AmazonFresh opens its grocery Pickup locations in Seattle
Amazon has officially begun operating its AmazonFresh Pickup locations in Seattle, letting customers order groceries ahead of time and then quickly grab them..
The new Pokémon mobile game is about training the best Magikarp you can
For those of us who’ve wondered how The Pokémon Company International feels about the universally maligned creature Magikarp, we have our answer. The company released a new mobile game for iOS and G...
iPhone gets reincarnated in Apple's new Earth Day ad | Cult of Mac
Earth Day 2017 festivities ended over a month ago, but that's not stopping Apple from busting out another one of the quirky cartoon videos it made for the
DJI Spark is a palm-sized drone available for $499 | ZDNet
Popular drone maker DJI is out with its smallest and most affordable drone yet: the Spark. It's available for $499 and will begin shipping in June.
We only have ourselves to blame for the existence of Spicy Starbursts and Skittles
The American people have an ever-growing love of spicy food, turning hot sauce into a now a billion-dollar industry that
T-Mobile DIGITS brings multi-number, multi-device joy on May 31 - SlashGear
Frankly, it feels like we’ve been promised options like this from carriers for some years, so its arrival feels well overdue. As the number of connected devices each of us carry has increased, the fact that we’re still forced to go SIM-swapping to keep each of them connected is a hassle that things like eSIM were meant to have solved. Nonetheless, it’s better late than never; T-Mobile subscribers in the US will be auto-upgraded to support DIGITS on May 31.
Hacker breaks into Harvard student paper to troll Mark Zuckerberg
One hacker had a different idea of welcoming him back on campus, though. Just hours before Zuckerberg was scheduled to give his commencement speech, Harvard’s student newspaper The Harvard Crimson was apparently hacked to mock the Facebook CEO with a slew of fake headlines and awkwardly edited photos. “MARK ZOINKERBURG AT IT AGAIN,” one headline reads. “OP-ED: How Come Everyone Talks About How I Stole Facebook But Nobody Talks About How I Murdered Eduardo Saverin,” says another. (Not to be missed from that story is the subheading, which adds “And fed his body to my children.”)
Facebook does a hilariously awful job captioning Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement speech
Man, Mark Zuckerberg is having a hell of a day. Earlier this morning, just before he was scheduled to deliver Harvard University’s commencement speech, his alma mater’s student newspaper website was hacked to elaborately troll the Facebook CEO. And while that got fixed by the time Zuck walked on stage, he’s now facing yet another technical difficulty: Facebook Live’s caption system.
Instagram is finally fixing link sharing in the app ... sort of
Other than continually tweaking Stories, the company's Snapchat clone, Instagram has been focusing on the app's DMs feature. Adding links and removing cropping restrictions are small changes, but help make using Instagram DMs frictionless and more useful. The addition of phone number and address links is particularly interesting since many small businesses use Instagram for online retail.
HBO has renewed Silicon Valley for a fifth season
When the show does return, it’ll do so without one of its main characters, T.J. Miller’s Erlich Bachman, according to Vulture . Bachman owns the tech incubator that the show’s characters use, and it’ll be interesting to see how they move on without him. HBO explained that the decision for Miller to depart the show was a mutual one.
Rocket Lab launches orbital-class rocket from a private site for the first time
While the launch got the rocket up in the air and on its way, the rocket itself didn’t make it all the way to orbit – Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck explained in a press release that things mostly went smoothly to that point, including the first stage burn, as well as fairing separation and second stage rocket ignition. The rocket made it to space, but it didn’t make it all the way to orbit, which was the goal, given Rocket Lab’s plan is to be able to offer commercial orbital launches to customers using its rockets and its private launch pad.
Microsoft uses open-source software to create Windows | ZDNet
Harry admitted this was a scary experience. "The first, and largest, jump happened on March 22nd when we rolled out to the Windows OneCore team of about 2,000 engineers. Those 2,000 engineers worked in Source Depot on Friday, went home for the weekend and came back Monday morning to a new experience based on Git. People on my team were holding their breath that whole weekend, praying we weren't going be pummeled by a mob of angry engineers who showed up Monday unable to get any work done.
