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Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project expansion brings back the mechs

Blizzard Entertainment announced Hearthstone’s next expansion this morning: The Boomsday Project. It will launch for the PC and mobile digital card game on August 7. The set and its 135 cards…

Hooded Thieves Steal $19K Worth of iPhones From NY Apple Store

The men stole 21 iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices from the Apple Store located at 180 Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station on Friday. The entire incident was, of course, caught on security cameras.

Netflix makes it easier to manage downloaded shows on Android

Netflix launches a new feature that automatically deletes downloaded episodes.

Summer entertainment we (still) can't wait for

So many good things to come.

Nvidia wants to use AI to fix all your grainy photos

Goodbye, grainy Instagram images.

Bryan Cranston's favorite 'Breaking Bad' line is surprising

A chilling moment from Walt.

Microsoft unveils its $399 Surface Go tablet iPad competitor

The company is positioning its new Surface Go as an alternative to both Apple’s iPad and Google’s Chromebooks.

Emotionally extra 'Life Itself' trailer is basically movie version of 'This Is Us' -- with Oscar Isaac

Um, help?

LiquidText PDF Reader gives paper the upgrade it needs | Cult of Mac

Paper's great for some things, but when it comes to reading and taking notes, the traditional medium is mediocre at best. And when iPad apps try to LiquidText is one of the great iPad apps shown off in Apple's latest crop of ads. We talk to its creator about its journey to get here.

Mozilla tests a password manager for Firefox on iOS

Firefox brings its Test Pilot program to mobile with a password manager and notes.

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Facebook is testing augmented reality ads in the News Feed

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Can Microsoft's Surface Go unseat Apple's iPad? | ZDNet

Apple's cheapest iPad is the 32GB Wi-Fi-only version, and that is priced at $329. The Surface Go priced at $399 seems to offer more given that it comes with 64GB of storage, but it's important to bear in mind that consumer model runs Windows 10 Home in S Mode, and those wanting full Windows 10 will either need to upgrade the operating system or buy the commercial version.


Why did Microsoft build the Surface Go? | ZDNet

Speaking of Microsoft 365, Microsoft isn't just targeting schools, especially third- through sixth-grade users, with these devices. Retail, banking, manufacturing and other vertical businesses are all on Microsoft's radar with Surface Go. The firsline/frontline workers there likely need custom Win32 apps on their devices, and emulation on a Pentium processor would likely be a less-than-optimal experience. That is likely one reason the Surface Go is Intel-, not ARM-based for now, anyway.

WhatsApp now marks forwarded messages to curb the spread of deadly misinformation



To be fair, Elon got on a plane to Thailand with his mini sub in like 24 hours. That was when the “experts” were still predicting the rescue could take MONTHS. I applaud that he cared enough to go help and offer real ideas to help save lives during an urgent crisis.

Exclusive: Apple to deploy 1Password to all 123,000 employees, acquisition talks underway

According to our source, after many months of planning, Apple plans to deploy 1Password internally to all 123,000 employees. This includes not just employees in Cupertino, but extends all the way to retail, too. Furthermore, the company is said to have carved out a deal that includes family plans, giving up to 5 family members of each employee a free license for 1Password. With more and more emphasis on security in general, and especially at Apple, there are a number of reasons this deal makes sense. We’re told that 100 Apple employees will start using 1Password through this initiative starting this week, with the full 123,000+ users expected to be activated within the next one to two months.



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The Pirate Bay turns transparent: Can cryptocurrency mining really replace ads? | ZDNet

Opinion: There is a fine line between mining for profit through visitors and cryptojacking, and we are yet to see whether or not the trend will be viable for businesses.

Samsung opens world's largest phone factory in India


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Netflix's 'smart downloads' queue up your next offline episode automatically

Smart downloads are one-for-one. So if you binged three episodes during a long plane ride, the app will delete all three and queue up the next three episodes for you. And smart downloads will progress into the next season of a series. So if you finish watching a season finale on your commute into work, you can connect to your office Wi-Fi and the next season's premiere will be waiting for you on your ride home.

Google Pay rolls out support for peer-to-peer payments and mobile ticketing

While some of Google Pay’s functionality (like the new Passes Tab) is limited to Android, Capiel said the goal is to support users on any platform. So you can also access Google Pay on the web and on an iOS app. Now Google says it’s making it easier to manage all your payment information across platforms, allowing users (for example) to update their payment info on the web and see it reflected in their app.


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Thailand cave rescue: all 12 boys and coach successfully rescued – live

All of the 12 Thai boys who became stranded inside a flooded cave network have been rescued, along with their coach. The perilous operation to extract them took place as rainy weather moved in

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How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19 | ZDNet

Once, you've decided to update your system, you need to make a backup. Linux Mint 18.3 comes with an excellent, easy-to-use backup tool: Use it. Once done, make sure that backup can be restored. Yes, this will take a while, but you don't want to lose your data, do you? It's better to be safe than sorry.

