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A full-spec updated 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro will cost you $6,699 | ZDNet

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Former Apple Employee Charged with Theft of Autonomous Car Project Trade Secrets | Hacker News

This is known as insider threat detection / User Behavior Analytics (UBA). It could also be considered part of Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Insider threats are probably the hardest things to reliably detect on a large corporate network (compared to all of the other types of information threats), especially at a company where most of the employees are very active users of technology. The field is still in its infancy, with lots of cool-looking "AI-driven / ML-powered / buzzword-optimized" products from startups which typically end up generating an absurd amount of anomaly detections per day, usually with a 99.9% false positive rate. Of course I'm generalizing and I imagine some companies have implemented a fairly effective UBA program, but I think they're rare. It's just trying to find a needle in an extremely large haystack. When you're dealing with technology departments, normal behavior can easily be a modest amount of network traffic for a few days followed by a huge burst of downloads and uploads from/to internal services and databases and cloud storage and any number of things.

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Why did Microsoft build the Surface Go? | ZDNet

Speaking of Microsoft 365, Microsoft isn't just targeting schools, and 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 an ARM processor would probably be a less-than-optimal experience. That is likely one reason the Surface Go is Intel-, not ARM-based for now, anyway.

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Apple's slow-tease Mac and iPad updates are leaving me cold

I've been looking for that Next Big Step in Apple computers and tablets, and so far, it just isn't happening . Or, I'd settle for a great new mid-range product. Apple's latest updates do neither, leaving me wondering when something for the rest of us is arriving, and how much things will really change when it gets here. For Apple, lately, computer progress feels mighty slow indeed.

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From Quake III to Dota 2: The real reason that DeepMind and OpenAI are teaching AI to master games

Some of the complex behaviors needed to master Dota 2 that have real-world applicability include appreciating long term strategic implications of decisions, inferring what might happen based on incomplete data, being able to weigh up a huge number of possible actions, and considering a very large number of variables that represent that current state of the world.

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An ode to the Instagram account that shames our terrible but lovable cats

Please don't come after me for saying this, but cats are terrible pets. They're mischievous monsters that will completely ignore the perfectly good toys you buy in favor of shredding every piece of furniture in your home. They'll have no interest in being pet at a reasonable hour, but will wake you up in the middle of the night for a chin scratch. They'll leave the worst gifts for you as a token of their affection — dead mice, pieces of centipedes, and socks you thought you lost forever.

8 7 reasons your garden needs Wi-Fi

One of the more novel uses for Wi-Fi in your backyard is music streaming while you work and play. Maybe you want to listen to audiobooks while you plant your garden or would like smooth background music while you and your friends huddle around the fire pit.

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Rumors, leaks, release date and specs

Tech blog Droid Life reported that Google has three new Pixel phones in the pipeline for 2018. This trio could include a mysterious higher-end version -- perhaps intended to compete with the $999 iPhone X -- in addition to the standard and XL models. As a reminder, the 64GB Pixel 2 starts at $649 (£629 or AU$1,079) and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 (£799 or AU$1,399).

11 The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

Lack of definitive proof that a technology is harmful does not mean the technology is safe, yet the wireless industry has succeeded in selling this logical fallacy to the world. The upshot is that, over the past 30 years, billions of people around the world have been subjected to a public-health experiment: use a mobile phone today, find out later if it causes genetic damage or cancer. Meanwhile, the industry has obstructed a full understanding of the science and news organisations have failed to inform the public about what scientists really think. In other words, this public health experiment has been conducted without the informed consent of its subjects, even as the industry keeps its thumb on the scale.

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Cult of Mac Magazine: Finally! New MacBook Pros, and more!

In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine : Apple just updated its MacBook Pro line, ramping up performance and adding various advanced features. Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing VP, calls the new Apple laptops “the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made.”

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Here’s everything you can do to stop robocalls

If you find yourself receiving a lot of spam text messages, you can forward the message to the number 7726 (spells SPAM). It won't block the number from texting you right away, but it will allow your carrier to look into where it came from and put an end to it.

