect how the DNA is repaired inside the cell.
How Amazon hopes to win the cloud by hiring older engineers - TechRepublic
In my own experience, AWS teams have a healthy mix of older and younger employees. Still, AWS leadership isn't driven by millennials, but rather by graybeards (James Gosling, Adrian Cockcroft, Tim Bray, and Andi Gutmans are just a few people called out by Governor). Management at most companies will tend to skew a bit older, but AWS is notable for how those people are discovered. As Governor noted: "Some other older companies have older distinguished engineers because they grew up with the company. AWS is explicitly bringing that experience in."
Intel’s Plan to Thunderbolt 3 All of the Things
The broader availability also aligns with an increased need for high-rate transfers and versatility. Much of the workload previously handled by USB ports has been offloaded to the cloud. But in a world of 4K drone videos and PC-driven virtual reality experiences, 40Gbps Thunderbolt’s speed offers an essential time-saver. Assuming ports don’t disappear entirely, it makes sense to get the most out of the ones that are left.
What is mobile gigabit and why should you care?
Think of streaming a video or downloading a webpage as getting a bunch of people from a radio tower to your phone. Your network is the highway connecting your phone to cell towers, and the data, or people in this analogy, are passengers in cars. The goal is to get all those people to your phone as quickly as possible so that you don't have to sit around waiting. Plus, the sooner your cars get off the road, the more space is freed up for other people to use the highway, easing congestion.
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Want to understand how Google runs its production systems? Read this free book - TechRepublic
Most IT operations professionals will find the topics covered familiar: Risk management, outage tracking, load balancing, product launches, troubleshooting, communication, and more. At Google, the Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) position puts a software engineer on an operations team. (Many aspects of an SRE's work are similar to a DevOps role in other organizations.) The book uses a hypothetical service—Shakespeare search as a service—to show how SREs work with various systems.
Wisconsin Creates Committee For Autonomous And Connected Cars
“Wisconsin is uniquely positioned to study, test, and develop automated and connected vehicle technology. I’m creating a Steering Committee to assist with this process by advising me and other state agencies on how we can safely and effectively test and study autonomous and connected vehicles on Wisconsin roads,” said Gov. Scott Walker in a press release .
How to add an AirPort Express to an AirPort Extreme to extend wireless networks - TechRepublic
You can also connect the AirPort Express to the AirPort Extreme wirelessly. The popular method is to place the AirPort Express within radio range of the AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule, or even another AirPort Express. Then, use Apple's AirPort Utility to configure the AirPort Extreme to join the existing network and extend the existing wireless network's reach by powering up the AirPort Express, opening the AirPort Utility, clicking the Other Wi-Fi Devices button, highlighting the new AirPort Express, and following the onscreen instructions to accept the default configuration (of extending the existing network). The AirPort Express can be powered down and moved to a better location within the SOHO space once the configuration is enabled.
Twitter's live 360-degree videos arrive on Apple TV
This also makes Twitter the very first Apple TV app to support live 360 video, effectively beating YouTube and Facebook to the punch. Yet, YouTube isn't far behind, as it did announce last week at Google I/O that it was bringing its 360-degree videos to TVs soon. It's not coming to the Apple TV as far as we know, but Google did announce that it'll be available for Android TV, Playstation 4, Xbox One as well as 4K TVs from LG and Samsung. It's not clear yet if Facebook will do the same with its own live videos, but seeing as both Twitter and YouTube already have, it would make sense for it to do it as well.
Pokémon Go cheaters are apparently getting stuck with crappy monsters
Pokémon Go developer Niantic has repeatedly made it clear that the company disapproves of players who use unofficial third-party software to boost their experience. Now Niantic has allegedly come up with a unique form of punishment. Rather than being able to detect and catch the fame’s full roster of pokémon, these so-called cheaters can only spot the most common creatures, like Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat.
IBM's new platform readies open source databases for private cloud - TechRepublic
Models like DevOps and Everything as a Service have emerged to handle the needs of next-generation applications, Terri Virnig, vice president of the Power ecosystem and strategy at IBM, said in the release. "With Open Platform for DBaaS, IBM is supporting these cloud development models to provide greater control of data, access and security, as well as the choice and flexibility for agile development of innovative new applications," Virnig said in the release.