Open plan offices make it much harder to collaborate at work, IoT study shows

Likewise, for the second study, data was collected for eight weeks, and then again for eight more weeks, two months after the employees had moved to a new open plan office. Due to differences in how the second study was measured (taking into account gender, team assignment, role, and desk location,) the calculations were slightly different, though the results largely identical. The employees tracked in this study interacted between 67% and 71% less than before, with emails increasing between 22% and 50%. The researchers noted that dyads—conversational pairs—in the same team or role communicated more in face-to-face interactions and email compared to dyads on different teams or roles. Interestingly, short physical distance increased, slightly, the amount of face-to-face interaction, but not email. No significant change was measured in interaction by gender.

Apple expects 2018 iPhones will bring the massive upgrade cycle it's dreaming of | Cult of Mac

Apple will drop the iPhone X and iPhone SE from its list of available products this year, a new report claims. The reason? To help push a super cycle for the next-gen iPhone handsets that Apple supposedly believes will be, “far larger than normal cycles.”


That’s the issue though. The pixel has amazing camera but when you do snap story or ig story, it does not actuall use the camera. It’s only for stories. The fault lies on the app developer being lazy. I almost got a pixel 2 instead of note 8 but I hate the two tone back on pixel

Global sales of industrial robots log staggering rise | ZDNet

"The growth of industrial robots continues at an impressive pace worldwide," says Junji Tsuda, President of the International Federation of Robotics. "Key trends such as digitalisation, simplification and human-robot collaboration will certainly shape the future and drive forward rapid development."

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Top 5: Ways to protect your privacy

Laws like Europe's GDPR are trying to give the user more control, but you can take matters into your own hands, explains Tom Merritt.

Canon will announce a full-frame mirrorless camera this year

Timehop breach hits 21 million users due to a lack of 2FA on cloud services

Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.

Monster Hunter: World arrives on PC August 9, but comes with unpopular Denuvo DRM

The game’s system requirements were also confirmed by the Steam listing, with the minimum PC spec insisting on at least an Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-6300 processor, backed with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260X (with 2GB of video RAM) on the GPU front. You’ll also need 8GB of system memory, and 20GB of drive space.

Do aliens feel the beat? Music sent into space for extraterrestrials to decode | ZDNet

"The probability of project success is low," Portell says. As someone who has worked on the European Space Agency's Gaia mission, he knows Sónar Calling GJ273b's success depends on a number of unverified assumptions, such as the planet's inhabitants actually existing and then being sufficiently tech-savvy to decode the data and understand the concept of music.


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WhatsApp fights fake news with Indian newspaper ads

WhatsApp took out newspaper ads to combat fake news in India on Tuesday, after rumors sparked the lynching of five men.


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Shanghai Will Let Tesla Build 500K Cars a Year

We first heard about Tesla attempting to build a factory in China a year ago, but it now looks as though the deal has finally been done and Tesla's capacity is set to soar once this facility is operational.

Microsoft announces affordable Surface Go tablet

The new budget tablet has a thickness of just 8.3 millimeters and weighs 520 grams. The 10-inch Surface Go is geared to compete with Apple's cheaper iPads, so Microsoft is clearly chasing the same student audience as Apple.

These portraits of fans prove why soccer is the greatest sport

The book takes you from the early games through to the very end of the tournament, illustrating at every turn how integral soccer is to many of its fans’ identities as they experience the ups and downs of the game. That’s reflected in the singular nature of each book: Each of the 400 copies has a different combination of eight stickers on its cover that highlight different fans. The stickers look like traditional World Cup Panini stickers , each of which has a portrait of the World Cup’s biggest stars–but Stockdale’s version, designed by Patrick Fry , feature portraits of fans instead. “Instead of showing the players as expected, we are championing the fans, the real stars of the tournament,” Fry says.

YouTube will fight fake news and conspiracy theorists by linking to reputable articles

After a breaking news event, it takes time to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos. Journalists often write articles first to break the news rather than produce videos. That’s why in the coming weeks in the U.S. we will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change.

Samsung Galaxy Watch logo suggests it's the new name for the Gear S4

It may be Samsung is just patenting this to cover all its options here, but this does add some evidence to the theory that it will be called the Galaxy Watch. The biggest question will be whether Samsung is using this new name to signify a change from Tizen software to Wear OS .

Audi signs MOU with Huawei to develop connected car technology

After announcing plans to ship cars running Android and work with Nvidia to build automotive AI systems, Audi today put in place the latest piece of its self-driving car puzzle. The German carmaker has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei — the world’s third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung and Apple — to develop intelligent car technology, specifically in the areas of autonomous driving and services that use a new cellular standard, LTE-V, designed specifically for vehicles.

