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Microsoft Rolls Out Dictation Plugin for Office

Microsoft's Cognitive Services AI platform powers the Dictate plugin, currently in beta and offering translation and dictation for Word, Powerpoint, and Outlook.

Watch Out, Subscription Boxes: Amazon Prime Wardrobe Is Here

A new beta service from the online retailer will let Prime members fill a box with clothes and accessories and return the items they don't want for free.

Mozilla brings its private web browser Firefox Focus to Android

Late last year, Firefox introduced a new, private web browser for iPhone, called Firefox Focus. The browser by default blocks ad trackers and can erase your..

Netflix would like your kids to choose their own adventures

Netflix has unveiled a new interactive storytelling program that lets users direct the story, kind of like a virtua

Amazon Prime Wardrobe lets you try on and return clothes free

Amazon's latest perk for Prime members could make us more stylish by letting us buy everything that catches our eye and return what doesn't fit. Today Amazon..

Baby elephant rescued from drowning in brave act of team elephant heroism

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Be amazed by these kids flawlessly breaking a jump rope world record


AirAsia was just named “best low-cost airline,” but don’t expect a big U.S. expansion

Malaysian-based carrier AirAsia has just been named the World's Best Low-Cost Airline by Skytrax for the ninth year in a

Inside the $20 million plan to take drone racing mainstream

Drone racing is still a niche hobby, but can it find an audience on ESPN?

Amazon steps up its fashion game with a try-before-you-buy box

Today, Amazon launches Prime Wardrobe, a new service that allows customers to pick out several items of clothing to try

Boom says airlines have ordered 76 of its supersonic planes

Before you know it, passengers (paying business-class fares, no less) will be plying the skies at above the speed of sou

Meet The CEO of Halsey Inc.

With a new number-one album and growing fanbase, the 22-year-old is more than a stylish artist, but a savvy business leader.

Apple shows the magic behind Memories in new iPhone ad | Cult of Mac

Apple released two new ads today that showcase the iPhone's ability to automatically create movies from photos and video in your camera roll.

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Uber finally caves and adds a tipping option to its app

Do you tip your Uber driver? Uber has always prided itself on being a cashless experience, arguing since its inception that driver tips are only optional — and maybe even unnecessary. Even as its main rival Lyft bragged about the millions of dollars its drivers were collecting in tips, Uber stood steadfast against a growing number of drivers clamoring for tips. Until today.

Bosch Announces $1.1 Billion Self-Driving Car Chip Plant

Bosch, the world’s largest supplier of automotive parts, has announced plans to build a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) semiconductor plant, focused on self-driving cars, smart homes, and smart city infrastructure.

Twitch signs exclusive esports deal for 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes events

“We founded Twitch as a gaming platform heavily based on our community’s reaction to games like Blizzard’s StarCraft II,” said Kevin Lin, chief operating officer of Twitch, in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “Since then, our large, but tight-knit community, our constantly evolving suite of interactive features, and a native emote-driven chat language celebrated by viewers enable us to support and grow Blizzard esports in a manner that best serves our collective fans. This includes providing Blizzard fans with exclusive in-game content for those who subscribe to Twitch Prime, another defining and cherished component of our brand.”

The High Schoolers Hunting for the Universe's Secrets

Four British schoolboys had just been called from class. They were ten days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they’d been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe—their work hunting for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider.

You can now get Spotify in the Windows Store

Microsoft announced  last month at its Build developer conference that Spotify would soon be available in the Windows Store. Having the app available there is important for users of the new version of Windows called Windows 10 S, which can only install apps through the Windows Store.

Mesmerizing maps show the global flow of refugees over the last 15 years

By 2015, the Syrian refugee crisis had become by far the dominant movement of displaced persons. More than a million people have arrived in Europe, and a similar number in South Africa. Despite political fears, the US remains almost a non-player on the global stage.

South Korean company pays largest ransomware demand ever

Four days later, Nayana said it'd negotiated with the attackers and got the payment reduced to 397 bitcoins , or about $1 million. This is the single largest-known payout for a ransomware attack, and it was an attack on one company. For comparison, the WannaCry ransomware attacked 200,000 computers across 150 countries, and has only pooled $127,142 in bitcoins since it surfaced .

