Rookout releases serverless debugging tool for AWS Lambda
The beauty of serverless computing services like AWS Lambda is that they abstract away the server itself. That enables developers to create applications without worrying about the underlying infrastructure, but it also creates a set of new problems. Without a static server, how do you debug a progr…
What is machine learning? Everything you need to know | ZDNet
This guide explains what machine learning is, how it is related to artificial intelligence, how it works and why it matters.
Report: Microsoft has acquired GitHub
TNW has reached out to GitHub and Microsoft about the deal. We’re yet to hear from Github, but a Microsoft representative said the company “doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.”
Microsoft is acquiring GitHub
As for GitHub, a sale to a larger, profitable company isn’t something seen as out of the blue. Though GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015, its losses were significant in 2016, and the company has been hunting for a new CEO for nine months. As for the terms of the deal, it’s not yet known how much Microsoft is paying to acquire GitHub–or what changes, if any, the acquisition will mean for the popular code repository.
Microsoft to take on Amazon with $7.5 billion GitHub deal
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O ) said on Monday it would buy privately held coding website GitHub Inc for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal to beef up its cloud computing business and challenge market leader Amazon.com Inc ( AMZN.O ).
13 best aftermarket keyboards for Android
What you get with Grammarly Keyboard is the usual service packed into a neat package on your phone. It works with most apps and text fields, but you'll be giving up gesture typing and other cool stuff like GIF support and deep customization. That's the price to pay for typing with correct grammar. Speaking of price, Grammarly and its keyboard are free to use, though there's a premium upgrade for desktop users that includes things like context check and integration with Microsoft Word and Outlook.
Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends
But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the company’s privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found.
Asus ROG Phone aims to be the ultimate gaming smartphone
That includes a TwinView Dock which facilitates a dual-screen handheld mode, and a Mobile Desktop Dock for those who want to use the phone to power a desktop-style gaming experience. There will also be a Gamevice controller, to give you console-like controls, and a WiGig Dock on offer to wirelessly cast your gaming sessions to a big-screen.
Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Live Coverage and Discussions
We are planning to use this post primarily for discussions about the announcements made at today’s WWDC 2018, so I will be looking forward to your comments in the comment section below. I will also summarize the announcements and link to more detailed articles for all the major announcements in this post so please refresh the page for the latest updates.
How to watch Apple's WWDC keynote
It's already that time of year again: WWDC , Apple's annual developer conference. You can peep it live, as it happens, right here from wherever you are at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific. New this year? You'll be able to watch the keynote in Chrome and Firefox in addition to Safari and Microsoft Edge. It's like the future! Now, Apple says that for the "best" experience you should use one of its own devices (or Microsoft Edge). Of course, you can still watch on your Apple TV if you feel so inclined.
Apple’s WWDC 2018: Here’s what to expect
Former Apple analyst Gene Munster predicted last week that a $250 Beats speaker might also be announced , in order to expand Apple’s audio lineup without competing directly against the $350 HomePod. As we noted in our coverage, if it’s released, it’ll have to be more than just a pretty little thing on your desk to compete with the wide range of smart speakers on the market today.
Alexa and Google Assistant support reportedly coming to Xbox One
Players can currently use voice control with Kinect or Cortana, but reports state support for Alexa and Google Assistant is incoming.
What to expect from the Microsoft-GitHub deal - Video | ZDNet
Reaction by developers has been mixed. If you're worried too, here's what to expect. Read more: https://zd.net/2JbAKWY
Nvidia's new AI chip crams $10,000 of power into a $1,299 CPU
This isn't Nvidia's first foray into AI chips. The company's existing technology is already being used by companies for autonomous warehouse robots, fruit-picking robots and agriculture robots. Jetson Xavier, though, is 20 times more powerful than Nvidia's previous line of AI chips, according to Huang.
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What is the CIO's role in cybersecurity leadership?
At the 2018 MIT CIO Symposium, Equinix's Lance Weaver described why the CIO must help guide cybersecurity policies.
Understanding the supply chain of stole data
Terbium chief research officer Munish Walther-Puri explains how hacked data moves from your personal accounts to the Dark Web.
