Apple tosses in free Beats headphones for students buying Macs, iPads
If you thought Apple gear was ubiquitous on campus before, wait until staff and students start rocking the free cans that came with their new machines.
Bill Nye to explain his eight principles of everything in new VR event
On Wednesday, July 12, the Science Guy will be the featured guest on the latest episode of MACH in VR, the new virtual reality series from NBC News MACH.
Andy Serkis reads Trump's tweets as Gollum, and it's precious
Stephen Colbert asks the renowned performer take the president's words for a whirl. Do they know what "covfefe" means in Middle-earth?
The internet needs us to save net neutrality
The fight for net neutrality may never end, but this one battle is coming to a close soon.
Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ trailer keeps the comic’s oddball humor
After surviving Amazon's pilot deathmatch, a new version of 'The Tick' gets a trailer and a release date for August 25th.
Robots are fighting cancer, but you'll still want a doctor too
Commentary: Medical robots that improve diagnoses are great. Too bad they don't have any bedside manner.
Vulnerabilities discovered in Windows security protocols | ZDNet
The two vulnerabilities impact the Microsoft Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM).
The Pixel Kit is Kano’s latest product to get your kids psyched about coding
Following a host of delays, Kano is finally shipping its latest coding product for kids, the Pixel Kit. It's cute, compact and colorful and is aiming to light..
Microsoft's new iPhone app narrates the world for blind people
Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a...
NYU releases the largest LiDAR dataset ever to help urban development
New York University has made available the largest public LiDAR data set ever collected, via its Center for Urban Science and Progress. The laser scanned..
Microsoft improves conversations and searches in its Outlook apps
Outlook's Android and iOS apps should now be much easier to navigate.
Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse
Six folders for each month from January through to June contained several daily log files, apparently recording customer calls from different US regions, based on the location of the company's datacenters, including Florida and Sacramento. Each record also contained hundreds of fields of additional data, including a customer's home address, email addresses, what kind of additional Verizon services a subscriber has, the current balance of their account, and if a subscriber has a Verizon federal government account, to name a few. One field also appeared to record a customer's "frustration score," by detecting if certain keywords are spoken by a customer during a call.
Net Neutrality Day of Action: what is it and what does it mean for you?
Why are these giants of the industry being so vocal about net neutrality? There are a few reasons. From a business perspective, limitations on what pages people can access could ultimately lead to fewer people viewing certain pages. For example, if you have to pay extra to access Facebook, fewer people will end up using Facebook, which is bad news for Facebook as well as users who would have to pay.
How you can fight to save net neutrality on the Day of Action and beyond
Step one for taking action on any issue: Know what you're fighting for. The issue of net neutrality may seem daunting at first glance, but at its heart, it's just a matter of making sure internet service providers (ISPs) can't control what you see or do online in favor of their own interests. In other words, they need to treat all web traffic fairly and equally.
Microsoft's new accessibility app is a huge step for AI
There’s no word as of yet if Seeing AI will arrive on Android, but it’s likely to come sooner than later. On Microsoft’s YouTube page for the Seeing AI prototype, it stated that the decision to change focus from a smartglasses prototype to an app was to get into as many hands as possible, so fingers are crossed for a short wait on Android.
Essential Home smart home hub: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
Silicon Valley veterans know how hard it is to get lightning to strike twice, and that's just what Rubin is trying to do by following up his Android success with Essential. That doesn't mean Essential Home is just a moonshot though—it has the potential to seriously change the smart home environment if it can do what the company is promising.
Google releases Backup and Sync for Mac and Windows
It’s a way to protect files and photos by backing them up, as long as they’re in Google Drive and Google Photos, primarily for consumer users. Business users of G Suite are recommended to keep using Google Drive until a business-focused solution called Drive File Stream comes out later this year. People can sign up for Drive File Stream’s early adopter program though.
Google won't have to pay $1.3 billion in back taxes to France
Authorities had been watching Google for some time, as a parallel investigation led them to raid the company's French offices back in May 2016 -- which they prepared for by staying off the Google grid and even avoided referring to the company's name to prevent leaks. France had reason to believe its case might succeed given that, back in January, the United Kingdom won a $185 million settlement from Google for back taxes dating back to 2005, with Italy similarly settling for $334 million in May. France was suing for roughly the same period and declined a settlement similar to the UK's, shooting for the full $1.3 billion. But the case's judge ultimately decided Google had not abused legal loopholes in choosing to situate its headquarters in Ireland, whose corporate tax rate is far lower than on the mainland.