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15 Huawei's P20 Lite is heavy on features

It costs just AU$399 in Australia, while being more pricey in the UK, where it retails for £329. That cheaper AU price converts to $295 -- unfortunately, the Huawei P20 Lite won't sell in the US.

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And the Galaxy S9's five worst features are...

Samsung is expected to double down on Bixby Voice for phones and other electronics in its family of devices (think refrigerators and TVs), and while that might be good for the business, it's heavy-handed for people who actually use the devices. Samsung can brute-force Bixby all it wants (see No. 4 in this list), but that doesn't mean I'll use it.

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Everything you need to know about buying Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro | ZDNet

First up is Apple shifting the processor up to the 8th-generation Intel Core platform, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID getting a 2.3GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and the higher-specced 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID getting processors ranging from the 2.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor to the 2.9GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i9 chip.

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Your “appeal” to an unresolved complaint would now require filing a formal complaint, an extremely complicated, onerous, and expensive procedure which is designed to deter most from trying. “Streamlining” in this case means getting consumers out of the FCC’s hair. (2 of 2)

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NASA sees 'spiders' crawling across Mars landscape

The spiders are known in science circles as "araneiform terrain." NASA says these are "spider-like radiating mounds that form when carbon dioxide ice below the surface heats up and releases." The MRO captured the image on May 13 as spring was dawning on Mars.

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Ant-Man and The Wasp's David Dastmalchian says DC has the best villain

Part of the joy of what I get to do is becoming the character. The tools and techniques that I learned from theater are no different. The only thing really different is when it comes to performing. All my preparation is the same. But instead of a performance surrounded by a 100 or 500 seats in a theater, you just have to remember that it's as if you've got one audience member. And they're sitting a few feet away from you beside the camera. So there's no need to project anything whatsoever. Depending on the positioning of the camera, and what kind of lens they're using and the way the director wants the shot to work, you might actually even pull it back a couple clicks.

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Celebrating the actors who portrayed the Joker

Now that a new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix as the lead is in the works from Warner Bros, take a look at some of the other actors who have portrayed the cruel clown in movies, TV shows and video games.

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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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A tiny collision beneath the South Pole just changed how we see the universe

The lasting result is a new way to see and study some of the most inconceivably powerful forces in the universe. It's better than X-ray vision, which astronomers have already had for decades. Rather, it's a key to unlock the more ghostly side of astrophysics. What we'll find there could inform new discoveries for decades to come.

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Listen to me: Buy a kiddie pool for your adult self this summer

Don't get me wrong — kiddie pools are a depressing alternative to real pools. The hose water is freezing,  and there's no proper filtration system. Kiddie pools are a breeding ground for dead ladybugs and little brown things that are definitely rabid raccoon turds, even though your friends don't believe you.

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Make sure your humidifier is set up correctly

Where you place your dehumidifier determines how well it will function. Put it in a location where it'll do the most good.

28 Trial wipes out more than 80 per cent of disease-spreading mozzie - CSIRO

One of the world’s most widespread disease-spreading mosquitoes, the Aedes aegypti, has been suppressed by more than 80 per cent in a landmark Australian trial.

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This ransomware just added new tricks to spread faster and infect Windows XP PCs | ZDNet

A change in encryption mechanism and the ability to strike Windows XP machines via an SMB vulnerability improves GandCrab's ability to proliferate.

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MacBook Pro 2018 hands-on: Quieter keyboard, 'Hey Siri' and True Tone

Apple unveiled some refreshed MacBook Pros this week, and I promised we'd be getting a unit to review ASAP. Sure enough, look what arrived in the mail today: a shiny, new 13-inch Mac. As you can see, the exterior design is the same as the previous-gen MacBook Pro's, from the unibody aluminum enclosure to that giant Force Touch trackpad.

