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What will Amazon's buying of Whole Foods mean for our smart fridges?

Amazon has announced a definitive merger agreement where they will acquire grocer Whole Foods. But what will it mean for your smart appliance?

'Super Mario Odyssey' may look bizarre, but it feels just right

Mario is back, with a shiny new hat.

See the 150,966 'Game of Thrones' deaths so far

This spoiler-saturated video highlights every bloody, gruesome death in the six seasons of HBO's hit fantasy.

AT&T offers unlimited romps on the beach (and on runways)

Commentary: AT&T shows ridiculous extremes in order to attract you to its unlimited offerings.

Space nation Asgardia ready to launch itself into orbit

Asgardia, a virtual nation online, wants to load all its data on a small satellite and launch it to a permanent home in orbit around the Earth.

The 21 best game trailers of E3 2017

Rejoice, for E3 is over for another year, and we can all take a breath. The world’s biggest video games trade show brings such a flurry of news that it’s hard to stop and take it in before you’re...

Atari's rumored new game console is PC-based

Atari's CEO Fred Chesnais says that the Ataribox game console is "based on PC technology."

For Father’s Day, we pick the best sci-fi and fantasy dads

From Ned Stark on “Game of Thrones” to Batman’s butler, these are our favorite father figures.

Steven Furst’s role on Babylon 5 was a remarkable example of a sci-fi sidekick

Science fiction television is filled with fan-favorite characters, but behind every lead hero is their assistant. They’re often present in the background, usually only ever get a first name, and...

Super Mario Odyssey: Clothes shopping at the short-and-squat store

Nintendo revealed a number of new mechanics for its Super Mario Odyssey platformer for Switch (read our preview) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show last week in Los Angeles, and one of the biggest changes that we experienced while playing it at E3 is that Mario can now play dress-up.

Everyone Donald Trump Has Blocked on Twitter: A Running List | WIRED

To help document this momentous time with our single-most mad-online president yet, we'll keep a running list of some of President Trump's more notable blockages. Twitter doesn't let you see who blocks whom (it would kind of defeat the purpose), so we've based the below on self-reporting. Trump has also blocked too many people at this point for us to make a totally comprehensive list, which is definitely normal president-type behavior, so consider this more of a regularly updated highlight reel.

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The best jokes on Twitter about Amazon buying Whole Foods

Amazon is paying $42 a share in an all-cash deal, valuing Whole Foods at $13.7 billion and making it the e-commerce giant's largest acquisition to date.

How Microsoft built a hardware empire with Surface

Panay opened up about about the history of the Surface, going all the way back to before it was a consumer product (the name was first attached to Microsoft's giant touchscreen tabletop , meant for retailers and restaurants). Starting with the 2012 unveiling of the first tablet, Panay gave us the inside story on how Microsoft built its own high-end hardware empire, revealed some insight into why it took so long for the company to build an actual laptop, and finally explained why they don't just bundle the Surface Pro with a frickin' keyboard already.

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea' - BBC News

America's NSA has also more recently made the link to North Korea but its assessment is not thought to have been based on as deep as an investigation as the UK, partly because the US was not hit as hard by the incident.

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh PD | ZDNet

The Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh PD is the perfect solution for those who want to break free of the power cord for extended periods.

Kiwi for Gmail lets Windows users break free of the browser | ZDNet

Hundreds of millions of people use Google's Gmail and are frustrated daily by the experience. With the release of the Windows version of Kiwi for Gmail, you can finally get the full Gmail (and G Suite) experience in an app.

Five Apple products that are headed for the scrapheap | ZDNet

As Apple more and more morphs into a smartphone company (albeit a wildly profitable smartphone company), a number of products in the Apple lineup are being allowed to wither and die. Here are five Apple products that are on the endangered list.

Amazon wants to become Walmart before Walmart can become Amazon

The future of retail will be a combination of both online e-commerce and a brick-and-mortar retail presence – as recent moves from both Walmart and Amazon have shown, including today’s back-to-back announcements from the two rivals, which sees Amazon buying a chain of popular grocery stores with a  Whole Foods deal for $13.7 billion , and Walmart picking up yet another online apparel vendor with Bonobos for $310 million .

How can we make parking smarter?

Believe it or not, the parking industry is getting smarter. For cities hoping to integrate more smart technologies into their infrastructure, smart parking is a brilliant way to monitor, manage, and monetize parking. As automated vehicles go from vision to reality, smart parking will become increasingly more necessary.

A Quick Look at the New iPads

Cortana can now replace Google Assistant on your Android phone

For a long while now, Microsoft has been trying to get users to install its apps for iOS and Android rather than pushing Windows Mobile as an OS, and the latest update to Cortana for Android means the digital assistant app can now take the place of Google Assistant (or Google Now) as the default smart AI on your phone.