FIGHT: The WIRED Guide to Net Neutrality
To understand the importance of net neutrality–and the public fight to preserve it–we’re gathering here a collection that illustrates what it is, why it matters, and how lost the internet would be without it. Read it today, remember it tomorrow, and keep the fight going for as long as it takes.
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Microsoft delivers 'AI-powered' Presentation Translator add-in for PowerPoint | ZDNet
The company also is launching a new "AI for Earth" program that is meant to provide AI tools and skills that are focused on solving global environmental challenges, as well as the creation of an internal Ethical Design Guide for use in building AI products and services.
The 2018 Audi A8, just unveiled in Barcelona, counts as the world's first production car to offer Level 3 autonomy . Level 3 means the driver needn't supervise things at all, so long as the car stays within guidelines. Here that involves driving no faster than 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph), which is why Audi calls the feature AI Traffic Jam Pilot. Go ahead, Audi's saying, read your newspaper or just zone out while traffic creeps along. To be sure, the A8 also monitors the driver, even while the traffic jam persists, and continues to do so as the speed edges up over the limit. If the driver falls asleep, it'll wake him up; if it can't get his attention, it will stop the car. If you want to buy the new A8, you'll have to check whether your jurisdiction will accept it as a Level 3 car. Audi said in a statement that it will follow "a step-by-step approach" to introducing the traffic jam pilot. It plans to sell the base model in Europe this fall for 90,600 euros, or about $103,000, and to enter the United States market shortly afterwards. A model having a longer wheelbase will cost a few percent more.
Why Windows Phone users are now a serious security risk to their employers - TechRepublic
Microsoft has ended support for Windows Phone 8.1, meaning users will no longer receive important updates. Here's how your business can respond.
These 5 tech jobs are the hardest to fill at any organization - TechRepublic
After surveying 708 hiring managers, Dice determined that five roles are above and beyond the most challenging to find employees in. "Nothing here is surprising, except that many of these positions have landed on our lists before, showing the problem has only grown over time as unemployment rates among tech pros shrink and every company hires tech talent to move the business forward," Melk wrote in the report.
Salesforce brings digital transformation to field workers with AI, analytics tools - TechRepublic
Mobile workers are about to get a tech upgrade: On Wednesday, Salesforce announced Einstein AI and Analytics for Field Service Lightning, its platform that helps the mobile workforce use technology to better respond to customer service calls. The introduction of new tools will allow service workers to tap image recognition, scheduling automation, and actionable insights to improve productivity and efficiency in the field, as well as drive more revenue.
Since Americans Don't Use Egg Cups, Here's How to Eat a Soft-Boiled Egg Without One
America is, once again, in the news for being very upsetting, only this time our supposed crime has nothing to do with our current administration, but is instead centered around eggs. (Actually, this isn’t very surprising to me, as the most heated Skillet comments sections are always on egg-centric articles.)
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Kwatra’s consultants are helping run a parallel campaign in Washington, D.C., and advising one in Los Angeles. Dandapani says he’s been contacted by hotel industry leaders interested in mounting similar campaigns in cities including Barcelona and Paris. For now, Share Better is testing new messages. At a June staff meeting, Kwatra paced, occasionally walking backward, as he and his team discussed ways to frame Airbnb’s relative secrecy as a security threat, to encourage lawmakers to force the company to give the city physical addresses for all its hosts. Airbnb already does so in cities such as Chicago, where it’s required, and says it’s willing to provide more disclosure in New York as part of a larger reform that legalizes more of its listings.
Google Drive's full system backup and sync tool is finally available
As we noted when the feature was first announced, using Backup and Sync is slightly limited by the 15 GB cap offered with free Drive accounts, so there is a low ceiling for your storage if you have a ton of files. That's pretty easy to fix though — all you have to do to avoid going over is pay for more storage or carefully manage exactly what you backup to Drive.
See Manhattanhenge Tonight at Sunset
New York, center of the world, is so important it gets its own astronomical event. Tonight at 8:20pm is Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun aligns with the Manhattan street grid, so that from any city block, it seems to sit on the horizon neatly in the middle of the road. (It looks especially grand on main streets like 14th, 34th, and 42nd.)
Amazon may give developers your private Alexa transcripts
If developers knew what exactly is being said to their skills, they could make adjustments based on specific information. Skill developer Ahmed Bouzid, who used to be a product head on the Alexa team at Amazon, says that current access only gives developers "70 percent of what they need to know." The Information reports that some teams already have access to the full data, though it's not clear how anyone is included on such a white list.
