'Guardians of the Galaxy' team says why it used Red's 8K camera
The 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' team says it had plenty of reasons to shoot the movie with RED's cutting-edge 8K camera.
Wearable tech hits the factory floor at Hannover Messe
One of greatest areas of wearable growth is in the enterprise arena, designed for workplace scenarios. This year's Hannover Messe had some great ideas.
Trump's anti-H1B tactics compel Infosys to recruit 10,000 employees in the US | ZDNet
Infosys should thank President Donald Trump for pushing it in this direction in a time of shifting business models that require more US hires to staff client-facing offices. Question is: Will it get the kind of hires it wants at a price it is willing -- or can afford -- to pay?
Skier gets dramatic footage by tossing GoPro in the air
Commentary: Nicolas Vuignier creates what he calls The Poor Man's Selfie Drone. It's simple, but imperfect.
Everything Coming to Amazon Video in May
Amazon Video is in bloom with Oscar winners and original programming.
Microsoft HoloLens becomes an AR assistant for spinal surgery
Microsoft's HoloLens gets a new platform that assists spinal surgeons with mixed reality overlays.
Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones
After drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for nefarious purposes like spying on corporations,..
Why Intel is taking self-driving cars out for a spin
Kathy Winter is going to spend a lot of time in the garage. But she's not a mechanic. Winter is the vice president and general manager of automated driving solutions at Intel. She helped dedicated the new Intel Advanced Vehicle Lab in San Jose, Calif., this week.
The Best Desktop Computers of 2017
With more power and flexibility than laptops, and much more stylish designs than in the past, desktops still make sense. Here are some of our recently tested favorites in a variety of form factors and price points.
jonny evans on Twitter
How is the new age of digital transformation changing the utilities sector?
It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and … Read more »
Fidget spinners are the new Tamagotchi or Pogs or slap bracelets or whatever
Tamagotchis may be making a comeback , but someone forgot to tell the kids, because the latest craze to take over schools and playgrounds isn't a digital pet with a death wish, but the fidget spinner. These little gadgets started as a tool to help children with ADHD or on the autism spectrum to channel energy and release anxiety in a harmless way. However, they are a lot of fun for fidgety kids (read: every school-age kid) and the shiny spinners have become the latest must-have accessory for kids around the country and the world .
Microsoft: The smartphone is dead. You just don't know it | ZDNet
The platform to replace the smartphone will be a mixed-reality device like HoloLens, says Microsoft tech guru Alex Kipman.
A hidden iOS 10 setting that may mean you may never run out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad again | ZDNet
Running out of space on your iPhone or iPad? There's a setting buried in iOS 10 that may put an end to this forever. And if it doesn't work, I'll show you something else you can do instead to take the strain off your storage.
The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought
Making matters worse, unauthorized accesses typically aren't logged by the PC because AMT has direct access to the computer's network hardware. When AMT is enabled, all network packets are redirected to the Intel Management Engine and from there to the AMT. The packets bypass the OS completely. The vulnerable management features were made available in some but not all Intel chipsets starting in 2010, Embedi has said.
Surface Laptop is Microsoft's $999 flagship for Windows 10 S
At first glance, the Surface Laptop may be more attractive with the full version of Windows 10, which will be an upgradable option, according to Microsoft . (Switching is free until the end of 2017, but will be $49 thereafter.) If you go for the Pro upgrade, it's a one-way trip that will give you a nearly identical experience, except now you'll be able to download and install any software from the internet, rather then just being restricted to apps in the official Windows app store.
Fidget spinners: Distracting fad or sign of things to come?
But maybe fidget devices will remind gadget designers that tactile engagement matters. People like to touch things. (The problem is that mechanical parts can wear and break.) Or, more likely, these designers already knew that, but they avoid buttons because a smart speaker with six buttons is harder to learn to use than a smart speaker with one.
Alien: Covenant Review - IGN
While Covenant continues to pose new questions, it also provides answers, and does so within a much more immediately enjoyable and rewarding experience. In many ways – stylistically, thematically, structurally – it sits neatly between the existential ponderings of the previous film and the sumptuous horror of the 1979 original. And while it fails to match the original in terms of sheer terror and elegance, Scott nevertheless delivers some imaginative takes on familiar sequences and rich, satisfying answers to Prometheus’ lingering mysteries.
