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SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket with a satellite from client Intelsat aboard, with a launch window opening at 7:37 PM EDT (4:37 PM PDT). The satellite,..
Watch SpaceX launch a communications satellite live right here
SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket with a satellite from client Intelsat aboard, with a launch window opening at 7:37 PM EDT (4:37 PM PDT). The satellite,..
Samsung's resurrected Galaxy Note 7 launches on July 7th
If you've missed the Galaxy Note 7 ever since it was discontinued over chronic battery fires, you now have a second chance at ownership... if you're willing to book a flight to Seoul. Samsung has confirmed both recent rumors and its own teaser by announcing a refurbished version of the Note 7, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, that will launch in South Korea on (appropriately enough) July 7th. As you might guess, it's largely the same phone hardware-wise -- the big difference is the use of safer, smaller-capacity batteries that have passed stricter testing standards . They'll also include the Bixby assistant software introduced with the Galaxy S8 .
Waymo's going to Phoenix to work on Avis' self-driving fleet
Waymo, the self-driving division inside of Alphabet, has partnered with car rental company Avis to manage its fleet of autonomous cars in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Trump defends his tweets as 'modern day presidential'
" Covfefe " is so two months ago. The latest presidential catchphrase that Twitter has turned into a meme is "modern day presidential," and it was just born on Saturday, when President Donald Trump went on social media to defend his use of social media.
Donald Trump tweets video of him body-slamming and punching CNN
"It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the president had never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his," a CNN spokeswoman told me.
Bringing 'War for the Planet of the Apes' to life
Every ape character starts with an actor's performance. Having learned the mannerisms of chimps and gorillas in training sessions nicknamed ape camp, the actors donned grey latex foam performance capture suits to go in front of the cameras on the production's elaborate sets. Cameras tracked the dots on the suits to record how the actors moved, and each performer also sported a special lightweight, head-worn camera rig that tracked precision dots placed on the face and recorded every blink, snarl and change of expression.
Ransomware attacks: Here's what we need to learn from WannaCry and Petya - TechRepublic
Understand what data really matters and protect it. It may not be what - or where - you think it is. Some of the most important information may not be well structured and duplicated in a corporate database but may be sitting on a single PC. And staff may not ever consider the consequences of losing access to a particular file or spreadsheet. Ransomware isn't the only disaster that can hit a PC but it's a good opportunity to consider where the critical data in your organisation is, and how to protect it better. Don't assume you've identified it all.
E-scooter startup tests zero-emission, solar-powered rentals
E-scooters can be returned and docked to portable solar charging boxes that can be moved around as needed. Each scooter also has built-in telematics with GPS and can be "geofenced" to an area, ensuing that people return them. Unlike bike-sharing services that allow people to leave bicycles wherever they want, Floatility will send staff to locations with too high a density of its scooters and redistribute them to high-demand areas.
Build a wall display with an old monitor and a Raspberry Pi
You can turn it into a Minecraft machine , a music streamer for your living room , an Alexa speaker and many other things. But one of the coolest (and most simple) things you can do with your Raspberry Pi is turn it into a wall display that shows the weather, time and date, your calendar and the most recent entries from your favorite RSS feed.
Apple's bigger MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets a bit faster
The 2017 Pro also gets an updated set of graphics hardware options. The integrated graphics chip goes from the Intel HD 530 to the HD 630 (part of that jump to the Kaby Lake platform), and the discrete graphics go from AMD Radeon Pro 450 and 455 parts to -- you guessed it -- Radeon Pro 555 and 560 options. Every 15-inch MacBook Pro laptop includes an AMD GPU, while the 13-inch models make do with Intel's built-in graphics.
How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order
Sure, the MCU officially started in 2008 with the release of "Iron Man," but that doesn't mean that's the first film that you should watch.
French authorities close Windows 10 privacy investigation | ZDNet
French data-protection authorities have officially closed their investigation into privacy violations by Windows 10. The notice praises Microsoft for cutting Windows 10 data collection by half.
Here's every mistake Apple has made in the past five years - Video | ZDNet
Don't let Apple's massive cash pile and huge revenues lead you to think that the company hasn't made some huge blunders and mistakes. Here are just a few of those missteps and missed opportunities from Apple over the past five years.
Excellent AKG N60NC Wireless headphones are compact, too
I'm a fan of AKG's N60 NC , which may be the best on-ear noise-canceling headphones available, so I was pretty stoked when AKG put out a Bluetooth version called the N60NC Wireless. They cost $300 (£250, AU$400), which isn't cheap, but they're very good wireless headphones that not only sound excellent but are compact and fold up nicely into a travel-friendly neoprene carrying case.
Gallery: 20 vacation reads that take a fictional look at real technology - TechRepublic
These 20 books all look at technology, both modern and not-so-modern, and ask "what if." The results aren't always great for the worlds the protagonists inhabit, but that's the point--sometimes we get so caught up in the potential benefits of new technology that we don't stop to ask what will go wrong if ill-intentioned, or just plain greedy, people get their hands on it.
