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The next ‘Overwatch’ hero is a hamster in a death ball (updated)

The next ‘Overwatch’ hero is a hamster in a death ball, which Blizzard has been secretly teasing for over a year.

Pixel 3 renders give us our best look at the devices yet

It was just a few weeks ago we got a look at a supposed Pixel 3 prototype, but new CAD renders courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice provide what appear to be our clearest look at the device yet. The leaks show off the device from pretty much every angle and reinforce much of what we’ve seen …

'Mavericks' promises 1,000-player battle-royale mayhem

'Fortnite' and 'PUBG' might have some competition.

Pokémon Quest lands on Android and iOS for free

Following an announcement last month about four new Pokémon games coming to the Nintendo Switch, the first one has now arrived on mobile as a free-to-play title. It's called Pokémon Quest, and it takes you to a new environ called Tumblecube Island.

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Amazfit Bip is amazingly good for the price

The Amazfit Bip is affordable at around $70 (it's priced at £70 and AU$99 in the UK and Australia, respectively). It has an always-on reflective LCD screen. It has weeks of battery life. What's the catch? That's the thing. There isn't really one.


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Galaxy Note 9 Expected at Aug. 9 Samsung Unpacked Event

The event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 11 a.m. Samsung hasn't confirmed what it plans to unveil, but all signs point to the Galaxy Note 9, and PCMag will be there for all the details.

5 China says carefully monitoring U.S. policies on inbound investments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday it would carefully monitor U.S. policies on inbound investments, stressing that the country opposes using national security as grounds to restrict foreign investments.

Amazon will help entrepreneurs form companies to deliver its packages

All those efforts have been seen as Amazon threatening its long-standing delivery partners: UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service. Clark specifically mentioned that Amazon has "great partners in our traditional carriers," as a way of allaying those concerns. But as Amazon has repeatedly created in-house systems that it eventually sells to other companies -- such as its cloud-computing service and warehouses -- it's expected to eventually do the same with deliveries.

Review: The Key2 is the best BlackBerry phone. Ever.

On the back of the phone, you’ll find a textured rear panel that feels eminently grippable. Even though it’s plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap in any way. TCL has worked hard to ensure that the Key2 carries itself with a premium aesthetic, which is a good thing, as it’s not exactly cheap.

Millions of Americans watching World Cup on iPhone, iPad | Cult of Mac

Living in America, it’s sometimes easy to forget the FIFA World Cup is going on now in Russia. Soccer isn’t one of the Big Four U.S. sports. Heck, most Americans don’t even call it by the right name.

Apple and Samsung finally settle seven-year long legal battle | Cult of Mac

Apple was awarded $539 million in damages by a jury earlier this year after it was found that Samsung violated its design patents. The case originally started in 2011. Apple was originally awarded $1 billion in damages, but a series of appeals pushed the ruling all the way to the Supreme Court.

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AT&T quietly adds extra $1.23 to wireless customers' bills

"This is a standard administrative fee across the wireless industry, which helps cover costs we incur for items like cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers," an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement.

How to stay up-to-date with G Suite changes: 5 methods

How to install ownCloud on Ubuntu 18.04

Obviously, you'll need a working instance of Ubuntu Server 18.04. I will assume you have that up and running. I will also assume you installed Ubuntu Server with the standard LAMP package offering—so Apache, MySQL, and PHP will already be up and running. One of the biggest differences between installing ownCloud on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 will be the PHP packages. I'll show you how to get around that hurdle.

​Supercomputers: All Linux, all the time | ZDNet

The latest TOP500 Supercomputer list is out. What's not surprising is that Linux runs on every last one of the world's fastest supercomputers. What is surprising is that GPUs, not CPUs, now power most of supercomputers' speed.

