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Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs shows off the colorful iMac G3 | Cult of Mac
On May 6, 1998, Steve Jobs unveiled the iMac G3, the brightly colored translucent computer which helped to save Apple.
How did Thumbtack win the on-demand services market?
Earlier today, the services marketplace Thumbtack held a small conference for 300 of its best gig economy workers at an event space in San Francisco. For the nearly ten-year-old company the event was designed to introduce some new features and a redesign of its brand that had softly launched earlie…
Buying a Solid-State Drive: 20 Terms You Need to Know
An SSD can be installed as a boot drive, with the option to install programs and data on it (depending on the capacity of the SSD and whether the system can accommodate a secondary "data" drive). You'll see the maximum speed benefit from a given SSD if it's used in this way. But a different mode in which SSDs are used is as cache memory, usually in a system with a platter hard drive set up as the boot drive. In this kind of arrangement, the system uses the SSD to temporarily store frequently accessed data (program files, large data files, parts of the OS) for faster access from the solid-state memory than from the platter drive. This is managed automatically via the system, usually via a technology such as Intel's SRT (explained a bit later).
iPhone X is the best-selling smartphone in 2018 so far
In fact, countering the predictions of many analysts , the iPhone X claimed the title of best-selling smartphone overall for the first quarter of 2018. Apple shipped 16 million iPhone X units between January and March, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple also nabbed the next two spots on the list with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus , which sold 12.5 million units and 8.3 million units, respectively.
Best media streamers and TVs for mom in 2018
If you're looking to really spoil your mom this Mother's Day, there is no better TV for the money than LG's range of OLED. With HDR playback and perfect black levels, her movie watching will be better than ever before.
Avengers: Infinity War Review - IGN
There’s so much going on in this movie, and perhaps some viewers will walk away from the film frustrated by the cliffhanger. But Infinity War is more The Empire Strikes Back than The Matrix Reloaded in that regard, culminating in a beautifully brilliant, if traumatic, manner. The entire MCU saga could end here and it would be a satisfying, if not necessarily happy, finale. But the film also sets up next year’s Avengers 4 (which was once known as “Infinity War: Part 2”) in such a way that will have audiences pondering the events of Infinity War until then.
Here's what to expect at Google I/O this week
Just like last year it will take place at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, and we'll hear what Google has planned for developers as well as what new products and services we can expect over the course of the coming year. While there's always room for surprises, we have a pretty good idea what we're going to see on stage at the Shoreline at this year's I/O.
Mophie Juice Pack for Samsung S9 Plus: in pictures | ZDNet
Mophie has been making battery packs for a long time, but with capacities about half of what is contained in the phone there is little reason to spend $100 on them today.
A crocodile walks into an MRI scanner -- and listens to Bach
This is a Nile crocodile's brain on Bach. Researchers roll young reptiles into an MRI scanner and give them a special private concert for science. And culture?
Two new audiophile amps from Emotiva are outstanding values
Teamed with the TA-100 (used as a preamp) the A-300 and LS50 speakers the system strutted its stuff with one of the very best sounding Rolling Stones concert Blu-rays, Hampton Coliseum, Live in 1981. One of the things I love about this Blu-ray's sound is the concert's ambience, even listening to the stereo mix over the LS50s the sound was you-are-there present. Bill Wyman's nimble bass was a treat, and Charlie Watts drums never sounded better. Mick Jagger's vocals and Keith Richard's guitar on top of the mix were positively vivid. Tuned up nice and loud the sound belied the modest price of the Emotiva electronics.
A fresh crop of new music to tickle your ears
From time to time I post picture galleries of new music that's come my way. This time it's an eclectic mix I've streamed from Tidal, or heard on CD or LP. Some of it's by artists you've at least heard of, but a lot of it is off the beaten path. My goal here is to turn you onto new things, and there will be more than a few gems, I promise.
Apple is finally getting around to redesigning the MacBook Air
Today's entry-level MacBook Air, with 128GB of hard-drive capacity, starts at $999, £949 or AU$1,499; the 256GB version costs $1,199. Third-party retailers now routinely discount the Air to $750 or $800, and its low price is key to its popularity. (Converted, $800 is about £600 or AU$1,060.)