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Microsoft HoloLens and Times Square prove an odd mix for an underwater AR exhibit

As with the HoloLens demo, the ghostly skeleton of the USS Nightingale is meant to overlay over the real-life model. But, across multiple attempts from vantage points A, B and C, I couldn’t get the app to align properly. Skewed horizontally and sitting at an angle, the hologram just doesn’t look great. 

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The slightly irrational case for living microwave-free

This one is simple: there are way too many restrictions on what can and cannot be microwaved. It's hard to keep up! Think of all energy you exert determining whether or not something is microwaveable (plus, all that Googling is hard on your thumbs.) Then you have to search your cupboards for a microwave-safe dish. It's too much.

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How to enable USB Restricted Mode in iOS 11.4.1 | ZDNet

The new feature, which has been teased in earlier beta versions, has finally been rolled out to mainstream users.

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A new 'Fantastic Beasts' image points to a huge reveal about Newt's past

Honestly all of this is wild speculation, but perhaps Dumbledore, as the Transfiguration professor, is asked to step in and teach Boggarts to a Defense Against the Dark arts class because of his personal expertise with the current state of Dark Arts in the Wizarding World at the time of the movie — Grindlewald was on the rise before Newt went to Hogwarts and continued to grow in power through his school years and beyond, so maybe the threat of a dark wizard on the rise made Hogwarts double down on training their students in the Defensive arts.

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Facebook's fight against fake news stops short of banning it

We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis – but others call fake news.” I’m beginning to wonder if Facebook is sure about what fake news is: It’s the promotion of stories that are blatantly untrue, dressed up to look real and fool social media algorithms in order to be spread more widely. I don’t doubt there are people who prefer to call any opinion that doesn’t dovetail with their own “fake news,” but I expect Facebook to have more of a handle on the actual definition.

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Report: Apple's iPhone 6 has the highest failure rate among iPhones -- but Samsung is worse

A recent study of the past five years’ worth of iPhone releases saw that the iPhone 6 was, hands down, the worst Apple handset release in recent memory. Both the iPhone 6 and 6s models (regular and Plus) topped the chart of least reliable Apple handsets, according to the “State of Mobile Device Repair & Security“ report issues by Blancco , a data erasure and security firm.

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Sony: PS4 Is Entering Final Phase of Life Cycle

During the meeting it was also made clear Sony intends to focus more on exclusive titles, be they new games or the enhancement of existing older titles. That also fits with the PS4 entering its final phase as there are effectively three years left to launch some big exclusives before the focus really needs to shift to pushing a PS5 launch and Sony producing first-party games for it.

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The 2018 iPhone screen may have been revealed

Apple's App Store  hit double digits this Tuesday . Ugh, felt like just yesterday I was playing Snake on my mom's iPhone 4 . Time flies, right? It's hard to imagine a time before the app store, especially now that there's an app for anything. In honor of this anniversary, we took a look back at how the store transformed phones over the past decade. Facebook won't remind you about this birthday, so mark your calendars for July 10 next year.

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Parkland victim's father mourns on Twitter on what would've been daughter's 15th birthday

On her birthday, her father Fred Guttenberg and family took to Twitter to express their grief over never being able to watch her grow up. The family's also using Twitter as a way to rally for gun safety laws.

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​The return of Spectre | ZDNet

On July 13, AMD finally commented: "This week, a sub-variant of the original, Google Project (GPZ) variant 1 / Spectre security vulnerability was disclosed by MIT. Consistent with variant 1, we believe this threat can be mitigated through the operating system (OS). AMD is working with the software ecosystem to mitigate variant 1.1 through operating system updates where necessary. We have not identified any AMD x86 products susceptible to the Variant 1.2 vulnerability in our analysis to-date. Please check with your OS provider for the latest information."

46 Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts following indictments

The US' indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect... at least, on Twitter. The social network has banned accounts for both DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 in response to the indictment. In a statement explaining the suspensions, the company told Engadget that they were "connected to a network of accounts" that had already been shut down for violating rules. At the same time, Twitter was aware that the shutdowns were considered overdue -- DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 have long been linked to Russia , and the indictments just formalized the connections.

