Elon Musk warns of AI's risks, calls for regulation now
Tesla's CEO says AI is the "biggest risk we face as a civilization."
This zero-budget Star Wars remake is so bad it's amazing
A neighborhood becomes a galaxy far, far away in the most sloppy way imaginable. But it's hard to look away.
Behold, a tiny sprinkler system to cool your overworked AC unit
Mistbox wants to lower your energy bill by gently spraying water on your outside AC unit. Confused? Keep reading.
New gadget warns you when you smell bad
Commentary: Kunkun Body aims to alert you before others get sniffy in your direction.
Volvo sets record for world's biggest unboxing
Commentary: Corporations will do anything to grasp a little glory these days.
Roborace DevBot learns during laps in NYC
The sleek, low-slung driverless Roborace car was on display in New York City for the Formula E races this weekend, but it was the workhorse DevBot that took..
Lenovo teases augmented reality headset for new ‘Star Wars’ experience
As part of Disney's gaming-focused D23 extravaganza happening this weekend, Lenovo showed off a smartphone-based augmented reality headset they're using to..
'Game of Thrones' Season 7 premiere proves the ladies really are running the show
The final minutes of the episode are a haunting, poignant summation of everything Daenerys has been through up to this point, and while there's an obvious relief for her at finally returning to Westeros, you can also feel the weight of everything she still has to accomplish bearing down on her. The episode is undoubtedly a scene-setter for the season to come, but I still felt a chill when she asked "Shall we begin?" This is the moment we've been waiting for since the show began, and from this point on, everything will change.
Jodie Whittaker is Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor
For those not familiar with Doctor Who , the show tells the adventures of the titular Doctor as he travels through time and space in the TARDIS (a time machine shaped like a 1920s British police box) fighting monsters, aliens, and generally saving the world and humanity on a regular basis. The Doctor is a Time Lord, an alien species with the ability to “regenerate” into a new physical form when critically wounded, a plot device that was invented back in the original run in the 1960s to allow the show to continue running with a new actor when William Hartnell — who played the First Doctor — chose to leave the show.
Jodie Whittaker cast as Doctor Who’s first female lead
After months of earnest anticipation from fans, BBC finally announced this morning that actress Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the role of the 13th Doctor in the eleventh series of Doctor Who.
10 tips for becoming a better programmer - TechRepublic
Programming changes very quickly—often, you learn one technology, and by the next week, it's been replaced with something better, said Alex Markov, developer and founder of Refersion . "My advice is to specialize by focusing on a smaller segment of tech, such as database admin, front-end web development, etc.—then keep up with that industry, learn everything, be the best. That's how you'll win at your career," Markov said. "Employers will respect you more when you say, 'I don't know about the other stuff, but when it comes to XYZ, I got your back all the time.'"
The Best Printers of 2017
In addition to a USB port, most office printers and an increasing number of home printers include Ethernet ports, so you can share the printer easily on a network. Many also include Wi-Fi capability. Even if they don't, if you have a wireless access point on your network, you can print wirelessly to any printer on that network, whether the printer itself offers a wireless connection or not. Printers that support Wi-Fi Direct (or its equivalent) can connect directly to most Wi-Fi–enabled devices, even if your computer or handheld isn't designed to support Wi-Fi Direct. We're also seeing printers that can connect to and print from a mobile device via near-field communication (NFC) by merely tapping the phone or tablet to a particular spot on the printer.
'Avengers: Infinity War' Might Just Pull Off the Impossible
For 10 years Marvel has been promising that these movies are all building to something: the biggest collection of heroes to ever show up to battle one Big Bad. As orders go, it’s a tall one. Like, Burj Khalifa tall. Most big comic-book team-ups don’t execute them perfectly. Things that high either touch the sky or collapse under their own weight. It’s impossible to tell from a few well-edited bits of footage, but it appears as though Avengers: Infinity War —directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who also helmed the last two (excellent) Captain America movies—has delivered. If it manages to deliver on the promise of today’s teaser, Disney might just want to pull the plug on Marvel Studios and go out on top. (That's how the multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry works, right?)
Amazon possibly working on new stand-alone messaging app called Anytime
Messaging apps dominate the top charts of the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Despite there being dozens of different apps in the category, many of them have managed to garner millions of users. It appears as though Amazon wants a piece of the action and is working on their own stand-alone messaging app called Anytime.
Let's not kid ourselves, Ed Sheeran on 'Game of Thrones' was silly AF
That was the feeling of many Game of Thrones fans when Ed Sheeran, of all people, sat in the woods singing a supposedly-Westeros-y song as Arya Stark rode by on her horse. And of course she dismounted, and of course there was a little bonding scene between her and the English pop star.
