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AI in the workplace: Everything you need to know | ZDNet

How artificial intelligence will change the world of work, for better and for worse.

Fortnite gamers are motivated, not addicted

The World Health Organisation officially classifies gaming addiction as a disorder. The recent classification sought to address the growing use of digital technologies where people turn to electronic devices at the expense of other things such as work (or school), friendships and socializing. But evidence to support the idea that players are addicted to video …

Astronomers watch as black hole drags an exploding star to its death

Astronomers searching for supernova explosions accidentally stumbled upon a supermassive black hole recently as it devoured a wandering star that had fallen into its grasp. It is now hoped that this amazing discovery – captured for the first time – will help scientists understand the environment in which galaxies developed billions of years ago. Some …

World Cup online bookmakers are set to make record $36B this year

Sports betting is worth up to £625 billion per year, with 70% of that trade reckoned to come from football. During big sporting competitions, such as the World Cup, even more money is spent gambling than usual. Over the 2018 World Cup, bookmakers are estimated to make a profit of US$36.4 billion (£41.3 billion). And …

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LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought

LTE was supposed to fix security and privacy shortcomings—now it's broken, too.

FAA Approves Boeing's Folding Wingtips

The Boeing 777X promises to be one of the most efficient commercial aircraft in our skies, and the only one with folding wingtips.

Here's how 'Wolfenstein II' manages to run on Nintendo Switch

What does it take to run a sophisticated game like 'Wolfenstein II' on the Switch? Many subtle (and not-so-subtle) graphics tweaks.

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Get ready for cookout season with these gas grills

The Spirit II has something called "Flavorizer Bars." Its user manual explains that these bars are "angled just right to catch drippings that smoke and sizzle, adding that irresistible smoky flavor we all know and love to your food." They're also supposed to help route drippings away from the burners toward the "grease management system."

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Samsung Gear S4 smartwatch: Rumored specs, price and release date

Whether it's a bigger battery or a more efficient processor, expect the next Gear S4 watch to improve on past performance. Samsung's watches have actually done better than average, and the Gear S3 released in 2016 could already handle several days on a charge. But the Gear S3 is a big watch. Last year's Gear Sport traded out some features like speakerphone calling for a smaller size. Samsung's watches already have onboard sleep tracking much like Fitbit and Garmin watches do, but better battery life would still help.

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9 MacOS Mojave Features We Can't Wait to Try

There's been a lot of speculation about Apple merging iOS and macOS, but Apple's Federighi dispelled this rumor with an explanation of the very different underpinnings of the two operating systems. He did, however, announce that Apple is working on a framework to make it possible to convert iOS apps to be compatible with Macs. In fact, the new Apple apps noted above, like Voice Recorder and News, are first efforts by Apple in this direction.

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Technology and the sinister new frontier of domestic abuse

The police officer I spoke with says these kinds of technologies are increasingly common in domestic violence cases. Working on the front line, he's seen "GPS units that are installed on vehicles in order to stalk people and see who they're spending time with, hidden CCTV cameras ... keyloggers installed on people's computers in order to access their online accounts" -- the kind of surveillance tech that you'd hardly expect to find in the suburbs.

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How to fix broken Xbox One controllers

If you find that there is literally sticky stuff holding them in place (if your house is like mine, it's Mtn Dew), use a damp cotton swab to clean away the stickiness and let it air dry. Reverse these instructions to put the controller back together.

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Britain's tax authority says it has taken down 20,750 malicious sites in the past year | ZDNet

HRMC is fighting an online war against fake websites and phishing emails intended to defraud taxpayers in the UK, and it is asking the public to help...

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Old iPhone running slowly? iOS 12 will speed it up, tests show | ZDNet

iOS 12 brings some good news for you folks running older iPhones and iPads. But when it comes to watchOS 5, 1st-generation Apple Watches are left out in the cold (even if yours is the $10K solid gold Edition version!).

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Supreme Court deals a blow to Apple Pay | Cult of Mac

But the Supreme Court’s ruling this week means that a retailer can not, for example, suggest to a customer who pulls out an American Express card “I see you have an iPhone. Why don’t you use Apple Pay?”

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8 years under a couch couldn't kill this vintage MacBook

Having run across it for the first time in years, covered with dust, I decided to see if it would even turn on. Opening the lid, the keys and touchpad showed signs of wear and heavy use, an issue with plastic products like this. There was a large crack in the polycarbonate body along the left side, leaving a piece of plastic hanging loose from the chassis.

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This old black MacBook woke right up after eight years

I just ran across my old classic black polycarbonate MacBook for the first time in years, covered with dust, and decided to see if it would even turn on.