HoloLens to launch in China at the end of this month
For normal customers and users, it may be hard to understand those terminologies, but at the same time, the intensive competition among those companies will help us to get into this new era of virtual technology quickly. Then finally let us experience the most authentic and groundbreaking new products. Microsoft HoloLens will step into the China market, which is the world’s biggest market for virtual reality according to them. We should expect that HoloLens would be the perfect production of virtual technology.
Microsoft now uses Git and GVFS to develop Windows
Over the course of the last three months, Microsoft moved some Windows developers over to the new Git repository to test the system. Then, in March, it rolled out Git for all 2,000 engineers that work on the Windows OneCore team. Today, about 3,500 of the roughly 4,000 engineers on the Windows team are on Git.
Brazilian Ride-Hailing Company Raises $100 Million From SoftBank
Brazilian ride-hailing startup 99 raised $100 million from SoftBank Group Corp. to help it compete with Uber Technologies Inc. in Latin America's largest economy. For Uber, the investment isn't a good sign. SoftBank has been pouring money into various ride-hailing companies not named Uber, including $5 billion for China's Didi Chuxing this year. And Latin America has been one of the regions for Uber where margins are the highest, a person familiar with the matter said, even if it doesn't contribute as much revenue as North America. Competition can drive down Uber's margins as companies spend money on subsidies to compete for market share.
China's DJI Unveils $499 Drone That Flies From Your Hand
As the drone market becomes more mainstream, DJI is facing competition from cheaper rivals, especially in China, that have flooded the market with models from $10 mini toys to sub-$100 camera carriers. At the same time, DJI is aiming to take a big slice of sales of drones for enterprise uses, such as crop spraying, aerial mining surveys or pipeline inspection, a market that is estimated to reach $127 billion by 2020.
HSBC’s survey of attitudes to automated banking found that while four out of five people believe technology will make their lives easier, some tools being adopted by the finance industry are yet to win consumers’ trust. Less than half of respondents said they trust fingerprint recognition to replace their password, with only a fifth using the tool.
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Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality
The second half purports to “re-evaluate” the existing net neutrality rules, the mechanisms that enforce them and any legal authority (other than Title II) that could be used to support them. The FCC majority proposes to eliminate the “general conduct standard,” which prohibits ISP practices that “unreasonably interfere or unreasonably disadvantage” the ability of consumers to access the online content and services of their choosing, and the ability of online content and service providers to freely access customers. With regard to the remaining rules (no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization, transparency), the majority doesn’t make firm proposals on whether to retain or repeal them. Instead, it asks questions about whether the rules are even necessary.
Amazon dominates every market it touches — now it’s coming for fashion
Customers have certainly shown they’re willing to buy clothes from Amazon: in 2016, Amazon registered the most apparel sales of any online retailer in the US for those 18–34, claiming more than double the market share of Nordstrom, which came in second place. Shoppers surveyed in an October 2016 report by Cowen & Co. said Amazon Prime was the main draw to purchasing apparel on the site, followed by high marks for convenience, customer service, and reviews. The Cowen study reported Amazon held 6.6 percent of the apparel market when it was published, projecting 8.2 percent in 2017, and 16.2 percent by 2021, with an estimated $62 billion in annual apparel sales, followed by TJ Maxx and Macy’s. “Amazon is more than capable of becoming the biggest retailer of apparel made by other brands,” Cassar says. “In fact it will probably accomplish that in 2017.” Still, he is doubtful about Amazon’s ability to bring the success it’s seen with apparel into fashion. “I do not believe that Amazon is capable of establishing a strong enough emotional connection with consumers to be a leading fashion brand itself.
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The Best Writing Apps of 2017
When an idea strikes, many writers want to be able to jot it down or add it into their ongoing work immediately. To do that, they likely need a companion mobile app to go along with their desktop software. As you may have noticed from the chart above, support for mobile apps isn't particularly strong in the writing category. A good number of companies that make apps for writers do sell companion iOS apps, but the mobile apps are often more expensive than consumers are used to paying. To get over that price hurdle, I recommend thinking of the mobile app and desktop app as a bundle, which suddenly makes the price seem much more reasonable. A $20 mobile app sounds fantastically expensive. A $65 combo deal for a mobile app and desktop software doesn't sound too bad, though.