TNW on Twitter
When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Nissan gives its popular Rogue model an electric motor - Roadshow
Nissan offers the Rogue Hybrid in front- or all-wheel-drive, with the former getting slightly better fuel economy. The all-wheel-drive system features a torque lock, to ensure power is going to all four wheels when needed.
The tech from the past CNET still loves
Editors note: Every week we poll people around our offices to share what makes them tick. This week, we asked them what tech from the past they miss the most.
Nintendo 2DS XL drops 3D and gains a new look
Nintendo 2DS XL drops 3D and gains a new look
Affordable driverless cars: How Bosch is quietly stepping up its AI drive with new lab | ZDNet
Welling is the machine-learning research chair at the University of Amsterdam but he regularly joins forces with AI researchers in North America. He is also a professor at the University of California at Irvine, a consultant for Google's London-based DeepMind, and is a senior fellow the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In 2005, Welling won a National Science Foundation Career Grant for his work in machine learning.
At 20, 'The Fifth Element' is still out of this world
Get your multipass in gear as Milla Jovovich and the creators of Luc Besson's riotous 1997 sci-fi romp reveal how the film was made.
Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South Korea
Samsung has received approval to test self-driving vehicles in South Korea and will begin with a “Hyundai equipped with the latest cameras and sensors,” according to The Korean Herald .
Here's how to fast-charge your smartphone or tablet when you're in a hurry | ZDNet
You're leaving in 20 minutes and your smartphone's battery is almost dead. Here's how to get the maximum charge into your device in the least amount of time possible.
Facebook's Critical Test in France to Fight Fake News
After the U.S. elections in November, our favorite internet companies faced a torrent of criticism for not doing more to curb the spread of fake news -- and responded by deploying a series of tools to combat the problem. This week, as French voters prepare to pick their next president, Bloomberg Technology's Pia Gadkari and Brad Stone ask whether Facebook's, Google's and Twitter's initiatives have worked. Will France turn out to be another repeat of what happened in the run-up to the U.S. elections, or has the internet finally figured out how to deal with false information?
Here's what your name would be if you were a Kentucky Derby horse
Congratulations! You are a horse and you have made it to the Kentucky Derby. Now it's time to find out what your name is.
Inside Andy Rubin’s futuristic Playground hardware incubator
Andy Rubin is the founder and CEO of Playground Global, a studio that provides resources, mentorship and funding to startups making hardware devices. Andy is most known for his instrumental work in mobile, acting as the co-founder and CEO for both Android and Danger Inc., and SVP of Mobile at Google.
Andy joined the Google team in 2005 through the acquisition of Android, which under his leadership …
Oculus is closing its VR film studio
Oculus is closing Story Studio, the in-house virtual reality film studio known for producing the Emmy Award-winning short Henry alongside other pieces. In a statement, Oculus VP of content Jason Rubin explained that the Facebook-owned company was shifting its focus to funding outside creators, putting $50 million toward artists making non-gaming “experiential” VR. Oculus will also provide resources like tutorials, development best practices, and networking opportunities.
What Is Microsoft's Grand Plan for Phones?
But as cool as Microsoft’s attempts at competing have been, the company has failed to break into the elite mobile OS inner ring. By the time it arrived, users had already bought into the Android and iOS ecosystems, and developers, who were already building apps for two mobile operating systems, had little desire to add a third, far less lucrative one to their roadmaps. Sure, the many iterations of Windows for phones looked nice enough, and had the backing of Microsoft, but its constant game of catch up with Apple and Google made the phones built for the platforms unappealing. “There’s just no reason to choose a pricey Windows handset when Google and Apple offer way better options,” Gizmodo’s Mario Aguilar said back in 2015. That hasn’t changed, and it’s one of the reasons why, just last month , Android overtook Windows as the most installed OS in the world, according to one estimation.
HandBrake Hacked! OSX/Proton (re)Appears
› osx/proton (re)appears
love these blog posts? support my tools & writing on patreon! Mahalo :)
Want to play along? I've shared the malware, which can be downloaded here (password: infect3d). Please don't infect yourself!
Today started like pretty much every other day in Hawaii, surf & beach ;)
However, around noon, Eric Holtam ( @eholtam ) tweeted the following:
Mahalo to @mikeymikey to notifying me about this tweet!
