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Disney and Lenovo to sell Star Wars augmented reality headset

Disney and Lenovo are collaborating on an augmented reality (AR) headset alongside the game Star War Jedi Challenges and other experiences.

Mira Prism Is a $99 iPhone-Compatible AR Headset

The Prism headset and remote work with your existing Apple smartphone. Just open an app on your iPhone and slide the device into the headset .

Sisqó's hit 'The Thong Song' is back and surprisingly better than ever

"New" music from Sisqó!

Elon Musk calls on governments to start regulating AI

Elon Musk has called on governments to proactively regulate artificial intelligence, before we arrive at the general purpose AI stage.

The new trailer for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women explores kink and comics

With Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman now in theaters and breaking box office records, a movie about her origin is coming up quickly on its heels. In the official trailer for Professor Marston and the...

Scary video shows rabid bobcat attacking a man and his dog

A man was bitten in the attack.

How far will Snap stock fall? Here are two things that could hurt shares even more

After being battered last week by two downgrades, shares of Snap Inc. were trading at an all-time low of $14.91 earlier

Chipotle’s stock is plummeting after a restaurant closed due to sick customers

Another Chipotle health crisis is brewing. A restaurant in Virginia is closed after a series of reports saying customers

James Franco’s Movie About The Worst Movie Ever May Have The Best Cast Ever

The first trailer for the long-awaited film “Disaster Artist” is here, with a sprawling cast of actors that needs to be seen to be believed.

Jimmy Fallon casts everyday people as stars in 'Jurassic Park' and 'Star Wars' remakes

The newest stars are everyday people.

Sorry, Jurassic Park fans: New research says the T. rex actually couldn't run

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WhatsApp's messaging partially blocked in China

According to the New York Times , Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app has been blocked by China's internet filters. Videos and photos have been affected the most, but some text messages will be blocked as well.

FBI issues privacy warning for your connected toys

The growing number of sensors, microphones, cameras, speech recognition and GPS capabilities in modern toys provide a wealth of information about their human playmates. And that doesn't even include potentially intrusive uses like cameras and mics that eavesdrop (and eyedrop?) when they're not actively being used.

Google rolls out new warnings for G Suite and Apps Script

Google today started rolling out new warnings for G Suite and Apps Script to inform users about the potential dangers of new web apps. The company also plans to expand its verification process to existing apps “in the coming months.”

Snapchat adds multi-snap recording and Photoshop-style editing features

Snap today announced a pair of new Snapchat features that should make recording and editing new footage a bit easier. The first feature, called multi-snap recording, will let you record up to six 10-second clips in succession, so you can go back over up to one minute of footage and pick out the best clips to send out or save to your Story. The other is a new effect called tint brush that will let you edit the color of objects within a photo. The new recording limit is rolling out to iOS users globally starting today, while tint brush is available for both iOS and Android users.

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Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is ready to help in the US

The voice component of Samsung's Bixby assistant has been a long time in coming. The company was quick to boast about its AI helper at the Galaxy S8 launch, but revealed that the signature voice feature wouldn't arrive until later in the spring ... and even then, it only had a full launch in South Korea. Americans had to make do with a preview . At last, though, it's becoming widely available: Samsung is officially rolling out Bixby's voice assistance to S8 and S8 Plus owners in the US. Every American with one of the flagship phones will get to talk to Bixby once an update arrives "tonight." There have been a few tweaks to this official release, too.

Google wants to sell quantum computing in the cloud

Whether or not you believe Google has honest-to-goodness quantum computers , the bigger problem is their limited access: they're largely off-limits outside of the company itself. That could change sooner than you think, though. Bloomberg sources understand that Google is gearing up toward using its quantum systems in a "faster, more powerful" computing service than it offers today. It recently started offering access to researchers in order to spur development of tools and apps (including through an open source Project Q initiative), and there's a new lab it describes as an "embryonic quantum data center." It's looking at the practical realities of quantum computing, in other words.

Top 5: Reasons you need a bug bounty program - TechRepublic

Inviting people to find flaws in your system might sound crazy. But who would you rather discover a bug: someone working for you, or against you?

Winnie the Pooh is now banned in China for resembling President Xi Jinping

Generally in China, people are not allowed to make fun of Chinese leaders and that includes on the Internet, which faces constant censorship. In response to censorship, netizens develop hidden messages and slang to circumvent authorities, in addition to investing in VPNs to counter the firewall. It makes for hilarious fodder, sometimes, despite the darker underlying human rights issues at hand.