Tesla's China Plan Bolsters Prospects in Biggest Market for EVs

China has identified new-energy vehicles as a strategic emerging industry and aims to boost annual sales of plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars 10-fold in the next decade. A total of 283,000 EVs were sold there last year, making up 41 percent of global sales, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

You need to check out the new OnePlus 5 before buying any other Android smartphone

OnePlus claims there's a 0.2-second lag between the moment you lay your thumb on the OnePlus 5's fingerprint scanner and the phone unlocking, but it feels instantaneous. It let me unlock my phone more quickly than the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 to do whatever I needed to do — that's incredibly meaningful for such an oft-used and important device as your smartphone.

HBO is in talks for a Watchmen TV series with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof

Lindelof’s version of Watchmen would not involve Snyder, Variety says, but instead start again from scratch. It’s not clear whether it would once again tell the story laid out in the book itself, or whether it would explore further the characters of Silk Spectre, Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach, and the other fallible superheroes featured within. It too may not come to fruition — Deadline says the project is still in the deal-making phase — but HBO and Lindelof could be good fits for the cerebral comic.

'Transformers: The Last Knight' disappoints. No surprise there

The latest in the series, "Transformers: The Last Knight," is reportedly the last time Michael Bay will direct the series. The movie pulls out all the stops and gives you epic fight scenes featuring metal dragons, gods, knights in rusty armor, the end of the world and valiant humans doing stupid things like taking on 28-foot-tall metal robots with just guns.

The driver who died in a Tesla crash using Autopilot ignored at least 7 safety warnings

But while autonomous or semiautonomous driving technology could help reduce collisions in general, questions about how and when to draw the line between manual and autonomous mode have yet to be fully resolved by engineers and researchers. Last year, for example, a study by Stanford University found that drivers often had trouble taking the wheel again after letting a computer drive, even momentarily. Drivers commonly over- or undercorrected with the steering wheel, even when they knew the handoff was coming, the research found. The effects were more pronounced if driving conditions had changed substantially since the last time the drivers were in control, according to a Stanford release .

Report: 99.7% of web apps have at least one vulnerability - TechRepublic

The Trustwave report also found that zero-day vulnerabilities are bringing their creators a hefty payday in some cases. In one instance cited by the report, an undisclosed Windows zero-day vulnerability and the exploit code to go with it had a price tag of $95,000.

Reviewers give a giant thumbs-down to Windows 10 S | ZDNet

Microsoft shipped a new edition of Windows 10 last week, preinstalled on its elegant and eagerly anticipated new Surface Laptop. How did reviewers react to Windows 10 S? Spoiler alert: They hated it. They really, really hated it.

Why blockchain could be your next form of ID as a world citizen - TechRepublic

The two tech giants developed a prototype that taps Accenture's blockchain capabilities and runs on Microsoft Azure. The tech tool uses a person's biometric data, such as a fingerprint or iris scan, to unlock the record-keeping blockchain technology and create a legal ID. This will allow refugees to have a personal identity record they can access from an app on a smartphone to receive assistance at border crossings, or to access basic services such as healthcare, according to a press release.

The Best Free Software of 2017

LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium LastPass is great, but LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium is good enough to earn its own 5-star rating. And don't let that word "premium" fool you, this software for logging in is free, albeit with some paid upgrades available for $1/month. LogMeOnce's claim to fame is to be utterly "passwordless." While you can go with a master password, the selling point is to use your smartphone (or tablet, whatever you always have with you) as an authenticator—primarily by using the fingerprint reader built into most modern smartphones (photo login is a paid feature). It's browser-based so it works the same on all desktop systems. Read our review of LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium

OnePlus 5 review: the me-too phone

In its four years of existence, OnePlus has fashioned itself as the flagship phone killer jumping out of the midrange bushes. Every OnePlus device to date has been defined by premium specs at bargain prices, but that changes with today’s OnePlus 5. Starting at $479 with 64GB of storage, this new flagship can no longer be mistaken for a super-specced midrange handset. And even though it doesn’t cost quite as much as a mainstream mainstay like the Galaxy S8, that’s exactly the sort of phone it will be compared against. This is the priciest OnePlus device yet, and it’s falling in line with its more traditional competition: you pay more to get more.

Google for Jobs is ready to get you hired - TechRepublic

As of now, Google for Jobs does not allow employers to post directly to the site, as Google is attempting to remain what it has always been: A search engine. The job search feature is only gathering job listings posted on other sites and placing them in one, convenient place. To apply for a job, you can click on the listing, and Google will redirect you to where the site was originally posted.

