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Report: Fortnite Will Be Exclusive to Galaxy Note 9 (for 30 Days)

Exclusive game launches used to mean one platform gets a new title months before another, but Fortnite for Android looks set to be a limited time exclusive to just one smartphone when it launches in August. Samsung thinks it will help sell the Galaxy Note 9.

Apple looks to turn Time Bandits into TV show | Cult of Mac

Terry Gilliam's fantasy film Time Bandits is set to be turned into a TV series by Apple. The iPhone-maker is reportedly closing in on a deal that would

Grid Autosport is a hit, despite hefty price tag | Cult of Mac

Grid Autosport, the AAA racing game that offers a console-quality racing experience on iOS, has passed more than 100,000 downloads since debuting on the

New Nintendo Labo kit is all about the vehicles

Vroom vroom, baby.

Watch Virgin Galactic's space plane soar 32 miles above the Earth

Watch as Virgin Galactic takes another step towards putting the public in space with the latest successful test flight of its spaceship named VSS Unity.

Today in Apple history: Mac marketing guru Joanna Hoffman is born

On July 27, 1955, Joanna Hoffman, a marketing executive who will become Steve Jobs' first right-hand woman, is born in Poland.

'Orange is the New Black' Season 6 feels like the beginning of the end

The ladies of Litchfield head to maximum security.

EA's Origin Access Premier Launches Next Week

First announced at E3, EA's all-game-access version of Origin Access is expected to launch next week after EA CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed as much during an earnings call. Subscribe and expect to play new EA games before everyone else.

These satellite images show how much damage climate change has caused

Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University The average rainfall for the first two weeks of July in England was 6mm, while only 15mm fell throughout all of June, according to the UK’s Environment Agency. Do you want to be a cryptocurrency millionaire? Don't get your hopes up. VISIT HARD FORK To give some idea of how …

Lenovo's Google Assistant-powered Smart Display is now available from $199

The first Android Things-powered smart display, which features Google Assistant, is now available from Lenovo in two variants with a starting price of $199.

General Magic’s forgotten second act was the Siri of its era

The new documentary General Magic is an excellent look at the startup of the same name, which spun out of Apple in 1990 to build software and hardware for mobile computing, did some wildly innovative stuff—and then failed. (My colleagues Mark Sullivan and Katharine Schwab have already reported on different aspects of the company’s story, prompted … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading “General Magic’s forgotten second act was the Siri of its era”</a>

'NBA Live 19' allows you to create female players for the first time

Took long enough.

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Facebook follows YouTube in suspending Alex Jones

The approach that we’ve taken to false news is not to say, you can’t say something wrong on the internet. I think that that would be too extreme. Everyone gets things wrong, and if we were taking down people’s accounts when they got a few things wrong, then that would be a hard world for giving people a voice and saying that you care about that. But at the same time … I do think we have a responsibility to make sure that those aren’t hoaxes and blatant misinformation.

Top 5: Things to know about AI

Artificial intelligence receives a lot of hype, but that doesn't mean there isn't reality. There's probably an application for AI if your business collects data. Tom Merritt explains.

4 Disney and Fox's $71.3 billion merger gets shareholder approval

Shareholders for both companies met separately at the New York Hilton this morning to vote on the $71.3 billion offer. Only one individual protesting the bid and said Disney is overpaying for Fox, Variety reported.

Amazon is testing out collaborative wish lists

It's not clear what percentage of Amazon's users have this feature turned on, nor do we have a time frame for when (or even if) it will be rolled out to the larger public. But what we do know is that Amazon is testing the capability for this feature, and we can hope it will be expanded soon.

MoviePass crashed because it ran out of money

This is one of several outages MoviePass has experienced in the last several months as its user base expanded to over two million. Movie theaters and business experts have their eye on MoviePass, questioning the sustainability of its financial model and whether it will even last the summer .

​Android apps: Google bans cryptocurrency miners from Play Store | ZDNet

The ban on cryptocurrency miners in the Play Store follows a Google block on cryptomining extensions on the Chrome Web Store , following the rise in CoinHive-based in-browser miners. It stopped accepting new cryptomining extensions in April, and delisted them in June, altering its previous policy that allowed cryptominers as long as they sufficiently explained their purpose. It banned them outright after finding that 90 percent of the mining extension failed to inform users of their mining functionality. The changes to Google Play policy were first spotted by Android Police .