Lyft Takes on Uber Black With New 'Lux' Service
Lyft Lux is a step above the company's Premier service, which launched last year and offers riders the option to be picked up by a high-end sedan or SUV — such as a BMW X3, GMC Yukon Denali, or Lexus ES — for double the price of a regular Lyft. With Lux, you can expect to be picked up in an " an ultra high-end sedan or SUV" like the BMW 5-series, Cadillac Escalade, or Lexus LS.
The Trump administration wants to control your drone
New proposed legislation would give the government authority to hack, control and destroy any drones that it views as a threat.
Linux's X.org server is vulnerable. Here's how to stay safe. - TechRepublic
You do not need to panic. Malicious software isn't going to all of a sudden appear on your Linux desktops, simply because you are using a distribution that continues to hold strong to the past. The transition from X.org to Wayland is a very challenging feat — one that should prove well worth the wait. If, however, you are overly concerned about security (which, let's face it, you should be), it would behoove you to either implement Firejail or migrate to Fedora (even if only until your distribution of choice finally makes the switch to Wayland).
Apple News cherry-picks an editor-in-chief
The biggest tech news of the day includes SoftBank's mega-investment in Nvidia. Plus Unity Engine gets $400 million through an equity firm and Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass is due to start in June.
Faraday Future Said to Plan $1 Billion Raising as Main Backer Struggles
Electric vehicle maker Faraday Future is planning to raise $1 billion as it seeks to protect itself from the financial woes of its main backer, China’s LeEco, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Judge orders Uber to hand over unredacted term sheet with Otto to Waymo
Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ordered Thursday that Uber needs to hand over to Waymo, by the end of the day, the full, unredacted term sheet between Uber and Otto. Corley ultimately decided there was no basis for Uber to redact the information because there was no privileged information shared with Otto prior to the acquisition.
Facebook’s Instant Articles platform to support Google AMP, Apple News
At a high level, the SDK will take the markup that’s used to build Facebook’s Instant Articles and use it to create the code that’s needed to build for AMP and Apple News. While the multiple systems aren’t identical, of course, Facebook says it will offer ways for publishers to apply the custom styling templates for the competing services – including the application of things like custom fonts, colors, and captions, which will be mirrored as closely as possible in the other formats.
Apple designer made a $12,000 hourglass and honestly WHO is going to buy this?
If you've got $12,000 to blow and already own every Apple product under the sun, we've got great news — you can now buy this impeccably sophisticated hourglass to fill the void in your life.
How to detect bad RAM with the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool - TechRepublic
Bad RAM can cause a host of Windows problems; crashing, freezing, or the dreaded blue screen of death. You can test for defective physical memory with the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool.
Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote will be live streamed | Cult of Mac
Didn’t get one of the rare tickets to Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to watch most of the action from your couch at home.
Microsoft's Beam Gets a New Name, More Streaming Options
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Yes, Blockchain could reverse the course of civilization and upend the world's most powerful companies | ZDNet
In a similar way, today's energy is managed by centralized entities, power companies that manage and control the grids that distribute power. However, the drastic improvements in solar (and other renewable energy sources) and in batteries is leading to innovations such as microgrids in communities. So if you generate solar power on your house or office, save it to your batteries, and have more than you need, then you can sell it to your neighbors at market value. This can save energy by keeping it local--because the further energy travels the more is wasted--and enables sellers and buyers to save money on the transactions, which could be managed by Blockchain. Currently, the power companies are the trusted arbiters in the middle that buy and sell power at the prices they set because they control the infrastructure. With Blockchain and microgrids that could soon change.
Cisco launches IoT Operations Platform to save your IoT project from an early death - TechRepublic
Given Cisco's networking expertise, one of the core components of the new platform is helping businesses manage the connectivity involved in an IoT deployment. As more and more devices become connected, they can be difficult to keep track of. But the new platform could help "make it easier to spin-up and maintain huge fleets of connected devices from unified applications," the release said.
How to get started using Adobe Lightroom for your photo editing - TechRepublic
First there are the white balance adjustments. Next, the image tonal adjustments. Then, the presence of the image, which deals with color saturation and overall clarity. That encompasses the basics of photo editing to enhance the image you've snapped. This workflow can make it easy for beginners. Just starting from the top and working your way down is a brilliant way to edit. Not everyone will know what exactly the Shadows adjustment will do offhand, but if you adjust it after adjusting the Highlights as the UI suggests, you'll gain a better understanding of how the Shadows adjustment creates fill lighting and shows lower level details of your image, such as blades of grass and tree leaves.
