Chris Pine went on SNL to clear up which superhero movie he’s actually in
Wonder Woman’s Chris Pine hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and used his opening monologue to clear up something: he’s not Chris Pratt, who’s starring in this weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy....
'SNL' airs lost classic 'Star Trek' episode with Chris Pine
See what happens when Spock's half brother Spocko comes aboard the Enterprise to fix a mechanical issue and harass the crew, with Pine playing William Shatner's Capt. Kirk.
1,000-mph fidget spinner attacks Galaxy S8 Infinity Display
In this corner, a pristine new smartphone. In that corner, a psychotically sped-up schoolkid craze of the moment. Only one can win.
Marvel’s Netflix heroes team up in the first trailer for The Defenders
It certainly took long enough, but the first full trailer for Marvel’s The Defenders has finally arrived. Everything that Netflix’s superhero series have been promising since 2015 — immortal...
EBay’s First Diversity Chief On How To Make Inclusion Matter To Everyone
“This has not become the most fun discussion to have,” says Damien Hooper-Campbell. Here’s his approach to changing that.
Eye tracking is a great idea for horror games
Video game eye tracking, like the kind offered by Tobii’s various peripherals, is often a kind of superpower. You can tag enemies or aim a weapon simply by staring, or do things like shoot lasers...
On SNL, Trump calls in to steamy 'Morning Joe'
Commentary: At the top of the YouTube trending chart is the "Saturday Night Live" cold open, which took some strange turns.
Digital survival: The transformation imperative | ZDNet
Digital transformation must extend beyond marketing to every part of your company. A world expert explains why and shares his advice on what to do.
Surface Laptop Gives Microsoft an Answer to Chromebooks, Sorta
Windows 10 S makes your laptop easier to use, longer-lasting, and a whole lot more secure
Anonymity and Abuse Reports
Last Thursday, ProPublica published an article critiquing our handling of some abuse reports that we receive. Feedback from the article caused us to reevaluate how we handle abuse reports. As a result, we've decided to update our abuse reporting system to allow individuals reporting threats and child sexual abuse material
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The latest version of Microsoft's Windows 10 Redstone features several improvements to Edge's PDF reader. http://ow.ly/5Hj630bsX7e
How to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus
If you’re looking for the best phone of 2017, the search starts with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. The crazy beautiful Infinity Display is a head turner and the complete lack of any side bezels makes is truly remarkable. But, let’s say you pick up your Galaxy from a carrier like most people do and you want to travel overseas or use it on another network. What do you do? Well, you can go through the carrier unlocking process or you can unlock through a third party service like Android SIM Unlock .
How the iPhone could save mobile AR from Facebook and Snapchat
But could Apple help save AR from becoming simply a digital Halloween costume shop? Watch the video above to see how the iPhone 8 might integrate augmented reality in a way that’s more useful to our everyday lives.
5 fantastic things VR can do for children
One of the most known VR experience for children this year was Google Expeditions. The app became available in 123 countries and counting. It was an amazing tool for teachers to pair up along with the classroom sessions, after all, what’s better than a field trip to educate children? Students can have a better outlook & a faster learning experience with the help of this tool which lets them travel places and learn about them by being there in the virtual world.
Fed workers overwhelmingly feel digitally naked
In conjunction with 451 Research, Thales has released its second annual data security research brief. The 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Federal Edition indicates that 96% of federal workers believe they are “very” or “extremely” vulnerable to data breaches. This number is larger than all other sectors polled by the report.
Apple Announces $1 Billion to Invest in U.S. Manufacturing
Also in the United States, Cook said that he believes a company should be giving back to the people in some form or another, and that a company should focus on having values as it’s a collection of people who live and breath its mission statement. In Apple’s case, Cook pointed out the company has created over 2 million jobs, and that the company spent over $50 billion into the U.S. economy last year alone.
French election: Macron 'defeats Le Pen to become president' - BBC News
Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65.5% to 34.5% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president, the results show.
Unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.
Gadgets with Gurman: Everything About the Surface Laptop
Gadgets with Gurman is a live webcast hosted by Bloomberg Technology's consumer tech reporter Mark Gurman. This week, Mark gets first access to Microsoft's Surface Laptop. He'll walk through the top features, offer pro tips and take questions from the audience. Watch every Wednesday on Bloomberg.com, Facebook and Twitter. (Video edited to remove technical problem.) (Source: Bloomberg)
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Amazon Echo price cut may signal arrival of new smart speaker
The rush to get out a new version of its hit speaker underscores the fierce battle raging to dominate your home and connected devices. While Amazon enjoyed a significant lead in getting its Echo into homes and has aggressively built up the capabilities of its Alexa voice assistant, Google is coming on strong with its own Home speaker .