The best VR games so far
If you buy a PlayStation VR, you must try Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. It's a truly scary horror game mixed with a pitch-perfect shooting gallery. You ride a slow-moving roller coaster that takes an unplanned turn into a haunted house, where all manner of sinister things await -- things you might only see when your gun-mounted flashlights are pointed at them. Seven solid levels, hidden secrets, advanced difficulty levels and online leaderboards give it loads of replay value. At just $20, it's a steal.
This simple preamp unlocks unheard magic in your LPs
With Bob Marley's 1978 album "Kaya", his rhythms bounced and moved with life, and when you stop and think about it, this is closer to the way Marley heard it. He never made a digital recording: to Marley music was all analog, so when you play old pressings of his LPs, the music feels more authentic. The KC Vibe gets you closer to the sound embedded in the grooves. Drum dynamics and attack were reproduced with rare precision and the bass was sure-footed, deep, clear and defined. Returning to my budget reference phono preamp, the Schiit Mani , the sound softened and blurred, and lost so much of the KC Vibe's immediacy. Going back was no longer an option!
Kingston and other memory companies preparing expandable USB sticks - TechRepublic
Kingston and smaller companies are trying again to market microSD card readers in pen-drive form factors. Startup Vast Corp. is working on a four-slot device for which users could configure a RAID.
Disney's Star Wars land named Galaxy's Edge, includes resort
The video shows the massive scale model revealed at Disney's D23 fan event, since the actual parks inside of California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World won't open until 2019. But guests are promised an immersive Star Wars experience, where they can take control of the Millennium Falcon and escape First Order Stormtroopers. And better polish those Han Solo-style flying skills -- the Disney blog reports that your piloting performance matters.
Top iPhone or iPad apps for productivity | ZDNet
Give your productivity a boost with some of the very best productivity apps available for the iPhone and iPad.
Deleting a built-in app is the same as deleting any other app, just press and hold on the icon on the Home screen until they jiggle, and then tap the X. Press the Home button when you're done.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Google touts more responsive cloud services as it expands in Europe - TechRepublic
Google has launched a new datacenter hub in London, in a move it says will reduce latency for its cloud services customers in the region.
The cloud impact on outsourcing to India | ZDNet
One way to instantly establish great abilities in new areas is to emulate Accenture's spectacular track record in acquisitions. The firm has dished out more than $900 million in each of the past two years for a dizzying number of companies, 15 of which were made in the last year and provided 2 percentage points of fuel out of its 6 percent growth, according to analysts. It plans on another $1.8 billion shopping spree this upcoming year -- more than the $1.66 billion that TCS, Wipro, and Infosys have together spent in the past three years. No wonder Accenture is predicted to post 6.8 percent growth in August 2018 while outstripping its smaller Indian rivals. Of course, analysts are concerned that the firm may not be able to properly digest and integrate this plethora of sub-200 employee acquisitions, but for now the news is more good than bad.
'Doctor Who' has its first-ever female lead
And she's well aware she's taking the character into new territory. "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender," Whittaker said. "Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change. This is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
5 effective and smart ways to do VR marketing today
As a major VR platform serving VR marketing campaigns for top brands, we’ve come up with a simple guide to best practices for marketers from our extensive experience.
That USB charger may be watching you | ZDNet
Amazon reviewers have indicated that there's an LED that comes on when motion is sensed. While that might seem to obviate the secrecy of the spy camera, it can be circumvented easily enough with a bit of tape or paint.
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When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location.
You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history.
Video: 5 tips for improving your programming skills - TechRepublic
Here are some tips from industry experts on what to do to improve your coding skills.
Sennheiser HD 4.50BTNC Wireless Headphones
At $200, the HD 4.50BTNC Wireless is Sennheiser's more affordable wireless noise-cancelling headphone--but it does have some premium qualities.
DJI Spark review: A tiny drone that waves goodbye to the competition
To move the drone around, you hold up your palm to the camera and wait for the drone's front lights to turn green. Then you can move your hand up and down to raise and lower it and move your hand left or right to move it side to side. Give your hand a wave and the Spark will fly backwards away from you and then start tracking your movements. Make a frame shape with your thumbs and forefingers and it will snap a photo (sadly, there's no video options in Gesture Mode). Put your hands in the air in a Y shape and it will return to you. Put your hand underneath it and it will land in your palm (again, watch your fingers).
Sexual harassment in tech: Women tell their stories
"Ultimately, we spoke about it in hopes that at the very least, there would be an article high enough on Google that the next time [Caldbeck] met with a female founder, she would Google him and see this article and at least be extra on her guard or think twice before meeting him," Ho said. "[Caldbeck] preyed on a group of women who [he] felt were too afraid, or not in the position to speak out against [his] behavior, and [he] was wrong."
