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Fast food is the best use case for technology

Today, I want to talk about air sausage. Earlier this week, our team was made aware that respected hot dog creator, Oscar Mayer, not only has a WienerFleet, but in order to celebrate summer’s start, is launching the Super Hotdogger, a JetPack-powered vehicle. It included “raw footage of Super Hotdogger flying over Southern California’s scenic …

Today in Apple history: iPhone 4 arrives with glorious Retina display | Cult of Mac

On June 24, 2010, Apple's fourth generation of iPhone, the iPhone 4, went on sale. It was a smash hit for Apple.

I can't stop watching strangers go on blind dates on YouTube

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Tech companies are eavesdropping on you through your smart speaker

Would you be willing to equip your bedroom or living room with an internet-connected microphone that could record and send all your conversations to the data-hungry server of a giant tech company or to a random person in your contact list?

I built a bot and now I know why bots are so dumb

🤖 Grab the code for this project. As of December, it’s estimated that there are over 4 billion internet users. Of that 4 billion, at least half are bots. You read that right  –  half of the internet is bots. You know all about bots. They spam your inbox with nonsense. They robo-call you and …

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YouTube introduces channel memberships, merchandise and premieres

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Your love for Amazon won't be ruined by more sales taxes

Thursday's decision also raises new questions for smaller retailers, said Charles Moll, a state and local tax expert at law firm Winston & Strawn. For example, if a small-time seller on eBay ships just one item a year from his home in New York to Wisconsin, he likely won't now be forced to collect and send Wisconsin sales taxes. But, while regulations protect smaller sellers from excessive tax collection requirements, Moll said, the Supreme Court didn't specify what might be considered excessive. Is it one shipment to a state? Maybe it's five -- or 200. That's an issue that may find its way back in the courts.

Galaxy S9 vs. Pixel 2: Which phone should you buy?

On top of that, the Galaxy S9's bigger screen is sharper, with more pixels per inch, and it's slightly more water resistant. It can be dunked for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water compared to the Pixel 2's one meter limitation (that's about 3.3 feet). Though, I wouldn't bother with that distinction too much -- I'm just glad both phones are waterproof and you can just scoop them up quickly the moment they accidentally fall into the water. Of course, all these design goodies come at a higher cost, which puts a bigger dent in your wallet.

Saving lives from a distance

MSF, on the other hand, uses its own telemedicine network — itself based on a platform from Collegium Telemedicus that was designed specifically to connect specialists with health care workers in faraway regions. Doctors and nurses in the field will upload a patient's medical information to the MSF network, at which point one of the nine coordinators stationed around the world will send the information to a specific specialist who can comment on the case, ask for more information or request additional tests. If that specialist wants to consult others, she'll ask coordinators to add them.

Fluance’s $200 stereo Bluetooth speakers sound is almost too good to be true

The Ai40 is a sealed (acoustic suspension), not ported design, and the sound was free of bass boom and thickening I hear from a lot of small speakers trying to sound bigger than they are. The Ai40 has a 1-inch (25mm) silk dome tweeter and a 5-inch (127mm) woven glass fiber composite woofer. Power is rated at 35 watts per channel. Connectivity is limited to two sources: analog stereo RCA inputs and aptX Bluetooth, that's it. Audiophiles take note, the Ai40 sounds clearer with the stereo RCA wired inputs, no surprise there. The included remote control toggles between the RCA and Bluetooth inputs, bass and treble controls, mute and volume buttons.

Cult of Mac Magazine: HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault

HomePod is still hopeless, and it’s (mostly) Siri’s fault HomePods went on sale in Europe this week, and I ordered one. It arrived the very next day. I tried it out, and then sent it back to Apple the day after that. Why? Because it’s a half-finished product. Siri is just as glitchy and annoying on HomePod as elsewhere. It doesn’t work properly with a Mac. And it’s not even a very good speaker.

Melania Trump wears jacket saying 'I really don't care' before visit with migrant kids

First lady Melania Trump drew attention -- and criticism -- Thursday on Twitter when she wore a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" before flying to a migrant children's shelter in Texas.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over ‘consensual relationship’ with employee

HDMI 2.1: What You Need to Know

HDMI 2.0 was the real step that enabled 4K video to gain momentum. HDMI 1.4 supported 4K resolution at up to 30 frames per second, but HDMI 2.0's 4K60 compatibility set the standard for watching 4K content on a 4K TV. HDMI 2.1 skips the 30fps step for 8K (7,680 by 4,320) and jumps straight to enabling the new, much higher resolution at 60fps. Technically, the standard supports up to 10K resolution in terms of sheer bandwidth, but 10K hasn't actually been defined beyond approximately 10,000 horizontal pixels. On paper, 8K120 and 10K120 are also possible through HDMI 2.1, but they present entirely new questions about media format and transmission outside of cable speed.

Walmart store-scanning robot gets big boost | ZDNet

Bossa Nova has been billed as a robot replacement for clerks with scanner guns, but that's not the core pitch. The company has been aggressive in creating a multi-disciplinary platform at a time when brick and mortar heavyweights -- those that have thus far survived the digital onslaught -- are looking for ways to cut into Amazon's lead.

