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Microsoft's Cortana turns up heat with smart thermostat

Microsoft has unveiled the first smart thermostat that comes with integrated Cortana voice controls, built in partnership with Johnson Controls.

The Walking Dead’s season 8 trailer is here

The trailer for The Walking Dead season 8 was released today, first shown to the audience in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) seems pretty sure those watching will need...

Sprint is trolling Verizon with a fake store where you can’t actually buy things

Sprint is pushing a PR stunt today in which it opened a pop-up shop called

'Crash Bandicoot's' hardest ever level comes to the remaster

'Crash Bandicoot's' hidden level Stormy Ascent is free on PSN until August 19th.

Delivery guy clearly DGAF about your packages

Well, at least it was fast.

Baby destined for an HGTV career absolutely loves shopping for paint

Somebody come take a look at these colors.

'Minecraft' wizard recreates Doomfist from 'Overwatch' without any mods

Doomfist arrived in 'Minecraft' before 'Overwatch.'

Delta now lets you use your fingerprints as your boarding pass

The airline has rolled out its biometric boarding pass program at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). To be eligib

Stargate returns with Stargate Origins series, an MGM streaming exclusive

Stargate is the epic, storied TV and movie sci-fi franchise that gets the least amount of credit, overshadowed by the likes of Star Trek and Star Wars. But..

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1 Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology

Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system car manufacturers could plug into their self-driving cars.

Dump the snake oil and show security researchers some respect | ZDNet

Heading into Hacker Summer Camp, I've seen a significant amount of public relations outreach. In my unique position as a ZDNet contributor and a chief marketing officer, I see both sides of this. We give the pitches, we get the pitches. The piece that has stood out to me is how flippantly, at times, marketers will treat research in their promotions. They almost seem to regard a race to be first as more important than revering the research. I'm the first person to want the big story -- the "air cover" as we call it -- and the brand development. However, that should never come at the cost of the research, or the researcher. Here's why:

New patent reveals Facebook is exploring a modular phone

Still, it's hard not to get excited about Facebook exploring consumer hardware. With all the brainiacs Facebook has housed in its Building 8 division, we imagine they'll come up with something awesome in the near future. Whether it's a modular phone remains to be seen, but we'll be here when they finally decide to announce it.

Facebook is working on a type of device so tough to build, even Google gave up on it

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.

Lyft is making a move toward autonomy

Part of the reason for Lyft's (and Uber's) investment in self-driving cars is pretty straightforward: humans are expensive. Self-driving cars don't need to put food on a table or pay for health insurance, they don't complain and can work a 24-hour day if necessary. Removing humans from the equation would slaughter the gig economy, but fares will probably go down, and Lyft would reap the lion's share of each fare instead of giving it to a driver. That's good news... if you're the CEO of Lyft.

Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

“We have come a long way since then,” Agarwal said in a Facebook post. “We have over half a billion users today. We have hundreds of thousands of business customers who are using our products to make their teams and companies more productive. We have expanded our product line through SmartSync, Dropbox Paper and more. We have 12 global offices with over 1500 amazing Dropboxers. These are the hallmarks of a company that is built to last.”

Andy Rubin says Essential phone coming 'in a few weeks'

Rubin says that the Essential Phone is now going through testing with US and international carriers and that his team is “working long hours” to get the device shipped. It’s not entirely clear why carrier certification would be that much of a hurdle, since Essential is keeping its phone exclusive to a few carriers and selling it unlocked to everyone else.

Comic-Con 2017 'The Walking Dead' season 8 trailer is here

No one is safe -- especially from each other -- in season 8 of "The Walking Dead." Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)  and his Saviors are at war with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew in the new trailer, which had very little dialogue and a whole lot of violence.

Stephen Colbert Visits President Trump's (Alleged) Pee Tape Hotel Room

Stephen Colbert took viewers to a Moscow hotel room on his show last night. But it wasn’t just any Moscow hotel room. It was the room where President Trump allegedly had two sex workers urinate on the bed as a sign of disrespect to Barack Obama, who had previously stayed in the same room. And the segment is pretty nerve-racking .

With hundreds of choices, how can you pick an IoT platform?