Microsoft Rolls Out 'Stream' Video Platform for Businesses

Microsoft wants you to think of Stream as a single destination for video in your organization. Users can visit Stream to search for and discover company videos, and upload their own. It's integrated with Office 365, so employees can share videos inside applications like SharePoint, Microsoft Teams , and Yammer . It also plays nice with Office 365 Groups, so every group has a designated channel, which should help keep video content organized.

Google launches open source system to make training deep learning models faster and easier - TechRepublic

Google used existing TensorFlow tools to build T2T, and the system will work to define which pieces a user may need to build their deep learning system. It also utilizes a standard interface among all aspects of a deep learning system, including datasets, models, optimizers, and different sets of hyperparameters, the post said. So, users can swap versions of these components out to see how they perform together. It is this modular architecture that is one of the core values of T2T.

Apple's Internal Presentation on Reducing Leaks and Increasing Product Secrecy Leaked

The presentation starts and ends with videos, spliced with shots of Tim Cook presenting a new product at one of Apple’s keynotes, that stress the primacy of secrecy at Apple. “When I see a leak in the press, for me, it’s gut-wrenching,” an Apple employee says in the first video. “It really makes me sick to my stomach.” Another employee adds, “When you leak this information, you’re letting all of us down. It’s our company, the reputation of the company, the hard work of the different teams that work on this stuff.”

​Raspberry Pi simulator lets you start tinkering without even owning a Pi - TechRepublic

Microsoft is building an online Raspberry Pi simulator that allows users to write code to control emulated hardware, and that currently lets users interact with an LED and collect data from a sensor.

New Calculation Could Spell Trouble For a Popular Theory of the Universe's Origin

There are a few ways our present universe could have started. Maybe, Hawking and Hartle thought, this condensed universe was just one point in space with a special quantum state, a so-called wave function that described the whole thing with quantum mechanics. Then, time started. Philosophy and religion require a lot more conversation for that statement, but math sort of just requires a pen and paper. This point-sized universe evolved based on the mathematics of general relativity with the initial probabilities of quantum mechanics built into its structure. The teeny, random energy fluctuations in space would then, through a quick-expanding process called inflation, turn into the large-scale density differences we see in our universe today, with galaxies and voids. Hawking and Hartle’s theory is one of several ways to account for the start of the universe without a singularity, a point of zero volume and infinite mass that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Other ideas, like the ones posed by Tufts cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin, don’t mind this initial singularity.

Lenovo shows off an absurd laptop concept with a flexible screen

Lenovo has some wild ideas to share. At an event in New York today, the company showed off its idea of the future of personal computing with an image of a bendable laptop with a flexible display; a built-in keyboard; and even the signature ThinkPad pointing stick, or mouse nub — whatever you want to call it. With this concept, most of the interaction would happen over voice commands or a stylus. Lenovo says that this concept would be achieved through “advanced materials” and “new screen technologies.” That’s not very specific.

The 69 New Emoji Candidates, Ranked

Guys, we’re getting deliciously close to a big emoji upgrade. Appropriately named Emoji 5.0, the new batch of silly symbols includes several very specific items as well as some long sought-after essentials. Do you have a favorite? We do.

Germany Raids Homes of 36 People Accused of Hateful Postings Over Social Media

Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation.

Varjo emerges from stealth with awesome new VR/AR display

This new generation of headsets is taking off in a big way. Brands like Sony, HTC, Microsoft, and Oculus are putting a lot of effort into creating immersive virtual/augmented/mixed reality experiences. While these products are certainly a giant leap forward from the “VR” headsets of yesteryear, the visual experience provided by these products isn’t quite good enough to trick the eye.

PayPal 'instantly' transfers money to your bank account

PayPal can be frustrating if you want to put funds in your bank account. It can take a day or more for transfers to go through, and that's a problem when rival services like Zelle can promise speedier access to your money without needing a separate app. To that end, PayPal is rolling out an instant transfer option in the US. So long as you're willing to accept a 25-cent transaction fee, your funds will hit your bank account within a few minutes, and no more than 30 minutes in the worst cases. If you withdraw money from PayPal before a shopping trip, it should be ready to use by the time you get to the store.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly be announced in August

The Reuters report also claims that the Note 8 will feature a dual-camera system and a slightly larger curved display than the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is in line with rumors from earlier this year . An August announcement would make sense, as Samsung has announced previous Note devices, including the Note 5 and the ill-fated Note 7, in a similar time frame.