Asteroid on collision course with Earth spotted hours before impact with atmosphere
How much it's worth freaking out over these undetected or late-detected asteroids is up for debate. The smallest asteroids like 2018 LA are the hardest to spot, but also the least likely to do any damage. That said, it can never hurt to have more telescopes and eyes pointed at the sky looking for the next space rock aiming to knock on our door — or break it down.
5 ways managers can help employees with anxiety issues
Having some anxiety is normal for everyone, but here's how to help when it becomes a problem.
Facebook Gave Apple, Samsung and Others Deep Access to User Data
A report from New York Times details that Facebook may have violated a 2011 FTC consent and shared its user data with Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, and other companies. The partnership was formed by Facebook so as to allow OEMs to offer messaging, Like button, and other features in their system app.
Microsoft promises to keep GitHub independent and open
With Nat Friedman taking over as CEO, GitHub will have a respected technologist at the helm. Microsoft’s acquisition and integration of Xamarin has, at least from the outside, been a success (and Friedman himself always seems very happy about the outcome when I talk to him), so I think this bodes quite well for GitHub. After joining Microsoft, Friedman ran the developer services team at the company. Wanstrath, who only took over the CEO role again after its last CEO was ousted after harassment scandal at the company, had long said that he wanted to step down and take a more active product role. And that’s what’s happening now that Friedman is taking over. Wanstrath will become a technical fellow and work on “strategic software initiatives” at Microsoft.
Alleged Hacker Claims to Sell Access to Apple's Internal Tools
A hacker claims that he has access to Apple’s internal tools which provides him with account information of Apple customers. The hacker has been showing off that he has access to the tools on Twitter by posting various screenshots. The tool is apparently Apple’s Global Service Exchange GSX) system which is primarily used by authorized staff to handle after-sales support for customers.
Bain says will help Toshiba Memory pursue big acquisitions
TOKYO (Reuters) - Bain Capital, which led the $18 billion acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corp, said on Monday it plans to support the business in pursuing M&A in the chip industry, including potentially large deals.
The Best Gaming Laptops of 2018
Theoretically, you may find a gaming laptop with an Intel Core i3 or one of AMD's CPUs installed, but those are rare: Systems with Intel Core i3 and comparable entry-level AMD processors are certainly capable of playing many games, but why limit yourself from square one? If you have to make the choice between a high-end CPU and a high-end GPU, go for the graphics. For example, we'd recommend getting a Core i5 CPU over a Core i7 if the money saved could then go toward an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU instead of a GTX 1060. Spending the money on the GPU makes more sense than spending it on the CPU. Look for Core i5 processors in midrange systems, with Core i7 U, HQ, and HK processors in higher-end gaming laptops. On the AMD side, the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors have their own performance advantages in desktops and laptops, but are far less common in the latter than Intel's offerings.
Nvidia's "BFGD" is an insane 65-inch gaming monitor
The monitor has a native 120Hz refresh rate, meaning it refreshes 120 times in a minute. Most high-end gaming monitors have a 144Hz refresh rate, but hey, sacrificing 24hz for an extra 30 inches isn't bad.
Microsoft discounts the Xbox One X for its E3 week sale
There are discounts on a bunch of games too, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves and Monster Hunter: World all sliding into the sale section for the first time; Microsoft is cutting the prices of some other games by up to 75 percent. Meanwhile, if you want to play those games online with your shiny new Xbox One X, you'll need Xbox Live Gold, which you can get for $1 for a month. The same deal applies to Xbox Game Pass. All of these offers are available starting Thursday.
84-year-old man learns to apply his wife's makeup after she begins losing her eyesight
84-year-old man learns to apply his wife's makeup after she begins losing her eyesight
Support diversity with Juuk's limited-release Apple Watch band
Juuk’s steel bands for Apple Watch have always impressed us. June is LGBT Pride Month, and Juuk’s hard-to-get Rainbow Ligero Apple Watch band in 42 mm is back in time for the celebrations.
Watch Apple’s WWDC keynote livestream with us
On Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Apple will kick off its annual WWDC conference with a keynote in San Jose, California. In all likelihood there will be updates to iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and tvOS; hardware announcements such as new Macs; and news about Siri and other AI developments. And if we’re lucky, Apple will have successfully kept an utter surprise or two under wraps until the event begins.
