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Cruise is running an autonomous ride hailing service for employees in SF

The service is called "Cruise Anywhere," and it allows employees to use a smartphone app to get anywhere they need to go in SF, seven days a week. Cruise..

Artist spray-paints abusive tweets in front of Twitter’s German office

A German-Israeli satirist has painted abusive tweets in front of Twitter’s office in Hamburg in an effort to draw attention to what he says is the company’s failure in combating hate speech. The BB...

Think You Can Tell A $60 Violin Sound From A $285K One? Think Again.

Rob Landes plays the same song on a series of increasingly more expensive violins, and you will be shocked at how subtle the difference is in sound quality.

Ex-Google Engineer Says Gender Memo Began on 12-Hour Flight

'Shin Godzilla' is the 'Dunkirk' of Godzilla movies

Smashing as many satirical targets as it does skyscrapers, this Japanese reboot is more than a monster movie.

Watch Jennifer Lawrence Freak Out In The First Trailer For “mother!”

We finally have the first full trailer from Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming foray into horror–and it does not disappoint.

Roland has revived the classic TR-808 for its Boutique line

Today, Roland announced it has brought back its iconic drum machine, the TR-808, for its Boutique line. The new iteration, now called the TR-08, is a "detailed and faithful replica" of the...

Here's how NBA 2K18 got its insane next-gen graphics

The basketball game's art team rebuilt its players from scratch, delivering an astonishing level of visual polish. Here's how they did it.

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Microsoft launches new beta; starts testing new features | ZDNet

Microsoft is opening a public beta program for and giving participants an immediate look at some possible new features.

The fired Google engineer wrote his memo after he went to a 'shaming,' 'secretive' diversity program

Damore said: "I went to a diversity program at Google. It was ... not recorded, totally secretive. I heard things that I definitely disagreed with in some of our programs. I had some discussions there. There was lots of just shaming and, 'No you can't say that — that's sexist,' and, 'You can't do this.'

David Letterman is leaving retirement to host a Netflix series

Netflix just announced the latest addition to its roster of originals: a longform talk show from David Letterman. The six-episode series, which doesn’t yet have a name, will feature Letterman having lengthy conversations with people he admires. He’ll also leave the studio and do some real-world reporting, according to Netflix.

Fired Google engineer says company is trying to smear him

Damore was fired by Google on Monday -- the same day Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees that the memo's author violated company rules by circulating the controversial memo. He said it's "not OK" for employees to feel that they can't "safely express their views (especially those with a minority viewpoint)."

India just blocked the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

The tool allows people to view old versions of websites so they can see how they looked in the past. But users in India are now receiving a message saying that the country’s Department of Telecommunications has restricted the site, reports the BBC . Right now there is no word on why India decided to block the Wayback Machine. An Internet Archive employee told Medianama , “Obviously, we are disappointed and concerned by this situation and are very eager to understand why it’s happening and see full access restored.” MG

Singtel to launch IoT network across Singapore by this fall

Singtel has been working with companies on IoT solutions for over a year, to test the network before a full scale launch. It will continue to work with businesses, both inside Singapore and international, through its IoT Innovation Lab, run in partnership with Ericsson.

Meow-Meow Vs. Woof-Woof: Cat And Dog Preferences Around The World

Countries with developed economies are more likely to have more balance between cat and dog populations than countries with emerging economies, according to household pet data compiled by market research firm Euromonitor.

How IoT could benefit from Bluetooth's new mesh specs

Despite all this, a mesh will not automatically solve all the IoT’s networking needs. It remains to be seen how well Bluetooth mesh will perform in real-world, large-scale networks. We need to see more field implementations of Bluetooth mesh to evaluate its interoperability, reliability, scalability and performance. Interoperability in particular will become what really matters in a mesh. To date, Bluetooth-enabled products have generally been point-to-point solutions with one vendor controlling the application on both ends. In real-world mesh applications, however, we will see multiple products by different manufacturers that will need to interoperate with seamless message routing and security.