5 iOS 11 Problems Apple Should Fix Before Release

But there are readability and iconography problems. For example, the user needs to 3D Touch the Now Playing tile to bring up the option to change audio outputs. And even then, its hard to read the text. The icons for some controls, especially accessibility ones aren’t obvious. Apple needs to tweak them before release so users aren’t confused.

Microsoft's new keyboard comes with a great new hidden feature

For the new Modern Keyboard, the company has built a fingerprint reader right into the keyboard, similar to Apple's offering on the Macbook Pro. The fingerprint scanner looks like any other key, is located between Alt and Ctrl keys on the keyboard, and gives users a new way to log into their Surface devices.

​How to use Linux's built-in USB attack protection | ZDNet

USBGuard, as current stable Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman recently pointed out, has been around for over a decade. For some reason, this user-space tool, which provides access control to USB devices, is not well known. It should be. It's a great addition to anyone needing to protect a Linux desktop or server.

Must-have iPhone accessories for under $25 | ZDNet

Give your iPhone a place to live on your desk with this handy Lamicall iPhone stand. Made of sturdy aluminum, this stand is ideal not only for charging your iPhone, but for those extended FaceTime calls, or for when you want to watch a movie or play a game but don't want to have to hold your the entire time.

Amazon and Slack? A $9 billion coin flip between 'makes sense' and crazy | ZDNet

Paying $9 billion for Slack would be out of character. Amazon bought Zappos for $1.2 billion and Kiva for $775 million in 2012. Kiva, which makes the robots that are in Amazon's distribution centers, may ultimately become one of the most forward-looking purchases. Amazon's acquisitions are typically in the tuck-in category and fill a need (Audible, Twitch, etc). Slack has a big valuation that may fill a need for Amazon, but it doesn't fill a huge void.

Back to Samsung from the Apple iPhone for one reason: signal strength | ZDNet

My wife wanted to save some money and try to stick with T-Mobile so I loaned her a Samsung Galaxy S8 since I have always experienced the best reception, measured in dBm and not number of bars, when using Samsung smartphones. In those exact same locations where the iPhone 7 was dropping calls, the Galaxy S8 worked without any calls dropping out. I didn't teach her ways to view the dBm on both phones for a scientific comparison, she just knew that one worked and the other didn't.

The CIA may have been hacking Wi-Fi routers for years

The intelligence agency had by mid-2012 developed implants "for roughly 25 different devices from 10 different manufacturers," including Asus, Belkin, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear, according to one document .

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi head sees self-driving dominance in 5 years

Competition for the quickest development and launch of autonomous cars is on the rise, especially between technology behemoths Google, Uber and Apple, who have all started and are developing autonomous and driverless car programs. Still, Ghosn says that Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance is well-poised to dominate the autonomous car market.

Ultrahaptics finds deep pockets for their groundbreaking AR/VR tech

Ultrahaptics, which was founded in 2013 based on technology originally developed at the University of Bristol, has developed technology that uses ultrasound to virtually create 3D objects and real-life sensations so that users can get feedback from touchless buttons by seemingly gesturing in midair. Its technology will enhance user experience so that VR and AR-related products look just like what we have seen in sci-fi movies for years.

How to start incorporating machine learning in the enterprise arena

When I asked him about his opinion regarding the transformation in the demand of machine learning processes and platforms, he added that, “The demand has always been there. Data analysis was equally useful five years ago as it is now. The only difference is that five years ago there was entrepreneurial monopoly and data was stored secretively. Whoever had the data, had the power, and there were only a few prominent market players who had the access to data.”

If one Trappist-1 planet has life, it's likely not alone

Of course, the idea of life spreading among these close-knit planets depends on life existing there in the first place, and right now we have no idea what's on the minimum of three Trappist-1 planets thought to be in the habitable zone where liquid water might be present.

Facebook showed terrorists the profiles of people moderating them

Have you ever wondered who takes on the grueling, unforgiving task of combing Facebook's groups and personal profiles for terrorist activity? Meet Community Operations workers, who are often paid low wages for highly specialized and difficult work. And now, the job has become even less appealing: It turns out that a bug inadvertently exposed the personal Facebook profiles of those moderating these violent graphic images to terrorists.

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You seem to be unaware of the state-of-the art in encryption. Today, you want > 250 bits of key entropy to be long-term secure. These are infeasible to break with digital computers in this universe (not enough matter, energy and time until heath-death) and even with quantum-computers (should they ever be useful for anything, currently they are not and they may well scale so badly that they never will be).


