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Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China.

HTC Launches Standalone Vive VR Headset In China

“Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC,” said Hugo Swart, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. “We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”

I Drove a Tesla Model 3. Here’s What You Need to Know

On Friday night, as the Model 3 launch fanfare continued, the factory wasn’t producing much more than noise, as employees gathered to watch their CEO hand over the key(cards!) to 30 staff members. They'll be driving guinea pigs, helping shake out the car's bugs. But once the party ends, Tesla will be back to work building these cars. "We’re going to go through six months of manufacturing hell" to manage expectations, says Musk, who believes the company will pump out 500,000 vehicles next year. So, enjoy the party, folks, because come Monday, it’s back to work.

Everything You Need To Know About Logic Probes

You should be pretty happy with that. It’ll do 99% of what you’ll ever need. I’ve got fancier tools (beagle logic, DS1054Z and what not) and I almost never use ’em for that. Those FX2LP cheapos have enough lines for I2C/SPI/I2S and what not, as well as being fast enough for most things (if your SPI bus is clocked too fast on a project, well, temporarily change your SPI init to something slower, debug, then put it back). I prefer PulseView to the “real” Logic8 or USBee analyzers too.

Tesla's Model 3 is here and it's full of surprises

Elon Musk's electric car has finally arrived. We've taken it for a spin.

Amazon deal trucks may be your last chance at an NES Classic

Are you still pining for the elusive NES Classic Edition a few months after its abrupt discontinuation ? If you're in the right US city and act quickly, you might have a chance. Amazon's Treasure Trucks in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle are offering the retro console at its original $60 price as part of a one-day sale on July 29th. You just have to order from the Amazon app and pick one of the trucks as your pickup point. The offer is only available from 11AM to 5PM local time, and only while stocks last, but this may be your best (and possibly last) opportunity to get the Classic without being gouged by a third-party reseller or online auction. And if you miss out? Well, there's always the SNES Classic .

How Microsoft plans to turn Azure into an 'AI cloud' | ZDNet

But next year, Microsoft plans to make this kind of FPGA processing power available to developers who will be able to use it to run their own tasks, including intensive artificial-intelligence ones, like deep-neural-networking (DNN).

Beset by manufacturing drama, Apple may be tardy with the iPhone "S" series.

Apple typically delivers an "S" series upgrade in September in odd-numbered years, like 2017. This year, however, Apple and its suppliers are said to be struggling to mass produce the next flagship model, possibly called the iPhone 8, as well as the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. According to a persistent series of reports by media, analysts, and supply chain sources, the debut of the "S" series, which will likely be a modestly upgraded version of the current generation iPhone 7 and 7 Plus , may be delayed.

Video: Good security design will protect your company from cyber-attacks

"The growth of IoT is staggering," says Lastwall co-founder and CEO Karl Holmqvist. Designing cybersecurity best practices in your product at the beginning could protect your company from the next big attack.

This week on AI: iPods fade away, 'iPhone 8' & Apple TV rumors, Trump promises US plants

The end of an era came this week as Apple discontinued its last remaining "old-school" iPods, the Nano and the Shuffle. "iPhone 8" and Apple TV rumors continued to steam ahead, while U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Apple will set up multiple factories in the country.

SNES Classic, Nokia 3310 and other retro tech done right

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic was a huge hit last winter. It looked like the original NES and came packed with some of its most popular games. However, the console was difficult to buy because it was constantly sold out.

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Roomba creator says it ‘will never sell your data’ after talking about selling your data

Angle isn’t backing off of the idea that Roomba data could be used to enhance smart homes, which is what he originally thought the data would be sold for. But he’s positioning it in a much more palatable way this time: saying that, if customers want that feature, it would be entirely their choice to share it with other apps and devices. It wouldn’t be used “as a data asset of a corporation to exploit,” he says.

Microsoft: MS Paint Isn't Dead It's Just Moving

While it's great news that MS Paint will live on, I think Microsoft missed the point a bit. The reason MS Paint is so popular and appreciated is because it's always there. You knew if you were working on Windows then Paint was available to quickly adjust or make an image. That is disappearing even if the graphics app isn't.