Google Fires Author of Controversial Diversity Memo

In a note to employees posted on the Google blog , CEO Sundar Pichai stressed that "we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace."

How to install and use Docker on Windows

Containers are one of the most popular technologies on the market today. If you don't have a Linux machine handy, here are instructions for using Docker Toolbox to get Docker on Windows.

These Are The 7 Most Important People In Your Office

At the office, these may include “the mentor,” who is the role model exemplifying where you want to go in your career, and can give you a “been there, done that” perspective, she says. Another might be “the coach,” who helps you come to solutions that work for you. They ask the right questions, they probe, challenge your thinking and act as sounding boards, she says. Your office-based “board members” are the people who help you with the wisdom and direction you need to advance in your career.

2017/08/08: James Damore and his Google Memo on Diversity

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How Two Leave-It-Anywhere Bike Sharing Services Aim To Transform Seattle

The majority of the early bike-share rides took place in relatively flat areas, perhaps in part because the services’ cycles aren’t modern, sleek speed machines. Rather, they remind me strongly of the three-speed my mother owned in the 1970s, though they’re not nearly as heavy or ungainly. Spin’s bike is an actual three-speed, while LimeBike offers eight gears. (The bikes use just a few gears partly for cost, partly for simplicity for casual riders, and partly to keep top speeds lower.) In riding some hills in my neighborhood, LimeBike had the advantage of downshifting lower, but Spin says it’s already rolling out revised bikes with more hill-friendly gearing in response to customer feedback. Spin will also be shifting from a side kickstand to a center-mounted one for better stability.

Google fires anti-diversity engineer | ZDNet

While CEO Sundar Pichai has emphasised the importance of employees feeling safe to express their views, Google has fired the engineer responsible for the internal memo arguing that biology is the cause of gender inequality in the tech industry.

Facebook killed its standalone Snapchat app after realizing teens already have Snapchat

Lifestage , one of Facebook’s more recent attempts to get Snapchat-obsessed teens to use Facebook’s services instead, has now been shut down, as reported by Business Insider . If you’re not familiar with Lifestage, I don’t entirely blame you, given that the app’s big hook was that only users aged 21 or younger could sign on in the first place.

Tile Pro helps you find your stuff from 200 feet away

The first of the new duo, Tile Sport, has a rugged design and dark slate look, while the Tile Style goes for a satin white finish. Both have holes to loop them in with your keys. The app has been updated to support the Tile Pro series' additional features, like volume control and a couple additional ringtones. Sport and Style retail individually for $35/£30 or in a combo pack for $60/£50 and are available today on Amazon and Tile's online store, as well as at Target and Best Buy in the US and retailers including Argos, John Lewis and Maplin in the UK.

Kaspersky drops Microsoft antitrust complaint thanks to new Windows 10 changes

One of the key upcoming changes to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is a tweak to how alerts and notifications are handled for anti-virus software. Microsoft says it will allow anti-virus apps to “use their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired.” Microsoft is also changing the way Windows 10 informs users when an antivirus application has expired. “Instead of providing an initial toast notification that users could ignore, the new notification will persist on the screen until the user either elects to renew the existing solution or chooses to rely on Windows Defender or another solution provider,” says Rob Lefferts , Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows enterprise and security.

18 Announcing new Deep Learning courses on Coursera

But no single company can do all the work needed to get us there. Just as every new CS graduate now knows how to use the Cloud, every programmer in the future must know how to use AI. There are millions of ways Deep Learning can be used to improve human life, so society needs millions of you from all around the world to build great AI systems. Regardless of whether you are an aspiring software engineer in California, a research scientist in China, or an ML engineer in India, I want you to be able to use Deep Learning to solve the world’s challenges.

Video: Everything you need to know about Linux in Windows

Get ready to sudo apt-get Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Fedora from inside Windows. Nick Heath explains how and why tech professionals will use Linux commands in this fall's Windows 10 Creators Update.

