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Creative Block: Roli's expressive MIDI keyboard goes portable [Review] | Cult of Mac

The Roli Seaboard Block is a marriage of multitouch, silicone, and expressive poking. Yes, a three-way marriage. Read our review.

Meet the first woman to run the New York Stock Exchange

Stacey Cunningham will be the first woman to lead the NYSE in its 200 year history.

How Apple could smartify iOS’ Do Not Disturb feature | Cult of Mac

With iOS 11, Apple introduced a "Do Not Disturb" feature that texts callers to let them know you're driving or otherwise engaged if they try and phone when you're busy. But a future version of the technology could perform a more useful feat by texting context-specific responses to the person calling. In a patent

Jimmy Kimmel scoop: Donald Trump “hates baby bears”

Jimmy Kimmel has figured out why Donald Trump is making it legal to kill baby bears in their dens.

Justin Roiland embodies Rick, sells off limited edition Nintendo 3DS consoles

While supplies last.

Google's Duplex is a beacon of hope for people with social anxiety (like me)

Google's Duplex announcement hasn't gotten the best of response from the tech community, but there's still plenty of reason (for some of us) to be quite excited about it.

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Apple wins $539 million in damages in patent battle with Samsung

"We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers ... Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple," the statement added.

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We screwed up when we were deploying the new audio logging software from [REDACTED] and the customer's unit was still on test mode when it was shipped. Other customers shouldn't notice their conversations being recorded and sent to the secure servers in [REDACTED]... /satire

Self-driving Uber saw pedestrian 6 seconds before fatal crash, new NTSB report says

It was only 1.3 seconds before hitting her that the system realized it needed to deploy the emergency brakes. The vehicle was going 43 mph in a a 45 mph zone.

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Internal Documents Show Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Would Bend | Hacker News

It's not just that they knew it would bend. The document shows that Apple also knew that bending from normal use would detach the Touch IC chip and render the phone unusable. They secretly addressed this in later iPhone 6 runs ("after internal investigation, Apple determined underfill was necessary to resolve the problems caused by the defect") while continuing to charge affected users $350 (generously reduced to $150 after media attention) to fix their bricks. reply

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Apple Knew About iPhone 6 Bendgate/Touch Disease Months Before Repair Programs | Hacker News

Apple Knew About iPhone 6 Bendgate/Touch Disease Months Before Repair Programs

StumbleUpon is calling it quits after 16 years

The service was arguably one of the first of its kind when it launched in 2002, providing users with a dead-simple way to find new sites to visit, articles to read, and pictures and video to gawk at. It also happened to arrive at a time when people were graduating from using the internet for essential functions like research and monetary transactions, to killing time and sharing things with friends.

New VPNFilter malware targets routers and NAS boxes worldwide

A virulent new strain of malware has infected more than half a million consumer and small-business networking devices, it has been revealed. 

Justice Department launches probe into Bitcoin price manipulation, report claims

This manipulation can include practices such as spoofing (placing large numbers of buy or sell orders with no intent to fill them) and wash trading (simultaneously buying and selling the same asset to create fake volume on the market). You will rarely see these illegal methods used in established stock markets, but some may be using them to profit in the largely unregulated world of cryptocurrencies, teeming with millions of inexperienced traders.


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Facebook releases its U.S. political ad archive

Ads will be reviewed by both Facebook’s machine learning models and human reviewers in order to determine if the ad should indeed be in the political archive. In particular, the images and text of the ad, as well as who is being targeted with the ad, will be checked to determine if it should be labeled as a political ad. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern said in a conference call with reporters that about 3,000 to 4,000 reviewers will be working specifically on looking at these political or issue ads.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says he doesn't have a laptop. At all.

"I think anything can consume all of your time, but definitely the devices we have just have so much on them, so much interestingness, and you can certainly go down a hole. So I've developed a lot of personal practices: I don't check my phone in the morning until I'm about to walk into work and when I'm working on my phone I turn off notifications so I'm not constantly reacting to what's coming at me."