IT job growth in June: 3 categories that led the market

CompTIA analyzed job growth in four key areas of the IT employment sector. Three categories led the market for the month of June: IT services, custom software development and computer system design added 6,000 jobs; computer, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing increased by 5,100 jobs; and data processing, hosting and related services grew by 1,100 jobs, said the report.


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Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 Agenda

Into transportation tech? We’ll be joined by Cruise’s Kyle Vogt, BMW’s Dieter May, and Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Want to learn more about AI? Kai-Fu Lee from Sinovation and Clinc’s Jason Mars have plenty to show off. Or maybe you’re into cryptocurrencies? Well, we’ve got Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse, Arrington XRP Capital’s Michael Arrington, Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong, and SEC SF Regional Director Jina Choi.

Bitcoin mining operation pays off this crazy home office setup

Meet Christian, who hails from Quebec. He's a tech consultant, and we first featured his home office in September of 2017, highlighting his many screens and fish tank.

Introducing Jib — build Java Docker images better

By Appu Goundan and Qingyang Chen Containers are bringing Java developers closer than ever to a "write once, run anywhere" workflow, but containerizing a Java application is no simple task: You have to write a Dockerfile, run a Docker daemon as root, wait for builds to complete, and finally push the image to a remote registry. Not all Java developers are container experts; what happened to just building a JAR? To address this challenge, we're excited to announce Jib , an open-source Java containerizer from Google that lets Java developers build containers using the Java tools they know. Jib is a fast and simple container image builder that handles all the steps of packaging your application into a container image. It does not require you to write a Dockerfile or have docker installed, and it is directly integrated into Maven and Gradle —just add the plugin to your build and you'll have your Java application containerized in no time. Docker build flow: Jib build flow: How Jib makes development better: Jib takes advantage of layering in Docker images and integrates with your build system to optimize Java container image builds in the following ways: Simple - Jib is implemented in Java and runs as part of your Maven or Gradle build.

The smaller, less-expensive Microsoft Surface Go

The Surface Go is smaller, more portable and less expensive. But it's also less powerful and still drives up the real-world cost by excluding must-have extra accessories.

21 awesome video games you can finish in one evening

AT&T buys threat intelligence company AlienVault | ZDNet

Nonetheless, AT&T said it plans to continue investing in and building on AlienVault's key platforms, and will integrate the technology into its suite of managed cybersecurity offerings.

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[N]o Supreme Court decision supports the counterintuitive notion that the First Amendment entitles an ISP to engage in the kind of conduct barred by the net neutrality rule—i.e., to hold itself out to potential customers as offering them an unfiltered pathway to any web content of their own choosing, but then, once they have subscribed, to turn around and limit their access to certain web content based on the ISP's own commercial preferences.

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52 Mobvoi's dual-display TicWatch Pro is now available to order | ZDNet
53 The Thanos subreddit successfully banned over 300,000 members in honor of 'Infinity War'
54 How to enable USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 | ZDNet
55 This ransomware just added new tricks to spread faster and infect Windows XP PCs | ZDNet
56 Apple could rake in $11 billion from augmented reality | Cult of Mac
57 Microsoft Surface Go: 10-inch Windows tablet coming Aug. 2 for $399
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59 PayPal: Your death has breached our rules
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61 How to make a decision when you get multiple job offers
62 This day in Engadget history: Ouya is a Kickstarter smash hit
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64 There’s a gender gap in vacation time too
65 Apple’s iOS App Store changed the way we think about software
66 Apple's new USB security feature has a major loophole
67 Stanford researchers develop AI that can predict pharmaceutical drug interactions
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71 Why Ben & Jerry’s has a corporate activism manager
72 Whole Foods gets in on Amazon Prime Day deals too
73 Hearthstone’s ‘Boomsday’ expansion brings mad science to the card game
74 Tech savvy drug users are relying on Apple Watch and Fitbit to keep them safe during cocaine binges
75 HBO's 'Game of Thrones' prequel will start filming this year
76 The first 'Game of Thrones' spinoff starts filming soon
77 The 'dual-screen' Ticwatch Pro costs $250
78 Bancor loses $12.5M worth of Ethereum to cyber baddies in overnight raid
79 NVIDIA Shield gets a full-featured version of GeForce Now
80 Postmates adds another 100+ cities in the US, bringing total to 385
81 Instagram adds Q&A feature to Stories
82 Browser benchmark battle July 2018: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Edge
83 WhatsApp begins its difficult battle against fake news in India
84 Point-of-sale platform Toast raises $115 million at $1.4 billion valuation
85 The emotionally intelligent way to give feedback to your boss
86 Netflix's 'smart downloads' queue up your next offline episode automatically
87 IDC Solving the Password Problem for Better Security
88 Analysis | What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy
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