How to set up an easy local backup for Android device folders - TechRepublic
Your Android device is automatically backed up to the cloud—at least much of it is. However, there could be local folders that are not backed up. If you want them to sync with a particular cloud service, that is always possible; but what if you want to back them up to a local machine? You might have particular set of files and folders that are proprietary and should only be backed up within your local network. To that end, what do you do?
Mophie Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, Juice Packs for Galaxy S8: hands-on | ZDNet
Mophie added wireless charging functionality to its cases last year and is now figuring out ways to offer customers more options for charging. You can now slap on a Powerstation Mini to wirelessly top of your iPhone or Galaxy for wireless charging on the go.
Review: Flying the super-small, super-fun DJI Spark
The fact that DJI debuted the Spark so quickly after the Mavic Pro is an accomplishment in itself, but even better is that the Spark is built for first-time pilots. It's small size will likely put novices like me at ease, as will controlling it with the "virtual joysticks" in DJI's app on your smartphone. While most of the Spark's key features scream "easy" and "convenient" on paper, that doesn't eliminate the learning curve entirely. Gesture control, in which you can control the tiny flier with your palm, is incredibly cool but can be finicky. QuickShots, or automated video recording modes, make it simple to shoot smooth video at unearthly aerial angles—but you still need to be careful about where you fly if you don't want to experience the internal (and external) dread of an unexpected crash.
Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero has died
Romero used his zombie films comment on society, satirizing everything from consumerism to politics. In 2014, he told NPR that he saw zombies as a means to comment the state of the world: “They are multi-purpose, you can't really get angry at them, they have no hidden agendas, they are what they are. I sympathize with them. My stories have always been more about the humans and the mistakes that they've make.” Romero’s films helped kickstart an entire generation of horror stories, such as Edgar Wright’s horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead and Robert Kirkman’s comic series (and later television series) The Walking Dead .
Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline
AHHHHHHH. Disney just announced something that’s potentially so damned cool that I hardly need complete sentences here: Immersive. Star Wars. Hotel.
IBM Z mainframe brings end-to-end encryption to all your data
Big Blue announced that its latest IBM Z mainframe computer will be able to encrypt all of the data in an enterprise all of the time, bringing encryption to everything from cloud services to databases. The IBM Z can run more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day.
10 hidden features of Spotify you need to know
On occasion, I need to hear some Whitney Houston. I'm not ashamed to say this, because Whitney's voice might be proof of the existence of a higher power, and I say this as an atheist. Whitney is not a guilty pleasure, but because Spotify is always monitoring my listening habits for my Discover Weekly playlist, I worry that my love of Whitney might lead Spotify to believe I might want to hear from Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and the like. I do not wish to hear from these two artists or the like, let alone hear from them on anything approaching a weekly basis. So, when I need to get my Whitney fix, I flip on Spotify's private mode to keep Whitney wannabes out of my Discover Weekly playlist. To do so, go to Your Library , tap the gear icon for Settings , tap Social and then toggle on Private Session . It'll turn off automatically and conveniently after six hours of inactivity if you forget to go back and turn it off. Private Session is also good when you hand your phone and control of the upcoming musical selections to your kids.
The ratings for HBO's 'Game of Thrones' have exploded over its 6 seasons — this chart shows how much
In its first season, "Game of Thrones" averaged 2.51 million
viewers per episode for live broadcasts and same-day viewing. By
season six, the show had an average of 7.72 million viewers per
episode — over three times its season one viewership.
Julius the Giraffe Has Died After One Month on This Godforsaken Planet
According to the zoo’s staff, Julius couldn’t learn to nurse from his mother and by the end of his first day, specialists began teaching him how to bottle feed. During this time he was missing out on crucial antibodies from his mother’s milk. The statement outlines the efforts that were taken to save him:
The future is in the Moon - Medieval manuscripts blog
Another unique device can be found in a 15th-century German ‘Book of Fate’ (Additional MS 25435). This book provides answers to questions related to a variety of subjects (‘hope’, ‘happiness’, ‘dreams’, ‘wealth’, etc.) provided by 28 Old Testament prophets. These prophets should be consulted on specific days of the sidereal month: a period of time that is based on the Moon's passage through 28 segments of the zodiac (lunar mansions). In order to establish which prophet a reader should turn to for advice and on what day, the reader first needs to work his or her way to four tables with instructions from Classical and Christian authorities at the beginning of the book. For example, if your question pertains to the subject of warfare (‘crieg’), the Roman poet Cicero, in the first table, tells you that ‘what needs to be done shall be answered by Alexander [the Great]’. Alexander, in a second table, instructs you to wait until the month’s 25th day and then ask Pilate what to do. But Pilate, whose advice is found in a third table, wants you to wait until the next month’s 14th day and then consult Mercury.