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Why Proof-of-work isn’t suitable for small cryptocurrencies

It seems that proof-of-work (PoW), the consensus protocol behind   Bitcoin , isn’t ideal for smaller cryptocurrencies, because they’re far more vulnerable to what are called 51 percent attacks. At least five PoW digital currencies have been affected by such attacks in the last two months.

Apple promotes free month of upgraded iCloud storage to non-paying users

In a move designed to drive iCloud storage subscription upgrades, Apple is now promoting free month-long trials of 50GB, 200GB and 2TB plans to customers currently on the gratis 5GB tier.


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The key to digital transformation: Move customers to the center | ZDNet

Michael: A few years ago digital transformation was the big hype topic. Today it's AI machine learning, but the reality is, is that companies have no choice but to invest in digital transformation. What does that mean? It means placing the customer in the center of the universe, rethinking processes. It involves making substantial investments, investments in people, investments in technologies. Companies are in various stages of that journey. Some industries more so than others. Retail for example hasn't been embracing this. Other industries have been slower. Financial services has been pretty quick, but these companies are in process. It takes a long time.

Arizona crash report reveals troubling flaws in Uber’s self-driving cars

“According to data obtained from the self-driving system, the system first registered radar and LIDAR observations of the pedestrian about 6 seconds before impact, when the vehicle was traveling at 43 mph. As the vehicle and pedestrian paths converged, the self-driving system software classified the pedestrian as an unknown object, as a vehicle, and then as a bicycle with varying expectations of future travel path. At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined that an emergency braking maneuver was needed to mitigate a collision . . . According to Uber, emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior. The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.”

And the winner of Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech is… Wingly

Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win €25,000 and an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to participate in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event, Disrupt SF 2018 .


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Spotify Plans to Change XXXTentacion Policy After Outcry

Though Spotify’s intentions were lauded, many have questioned its moral authority to punish acts for conduct in their privates lives. A spokeswoman for XXXTentacion declined to comment, but she previously responded to a query from the New York Times with a list of more than a dozen other musicians who have been accused of misconduct and haven’t been punished.

See the HTC U12 Plus' 'buttonless' buttons

The  HTC U12 Plus  wants to turn the phone world on its head by removing every physical button. HTC has replaced all of its buttons with touch-sensitive sensors that look and feel like buttons. You squeeze static "buttons" that react to a combination of your tap and the electricity in your skin.

How to use the curl command for uploading and downloading files without user interaction

One of the biggest benefits of curl is that it can be used without interaction. Because of that, it's perfectly suited for scripting. You'll run into many instances of Linux installer scripts that make use of curl. As an installer script runs, you might well see curl do its thing by downloading necessary dependencies. So if you're writing a Linux bash (or installer) script, curl will most certainly be your friend. For more information on curl (and there's a lot of it), issue the command man curl and read through the manual page.


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Refurbished iMac Pro units just as powerful, cost less | Cult of Mac

Got your eye on the powerful iMac Pro but don’t want to pay full price? Apple just began selling refurbished units for 15 percent off.

HTC integrates the U12 Plus smartphone with the Vive Focus VR headset | ZDNet

The announcements delivered at the conference also included new ways to share content between HTC devices. The Vive Focus system update will let users stream content from the U12 Plus to the Vive Focus -- opening up a new way to consume video content, games and millions of mobile applications. Additionally, HTC announced that Vive Focus users will be able to access PC VR content from Viveport or Steam via a 5GHz Wi-Fi network.

Week’s best Apple deals: The accessories edition! | Cult of Mac

This week, you will see great deals on essential Apple accessories including Multiport Adapters, iPad covers and charging stands. Plus, get the lowest price on an unlocked iPhone 7!

Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled

Uber told the NTSB that “emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control, to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior,” in other words, to ensure a smooth ride. “The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.” It’s not clear why the emergency braking capability even exists if it is disabled while the car is in operation. The Volvo model’s built-in safety systems — collision avoidance and emergency braking, among other things — are also disabled while in autonomous mode.

Apple Rejects Steam Link App - IGN

It's unclear what exactly my have been missed by Apple's review team, nor what those conflicts explicitly would be. Following Apple's decision, however, "Valve appealed, explaining the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store.

The Ugly Numbers Behind the Chinese App That Makes You Beautiful

The crux of Meitu’s struggle has been its inability to squeeze money from its free apps, which lengthen limbs, brighten skin and zap away blemishes. It treats the apps as its core business even though more than 80 percent of its revenue comes from selling its branded cellphones in a cutthroat market dominated by bigger players such as Huawei and Xiaomi. While Meitu is expected to turn profitable for the first time this year, some investors are losing patience.

Qualcomm Tips Snapdragon 710 for High-Midrange Phones

The market abhors a vacuum, so here comes the Snapdragon 710, with a whole lot of 800-ish components. Start with the CPU: Kondap says the Kryo 360 has the same basic core architecture as the Snapdragon 845's Kryo 385, but a different arrangement of cores (two 2.2GHz performance cores and six 1.7GHz efficiency cores; the Kryo 285 has four 2.8GHz performance cores and four efficiency cores.) The new Spectra 250 ISP supports dual 20MP cameras and multi-camera modules for 3D AR imaging and face verification, as well as 4K HDR video playback.


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From Japan, a typewriter in your pocket | ZDNet

The Pomera DM30 is a distraction-free word processor that goes 20 hours on a pair of AAs. However, this latest generation of a decade-old product line must make more English concessions as it heads to the US market via Kickstarter.

​ICANN makes last minute WHOIS changes to address GDPR requirements | ZDNet

Outside of the domain business, data privacy and threat intelligence expert Angela Gunn pointed out that for the GDPR to treat "WHOIS as just another dataset, rather than as an integral part of how the net itself works is incredibly short-sighted." Gunn continued, "Security researchers, investigators, other site admins, even ordinary citizens will pay dearly for the concealment. I expect pretty immediate blowback and eventually some sort of accommodation, but it looks like we all get to figure out those refinements the hard way."

GDPR proves that tech giants can be tamed | ZDNet

Few EU residents are aware that the regulations are coming in, and fewer understand what they are about. GDPR has brought headaches and significant costs for many companies, which have had to update their systems with very little benefit to show for it. Critics say the regulations will stifle innovation and risk blaming the victims of cyber crime -- companies that are hacked -- for the behaviour of the criminals that target them. They argue that the vast EU bureaucracy is simply adding another burden that businesses don't need, and that GDPR is simply a licence for consultants and tech companies to print money.

Scam alert: Identifying and blocking "Google" robocall spam | ZDNet

So, if you get an unsolicited call and a human is not on the other end, no matter what the recording says, it's not from Google. Hang up. Even if the recording says to hit a button to talk to a human, hang up. If there's a human eventually connected, it will not be a Google human. You'll be, at best, talking to a business that doesn't represent Google, and, at worst, chatting with a criminal trying to scam you.

Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link from the iOS App Store

“[Valve explained that] the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote-desktop applications already available on the App Store,” reads Valve’s comment. “Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we’re clearly disappointed. But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future.”

At last, plug-and-play modular actuators (think LEGOs for robotics engineers) | ZDNet

But task-agnostic platforms have obvious drawbacks. Special gripping, navigation, and sensing needs often require custom builds, which take a lot of time and testing. Since robotics development typically occurs on the time scale of a product cycle, master's thesis, or PhD dissertation, months wasted on hardware development can be prohibitive to the most ambitious projects.

Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

The report states that Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The company raised $330 million from investors, including Rubin’s own Playground Global, Tencent Holdings and the Amazon Alexa Fund. The news of a potential sale accompanies news that the company has ended development on its next smartphone, a major blow for a company aimed to challenge companies like Apple and Samsung with a device that it hoped would hold its own.


