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The next ‘Overwatch’ hero is a hamster in a death ball (updated)

The next ‘Overwatch’ hero is a hamster in a death ball, which Blizzard has been secretly teasing for over a year.

Niantic’s latest acquisition lets AR Pokémon hide behind the real world

It seems like a simple concept: when rendering something in augmented reality (like, say, a Pikachu in Pokémon GO) and something in actual reality (like, say, a human, or a car, or a planter) passes in front of it, make the rendered object appear to be “behind” the real one. In practice…

Pixel 3 renders give us our best look at the devices yet

It was just a few weeks ago we got a look at a supposed Pixel 3 prototype, but new CAD renders courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice provide what appear to be our clearest look at the device yet. The leaks show off the device from pretty much every angle and reinforce much of what we’ve seen …

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Galaxy Note 9 Expected at Aug. 9 Samsung Unpacked Event

The event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 11 a.m. Samsung hasn't confirmed what it plans to unveil, but all signs point to the Galaxy Note 9, and PCMag will be there for all the details.

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Apple cutting off payment source changes for older versions of iOS, macOS & Apple TV

Beginning June 30, people using some older versions of iOS, macOS, and the pre-tvOS Apple TV operating system will be unable to change their payment sources for iTunes and the App Store without updating to newer software. In an email going out to customers, Apple is alerting people that the cutoff prevents payment switches in iOS 4.3.5, OS X 10.8.5, and Apple TV Software 4.4.4 or earlier. Customers will still be able to access iTunes and the App Store, including making new purchases and downloading previous ones, but will have to use whatever payment method they selected before the end of June assuming that they have no other devices to change the information. The change is related to unspecified backend security improvements. In practice, few people are likely to be affected. iOS 4.3.5 was released in 2011 , and the last device to ship without iOS 5 was the iPad 2, which was still supported in several subsequent iOS upgrades. OS X 10.8.5 came out in September 2013, and was replaced by OS X Mavericks less than a month later. Apple TV Software 4.4.4 was only ever able to run on second- and third-generation Apple TVs, but Apple TV Software 5 was released as far back as March 2012, and both set-tops eventually made it to 7.

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Self-driving car startup Nuro teams up with Kroger for same-day grocery delivery

Nuro, an autonomous vehicle startup focused on local deliveries, has partnered with 135-year-old grocery retailer Kroger to offer same-day deliveries. The two have yet to announce which market this will be live in, but the plan is to launch the several-month-long pilot this fall.

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Amazon will help entrepreneurs form companies to deliver its packages

All those efforts have been seen as Amazon threatening its long-standing delivery partners: UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service. Clark specifically mentioned that Amazon has "great partners in our traditional carriers," as a way of allaying those concerns. But as Amazon has repeatedly created in-house systems that it eventually sells to other companies -- such as its cloud-computing service and warehouses -- it's expected to eventually do the same with deliveries.

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Amazfit Bip is amazingly good for the price

The Amazfit Bip is affordable at around $70 (it's priced at £70 and AU$99 in the UK and Australia, respectively). It has an always-on reflective LCD screen. It has weeks of battery life. What's the catch? That's the thing. There isn't really one.

9 The Rock's Under Armour headphones are built for intense workouts

The Project Rock headphones are made from rugged materials (IPX4 rating) with an anti-slip, sweat-resistant liner and breathable ear cushions (that can be removed and washed for easy cleaning). Under Armour claims these features will make them withstand the "toughest gym conditions," without giving up on sound quality. To take care of the latter, the company is using JBL's audio technology (40mm drivers), which gives the Project Rocks a crisp, loud sound with rich bass. I listened to some tracks with them and was surprised at how good they sounded. Although they are a bit bass heavy, but not as much as Apple's Beats headphones, the lows and mids didn't get drowned out.

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Western Digital shakes up data storage | ZDNet

Western Digital, perhaps better known as WD, announces a series of products and initiatives designed to reflect the company they've become - and not the disk drive they used to be. Marketing hype? Or do they really have the goods?

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AT&T quietly adds extra $1.23 to wireless customers' bills

AT&T has more than doubled its administrative fee from 76 cents to $1.99 for its 64.5 million wireless customers.

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Millions of Americans watching World Cup on iPhone, iPad | Cult of Mac

Living in America, it’s sometimes easy to forget the FIFA World Cup is going on now in Russia. Soccer isn’t one of the Big Four U.S. sports. Heck, most Americans don’t even call it by the right name.

