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Microsoft's Unveils GLAS, a Stylish Cortana-Powered Thermostat

The smart thermostat 'knows when you're in the room, and when you're not,' and 'intelligently changes its settings' to save energy.

Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go's getting Legendary Pokémon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main..

'Call of Duty: WWII' takes zombies back to the front lines

Nazi. Zombies.

Watch this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising that looks like a Jaeger commercial

Your next ride could be a huge, amazing combat robot designed to fight monsters: That's the message behind this new teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the..

New trailer for 'Rocko's Modern Life' is all about not being in the '90s anymore


Breathless coverage of Elon Musk is exactly how fake news begins

Today was just a normal ol' day in the news cycle, at least in terms of 2017. And then Elon Musk decided to tweet someth

How a Hotmail address gave away the web’s largest drug market

AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest illegal drug markets on the so-called dark web, were raided and shut down by inte

Ryan Reynolds fulfills a young cancer patient's wish with a special FaceTime

You'll definitely need your tissues for this one.

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Google Maps adds 'Outer Space View' to Street View with stunning ISS photos

Pesquet says they "did a lot of troubleshooting" before they could get the images right. "The ISS has technical equipment on all surfaces, with lots of cables and a complicated layout with modules shooting off in all directions—left, right, up, down," he writes.  "And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day."

Elon Musk says he has approval to build NYC-to-DC hyperloop

Elon Musk's latest venture, The Boring Company, has certainly been a source of amusement . Now, the billionaire visionary has tweeted that he's received verbal government approval to build an New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC Hyperloop, which will get you from New York to Washington, DC, in 29 minutes. It currently takes approximately two and a half hours to travel between the two cities on Amtrak's Acela Express.

Samsung Set to Unveil Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 23

The invite features a Note-shaped device and S Pen with "do bigger things" written inside the phone's frame. Things kick off at 11 a.m. ET in New York City; the event will be live-streamed on for those not in attendance.

Samsung Hosting Unpacked Event for Galaxy Note 8 on August 23 | Droid Life

After reports were going back and forth about dates, Samsung has made it official. The next Unpacked event, where we’ll undoubtedly see the Galaxy Note 8 , is set to go down on August 23 in New York City at 11AM EDT (8AM Pacific).

Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

Meanwhile, in terms of turning regular recordings into GIFs, Google introduced new technology as well. It says it redesigned its existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each video frame as it’s recording. It then stabilizes the image while performing the loop optimization over the full sequence. Again, translated, this means you can quickly make a recording and immediately get a smoothed-out GIF to share as a result.

Fitbit confident smartwatch will arrive on time, despite rumors of delays

Fitbit’s next smartwatch is “on track” to launch at the end of this year, according to chief executive James Park, who denied the multiple rumors of delays.

Netflix drops the full trailer for David Ayer's 'Bright'

Netflix has some 40 original movies due for release this year, but the highest profile release will likely be Bright . Directed by David Ayer ( Suicide Squad, End of Watch ), it stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as a pair of cops, but the twist is that they live in a world with orcs, fairies and elves. Following a panel appearance at Comic-Con Netflix posted this three minute trailer on YouTube, giving us our first good look at the movie ahead of its December 22nd release date.

Oculus may soon offer consumers choice in VR headsets

Following on from a report yesterday that said Oculus may be launching a $200 standalone virtual reality headset late this year, rumors now suggest that several headsets, capable of working with a connected PC or mobile, are currently in development.

Devil's Ivy vulnerability could take down millions of servers and IoT devices - TechRepublic

A recent blog from Senrio detailed a new flaw called Devil's Ivy, found in an open source code library, that could be used to hijack security cameras and for other nefarious purposes.

Apple's new Clips iPhone app makes videos for Instagram, Facebook and more

It will allow users to edit photos and videos on the fly so that they can be shared straight to your social network of choice. Clips is designed to share your video and shots to other social networks, rather than Apple having to launch its own version of Google+ or Facebook.

Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

It doesn’t seem like Amazon shopping app users would really need to perform these sort of tasks from their Amazon app, but again, this feels more like an Alexa demo than an everyday use case. The idea is to get consumers familiar with Alexa, which could encourage them to purchase a hardware device, like the Echo or Echo Dot, to bring her into their home.

The first lady of Japan may have pretended not to speak English to avoid Trump

Of course, Trump is also a terrible man, so he could have just assumed she couldn't speak English because she's from another country and it's not her primary language. Or many other things could have made this impression on him, or led her not to speak.

Inside Comic-Con's Hall H, the most important room in Hollywood

“It’s very hard to look at something that happened in Hall H and say it backfired or was a mistake, because even in the worst of circumstances, you’re cementing your relationship with your hard-core fans,” added the elder Walker, who’s witnessed the explosive growth at Comic-Con — and more recent media hand-wringing over the event’s expansion into downtown San Diego and Hollywood studios’ commitment to the annual confab — since organizers were hosting panels in rooms a fraction the size of Hall H.

AlphaBay, the Largest Online 'Dark Market,' Shut Down

“This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of the year – taking down the largest dark net marketplace in history,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a new challenge from the criminals and transnational criminal organizations who think they can commit their crimes with impunity using the dark net.  The dark net is not a place to hide. The Department will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate criminals, drug traffickers and their enablers wherever they are. We will use every tool we have to stop criminals from exploiting vulnerable people and sending so many Americans to an early grave. I believe that because of this operation, the American people are safer – safer from the threat of identity fraud and malware, and safer from deadly drugs.”

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10 Linux tips to help you get the most out of the open source OS - TechRepublic

If you are interested in creating a backup or a live ISO of your Linux desktop that you can install on other similar hardware, you can install and use a tool called Systemback instead of going through the process of learning a number of commands to do so. The Systemback tool allows you to create restore points, backups, and live images of a running system. In this article, Wallen shows you how to install it.

FCC sets new record with more than 10 million comments on net neutrality

AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other internet service providers also filed comments asking the FCC to repeal the rules. These companies say they support an open internet but don't agree with the legal basis the FCC used to form the rules. The FCC reclassified broadband as a utility-like service subjecting broadband to the same rules governing the old telephone network. Cable and phone companies say applying these outdated regulations on internet service providers hurts investment, because they fear that the government may try to regulate rates.

YouTube will redirect you away from extremist videos

As for how Google plans to measure success, it simply says it'll look at how much engagement the content gets from those being redirected to it. And this isn't the only way Google is fighting extremist messaging on YouTube. As part of last month's announcements, it said that it was increasing the technology it uses to identify extremist and terrorism-related videos as well as increasing the number of human experts in YouTube's "trusted flagger" program. This may not be enough to stop terrorists from using YouTube as a recruitment platform, but it's clear Google is taking the problem seriously.

Google's on-demand Play Music comes to Apple's CarPlay

Subscribers to Google Play Music can now access the on-demand service via Apple's CarPlay, which bridges iPhone apps with in-dash interfaces in compatible vehicles. Image Credit: snorlax on Reddit The CarPlay interface is divided into Home, Recents, Music Library and Stations sections. While most of these are self-explanatory, Home offers recommendations, which can be based not just on past listening but factors like place or the time of day. To get CarPlay, Play Music users must update to the latest iPhone app , then connect to a car via Wi-Fi or a Lightning cable, depending on the vehicle's implementation. It may be necessary to rearrange CarPlay's home screen icons to see Play Music on the front page, but this can be done through the General section of the iOS 10 Settings app. To date, CarPlay is still supported by relatively few iPhone apps , most of which focus on music, radio and podcasts. This includes Play Music competitors Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, and of course Apple Music. Indeed, Play Music is the first Google app to appear on the platform. While Google Maps or Waze might seem like natural choices, Apple so far appears to be blocking navigation apps other than its own.


