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Smart lock user? Z-wave pairing flaw lets attackers open your door from yards away | ZDNet

Up to 100 million Internet of Things devices could be at risk.

Driverless shuttles will beat other autonomous vehicles to the road

College campuses, office parks, housing developments are ideal for self-driving shuttles.

Welcome To The Wrinkle- And Sweat-Proof Workwear Of The Future

A few years ago, it seemed far-fetched to walk into work in a blazer made of the same material as your yoga pants. Here’s what women of the future will wear to work.

How A Burning Man Camp Project Became A Multimillion-Dollar Business

Thousands of $1,500 Shiftpod shelters have been sold, and are being used in disaster relief areas globally. Now the company has its own cryptocurrency.

How GDPR is affecting the games you love

The gaming industry is feeling the impact of GDPR, too -- and here's how the EU's new laws are affecting the games you love.

The 21st Century Battle for the Treasure of the San José

310 years ago, a 62-gun Spanish galleon, the San José, was sunk by the British Navy in the Caribbean Sea during the War of Spanish Succession. With a heavy cargo of gold, silver and emeralds historians have estimated her treasure to be worth 17 billion dollars.

New car: an accessible minivan

We have a new vehicle, a Honda Odyssey Elite customised for my wheelchair, and for me to drive with hand controls.

Educator responds accordingly to Jake Paul's rude diss track about teachers

Leave teachers alone, Jake.

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Alan Bean, 4th Person to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 86

Twelve astronauts ultimately walked on the moon in six Apollo missions. When Mr. Bean, a former Navy test pilot, left NASA in 1981, he drew on a longstanding interest in painting to become a full-time artist, creating images of the era when science fiction morphed into reality.

Best Memorial Day sales and deals: Up to $350 off MacBooks, $22 wireless headphones and more

Memorial Day weekend is here, and the unofficial start of summer brings plenty of tech deals. We've poked around a bit, sifted through the bargain bin (so to speak) and come up with a few sales worthy of your attention.

Alexa's latest creepy move: recording a couple's private conversation and sharing it | ZDNet

Amazon explained to ZDNet how it all happened: "Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like 'Alexa,' the company said in a statement. "Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a 'send message' request. At which point, Alexa said out loud 'To whom?' At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, '[contact name], right?' Alexa then interpreted background conversation as 'right'. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely."

Guess who comes back in Solo?

I don't really care what happens next with Han or Lando, but I can't wait to see where they take Qi'ra's character. She proved herself quite the combatant and a potential female Sith (if indeed that's what's she's in training to be) isn't something we've seen on the big screen before. Also, it's just so exciting to have Darth Maul back on the big screen. His fight with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace is still one of my favorite lightsaber battles ever. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long to find out what happens next.

Step inside a $51M townhouse filled with Philips Hue smart lights

That's it, folks. Thanks for checking out the Kips Bay Decorator Showcase. As I said, the townhouse is on sale for $51 million. To be clear, all the decorators remove everything from their rooms after the showcase is done so you'll have to bring your own designers in. Of course, if you jump in now with an offer you might be able to make a deal and buy it as is.

7 must-have devices for your smart home office | ZDNet

These may sound like a luxury smart item for the home office, but some are surprisingly cheap. And when you can order a coffee from your phone and have it made to your liking, why not? Besides, caffeine is the fuel to productivity, and you don't want to have to interrupt your precious schedule, which is now being timed by a die that sends its data back to your employer. There's also something pretty great about ordering your coffee from bed and having it ready for drink by the time you're ready to start work.

Amazon banned this shopper. Then he outsmarted them

Mark, a 22-year-old student whose name was changed for this story to maintain his anonymity, shared his cat-and-mouse game of getting back on Amazon. He said his story may help other customers avoid the same fate and -- even if they get banned -- know it's not necessarily final.

Apple Won't Allow Steam Link on the App Store

Apple is fully focused on selling apps, but allowing Steam Link on to the store means enabling a free app to be used to access thousands of games on a different platform. Apple has no control over that platform and doesn't make any money from it, so there's no reason to support its use on Apple hardware.

Capture your best shot with smartphone dual cameras | ZDNet

2018 may be the year that dual rear cameras become a standard on smartphones. There are different reasons to use these dual rear cameras and a few different types of lenses being used.

Add Android Auto or CarPlay to your car for cheap

So, would I recommend the Kmoon K5980? Yes, but with reservations. It's literally hundreds of dollars less than most Android Auto and CarPlay units, and it delivers more or less the same infotainment experience as those pricier models. The screen isn't very bright, though, something to consider if you have a convertible. And installers may balk at working with a product they don't sell and service.