Microsoft unexpectedly drops Windows 7 support for some ancient CPUs | ZDNet

Believe it or not, some hardy souls are still running Windows 7 on PCs equipped with turn-of-the-century Pentium III CPUs. But the latest round of Windows 7 security patches won't install on those devices. Here's the background.

Three-month-old Drupal vulnerability is being used to deploy cryptojacking malware | ZDNet

As well as hiding behind the Tor network, the attacker or attackers are also using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in an effort to hide their tracks, but there is a linked IP address. Researchers say there have been hundreds of attempts to conduct attacks via this IP over the last month, although not all involve the Drupal vulnerability: some are related to the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Is your brain an analog or digital device? New research surprises | ZDNet

Accepting that the brain is a digital device will help neuroscientists and psychologists better understand how we think. For example, perhaps some perceptual issues, such as synesthesia - where people "see" sounds or "smell" colors - may be due in part to digital decoding mechanisms sending their results to the wrong sensory inputs. Also, people may differ in how many bits of representation they are capable of, and different cultures may suppress or enhance some representations over others.

​Red Hat changes its open-source licensing rules | ZDNet

Therefore, said Fontana, "We are extending the GPLv3 termination policy to users of our GPLv2/LGPLv2.1 code because we consider it the right thing to do. The cure permissions offer additional comfort that users of our code have reasonable assurances of quiet use of that code, even if there is a temporary license noncompliance by a third party redistributing our code, due to misunderstanding or otherwise. ... We hope that others will also join in this endeavor to reassure the open source community that good faith efforts to fix noncompliance will be embraced."

Intel's leadership crisis hits in midst of reorganization | ZDNet

Google founders and top Silicon Valley executives would be out of work if Intel's high standards of employee conduct were applied.

Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition tech to law enforcement

A group of Amazon employees are pressuring company leadership to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and to stop providing services to companies who work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


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The cloud wars are on and AI and IoT are leading the way

As the software-as-a-service space narrows cloud providers are becoming more competitive.

Samsung's new Galaxy patent is a bezel-less, notch-free slice of the future

First picked up by Dutch mobile news site MobielKopen , the patent is reminiscent of Samsung's Note design, showing a screen that follows the curved edges of the phone, similar to the Note 8 design that creates that glossy infinity-pool edge on the sides. But with the Note 9 expected to launch in August, this might not quite be the vision of the future we get this year.

Has social media ruined photography?

The digital revolution has had one of the most profound effects on photography since the dry plate solved the challenges presented by the wet plate collodion process. Not only is it easier than ever to shoot, edit and print images, it’s also possible to share them with a potential audience of millions. Love it or loathe it, social media in all its many forms is a great way to share your photography. In fact, without it, how many people would actually see your images? 


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This might explain why your electricity bill is so high

Smart power strips take this idea a step further. They have outlets that are meant for different types of devices. Some of the outlets are designated for items that need to stay on all the time, like your DVR. Other outlets are for items that go into standby mode or use energy, but don't need to be on. When you shut off a device or disconnect your device from its charger, the power strip senses it and will shut off all power to the device.

How to Control Updates in Windows 10

Select the times when you'll be using your computer, so Windows knows not to reboot your PC during those times. You can set your Active Hours up to a maximum of 12 hours, leaving the other 12 hours in a day for Windows to restart. But even during off-hours, Windows checks to make sure you're not using your computer before rebooting. After you've set your hours, click on the checkmark at the bottom of the Start or End time window, depending on which one you changed, then click on the Save button.

President Trump's new Space Force is a powerfully dumb idea

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Fortnite's season 4, week 8 challenges and how to complete them

Fortnite gets major updates roughly every quarter, and they kick off what creator Epic calls a new season. Players can buy the Battle Pass for each new season for $9.99 and it offers a tiered system that enables you to earn loot over time by completing challenges. When you complete challenges, you gain experience points that make you move up through the tiers, unlocking emotes, dances and other items as you go.

Garmin challenges Fitbit with advanced sleep monitoring | ZDNet

One of the most important elements of overall health is adequate sleep. Fitbit has led the activity tracker market with its sleep stages, but Garmin just rolled out its new advanced sleep monitoring function that also tracks light, deep, and REM sleep.

This is why your iPhone's battery dies fast

If you've ever searched for tips on prolonging iPhone battery life, you've almost certainly encountered this one: turn off email fetch. The reasoning: battery life suffers if your phone automatically checks for new mail every 15 or 30 minutes.

In a market without keyboards, BlackBerry presses on | ZDNet

Software keyboards that have grown with smartphone displays can now accommodate even the least dainty fingers. The advent of swipe-gesture typing and autocomplete have further closed if not eliminated the gap when it comes to raw input speed. For those willing to trade a bit of mobility for comfort, folding Bluetooth keyboards have improved dramatically. And for a new generation of smartphone users, the importance of text efficiency has declined relative to emoji, GIFs and video chat.

Red Hat Q1 solid, but currency dings outlook | ZDNet

Red Hat's first quarter was swell, but the company cut its second quarter and fiscal year outlook due to currency fluctuations.