Disney is ditching Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service

Netflix is an online platform that enables user to watch TV shows and movies on smart TVs, gaming consoles, PCs, Macs, mobiles, tablets, and so on. It provides its services under three segments: international streaming, domestic streaming, and domestic DVD. The network enables members to access and view more than one billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including Netflix original series. …

Five things to consider before buying LED bulbs

You probably know that LED bulbs run dramatically cooler than their incandescent cousins, but that doesn't mean they don't produce heat. LED bulbs do get hot, but the heat is pulled away by a heat sink in the base of the bulb. From there, the heat dissipates into the air and the LED bulb stays cool, helping to keep its promise of a very long life.

HBO hackers leak Game of Thrones stars’ phone numbers

HBO says it is reviewing what data has leaked as part of an ongoing forensic investigation. In a statement to Wired , HBO spokeperson Jeff Cusson says “the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.” If HBO’s email systems haven’t been fully accessed then it will spare the company an embarrassing repeat of what happened to Sony Pictures. Hackers broke into Sony Pictures back in 2014 , and the leaked emails did the most reputational damage to the company.

What should Sundar Pichai say to Googlers?

Google’s CEO is expected to host an all-hands meeting to discuss a fired engineer’s divisive memo on diversity. The rest of the tech industry is looking for answers too.

Biggest dinosaur ever found gets a suitably epic name

Velocirapters are almost dainty. T. rex is big and scary. But the biggest dinosaur ever discovered is a colossus among behemoths. Meet Patagotitan mayorum , an herbivore that even Godzilla would find intimidating. A ranch workman stumbled across the first titanosaur bone in Argentina in 2012, but researchers just now settled on an official name for the species.

Salesforce fires red team staffers who gave Defcon talk

The talk was to reveal MEATPISTOL, a modular malware framework for implant creation, infrastructure automation, and shell interaction, aimed at reducing the time and energy spent on reconfiguration and rewriting malware. The tool -- an anagram of a similar tool, Metasploit -- doesn't launch attacks or exploit systems, but it allows red teamers to control the system once access has been granted. MEATPISTOL was pitched as taking "the boring work" out of pen-testing to make red teams, including at Salesforce, more efficient and effective.

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Exclusive: Apple refuses to enable iPhone emergency settings that could save countless lives

Ukrainian goes with Bitcoin ATMs to bypass banking system

Ukraine will soon have 150 new ATMs for both buying and selling cryptocurrencies, with around 30 of the machines slated to open by the end of August,  The Kiyv Post  has learned from Mike Chobanyan, head of the Bitcoin agency in Ukraine.

The iPhone 8 could automatically silence notifications when you’re looking at it

Another day, another possible iPhone 8 leak, as developer Guilherme Rambo continues to mine the accidentally leaked HomePod code for more information on Apple’s upcoming device. The latest from Rambo is that the iPhone 8 could leverage the widely rumored front-facing 3D sensor on the device to allow for the phone to detect whether or not a user is actively using the phone, and to silence notifications if you are ( via 9to5Mac ).

Facebook launches Watch, its new platform for original TV shows

However, to start with Facebook is limiting its Watch content creators to a small set of publishers. Eventually, the company plans to open it up and allow others to make shows, and people hanging out to do so can "register your interest in creating a show" here .

'Annabelle: Creation' dolls out half a good horror story

Despite being a prequel (and part of the " Conjuring " series to boot), "Annabelle: Creation" has a standalone feel -- at least to start with. If its agenda hadn't been set in the title, it might have had the freedom to find a more logical conclusion. It's able to build Annabelle's myth with suspenseful horror and sympathetic characters. But like any horror movie's characters, it doesn't escape unscathed.

The 10 most important things in the world right now

A Gremio fan is seen before the match against Argentina's Godoy Cruzon at the Arena do Gremio stadium, in Porto Alegre, Brazil on August 9, 2017.

Most popular Instagram accounts - in pictures

Controversial musician Chris Brown is the 26th most popular person on Instagram. Brown offers his 31.7m followers gritty pictures of him performing and hanging out, along with some Donald Trump and Michael Jackson memes.