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Twitter launches its Ads Transparency Center, where you can see ads bought by any account

Twitter says that with this tool, you should be able to search for any Twitter handle and bring up all the ad campaigns from that account that have run for the past seven days. For political advertisers in the U.S., there will be additional data, including information around billing, ad spend, impressions per tweet and demographic targeting.

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Facebook and Google accused of deceiving users into sharing personal data

The 44-page report cites examples of how Facebook, Google and, to a lesser degree, Microsoft have used dark patterns to their benefit. These include “privacy intrusive default settings, misleading wording, giving users an illusion of control, hiding away privacy-friendly choices, take-it-or-leave-it choices, and choice architectures where choosing the privacy friendly option requires more effort for the users”.

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Review: The Key2 is the best BlackBerry phone. Ever.

On the back of the phone, you’ll find a textured rear panel that feels eminently grippable. Even though it’s plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap in any way. TCL has worked hard to ensure that the Key2 carries itself with a premium aesthetic, which is a good thing, as it’s not exactly cheap.

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Inbenta hack responsible for Ticketmaster breach - Video | ZDNet

A support chat tool, used to help dozens of major websites interact with customers, has been blamed for a security breach at Ticketmaster. Read more: https://zd.net/2KwkEEd

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Webcam covers made from leather keeps spies away in style

Little circles of leather – that’s it. But the simplicity and function of the product are catching on during a time when privacy in our digital lives feels threatened. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is concerned enough to put a small piece of black tape over his laptop webcam.

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Instagram launches a Lite app for low-end Android devices

TechCrunch notes that the new app, which weighs in at just 573KB, is 1/55th the size of the original app at 33MB. Naturally, you’ll find it a little lighter on functionality too: there’s no messaging or the ability to upload videos right now.

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Facebook’s scary plan to record your conversations while you watch TV

Facebook has applied for a new patent that describes a method of tapping into our microphones to listen to our reactions to TV ads. It’s just as invasive as it sounds.

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The International Olympic Committee is curious about esports

Along with the IOC, the GAISF looks forward to welcoming the esports and gaming community to Lausanne. We understand that sport never stands still and the phenomenal growth of esports and gaming is part of its continuing evolution. The Esports Forum provides an important and extremely valuable opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of esports, their impact and likely future development, so that we can jointly consider the ways in which we may collaborate to the mutual benefit of all of sport in the years ahead.

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How to stay up-to-date with G Suite changes: 5 methods

Google shares information about changes to G Suite applications—such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, and more—in several different places. While some of the information is aimed at administrators, there are plenty of places that anyone with an interest can learn about the newest features of G Suite. Here are five ways to stay informed.

23 China says carefully monitoring U.S. policies on inbound investments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday it would carefully monitor U.S. policies on inbound investments, stressing that the country opposes using national security as grounds to restrict foreign investments.

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How to install ownCloud on Ubuntu 18.04

Obviously, you'll need a working instance of Ubuntu Server 18.04. I will assume you have that up and running. I will also assume you installed Ubuntu Server with the standard LAMP package offering—so Apache, MySQL, and PHP will already be up and running. One of the biggest differences between installing ownCloud on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 will be the PHP packages. I'll show you how to get around that hurdle.

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Public Attitudes Toward Technology Companies

On other questions, there are more pronounced differences between the attitudes of older and younger Americans – with older adults typically taking a more broadly pessimistic view of these firms and their overall impact. For instance, larger shares of older adults think major technology companies often fail to anticipate how their products and services will impact society, that these companies have too much power and influence in today’s society, and that they should be regulated more than they are currently. And while sizable shares of both age groups think it likely that social media companies censor political speech that those companies find objectionable, that view is shared by a larger majority of older (81%) than younger (67%) adults.

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Get fired up about these new gas grills

We considered the rib tests an anecdotal one. We covered a slab of pork ribs in seasoning rub and cooked them on each grill's warming rack over low heat (with all burners on) for three hours, then made adjustments to the next rib test depending on the result. For the Weber Spirit II E-310 and the Char-Broil Commercial Double Header, that baseline cook setting produced decent ribs. For the Broil King Baron 520 and the Char-Broil Performance XL, the 3 hours over low heat turned out burnt, inedible ribs. These grills cooked better ribs when we turned off two of the burners, left three on low heat and cooked them indirectly for 3 hours. This resulted in the best ribs we had during testing.

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5 Firefox Quantum updates for more productive web browsing

Firefox 61 will be extremely useful for business professionals who work with complex web pages or need multiple tabs operating at once. The overall functionality of Firefox has improved drastically in the past couple years, making it a force to be reckoned with in the web browser industry.