Public Attitudes Toward Technology Companies

On other questions, there are more pronounced differences between the attitudes of older and younger Americans – with older adults typically taking a more broadly pessimistic view of these firms and their overall impact. For instance, larger shares of older adults think major technology companies often fail to anticipate how their products and services will impact society, that these companies have too much power and influence in today’s society, and that they should be regulated more than they are currently. And while sizable shares of both age groups think it likely that social media companies censor political speech that those companies find objectionable, that view is shared by a larger majority of older (81%) than younger (67%) adults.


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Self-driving car startup Nuro teams up with Kroger for same-day grocery delivery

Get fired up about these new gas grills

We considered the rib tests an anecdotal one. We covered a slab of pork ribs in seasoning rub and cooked them on each grill's warming rack over low heat (with all burners on) for three hours, then made adjustments to the next rib test depending on the result. For the Weber Spirit II E-310 and the Char-Broil Commercial Double Header, that baseline cook setting produced decent ribs. For the Broil King Baron 520 and the Char-Broil Performance XL, the 3 hours over low heat turned out burnt, inedible ribs. These grills cooked better ribs when we turned off two of the burners, left three on low heat and cooked them indirectly for 3 hours. This resulted in the best ribs we had during testing.

Apple cutting off payment source changes for older versions of iOS, macOS & Apple TV

Beginning June 30, people using some older versions of iOS, macOS, and the pre-tvOS Apple TV operating system will be unable to change their payment sources for iTunes and the App Store without updating to newer software. In an email going out to customers, Apple is alerting people that the cutoff prevents payment switches in iOS 4.3.5, OS X 10.8.5, and Apple TV Software 4.4.4 or earlier. Customers will still be able to access iTunes and the App Store, including making new purchases and downloading previous ones, but will have to use whatever payment method they selected before the end of June assuming that they have no other devices to change the information. The change is related to unspecified backend security improvements. In practice, few people are likely to be affected. iOS 4.3.5 was released in 2011 , and the last device to ship without iOS 5 was the iPad 2, which was still supported in several subsequent iOS upgrades. OS X 10.8.5 came out in September 2013, and was replaced by OS X Mavericks less than a month later. Apple TV Software 4.4.4 was only ever able to run on second- and third-generation Apple TVs, but Apple TV Software 5 was released as far back as March 2012, and both set-tops eventually made it to 7.

5 Firefox Quantum updates for more productive web browsing

Firefox 61 will be extremely useful for business professionals who work with complex web pages or need multiple tabs operating at once. The overall functionality of Firefox has improved drastically in the past couple years, making it a force to be reckoned with in the web browser industry.

Facebook 'Keyword Snooze' Lets You Mute Annoying Posts

Keyword Snooze lets you mute topics for 30 days, from spoilers to politics. It's only available to select users for now, but Facebook will roll it out more broadly in the US later this year.

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Some say trucking is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. In that case, we have a problem, as the number of drivers are shrinking. Are self-driving trucks the answer?

Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way

The latest iteration of the popular SD memory card standard, the SD Express, could see future cards come with enough storage capacity to hold a lifetime’s worth of memories in high definition.

Big data architecture: Navigating the complexity

In today's IT shops, if you are using on-premise big data-processing, or even if you're processing data in the cloud, the tendency is to simply allocate another set of compute cluster for a big data app that requires its own engine or some type of hybrid processing you don't presently have. Every time you do this you multiply your big data clusters—and this complicates your big data architecture because you are now faced with closure silo integration.

Western Digital shakes up data storage | ZDNet

Western Digital, perhaps better known as WD, announces a series of products and initiatives designed to reflect the company they've become - and not the disk drive they used to be. Marketing hype? Or do they really have the goods?

Yet another massive Facebook fail: Quiz app leaked data on ~120M users for years

It’s not clear exactly why — but presumably relates to the quiz app company’s own ad targeting activities. (Its  privacy policy  states: “We work together with various technological partners who, for example, display advertisements on the basis of user data. We make sure that the user’s data is pseudonymised (e.g. no clear data such as names or e-mail addresses) and that users have simple rights of revocation at their disposal. We also conclude special data protection agreements with our partners, in which they commit themselves to the protection of user data.” — which sounds great until you realize its javascript was just leaking people’s personally identified data… [ facepalm ])


Google Home and Chromecast outage: Here's the official fix

Update, 2:55 p.m. PT: Google says it has a fix: "We've identified a fix for the issue impacting Google Home and Chromecast users and it will be automatically rolled out over the next 6 hours. If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device. If you're still experiencing an issue after rebooting, contact us at Google Home Support. We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future."