Video: The evolution of enterprise cybersecurity - TechRepublic
Marty Colburn, Chief Information Officer at the National Democratic Institute, explains that enterprise companies should weave strong cybersecurity practices in to the fabric of applications is to work backwards: from defect management to application functionality.
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There’s a famous story about an executive that hired Edward W. Deming to spend a week with his team and offer recommendations on how to improve both their own performance and the performance of the organization they led. Word has it that Deming arrived on the first day, said “hello,” and then walked straight to the corner of the executive’s office to sit down. He stayed there, sitting silently for the entire day as the executive went about his daily activities.
macOS High Sierra’s best features are the ones you don’t see
The new operating system isn’t rife with shiny new features, but it brings enhancements under the hood designed to speed up devices. More importantly, they help future-proof Apple’s technology, from its first new file system since the early days of the Mac, to graphical and processing enhancements designed to usher in virtual reality content creation.
Kaspersky, a mathematical engineer who attended a KGB-sponsored school and once worked for Russia's Ministry of Defense, has long been eyed suspiciously by his competitors, particularly as his anti-virus products became popular in the U.S. market. Some speculate that Kaspersky, an engaging speaker and a fixture of the conference circuit, kept his Soviet-era intelligence connections. Others say it's unlikely that his company could operate independently in Russia, where the economy is dominated by state-owned companies and the power of spy agencies has expanded dramatically under President Vladimir Putin. No firm evidence has ever been produced to back up the claims...
Like many cybersecurity outfits in the U.S. and elsewhere, some Kaspersky employees are former spies. Kaspersky acknowledged having ex-Russian intelligence workers on his staff, mainly "in our sales department for their relationship with the government sector." But he added that his company's internal network was too segregated for a single rogue employee to abuse it. "It's almost not possible," he said. "Because to do that, you have to have not just one person in the company, but a group of people that have access to different parts of our technological processes.
Someone just bought R2-D2 for over $2 million
Meanwhile, Luke’s lightsaber as used in both A New Hope and Empire — the one that once belonged to Anakin and that he’d later replace with one he built himself — went for $375,000. That’s a good bit above the $150-250k the auction house was originally hoping to get for it, despite a piece or two having gone missing in the decades since filming. But, I mean, it’s Luke friggin’ Skywalker’s lightsaber.
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The Best Free Software of 2017
LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium LastPass is great, but LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium is good enough to earn its own 5-star rating. And don't let that word "premium" fool you, this software for logging in is free, albeit with some paid upgrades available for $1/month. LogMeOnce's claim to fame is to be utterly "passwordless." While you can go with a master password, the selling point is to use your smartphone (or tablet, whatever you always have with you) as an authenticator—primarily by using the fingerprint reader built into most modern smartphones (photo login is a paid feature). It's browser-based so it works the same on all desktop systems. Read our review of LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium
What Makes a Nuclear Reactor 'Fail-Safe?'
There’s more to the process of ensuring that a nuclear reactor is fail-safe but we have this handy video with visual aids right here. Click play and in just a few minutes you’ll feel a little better about that nearby power plant. And for an explanation of how these fail-safes can fail, here’s a good introduction .
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The freaky Pixar theory that could blow your mind
What if every Pixar movie was from the same universe? And what if one of them took place in the past AND the future?
Petya ransomware: everything we know about the massive cyber attack
A massive cyberattack swept across systems worldwide this week, spanning Europe, the Middle East, and the United States and affecting a variety of companies, from banking institutions to airlines to hospitals. The breach comes just weeks after the WannaCry attack that hit at least 150 countries. Keep up with the latest news from the attack here as we uncover details about the outbreak.
Linux survival guide: These 21 applications let you move easily between Linux and Windows | ZDNet
If you need to navigate regularly between Linux and the Windows world, there are many applications that can make your job easier. We spotlight 21 quality applications that will pave the way.
Trailer Released for Automata, a Sexy Robot Noir Based on a Webcomic
Along with his partner, New York private detective Sam Regal (Basil Harris from Grimm ), Carl’s tasked to spy on a wealthy businessman’s wife. Upon her murder, Sam and Carl find themselves entrenched in an investigation ripe with sex, intrigue, and lies. You can check out a sample of the comic to see how similar the series looks, as directed by Van Alan.
Debian Linux reveals Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors have broken hyper-threading | ZDNet
If you do get the bad-news message on a Kaby Lake processor, you should disable hyper-threading in your PC's BIOS/UEFI configuration. There is a fix for this, but it's not been released -- to the best of my knowledge -- to end-users or operating system vendors yet. OEMs do have access to it, but they're still testing the microcode patch to make sure it works with their computers.