Solo: A Star Wars Story ticket sales double that of Black Panther
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford, while Donald Glover steps into Billy Dee Williams' role as Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton and Joonas Suotamo also star.
NASA's Mars Insight rockets toward the Red Planet
The Mars InSight lander itself was built by Lockheed Martin of Denver, but it carries scientific instruments developed as part of an international collaboration with space agencies and other scientific institutions around the world. It carries a suite of highly sensitive seismometers to detect Marsquakes and a special "mole" that will drill up to 16 feet below the Martian surface to take heat readings and help map the planet's "guts."
Believe it or not, 10 years ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a big risk
When Black Panther exploded into theaters in February, it rocketed past a billion dollars and become a genuine cultural phenomenon. Not the most obscure comic hero but not the best-known either, Black Panther was just the latest example of Marvel banking on a character that might have been considered a gamble 10 years ago.
Intel boosts class-leading speed with Optane SSD 905P drives | ZDNet
Other advantages 3D XPoint memory has over NAND are lower latency (under 10 microseconds) and superior endurance (10 full drive writes per day). If you priced the 900 series, you're aware that cost is not an advantage, as those drives started at over $300. With the increased capacity and performance, the 905P's starting price jumps to $599 for the 480GB U.2 format drive. For the 960GB half-height version you will definitely be paying a full price -- a whopping $1,200, to be exact.
Technology teams deserve good UX, too | ZDNet
Nguyen, who designs and maintains monitoring tools for her company's technology teams, says it's just as important to make the tools used by tech teams easy and intuitive to use as a consumer-facing applications. The goal is to "prevent misunderstandings. Not everyone is -- or should have to be -- an expert at interpreting monitoring data," she relates. "Unless you literally work at a monitoring company, not everyone at your company should know about how to use a monitoring in time-series data. Designers, developers and SEO experts need to track the performance and output of their work, but "don't need to know about time-series data to do their jobs," she says. "It's really easy to misinterpret this data, because it's complicated. You don't want people at your company to reach the wrong conclusions just because the tool made them confused."
The tools you need for repairing PCs, smartphones, tablets, and much more | ZDNet
If you're in the business of repairing PCs, smartphones, or tablets, then you need the tools to help you get the job done in a fast, efficient, and safe way.
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UK watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over American's...
(Reuters) - Britain’s data privacy watchdog has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the personal information it holds on a U.S. academic, confirming the right of people abroad to seek data held by a UK firm.
Pet-friendly tips for your smart home
Pet make an oopsie? I like to call this quick fix pee-be-gone spray. Mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract in a large spray bottle. Spray the spot after you've cleaned it and let the spray sit a few hours.
California to require solar panels on most new homes
Short of a surprise rejection at the Energy Commission's May 9th vote, this will make California the first state to have a solar panel requirement. It's relatively easy to do this in the region given California's abundance of warm, sunny days and high real estate prices -- it's hard to see this happening in the American Midwest, where winter and lower home prices could make solar decidedly less practical. Critics have complained that this could make California's housing shortage worse by pricing people out of those homes that are available, and note that most people in the state only really draw on non-renewable energy when they come home from work and strain the electrical grid.
Cult of Mac Magazine: Who is Apple’s best CEO ever?
In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine : Analysts have been extremely pessimistic about the iPhone X, with almost daily predictions that Apple’s top-of-the-line model was a flop. And they were all dead wrong. Tim Cook just said the iPhone X has been Apple’s best-selling model for every week since it launched, and that sales of all the company’s phones grew last quarter. How did the analysts get it so wrong?
Qlik hits reset button, rolls out new cloud, AI, and developer capabilities | ZDNet
My consistent lament about Qlik, shared in my analyses from Qlik Qonnections 2016 and 2017 , has been its slow pace to innovation. The criticism still applies on the cloud, AI, and big data fronts, where Qlik is still delivering on capabilities initially announced 12 months to 24 months ago. On cloud, for instance, the multi-cloud deployment option set for June release will initially be limited to consumption. Apps will have to be authored on-premises and then deployed for read-only access in the cloud. Cloud authoring, write-back capabilities, and pull-through access to on-premises data sources are all on the roadmap. Similarly, the (late-to-the-game) Big Data Index that Qlik announced last year and demonstrated at Qonnections 2018 won't see beta release until June or July. I don't expect general availability before Q3, at the earliest.