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Festive holiday cards are here to help you spread some Chris-mas in July cheer

Whether you're an Evans, Hemsworth, Pine, or Pratt stan, these truly gorgeous Chris-mas cards are here to help you spread some cheer to all the fellow Chris connoisseurs out there.

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Today in Apple history: Apple shutters MobileMe service, pushes iCloud

Apple’s ill-fated iCloud precursor was an early attempt at running a cloud-based subscription service. Unlike today’s monthly offerings, Apple priced MobileMe at $99 as a one-off payment for an individual plan or $149 for a Family Pack. Cupertino also offered top-up options for those wanting to add storage.

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Future SD cards: Expect monster 128TB storage, plus zippier data transfers | ZDNet

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Apple pushes back on hacker's iPhone passcode bypass report

We reported Friday on Hickey's findings, which claimed to be able to send all combinations of a user's possible passcode in one go, by enumerating each code from 0000 to 9999, and concatenating the results in one string with no spaces. He explained that because this doesn't give the software any breaks, the keyboard input routine takes priority over the device's data-erasing feature.

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Cracked iPhone screen? This 8-legged case promises no more smashed displays | ZDNet

This clever idea could be your best bet if you hate chunky cases but still want to protect your phone from falls.

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Compulab releases MintBox Mini 2 PC with Linux Mint 19 pre-installed | ZDNet

The above picture shows that the Mini 2 is barely bigger than a mouse, but the $299 base configuration ships with 4 gigs of RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive in addition to the "Apollo Lake" series CPU. For $50 more, you can move up to the Pro edition, which doubles the RAM and boosts the storage capacity to 120GB. of USB 3.0 and a pair of USB 2.0 connections, an HDMI output, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. If you don't want to hard wire your Internet connection, the Mini 2 features built 802.11ac Wi-Fi (along with Bluetooth support for wireless input devices).

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BlackBerry KEY2 review: The undisputed keyboard king

Actually, let me rephrase that: The whole camera system can be lousy in low light. More often than not, the KEY2 manages to do alright -- lots of my photos taken in bars and similarly dark environs retained a solid level of detail and weren't overly noisy. Other times, though, the KEY2 had serious trouble focusing in dark spaces, leading to photos with few (if any) discernible edges. The inconsistency on display here makes it hard to recommend to people who care a lot about taking good photos. Beyond that, a lack of controls -- there's no pro mode and just a smattering of photo filters -- means there's little for smartphone photographers to dig into. TCL and BlackBerry Mobile probably would've been better off with one very good sensor than this hit-or-miss dual camera setup. Then again, it's a BlackBerry -- were you really expecting unabashedly great photos?

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The best Schiit ever, the Yggdrasil digital audio converter

I put the Yggdrasil aside and hooked up a HoloAudio Spring DAC "Kitsuné Tuned Edition" Level 3 ($2,499) converter, and was immediately drawn to its clear sound. The Yggdrasil sound was sweeter, rounder, more finely focused on Michael Hedges' wonderful solo guitar album Live on the Double Planet. I haven't listened to this 1987 recording in ages, but once I started playing it I couldn't stop. Hedges performance is so powerful, and when he hits the strings hard I could almost feel them. With the Spring there was more air, ambience, and more space, with Yggdrasil the sound was less hyped, but more natural, and less dare I say it, "digital".

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Fallout 76 won't have cross-platform multiplayer because of Sony, says director

"We're literally at the point where all we need is the go-ahead on the Sony side and we can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working, no problem. It'd literally take a few hours to propagate throughout the whole world, so really we're just waiting on the permission to do so," Rocket League VP Jeremy Dunham  told IGN  in 2016.

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Unlock your phone faster with this easy hack

If you're up to here with trying to unlock your phone so many times that you have to revert to a password or passcode, stop. Take a deep breath. And try this dead-simple solution that really works.

22 Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners | Hacker News

Adult content usually sees large volumes of chargebacks. This is because when people are aroused, their inhibitions markedly decline. Because modern people do not see themselves as fundamentally sexual beings, when the arousal has passed they feel regret, shame, or that the person who made the charge "wasn't them" or similar, so they feel no moral reluctance to refuse to pay for the content they enjoyed. It's not really something that can be fixed, the human element of it anyway. What can and should be fixed are payment processors. They are very lightly regulated taxing bodies whose policies are not decided by elected representatives, yet control the majority of our economy. If payment processors wanted to actively override the decisions of the Federal Reserve and set national monetary policy they could do it tomorrow. It's really pretty absurd how a handful of companies who do nothing but shuffle numbers from one place to another not only charge steep fees for the service, but also manage to charge a percentage of the transaction - as if transferring a bigger number down a wire cost more! In the past there was some sense in that there were liabilities involved, but most all of that has been eliminated and only the fees remain.

