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Android killed Windows Phone, not Apple

So Windows Phone is well and truly dead (excepting a tiny handful of Windows 10 devices). There it lies, buried in the graveyard of failed smartphone platforms. Cause of death: Android. Yes,...

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.

Siri 'movie' starring the Rock is just another Apple ad

Commentary: Apple releases a new commercial featuring The Rock. It's, well, rocky.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson promotes Apple team-up on 'Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day' YouTube flick [u: now available]

Watch Every TV Trailer from San Diego Comic-Con Right Here

Trailers for The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and more!

10 thoughts we had while watching the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer

It has begun.

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight search yields valuable seafloor data

The search generated incredibly detailed maps of the ocean floor.

'Game of Thrones' Comic-Con trailer teases Daenerys and Jon's meeting


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

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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.

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

The Essential Phone is coming 'in a few weeks'

You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential Phone (and I'm also impatient to get it to you!) but rest assured that you will have a device in your hands in a few weeks.

Intel sides with Apple, accuses Qualcomm of anticompetitive conduct | ZDNet

The statement, filed with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) comes in response to Qualcomm's complaint alleging patent infringement by certain Apple mobile devices. In that earlier complaint, Qualcomm asked the ITC to bar the import of iPhones that use cellular baseband processors other than those supplied by Qualcomm's affiliates. In other words, it asked to keep Intel-powered iPhones out of the US.

New 'Ready Player One' trailer, dissected shot by shot

The Iron Giant (from the movie of the same name) is in the trailer to replace Ultraman from the book plot in "Ready Player One." He seems to fit in the trailer just fine.

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We're LIVE from Comic-Con with Tim Roth, who's talking #TwinPeaks . Join us!  #SDCC2017

Amazon reportedly acquires startup to make Alexa smarter

The Department of State has announced plans to deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) energy platform to conserve more energy, identify potential issues quicker, and monitor the department’s sensors. It will be working with C3 IoT (formerly C3 Energy) to deploy the IoT platform to hundreds of thousands of “data points” over the coming years. … Read more »

Artificial intelligence, analytics help speed up digital workplace transformation | ZDNet

Gaining competitive advantage and improving business processes are among the top goals of digital transformation strategies, according to the report, "The Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business," which is based on a survey of 850 organizations in 15 countries.

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.

America Is Breaking Ground on an Enormous Neutrino Experiment Today

Construction is only beginning on the experiment, but its outcome will be truly massive: four containers holding a combined 68,000 tons of liquid argon cooled to negative 300 degrees Fahrenheit, almost a mile underground. Neutrinos interact incredibly weakly (they don’t interact with the Earth or your body, for example) and require these sensitive detectors to spot. Essentially, neutrinos from the source in Illinois will hit the liquid argon, knocking off electrons that drift into sensors on the container’s edges thanks to the presence of an electric field—the detectors register these electrons as a signal. But that sensitivity means the researchers might also pick up false hits from other particles coming from space, which is why the detectors need to be so deeply buried.

Lyft Outlines Self-Driving Car Plans After Earlier Partnerships

Lyft is mirroring -- whether it wants to admit it or not -- Uber’s autonomous strategy, though years behind its larger rival and with a shallower bench of talent. In February 2015, Uber announced its Advanced Technologies Group in Pittsburgh and hired researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to work on its program. Then, in August 2016, Uber bought Otto, a small team of self-driving truck researchers formed by former Alphabet engineers, in a $680 million stock deal. Uber is facing a protracted trade secrets suit brought by Waymo that alleges that Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 proprietary files while he worked at Alphabet’s self-driving car company.

Google's Motion Stills App Now on Android

To bring Motion Stills to Android, Google's engineers built a "new recording experience," which transforms everything you capture into short clips. Like Apple's Live Photos, you can capture a "Motion Still" on Android with a single tap, just as if you were shooting a normal photo.

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 him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings."