Apple Offering Free Repair for Products Damaged in Japan Floods

Japan has experienced devastating floods this year which has led to hundreds of thousands of people evacuating their home and millions worth of property being damaged. Now, Apple has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to people living in Japan and is offering them free repairs for products damaged in the flood.

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Huawei could beat Samsung and Apple to a foldable phone | Cult of Mac

Huawei allegedly plans to launch its foldable phone very early next year. The entire goal is supposedly just to draw attention to the company. The world’s first flexible smartphone will certainly generate media buzz, even if Huawei only expects to sell a few thousand of them. That’s why the Chinese company plans to beat Samsung to the punch.

​Now LinkedIn will let you leave voicemail messages (just not for me, please) | ZDNet

Personally, I loathe having to open voice messages on WhatsApp and have never received one on Facebook Messenger, but for the sender, at least, such services can be helpful if they're on the go and can't stop to type a message. And that's LinkedIn's justification for releasing the feature.

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Fortnite is coming to Android soon, but your phone won’t support it

Recent reports indicate Fortnite is now making more than $2 million a day on iOS alone, so it doesn’t make sense for Epic to make the game exclusive to just one Android device for a whole month unless there’s a big incentive for doing so.

Investors think Amazon will beat Apple to $1 trillion valuation | Cult of Mac

Competition is heating up between Amazon and Apple, regarding which will pass the trillion dollar valuation mark first. But despite Apple still being ahead to the tune of approximately $949 billion to Amazon’s $888 billion, investors seem to believe that Jeff Bezos’ retail giant will be the one to set the record.

Google Doodle honors Lyudmila Rudenko, chess champion and savior of children

The Soviet chess master helped pave the way for women in the sport, becoming the world's second women's chess champion in 1950, the same year she became the first woman awarded the title of International Master. To honor her achievements and the many titles Rudenko collected, Google dedicated its Doodle on Friday to the chess champ on her 114th birthday.

16 Google Home can now schedule routines

The company told Engadget that the feature is currently available only to smart speaker users in the US, all of whom should have access within a week. This won't be of much help if you're only using Assistant on your phone. All the same, this is an important response to Amazon, whose Alexa helper has supported scheduled routines for months. You no longer have to be picky about your choice of smart speaker if you're determined to automate your smart home.

Blockchain startups are selling visions of the future, not technology

When I see a new dApp , platform or blockchain startup launch, I like to play a little game. I call it blockchain buzzword bingo. It’s pretty simple, you get a point for every time you read the words blockchain, decentralization, proof of work, proof of stake, hybrid, ledger, disrupt, distributed… I’m sure there are more that can go on the list, but you get the point, they’re buzzwords that don’t have much meaning on their own. It’s an amusing way of grading a dApp – if nothing else – some score significantly higher than others.

Apple Store app now lets you shop with your voice

When you visit the search section inside the Apple Store app, you will now see a list of things you might want to “try searching” for. They might include products like AirPods or Beats, or broader phrases like “cases compatible with this device.”

No, Twitter isn't 'shadow banning' conservative voices. Here's what's really going on.

For Thompson, whose work is typically of the respectable variety, it’s not just that he jumped to conclusions —  most  of us have been guilty of that a time or two — it’s that he doubled down on the bad take when presented with evidence to the contrary. His only edit, as of this writing, was to make an equally ridiculous statement earlier this morning that “Twitter appears to have adjusted its platform overnight to no longer limit the visibility of some prominent Republicans in its search results.”

Discovery keeps teasing (but not launching) a streaming service

Why the hesitation? Although Discovery has partnered with AMC and Viacom on a non-sports streaming TV bundle from Philo , only premium cable networks such as HBO and Showtime have ventured out of the bundle on their own. Other basic cable networks, such as ESPN, have carefully avoided any overlap between streaming and cable programming. A standalone Discovery service seems inevitable, but actually launching the thing would be a big step that could further jeopardize what was once a lucrative business model.

PCs with Cannon Lake CPUs won't be on sale until the very end of 2019

IBM wins $83M from Groupon for infringing on ecommerce patents

Here is a super important thing that we don't talk about enough:Almost all of the increase in income inequality from 1978 to the present can be accounted for by the difference in wages between top performing firms and everyone else. 1/

How to enable Samba connections via hostname

If you make use of Samba, and have users who don't want to work with IP addresses, Jack Wallen shows you how to configure Samba to broadcast a user-friendly name.