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ARM: One trillion IoT devices by 2035, $5 trillion in market value

SoftBank Group’s $32 billion acquisition of U.K. chip designer ARM Holdings is a major move into the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) processor design market. As reported by Ars Technica, the Japanese telecommunications giant says its decision to buy ARM is all about the potential growth in IoT globally. “ARM will be an excellent strategic fit … Read more »

Tesla's Model 3 doesn't come with a key

To be clear, this is not the same as the "keyless" systems, which require some kind of key fob, and it's not the app-enabled remote starting some automakers offer. No, the Model 3 doesn't require any kind of "key" or physical object other than your smartphone.

Google to train 10M Africans in online tech skills, 100K as software developers

Google CEO Sundar Pichai outlined the firm's plan to train 10 million citizens over the next five years, including training software developers in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa.

Here’s what you should be watching, playing and listening to this weekend

Super Soul Bros (pronounced ‘bros’, not ‘brothers’) is an awesome mash-up of toe-tapping swing jazz with tunes from video games, movies and anime. Imagine a jazz version of Mario's Overworld music and you're on the right track. If you’re both an audio nerd and well, I guess a regular nerd like me, these guys will definitely be your cup of tea. 

The Best Desktop Computers of 2017

Packing more power and flexibility than laptops, and more stylish designs than in the past, desktops are still an appealing option. Here are some of our recent favorites along with some free shopping advice.

Nokia received $2B from Apple as part of settlement agreement | ZDNet

The deal has significantly increased Nokia's licensing income, Pullola said this week. "Furthermore, reaching an agreement quickly without continuing costly litigation enables us to save considerable OpEx, and that adds to the value of the deal from our perspective," Pullola said. The Finnish company had expected to spend approximately €100 million annually on litigation fees related to the Apple dispute.

These were the best hacks at Black Hat and Def Con this year

Each year, security researchers and hackers bring their exploits and discoveries to share with the common aim of making the world more secure. But if you weren't in Las Vegas for the heat and hacking, we've got you covered.

Apple's killed its iPod Shuffle and Nano music players -- what now?

People buy an MP3 player for one of two reasons, and both have involve their phones. The first is for the times they don't want to carry one around all the time, and the second is that they want something that sounds better. If you're in the second camp, then the Audioquest Dragonfly DACs are for you. This is a separate stick with a USB port on one end and a headphone jack on the other -- it's designed to improve the sound from your PC or phone. Sure, hanging a DAC off an umbilical USB cable is a small inconvenience. But it's not as bad as having two players in your pocket, and the cutting-edge performance more than makes up for it.

Opinion | Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here’s How to Move It Forward.

Deep learning is very good at bottom-up knowledge, like discerning which patterns of pixels correspond to golden retrievers as opposed to Labradors. But it is no use when it comes to top-down knowledge. If my daughter sees her reflection in a bowl of water, she knows the image is illusory; she knows she is not actually in the bowl. To a deep-learning system, though, there is no difference between the reflection and the real thing, because the system lacks a theory of the world and how it works. Integrating that sort of knowledge of the world may be the next great hurdle in A.I., a prerequisite to grander projects like using A.I. to advance medicine and scientific understanding.

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Sega's new Genesis retro box: opening up the Flashback

Some of the many, many games included. There are 85. but only 57 are actual games for Sega systems. And of those, 45 are Genesis games.

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Even’s quick and easy built-in hearing test maps the way you hear different frequencies in each ear and creates your EarPrint - your unique hearing profile.

Cool Down This Summer With Alcoholic Icy Pops

A lot of weekends I find myself at San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The park is a meeting place for locals on the weekends, and I like to join friends there for Saturday picnics and beers. For some reason it’s a spot where law enforcement doesn’t seem to mind if you’re drinking, and since it’s such a hangout spot it lends itself to a number of… entrepreneurs that are trying to make some quick cash selling stuff like pizza, snacks, and of course booze. My favorite vendor is a guy who sells fresh coconuts. He cuts off the top and has you drink while he cuts off the top of his next customer’s. Then he fills your coconut up with rum to compensate for the lost juice. At $15 a pop it’s the best game in town.

Starbucks to step up rollout of "digital flywheel" strategy | ZDNet

Starbucks is one of the few retail operations showing strong growth. A focus on digital relationships with customers is giving the company an edge. Now Starbucks is gunning for an agile, cloud and personalized approach.