PayPal touts global reach as mobile wallets pop up in APAC | ZDNet

Banks, telcos, and e-commerce players in the region now offer their own payment platforms, but PayPal believes its global reach and security infrastructure will ensure its market relevance.

Bypassing iPhone passcode limit just requires a keyboard | Cult of Mac

Companies like Grayshift help police bypass the passcodes on locked iPhones. One might think that this requires some byzantine hacking skills. Apparently not.

20+ reasons why PUBG works brilliantly on phones

And then there's the gyroscope. It sure is hard to snipe in PUBG Mobile compared to mouse-and-keyboard on PC, but we'd argue it's *easier* on phone than Xbox. Why? You can turn on gyro controls that let you simply nudge the phone in any direction for precise aiming.

How to send files from a Windows 10 machine to your Android device

Android makes it incredibly easy to share files to and from your cloud account. This makes it easy to also access those files from any machine you have logged into that same Google account. But what if you needed this process to be a bit more immediate and include a universal clipboard, so you can copy text from your desktop and send it directly to your Android device? If that sounds appealing to you, there's an app called Roamit that perfectly fits the bill.

Shareholders protest selling Amazon’s facial recognition software to law enforcement

Apple to replace some MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboards due to problems | ZDNet

Apple said it will replace the keyboards of a "small percentage" of MacBook and MacBook Pro models due to issues such as repeat letters, characters that do not appear and keys that don't respond consistently.

Bag Week 2018: Chrome’s Yalta 2.0 is a roomy rolltop that keeps up

For my second trial, I loaded the Yalta up for a day hike to a local rock climbing spot with friends (note: this thing cannot carry a rope). It’s not what the Yalta is designed for, but it’s what I was up to so I figured I’d give it a shot. The bag performed well on the hike in, fully loaded with lunch, snacks, many layers, a raincoat, a small first aid kit, a Sony RX100 II, a really heavy guidebook for the area and a two-liter water bladder, which I stuffed into the strange side-zip area, snaking the hose out through the top of the zipper. I managed to forget my helmet, which I wished I’d had later when a nearby climber dropped a metal carabiner from 60 feet off the ground, but had I remembered it would have clipped on to the closure loops on front of the pack nicely.


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​Auckland looks to 'gamify' public transport | ZDNet

The council-owned entity is looking to put its data to good use, embarking on a project with US-based Machine Zone to 'gamify' public transport.

How to install WordPress on Ubuntu 16.04

If you have a need for a WordPress installation, follow the simple steps of getting this powerful platform up and running on Ubuntu 16.04.

Bag Week 2018: Mission Workshop’s Radian rolltop starts simple but grows piece by piece

They’re nice but the rear ones I tried are a bit small — you’d have trouble fitting anything but a pocket paperback and a couple of energy bars in either. If I had my choice I would go with the full-size folio, one zippered and one rolltop side pocket. Then you can do away with the cell pocket, which is a bit much, and have several stowage options within reach. Plus the folio has its own rails to stick one of the small ones onto.

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Apple seeks to invalidate Qualcomm patents amid global legal battle

Apple waded into familiar ground as its legal struggle with Qualcomm advances, and on Thursday filed petitions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel four patents owned by the iPhone modem supplier.


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Oculus Summer Sale 2018: the best time to stock up on VR games is right now

After the 1st, Oculus likely won’t have another major sale until Winter Sale 2018 in December, so now’s the time to throw down on the games you want to beat the heat and stay indoors all summer long. 

​Cloud computing: Tackling an 'all-in' migration | ZDNet

The previous SGN IT infrastructure was under-utilised, said Quail, and the company finally chose an 'all-in' cloud strategy to replace it. Innovations like using robots to inspect pipes are data-intensive, so a couple of kilometres of in-pipe inspection video and sensor data could generate vast amounts of data. "There's just no way our on-prem strategy could service what the business was doing," he added.

Apple announces new warranty program for faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

The problem, caused by a faulty butterfly key switch mechanism, caused many of the laptops’ owners to experience keys that stuck, or failed to function as intended. Today, Apple not only acknowledged it was an issue — after months of pretending it wasn’t — but offered a new extended service program to fix affected machines.

4G provision in Brazil sees mixed results | ZDNet

While 4G availability increased, the reported noted that download speed on that spectrum in Brazil hit a period of stagnation, with no operator registering an improvement in that regard over the period. In fact, slight decreases in average 4G download speeds are noted in the report.

​Cybersecurity: Why this Spanish region has just created a new research center | ZDNet

"Oddly enough, until now in Catalonia there was no center of research in cybersecurity to bring all the initiatives together, but only various university groups that have been working on diverse issues for more than 10 years," adds Domingo-Ferrer, who holds the UNESCO chair in data privacy.

World Cup 2018: The tech security challenges around the big event | ZDNet

"Certainly, with high-profile events, if a threat actor has a desire to cause disruption, we know by looking at the actions of malware such as Olympic Destroyer that they have the capability," Martin Lee, technical lead at Cisco Talos told ZDNet. "Often it's not clear who is behind particular attacks or what their objectives are and now that analysis is becoming more difficult by threat actors attempting to actively muddy the waters".


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