Is speech recognition software having a renaissance? is a pioneer of the sales intelligence space. Cultivating a solutions approach, it has assembled a vertically-integrated stack that provides a broad range of indicators for assessing the effectiveness of conversations and correlates sales process elements to actual outcomes. It uses homegrown speech recognition, tuned and modeled for sales conversations. The company is baking its know-how in a three-step “onboarding” process, recording all conversations to uncover insights in a matter of days. These insights are then used to create dashboards tracking performance drivers, which can eventually be monitored in realtime and used to drive changes on the front lines.

Google Glass is back from the dead

Google Glass, the smart head-up display and camera that was supposed to become everyone’s next portable computer, isn’t dead. It’s gotten a job — multiple jobs, in fact. The second iteration of Google Glass has been tested and deployed across many factories in the United States by companies such as Boeing, GE, and DHL, as first reported by NPR in March and today reiterated by a feature-length piece over at Wired . Dubbed Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE), this is the same headset that we first saw in an FCC filing in 2015 and glimpsed again last summer being offered up on eBay .


Reddit user Nick Morrelli noticed the glitch after he tried to call 911 to report a building fire in Seattle, and other users have reported that the OnePlus 5 is unable to dial 911 (or 999 in the UK, as another user reported) without rebooting. While most users haven't reported having the issue, any percentage of devices not being able to reach emergency services is a major issue for OnePlus. In a statement to The Verge, OnePlus says it's looking into the problem. "We have contacted the customer and are currently looking into the issue. We ask anyone experiencing a similar situation to contact us at"

You don't drive the 2018 Dodge Demon, you survive it - Roadshow

This is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, one of the most outrageous cars on the road.

Ukraine has one of the hottest tech scenes in Europe - TechRepublic

Outsourced jobs in Ukraine are "good jobs," he said, and come with a high salary relative to the market. The bulk of outsourced Ukrainian tech employees work as quality-control and customer service for US and European social media companies. Most of these entry-level jobs are filled by employees from other industries. The number of "switchers," as they're known locally, has increased fivefold since 2014. Tech companies even offer educational courses and retain career consultants to "help you to switch first and then grow from junior positions to top ones," Ovcharenko said.

Massive Amazon S3 breaches highlight blind spots in enterprise race to the cloud - TechRepublic

RSA senior director of advanced cyber defense Peter Tran said that cloud security is in a "delicate state of transition," with a massive surge of cloud migrations happening in the past year. Additionally, the desire to move to the cloud as fast as possible has been driven by organizations looking to get away from aging legacy infrastructure and take advantage of cloud flexibility. And the sheer speed of the "cloud first" movement has led to security gaps, specifically regarding identity management and access controls, Tran said.

Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS now available on App Store

Nintendo on Tuesday launched a hotly anticipated companion iOS app for the Switch console, offering owners access to online game services, social media integration, in-game voice chat and more. The Nintendo Switch Online app enhances the Switch gaming experience by adding special in-game features and services to supporting titles. Splatoon 2 , for example, will take advantage of Switch Online by granting access to the SplatNet 2 lobby, where players can set up and invite other users to games, as well as check match results, stages and rankings. Importantly, the app enables in-game voice chat using a connected headset, a key feature that was missing from early Switch launch titles. Interestingly, Nintendo says voice chat operates differently depending on the type of game users are playing. For example, cooperative games might include all players in a single room, while head-to-head competitive titles split participants into separate voice chat teams. The company also plans to market an audio accessory that combines input from an iPhone and the Switch into the same headset, so users can hear voice communications and gameplay simultaneously.

Desktop Metal raises $115 million to make metal 3D printing more accessible

Desktop Metal , a company specializing in bringing metal 3D printing systems to more manufacturers and engineers, has raised $115 million in a series D round of investment from a slew of notable investors, including GV (formerly Google Ventures), New Enterprise Associates (NEA), GE Ventures, Future Fund, Techtronic Industries (TTI), Lux Capital, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Why is Ed Sheeran on Twitter anyhow?

They, alongside Sheeran, have millions of dollars attached to their name and billions of eyes watching them offline, too. Sure, using Twitter to announce a single or album might be effective—but so is a surprise performance on a late night show, a headlining festival slot, or a few exclusive interviews. For artists without a record label machine behind them, Twitter is a necessary tool. But Beyoncé doesn't use it personally at all, choosing to instead share bits of her private life on platforms like Instagram—something Adele, Swift and Sheeran do well, too.