Lego Hogwarts Castle: Cast your eye over the magical photos

Lego's Hogwarts Castle is one of the largest Lego sets ever created and it will take some time to put all 6,020 pieces into place. But the effort will be worth it for both Lego and Harry Potter fans who want to see plastic bricks transformed into something magical.


Shorting is a game of excellent timing, get it wrong & you are ruined, the success of the past is no guarantee of future returns, Musk is stronger today than 6 months ago, place your bets

On Instagram, everybody shoots the same pretty pictures | Cult of Mac

That genre is “adventurers” and “explorers” — people who snap epic photos in the great outdoors. As an Alaska resident, insta_repeat’s creator said she sees the same locations appear on different accounts over and over. Worse yet, she identifies a similarity in the way the various photographers shoot their images.

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Veteran TV host and game journalist Scott Jones has had a lot of challenges in his life. None more so than in 2014, when he had a series of strokes that incapacitated him. It was a brush with death…

B2B firms now embracing AR/VR as powerful sales tools | ZDNet

Virtual demonstrations are helping sell everything from hospital equipment to data services by allowing enterprise customers to get hands on ... kind of

30 Andy Serkis' Mowgli movie now a Netflix exclusive

Mowgli was originally set to debut on Oct. 19, 2018 in the US, but the film will shift to a 2019 release as part of the deal. The star-studded film features Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Matthew Rhys, while Mowgli himself is played by Rohan Chand.

Why hackers are increasingly targeting Oracle, SAP software

For those unfamiliar, ERP software uses a central shared database to automate and manage several core back office functions. So, why are they being targeted? As the report notes, "these systems hold the crown jewels organizations need to successfully operate."

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Maybe its me, but relying on users for profits seems like a shitty business model. I get that this is the model for social media companies, so please don't @ me to explain what I know.


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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, mid-2018) review

On the outside, the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018 appears almost identical to last year's model, even down to the similar size and weight. As with 2017’s MacBook Pro, there’s no change to the Retina display’s resolution. The 13.3-inch panel continues to pack 2560x1600 pixels. Some rivals exceeded that even before last year’s models came along, so the 13-inch MacBook Pro loses out on sharpness, but the P3 wide color gamut of Apple’s panel is an attractive proposition for photographic and design work.

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Samsung has 'unbreakable' OLED phone screen in the works

A future Samsung Galaxy phone (although likely not this Galaxy phone ) could have a flexible screen that's unbreakable, delivering the first truly foldable handset. The Korean electronics giant said Wednesday that its recently developed phone panel has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, meaning it's ready to start shipping to consumers in actual devices. Samsung said it expects the new panel to have applications in non-phone markets as well, such as automobiles, mobile military devices and portable game consoles, among others.

Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC

The Voyager 6200 UC is a premium neckband-style Bluetooth headphone with active noise-canceling and business-grade voice-calling capabilities.

IT training policy - Tech Pro Research

Successful IT departments are defined not only by the technology they deploy and manage, but by the skills and capabilities of their people. IT workers must stay up to date with the latest technology trends and evolutions, as well as soft skills, like project management, presentation and persuasion, and general management. This policy defines the types of training the company will pay for and covers training guidelines, employee obligations, organizational responsibilities, and reimbursement procedures. From the policy: When considering training, ensure that there is an identifiable link between the selected training option and the employee’s career development plan. With that link established, identify which delivery method will best meet the employee’s career development needs, within the context of their current job requirements: Internal training provided by the company and delivered onsite External training provided by a vendor or university, usually from one day to several weeks in duration Certification or degree programs Self-study A combination of the above can be used for ongoing employee development and should be considered part of an integrated career development plan.

'Love Island' feels different now and it's because of #MeToo

In the last week of the show, lovely Alexandra woke up one morning to debrief the girls on the night before. She had taken an improbable liking to Dr Alex and been coupled up with him for a little while, happily sharing kisses in bed. She said that Alex had taken her hand and guided it down his boxers. She batted him away. They all had a giggle about it — because what sexually active straight young woman hasn’t been there? We laugh it off, because that’s what we’ve been taught to do. The boy’s high-fived each other, as if a girl swiping your penis away is a cause for celebration. Second base! Nice, bro!