New releases of Debian stable *should* make the front page of Slashdot. It's a proper Big Deal. You can make a huge list of things that Debian stable is not: Not the most used distro, not the most user friendly distro, not the most up to date distro, not the most "libre" distro, etc... But, if you want to find a distro that meets one of those criteria, it's probably based on Debian. When they release a new stable version, the entire open source community benefits.

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CEO Tim Cook: Yes, Apple is exploring self-driving cars

If you don't care about Dolby Atmos, buy this receiver

For whatever reason, many budget receivers have resisted going full color and 1080p with their on-screen displays. Manufacturers may argue it's a cost-cutting exercise, but look to a  $30 Roku  and its HD interface and we'll tell you that's a poor excuse. The V483 is somewhere between the blocky menus of old and the HD gloriousness of the competitive Sony receivers. It's functional, but we preferred the Denon AVR's full-screen art when playing back streaming tracks, which the Yamaha didn't do.

Cracked iPad screen got you down? Here’s how to fix it

It won't look pretty, but you don't need to replace your screen when it cracks. If the cracks are around the edges of the screen and don't interfere with actually using the phone, or if you have one or two large cracks that run across the screen, a glass screen protector such as Zagg's glass screen protector ($30-$50) so you don't cut your fingers as you swipe.

Get a fridge, oven and dishwasher for less than $2,500

You can find a good deal on dishwashers as long as you're willing to give up a few extra features. This dishwasher from Frigidaire delivers a high-quality cleaning performance for just $400.

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Simple solution if your iPhone or iPad is not charging

My iPhone 6, I have never put in my pocket. I have just got this iPhone 6+, and it stopped charging. I have never put it in a pocket, really just carried it. Now it is dead, and I only had this phone for a month and it is now always dead. I need that phone to keep in touch with people, and on this old old phone I’m using right now, it can’t stay in touch with anyone or call or anything.

The iPhone 7S may get these two features from the iPhone 8

Wistron is also said to be only working on the 5.5-inch iPhone, but Nikkei also mentions the phone will come out alongside a 4.7-inch iPhone (assumed to be the iPhone 7S) and a premium iPhone with a slightly curved screen (assumed to be the iPhone 8). The report didn't specify changes for the other two models.

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Google's update to its Drive app will let you back up your entire computer to the cloud

Solar And Wind Energy Aren’t “Alternative” Any More

For anyone who cares about global warming and a less-polluted world, these are surely depressing developments. But there are silver linings. The role of governments–even a government as big and as powerful as the United States’–may not be as important to the future of energy as it once was. Investment in renewables continues to outpace those in fossil fuels two-to-one. The economy is growing and emissions aren’t. And solar and wind are set to become cheaper than coal just about everywhere (if they haven’t already). As Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) chairman Michael Liebreich likes to say, solar and wind aren’t “alternative” forms of power anymore. They’re mainstream, and they’re coming to the fore just as we need them most.

Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Amazon. Are the Jobs Worth It?

When Amazon opened a warehouse in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee last year, a thousand people got new jobs. In return, Amazon got millions of dollars in tax breaks. This week on Decrypted, Bloomberg Technology's Spencer Soper visits Shakopee to examine the impact the e-commerce giant has had on the area's residents and businesses. For Shakopee, was it worth the investment? And what happens when cities and states across the country compete against each other to lure big corporations like Amazon, with increasingly bigger subsidies? Spencer and Aki Ito hear from people on both sides as a national debate intensifies over how to create more American jobs.

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Germany tongue-lashes Google for abusing people's 'right to be forgotten'

The Best Computer Monitors of 2017

Size: Desktop monitors generally fall between 15 and 34 inches. The size of the panel is measured diagonally. While it's always nice to have a big viewing area, it may not be practical, given desktop space constraints. Plus, the bigger the screen, the more you can expect to pay. A 24-inch monitor is a good choice if you wish to view multipage documents or watch movies, but have limited desk space. But there's nothing like watching a movie or playing a game on a large screen, so if you have room on your desktop, a 27-inch display delivers a big-screen experience for a reasonable price. Or, if space is not an issue, consider a massive 34-inch, curved-screen model to bring a true movie-theater experience to your desktop. If you're looking to replace a dual-monitor setup with a single display, check out one of the ultra-wide, big-screen models. They are available in sizes ranging from 29 to 38 inches with curved and non-curved panels, have a 21:9 aspect ratio, and come in a variety of resolutions, including Wide Quad High-Definition (WQHD) and Ultra High-Definition (UHD).

The scientific arms race to age our whiskey

Fortunately or not, both the old guard and new experimenters working the quick-aging angle are strongly against sharing their findings. And with funding for scientific research drying up every year, it’s unlikely that outside academic work will catch up any time soon. As a result, compiling a comprehensive view of what we know about whiskey aging today is largely limited to what producers are willing to share. The resulting narrative is frustratingly incomplete, but it's also part of the magic that captivated drinkers around the world in the first place.