Amazon will help entrepreneurs form companies to deliver its packages

All those efforts have been seen as Amazon threatening its long-standing delivery partners: UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service. Clark specifically mentioned that Amazon has "great partners in our traditional carriers," as a way of allaying those concerns. But as Amazon has repeatedly created in-house systems that it eventually sells to other companies -- such as its cloud-computing service and warehouses -- it's expected to eventually do the same with deliveries.

SSD prices: how low will they go? | ZDNet

If you've been holding off on buying a new SSD or high-capacity thumb drive due to price, there's good news: prices are dropping fast. The capacity squeeze that sent NAND flash and DRAM prices soaring last year is ending -- but a new bottleneck is looming.

Google leads $22 million investment in KaiOS to develop smart feature phone OS

Of course, Google’s Android is available on a wide range of low-cost smartphones, which have proved to be increasingly popular in developing economies. But while giving a boost to higher-end feature phones might risk eating into the low-end smartphone market, Google secured a partnership that includes plans to make Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search available to KaiOS users.

BitSight, a provider of security ratings, raises $60M at a valuation of around $600M

As the tech world continues to grapple with how best to deal with the growing issue of malicious hacking and other security breaches, a startup that has developed a ratings system to track how well businesses are faring has raised a large growth round to expand its business. BitSight, which provides an ongoing, changing “risk security posture” of some 1,200 organizations, has raised $60 million in a Series D round led by Warburg Pincus, funding that it will use to expand its risk management solutions — specifically in areas like analytics — and overall business development.

New NTSB Tesla fatal crash report: Model S battery reignited twice after Florida crash | ZDNet

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Fortnite Season 5 release date and time revealed

However, players will be able to get a boost towards Battle Pass rewards before Season 4 ends with a plus 100 percent XP weekend that starts June 29 at 1 a.m. PST and ends on July 2 at 12 a.m. PST, developer Epic said .

35 Scientists dupe infrared cameras with thermal camouflage

There are a number of practical uses for the material. The military, for instance, might be interested in how well it works during nighttime operations -- a normal human body's temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just inside the effective range. The researchers behind the material say it could be useful in adaptive heat shields for satellites, too. The rest of us, should we ever get to try out the material, will probably try to pretend we're wearing an invisibility cloak straight out of Harry Potter.

Facebook seeks patent on tech that turns on your smartphone microphone

A patent application filed by the Menlo Park-based  company details a convoluted process to trigger users' devices to record the ambient audio surrounding them — be that your conversation or the sounds in your bedroom — and then send some form of data based on that recording back to the company.


Microsoft delays the Sets feature for Windows 10

iPad sketchbook cover by Longo Case coming to 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The company launched a case that had the spiral wire binding of an analog sketch paper pad. It has a leather, understated back and front cover for protection, taut elastic loops to secure the pencil and a back with pop-out panels to create a kind of tabletop easel.

How to Access Your PC From iOS and Android

Remote Desktop for Android works similarly to its iOS counterpart. Download the app and launch it. The first screen asks you to accept the license terms. Now follow the same steps described for the iOS app to add a new desktop setting for your remote computer by entering the computer name and the account you want to use to access the PC. Then tap on the setting for the computer to connect to it. Confirm the connection to the PC and tap on the checkbox to "Never ask again for connections to this PC" and then tap on Connect. You should then be connected to the computer.

iOS 12 brings trackpad mode to every iPhone and iPad | Cult of Mac

Some of the 3-D Touch trackpad mode’s advanced features aren’t available, at least not in this early iOS 12 beta. With the existing trackpad mode, you can let up the pressure slightly, then press again in order to highlight a word. And you can also keep that pressure held, expanding the selection to cover more words, or shrinking it to fine-tune the selection. This doesn’t work in spacebar-activated trackpad mode, even if you try to access the selection feature by pressing on the “trackpad” on your 3-D Touch-capable iPhone.