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Trump administration takes a first step toward regulating Facebook, Google | Cult of Mac

The US government may soon be looking over Facebook's shoulder to better protect your privacy. Unless Facebook and Google can prevent it, of course. Photo: Facebook

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New Spectre attack can remotely steal secrets, researchers say | ZDNet

Previously, an attacker would have to run malicious code on an affected device to exploit Intel, AMD, and ARM processors by running malicious JavaScript on a user's browser. But now, an attacker can pummel a target device with malicious network traffic without running any code on the system, say the paper's authors.

45 The US Army's 'Street Fighter V' tournament starts Saturday

The US Army is getting in on the esports craze too , but the game isn't one you might expect. Instead of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or Rainbow Six Siege , the military is hosting a tournament for Street Fighter V . The competition will be broadcast on Twitch starting tomorrow from Fort Bliss. The winner from each garrison (tournaments run through the 25th) will go on to the sold-out Grand Finals at PAX West in Seattle on September 1st. What will the winning soldier get for their efforts? A two-night stay at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas along with a $500 gift card, an Army esports jersey, commemorative coin and Twitch gear.

Made in China (by robots): A global perspective on the hottest story in automation | ZDNet

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These cowboy boot sandals started as a joke, but they’re flying off shelves

Okay, okay. I understand the logic here. You love your cowboy boots. They’re so snazzy and go with all your outfits. But yeah, the downside is that it’s freaking hot right now, so your feet feel like they are in a compact leather sauna. And also, if you’ve just dropped $40 on a pedicure, you want to look country, but you also want to show off your toes. It’s a real problem.

Facebook will spend $10M on CEO Mark Zuckerberg's private jets and security

It may seem like a lot, but considering his annual salary at Facebook is a whopping one dollar, and he receives no incentives or bonuses… it’s still a lot of money. But, keep in mind that the 34-year-old CEO just lost $15.4 billion in one day – he’s only worth $65 billion now. For the love of likes, somebody start a GoFundMe already.

Inside the weirdly mundane green rooms of esports players

If you were expecting tables covered in cocaine residue and M&M’s bowls with the brown ones carefully extracted, get ready to be disappointed. The player’s lounge was strangely wholesome, and felt more like a sixth-form common room than a hangout for professional athletes of the 21st century.

Microsoft acknowledges price increases coming for Office 2019 and Windows 10 Enterprise users | ZDNet

Microsoft will be making some pricing and naming changes as of its October 2018 price list that will affect some Windows 10 and Office 2019 customers. Here's what's in store.

51 Teen burglar wakes up California couple, asks to use their Wi-Fi
52 Whoops! Has LifeLock been unlocked? | ZDNet
53 Report: CBS boss Les Moonves accused of sexual harassment
54 Bitcoin thrown lifeline by SEC Commissioner despite ETF rejection
55 Twitter warns fake account purge to keep erasing users, shares drop...
56 Congress requires military to consider reusable rockets for launch contracts
57 Virtual reality goes behind bars to rehabilitate inmates | ZDNet
58 Russian hackers targeted Democratic senator ahead of midterms
59 Chocolate, bioterrorism and the birth of Brazilian funk
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61 Facebook gives Infowars' Alex Jones a 30-day timeout
62 Twitter may finally be testing an edit button
63 Why is MoviePass down? It temporarily ran out of money
64 NASA Live: Official Stream of NASA TV
65 Why Uber and Lyft are actually making your morning commute worse
66 LinkedIn adds the voice messaging feature you weren’t missing
67 Galaxy Note 9 might be the first place you play ‘Fortnite’ on Android
68 Microsoft bangs the 'devices as a service' drum ahead of Windows 7's end-of-support deadline | ZDNet
69 Twitter shares fall 17 percent on disappointing user numbers | ZDNet
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71 For Facebook and Twitter, reality is hitting hard
72 Intel shares slip on fears of AMD data center chip challenge
73 Facebook bans 'InfoWars' founder Alex Jones for 30 days
74 How to create aliases on your data center Linux servers
75 Cool Images Hidden on Silicon Chips
76 How to recognize and fix 4 problematic Google Docs collaboration behaviors
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78 Crazy images caught on Google Street View
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80 How to Register a Domain Name for Your Website
81 These countertop appliances take new approaches to cooking
82 New rumor claims 2018 iPad Pros will be smaller, drop headphone jacks
83 Try Google's latest autocomplete fail: 'Sit on my face'
84 Razer Core v2 turns my laptop into a gaming monster
85 Gartner predicts the data center is toast: They might be right
86 Windows 10 will use machine learning to install system updates at the right time
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