The Latest Valerian Trailer is a Neon-Streaked, Action-Packed Journey to Save the Universe
Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is not lacking in color or a wide variety of alien life, that’s for sure. This new trailer really focuses on explaining the basics of the plot: agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are investigating and then trying to stop a threat to Alpha, the titular “city of a thousand planets.” Which is when, of course, the entire universe gets in trouble.
Ikea’s smart light bulbs will work with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant
The retailer, which invests in tech startups through its venture arm GreenTech , also said it plans to launch more smart home products in the next few years. Because of Ikea’s presence around the world, affordability, and the broad appeal of its products, the store’s tech lineup (which currently also includes wireless chargers) can also serve as a forecaster of what in the Internet of Things will ultimately be embraced by consumers beyond just early adopters and have the potential to become as ubiquitous as Billy bookcases.
Built.io launches new digital experience platform for sports fans - TechRepublic
Earlier customized versions of the platform were used for the NBA teams the Sacramento Kings and the Miami Heat. The newest version is available for general use and provides a software platform to create and scale applications. The platform allows for digital innovation such as bots and artificial intelligence, as well as AR and VR, sensors, beacons, and drones so that sports brands can evolve fan experiences. The platform allows for delivery of content to laptops, mobile phones, smartwatches, VR headsets, and in-arena jumbotrons.
Star Wars in photos: 40 years of the Force
"Star Wars" came out 40 years ago in May 1977. Relive the saga from its earliest moments to the latest films in these behind-the-scenes photos and stills from the original trilogy, the prequels and the new movies.
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Online Therapy Shows Promise But Raises Plenty Of Ethical Questions
However, BetterHelp and its competitors are also raising ethical questions about what it means to put technologists in charge of a mental health care platform with unique privacy and safety challenges. Will, for example, people suffering from depression or suicidal urges be considered as patients or consumers by the new startups? And what does it mean for American therapists to practice their profession across cultures and international borders?
Electric Vehicle Costs Must Fall by 20% in India, Mahindra Says
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. , India’s only manufacturer of electric passenger cars, said costs to produce the vehicles need to come down by about 20 percent to make prices attractive as the government looks to encourage adoption with favorable tax treatment.
Far Cry 5 promises to be controversial, but not for the usual reasons
But Far Cry 5 , should it commit to the direction the key art suggests, will be the biggest and most aggressive game to adjust the sights of the first-person shooter genre against people in the United States. Its enemies aren’t zombies, nor are they singular targets that require skill to kill. The series is built around its lead killing hundreds of enemies in a single playthrough.
Top 5: Things to know about quantum computers - TechRepublic
Quantum computers will be super fast. They'll be super powerful. But what makes a computer "quantum?" Here are five basics to know.
Trump’s Proposed Parental Leave Budget Falls Short For Working Families
Six weeks of paid parental leave in the president’s proposed budget leaves the burden on states to pay for it and determine who’s eligible.
Windows 10 tip: Create direct shortcuts to shared network folders | ZDNet
Why waste time browsing through File Explorer folders to find shared resources on your local network? Use these two tricks to create mapped shortcuts, with or without drive letters.
Using IoT to solve the problems of the freight industry
The data gathered and communicated en route by smart and connected shipments will help industries not just track goods, but also improve business decisions like rerouting if demand shifts or intercepting a damaged shipment. By analyzing data from thousands of shipments, logistics service providers will be able to predict and avoid routes where damage or delays are likely, establishing a more reliable distribution network. While the service is still in its infancy in regard to future tech that includes not only remote diagnosis but also remote repair of cargo problems or vehicle difficulties, this is just the start if greater things.
How to Block Unwanted or Spam Text Messages on iPhone
You can block text messages that you don’t want in iOS. Prior to iOS 9, you could block a text message directly in the details of the message within the Messages app. Now, you have to add the number you want to block to your contacts and then block that contact in the Settings app. Here’s how to do that.
Science Isn’t Broken
The scientific method is the most rigorous path to knowledge, but it’s also messy and tough. Science deserves respect exactly because it is difficult — not because it gets everything correct on the first try. The uncertainty inherent in science doesn’t mean that we can’t use it to make important policies or decisions. It just means that we should remain cautious and adopt a mindset that’s open to changing course if new data arises. We should make the best decisions we can with the current evidence and take care not to lose sight of its strength and degree of certainty. It’s no accident that every good paper includes the phrase “more study is needed” — there is always more to learn.
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.