Getting Startups Fired Up About Social Justice, One Sock At A Time

This year, Bombas has been creating ways for other brands to dip their toe into the world of social good. In February, they created an event called “60K day,” which was based on the concept than on any given night, 60,000 people in New York end up at a homeless shelter. The plan was to bring individuals from 60 of New York’s hottest companies to visit a shelter and hand out 60,000 socks. Among the brands that showed up were startups like Birchbox, Thinx, Kind, Casper, Classpass, Harry’s, Maple, and Spring, among more established brands like Gap, LinkedIn, Shake Shack, and Kenneth Cole.

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Broadcom chip bug opened 1 billion phones to a Wi-Fi-hopping worm attack

Artenstein said his attack worked on a wide range of phones, including all iPhones since the iPhone 5, Google's Nexus 5, 6, 6X and 6P models, Samsung Notes 3 devices, and Samsung Galaxy devices from S3 to S8. After he privately reported the flaw, Google and Apple released patches that closed the underlying vulnerability that made the attack possible. Because Wi-Fi chipsets in laptop and desktop computers have more limited access to the computer's networking functions, the researcher doesn't believe they are vulnerable to the same attack. While Artenstein's proof of concept didn't spread from the Wi-Fi chip to infect the phone's kernel, he said that additional step is well within the means of determined hackers.

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Google is killing the YouTube Video Editor, here are the best alternatives

Despite the aforementioned options, the withdrawal of the YouTube Video Editor feels like a snub to Chromebook owners—and educational users, in particular. None of the free browser-based video editing options I see match the YouTube Video Editor's capabilities. If you want equal—or better—features, you'll need to pay. Educators who used the YouTube editor to teach basic video editing on a Chromebook can choose low resolutions, limited times, or pay. (Note: In the long-term, Android video-editing apps may work well on Chrome OS, but most Chromebooks deployed in July 2017 don't support Android apps.)

Uh oh. LG's flagship G6 smartphone isn't doing so hot

The electronics company announced its second-quarter earnings Thursday, saying the quarter was a "challenging" one for its mobile business. LG said that even though mobile had revenues of $2.39 billion, it had an operating loss of $117 million. That means growth for mobile has stayed stagnant over the last year.

A musician’s take on the analog-digital divide

It's probably too late to talk about analog recorded music in 2017, there being precious little of it. With rare exceptions, analog recorded, mixed and mastered new LPs are pretty scarce in the 21st century. So Krukowski's book caught me by surprise, because after devoting a bunch of pages explaining the differences between analog and digital recording technologies, you see that Krukowski is more concerned with the way we hear and connect with music. That's a fascination he and I share, but there's nothing in the book that makes me think Krukowski is an audiophile. He's concerned with the way digital disconnects music from listeners by banishing the noise that was part of analog recording. Digital is noise-free, but maybe that's not entirely a good thing for the sound of music.

What is Ring? Well, let us tell you...

Ring is a video doorbell from a home automation company of the same name . The company offers a few different video doorbells. The basic concept of all the models is the same -- attach them to the exterior of your doorframe in place of your traditional doorbell and connect them to the internet. Then, you can see and talk to anyone who comes to the door via a video call.

Could mastering SQL accelerate your career?

SQL or Structured Query Language is the standard language that programmers and data scientists use to communicate with databases and manage systems. It's also considered one of the most in-demand data skills for technical and non-technical professionals alike. That means whether you work in operations or software development, you could make yourself a valuable asset to any company by learning the essential language for databases with the Ultimate SQL Bootcamp .

Why your new tech and gadgets look so familiar

The Chinese company, TCL, that licensed the BlackBerry name aimed to create the paragon of a modern BlackBerry phone. On the other hand, the Nokia 3310 phone seems to have had an entire bottle of nostalgia poured on it. Brought out of retirement by the Finnish company HMD, which licensed the Nokia name, the 3310 didn't add much in the way of modern features or tech. Aside from a color display and a camera, it is essentially the same as the original Nokia 3310 from 2000 — yes, the year 2000. Heck, it even has the game Snake.

Why I switched to Chrome on my iPhone

Yeah, that's right: If Matt Elliott can gush about screen-dimming, I'm giving this feature credit where credit is due (LOL). For the moment, iOS lacks a native QR code scanner. The Wallet app can scan them, but only for things like coupons and boarding passes. It's coming in iOS 11 -- but I've already got it thanks to Chrome.