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Here are some simple tips to not get fooled by shady ICOs

MVP means “minimum viable product,” i.e. something that already has some main features of the product; something that demonstrates the idea and its usefulness. A developed MVP basically shows the quality of the team’s work even at early stages. MVPs have three basic characteristics: the possibility of a feedback loop, being attractive enough so that people will buy it, and enough potential to get the early clients to stay with it. That way, if a product shows good performance early in the run all the while providing attractive enough features to be popular, and allows creating a feedback loop, this is a good MVP.

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GDPR is here, but it doesn’t mean your business is done prepping

It’s been just a few weeks since the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect, and aside from some high level lawsuits from activist lawyers looking to prove a point, it’s been pretty much business as usual.

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San Jose may start cracking down on rampant use of scooters

To respond to the surge in scooter ridership, San Jose has reached out to a number of different entities for advice, including cities such as Seattle and Washington, D.C., which have also grappled with scooter regulations. The city is also working with the San Jose Police Department on a plan to, among other things, curb riding on sidewalks.

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You can't afford to wait and see with emerging tech | ZDNet

Thus, your innovation strategy should be one that embraces chains of technologies that place your firm in a breakthrough business position -- not one that waits for claims of hype-cycle emergence that suddenly catch firms off guard and cause them to suffer from digital disruptions. If you want to lead, you need to leverage new technologies now for tomorrow's customer experiences.

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ZDNet is giving away a LG G7 ThinQ unlocked smartphone to one lucky winner | ZDNet

So whether you are more inclined to capture great photos or listen to music with a smartphone, the LG G7 ThinQ is the phone for you. And now you have the chance to win* an unlocked LG G7 ThinQ for free.

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How to Download YouTube Videos

Freemake Video Downloader Free ; Freemake claims it can download video from over 10,000 sites. "Loved by 83 Million users," it brags. With YouTube videos, it grabs things in any format, lets you save links, and downloads multiple videos at once. It also claims to be the fastest, grabbing a two-hour HD video in four minutes, but users can limit the speed if they're on a throttled internet connection. And that price? For free, it's a no-brainer, though you have to put up with advertisements. If you only want to grab music out of the videos you watch, you can convert to MP3, or Freemake also offers the free Freemake YouTube to MP3 Boom .

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Best compact camera 2018: 10 top models to suit all abilities

If you're looking for a powerful all-in-one bridge camera, then the RX10 IV from Sony is the best there is. You'll pay a premium for that performance, but when you look at what else is out there for the same price, the RX10 IV is virtually in a league of its own. Featuring a huge 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens, the RX10 IV builds on the RX10 III with an overhauled AF system that now does justice to the rest of the camera, while the 1-inch, 20.1MP sensor is capable of achieving excellent levels of detail. Handling is very polished, feeling like a DSLR in the hand and complemented by a large and bright electronic viewfinder. That's not forgetting the ability to capture video in 4K and shoot at up to 24fps. Impressive stuff.

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'Breakthrough' algorithm exponentially faster than any previous one

Computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a completely new kind of algorithm, one that exponentially speeds up computation by dramatically reducing the number of parallel steps required to reach a solution.

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Magical Hogwarts Mystery rakes in $40 million and counting | Cult of Mac

There are a couple of reasons for this success. The obvious one is it’s Harry Potter. Duh. But the other is that this game so frequently requests in-app purchases that it’s garnered heavy criticism.

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Why your next pizza dinner or ice cream dessert may be made by a robot

A downtown Boston restaurant called Spyce houses seven robotic cooking pots, as reported by the Associated Press. After the food is finished and ready to be served, the robotic pots wash themselves with water jets before a new order begins, further limiting human jobs. Spyce continues to up the tech by allowing customers to order their food on a touch-screen menu, the report noted.

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From Verizon to Boost Mobile, who has the best prepaid wireless plan?

One more thing to note: T-Mobile handles multiple lines for prepaid customers differently than other carriers. Rather than letting you add lines to one of the plans listed above, it has a separate prepaid family plan for up to five lines. The date allowance for each line is 10GB including mobile hotspot use.

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Two Earth-size planets now seem even more like Earth

So far scientists believe they know Kepler 186f orbits in the so-called goldilocks zone around a dwarf star in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. That means temperatures are right for water to pool on the surface. The planet's size and mass also indicate it has a rocky surface like that of our planet.