Handbrake is an 'open-source video transcoder.' Heading over to their website (handbrake.fr), we can see they've added a 'Security Alert' for Mac Users:
Following the url, links to a rather dire security alert, Mirror Download Server Compromised :
Anyone who has downloaded HandBrake on Mac between [02/May/2017 14:30 UTC] and [06/May/2017 11:00 UTC] needs to verify the SHA1 / 256 sum of the file before running it.
Anyone who has installed HandBrake for Mac needs to verify their system is not infected with a Trojan.
6 accessories that make the iPhone an even better video camera
Some of the hardware below applies the same principles as professional video equipment—and that’s something we can really appreciate as the production team behind Macworld’s videos. The accessories we describe below aren’t necessarily limited to iPhone 7 Plus—in fact, we tested with an iPhone 7. But still, we highly recommend Apple’s latest and largest smartphone if you want the best iPhone camera experience around.
The Director of Attack the Block May Finally Have a Follow-Up
We saw what Cornish did with a bunch of kids back in 2011, turning one of them into one of the most popular rising stars on the planet. This sounds like it could have a pretty similar theme to that, and that’s fine by us. Anything about kids on an epic adventure just instantly transports us back to Amblin movies of the 1980s.
Skydiver dangles under plane for an hour, survives
Commentary: In Denmark, a skydiver gets entangled with cables under a plane. The pilot has no idea he's there, until he gets a message.
How to protect yourself from credit card fraud online
R esearch has revealed it is "frighteningly easy" for fraudsters to get the details needed to make scam payments on someone else's credit card.
Hulu Live TV launches in beta: What you need to know
Beyond DVR, Hulu’s channels will offer a smattering of on-demand video, as other streaming bundles do. But Hulu is also throwing in the full catalog from its own on-demand service, which includes full seasons of TV shows and films that might not be part of other bundles. That service normally costs $8 per month with ads, or $12 per month without them. To avoid the ads in Hulu’s Live TV service, you’ll need to pay the $4-per-month difference.
Here are the 'Game of Thrones' spinoffs we want to see
"Game of Thrones" fans know Tywin and his children, unnaturally close twins Jaime and Cersei, and their younger brother Tyrion. But what was it like when they were kids? We know that Tywin's wife Joanna died giving birth to Tyrion, and that the tragedy and his dwarfism made him a shunned son from the start. Let's meet Joanna and find out whether she would've been a loving mother or if she too had a thirst for power at the expense of her own flesh and blood. Show a young Cersei and Jaime before their, uh, "Flowers in the Attic" days and see what it was like for Tyrion to grow up in an unforgiving environment.
One of the Largest Jigsaw Puzzles in the World Made Harder as Video Game Stop Motion
“Wildlife” is a very big jigsaw puzzle. Clocking in 33,600 pieces, it ranks among the largest manufactured jigsaw puzzles in the world and will set you back almost 400 bucks. But if you think it’s hard enough to do on its own, imagine turning it into a stop motion movie of classic video games while you assemble it.
Why programmers that learn VIM never go back
It is not about having many shiny features; it is about having the essential features that, when composed together, allow you to do anything. Like a functional programming language.
Can Apple Surprise Us with iPhone 8 to Mark the Tenth Anniversary?
There are rumors that the all-glass iPhone 8 with 5.8-inch screen will come with a “FunctionArea” below the 5.15-inch OLED display which could work the same way as the Touch bar in the new MacBook Pros. I am personally quite excited about it, as it will bring a revolutionary new way to use the iPhone. While in the case of the MacBook Pro, I think the Touch Bar is a nice to have, in the case of the iPhone which doesn’t have a pointing device like the mouse and has limited screen real estate, I feel it could add a whole new dimension to how we interact with the iPhone. It would, however, be important for Apple to give developers access to the function area so they can change how we experience third-party apps.
Researchers eliminate HIV in mice through gene editing
Temple University and University of Pittsburgh scientists have taken a big step toward a cure for HIV infections using CRISPR gene-editing technology.
Dozens of popular iPhone apps are still leaking your login details
Strafach, chief executive at Sudo Security Group ( verify.ly ), surveyed thousands of apps and found dozens that had badly implemented code that allowed the app to accept any certificate to establish an encrypted connection without properly validating it. That means a hacker within close range of a vulnerable device -- such as the same Wi-Fi network -- could trick the app into accepting a rogue certificate. The app doesn't know any better, and the hacker can steal your username and password.
