Snakebot named ground rescue robot of the year | ZDNet
Carnegie Mellon's bio-inspired disaster relief robot slithers to victory in an unusual international competition.
Minecraft Update Aquatic Is the Last for Old Consoles
Update Aquatic will be the last content update for Minecraft on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PS Vita.
Google open sources Seurat, a tool for reducing mobile VR complexity
Today is the day Google makes good on a lot of its 2017 I/O VR promises. The company just announced that it will be open sourcing Seurat, a tool designed to reduce complexity in high-fidelity mobile VR scenes, improving performance considerably. This launch arrives alongside the release of the Mira…
Goosebumps: HorrorTown promises a scarily good time on iOS | Cult of Mac
Back in my distant misspent youth, I was an enormous fan of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series of kids' horror books. Jump forward 25 years and this fond piece of nostalgia is about to make its way onto iOS -- courtesy of a new mobile game. And it actually sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Check out the trailer
NASA's Mars Insight rockets towards the Red Planet
The first interplanetary mission from the west coast is underway with liftoff of the rocket carrying the lander.
3D-printed airless bike tires deliver a 'smooth ride'
Dump the air pump. These 3D-printed flexible bicycle tires could be the future of riding.
Stephen Colbert’s Facebook dating video is the best ad Tinder could hope for
While no one knows what the new feature will look like yet, Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” gave us a sneak peak on Wednesday night’s episode anyway.
Twitter bug exposed passwords; here's how to change yours
There's no indication that a recently discovered bug in Twitter's password storage was exploited, but the social media platform recommends everyone change their password to be on the safe side.
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It genuinely has me worried the story will conclude with presenting the view that "Thanos Was Right, but his method was not worth the cost." as opposed to pointing out how flawed on a fundamental level it is.
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NASA's new Mars lander will carry out the first mission to peer deep into the planet's interior: https://wired.trib.al/W3Pjx3z pic.twitter.com/ewKdIWTZIO
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Apple shutting down Texture’s Windows magazine app after acquisition https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/4/17320018/texture-windows-apple-app-shutting-down?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/Rz9LJoofTg
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR lightsaber battles now let you duel a friend
The game will give each player prompts for which actions to take, such as telling one player to duck while the other player is instructed to swing. It might not be the freeform duel everyone has dreamed of since first seeing a Star Wars movie, but it will certainly test players' Jedi reflexes.
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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 April 2018 Update for Windows 10 IoT | ZDNet
Microsoft has made available this week its latest Windows 10 feature update (the April 2018 Update/1803) for its two Windows 10 IoT variants. The Windows 10 IoT Core version for ARM32, x86, x64 is available (as of April 30) on MSDN for download. The ISOs for Windows 10 IoT are available from this download site as of May 3.
Smart dolls with style want to make coding more fun for girls
SmartGurlz won't be a girl's last STEM toy. There's others out there, like Goldieblox, which are kits and storybooks based on engineering. There's also the more gender-neutral route, like the subscription-based Kodable app where you guide alien fuzzballs on missions. After all, dolls might not appeal to every girl. Plus, while the toy is made for the 5 and up crowd, girls will walk away from their dolls within a few years. If they want to keep playing around with code, they'll have to move on to something else.
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Lenovo's souped up standalone VR headset is sick, but Daydream let it down
How to keep using Time Machine without AirPort or Time Capsule | Cult of Mac
So, the simplest way to keep using Time Machine is to plug a new USB drive into your Mac, and wait for macOS to pop up a panel asking if you want to use it for Time Machine backups. It will do this every time you connect a new drive, making it just about the easiest way to use Time Machine. Once you agree to use it, the new drive will become the destination for Time Machine’s incremental backups. And because it’s hooked up direct to your Mac, it’s fast.
iOS 11.3 breaks some iPhone 7 microphones
Users report that they cannot be heard during calls since updating to iOS 11.3 or later. Apple has advised Authortized Service Providers that they can initiate repairs if necessary — even on devices that are no longer covered by a warranty.
Security pros: Get ready to patch for 8 new Spectre-related vulnerabilities soon
Of the eight vulnerabilities, four are rated as "high risk," while the other four are rated as "medium" by Intel. Schmidt claims that one of the vulnerabilities is a "VM escape," which would potentially allow attackers operating in a virtual machine (VM) or container to break free from those confines and gain control of the underlying hardware. Relative to the original Spectre and Meltdown disclosures, this would be relatively trivial to exploit in the wild according to Schmidt, specifically naming cloud hosting providers "such as Amazon."
Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.
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City of Toronto
-Increasing winds due to coming storm
-Some construction cranes will be left in neutral positions
-They will be allowed to swing with the winds to decrease loads
-This is a normal strategy to deal with high winds
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The self-driving vehicle was not at fault in the collision. It was T-boned.