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Game faster with an Nvidia GTX 1060-equipped Dell laptop for $880

Light-up keyboard and touchpad in red and blue? Check! Big grills in the front and back for ventilation? Check! Game-ready graphics thanks to an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU? Yes, sir. Big 256GB solid-state drive? You betcha.

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How to install and configure Squid proxy server on Linux

Clearly some of the above reasons are perfectly fitting for a business and some, well, may not fall in line with your best practices. Regardless, knowing how to install and configure a proxy server is a must-have skill for a network administrator. So, let's take care of that. I will demonstrate installing the Squid proxy server on Ubuntu 16.04 server .

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What's New On Netflix And What's Leaving In July 2018

As we head into the second half of 2018, Netflix provides viewers with a slew of new streaming options to watch in the cool comfort of their homes this July. From original shows to top-notch films, Netflix has a massive number of compelling offerings lined up. Read on for all the highlights, then scroll down for a full list of what's new on Netflix. Numerous house-produced series return this July, providing viewers with plenty of binge-watching options. Most notable are the sixth season of popular jailhouse series Orange is the New Black and fresh episodes of Jerry Seinfeld's interview show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The streaming giant will also debut a slew of compelling films including the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Her, and Chocolat. As usual, July marks your last chance to watch a variety of shows and movies before they leave Netflix. Be sure to catch critically acclaimed hits like Tropic Thunder, V for Vendetta, and all four Lethal Weapon films before they hit the streaming ether. Below is a link to the full list of everything new coming to the streamer in the month of July, and everything going away.

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Can shiny objects syndrome plug technology's productivity paradox? | ZDNet

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After Math: Huge hamster balls

730 days : He's no jet-pack wearing cat, but two years after Overwatch's debut, Hammond "the Wrecking Ball" Hamster is now officially the game's newest playable hero. We've never seen a killing machine quite this cute before.

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Apple News has a new section devoted entirely to the 2018 midterm elections

It also appears that the  New York Times isn’t the only one planning to offer “both sides” coverage of hot-button issues: Apple News’s Midterm Elections section will offer its own version of an op-ed page with “The Conversation,” a collection of issues-oriented opinion columns meant to offer readers “a full range of ideas and debate” about important subjects, from news sources they may not already follow.

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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 iOS 12 speeds up even an ancient iPhone 5S, at least in beta
54 SCOTUS: Trump’s travel ban falls within the scope of presidential authority
55 Save Time,Save Money - Optimise PC Lifecycle Management
56 Drake smashes single-day Apple Music and Spotify records (again)
57 Kroger to begin sending robots for last-mile grocery delivery | ZDNet
58 Russia blocking Telegram showed us how fragile the internet is
59 Fake news tools helped us unravel a viral infidelity video
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61 Companies should give freelancers the same onboarding as staff
62 Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about the iOS 12 beta, and more!
63 Cisco: Patch now, attackers are exploiting ASA DoS flaw to take down security | ZDNet
64 Remote workers share how they conquer loneliness
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67 AI and health: Using machine learning to understand the human immune system | ZDNet
68 Amazon's new dock turns its tablets into an Echo Show | ZDNet
69 Shenmue 3 Will Require a Whopping 100GB on PC - IGN
70 What's new on Amazon Prime for July 2018
71 The return of Fortnite's Playground Mode gets delayed again
72 The Best Virtualization Software of 2018
73 The overhyped scooter company that raised $400 million in 4 months is an example of everything that’s wrong with Silicon Valley
74 NASA announces first test flights for a quieter sonic boom
75 AMD Offers 5GHz Core i7-8086K Winners a Threadripper Instead
76 How to install Windows 10 in Boot Camp on unsupported Macs
77 A Lost Secret: How To Get Kids To Pay Attention
78 California, Poverty Capital
79 AI Can Help Fix DoD Spending And Audits
80 PlayStation Plus Free Games for July Revealed - IGN
81 iOS 12 speeds up even an ancient iPhone 5S, at least in beta
82 Here’s how Walkie-Talkie mode works on your Apple Watch
83 Are we stuck with cement?
84 Big banks are exploiting a risky Dodd-Frank loophole that could cause a repeat of 2008
85 Ant-Man and the Wasp First Twitter Reactions - IGN
86 Have You Been Pwned? Firefox Tool Will Tell You
87 How to manage, protect, and monitor Google Team Drive data
88 Zero-Knowledge taxation on Ethereum – QED-it – Medium
89 'Alien' Atacama skeleton gives up its strange genetic secrets
90 Gaming disorder is now classified as a mental health condition