The idea here is to give job seekers an easy way to see which jobs are available without having to go to multiple sites only to find duplicate postings and lots of irrelevant jobs. With this new feature, which is now available in English on desktop and mobile, all you have to type in is a query like "jobs near me," "writing jobs" or something along those lines and the search result page will show you the new job search widget that lets you see a broad range of jobs. From there, you can further refine your query to only include full-time positions, for example. When you click through to get more information about a specific job, you also get to see Glassdoor and Indeed ratings for a company. You can also filter jobs by industry, location, when they were posted, and employer. Once you find a query that works, you can also turn on notifications so you get an immediate alert when a new job is posted that matches your personalized query.

Italy investigates foreign ministry hacking attempt

ROME Italy's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was investigating a hacking attempt, after a group calling itself Anonymous published what it said was stolen ministry data.

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The Han Solo Standalone Film Has Suddenly Lost Its Directors

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Apple Pay comes to more US, UK & Chinese banks, Uber's new in-app tipping

Apple on Tuesday updated its roster of Apple Pay card issuers with dozens more U.S. institutions, as well as a few international additions. Uber, meanwhile, announced a long-demanded in-app tipping feature, which should be compatible with Apple Pay. [Updated with support for MBNA in Canada]

Your mom will soon be able to text the Bitcoin symbol, along with a bunch of new emoji

Bitcoin remains a thriving cryptocurrency , but its reputation as a cool, futuristic currency for savvy individuals may have just received a mortal blow. Along with a sampling of dinosaurs, shushing emoji , and many more, the Unicode Consortium’s 10.0 version of the Unicode Standard also includes the Bitcoin symbol.

5 awesome new Lyft features that will make you say, 'Isn't that an existing means of transportation?'

5 awesome new Lyft features that will make you say, 'Isn't that an existing means of transportation?'

Apple opens summer Apple Camp registrations, sessions start in July

Apple on Tuesday opened up registrations for this year's free summer Apple Camps, which will teach kids 8 to 12 various creative and technology skills, exclusively using Apple-based hardware and software. The program is running at Apple stores across the U.S. and elsewhere. There are three tracks —the first, Coding Games and Programming Robots, will use Tynker and Sphero products. Creating Characters and Composing Music will ask kids to draw story scenes using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, then add vocals and compose music with GarageBand. Stories in Motion with iMovie, finally, will see kids make short films. Each Camp involves three 1.5-hour sessions. Dates range from July 10 through July 28, though many Camps may already be full. In those instances, parents or guardians can sign their kids up to a waiting list. People who can't get into an Apple Camp may still be able to take advantage of the company's Kids Hours , which are launching this month under the Today at Apple banner. Sphero Maze Challenge, Draw Your Own Character, and Making Movies Together all isolate some of the skills of the full-length Camps, using the same apps and hardware.

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Marco Rubio's attempt to hug Ivanka Trump is peak awkward

Ivanka Trump arrived at the Capitol Tuesday morning to talk paid family leave with Sen. Marco Rubio and others, but things got a little weird before they got down to business.

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Love letter: local co-op games bring us closer together

I checked out Tesla Autopilot — and there's no way it can drive a car by itself

But the thing is that cruise control has been with us for decades. Most drivers understand what it can and can't do. And although Autopilot is the most significant advancement in cruise control that I've ever seen, it merely points at a distant moment when drivers will be able to switch off their attention and trust that their car's brain, sensors, and radars will make better decisions.

Amazon's new Dash Wand is half magic, half boring

The Dash Wand is basically a slightly smaller and simpler redesign of the original and oft-forgotten Amazon Dash voice-enabled barcode scanner: a 5.6-inch flat cylinder that’s half rubbery-black and half gloss white. New additions include a hook on the top for hanging, along with magnets on the back for sticking to your fridge. Where the older unit had two buttons, the Wand has a single button surrounded by an LED ring for activating Alexa and a speaker for feedback. But really, the only major difference between the Dash and the Dash Wand is that the Wand uses Alexa for voice recognition, while the Dash had its own proprietary voice recognition system.

There's a college in China that teaches you how to become a social media celebrity

A college in China offers a degree in "Modelling and Etiquette" that teaches you how to make it big on social media.

CNN to Invest $40 Million in Its Video Startup Great Big Story

Starting next summer, Great Big Story will enter a new chapter, using the funding to fill a full-day programming schedule with a wider array of content, including live programming or feature-length films. It’ll distribute the streaming channel on the growing number of web-TV services like Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV or AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV Now, said Andrew Morse, general manager of CNN’s digital operations. “This investment is to build something entirely new,” he said.