Razer is reportedly working on a phone just for gamers

Whether Razer's rumored new "gamer phone" will be based on Nexbit's Robin or turn out to be a whole new animal is anyone's guess. We've reached out to Razer for more details and will update this post when we hear back.

Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

iPhone 8: Here's everything we think we know so far | ZDNet

There have also been a few leaks from case makers, but I find that case makers can be very hit and miss. Because case makers are prepared to pay for leaks in order to find out what a new iPhone will look like and get cases out before the competition, there's an entire industry out there of people why try to profit off this by offering fake designs.

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.

Machines Poised to Take Over 30% of Work at Banks, McKinsey Says

New technologies are poised to sweep through investment banks, relieving many rank-and-file employees of roughly a third of their current workload, according to McKinsey & Co. The shift, already stoking angst on Wall Street, may take only a few years.

China aims to become global AI leader by 2030 | ZDNet

After the conclusion of the second phase by 2025 when legal grounds for the industry are established, the government plans to be the global leader in AI theory, technology, and applications and the major AI innovation centre globally by 2030. At which time, the core AI industry will value 1 trillion yuan and AI-related industries 10 trillion yuan, according to the blueprint.

Comic-Con: Netflix puts you in 'Defenders' and 'Stranger Things'

Once you enter you are treated to a virtual reality experience on the HTC Vive where you communicate with the Upside Down (and scream your head off if you're like me).

Singapore Startup Takes Bitcoin Into Real World With Visa

A recurring challenge for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is how to make them work in the real world. A Singapore-based startup says the answer is its Visa card.

How to use ssh-agent to make working with secure shell more efficient

How many times do you have to secure shell into the same servers over and over throughout the day? Each time you do, you have to enter your password to gain access to that server. What if I told you that process could not only be made easier, but more secure? This can be done with the help of ssh-key authentication and a remarkably handy tool called ssh-agent. With the combination of ssh-key authentication and ssh-agent, you can start an agent session and, so long as you are in that session, you can secure shell into that server without having to enter your user password. Once you're finished, exit the session and the next time you have to secure into the server, you'll have to enter the user password.

UK to bring in drone registration - BBC News

"Registration has its place. I would argue it will focus the mind of the flyer - but I don't think you can say it's going to be a magic solution," said Dr Alan McKenna, law lecturer at the University of Kent.

New Comic-Con 'Thor: Ragnarok' trailer breakdown, blow by blow

Thor and Hulk join forces with Loki and Valkyrie to fight against the Goddess of Death herself, Hela. Check out our favorite scenes from the trailer.

The iPhone, Atari and the best in California design

"California: Designing Freedom" is an engaging exhibit showing at London's Design Museum until October 15. It chronicles the global design influence and innovation of the Golden State, in everything from pop culture, to counterculture to the technology boom of Silicon Valley.

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Our tutorials from how to get started with Solidity for writing Ethereum smart contracts to advanced topics such as design patterns, tools to use and featured examples like coin creation, ICO or lottery.

'Justice League' trailer, shot by shot

Flash shows himself the newbie of the group more than once in the trailer. Here, as the other main four strut impressively, he whispers, "It's really cool you guys seem ready to do battle and stuff, but I've never done battle..."

The pizza-making robots that want to change the world

“One of the founding principles of this company is that every American has a right to a healthy meal they can afford,” he told me. “If you look at pizza, what is it? It’s high-quality bread, and high-quality organic vegetables, and meats and cheeses. All of these things are things that are good for you in moderation. And the number of calories really is a function of how much sugar is in the food. Zume Pizza is half the calories per slice, roughly half the cholesterol and half the fat, of any of the national leading chains.”

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Grab, Uber's South East Asia rival, to raise $2.5 billion from Didi Chuxing, SoftBank, others

Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up?