Microsoft 365: A secure, collaborative environment for SMBs - TechRepublic

Microsoft 365 is an ambitious idea designed to help SMBs develop creative, collaborative, and secure working environments, which are so vital to success in a mobile-centric world. Selling such a product to SMBs that may not know they need it will rest with third-party partners and not with Microsoft. Therefore, the overall success of the program is suspect. But kudos to Microsoft for making the effort. And if my anecdote is any indication, it is obvious SMBs really need the help.

Ed Sheeran’s GAME OF THRONES Cameo May Mean More Than You Thought! | Nerdist

The song also serves as a bit of foreshadowing for Cersei’s fate. We’ve long suspected that Jaime will once again have to commit regicide to prevent his sister/lover from unleashing more death upon King’s Landing. That golden hand may have to take the life of the woman that he loves, as prophesied years ago. He is technically Cersei’s younger brother (by seconds) and could very well become the Queenslayer. Although we suspect that Jaime would rather kill himself than go on living without Cersei. Whatever happens between those two, it’s gonna be dark.

This scary Android malware can record audio, video and steal your data | ZDNet

A new form of malware has proved to be one of the most advanced Android information-stealers ever discovered, enabling attackers to open a backdoor in order to monitor data, steal information, record audio and video, and even infect the phone with ransomware.

Outlander's Season Three Trailer Shows You 20 Years in Two Minutes

Season two of Outlander ended with Claire (Catriona Balfe) and her grown daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) learning that Jamie is still alive. But his new trailer for season three jumps back a bit. Actually, it jumps back a lot.

No One Looks Good in the Ugly Drama Surrounding Kermit the Frog's Firing

Last week, two Muppet fan communities jointly reported a shocking turn of events: After decades of playing some of the franchise’s most recognizable characters, including Kermit the Frog, veteran puppeteer Steve Whitmire had been fired. Muppets Studio later confirmed the news, simply telling Gizmodo and other outlets that it “thanks Steve for his tremendous contributions to Kermit the Frog and The Muppets franchise” and wishes him well “in his future endeavors.” Fans were left wondering what really happened.

California wines' bouquet has hints of berries -- and data

All the tanks are equipped with sensors that feed data on variables like temperature and sugar level back to Palmaz's supercomputer, called Fermentation Intelligent Logic Control System (FILCS, pronounced Felix). FILCS, which has been in place since 2015, can crank out data in real time about what's happening in those tanks. All that data, in turn, gets spit out as graphs in blues, greens and pinks, and projected onto the room's 54-foot-high dome ceiling, nearly covering it.

Google unveils Hire, a recruiting app for SMBs using G Suite | ZDNet

It integrates with apps like Gmail and Google Calendar. For instance, it enables businesses to communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire while syncing emails in both. When a user is arranging an interview in Hire, details from their Google Calendar schedule will be visible. Once a candidate is in the Hire pipeline, a user can analyze and visualize candidate data in Google Sheets.

What are the 10 key things that make a city smart?

After Mobile World Congress and IoT World earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about 5G, smart mobility, general IoT, and smart cities. It feels like we’re entering the future, and the excitement is palatable.

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The best Android phones at T-Mobile (July 2017)

We’re asked on a regular basis to help determine which phone is the best one available. We get it as a team here at AndroidGuys, but we also field it on an individual level, too. To help address that, we’ve put together a list of top models to choose from at various carriers.

White House says its supports net neutrality rollback

The FCC wants to wipe away net neutrality regulations despite a recent flood of public support for the open internet rules.

Google Glass Is Officially Back, Doing Something It Doesn't Suck At

Google has officially announced what we’ve known for two and a half years—Google Glass isn’t dead, the company has just been redeveloping the technology for the enterprise sector and, specifically, blue-collar manufacturing workers.

Don't Eat Coffee Ice Cream Right Before Bed

Coffee ice cream is almost too good for this world—it combines two very good things to make one extremely wonderful thing—but you may not want to eat it right before bed if you want quality sleep.

These Five Tricks Will Help You Finally Complete Your To-Do List

There are certain tasks that are just easy to do one after another, and others require a complete switch in thinking. If we’re interrupted by a phone call when we’re heads down writing a report, it’ll probably take us awhile to get back “in the zone” after that phone call, and as a result we take much longer to complete our task because we need to allow time for brain transition. This is why lumping similar tasks together make sense; you’ll get more done in less time that way.