AI misses repeat in 2017 Kentucky Derby, but here's what we learned - TechRepublic
The bigger questions, of course, are whether swarm AI outperformed polls and experts—as it's done in the past—and if it's still a useful tool. Since it hit two of the four places and Looking at Lee and Battle of Midway were barely part of any conversations about potential Derby winners, it's fair to say the swarm performed at least as well as most experts and polls, and it outperformed many of them since lots of prognostications came up completely empty on this year's Derby.
I Can't Help but Wonder Why Wonder Woman Is Shilling Weight-Loss Protein Bars
Wonder Woman is the first female-led superhero film we’ve gotten in years, and arguably the biggest one to date. It doesn’t have a responsibility to be a perfect film, as impossible expectations have been used to discredit movies with female leads. But, I do say it has a responsibility to respect its audience. It clearly looks like they’ve tried to market the film to women and girls, especially since they used Supergirl ’s audience engagement as inspiration . But, this is the wrong way to do it. Women and girls don’t want to be told they need to “think thin” in order to be Wonder Woman. They already are Wonder Women.
Who does 'family' best? Not 'Fast & Furious.' It's 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'
"Quill and Gamora do feel like the mom and dad of the group," Pratt said. "And Gamora has become more maternal — and I don't know that it was even written that way, but maybe it was cut together that way. Zoe's got three kids, she is absolutely a mom. She's got a strong maternal instinct. She's like ... a lioness. When she was looking at the little doll that was standing in for Groot, you can see it in her eyes that she wants to pick it up and care for it."
Seattle enacts broadband privacy rules where the FCC won't
Don't expect this privacy safeguard to show up in many other places. Seattle is taking advantage of a municipal code that gives it the authority to oversee the privacy rules of cable operators. Also, this policy only affects cable services like Comcast, CenturyLink and Wave. If you use a wireless internet provider, you won't be covered.
French Presidential Campaign Claims 'Massive Hack'
Fears of a hacking campaign targeting centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron came to fruition in a last minute information dump Friday evening. The leaked memos and emails appeared online just hours before a legally-required midnight media blackout on election coverage. Voters will head to the polls on Sunday amidst confusion over what information the hacked documents actually contain.
Let's be honest, here's why you suck at IoT
Let’s be honest — you suck at IoT. You suck at it because you underestimated the complexity of the problems you need to solve, because the “IoT experts” you hired have actually never done this before, because you outsourced all of your engineering capabilities in the ‘90s when all you cared about was cost reduction, and because you’re unwilling to pursue business models that are dramatically different from your current business.
USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
Apple will invest $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing, CEO Tim Cook says https://usat.ly/2pzkSC9
How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can—with a few upgrades.
Cleveland Browns get ready to WHOOP it up
Campbell believes that taking care of his body is extremely important. At 24 years of age, this third-year pro’s role may continue to grow with the Browns. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound strong safety puts a lot of focus on working out and staying in shape, which is why his interest in technology revolves around devices that help him to better recover.
OnePlus 5 confirmed for a summer release
The phone is rumored to have two rear cameras and top-of-the-line processing speeds.
USA TODAY Tech on Twitter
Snapchat: Parents, this is what it is and how to use it (Photo: Snapchat) http://usat.ly/2quRrzz pic.twitter.com/xYW0dDIVBn
The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s expensive answer to Chromebooks
Microsoft is adopting its Surface strategy for this important market. Instead of just partnering with hardware builders like HP or Dell, Microsoft is also releasing a hardware device designed in-house. Microsoft proved it had the chops to design and release a market-leading product with the latest device in the Surface family.
"Don't Be a Know-It-All; Be a Learn-It-All"
“I was reading it not in the context of business or work culture, but in the context of my children’s education. The author describes the simple metaphor of kids at school. One of them is a ‘know-it-all’ and the other is a ‘learn-it-all,’ and the ‘learn-it-all’ always will do better than the other one even if the ‘know-it-all’ kid starts with much more innate capability... Going back to business: If that applies to boys and girls at school, I think it also applies to CEOs like me, and entire organizations, like Microsoft.”