“There are a good number of companies, specialized in a particular subsection of IoT or with specialized platform services such as prescriptive analytics. There will be some acquisition of smaller platforms by bigger ones but at the same time, I think  the key issue here is being able to create the right ecosystem which is flexible enough to move you from being a player into system leader into several sectors.  I think the management of ecosystems is really a challenging one but a key competitive asset in IoT.

Spicer resigns: A look back at his spiciest moments

Scaramucci said Friday that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is succeeding Spicer as press secretary, who will leave the job in August. Scaramucci said he had great respect for Spicer, according to The New York Times, and said "I hope he goes on to make a tremendous amount of money." Huckabee, reading a statement from Trump, quoted the president as saying, "I wish (Spicer) continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings."

Google says AI will help run datacenters in the near future - TechRepublic

Sloss says that it won't just be Google that is clamouring to put its datacenters under the stewardship of AI, the results achieved by self-learning systems are such an unambiguous improvement over manual decision-making that using machine-learning systems will rapidly become essential when running large datacenters.

Google Glass Returns After Two Years In The Dark

After two years in the dark, Google Glass has returned, launching a new enterprise edition (EE) that several major corporations have already deployed into their workforce.

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Most weapons on the dark web come from US, study finds

"The dark web is both an enabler for the trade of illegal weapons already on the black market and a potential source of diversion for weapons legally owned", said Giacomo Persi Paoli, the report's lead author. "The ability for criminals and terrorists, as well as vulnerable or fixated individuals, to make virtually anonymous purchases is perhaps the most dangerous aspect."

LA Dodgers organist plays 'Numb' in touching tribute to Chester Bennington

Los Angeles Dodgers organist plays 'Numb' in touching tribute to Chester Bennington

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I don't care about the other cartoons but I'm sorry to hear you don't think it's a good show, it's by far my favourite cartoon ever

We spotted Tesla's Model 3 in the wild a week before its official launch

Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3. The company is hoping the vehicle, which will have a starting price of $35,000 will be the first electric car to appeal to a mass audience. In anticipation of the car's launch, investors have bid up Tesla's stock; it's up more than 50% in the last year.

Trump's new communication director is a hot mess on Twitter

Trump's new communication director is a hot mess on Twitter

Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits “video optimization”

That number appears to be an average. But if the bitrate is relatively constant and doesn't vary much, a connection of less than 7Mbps would be sufficient for Netflix's highest mobile quality, and 10Mbps would thus be enough to stream without any noticeable limits. In our testing on the Verizon phone, we were able to play a Netflix video in the "unlimited" mobile quality with no buffering.


Oh, Elon. Building Infrastructure for the Hyperloop Doesn't Work Like That

Musk seems to understand that building a hyperloop will become a political fight. “I think (the hyperloop project) will make a major positive difference to anyone traveling that route, so I hope people do take the time to let their elected officials know that they want this to happen,” Musk wrote in a Twitter direct message to WIRED. He should know that political offices have been won and lost on mega-projects—Seattle booted one of their mayors out for opposing a tunnel . Either way, politicians will be wary about getting involved.

NASA Uploads Hundreds of Rare Aircraft Films to YouTube

There are tons of videos on the channel, and like I said, if you want to get any work done I wouldn’t recommend clicking through to watch. They’re simply too cool. But if you insist, here are a few that are especially fun.

Welcome to Outer Space View

We did a lot of troubleshooting before collecting the final imagery that you see today in Street View. 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. And it’s a busy place, with six crew members carrying out research and maintenance activities 12 hours a day. There are a lot of obstacles up there, and we had limited time to capture the imagery, so we had to be confident that our approach would work. Oh, and there’s that whole zero gravity thing.

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Incredible Self-Folding Robots Work Without Batteries or Wires

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art of origami, self-folding robots can go places and do things traditional robots cannot. A major drawback to these devices, however, has been the need to equip them with batteries or wires. Researchers from Harvard have found a new way to overcome this problem, by designing folding robots that can be controlled using a wireless magnetic field.