NASA's Juno Mission Just Dropped Its First Huge Pile of Results
The most recent analyses come from only one or two of Juno’s closest approaches, so it’s just a snippet of the total data to be collected from the mission (initially, Juno was slated to make 33 perijove passes, but following the decision to keep the spacecraft in a wider orbit, that number has been reduced). But initial observations show a gravitational field differing from scientist’s original expectations, poles with lots of clustered storms more chaotic than Saturn’s, a magnetic field twice as strong as expected, and crazy process for generating auroras, probably far different from Earth’s.
How to work faster by making the Windows key a habit - TechRepublic
The Windows key has been around for more than 20 years, yet many users don't appreciate its time-saving value. These handy shortcuts will speed your work and streamline your keyboarding habits.
How to find text on a Safari webpage from your iPhone - TechRepublic
Once you've made it to the website, navigate to the webpage that you want to search. Once there, tap on the share button at the bottom of the screen that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it. If the button isn't there, it could be because you've scrolled down. Try scrolling back up to the top of the page, and it should show back up.
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4 enterprise lessons from leaders who are transforming today's cities - TechRepublic
Van der Auwermeulen, who runs a business that hosts virtual trade shows and worked in the public sector for over two decades, said that what he's seeing in some of the virtual job fairs is that today's engineering and computer science students have shifted their priorities. They aren't simply jumping to the highest paying jobs in the market. Instead, many students are placing high value on jobs with good work-life balance and a strong mission for making an impact on the world. This is giving public sector projects like smart cities the ability to compete for top talent even though they can't offer big salaries or stock options like the big tech companies or the hottest startups. The same could apply to many traditional businesses: use work-life balance and your company's unique mission when recruiting.
Kik App Debuts Digital Currency Amid Bitcoin Boom
Kik plans to gift a certain amount of Kin to each user. They’ll be able use the new currency to buy games, live video streams and other digital products. The company’s goal is to attract new merchants to sell on the platform, creating a snowball effect where Kin becomes more valuable and more sellers pile onto Kik, increasing its popularity.
With nothing left to sell, RadioShack is selling itself to people
Hey, we’re sad to see you go as a result of the new internet shopping era, too. But this seems like a public cry for attention. RadioShack, if you’re listening, we’ll miss you, we will! But do you really want your last moments to be remembered as the folks who thirstily promoted garbage cans to stay alive?
The Bill Gates-backed veggie burger that 'bleeds' is going into grocery store meat cases
Most veggie burgers found in the frozen food aisle taste
more like chopped black beans and corn than real beef. Founded in
2009, Beyond Meat promises products that taste and look more like
the real thing. The burgers contain pulverized beets, which
gives them their reddish color and juices so that they "bleed"
and sizzle in the pan.
Uber and Lyft to return to Austin starting Monday
Uber and Lyft had paused their operations in Austin, TX back in 2016, because local regulators imposed rules that both argued were overly taxing to running their businesses. The rules included requiring fingerprint-based background checks for drivers, as well as barring pick-ups and drop-offs in lanes on certain roads within the city. Both Uber and Lyft will resume operations because Texas state regulators have passed a bill that overrules local regulations regarding ride-hailing services.
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Giving My Employees Paid Leave For Activism Ignited A Firestorm. I’d Do It Again
But far beyond any net positive business impact all this attention may or may not bring, I feel like my 50-person team has helped spark a movement. First, a group of women in Los Angeles sent me a note thanking us for what we are doing—with four pages of signatures. Next, I received an email from the CEO of a 300-person Oakland technology company who told me that she was inspired by our program and is introducing a similar policy at her company. Then a health care company with 230,000 employees emailed to learn more about the policy we put in place because it’s going to create one, too.