The New Kingsman Comic Sequel Will Delve Into Both Sides of Eggsy's Spy-Life

Like any sequel, the challenge is that the character just finished going on a journey and became a hero by the end. When we meet Eggsy here, everything seems great. He’s the debonair secret agent, he’s dating a beautiful woman, he’s got an amazing car, it seems like he’s got it made. The journey for him is learning that you can’t leave your past behind. He is still the same guy, every inch the child of council houses of Peckham where he grew up, as much as he is the debonair spy. That’s the stuff that’s fun in terms of the class divide stuff and his journey. In terms of the actual plotline, there is obviously a megalomaniacal villain. He’s got a fantastic base, which may or may not be right at the bottom of the ocean. He also has a henchman with a hunchback, so he’s a “hunchman.” It’s a case of Eggsy not just having to save the day and save the world, he’s got to find out who he is, really. I think he’s adrift at the start of this story, and he has to find himself again.

Facebook’s Oculus Fights Sales Ban for VR Rift Headset

Facebook Inc. wants a federal judge to let it continue sales of its virtual-reality headsets even though a jury said the social-media giant’s Oculus unit stole another company’s computer code.

Data breach costs are dropping, but still $3.62 million on average, report says - TechRepublic

Data breaches cost companies an average of $141 per lost or stolen record, the report found. However, the cost of breaches vary by region: European countries, which have recently imposed new regulatory requirements, saw a 26% decrease in the total cost of a data breach over last year's results. Meanwhile, in the US, where 48 out of 50 states have their own data breach laws, the average cost of a breach increased 5% this year, to $7.35 million. Businesses in the Middle East, Japan, South Africa, and India also experienced increased costs in 2017, the report found.

Vice's Shane Smith Is Now a Billionaire

Even before the TPG investment, Smith was already living large. He spent $380,000 -- plus tip -- on a Las Vegas dinner in January 2015 and owns a $23 million mansion in Santa Monica, California, that features a 72-foot-long (22-meter) pool, Italian chandeliers and even a speakeasy. Still, nearly all of his wealth remains on paper, and he has a way to go before he can match Murdoch’s $12 billion fortune or Redstone’s $3.6 billion.

Elon Musk runs two huge companies by breaking his day into 5-minute slots

As Stephanie Vozza writes in Fast Company , breaking a schedule into smaller increments can provide a major productivity boost. Five minutes may seem like nothing in the scheme of things, but the practice likely helps Musk stay on task throughout his busy day and ensures that none of his time goes to waste.

You can now save your Instagram live streams to replay for 24 hours

Instagram today is rolling out the option of saving your public live broadcasts to your Instagram story, where they can be replayed by your followers for the next 24 hours. Starting today, you can tap “share” after your broadcast has ended to add it to your Instagram story — or tap the toggle button to discard it. It’s a new feature for Instagram stories, which the company said today has 250 million daily users — up from 200 million in April. And it represents a new effort to kick-start a format that seems to have stalled across every social network.

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52 How researchers trained one AI system to start asking its own questions - TechRepublic
53 Howard the Duck's Lea Thompson Declares Herself 'The First Queen of Marvel'
54 Anker is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new line of wireless earbuds
55 How Nintendo thinks of esports
56 Let an 1865 dating ad give you tips on how to woo like a Victorian lover
57 Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision
58 What to Do With Strawberries That Are a Bit Past Their Prime
59 Companies are moving to the digital era, but they're not necessarily taking IT with them - TechRepublic
60 JanSport's high-tech backpack gives teens a new way to express themselves
61 I'm Sick of the Damn Toe
62 How cybercriminals are using Android security bulletins to plan attacks - TechRepublic
63 Senator Probes Top US Defense Contractor Over Leaked Data Tied to Pentagon Project
64 Star Wars Han Solo directors no longer with film
65 Amazon Is ‘Just Getting Started’ With Web Services Push in Canada
66 Raspberry Pi rivals Galileo, Joule, Edison axed by Intel, plus Recon Jet smart glasses | ZDNet
67 Engadget on Twitter
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69 American Gods' Jesus Shows What Happens When a God Becomes Too Popular
70 Nancy Pelosi slams Ajit Pai in letter supporting net neutrality
71 It Takes an Army to Feed the World's Amazon Addiction
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73 Killer whales are stalking boats and stealing their fish
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77 Surface Book 2 release date, news and rumors
78 Zenefits will pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees
79 Is it Possible to Stimulate Deep Inside Our Brains Without Implanting Hardware?
80 7 women discovered they were dating the same guy via a Snapchat mishap. Whoops.
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