China is the world’s largest market for EVs, yet a primary obstacle to the gyrocar’s mass appeal is whether it’s legally a car or a motorcycle. The vehicle is considered a motorcycle in the U.K. but sits in regulatory limbo in China, where current rules don’t address two-wheeled gyrocars, Zhu said.
ASUS ROG built a ridiculously high-spec gaming phone
As with most other 2018 flagship smartphones, the ROG Phone is powered by Qualcomm's flagship octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset, but in this case, it's been given a little boost in its top CPU clock speed -- going from the standard 2.8GHz up to 2.96GHz, which is a first in mobile. Another unique feature here is the 6-inch 2,160 x 1,080 AMOLED screen, which supports HDR content (no word on which standards yet) and runs at 90Hz with a 1ms response rate. Even though this isn't quite as fast as the Razer Phone's 120Hz LCD, it's still apparently the fastest AMOLED display on a smartphone, not to mention its advantages over LCD in terms of color gamut and contrast ratio. But if you prefer, you can use the phone's built-in 802.11ad WiGig connectivity to mirror your gameplay to a nearby TV via ASUS' WiGig Dock, so long as your handset has a direct line of sight to the receiver.
A major physics experiment just detected a particle that shouldn't exist | Hacker News
Steril neutrinos really only interact via gravity. You can detect steril neutrinos by observing an excess or a deficit of active neutrinos, i.e. you could detect more than the expected number of active neutrinos due to steril neutrinos oscillating into active neutrinos but you could also detect fewer than the expected number of active neutrinos due to active neutrinos oscillating into steril neutrinos. I did not read the paper and don't know what they are measuring but it certainly could be either or even both, i.e. they could detect an excess and a deficit under differing circumstances and both could point towards the existence of steril neutrinos.
China to build a new space station as ISS faces investment woes | ZDNet
"The China Space Station belongs not only to China but also to the world," said Ambassador Shi Zhongjun, representative of China to the UN. "Outer space should become a new domain for promoting the common interests of everyone, rather than a new battlefield for competition and confrontation. Guided by the idea of a shared future, the CSS will become a common home in space for all humankind."
WWDC 2018: How Apple plans to break iPhone addiction
Apple's iOS is showing its age and we've seen this movie before. Like every popular software platform there comes a time where the code piles up and you need a do-over. Apple's iOS is at that point.
TransferWise partners with French banking group Groupe BPCE
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Financial technology firm TransferWise has partnered with Groupe BPCE, in a deal that will give the British money-transfer startup access to the French banking group’s 15 million retail customers, the companies said on Monday.
How developers can make their Alexa Skills easier to discover
For example, if customer asks, "Alexa, where is the best surfing today near Santa Barbara?" Alexa can use CanFulfillIntentRequest to see what surfing skills can understand and answer that request, the post said. A surfing skill that has a database of California beaches might be able to understand and fulfill the request, while one with a database of Hawaiian beaches might only be able to understand it. Therefore, Alexa would connect the user to the California beach database, the post noted.
Third lawsuit filed over 'defective' MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard | Cult of Mac
Thinking perhaps that third time’s the charm, another lawsuit has been filed claiming that the keyboard used in the MacBook Pro is defective. Like the two prior ones filed last month, this seeks to become a class action.
Mac OS 10.14 leak suggests dark mode, Apple News app
Screenshots posted by Troughton-Smith suggest 10.14 may have a full dark mode, which would let you drape the user interface in nightlike tones. Currently in Mac OS, you can go part of the way there, by choosing System Preferences/General/"Use dark menu bar and Dock." But Troughton-Smith's screenshots suggest you may soon be able to take that color preference system wide.
Save $75 on a wireless hub that can charge seven devices at a time
While the charger isn't going to be the one you stuff in your pockets or purse in case of an emergency — it's much too big for that — it acts as a great home-base for all your electronics. Simply leave it on your kitchen counter and plug in your gadgets before you go to bed. Everything will be fully charged by the time you wake up, plus you won't be scrambling to find everything all over the house.