For May the 4th, a universe of Star Wars collectibles
This Hasbro playset also comes with a Bowcaster comb so you can style Chewie's new hair in different ways. Or make other Star Wars shapes with the half-molds from the set. This toys is meant for ages 3 years and older. Retail price: $14.99 (roughly £11, AU$20).
Alibaba's fourth quarter cloud revenue puts it on $2.8 billion annual run rate | ZDNet
The company reported its fourth quarter results on Friday and the e-commerce giant fared well. The cloud business for Alibaba, a leading infrastructure as a service player in China, delivered fourth quarter cloud computing revenue of $699 million, or a nearly $2.8 billion annual run rate.
Can humans get a handle on AI? | ZDNet
At the conference, we didn't find any speakers introducing the issue of when enough data is enough, but a presentation from Greg Zaharchuk , associate radiology professor at Stanford University, provided hints that successful AI might not always require seemingly infinite torrents of data. In this case, it was the need to optimize the use of medical imaging, especially CT or MRI scans which insurers and patients alike prefer to minimize because the treatments are costly and unpleasant. And so, you get that cloudy CT image of blood flow into the brain that's a symptom of data sparcity. Ideally, it would be better to either send the patient in for another or a longer scan, but that's not practical: it's too unpleasant for the patient and costly for the insurer to get, literally, picture perfect.
Reddit hopes to relaunch cryptocurrency payments - and not just Bitcoin, either | ZDNet
Slowe said that the previous set of tools provided by Coinbase only supported Bitcoin payments on Reddit, but a fix to pave the way for alternative cryptocurrency payments is underway. The executive said that Ethereum (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) are also being considered.
Hardware round-up: 15 bits of kit we've reviewed in the past month | ZDNet
A superb handset, with its triple rear camera setup the clear headline-stealer. Elsewhere, performance is great and battery life is among the best we've seen in recent times. Most of the negatives are a little picky, the exception being the fingerprint sensor location. This really should be on the back and not beneath the screen, where it's very awkward to find one-handed.
Android alert: This new type of rowhammer GPU attack can hijack your phone remotely | ZDNet
"We demonstrate the potential of such attacks by bypassing state-of-the-art browser defenses and presenting the first reliable GPU-based rowhammer attack that compromises a browser on a phone in under two minutes," the researchers from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam write in a new paper .
NSA says searches of Americans' data spiked in 2017
Last year, a staggering 534 million call detail records were collected, up from 151 million -- more than a three-fold increase on the year earlier. The figures don't represent the number of Americans whose phone records were collected, and likely includes duplicates, the report said.
IoT security: Is cryptocurrency-mining malware your next big headache? | ZDNet
IoT devices lack the power of PCs, but some dark web users are still keen to see if compromising connected devices for financial gain is plausible.
Apple CarPlay: The good, the bad, and the what were they thinking? | ZDNet
Yes, I know my iPhone could have done this, too. But I did not take my hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. This, in fact (again with limits, oh, so many limits) is CarPlay's major strength. I've used CarPlay's hands-free navigation everywhere I've gone in the past few days, and it's actually pretty great. Unlike the nav unit we used to go across the country, you don't have to type and wait. Just ask Siri, and she'll take you there.
Apple's Eddy Cue to be deposed in Qualcomm case
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, will be deposed as a part of the company's ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Friday.
Are 8 new 'Spectre-class' flaws in Intel CPUs about to be exposed? | ZDNet
According to Heise, four of the vulnerabilities are being treated as "high risk" and, as with the previously found Spectre flaws, they impact cloud providers due to an ability to attack a host system from a virtual machine, allowing an attacker to extract secrets and passwords from the host machine's memory.
Nyloon launches Apple Watch bands for extra-large wrists [Watch Store] | Cult of Mac
Nyloon is constantly upping its game. Responding to customer feedback, the company regularly adds new styles and patterns to its lineup of extreme-quality nylon Apple Watch bands. And, now they’ve gone a step further to include a lineup of extra-large straps to fit even the biggest wrists.
Sorry folks, Vine isn't coming back anytime soon
There may never be a social network that can match Vine’s post-to-meme ratio again. So after Dom Hoffman, one of Vine’s co-creators promised the network would return, the web shed a collective tear of joy.
You can now easily buy movie tickets with Google Assistant
Google Assistant is gaining some new capabilities thanks to a deal with Fandango that should make ordering movie tickets a quick and easy process. Simply tell Google Assistant that you want to buy some movie tickets and you’ll see what’s playing nearby; you can dial in the specificity to find out just what’s playing at a specific theater or at which theaters a particular flick is going to be.