Ethereum startups don’t need Silicon Valley
To date, Silicon Valley has been known worldwide as the place to go to get your tech startup funded. Now, though, a new kind of innovation infrastructure is being built using blockchain technology and, in particular, the Ethereum platform.
U.S. Laptop Ban Lifted at Abu Dhabi Airport
Photo Credit: In this May 4, 2014 file photo, an Etihad Airways plane prepares to land at the Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates. The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to find itself exempt from a U.S. ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins, the country’s flag carrier said July 2, 2017. Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press
The iPhone turns 10: A look back
The original iPhone was released 10 years ago this week. CNET takes a look back at the biggest gadget release ever.
Sunday Showdown: Used Kindle vs Trashy Paperback
Reading might be fundamental, but that doesn’t mean we read as often as we should. Everyone has at least one stack of books they stare at sheepishly, knowing they haven’t been read or cracked one open in months, even years.
Xbox takes on the Steam Summer Sale with its own massive deals
We've asked the Xbox team for further details about the availability of its upcoming Ultimate Game Sale, and will update this story if we learn more. Until then: happy savings!
What are the impacts of facial recognition on society?
Facial recognition is a tool in a larger toolbox of solutions. As with any powerful technology, if it ends up in the wrong hands, it could be problematic. For now, I believe, it is here to stay as it improves the flow of people’s lives and has the potential to silently protect individuals. When we do not understand a shift of behavior and the positive impact it can have, we as a society, always want to resist. Education is the crux to this resistance and once society recognizes the overwhelming benefits offered as a result of facial recognition we will be able to move past the mental hurdles.
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Image Comics Pulls Comic Book Cover That Showed Violent Lynching
People have described the cover to [ Divided States of Hysteria Issue 4] as distasteful, and they’re right, in that: ALL hate crimes are horrifying, dehumanizing, and distasteful, and the intent of this cover was to challenge people to look at what we as a society have become. Every hate crime is perpetrated under the cover of willful ignorance, because there is always someone content to turn away from what is really happening or label shameful truths as “alternative facts.” What’s more, ignoring that these hate crimes exist—and that they are happening right now—watering down in any way how bad things have become, seems like a cop out, like turning a blind eye at a time when we all need to be paying attention.
Report: Twice as many IT professionals plan to build formal security teams in 2017 - TechRepublic
"As cybercriminals continue to evolve their methods and capabilities, the challenge facing cybersecurity professionals will only grow," said Patrick Dennis, president and CEO of Guidance Software, in a press release. "We see this reflected in the data on the frequency of attacks, costs of a breach and more. Enterprises are beginning to realize that compromise is inevitable, so they need to ensure that they have a complete strategy that includes costs for prevention and deep detection and response tools. In other words, a growing number of enterprises recognize they live in a world of continuous compromise and no longer have to fear the breach."
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iPhone's AR could make staying in an Airbnb less awkward
Airbnb may make it socially acceptable to stay in a stranger's house, but that doesn't mean it's not awkward when you have to ransack the house to find the recycling bin.
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.
Mobile developers: Here are the 3 certifications to consider in 2017 - TechRepublic
There aren't very many certifications available for mobile developers, but having one of them can definitely help you land a job. Here are three certifications to consider this year.
Kaspersky Lab may face US military ban over Russia concerns
Senators are seeking a ban against the military's use of products from the Moscow-based cybersecurity software company out of concern they "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence," Reuters reported Wednesday. The proposal was included in the Senate's draft of the Department of Defense's budget rules, Reuters reporter Dustin Volz tweeted Wednesday.
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The NES30 Pro Is the Perfect Portable Controller for the Nintendo Switch
Nintendo put a great deal of thought into the design of the Switch with the exception of the alternative Pro Controller, which feels like an afterthought. It might be official, and a perfect way to play Nintendo Switch games on a TV, but it comes with a steep price tag, and a bulky design that flies in the face of the Switch’s best feature: portability. So I’ve been on the quest to find an alternative controller more in line with the Switch. And I’ve found it. If you need a controller that can be easily thrown in a bag but doesn’t feel as horribly cramped as a detached Joy-Con, 8Bitdo’s NES30 Pro strikes a perfect balance.
Police get broad phone and computer hacking powers in Germany | ZDNet
He also said it would weaken the "IT infrastructure as a whole" by deliberately maintaining the security vulnerabilities needed for the malware to work, and pointed out the irony in hiding a state trojan measure in the Trojan horse of a law that lets judges issue driving bans for non-vehicle-related criminal offences.
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will make you feel like a superheroic high schooler
Parker's younger-feeling Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), while just as nurturing as the older depiction in previous movies, is considerably more involved in her nephew's life despite being in the dark about his little Spidey secret. She clearly wants to play a direct part in Parker's life by offering social advice and getting him to parties. And like a protective parent, she's not crazy about the danger that often comes with an Avengers lifestyle.