The Best Cheap Laptops of 2017
Chromebooks used to be glorified netbooks running Google's Chrome OS. While these Chrome OS–based laptops are still Web-centric, they now have a relatively full feature set. If you spend most of your working hours in the cloud, a chromebook will offer you just as much functionality as a regular laptop, and have longer battery life. It will also likely cost you a lot less than other types of notebooks, as chromebook prices typically run between $200 and $300. Just be sure you have easy, constant Wi-Fi access, as there is scant local storage on these systems.
Sinatra doesn't impose any concurrency model, but leaves that to the
underlying Rack handler (server) like Thin, Puma or WEBrick. Sinatra
itself is thread-safe, so there won't be any problem if the Rack handler
uses a threaded model of concurrency. This would mean that when starting
the server, you'd have to specify the correct invocation method for the
specific Rack handler. The following example is a demonstration of how
to start a multi-threaded Thin server:
Analysts tip edge-to-edge display, rear Touch ID and free AirPods for iPhone 8
According to JP Morgan ( via 9to5Mac ), the high-end iPhone 8 will feature an edge-to-edge display, a dual-lens camera on the rear, improved waterproofing, enhanced speakers around the front... and a free pair of AirPods. The firm also claims the lower-end iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus models will be backed by glass rather than aluminum.
Peter Parker's Secret Is Out in the First Spider-Man Homecoming Clip
Peter (Tom Holland) sneaks back into his apartment after a night of crime fighting when he runs into his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). Ned is stunned to learn Peter secret and reacts just like any of us would react if our friend turned out to be Spider-Man. We’d freak the hell out.
Sonus Faber SF 16: The weirdest speaker ever?
The Sonus Faber SF 16 is a three-way wireless speaker which comprises a unique retractable design. The "wings" are constructed of two "strong" aluminum/carbon fiber arms which are activated by brushless motors. Each arm houses a point driver which consists of 2-inch midrange drivers and 1/2-inch tweeters.
Samsung just got approved to test its self-driving cars in South Korea
It’s unclear how dominant either will be in the field: on one hand, both companies appear to be playing catch-up to self-driving leaders like Google and Uber; on the other, Apple and Samsung are sitting on gigantic piles of money that could give them an edge in three or four years, when self-driving cars are expected to hit the roads in full force.
Chinese phones overtake Apple, Samsung at home
While Apple has long enjoyed popularity in China and consistently maintains a presence in the top 10 list, it has seen declining sales in recent days. In an email to CNET, Counterpoint's industry analyst Neil Shah suggested it could be due to "iPhone fatigue" -- that is, existing users may not be upgrading "fast enough" to newer iPhone models. IDC previously attributed the reason for slowing sales to Chinese consumers waiting for Apple to unveil the next iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed similar views at an interview on Wednesday.
Apple exec mocks Google Home and Amazon Echo
Commentary: In an interview, Apple's worldwide marketing chief, Phil Schiller, has nothing good to say about other companies' home AI devices.
Apple’s Siri speaker could be announced at WWDC in June
Consumers have been waiting for Apple to enter this market since Amazon’s Echo became an unexpected success. Although the iPhone-maker has previously led the way with digital assistants, announcing Siri back in 2013, the company has since been leapfrogged by Amazon and Google. If the Siri speaker is announced, it would be a natural fit for other Apple products, including the company’s music streaming service, and its smart home platform, Apple HomeKit. Siri has already made the leap from mobile to desktop — finding a place in customers’ homes could be next.
Best iPhone accessories | ZDNet
I use to suffer from battery life anxiety whenever I needed to use my iPhone heavily, but I've overcome that by carrying a small external battery pack with me when I'm out and about. Yes, I know that I could go through all my settings disabling everything, but why carry an iPhone around with me in the first place if it can't do anything?
How communication firms can monetize IOT beyond connectivity
For communication service providers or CSPs staggering from losses in their conventional lines of business, the IoT offers enticing opportunities to overturn their fortunes. At first look, you would consider monetizing IoT would be a slam-dunk for the communications organization.
Our 15 Favorite Wireless Headphones
Most audiophiles will tell you Bose headphones are garbage. Sure, Bose’s noise-cancelling technology is great when what you want to hear is silence , but that same technology muffles the music you actually want to hear. The company’s new flagship model, the QC35, changes all that. They’re the first wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose—and the first from the company to sound truly great. No crunchy audio detritus, just well-tuned music and little environmental bustle. $349
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How the Hell Is Steve Rogers, the Supreme Leader of Hydra, Wielding Thor's Hammer?
Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer forged by dwarven blacksmiths out of the enchanted metal uru, has a history of being picky about who can pick it up. If the hammer thinks a person is worthy of its power, hefting it’s no big deal. So how the hell the Hydra fascist formerly known as Captain America, waving it around?
Senator: FBI bill to hack into terrorist's iPhone was cheaper than first thought
Last year, the FBI and Apple were embroiled in a short but fierce legal battle over the company's refusal to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino terrorist , who in December 2015 killed 14 people and injured more than a dozen others in the California city. Apple argued it couldn't access the terrorist's iPhone 5c even if it wanted to because of the device's encryption. The FBI asked a court to force Apple to rework its software to bypass the encryption. The government eventually dropped the case when it unlocked the iPhone 5C with the help of an unnamed third party .
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MTV Movie & TV Awards winners list: Who's taking home the popcorn?
MTV Movie & TV Awards winners list: Who's taking home the popcorn?
'Guardians' director says third film is team's last, but wait!
Those words are carefully chosen, however. "This iteration" could mean anything, because even if the main group splits off, there could be individual movies showing the early lives of the various heroes, or they could regroup and add other characters. If we've learned anything from the Avengers, it's that Marvel heroes can assemble and reassemble in different groupings, while some beloved heroes depart for a while to lick wounds, deal with personal issues or head off to star in solo efforts.
Doug Liman has a familiar title for Edge of Tomorrow 2
Set in the future when Earth has been attacked by aliens, Edge of Tomorrow follows a cowardly public relations officer played by Cruise, who’s sent to the front lines. There, he finds himself in a time loop where he lives the same day over and over again, and enlists help from a fellow soldier, played by Blunt, to escape. While the film didn’t perform well at the box office, it’s a surprisingly good film . Since its release, a sequel has been put into development, while Cruise and Blunt are reportedly interested in coming back.
3 things to know about the cloud v. data center decision | ZDNet
Up until a few years ago, companies had to make a strong case for why they wanted to use the cloud, and they often had to overcome fears about security and lack of control. Today, the script has flipped. Many IT leaders now have to justify why they want to run something on-premise, if there are comparable options in the public cloud. Plenty of companies ARE still choosing their own data center, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, but the context has completely changed.
USA Today Is Pissed That Bots Are Such Big Fans of Its Facebook Page
Why would a newspaper care if its social media presence is getting a positive boost from fake accounts? According to the paper itself, “a proliferation of such accounts risks damaging a publisher’s brand at a time when the social network is one of the key ways news organizations reach their readers.” That’s one way of putting it. In all likelihood, social media metrics are often given to advertisers and it looks pretty damn bad when a third of your likes disappear. It also harms growth projections when you’re counting on all those bots to keep liking articles and pushing the posts out to reader’s newsfeeds.
Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouse
“The TianFu New Area development project presents an exciting opportunity to build a smart city – or actually a smart region – from the ground up,” Said Mike Wang, the president of Greater China for Nokia. “The communications network will serve as the brain and nervous system of the smart city, and we welcome the opportunity to apply Nokia’s technology and know-how to the challenge of building the digital infrastructure that will support this groundbreaking effort.”
NBA live in VR
Cameras around the arena stream the scene from many different angles. There's an unmanned one midcourt at the scorer's table, and one under each basket. A camera sits at each locker room tunnel, and one hangs above the court for overhead shots. A roving camera can get up close and personal if a player gets injured, or focus on a reporter doing an interviews during a time-out.
Shodan can now find malware command and control servers
In an explainer, Shodan said that the crawler pretends to be an infected client that's reporting back to a command and control server. Because the crawler doesn't know which server is a working malware controller, it pings every IP address on the internet to ask. If it gets a working response, it knows that the IP address is a command and control server.
Microsoft to open up about its Cortana Skills Kit at Build | ZDNet
Microsoft's initial Build 2017 session list is available, and several Cortana Skills briefings are on the list, signaling the public preview of the Skills Kit is finally ready to go.
Comcast, Charter to Strike Wireless Partnership
The idea is that the partnership will allow the companies to share what they learn about what works and what doesn’t in service plans and back-office billing operations, as well as achieve potential cost efficiencies. It could also help the two advance development on how to take advantage of their network of millions of Wi-Fi hotspots to bolster their wireless service. Today, handing off a voice call between a W-Fi hotspot and cellular remains clunky.
Intel chip vulnerability lets hackers easily hijack fleets of PCs
The "critical"-rated bug, disclosed by Intel last week , lies in a feature of Intel's Active Management Technology (more commonly known as just AMT), which allows IT administrators to remotely carry out maintenance and other tasks on entire fleets of computers as if they were there in person, like software updates and wiping hard drives. AMT also allows the administrator to remotely control the computer's keyboard and mouse, even if the PC is powered off.