How smartphone light affects your brain and body
By disrupting melatonin production, smartphone light can disrupt
your sleep cycle, almost like an artificially induced jet lag.
That makes it harder to fall and stay asleep — which could
lead to serious health problems.
It’s time to save the internet — again
While we’re spending more and more time on our mobile devices, it’s simply not yet the case that mobile broadband is competitive with wired internet access. Mobile is vastly more expensive, continues to be less reliable, and comes loaded with all sorts of strange restrictions based on opaque backroom deals. You paid DirecTV $300 to stream NFL Sunday Ticket? It’ll work over Wi-Fi, but Verizon pays the NFL to block that service on every mobile network but its own. You signed up for a T-Mobile unlimited plan? Well, you only get 32GB of data before T-Mo starts throttling you. (And that’s better than AT&T or Verizon, which choke your data after 22GB.) And on and on.
How to Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper on Your Mac
The creation of the animated GIF has changed my life for forever. I use GIFs so often people are convinced that I have a stockpile of GIFs on my phone and computer. Both of which are true. Now, you will be hard pressed to find a person that completely hates animated GIFs, which is why they would make for perfect computer desktop backgrounds.
22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn't Read the Terms
Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, listed his top worries for the future of his creation earlier this year. One of his biggest concerns is the increasingly dense terms of service agreements that companies ask users to sign. Now, a public WiFi company has demonstrated just how dangerous those complicated agreements can be by inserting absurd conditions that thousands of people unwittingly agreed to.
Twitter Has Some Advice for Avoiding Game of Thrones Spoilers
All it takes is a single name pointedly being tweeted over and over to spoil GoT. Twitter tells the Huffington Post that it was the most tweeted about show of 2016. Missing an important episode means you have a matter of hours before you’ll know what went down. So, the first step to protecting yourself is using Twitter’s mute function. here’s how the basic muting works:
What Would It Take to Kill Daenerys' Dragons?
When Daenerys hatched three dragons from what seemed to be petrified eggs during the finale of Game of Thrones ’ first season, the balance of power between the contenders for the Iron Throne began to shift. Thanks to her ever-growing, ever-more powerful “children,” Daenerys has transformed from one of the show’s underdogs to arguably its most powerful political player. Which raises a question: How could any army in Westeros take on the returning Targaryen and her forces? How could anyone kill one of Daenerys’ dragons?
Google Launches Backup and Sync App for PC, Mac
The Google Drive app is currently integrated with the Google Photos desktop uploader, so it might have escaped your notice if you're looking for a set-it-and-forget-it standalone backup solution. Once it becomes Backup and Sync, the app will offer a streamlined process for scheduling automatic backups, including choosing the folders you'd like to continuously back up to your Google Drive.
George A. Romero, master of zombie film genre, dead at 77
The man who kicked off the popularization of the modern zombie genre, director George A. Romero, has died at the age of 77.
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Ashley Madison Parent Nears Settlement in Data-Breach Class-Action Suit
The parent of website Ashley Madison has reached a proposed settlement in a class-action suit related to a data breach which exposed vast amounts of information stolen from the dating site for those looking for extramarital affairs, according to court papers. Ruby Corp., the company behind the Ashley Madison website won’t admit wrongdoing but will pay $11.2 million to compensate any losses of U.S. residents who used the website on or before July 20, 2015, when the company confirmed threats that the real names and personal...
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Supporters are preparing for the next round of the net neutrality battle
So if the FCC does dismantle the rules, what happens next? Consumer advocates and other proponents could launch a legal challenge, tying the issue up in court for years -- perhaps until after the current administration. Or companies could push Congress to pass its own law and take the power out of the commission.
How to disable Flash in Chrome - TechRepublic
It's time to end your use of Adobe Flash. Andy Wolber shows you how to disable Flash in Chrome on your system--and for your entire organization.
Modding the Ultimaker 3 with 3D printed accessories - Video | ZDNet
The Ultimaker 3 is a fine printer, but there are still some tweaks you might want to make. In this edition of the 3D Printing Discovery Series, we showcase two great (and necessary) mods for the Ultimaker 3.
Smarty-pants ravens can plan ahead like humans, says study
The study used feathered test subjects in a series of experiments. It started with training ravens to use a tool to open a puzzle box. Open the box, get a reward. Then, the researchers gave the ravens the box, but not the tool. After an hour, the researchers took the box away and gave the raven the tool along with several other items that were not the tool. "Nearly every raven chose the correct, apparatus-opening tool; Upon being presented with the box 15 minutes later, they used the tool to open it, with a success rate of 86 percent," the researchers note.
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