Luigi Zingales, director of the university’s Stigler Center, likes to remind people that the reason Google and Facebook were able to succeed is that the U.S. in 1998, under Bill Clinton, sued Microsoft Corp. for tying its web browser to its Windows operating system to undermine rival Netscape. A trial court decision that Microsoft should be broken up was overturned on appeal (though not the court’s finding of monopoly), and ultimately the case was settled by the George W. Bush administration. But it slowed Microsoft’s ability to dominate the internet. Zingales says today’s monopolies are yesterday’s startups, and a healthy system needs to make room for newcomers.

5 iOS 11 Problems Apple Should Fix Before Release

But there are readability and iconography problems. For example, the user needs to 3D Touch the Now Playing tile to bring up the option to change audio outputs. And even then, its hard to read the text. The icons for some controls, especially accessibility ones aren’t obvious. Apple needs to tweak them before release so users aren’t confused.

Symantec tricked into removing legit certificates by security researcher | ZDNet

"No harm was done here, because the certificate was only issued for my own test domain. But I could've also fake private keys of other peoples' certificates. Very likely Symantec would have revoked them as well, causing downtimes for those sites," Böck wrote. "I even could've easily created a fake key belonging to Symantec's own certificate."

Your Telegram chats now include disappearing photos

Telegram's messaging app is better known for its security than catering to Snapchat fans, but it's blurring those lines. The company has updated its mobile apps with support for disappearing photos and videos in any private chat. All you have to do is set a timer for your media and it'll vanish. If the recipient gets sneaky and takes a screenshot, you'll know right away. In short: much as with services like Snapchat or iMessage, you shouldn't have to worry that a sensitive pic will leak to the public .

How to create a bootable VMware ESXi USB drive in Windows

The transfer process will vary depending on the specifications of your workstation, but typically it should be completed within several minutes. During this process, you may be prompted to update the menu.c32 file, as the one used by the ISO image may be older than the one used by Rufus on the flash drive. If this occurs, click Yes to automatically download the newest compatible version from the internet. Once the process is complete, your USB-based VMware ESXi installation media will be created and ready to boot the hypervisor setup on your server.

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15 Minutes of Super Mario Odyssey Deep Wood Gameplay - IGN Video

Nintendo walks us through Mario's adventure in the deep, dark woods.

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38 Comic-Con 2017: Surprises in 'Game of Thrones' season 7 trailer and panel

Let there be dragons! Watch the new trailer for “Stormborn” and “The Queen’s Justice,” the next two episodes of the season 7 of "Game of Thrones." Plus Hodor moderates the cast at this year's Comic-Con panel.

Edge computing: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

Businesses will want to use this data—the catch is the data that IoT generates will come from sensors, smartphones, machines, and other smart devices that are located at enterprise edge points that are far from corporate headquarters. This IoT data can't just be sent into a central processor in the corporate data center as it is generated, because the volume of data that would have to move from all of these edge locations into HQs would overwhelm the bandwidth and service levels that are likely to be available over public internet or even private networks.

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Here's why Apple Pay is getting beaten out by QR codes in developing markets …

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Network television stations speed up TV shows for more ad time:

Antarctica’s Massive Iceberg Is Starting to Disintegrate

Last week, the Larsen C Ice Shelf gave birth to a trillion pound baby, an iceberg now dubbed A68. The latest observations suggest this big berg has moved 1.5 miles from its starting point, and that it’s already starting to crack up.

iCloud security flaw put iPhone, Mac passwords at risk

"With the bug I couldn't go ahead and steal whoever's iCloud Keychain just by knowing their account name. I would also need access to their iCloud account somehow," he said, such as an Apple ID email address and password. In the past few years, we've seen billions of accounts exposed as a result of data breaches -- enough to individually target accounts that reuse passwords across sites . (Radocea noted that accounts with two-factor authentication are far better protected than those that aren't.)

Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

Nondisparagement clauses are not limited to legal settlements. They are increasingly found in standard employment contracts in many industries, sometimes in a simple offer letter that helps to create a blanket of silence around a company. Their use has become particularly widespread in tech employment contracts, from venture investment firms and start-ups to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, including Google.