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Mark Zuckerberg did the apology thing. Now he must actually change Facebook
Facebook's CEO defiantly refuses to let Russian propaganda, the Cambridge Analytica scandal or hate-spewing trolls ruin his creation. We’ll see how that turns out.
Apple hits high after Buffett ups stake
Apple shares have hit an all-time high on news that legendary investor Warren Buffett now has a roughly 5% stake in the tech giant.
How to protect your company from tax season phishing scams
For example, if an employee named Ray Donovan sends a W-2 form from his corporate email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to his Gmail address (email@example.com), UEBA can determine that it's highly likely this information is being sent to the same person and will not send a critical alert nor block the transmission. It helps if Ray has a history of sending himself emails of this nature so UEBA can mark that behavior as normal.
Best mobile games of 2018
If you like the style of tower defense the Kingdom Rush series does so well, you'll definitely like Iron Marines. This game is a newer effort from the same people, Ironhide Game Studio, and takes much of the same great action into the future. Instead of knights and archers, you'll be playing with futuristic soldiers and snipers. Fight aliens and mechas as you strategize the best way to beat the level at hand. But what's cool about this version, is there is even more focus on special characters -- individual heroes with unique abilities you can bring along for the fight with your other units.
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Google News is getting a revamp with more video and faster load times https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/4/17320190/google-news-update-video-youtube-amp?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/N5vcnUpDZi
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Here's what to expect at Google I/O 2018
Puerto Ricans never know if they'll have power. This is how they're surviving.
"There's an emotion, an anxiety, that we can go back to that anytime, back to not having water and no electricity for a long time," Peña says.
What to expect at Microsoft's Build 2018 conference
Fresh off of Windows 10's major April update , Microsoft is gearing up for its Build conference in Seattle on Monday. The annual event, like Google I/O (which starts just one day later), is a celebration of the company's developer community. That means you can expect plenty of technical details and (gasp) on-stage coding during the two keynotes, which will be led by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and operating systems head Joe Belfiore. But, of course, we'll also hear more about the company's broader goals for the next year, and we'll get a first look at new features for Windows, Office and the rest of its product line. Here's a glimpse of what we expect to see.
Apple shares hit at an all-time high | Cult of Mac
Apple’s stock price closed at $183.83 today, just barely beating the company’s previous high of $183.50. The company is now about $20 per share short of being the first company to hit the coveted $1 trillion market cap target Amazon and Google are also closing in on.
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Oracle Access Manager security bug so serious it let anyone access protected data | ZDNet
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Week’s best Apple deals: Save on refurbished iPhones, MacBooks, iPads
Refurbished Apple gear carry prices ranging from great to unreal. This week, you can get fantastic deals on refurbished iPhones, MacBooks and iPads. (Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping refurbs .)
Fourth-generation Android espionage campaign targets Middle East | ZDNet
In addition to being able to exfiltrate data from default applications on the device, the latest incarnation targets messaging applications such as Telegram, WhatsApp and the Chrome web browser with attacks which can steal internal databases. In the case of the web browser, this means any credentials stored in it would be stolen.
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Apple admits some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models have disabled microphones during phone calls https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/4/17320928/apple-iphone-7-plus-microphone-disabled-phone-call?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/9geH5KPkep
Overcast is the best podcast app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #9]
If you love podcasts, and want to up your listening game, you need to try Overcast. With support for all the best podcast player features, and its own little bag of tricks, Overcast is the perfect way to take your listening experience to 11. It’s the best podcast app out there.
ProBeat: We should applaud Twitter for disclosing its password hashing bug
Twitter yesterday revealed it had fixed a bug in its hashing process that saw passwords internally logged in plain text. The company asked all its users to change their Twitter passwords, and if they used that password anywhere else, to change it there too, just in case. Then, all hell broke loose.
Pulling the Plug on GPP, Leaning into GeForce | The Official NVIDIA Blog
hhhmmm ..this article is pathetic and misleading …1)if Nvidia want “” ensuring that gamers know what they are buying and can make a clear choice””” must force Asus,MSI,Gigabyte to create a new brand exclusive for Nvidia and not vice versa. 2)””The rumors, conjecture and mistruths go far beyond its intent”” if that is true why Nvidia dont bring to the public all the GPP program details and the paper work ?????????? 3)why Nvidia stike back at HARD.OCP and close the door of any review at Nvidia gpus for any AIB partner ????? 4)if GPP was only for the consumer benefit why Nvidia try to hide all this thing???? and after HARD.OCP bring it to light why they dont give details at the tech press and dont speak about it to anyone and try to hide at your cave?????? My opinion is that was shity and here in EU more than 15.000.000 reports have found their way to EUC and thousands of people now know what Nvidia unethical try to do and they have made their choice….!!!!