CommerceDNA wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech

Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regulars. Some of them slept on the floor in a corner, while others drank too much Red Bull.

How to connect to an SMB share from your Android device

That's all there is to it. You can add as many server connections as you need and make all of those shares available with a couple of taps. X-plore File Manager may suffer under the weight of a cluttered interface, but the results you get with SMB connections make this app worth using. Give it a try and see if it doesn't make your Android-on-LAN life a bit easier.

My 3 months with Amazon Key were better than expected

Seven of the eight lock options -- including the Assure Smart Lock Touchscreen I chose -- require a complete replacement of your existing deadbolt. That's easy enough to swap out, in theory, but my front door didn't sit perfectly flush with my doorframe. The installer spent time working on that to make sure the lock would open and close on its own, without someone having to nudge the door to ensure a clear path for the deadbolt.


A global competition gives away $1 million in funding to the world’s most promising social startups. British enterprise Change Please took this year’s title. Bloomberg met the man behind the enterprise. (Source: Bloomberg)

Installing the Amazon Key Home Kit

The Amazon Key Home Kit comes with a smart lock and an Amazon Cloud Cam security camera.

Maybe you shouldn't buy a MacBook Pro right now

I wouldn't want you to feel buyer's remorse, so here's a word of advice: Maybe don't buy a MacBook Pro right now.

The GDPR privacy law happened, and all I got were these lousy emails

Just because no one is reading though a privacy policy, doesn't mean there isn't any real change, experts say. Even if only a small handful of people are reading it, they would be able to highlight all the issues that come with it, said Jeffrey Sanchez, the security and privacy managing director at consulting firm Protiviti.

Best turntables you can buy, from affordable to absolute insanity

The  Thorens TD 190-2 is a fully automatic design. Most turntables with high-end aspirations are manual in operation, meaning you have to lift the arm from its rest, put the stylus (needle) in the groove, lift the stylus at the end of the record side, and return the arm to its rest, then turn off the platter motor. So compared with playing a file or a CD, LP playback can seem like a lot of work. The TD 190-2 does all that stuff automatically. So even if you have unsteady hands or are visually impaired, you can play records with the TD 190-2 with ease.

How to watch the Apple WWDC 2018 keynote online | ZDNet

Apple holds an annual conference in order to get developers up to speed with its latest advancements. This year, the conference will include the usual opening keynote, where Apple introduces its upcoming software updates and possibly new hardware refreshes. Here's how to watch Apple's keynote online.

Apple reveals latest government data demand figures

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Microsoft: Here's why Windows Defender AV isn't ranked higher in new antivirus tests | ZDNet

Windows Defender trails third-party antivirus in tests, but Microsoft says you should still use it over other products.

Technology that changed us: The 1980s, from MS-DOS to the first GPS satellite | ZDNet

In this 50-year retrospective, we're not just looking at technology year by year, we're looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the way for the future, and changed us, in ways good and bad. (Previously: The 1970s)

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Reboot your router now to flush out malware, says the FBI

It's not immediately clear how many of those devices might be in the US, the UK, Australia or anywhere else, but the FBI statement recommends that anyone with a router at home or in the office performs a reboot cycle. It's actually good security advice at any time under any circumstances – so probably worth a few minutes out of your day.

Nope, NASA photog's melted camera wasn't fried by a SpaceX rocket

A lot of people saw the image and the context and assumed the camera was too close to the launchpad and got burned by the awesome power of the Falcon 9 rocket. But Ingalls is an experienced NASA photographer, and he had set this particular shooter at a safe distance away from the rocket's fury.

Finally, a power bank specifically designed for GoPro Hero users | ZDNet

There are no shortage out there of power banks for iPhone and Android devices, but Ugreen introduces a portable charger for GoPro Hero 5/6 owners.

How 4 Chicago startups are using tech to address the industry’s diversity problem

“What needs to change is the mindset of tech companies to make D&I part of their DNA. D&I initiatives are not a separate bucket but part of holistic recruitment and retention. For example, if your employee referrals are coming from a non-diverse group of people, the candidates they will refer will be effectively the same. Companies should seek to build relationships with diverse communities and specifically seek diverse mentors in those communities to lean on for personal referrals.”

Digital transformation and the CIO: Everything you need to know today | ZDNet

So, get help if you need it, and you probably will. Sometimes companies hire chief digital officers to take responsibility. Just be aware that the goal of the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) should be to eventually make her or his role obsolete. You don't have born-in-the-cloud companies with CDOs because they're already digital from the ground up. Once a company is sufficiently down the digital path, it should no longer need a CDO.