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Seek and destroy: Proposed rules allow government to track and take down rogue drones - TechRepublic
The proposed ability to monitor, disrupt, or damage an unmanned aerial system extends to both the drone itself and its payload or cargo. The Trump administration is also asking for permission to research and evaluate equipment for its ability to be used in a harmful way. However, the draft did note that these actions can only be pursued if the drone or its cargo "poses a threat to the safety or security of a covered facility, location, or installation or a covered operation."
Get a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Pro with built-in projector for $374.99
Talk about the ultimate mobile movie theater. And the price drops even further if you're an Ebates user. Plus: A rare deal on PlayStation VR!
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.
Consumers are demanding that In-N-Out stop 'dragging its feet' and make a big change to its beef
”It’s time for In-N-Out Burger to stop dragging its feet and make
good on its promise to require its meat suppliers to improve
practices and end the misuse of antibiotics,” Kari Hamerschlag,
deputy director of food and technology at the nonprofit
organization Friends of the Earth,
said in a press release .
4 of the biggest IT project stressors and how to fix them - TechRepublic
Make sure you can recognize signs of burn-out before it's too late. Most project leaders eat, sleep and breathe projects from start to finish, and although it seems admirable on the surface, it's more likely to catch up at some point. Physical and mental overload can surface at the most inopportune moments within a project. The trouble is, the risk is not just to the project when this happens, it also comes at a cost to you and your health through stress related ailments. Burn-out is all too common for project leaders, especially with IT projects. If you don't know, talk with other project leaders about their experiences with this, there's plenty who've been there. Ok, at the risk of sounding like your family or your doctor, it's necessary to say take steps to reduce your stress, get proper exercise, sleep, make sure to eat on time, ask for additional resources and help, and know when you should say 'no' to that next project. You're no good to stakeholders, teams, your company or yourself if you hit burn-out.
Injustice 2 Almost Had a Version of Static, Milestone Media's Awesome Electric Superhero
Damn it, we were so close to getting one of Milestone Media’s best characters in the new superhero fighting game. Heroes and villains from all over the DC Comics multiverse are part of the roster in Injustice 2 but, for the most part, they come from the well-known core of characters clustered around the Justice League. It would’ve been nice to get a playable fighter with roots from another fictional landscape entirely, which is what almost happened with Static.
Bitcoin is going wild — here's what the cryptocurrency is all about
Bitcoin users predict 94% of all bitcoins will have been released
by 2024. As the total number creeps toward the 21 million mark,
many suspect the profits miners once made creating new blocks
will become so low they'll become negligible. But with more
bitcoins in circulation, people also expect transaction fees to
rise, possibly making up the difference.
Crysis ransomware master keys released to the public | ZDNet
This is not the first time master keys for Crysis have been released; in fact, this is the third time. However, what sets this release apart is that the keys can also be used to decrypt files which have been encrypted with .wallet and .onion extensions.
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Stars you forgot were in the Star Wars films
From a young Keira Knightley to a cameo by the actor who played Cliff on "Cheers", here are some of the unexpected stars of Star Wars.
How to Optimize Your Social Profiles for Search : Social Media Examiner
Now that you understand how profiles and pages from the top social networks appear in search and how keyword placement can help your rankings, let’s take a quick look at how to optimize your profiles and pages for other networks.
io9 Is Proud to Present the Poe Dameron Scale, the Ultimate Star Wars Name-Ranking System
His name is Cracken. Pash Cracken. He’s another hotshot pilot, this time the son of General Airen Cracken. In a weird twist of fate, with the old EU now not canon, Pash’s dad is still alive and well in canon and Pash has been relegated to the dust heap of history. Which is shame because he again has a one-syllable word as a first name and a last name which onomatopoeically conveys coolness. It also, unfortunately, means that when you combine his first and last names, you get the word “Crash,” which just isn’t good for a pilot. Although it is hilarious.
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Capcom’s Monster Hunter series is coming to Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch just got a significant third-party boost: Capcom has announced that it’ll be bringing Monster Hunter XX to the new system. Monster Hunter isn’t the most popular series in the West, but it’s been huge in Japan since the days of the PSP, and it was seen as a major coup for Nintendo when the games eschewed Sony’s PS Vita for the 3DS.
Pokémon Go is trolling cheaters by only showing them common monsters
Pokémon Go developer Niantic has discovered an insidious new way
to ruin a cheater’s day: give them stuff they don’t want.
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