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Listen to Google — UX and SEO are a match made in heaven

To the layman UX and SEO (if they even understand what they mean) sound like two entirely unrelated things. The one is about some plumber jabbing away at their phone, while the other is about satisfying the algorithms of a company in Silicon Valley.

48 5 TED Talks on de-extinction

Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate — but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and realities of CRISPR, hype-free, to the non-scientists among us.

49 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' beta tests begin August 3rd

You don't have too long to wait to see how Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fares as a multiplayer-only game. Activision and Treyarch have outlined the schedule for beta tests, and it's clear that some gamers will have better access than others. The first tests kick off August 3rd at 1PM Eastern, when PS4 pre-orders will have exclusive access until this initial run ends on August 6th at the same time. Xbox One and PC customers will have to wait until August 10th at 1PM Eastern to have their turn, although you won't need a pre-order if you're patient -- an open PC beta starts one day later. This second round of testing ends August 13th at 1PM Eastern.

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The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2018

So, you've got that shiny new iPhone X , but what good is it without awesome iOS apps? Not much good at all. Even if you don't have the latest handset from Cupertino, one of the top reasons for owning an Apple iPhone is because of the ever-increasing wealth of apps available for the platform. But which ones to install? We've got you covered. The experts here at PCMag have tested a vast number of apps, sorting the good from the bad, to come up with this all-encompassing list of the 100 best iPhone apps.

51 Academic expert says Google and Facebook's AI researchers aren't doing science
52 Scalability is the biggest hurdle ahead of cryptocurrency mass adoption, research says
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54 Which recent iPhone is the least reliable Apple handset? | Cult of Mac
55 Creative burnout is inevitable. Here are 10 ways to beat it
56 Elon Musk Unmasked as Top Donor to House Republican PAC
57 Optimising a Trebuchet
58 Kryptos: The Mystery Sculpture At CIA’s Headquarters
59 The Best Smart Home Devices of 2018
60 Black men are succeeding in America
61 How to install sudo on a Debian minimal server
62 Are LED lights making us ill?
63 Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test
64 The hotel bathroom puzzle
65 How to connect Ubuntu 18.04 to your Google account
66 How enterprise companies can take advantage of blockchain tech
67 ArtVR showed me the beauty of still life, and let me hurl shoes through a canvas
68 Fermat's Library | Reading Chess annotated/explained version.
69 5 tips for building better relationships with stakeholders and team members
70 Fortnite for Switch Gets Motion Controls - IGN
71 Central American kids come to the US fleeing record-high youth murder rates at home
72 How to use Antsle to quickly deploy a virtual machine
73 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Colter
74 Intel To Acquire eASIC: Lower Cost ASICs in FPGA Design Time
75 3 quick steps to optimize the performance of your NGINX server
76 How to share folders between guest and host in VirtualBox
77 The best free audio editor 2018: trim, tweak and mix
78 The 10 Best Original Films on Netflix
79 New Robocop movie could be risky (Stream Economy Ep. 11)
80 Machines might take jobs–they can also help train us for new ones
81 How to load styles from LibreOffice templates
82 About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online
83 13 Secret Codes That Unlock Hidden Features on Your Phone
84 Philo is a rare skinny TV bundle in a world of ever-fatter ones
85 Airbus shows off rebranded A220 airliners
86 Apple unveils underwhelming MacBook Pro update
87 Tesla speeds up delivery times for new Model 3 orders
88 What Kubernetes really is, and how orchestration redefines the data center | ZDNet
89 IBM is using its AI to predict how employees will perform
90 Bitcoin mining operation pays off this crazy home office setup
91 SpaceX is one step closer to launching astronauts into space
92 The most valuable person you haven’t hired yet
93 Would Homer Simpson have voted for Trump? A deep investigation.
94 Business News: Ikepod Is Relaunching (Without Marc Newson)
95 How to use Excel's conditional formatting to compare lists
96 Walmart gains patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees in stores