Samsung pushes Note 9 unveiling one month ahead of 2018 iPhone launch | Cult of Mac

Samsung sent the press invites to its next big launch event today where the company will likely reveal its new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. The event is set up to give Samsung a jump on Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup that will likely be unveiled the month after.

Fortnite gets new playground mode and dual pistols in latest update, but it's down

You won't have problems finding gear either -- all gold chest nodes are turned on in this mode, so you can familiarize yourself with where loot may drop when you play the regular game. Friendly fire is turned on, but if a friend kills you, you respawn almost immediately, dropping from the battle bus again with the freedom to go anywhere else on the island.


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Overwatch’s next hero is a cute hamster in a mech ball of death

51 Novogratz's Galaxy invests $20 million in virtual reality platform
53 Week 9 Challenges - Haunted Hills Treasure Map and Named Locations - Season 4 - Fortnite Wiki Guide - IGN
54 Sling TV adds à la carte channels, free shows and a rate hike
55 Amazon enhances tablet line with Show Mode, new Fire HD 10 Kids Edition
56 10 indoor security cameras for a smarter home or office | ZDNet
57 Facebook tested plane-mounted lasers that fire super high-speed internet over California — here are the photos
58 This digital health startup hopes your next doctor will be an AI
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60 Can you smell what The Rock is selling?
61 Tesla to Apple, Google, Microsoft: Don't delete files in trade-secrets lawsuit | ZDNet
62 Walmart rolls out 3D virtual online shopping
63 The Rock's Under Armour headphones are built for intense workouts
64 Microsoft’s Twitch rival adds instant highlights
65 Uber drivers are getting fleeced by con artists
66 Patients should control their data, and this blockchain startup wants to make it happen
67 Nuro partners with Kroger for autonomous grocery deliveries in the U.S.
68 Apple rumor points to a TV, music and news subscription bundle
69 LG Display to Supply OLED Panels for 2018 iPhone X Plus
70 Drug dealers busted by US authorities were relying on Bitcoin for anonymity
71 The Morning After: Apple v. Samsung is really over?
72 Razer's light-based keyboard switches are a bust
73 Apple reportedly wants to sell bundled news, video, and music services
74 Amazon showcases Alexa on Fire tablets with ‘show mode’ and charging dock
76 'Life is Strange 2' prelude proves superpowers aren't just for girls
77 ​From farm to plate via blockchain: Solving agriculture supply chain problems one grain at a time | ZDNet
78 Accenture's digital investments drive quarterly beat
79 Sony looking for ‘solution’ to PS4 cross-play woes
80 MongoDB 4.0 aims for cloud-friendliness | ZDNet
81 Achieving Your Database Goals Through Replication: Real World Market Insights and Best Practices
82 Thanatos ransomware: Free decryption tool released for destructive file-locking malware | ZDNet
83 Musk accused of stealing farting unicorn
84 Line is launching its own cryptocurrency exchange next month
85 The Olympics people are seriously considering eSports
86 Betting giant BetVictor leaked a list of its own internal systems passwords | ZDNet
87 Microsoft adds new security, privacy, Edge features to latest Windows 10 test build | ZDNet
88 Urban trees can store almost as much carbon as tropical rainforests
89 Here's how Google will help you avoid Independence Day traffic
91 Facebook just walked back its broad ban on cryptocurrency ads
92 BP bets on electric car switch with Britain's Chargemaster
93 Home-goods startup Parachute just nabbed a whopping $30 million
94 After taking in $25M, Facebook fundraisers get more ways to raise cash for causes
95 The BlackBerry Key2 is now available in the UK with an MSRP of £579
96 The modern workforce is freelance–cities should get ready