Google Play Movies adds 4K HDR streaming in US and Canada
Google is the latest company to digitally stream 4K HDR movies. If you visit the Google Play Movies store, you’ll now see whether the film you’re thinking about either buying or renting will output high dynamic range video on supported TVs. Google isn’t releasing a comprehensive list of what’s available; it’s up to you to look. Thankfully, you can just search for “HDR movies” to get an up-to-date selection. Current choices include Kong: Skull Island, The Lego Movie (and The Lego Batman Movie ) , Mad Max: Fury Road, Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , and a mix of older stuff.
Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time
The Hyperloop One system test wasn’t designed for speed, however, and achieved its goals of reaching full vacuum conditions within the tube, according to Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. This means that the test pod was basically traveling in conditions similar to an aircraft flying at around 200,000 feet in the air, where the lack of air resistance allows for much higher travel speeds. This is how Hyperloop hopes to achieve its goal of hyper speed travel.
Watch Hyperloop One ace its first full-system test inside a vacuum tube
As the only company that's demonstrated any proof of progress on the super high-speed transportation system, Hyperloop One might be the best shot at achieving Elon Musk's vision of a future filled with tubes and pods to get us where we need to go. There's still a ton of testing and development to come — and even with this successful demo, we'll be traveling on roads in regular old cars until we see more breakthroughs.
Net neutrality, explained
The internet is a set of pipes. It’s also a set of values. Whose? The people who consider it a great social equalizer, a playing field that has to be level? Or the ones who own the network and consider themselves best qualified to manage it? It’s a philosophical contest fought under the banner of “net neutrality,” a slogan that inspires rhetorical devotion but eludes precise definition. Broadly, it means everything on the internet should be equally accessible — that the internet should be a plac
Google wins challenge against 1.1 billion-euro French tax bill
A French court ruled on Wednesday that Google was not liable to
pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes demanded by
the French authorities.
Microsoft's 'talking camera' app for the blind isn't as magical as it sounds
In practice though, it's clear that Microsoft still has a lot of work to do before Seeing AI will actually be a useful tool for the visually impaired. (The company is well aware of this, too: the first thing that appears when you launch the app is a warning that "Seeing AI is not always accurate.") Here's how it fared in our testing.
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Why Apple doesn't want you repairing your broken iPhone or iPad | ZDNet
Then there's the whole liability side of things, and who is liable when things go wrong. Modern electronics are difficult to take apart, and most of that difficulty isn't deliberate, but a side-effect of people wanting things that are small and light. While you can stick your whole head inside a big desktop PC, laptops require you to have nimble fingers, while smartphones and tablets force you to use tweezers and tiny probes for jobs. Then there's having people navigate around glass and lithium ion battery packs, and having to use sharp tools, all of which offer bounteous scope for injury and dismemberment.
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The Best Free Antivirus Protection of 2017
Even if you're running Windows 10, you shouldn't rely on Microsoft's security tools. Many free third-party apps are more effective at keeping you safe. We've tested 15 no-cost AV services to help you find the right one for protecting your PC.
A Magical Record Makes Time Travel Possible in This Delightful (and Cautionary) Short
A Single Life was nominated for an Oscar in 2015, but lost to Disney’s puppy tale, Feast . Still, the film—from the single-named team of Job, Joris, and Marieke—is a cleverly-spun tale. Watch and delight in the misadventures of a gal who loves pizza and music, but hasn’t quite mastered the quirks of time travel.
This tiny $86 device can play your music from Spotify without a smartphone
To use Mighty, you'll need Spotify's paid Premium service, which costs $9.99 per month. You'll also need to realize that it works entirely from your saved playlists. You won't be able to stream music on demand like you can using Spotify on your smartphone or computer because the Mighty doesn't have WiFi or a cellular data connection. With that in mind, it might be time to start making some playlists if you haven't already.
You can now use your Alexa devices to control your Amazon Fire TV
Amazon has just released a software update for its Fire TV devices that allows you to control them using Alexa on another device... like, say, an Amazon Echo. The update was first spotted by Android Police .
Samsung reportedly plans to launch Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 in NYC | ZDNet
Samsung is said to include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an English version of its Bixby AI assistant, a S-Pen capable of translation functions, and a dual-lens camera on the Galaxy Note 8. It would be the first time Samsung has used a dual camera for its smartphone.