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HTC U12 Plus takes on S9 Plus, P20 Pro, G7 ThinQ, and OnePlus 6: Specs, price, and key features | ZDNet

HTC just announced its latest flagship device this morning and it's quite a looker. Is it the high end Android smartphone for you? Check out how it stacks up with all the rest.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] had disabled an emergency braking system in a self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March after failing to identify the pedestrian, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday.

46 Yerevan calling? UK's Johnson discusses Russia with hoax caller

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in a new gaffe by one of Britain’s most prominent politicians.

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5 ways attendees of TNW's conference handle being nervous

“Mostly, I think I work quite well under pressure. When I feel stressed or nervous, it enables me to work more efficiently, to simply just deal with the situation. The worst thing to do in those moments is to panic and not let the stress get to you. What I also think is important to remember is that at the end of the day: It’s just work . If you feel like nerves or stress are making you freak out, remind yourself that nobody’s gonna die, and it will be fine in the end.” – Owen Martin, Chivas Brand Ambassador, Pernod Ricard Netherlands .

Boba Fett Star Wars movie reportedly in development with James Mangold

Put Captain Solo in the cargo hold, next off the production line is Boba Fett.

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52 Brain Food botnet infected 5,000+ websites with malicious PHP scripts in past 4 months
53 Windows 10 April 2018 Update’s latest flaw is the mystery of the disappearing desktop
54 Facebook is asking users worldwide to review their privacy settings
55 Solo: A Star Wars Story -- 3 spoiler-free things you should know going in
56 Yelp Collections uses machine learning to serve up recommendations
57 Make your own miniature non-working paper toilet
58 Emilia Clarke wrote a journal during final Game of Thrones
59 Totalbiscuit, one of gaming's most popular YouTubers, has passed away
60 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey doesn't own a laptop
61 ASUS will ship its NVIDIA G-Sync HDR monitor in June
62 Facebook's two-factor authentication now works without a phone number
63 Essential reportedly cancels next phone, considers sale
64 Review: The Lockdown brings Minority Report to your living room
65 Report: Demand for these skills will rise dramatically by 2030
66 Trump abolished the Cybersecurity Coordinator position. Maybe he'll build a huge (fire) wall
67 Snapchat launches less creepy Send and Request Location features
68 The 9 features Amazon and Google must add to the Echo and Home
69 Apple to issue $50 credit for some iPhone battery replacements | ZDNet
70 ​Australia's Facebook investigation expected to take at least 8 months | ZDNet
71 Europe, Enacting New Privacy Laws, Becomes World’s Foremost Tech Watchdog
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74 Why digital trust is the key to unlock the coming revolution in crowd-based capitalism | ZDNet
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76 Bianca Del Rio: Uncensored And Uncut
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78 'Overwatch's second anniversary by the numbers
79 BlackBerry Key2 teases a mystery button in this first official video
80 Airbnb quietly launches its own Stories for users to build video montages of their travels
81 Facebook and Twitter have new rules for political ads. Here's how they work
82 Privacy scare, or Alexa butt-dial?
83 Elon Musk may have violated US labor laws during tweet storm
84 Facebook launches searchable archive of U.S. political ads
85 Steam’s Spring Cleaning event is a challenge to play your pile of shame
86 Moto G6 now on sale by Verizon for $240 unlocked
87 Why the GDPR is both a challenge and an opportunity
88 How to design a GDPR-compliant blockchain
89 Amazon Alexa can now play Audible books in Australia and New Zealand
90 20 Best Games for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2018 - ExtremeTech
91 How to export VirtualBox virtual machines as appliances
92 Lime, Bird and Spin have to temporarily remove scooters from SF
93 U.S. Commerce's Ross to visit China for trade talks in early June
94 NASA's Hubble telescope delivers new space stunners