Max Schrems files first cases under GDPR against Facebook and Google

A spokesman for the Irish Data Protection Commission noted that Mr Schrems’s complaints were made to other EU data protection authorities earlier on Friday and that they would be forwarded to the Irish regulator should they come under the GDPR’s “one-stop shop mechanism” that brings matters relating to Facebook and Google to the Irish authority given that their EU headquarters are based in Dublin.

12 things you didn't know you could do with Command Hooks

To keep the basket from resting at a downward angle, it may be necessary to bend the ends of the hooks in. I also added several layers of double-sided foam tape to the bottom edge of the basket to give it some additional support and hold it up higher. You can throw lightweight toiletries, makeup or other small objects in this basket for safekeeping.

Beer brewing made simple with the Picobrew Pico Model C

Once the PicoPak is in place, slide it into the main body of your Picobrew Pico Model C. You can use the display to connect your Pico to the internet. The Model C will read a tag on the PicoPak and automatically know what it's brewing, adapting its settings accordingly.

Ad fraud is out of control -- billions lost by media industry, says a new report | ZDNet

​Advertising fraud is hitting new highs -- enabling multi-billion dollar crimes, claims a report from a leading ad researcher.

Google, Facebook hit with serious GDPR complaints: Others will be soon | ZDNet

With the introduction of the European Union's blockbuster new privacy regime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it took no time at all for privacy activists to lodge serious complaints about the behavior of Google and Facebook -- and they're promising more within the coming weeks.

PassProtect tells you if your password has been pwned | ZDNet

Okta's new PassProtect library makes it easier for web sites to use Have I Been Pwned to check whether user passwords are unsafe right when you type them in to log in to your account - which is the most useful time to get a warning, because you're not going to forget to change it. And making it easier for developers to use the service makes it less likely that they make a dumb mistake and end up making things more secure.

Huge discounts on Apple laptops and tablets at Best Buy

A handful of Apple laptops are discounted by up to $300 during Best Buy's four-day Memorial Day sale.

Amazon Officially Renews THE EXPANSE For Season 4 | Nerdist

“We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!”

Essential Phone 2: Did Android founder Andy Rubin just cancel his next phone? | ZDNet

Andy Rubin appears to confirm that the next phone has been canceled, amid reports that Essential is up for sale.

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This is what the Red Hydrogen One looks like

Red held an event at their studios in Hollywood to show off the unreleased Hydrogen One and we finally got to sneak a peek at the $1200 Android phone .

'Neon Advance' reminds us that some gadgets really can live forever

Fundamentally, this is a question of ownership. If you buy a gadget that you are not at liberty to repair, that gradually breaks down into near-uselessness because of software you don't control, and that a tech corporation could disable without your permission, is it really yours? These are questions any person should consider in the connected age, as we cede our digital lives to firms with clear profit motives, and as those digital lives become further intertwined with the ones we experience as breathing human meat.

This summer, I'm bringing back the tiny fans of my youth

This summer, I'm bringing back the tiny fans of my youth

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When people say that the Trump policy of separating children from their parents at the border is "un-American", they forget or do not know that the practice is deeply American and has a history.…

iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay you $50

But, you may get a chance at vindication. If you paid $79 to replace your iPhone battery last year, then Apple owes you 50 bucks. Apple is finally taking responsibility for intentionally slowing down the performance of older phones in order to keep up with declining battery life, and refunding customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement before Apple slashed those rates to $29.

48 Apple leaves door open for Steam Link's release on iOS

The email shed further light on just why Apple gave Steam Link the boot, and suggested that a resolution would be tricky. The iOS app reportedly broke App Store guidelines surrounding "user generated content, in-app purchases, content codes" and similar factors. In other words, its objections seem to revolve around the nature of Steam. While there are already general-purpose remote desktop clients on the App Store, Steam Link's narrow focus was apparently problematic -- it may have seen Valve siphoning away App Store purchases by letting them access PC games in the other room.

5 ways deception tech is disrupting cybersecurity

Enterprises and their Security Operations Centers (SOCs) are under siege. Security events are being triggered from all corners of the security stack – from the firewall, endpoints, and servers, from intrusion detection systems and other security solutions.

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home

Amazon and Google have been going back and forth in a battle for smart speaker supremacy. As a result, both smart speakers are great, but which one is better?

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65 Bitcoin Gold suffers double spend attacks, $17.5 million lost | ZDNet
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