Automated kiosks are the future of retail, restaurants ... even roach coaches | ZDNet
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Nvidia GeForce Windows driver bug: New hotfix issued to cure endless install loops | ZDNet
The driver, released in late April , dropped support for 32-bit operating systems, and was meant to bring bug fixes and improvements for developers and gamers. However, the update failed to install for many users setting them in an endless process or reinstalling the update.
Commentary: MoviePass keeps playing with my heart, but I'll never cancel
Because even though it's cheesy, I love going to the movies. I love the popcorn smell, the big chairs, watching trailers on the big screen and being cut off from everything for 2 hours. It's the purest form of entertainment to me. At this point, MoviePass could limit me to B-movies or just trailers and I'd probably still keep it. Because walking into a movie with my MoviePass ticket is still awesome...
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Someone allegedly hacked grades at an Alabama high school and now there's no valedictorian
24 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know
In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you probably don't know about everything. We're talking about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions that are just a few clicks away. As you'll see below, there are even some functions that appear to be leftovers from bygone eras that we're not even sure Facebook still knows are there. Take a look and awaken your inner power user social super star.
LG is open to fixing its new phone's Samsung-like mistake
Reprogramming a convenience key in the phone settings isn't hard. It's been done many times before, even by Samsung. The Galaxy S7 Active let you open one app when you pressed it quickly and a different app of your choice when you long-pressed the button. Locking you down to a single selection is a new practice, and one that's pissed off a fair numbers of reviewers and phone owners.
5 things you should know before installing smart switches
Smart switches , on the other hand, are the modest midpoint between the other two and the most natural to use. You can still control the lights from the wall switch like you always have, but you'll get some added benefits, like dimming or a pop-out remote that will still give you easier manual control of the lights. But they'll also work with existing light fixtures that may not accommodate a smart bulb. That said, installation is much more hands-on and permanent.
Google's Lenovo-made VR headset stands on its own
If you're interested in VR without any PC or phone needed, Google's new headset made by Lenovo might be of interest: the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream.
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Facial recognition used by Wales police Has 90 percent false positive rate
Unboxing Hasbro's Lando Calrissian
The "65" denotes that Lando is but one in the Black Series 6-inch action figure set. This collection also includes 60 Death Star Trooper, 61 Jawa, 62 Han Solo, 63 Grand Moff Tarkin and 64 Range Trooper.
6 Reasons PC Gaming Is Better Than Console Gaming
This was one of the best things about the firing up my Steam account on a then-new Windows 10 PC gaming rig—all the games that I purchased on my old Windows 7 laptop worked without a hitch. In fact, I only have one game, a disc-based version of Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, that simply refuses to play. And thanks to emulation, the PC is pretty damn good in regards to games preservation .
Memorial bench has a nice message, but definitely needed a better editor
She never saw dogs and she never smiled? Surely, they really mean something along the lines of, "she never saw a dog without smiling," right? Or maybe they were celebrating that she never smiled and managed to live a life free of canines?
Make the Kessel Run in Solo's new Millennium Falcon Otterbox Symmetry Apple iPhone X case | ZDNet
Han Solo is my favorite Star Wars character so the day OtterBox announced new Solo: A Star Wars Story cases I placed my order and have one wrapped around my Apple iPhone X.
I’m frustrated with this hell. I’m frustrated that the web’s promise of instant and free access to the world’s information appears to be dying. I’m frustrated that subscription usually means just putting formerly free content behind a paywall. I’m frustrated that the price for subscriptions seems wildly high compared to the ad dollars that the fees substitute for. And I’m frustrated that subscription pricing rarely seems to account for other subscriptions I have, even when content libraries are similar.
It's spring cleaning season, so people are talking about kanso. What is it?
The word means "simplicity," and that's what the idea is all about: getting rid of extraneous things and leaving only the essential. In the home, that means paring objects down to only those necessary for the space. The result is a room that feels calm, natural, and clear, but not necessarily decorated.