Watch a Homemade Robot Crack a Safe in Just 15 Minutes

Seidle isn't much of a safecracker. But as the founder of the Niwot, Colorado-based company SparkFun, a DIY and open-source hardware supplier, he's a pretty experienced builder of homemade gadgets, tools, and robots. So over the next four months, he and his SparkFun colleagues set about building a bot that could crack the safe for them. The result: A fully automated device, built from off-the-shelf and 3-D printed components, that can open his model of SentrySafe in a maximum of 73 minutes, or half that time on average, with no human interaction. In fact, in the demonstration Seidle gave WIRED in the video above, the process took just 15 minutes.

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.

10 time-saving tips to speed your work in Word - TechRepublic

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Fake guns, real problems at Comic Con

While Phoenix Comicon's full-on weapons ban was new to the comic convention scene, costume weapons check stands are already the norm there, and at other conventions. Cosplayers carrying weapon props like guns, swords, katanas, spears, hammers, axes, whips, daggers and knives are expected to line up at checkpoints to clear their props with security.

Wow, Sean Spicer's breakup playlist sure tells us a lot

So plug in your headphones, friends (or turn on your GD AirPods), and imagine Spicey stumbling out of the White House, a cardboard box filled with loose sticks of gum in his arms. He is gone. He is out. And to remember him, we have but this playlist:

51 11 career moves for Sean Spicer now that all else has failed
52 Blue Ivy proves she's got her mother's dance moves in a video too precious for this world
53 This NBA player already owns 18 companies — but he visited Silicon Valley to learn more about entrepreneurship
54 I played a 'Netflix and Chill' simulator with the guy I Netflix and chill with
55 The Best Game of Thrones Cosplayers Ever: Sandor Clegane
56 Google says AI will help run datacenters in the near future - TechRepublic
57 Bluetooth sharpens teeth for mesh networking flexibility
58 Amidst Layoffs, Vice Has Literal Field Day
59 These 10 programming languages have dominated development in 2017 - TechRepublic
60 Game companies are forerunners of the next wave of business tech innovation - TechRepublic
61 New patent reveals Facebook is exploring a modular phone
62 TechCrunch on Twitter
63 Results are in on strange space signal, and it's not aliens
64 The Moto Z2 Force may disappoint you
65 This shot of Terry Crews in 'Crackdown 3' looks amazing
66 AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out “for my own reasons”
67 IGN @ SDCC 2017 on Twitter
68 IGN San Diego Comic-Con
69 NASA doesn't want you to go blind during the solar eclipse
70 Facebook is working on a type of device so tough to build, even Google gave up on it
71 Trump's new communication director is a hot mess on Twitter
72 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
73 Take that Milwaukee. Pokemon Go is protected free speech
74 Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality
75 Back to School 2017: Mobile
76 Our Sweet, Stupid Boy Sean Spicer Is Hiding Among the Bushes in the Sky Now
77 YouTube kills the video editing tools you never used
78 Spicer resigns: A look back at his spiciest moments
79 The fastest bikes at the Tour de France, raced by the world's fastest cyclists
80 Some Verizon customers say they're not getting the speeds they're paying for
81 Dump the snake oil and show security researchers some respect | ZDNet
82 First Silk Road. Now AlphaBay. What's next for the dark web?
83 Grab to raise $2.5 billion war chest to cement its lead over Uber in Southeast Asia
84 Controlling A Micro Helicopter with a PS2 Controller
85 Apple and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Team up for a Movie Starring Siri [Update: Now Live]
86 Stone & Chalk partners SproutX for new ANZ, NAB-backed agri-fintech hub | ZDNet
87 Finally, an empowering, consensual sex scene on 'Game of Thrones'
88 ​Kakao, Hyundai to cooperate on in-car speech recognition | ZDNet
89 Grab gets $2B from Didi and SoftBank to fuel bid to defeat Uber in Southeast Asia
90 Mashable on Twitter