Use your phone abroad without breaking the bank

Companies like XCom Global let you rent small wireless hotspots you can take with you. These devices provide secure Wi-Fi using a local cellular network for your entire family. To avoid charges from your US carrier, turn off the data on your phone but keep Wi-Fi on. XCom charges $7.77 for its Mi-Fi rental and service. If you need to text or make phone calls, you can always use apps like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber. But keep in mind this is another device to carry around and keep charged. And anyone using it has to be within range at all times to get the Wi-Fi signal.

Why the feds took down one of Bitcoin’s largest exchanges

This week, one of Bitcoin’s largest and most notorious coin exchanges was brought down by law enforcement — and police and prosecutors are now beginning to explain why. On Thursday, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against Alexander Vinnik — thought to be the operator, or one of the operators of Bitcoin exchange BTC-e — charging him with 21 counts of money laundering and other related financial crimes. The counts range from operating an unlicensed money transmittal business to a variety of money laundering charges, including laundering associated with ransomware payouts and a theft from the now-defunct Mt Gox exchange. More generally, the indictment paints BTC-e as a hub of criminal activity, laundering the proceeds of everything from drug trafficking to ransomware attacks.

The Best VPS Web Hosting Services of 2017

If you host it in a VPS environment, your site won't share resources with neighboring sites, the way it would with shared hosting. In fact, your site lives in a partitioned server area that has its own operating system, storage, RAM, and monthly data transfer limits, so you can expect smoother, more table site performance. The sites with which you share your server are far less likely to affect your site—or even take it down altogether—than they would be on a shared site. Knowing how VPS setups operate is just the first step, however. You still need to familiarize yourself with the essential features needed for building a rock-solid, VPS-hosted website.

The first Tesla Model 3s are now on the road

Around half a million Model 3 reservations have now been placed, and that's the number Tesla is promising to manufacture during the course of 2017. As yet there's no fixed price for UK buyers, though orders can still be placed for $1,000 (about £760).

Top 17 Facebook Messenger Tips and Tricks for iPhone

You’ll see a little three dotted button at the end of the toolbar, right next to the Send button. Tap it and Facebook Messenger will show you a list of apps specifically made to interact with Messenger. You’ll find all sorts of crazy and fun apps here. For creating GIFs, videos and all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, you’ll need to download these apps to be able to use them. But once downloaded, they integrate seamlessly with Messenger.

A foolish petition to open source Adobe Flash | ZDNet

He continued, "Open-sourcing Flash spec would be a good solution to keep Flash projects alive safely for archive reasons. Don't know how, but that's the beauty of open source: you never know what will come up after you go open source! There might be a way to convert swf/fla to HTML5/canvas/webgl/webassembly, or some might write a standalone player for it. Another possibility would be to have a separate browser. We're not saying Flash player should be preserved as is."

Love 'Despacito'? Here's what you should listen to next

To be fair, Latin pop artists have crossed over into the American charts before — Ricky Martin, Shakira, etc. — but they were singing in English. The last Spanish-language song to top the Hot 100 list was "La Macarena" in 1996. And now, here we are, with "Despacito" clocking in more than 4.6 billion streams globally. To put that in perspective, Bieber's "Sorry" is second with 4.38 billion plays (which, by the way, was remixed with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin.)

Milk swirling around in coffee is better than latte art

For some heartbreaking reason, though, milk swirl art (an unofficial title, but a good one IMO) has not received the online fame it deserves. This is a tragedy. Coffee is good, putting milk in coffee is good, and combining the two creates a work of art akin to drinkable clouds. So if milk swirl art moves you, be the change you wish to see in the world — start posting a bunch of images of your unstirred coffee to Instagram, and maybe others will follow suit.

How the podcast boom is finally forcing radio to become more diverse

For all the podcasters I spoke to, one theme seemed to link their experiences: They all made the podcasts they wanted to listen to, and in doing so created content for audiences that, until now, had been ignored. And when these podcasts were amplified by big networks with huge reach and influence, they took off, proving to the radio industry that the audience is there if they look for it. Podcasts are breaking the mold of the "traditional radio host" that prevailed up until just a few years ago.

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