Australia Releases Trove of Scientific Data from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Search

It can be hard to look for the bright side in a tragedy. But resolving tragedies often requires an immense amount of human effort, and that effort results in new knowledge. New genetic forensics techniques emerged from the identification of 9/11 victims, for example. Another tragedy, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 three years ago, is starting to yield its own benefits to the scientific community.

Game companies are forerunners of the next wave of business tech innovation - TechRepublic

Our main advantage is that we are not part of a large corporate structure and are not reliant on external funding from publishers. This is what actually allowed us to realize Albion Online. The game's concept is extremely innovative, and larger companies tend to perceive this as a risk rather than an opportunity and hence would not even attempt it. From our point of view, the opposite is true: Rather than trying to compete in the MMORPG space with "just another World of Warcraft clone," our goal is to fill the Sandbox MMORPG niche, which, as we see it, has been lacking great releases over the past 10 years. This is not for lack of ideas, though. Sandbox MMORPGs are probably the hardest type of game to make; it takes a lot of endurance, innovation, and trial and error. Smaller independent developers often lack the time and funding to make this work. In our case, thanks to having collected $9 million from our founders and additional funds from friends and family, we have managed to grow from a small indie developer to a medium-size one, giving us enough power to take Albion Online across the finish line and beyond.

Results are in on strange space signal, and it's not aliens

But this is really just a reminder that it's very difficult to prove a negative, i.e., it's easier to confirm there's a signal coming from a certain star system than to declare there definitely isn't such a signal, especially when we know a signal like that would take at least 11 years to reach us.

Video: How to set up an Exchange email on your iPhone - TechRepublic

Want to use a Microsoft Exchange email on your iPhone? Here's how to set it up.

When a teen couple joked that they bought a house, Twitter dragged them hard

A young couple from Texas received quite the backlash after posting a photo pretending to be home owners. Natalia Kaiser, 17, and her boyfriend, Joe, took a pic in front of his aunt's house because they were wearing matching shirts.

The Moto Z2 Force may disappoint you

Although last year's Z Force was supposed to be the more heavily specced phone of the Moto Z lineup, the Z2 Force could fall short on specs, especially in the US. The global version of the Z2 Force is reported to get 6GB of RAM, says VentureBeat, citing leaked Moto marketing material, while the US version will be stuck with 4GB. The US version is also said to get 64GB of internal storage while the Chinese version gets 128GB.

Halle Berry chugs an entire freaking glass of whiskey at Comic-Con

Since she had to live up to her reputation as being completely hardcore, she couldn't just pass on the giant shot. Instead, Berry downed the entire glass in seconds — eight seconds to be exact.

Video: Why millions of Atom-based Windows 10 PCs won't get updates - TechRepublic

Bill Detwiler and Dan Patterson discuss why Microsoft's decision to withhold updates from Intel Clover Trail PCs illustrates the pitfalls of the operating system as a service model

iPhone 4S Owner Sues Apple After 'Defective' Battery Allegedly Starts House Fire

A woman from Wisconsin and insurance company State Farm are suing Apple for $75,000 , claiming the tech giant sold her a “defective” iPhone 4S that caused a fire in her home—not unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.

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Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic

Every year we go through the same motions: Scientists figure out what the most common flu strains will be, and prepare a vaccine that will best protect against it. Those who get vaccinated avoid the new strains, those who don’t might get sick. But every so often, a new kind of flu pops up that doctors are unprepared to vaccinate against. That kind of flu can turn into a pandemic .

Razer reportedly plans to build a phone for gamers, but needs more money

Razer is interested in building a smartphone for gamers, according to a report from Bloomberg . The company is planning an IPO in Hong Kong later this year that could value its business at $5 billion. It will reportedly use some of the funds to build its smartphone.


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'Ghost Recon: Wildlands' expands into PvP with Ghost War

Ghost War lets Wildlands players go toe-to-toe for the first time in 4v4 team deathmatches played out on "large-scale, open maps" based on locations from the main game. The update is expected to release this fall, but there will be an open beta for eager testers available on all platforms later this summer.