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The Best Online Music Streaming Services of 2017
You'll find even greater streaming music diversity should you dig deeper into the space. Slacker Radio, for example, differentiates itself with live ESPN Radio, so you can stay on top of sports happenings throughout the day. The service also has Stories, a hosted program that features interesting tales, ranging from love to horror. IHeartRadio specializes in local, over-the-air radio stations, as well as the playlists and recommendations associated with online music services. Tidal sells concert and sports tickets, and has an expert editorial staff that produces feature-length articles. Amazon Music Unlimited lets you upload your own audio files and stream them along wiht the songs in the company's catalog. Most services have a robust selection of comedy albums.
Netflix renews controversial '13 Reasons Why' for second season
However, writer Nic Sheff has argued that the show (including a 30-minute suicide prevention program attached to it) is helpful in prompting a discussion of a taboo but important subject. And Netflix, unlike most conventional TV networks, has a lot of room to take risks on shows like this. It doesn't have to worry about pleasing the widest possible audience in a given time slot. As long as a show has a good-enough viewership and doesn't completely cross the line, it's free to pursue its creative path.
Popular Mac App Developers Issue Urgent Malware Warning
According to yesterday’s alert, the installer file on the mirror server download.handbrake.fr (HandBrake-1.0.7.dmg) was replaced by a malicious file. The malware is a variant of OSX.PROTON, it gives a hacker root access privileges to the system. Back in February, Apple had to issue an update to XProtect to account for the original Proton and on Saturday, the company began the process of updating for the this latest variant. It should automatically download for most users.
Send Your Ashes to Republicans Who Voted to Take Away Your Health Insurance
On Thursday, House Republicans passed the Affordable Health Care Act, and it’s on its way to the Senate where its expected to face tougher opposition. The latest version of the bill has not received an updated analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, but the last score it received estimated it would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 24 million. Only minor changes have occurred since the analysis. When that score came out, most lawmakers jumped ship over fears of voter outrage. This time, the Republicans pushed ahead without a score, so they could hit the news shows and lie their asses off .
iPhone 8 rumors: Announced in June or delayed 'til 2018?
Plausible? Although we previously have heard rumblings about a delay, it’s very unlikely for Apple not to have all the features set at this point. Touch ID is such an important part for enabling Apple Pay that it’s hard to imagine a highly-anticipated iPhone 8 without it. And moving Touch ID to the back of the device is not very intuitive if you want to unlock your iPhone with your thumb or while it’s laying down flat. It’s a design flaw we hope Apple doesn’t succumb to, but if we have to choose between Touch ID on the back or no Touch ID at all...we’ll begrudgingly accept the former.
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Sly Stallone releases clip of his 'Guardians 2' appearance
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Scale: API For Human Intelligence
Our team has built the simplest API for repetitive human operations. AWS changed the game by removing the need to run your own infrastructure — enabling a new generation of software companies. We want to do the same — remove the need for you to run your own operations team.
Amazon deals for Mother's Day give you big Echo and Kindle discounts
Amazon is running a number of deals on some of its top tech over the next week, giving you plenty of perfect gift ideas to choose from. And hey, mom's earned it: she had to raise you, right?
Chris Pine Captains a Hilarious Saturday Night Live
And finally, there was “Where In The World Is Kellyanne Conway,” which left me in stitches from beginning to end. Sasheer Zamata nailed Lynne Thigpen as The Chief, and the whole thing brought me back to watching the show as a kid. The sets, the acapella, the kids’ stupid intros about meeting lizards. And I love how it ended before things began, with the kids saying they didn’t want to find Kellyanne Conway— because, let’s be honest, who does. I definitely recommend checking out the entire episode, because it was a good one.
Google Home's new recipe feature is surprisingly useful
Google Home's update, which pulls from a pool of more than five million recipes, is the first for a smart speaker to add a more conversational element to recipe instructions. The speaker will ask you if you want it to read ingredients one by one or in groups of three. It recites the steps of the recipe one step at a time and will only move on when you tell it to. And you can ask the Google Home to repeat previous steps or move ahead in the recipe.
What Is 4K (Ultra HD)?
High dynamic range ( HDR ) is a video format available on some high-end new TVs. HDR content has the same resolution as regular 4K video, but each pixel can be assigned a much wider and more granular range of color and light. This lets HDR video appear significantly more detailed, accurate, and lifelike than standard dynamic range video. However, you need an HDR-compatible display, and the content needs to be encoded in an HDR format like HDR10 or Dolby Vision. If you don't have an HDR television, don't worry; all physical media and streaming services that offer HDR content can display SDR versions of the same material on screens that don't support the format.