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Some say trucking is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. In that case, we have a problem, as the number of drivers are shrinking. Are self-driving trucks the answer?

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Google Home and Chromecast outage: Here's the official fix

Update, 2:55 p.m. PT: Google says it has a fix: "We've identified a fix for the issue impacting Google Home and Chromecast users and it will be automatically rolled out over the next 6 hours. If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device. If you're still experiencing an issue after rebooting, contact us at Google Home Support. We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future."

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32 Google invests in OS that will put its Assistant on feature phones

It makes sense, then, that Google would want in on this, and to have a presence on whatever tech is being used in this booming market, internet connectivity or otherwise. Plus, when feature phone users do eventually upgrade to smartphones, they'll be more likely to opt for Android if they've already been enjoying its related apps and functions. It's a significant investment for KaiOS, but $22 million is nonetheless small change for Google, and their future returns could be huge.

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BitSight, a provider of security ratings, raises $60M at a valuation of around $600M

As the tech world continues to grapple with how best to deal with the growing issue of malicious hacking and other security breaches, a startup that has developed a ratings system to track how well businesses are faring has raised a large growth round to expand its business. BitSight, which provides an ongoing, changing “risk security posture” of some 1,200 organizations, has raised $60 million in a Series D round led by Warburg Pincus, funding that it will use to expand its risk management solutions — specifically in areas like analytics — and overall business development.

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Fortnite Season 5 release date and time revealed

However, players will be able to get a boost towards Battle Pass rewards before Season 4 ends with a plus 100 percent XP weekend that starts June 29 at 1 a.m. PST and ends on July 2 at 12 a.m. PST, developer Epic said .

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Apple and Samsung settle 7-year U.S. patent dispute

But he said there was no clear winner in the dispute, which involved hefty legal fees for both companies. While Apple scored a major public relations victory with an initial $1 billion verdict in 2012, Samsung also obtained rulings in its favor and avoided an injunction that would have blocked it from selling phones in the U.S. market, Risch said.

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Microsoft delays the Sets feature for Windows 10

Microsoft releases early versions of Redstone 5 to users to test the new features and send feedback. It appears that due to this feedback, Microsoft has decided to pull the Sets feature for now.

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Trump praises Apple at groundbreaking for Foxconn's U.S. plant | Cult of Mac

A groundbreaking ceremony today for a huge Foxconn plant was attended by President Trump. Foxconn is best known for assembling the iPhone, but this plant in the Midwest will produce LCD screens.

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Instagram Stories now lets its 400M users add soundtracks

“Now you can add a soundtrack to your story that fits any moment and helps you express how you’re feeling,” Instagram writes. To access the new music feature, users will be able to choose a special song sticker after they shoot a photo or video. They can search for a specific song or artist, or browse by mood, genre or what’s popular. Once they select a song, they can pick the specific snippet they want to have accompany their content. Alternatively, iOS users can switch to the Music shutter mode in the Stories camera to pick a song before they capture a photo or video so they can sync up their actions to the music. That will come to Android eventually, and the whole feature will roll out to more countries soon following today’s launch in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the U.S. [Correction: The feature is launch in version 51 of Instagram, not in 51 countries.]

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Finland’s Elisa is second carrier to launch ‘world’s first’ 5G network

Elisa says that it has launched 5G networks in Tampere, Finland and Estonia’s capital city of Tallinn, the carrier’s first installations in the two countries where it offers cellular services. To commemorate the launch, Elisa hosted a “historical” video call between Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications and Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, noting that the world’s first GSM telephone call had previously been made on Elisa’s network years earlier.

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Financial overlords are spreading cryptocurrency misinformation disguised as ‘research’

As blockchain tech continues to find growing popularity, a large number of mainstream financial institutions are jumping in to provide their insights and opinions. But despite years of experience in the world of finance, it seems that many of these institutions are still struggling to understand the pros and cons of cryptocurrencies.

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Bots built by Elon Musk-backed OpenAI can kick your butt in Dota 2

The bots don’t watch the game pixel-by-pixel but rather get access to the same data a human would absorb visually. The Dota 2 bots learn largely by playing against themselves and can cram 180 years’ of play into a single day. Powering the AI is a system built with 256 GPUs and 128,000 CPU cores.

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New and upcoming phones: Galaxy Note 9 and others we're expecting in 2018 | ZDNet

Most major flagship smartphones are now on a fairly regular release schedule and leaks are a part of this cycle. It is rare for a phone to be released today with any surprises so let's take a look at what is coming soon.