Splatoon 2 (for Nintendo Switch)

The online gameplay modes offer a solid amount of variety with at least eight different maps at launch and four competitive game types. Some of the maps are recycled from Splatoon, but they were strong, balanced designs that deserve to continue seeing play. Unfortunately, you don't get much control over that variety. Just as with the first Splatoon, Splatoon 2's maps and Ranked Battle game types are determined entirely through the game's servers. They cycle through sets of two maps each for Regular and Ranked Battle modes, and whatever you end up in is determined entirely by invisible coin flip. It keeps the game fresh by mixing things up every two hours, but it means you can't focus only on your favorite maps or modes (outside of Turf War). It forces variety with the modest selection available in the game.

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Xiaomi's tablet-sized Mi-Max 2 desperately wants to be a phone

5 Essential Security Tips for iPhone and iPad

Find My iPhone/iPad is a great app baked into iOS that lets you locate or lock your lost device from a web browser using your Apple ID. It also lets you enable Lost Mode, which displays a customizable message and allows any user to call a specified number to get in touch with you. Plus, you’ll email updates when your device’s location changes. Here’s how you can set it up.

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John Legend just shut down Donald Trump's Obamacare tweet

On Tuesday, John Legend — never one to shy away from politics — offered his take on Trump's tweets:

Bluetooth is getting a big upgrade to make it better for smart homes

While these changes make Bluetooth far more useful for smart home devices, that doesn’t mean they’re going to end the standards battle anytime soon. For one, we have to wait for a good number of mesh devices to arrive to make the feature useful. Then, we have to see how well Bluetooth Mesh actually works — though Bluetooth has improved in recent years, it’s had reliability and connection issues in the past. If that’s the case here, then Mesh will be a nonstarter.

OkCupid developers just brilliantly trolled an uptight user with boring ol' update notes

OkCupid developers just brilliantly trolled an uptight user with boring ol' update notes

Sorry, casual fans, but Captain Spip of the 'Biowhale Deep Space' series is NOT a woman

Sometimes I, a man with hot red blood piping through his veins, like to imagine that I am Captain Spip, hurtling through the Vexxor nebula on my time traveling tandem bike, killing all the Eels in my path. I imagine that I am undercover in the belly of the bastard Kilgor's moon base, sabotaging his Umptilian core and discovering the evidence I need to put him away for all time. And now you ask me to pretend to be/empathize with a girl character who does the exact same bullshit ?

An Up-Close Look at Star Trek: Discovery's Retro Future-Tech

Texturally, it’s definitely a lot more varied than the original phaser pistol —sacrificing some of the simplicity of the original for a more varied -looking design while keeping most of the classic design elements. But the biggest change is in the actual barrel of the phaser itself. Gone is the little nib, replaced with three asymmetrical cylinders that make the new phaser almost look like an old-timey camera. Maybe they’re for different settings of phaser intensity?

Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company)

It’s not often that you’ll hear someone thank climate change for something. But today, it seems to have offered some closure on a 75-year-old mystery. So, thanks climate change, at least for this.

Microsoft is doubling down on machine reading as part of its AI focus | ZDNet

"When you go to look at communications you shouldn't have to just look at a timed order fashion, you should trust that it's understanding of you and the context and priorities are there. But only by reading that text will we do that, so there's a frontier here that's very exciting that Rajesh Jha (the head of Office applications), Harry Shum (the head of Microsoft's AI + Research group), a lot of the key people under Satya are grabbing onto that, and some particular opportunities around that are where the resources are being shifted," Gates said.

IBM misses revenue estimates, weighed down by legacy businesses

(Reuters) - IBM Corp ( IBM.N ) on Tuesday reported a lower-than-expected quarterly revenue, as growth in its higher-margin businesses that include cloud and artificial intelligence services failed to make up for declines across legacy business segments.

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Becomes World’s Largest Open-source Blockchain Initiative - Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

NEW YORK, NY, USA – July 18, 2017 – Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced today that 34 organizations have joined the blockchain industry group since late May. This brings total membership to over 150 organizations added since the group’s launch in February of this year. EEA is now the world’s largest open-source blockchain initiative. EEA’s newest members represent a wide variety of business sectors, including technology, banking, government, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, marketing, and insurance, as well as a number of fast-growing Ethereum startups.