Intel reportedly eliminates its wearables division

Intel's done with wearables and focusing instead on augmented reality, reports CNBC.


The new feature, dubbed The Redirect Method , is part of a four-prong strategy announced by Google last month to quash extremist ideologies across its platforms. The Redirect Method was developed by Jigsaw -- an Alphabet subsidiary whose mission is to counter extremism, censorship, and cyber attacks -- alongside another tech company called Moonshot CVE (which stands for "Countering Violent Extremism"). Jigsaw and Moonshot CVE developed the tech after studying, over several years, how terrorist factions like ISIS leverage technology to spread their messaging and recruit new followers. In coming weeks, YouTube says it intends to incorporate The Redirect Method into a wider set of search queries in languages beyond English, use machine learning to dynamically update search terms, work with partner NGOs to develop new anti-extremist content, and roll out the Method to Europe.


Microsoft is super close to the $20 billion cloud milestone it set for itself in 2015

And yet, Amazon Web Services, the retail giant's cloud computing arm, is still the one to beat in this market. AWS is on a $12 billion annualized run rate. That's obviously less than Microsoft's pace, but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Amazon Web Services competes directly with just Azure. By contrast, Microsoft counts subscriptions to Office 365 and other software in its cloud revenue.

Microsoft Profit Jumps, Fueled by Cloud Computing

Microsoft Corp. continued its rebirth as a force in cloud-computing, posting stronger-than-expected gains in its business of selling web-based services to corporate customers.

Musk says received 'verbal' OK for NY-DC hyperloop; provides no detail

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.

DIY Air Cannon Snags Drones from the Sky

Before the comment line lights up with outrage, the above scenarios are presented entirely in jest. We do not condone the use of force on a drone, nor do we look favorably on those who use drones in a way that even hints at an invasion of privacy. We can all get along, and even though we hope [Make It Extreme]’s anti-drone gun will never be used in anger, it’s still a neat build that gives us lots of ideas. The rig is essentially four coaxial narrow-bore compressed-air cannons, each launching a slug attached to the corner of a lightweight net. A fairly complex set of linkages sets the spread of the barrels, and a pair of old oxygen tanks serve as reservoirs for the compressed air. A fast-acting dump valve is tripped by an interesting trigger mechanism mounted to a complicated stock and grip; we’d have liked to see more on the fabrication of that bit. The video below shows a test firing that results in a clean takedown of a drone, although we doubt the owner of the quad would characterize it as such.

FTC probing allegations of Amazon's deceptive discounting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe.

Explore the International Space Station—with Google Street View

In the 10 years of Street View’s existence, Google ( GOOG , GOOGL) has added 3-D photographic walkarounds for mountains, the ocean floor, and even the interiors of museums and other important buildings. On Thursday, Google added its first off-world site to Street View: the International Space Station. ( Click here to go !)

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Cobb, who is not yet on the White House payroll, was described as attempting to instill some discipline in how the White House handles queries about the case. But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later. Cobb, who officially joins the White House team at the end of the month, declined to comment for this article.

Legion creator Noah Hawley is working on a Doctor Doom movie

Hawley wouldn’t offer any details about the Fox project, according to Variety , only saying, “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom.” The announcement creates a whole host of questions about what direction the writer-producer will take the character in, and how the movie will fit into 20th Century Fox’s own Marvel film universe.

iPhone, iPad owners: Update now to block 'Broadpwn' Wi-Fi hack | ZDNet

Apple has used an update to iOS 10 to fix a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi bug affecting most of its hardware.

“We Had The Wrong Goal Initially”: Pinterest’s Diversity Chief Adjusts Course

“That [initiative] has actually been very, very successful for us,” Morgan says. “We actually had hundreds of candidates that we looked at who were women for the head of engineering role, even though women are under 5% of that talent pool.” The best candidate for the role happened to be a woman, she says, but Morgan sees Fan’s hiring as important for two reasons: One, appointing a female head engineer was a first not just for Pinterest but has rarely happened before in the tech sector at large. “Two, because it shows our senior women engineers that they could lead the department,” she explains. “I believe that that is a result of the extra vigilance of the Rooney Rule.”