How Apple turned ugly into normal | ZDNet
Of course, it could be that Cupertino simply employs designers of greater talent and spends more time thinking about how phones should look. The notch was simply the best answer they had, with the technology that was available.
How Initial coin offerings work
ICOs are the new hot tech funding trend. Jarrod Dicker, CEO of po.et, explains the hype, the risks, and why alternate funding mechanisms could spark a new wave of business tech innovation.
WWDC, OnePlus 6, Unihertz Atom, Pixelbook sale, Project Fi phones (MobileTechRoundup show #435) | ZDNet
WWDC launches tomorrow and we discussed a few possibilities for this developer conference. More phones arrived and are being tested while Kevin continues to explore Chromebooks.
The Killer Chromebook: Google's i7 Pixelbook | ZDNet
For graphics, the Pixelbook uses the Intel HD Graphics 615 chipset. This backs up a 12.3-inch 2400x1600 Quad HD LCD touch display. It's, in a word, beautiful. The display also has enough nits -- the unit of visible-light intensity and not the parasites your five-year-old brought in from kindergarten -- to make it usable even while sitting outside in broad daylight. With its Corning Gorilla Glass screen, the Pixelbook can also handle your kid bouncing its optional stylus off the display.
This gaming monitor is a huge 49 inches
Asus says this one is a secondary gaming panel -- not one you'd use in a living room, but one for your bedroom. As such, it's 31.5-inches. It also has a 3,840x2,160-pixel 4K resolution, as it's tailored for use with the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X , consoles that output in 4K.
Here's everything you need to know about Apple HomeKit
Apple finally has all of the main pieces it needs to be a comprehensive smart home platform -- HomeKit, Siri, the HomePod and the Home app. Why it took the tech giant four years between introducing HomeKit and actually offering a smart speaker to accompany it is less clear. Either way, there are still a couple of things Apple could do to grow the customer base of HomeKit: a Home app for Android customers and a HomeKit SDK that's completely open to developers (another thing that was reportedly in the works , but is currently only available to MFi licensees ) -- but I'm not holding my breath.
The Best Digital Cameras of 2018
There are also premium bridge models with larger 1-inch sensors and shorter zooms. They still have a considerable size advantage over SLRs with comparable zooms—just think about carryin an interchangebale lens camera and two or three lenses to cover a 24-200mm, 24-400mm, or 24-600mm coverage range. They tend to be more expensive than an SLR, and certainly more than bridge models with smaller sensors, but do better at higher ISO settings and sport lenses that gather more light. If you put a premium on a lightweight camera, and want the versatility that a long zoom design delivers, look at a bridge model with a 1-inch sensor. Just be prepared to pay a premium.
WWDC 2018: Start time, live blog, how to livestream, what to expect
Preshow and live simulcast: The CNET preshow starts an hour earlier, at 9 a.m. PT, noon ET. (See the start time in your area .) Join Lexy Savvides, Patrick Holland and Ian Sherr from San Francisco, with appearances by Megan Wollerton from Louisville and Jeff Bakalar from New York. The CNET show will continue throughout the duration of the Apple event with live commentary and analysis -- perfect if you don't have an Apple device or Windows 10 to watch the official Apple livestream (see below). Watch the CNET live video simulcast .
Binge Doctor Who on iPlayer ahead of Jodie Whittaker's debut
Sadly, since last year's closure of the online BBC Store , there's no way for UK viewers to cheaply or easily binge the entire run of the original programme going back to 1963. When are you going to bring that to iPlayer, Auntie Beeb?
How to install and use ZNC to stay connected on IRC
However, in the age of smartphones and cloud computing, staying connected to IRC and managing connections on a single network can be a challenge. Maintaining a persistent connection to an IRC network on a smartphone during your daily commute can be challenging, particularly in metropolitan areas where signals in facilities such as train stations can be weak. Additionally, switching between multiple devices is troublesome, as conversation history does not migrate with the current connection. With a bounced network connection (BNC) managing your IRC connections, the rough edges of IRC can be smoothed over.
Ulysses, Procreate Pocket, Agenda for iOS and other apps of the week. | Cult of Mac
This week we get productive, with colorful new features in the Ulysses word processor app, amazing new keyboard controls in Things for iOS, and more. Check out our awesome apps of the week.