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The Mammoth Pirates

With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, “ethical ivory” from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China. This rush on mammoth ivory is luring a fresh breed of miner – the tusker – into the Russian wilderness and creating dollar millionaires in some of the poorest villages of Siberia.

Camera rumors 2017: the biggest and best camera rumors around

We've taken a look at all the main rumors doing the rounds, and while some are fairly predictable upgrades to current cameras, it can be a bit more tricky in other cases, where we've had to sift the genuine leaks from the wild speculation.

Tips to Take Amazing Photos in iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

The iPhone 7 Plus is a fantastic camera in low light — that is, unless you’re in Portrait Mode. The camera, as you know, is actually two: one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens. The wide-angle has a generous f/1.8 aperture good for letting in a lot of light. The telephoto lens, meanwhile has an f/2.8 aperture which doesn’t perform as well in the dark. Because Portrait Mode requires using both lenses, low-light results tend to be lackluster and noisy.

Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive - TechRepublic

In Windows 10, you can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive as well as on an optical disc. While both procedures produce the same recovery tool, they are created from different user interfaces. The USB flash drive version is created using a stand-alone tool; the optical disc is created from the Backup And Restore (Windows 7) user interface. Why Microsoft didn't unify the process under one roof, I don't know. In this article, I'll show you both ways to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive.

Hey Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian also just announced two new members of her family

Especially if, like Kim Kardashian, you're rumored to have some bad blood with Queen Bey. And yet, here's Kim K (who has often expressed disinterest in pets because they're filthy) posting pictures of puppies on Twitter when everyone's freaking about about the Jay Z and Beyoncé's twins.

For privacy and security, change these iOS 10 settings right now

You can change each app's access by going to Settings > Privacy and selecting each app, like Contacts, and swipe on or off which third-party apps you want to grant access to. If you have already granted an app access to your data, switching off the service on your device does not mean that service will delete your data. You will have to contact that company or app maker for this.

Philips new 4K HDR TVs respond to your phone, Google Home

The PFL5922 series uses a technology called Chromecast built-in to allow you to "cast" apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu from your phone to the TV. It works exactly like Google's $35 Chromecast dongle, but you don't have to hang it off the back of the TV -- or remember to select its input. It's built right in.

47 Meet the 89-Year-Old Reinventing the Train in His Backyard | WIRED

Schlienger grew up loving model trains, but never imagined a career on the tracks. Then, one day about 20 years ago, he says, he just thought of using vacuum power to move a train—without any idea people had tried it before. (His son discovered the old atmospheric railway in a book of failed inventions, which somehow discouraged nobody involved.) He's been working on it ever since. But unlike every media-trained startup founder, he doesn’t cite a definitive “a-ha moment” that showed him the way. He simply found the idea interesting. As problems arose, he'd ponder them, solve them, and move on, building one model after another to test his theories.

Light and comfy wireless headphone at an affordable price

iFrogz has carved out its niche in the headphone market by making relatively inexpensive headphones that perform as well or better than other cheap headphones. At $45, the Impulse Duo Wireless is toward the high-end of its in-ear Bluetooth headphone line and features dual 6mm drivers in a lightweight design that's comfortable to wear. (UK and Australia availability are unclear, but the US price translates to about £35 and AU$59, respectively.) Like iFrogz' earlier wireless in-ears, this model is built around the company's signature wireless hub, which features a magnetic clasp and houses the battery, microphone, all the electronics and all the controls. The clip serves a dual purpose. Not only does it allow you to attach the remote to your shirt but it keeps the cord wrapped around the remote when you're not using the headphones.

Google's Project Sunroof gives you solar panel peer pressure

Google on Monday showed off a new update to its Project Sunroof initiative that lets you look at the existing solar installations in the US. More importantly, Project Sunroof Data Explorer can show you if your neighbors have already upgraded to solar.

'Satan's fidget spinner' gets grounded by the TSA

Normal fidget spinners are permitted on planes, but this deadly looking item was forbidden from flying the skies, friendly or otherwise.

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56 Just in Time, Amazon Patents Method to Prevent In-store Comparison Shopping
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58 Here’s how Facebook plans to use AI to combat terrorism
59 Snap’s Challenge: How to Grow Without Getting Awkward
60 Goat testicles in men, human organs in pigs: the past and future of xenotransplantation
61 It’s time to explore Uranus and Neptune again — and here's how NASA could do it
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64 Why Amazon wants to own Whole Foods and sell you groceries
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