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Priceless NASA Artifact Sold Against NASA's Wishes

The array of relics range from an original illustration of “The Exploration of Mars” (which sold for $125,000, a rep for Sotheby’s told Gizmodo) to a moon-dusted bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong for lunar return samples during Apollo 11. According to the auction house’s website, the bag—which was one of the most-hyped pieces for obvious reasons—sold for just over $1.8 million. That’s actually a bargain considering it was expected to sell for anywhere between $2 to 4 million . Consequently, the bag did not top Sotheby’s all-time highest sale price for a space artifact, which was achieved by the Soviet Vostok 3KA-2 capsule when it sold for $2,882,500 back in 2011.

The 29 coolest USB sticks for tech pros - TechRepublic

This is definitely the droid you're looking for. Available via Mimoco , which offers a range of officially licensed Star Wars flash drives via its Mimobot line. Prices start at $14.99 for the 8GB-capacity stick. (All prices listed here were current as of publication.)

Facebook is exploring creating a mysterious 'modular' hardware device

The modular device could function as a phone or Amazon Alexa-like music speaker, according to the patent, which also notes that "millions of devices" connected to a server could be loaded with different software based on components that are swapped out. Building 8's head of new product introduction, Bernard Richardson, previously worked in a similar role at Amazon on the Alexa speaker, according to his LinkedIn.

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Photo shows the exact moment a woman lost her phone on a roller coaster

When the couple looked at the photo of themselves snapped by the coaster cam, they noticed it picked up the exact moment gravity stole the phone.

Skip Astronaut Training and Explore the ISS Right Now in Google Street View

Sometime between your marine biologist and professional ninja phases, you probably dreamed of being an astronaut as a kid. But have you seen all the work that goes into actually becoming one? Save yourself years of G-force training and wearing onesies and just  shortcut your way onto the International Space Station,  which became available for tour through Google Maps’ Street View today.

All of the Christopher Nolan movie rankings, ranked

I don’t know which Christopher Nolan movie I would personally rank as the best because I have largely forgotten what they are about and now see his filmography as a list of unrelated words. But here are the Christopher Nolan oeuvre rankings, ranked from worst to best.

The Curious Photographer's Bag

The best camera is the one you have with you, so why not bring a bunch? The gear in Addim Hawk’s bag is versatile enough for capturing beautiful shots and action scenes, all inside a pretty compact setup.

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Google has a new plan to make the entire internet faster

The new BBR algorithm, which Google is now with and its cloud service, was the fruit of two years of research at Google, Cardwell said. Under the protocol it replaced, anything connected to the internet would automatically halve its speed if it detected that "packets," or units of data, were getting lost in transmission amid congestion. Google's BBR algorithm essentially gives the network a way to predict what those lost packets were and where they were going, allowing it to avoid slowing transfer rates.

IBM, London Stock Exchange build blockchain tool to manage shareholder data - TechRepublic

On Wednesday, IBM and Borsa Italiana, part of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), announced a collaborative effort aiming to use blockchain to support the digital issuance of securities for smaller firms in Europe. The new solution could make it easier for the firms involved to manage their shareholder information, according to a press release .

The long-term cost of sexual harassment

W hen news recently broke that multiple women have accused 500 Startups founder Dave McClure of sexual harassment, I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. In 2015, I was propositioned and groped by a 500 Startups venture partner named Tristan Pollock during an event here in Taipei while working as a contributor for TechCrunch. After 500 Startups conducted an internal investigation, McClure told TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief that disciplinary action would be taken against Pollock. I am devastated that someone I trusted to see the details of my encounter with Pollock and deal with him appropriately had, in fact, made many women feel equally uncomfortable.

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