Scientists Code an Animated GIF Into DNA
What’s a strand of DNA but data? We often think of its units, the As, Cs, Ts, and Gs, as letters of the words in an instruction manual. But what if, instead, we think of them as biological computer bits, storing the smallest unit of information? What stops scientists from harnessing the power of those units, using the latest biological technology to treat DNA like a writable disk?
Google: No, we don't fund biased research. And just look who's paying our accusers | ZDNet
In other words, Google does fund some research that supports its business on regulatory issues, but as Miller highlights, not all the research in the CfA's report is supportive of Google's policy positions.
Hey, women: Here's how to soften life's toughest emails using exclamation points!
As Amelia Tait reminds us in her recent New Statesman piece , women use exclamation points at a rate higher than men. This is partially because of something called "emotional constraint" — because of institutional sexism, women have less room to appear unenthusiastic than men do. In fact, simply using a period instead of an exclamation point is far more likely to put off the recipient if the sender is not a man. Just wanted to let you know!
KFC is selling a $20,000 meteorite shaped like a fried chicken sandwich
The chicken sandwich-shaped space junk weighs a whopping 9.5 pounds, but is only 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. So sure, it's cool, but don't expect it to turn any heads.
This Is How Spotify Curates Ads for You
Spotify analyzes users’ listening habits based on three factors: how much they listen to new music, the number of different genres of music they listen to, and how much they make and listen to playlists. Listeners are then categorized based on these habits, and Spotify predicts what activities they’re more likely to do and their shopping habits. For example, Eclectics aren’t loyal to any particular genre and are more likely to stream TV and movies on a regular basis.
Historic day of action for Net Neutrality breaks records: more than 1.6 million comments heading to FCC, 3 million+ emails and phone calls to Congress, well over 10 million people reached so far, as of 7:00pm
The effort is led by many of the grassroots groups behind the largest online protests in history including the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown . Media attention for online mobilizations tends to focus on the big names participating, but there is a much more interesting story: a coalition of Internet activists huddled over their laptops in coworking spaces, home offices, and coffee shops, who are the ones who came up with the idea, called for, and organized the protest, and have since been working together to lay the groundwork, build the technical tools, and create the educational resources that make it possible for large and small websites to participate in these mass days of action. It’s a grassroots effort involving dozens of volunteers working together in Slack channels, outreach spreadsheets, endless email chains, organizing in online communities and forums, and an enormous amount of creativity and digital elbow grease.
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New Plot Details and Cast Additions Have Us Even More Excited for The Exorcist Season Two
After making fans wait nearly half a year to announce The Exorcist ’s renewal, Fox has finally begun to reveal details about season two—including some juicy casting news, where the show will be set, and hints about what new demonic menace awaits now that Pazuzu’s been dealt with.
Apple unveils smart home experiences in its retail stores worldwide
It’s not clear what success would look like for Apple’s retail store experiences for HomeKit in terms of numbers of visitors, purchases and whatnot, but the ultimate goal seems to be to get people more comfortable with HomeKit devices and help to democratize home automation. Apple also doesn’t have a clear timeline for how long this will be available inside retail stores, but it seems that it will be relatively constant, at least through December when the HomePod comes out.
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Your website suffers 22 cyberattacks per day, here's how to stay protected - TechRepublic
The Sitelock data showed that social media presence is a huge factor in cyberattacks, with websites that link to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook increasing their threat vector by 1.5 times compared to an average website. "What makes websites more or less risky is the popularity of site, how complex the site is, and which components they are using on the site," SiteLock president Neill Feather told TechRepublic.
Game of Thrones: Season 7 Predictions and Death Wishes, PLUS Special Guest John Bradley - Dragons on the Wall - IGN
Game of Thrones is coming back to a TV set near you this Sunday, and to kick off the new season, IGN's Dragons on the Wall dream team reunited for a preview episode. We also were lucky to welcome Samwell Tarly himself, star John Bradley, for a special interview to kick off this season of Dragons.
Dynamism in Retreat - Economic Innovation Group
Why does this matter? New firms are the “creative” part of creative destruction. They help keep the economy in a constant state of rebirth, serving to replace dying industries, foster competition with incumbent companies, and produce new, higher wage jobs. When they disappear, the cycle of creative destruction falls out of balance. That is the core economic problem America faces today.
Kim K.'s candy Snap story is proof that the Kardashian PR machine is strong as ever
But what's cunning about Kim's tweets isn't that she's squashing drug rumors with ease; it's that she's handing the press a lighter story in what has otherwise been a deeply shameful week for the Kardashian empire.