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Old Android malware uses new tricks to turn your phone into a spying device

This Japanese VR arcade put me inside 'Mario Kart'

The massive Angel showed up soon after our arrival, which prompted us to run around and attack it from all sorts of angles while trying to dodge its beams. Truth be told, I had no idea which part of the Angel's body to aim my rifle at, but it didn't matter as I was mainly enjoying the immersiveness inside this massive cyborg, courtesy of fantastic view combined with motion feedback from the seat and the joysticks. It took me a while to realize that I could pick up more weapons from some of the walls, but by the time I got to equip a new minigun, the Angel had already penetrated the wall and totaled me in the process. As a pre-death humiliation, I was forced to watch the ugly beast slowly devouring me with its alien jaws.

Could artificial intelligence disrupt the photography world? - TechRepublic

Is the message "Board meetings are serious and powerful"? Or is the message "Come together and collaborate"? Both messages can be answered from the same scene by making a few nuance changes with lighting, the models' posture, facial expressions, and gestures, or even the props used within the scene. The client may not understand those concepts, but the photographer will. In this scenario, I can't say AI will aid in getting the client's message across. Right now, the AI used by Google isn't based on compositing or replacing props in a scene. A boardroom with with a few bottles of water or cups of coffee does not give the same vibe as a boardroom with an open box of doughnuts and crumpled cans of energy drinks. AI isn't ready to replace the analytical skills a photographer brings to the set of a photo shoot.

Facebook's Campbell Brown: we are launching a news subscription product

"One of the things we heard in our initial meetings from many newspapers and digital publishers is that 'we want a subscription product -- we want to be able to see a paywall in Facebook,'" Brown said at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, an industry conference, in New York City on July 18. "And that is something we're doing now. We are launching a subscription product."

51 Amazon is already selling some prepared ‘Amazon Meal Kits’
52 What the Hell Is This Sponge-Like Crap Washing Up on France’s Shores?
53 Apple’s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time
54 Pushing Particles Forwards Might Make Them Go Backwards Because Quantum Physics Is Bonkers
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56 $25 Raspberry Pi challenger is faster, runs Android Nougat, supports 4K video - TechRepublic
57 With HoloLens, Microsoft plots a prosaic path toward success | ZDNet
58 Family Guy's Nine-Minute Tribute to Adam West Is Pure, Delightful Absurdity
59 How A Bunch Of Data Geeks Charmed The Art World—And Modernized It
60 T. Rex Couldn't Sprint But It Could Still Move Faster Than You
61 Android as we know it is dead, but it's not going to go away | ZDNet
62 Enterprise spending on public cloud to hit $266B in 2021, driven by SaaS, cloud apps - TechRepublic
63 WhatsApp Becomes the Latest Victim of China's New Wave of Internet Censorship
64 Chill Out With 10 Full Hours of Relaxing Planet Earth Mountain Footage
65 I'm Ed Sheeran and you can all go to hell
66 Tinder's new redesign will make you want to update your profile pics ASAP
67 The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates
68 The Diary of An Ex-Amazon Intern
69 Crunch Report | Google Glass for the Enterprise
70 Deadpool and Old Man Logan Are Getting Their Own Team-Up Comic
71 She strapped 102 iPhones to her body and, surprise, was caught by customs
72 Pizza Hut Will Hire 14,000 Drivers to Prove It Can Deliver Pizza
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74 How Dungeons & Dragons' New App Will Make Role-Playing Easier Than Ever
75 Watch a Master Magician Slice an Olive by Throwing a Playing Card
76 Google adds bolder warnings to lessen risk of unverified apps
77 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
78 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.8.0 update for iPhone brings 3D Touch to brush selection tool
79 Jessica Alba announces pregnancy with a very charming Boomerang
80 Scary vengeance-seeking bird has a vendetta against poor woman
81 A new chapter for Glass – The Team at X
82 Kendrick Lamar surprises a long-time fan with the gift of a lifetime
83 Amazon's Efficient Distribution Key to Winning Consumers - InformationWeek
84 How to get easy Android screen recordings with AZ Screen Recorder - TechRepublic
85 Cooking an Airbag Turns a Microwave Door Into a Missile
86 Eero's Latest Router Is So Easy I Don't Care How Much It Costs
87 Netflix says its cash burn could reach $2.5 billion for 2017, and that it's an 'indicator of enormous success'
88 Britain's cyber security center says has never certified Kaspersky products
89 House Democratic committee moves to encrypted messaging for internal communications