Twitter's 12-day winning streak is over (TWTR) | 07/21/17

Twitter's 12-day winning streak is in jeopardy (TWTR)

NASA doesn't want you to go blind during the solar eclipse

Look, NASA isn't trying to ruin your fun. "While NASA isn't trying to be the eclipse safety glasses 'police,' it's our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States," said Alex Young, associate director for science in NASA's Heliophysics department. They just want you to plan ahead and, you know, not go blind.

50% of low-skilled jobs will be replaced by AI and automation, report claims - TechRepublic

A report from Ball State University found that machines will master half of low-skilled jobs currently performed by humans, and a quarter of those jobs are at risk of being sent offshore.

Infographic: Time spent managing vendor relationships is on the rise | ZDNet

As the pace of change in technology speeds up, companies are increasingly dependent on vendors to help them keep up. When ZDNet's sister site, Tech Pro Research, polled IT professionals on vendor relationships in April and May, most respondents said their company works with at least one vendor, and 47percent said their company uses more than 10. The most often-used category of vendors among respondents was, not surprisingly, hardware. As TechRepublic recently reported , the top three tech vendors, based on revenue, are Apple, Samsung Vendor Group, and Google.

Snap Hires Swiss Team Behind Software Protection Startup

Snap Inc. has quietly acquired the team behind Swiss startup Strong.Codes, a maker of tools that obscures software code and makes it harder for competitors to copy.

Take that Milwaukee. Pokemon Go is protected free speech

Permits required for location-based augmented reality games. Virtual and location-based augmented reality games are not permitted in Milwaukee County parks except in those areas designated with a permit for such use by the director of the department of parks, recreation, and culture (DPRC). Permits shall be required before any company may introduce a location-based augmented reality game into the parks, effective January 1, 2017. The permitting application process is further described on DPRC's website for companies that create and promote such games. That process shall include an internal review by the DPRC to determine the appropriateness of the application based on site selection, protection of rare flora and fauna, personal safety, and the intensity of game activities on park lands. Game activity shall only occur during standard park hours, unless otherwise authorized by the DPRC director, who has the authority to designate special events and activities within the parks outside of the standard operational hours.

How to install Countly Analytics on Ubuntu Server - TechRepublic

Countly is a very large and very powerful system. In order to get the most out of it, you need to fully understand what it does and what it can do for you. The best place to start your education with Countly is the official user guide . There you'll find a very handy video where you can get up to speed quickly with the first steps and the user interface. You will find there is much to learn about Countly, with a fairly significant learning curve to get up to speed. It is very important, however, that you do take the time to read through the documentation, so you know what to do next. For example, you'll need to learn how to download and install various SDKs (for the likes of Android, iOS, Web, NodeJS, Python IoT, and more). Find out more on how to do this (as well as links to the various SDSs) here .

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​Google's Motion Stills GIF-making app arrives on Android | ZDNet

"For this release, we redesigned our existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each frame of a video as it is being recorded. By computing intermediate motion metadata, we are able to immediately stabilize the recording while still performing loop optimization over the full sequence. All this leads to instant results after recording -- no waiting required to share your new GIF," Google said .

Amazon is slipping Alexa into its Android shopping app

While it may not be feature-full enough or, you know, natively built-in, to convince you to wholly switch from Siri or Google Assistant, slipping Alexa into the major mobile ecosystems is a smart way for Amazon to expose its assistant to more people. 

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55 Best password managers of 2017: Reviews of the top products
56 YouTube kills the video editing tools you never used
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58 Spicer resigns: A look back at his spiciest moments
59 The fastest bikes at the Tour de France, raced by the world's fastest cyclists
60 These 10 programming languages have dominated development in 2017 - TechRepublic
61 Fintech startup Klarna taps Permira for around $250M at $2.5B valuation
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63 Some Verizon customers say they're not getting the speeds they're paying for
64 WeChat director of user growth talks up new features for overseas clients
65 First Silk Road. Now AlphaBay. What's next for the dark web?
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70 Amazon discounts are misleading you, consumer group says
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84 Verizon is Throttling Netflix and YouTube to Conduct Optimization Tests
85 This shot of Terry Crews in 'Crackdown 3' looks amazing
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87 Microsoft is quietly fighting a clever war against Russian hacking group Fancy Bear
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89 Paying people to preserve forests really seems to work
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