Police defend facial recognition technology that wrongly identified 2,000 people as potential criminals
A police force has defended its use of facial recognition technology after it was revealed that 2,000 people at the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff were wrongly identified by the software as potential criminals.
Just how hot is 'hot as balls?' One curious man found out.
He collected about 5,400 of these tweets from August 2017 to January 2018, cataloging often-repeated, colorful phrases. Matching each tweet to its user's temperature led to quite a range when he found the median temperature for each expression: from "colder than mars" (minus-7 degrees Fahrenheit) to "hot as dick" (92 degrees).
Merging Sprint and T-Mobile Makes Technical Sense
One of the major arguments against the merger in 2013 was that Sprint runs a 2G CDMA network and T-Mobile runs a GSM network. Those two technologies aren't compatible. But CDMA as a technology is now on its way out. Sprint hasn't been able to set a sunset date because it doesn't have an LTE network that matches its 2G coverage, but T-Mobile's network will get it there. Everybody wants to turn off CDMA.
The Best Headphones of 2018
The truth is, the earbuds that come with iPhones and many new Android phones sound a lot better than they used to. Still, if you're serious about your music, those plastic pods can only take you so far. The single best accessory upgrade you can buy for a new media player, smartphone, or tablet is a solid pair of headphones. With so many choices, ranging from inexpensive cans you can pick up at the local Best Buy, to budget-busting, finely tuned masterpieces, finding the right pair of headphones can be tough. But if you spend the time to pick the right pair, and you take good care of them, your headphones can easily outlive the device that's delivering your music.
Dropbox rolls out new AdminX tools for data management | ZDNet
Dropbox is rolling out new data security tools for Dropbox Business teams. The new updates include team selective sync, member space limits, directory restrictions, and the ability to disable downloads of shared links.
We ranked cloud types so you don't have to
Have you heard of the "Hole Punch Cloud?" What about the "Morning Glory?" Or perhaps you've heard of, but not yet seen, a lenticular? Some clouds, like the Morning Glory, are so rare and considered so magnificent that they can prompt a committed cloudspotter to cross continents and oceans to have a chance to spot them.
3D Systems misses Q1 profit targets | ZDNet
The company reported a non-GAAP earnings loss of 3 cents per share on revenue of $165.9 million. A year prior, it reported non-GAAP earnings of 6 cents per share on revenue of $156.4 million.
VW-Audi security: Multiple infotainment flaws could give attackers remote access | ZDNet
"The objective of manipulating the steering and brake was not achieved. However, you did succeed in accessing the infotainment system and obtaining 'Root' authorizations. These administrator rights and modular infotainment matrix (MIB) are intended for development at Volkswagen and not for other people in a customer vehicle. The open interface on the Golf GTE and Audi A3 was closed by an update to the infotainment software from production week 22/2016 onwards."
Internet of Wines: How this vineyard's smart sensors improve the vintage in your glass | ZDNet
"It was a necessity," says the vineyard's agronomist, Julio Prieto. "I make a number of in-situ measurements. Coupling them with data provided by stations and soil sensors can help us obtain crucial information to make early decisions for greater efficiency and lower production costs," he tells ZDNet.
The Best iOS-Only Apps
For a while, all the best apps were iOS apps. Android fragmentation meant that developers designed their apps first for the iPhone and—if things went well—released a version for Google's mobile OS much later.
Top tech inventions that drive modern life expectancy | ZDNet
We are living longer than ever before -- thanks to these tech inventions.
Twitter urges all users to change passwords after glitch
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc urged its more than 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch caused some to be stored in readable text on its internal computer system rather than disguised by a process known as “hashing”.
How to install and use ZNC to stay connected on IRC
However, in the age of smartphones and cloud computing, staying connected to IRC and managing connections on a single network can be a challenge. Maintaining a persistent connection to an IRC network on a smartphone during your daily commute can be challenging, particularly in metropolitan areas where signals in facilities such as train stations can be weak. Additionally, switching between multiple devices is troublesome, as conversation history does not migrate with the current connection. With a bounced network connection (BNC) managing your IRC connections, the rough edges of IRC can be smoothed over.
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