43 Apple could bundle TV, music and news in a single subscription

According to a report from The Information , Apple could choose to bundle all its media offerings into a single subscription. While Apple’s main media subscription product is currently Apple Music, it’s no secret that the company is investing in other areas.

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Suitcase startup Away just landed $50M to fuel its explosive growth

[Photo: courtesy of Away] In February 2016, the brand launched with just one product, a $225 hardshell carry-on suitcase that came in four colors and had a lifetime guarantee. The brand was an instant hit, and responding to customer requests, the brand has expanded its line to include checked suitcases, kids’ suitcases, and a suite of travel accessories ranging from toiletry cases to packing cubes to bags that slide neatly into the handles of your suitcase.

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HONG KONG (Reuters/IFR) - China’s Xiaomi Corp ( 1810.HK ) priced its Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) at the bottom of an indicative range, raising $4.72 billion in the world’s biggest tech float in four years, people close to the transaction said on Friday.

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Is technology ruining your relationship? Nicole Kidman has a remedy | ZDNet

Technology hasn't always seemed to help loving communication. The famous actor and her husband have a fascinating suggestion.

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Facebook users can now see all the active ads run by a Page

Starting today, users will see a new button called “ info and ads ” at the top of a Page belonging to a business, nonprofit, or other organization. “Page info” will allow them to see when the Page was created and if its name has been changed at all, though the company said there would be more information available to view in the tab in the coming weeks. The “active ads” section will allow users to see what ads that page is currently running across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The tool has previously been tested in Canada.

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Here is Trump’s list of candidates to replace Justice Kennedy

With this afternoon’s bombshell announcement that long-serving Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, all eyes turned to President Trump and speculation over whom he’d pick for the incredibly important role. Trump met with Kennedy to discuss potential replacements this afternoon.  “There are certain names that are just outstanding, names that you already know, to be honest with you,” Trump told reporters, insisting that he’ll choose from a list of 25 candidates the White House released last November.

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Why cryptocurrency mining malware is the new ransomware | ZDNet

The number of cryptojacking attacks is still growing - and criminals are likely to be looking at exploiting mobile devices as much as PCs in the near future.

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53 Uncharted creator Amy Hennig left EA in January
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55 Where Are the World's Top 10 Supercomputers?
56 Novogratz's Galaxy invests $20 million in virtual reality platform
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58 Week 9 Challenges - Haunted Hills Treasure Map and Named Locations - Season 4 - Fortnite Wiki Guide - IGN
59 Sling TV adds à la carte channels, free shows and a rate hike
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61 Amazon to buy PillPack in potentially disruptive drug retail push
62 Amazon enhances tablet line with Show Mode, new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition
63 10 indoor security cameras for a smarter home or office | ZDNet
64 Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way
65 Facebook tested plane-mounted lasers that fire super high-speed internet over California — here are the photos
66 This digital health startup hopes your next doctor will be an AI
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68 Can you smell what The Rock is selling?
69 Tesla to Apple, Google, Microsoft: Don't delete files in trade-secrets lawsuit | ZDNet
70 Microsoft’s Twitch rival adds instant highlights
71 SSD prices: how low will they go? | ZDNet
72 Uber drivers are getting fleeced by con artists
73 Samsung's OLED iPhone display supply dominance challenged
74 The Morning After: Apple v. Samsung is really over?
75 New NTSB Tesla fatal crash report: Model S battery reignited twice after Florida crash | ZDNet
76 Razer's light-based keyboard switches are a bust
77 Amazon showcases Alexa on Fire tablets with ‘show mode’ and charging dock
78 https://www.ft.com/content/f4562c68-7a52-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d
79 'Life is Strange 2' prelude proves superpowers aren't just for girls
80 ​From farm to plate via blockchain: Solving agriculture supply chain problems one grain at a time | ZDNet
81 Accenture's digital investments drive quarterly beat
82 Scientists develop thermal camouflage that can fool infrared cameras
83 MongoDB 4.0 aims for cloud-friendliness | ZDNet
84 Achieving Your Database Goals Through Replication: Real World Market Insights and Best Practices
85 Chat app Line to launch crypto exchange in July but it won’t cover US or Japan
86 The Olympics people are seriously considering eSports
87 Home-goods startup Parachute just nabbed a whopping $30 million
88 Huawei's first 5G phone is coming next year
89 How BuzzFeed Migrated from a Perl Monolith to Go and Python Microservices
90 The Best Ultraportable Laptops of 2018
91 The Naming of Places (Part 5): At Bay
92 Internet is losing its memory: Cerf
93 One-Shot Imitation from Watching Videos
94 Why PGP is fundamentally flawed and needs to be fixed
95 The Best PC Games