Blizzard’s Overwatch League continues to expand with new teams in London and LA

Blizzard’s ambitious Overwatch League keeps getting bigger. Today the developer announced that two new franchises will join the pro e-sports circuit, representing London and Los Angeles. The London franchise is the first announced team in Europe, and will be owned and operated by successful e-sports group Cloud9. The new LA team, meanwhile, will be helmed by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, a company that owns stakes in a number of pro sports teams, including Arsenal, the LA Rams, and the Denver Nuggets.

​LG V30 to have f/1.6 aperture lens for dual-camera | ZDNet

LG Electronics' upcoming V30 smartphone will have an f/1.6 aperture lens for one of its dual cameras, allowing brighter and more life-like photos and videos.

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Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It   

Mosseri deputized product manager Max Eulenstein and user experience researcher Lauren Scissors to oversee the feed quality panel and ask it just those sorts of questions. For instance, Eulenstein used the panel to test the hypothesis that the time a user spends looking at a story in her news feed might be a good indicator that she likes it, even if she didn’t actually click like. “We speculated that it might be, but you could think of reasons why it wouldn’t be, too,” Eulenstein tells me. “It might be that there are scary or shocking stories that you stare at, but don’t want to see.” The feed quality panelists’ ratings allowed Eulenstein and Scissors to not only confirm their hunch, but to examine the subtleties in the correlation, and to begin to quantify it. “It’s not as simple as, ‘5 seconds is good, 2 seconds is bad,’ ” Eulenstein explains. “It has more to do with the amount of time you spend on a story relative to the other stories in your news feed.” The research also revealed the need to control for the speed of users’ Internet connections, which can make it seem like they’re spending a long time on a given story when they’re actually just waiting for the page to load.

Patch now: These "critical" security bugs affect all versions of Windows

The software giant released patches for 46 other vulnerabilities as part of its regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday set of security fixes. More than half of the vulnerabilities listed are rated "critical."

True AI cannot be developed until the 'brain code' has been cracked: Starmind | ZDNet

True AI does not yet exist, and it won't until companies stop comparing the human brain with computers and look into understanding the principles of the brain through neuroscience, according to the co-founder of Starmind.

How to find the right Linux distribution for you

If commercial support isn't of concern to you, your options are wide open. That also means the choice becomes a bit more challenging. Let's make it a bit easier. Are you looking for a server platform with a user-friendly package manager? If so, look to Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, or openSUSE — any distribution that works with a either apt, dnf, or zypper. If you're looking for a server distribution that offers next to no learning curve, you can pretty much narrow that down to Ubuntu. What about the desktop? That's where the choice gets really challenging. The best way to choose is to find one that works with apt and then select the desktop that most appeals to you. If you want modern, look to any distro with GNOME or take a look at Elementary OS. If a more standard interface is up your alley, look no further than Linux Mint or Kubuntu.

These Sheets Are Made With Just Three Things: Cotton, Rainwater, and Wind Power

Blaynk’s sheet sets range from $129 to $299. [Photo: courtesy Blaynk] Through her research as a consultant, Page came across a textile manufacturer in southern India that was founded in 1947 and runs its operations on 100% wind power; she reached out to them to manufacture Blaynk’s products. To mitigate the water-intensive nature of fabric production, especially in drought-strapped India, Blaynk’s manufacturing partner collects and reuses rainwater to produce the sheets. While standard cotton bedding requires around 20 gallons of water to make, Blaynk takes just two gallons of rainwater, and has developed proprietary methods to spin, treat, and weave the cotton to be soft and durable without relying on chemicals.

Twenty-First Century Fox revenue misses, profit tops estimates

(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch-controlled Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's quarterly profit edged past analysts' estimates, but revenue fell just short of expectations, hurt by the lack of box office hits from its movie studio.

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How to Use an Animated GIF as Wallpaper on Your Mac

The creation of the animated GIF has changed my life for forever. I use GIFs so often people are convinced that I have a stockpile of GIFs on my phone and computer. Both of which are true. Now, you will be hard pressed to find a person that completely hates animated GIFs, which is why they would make for perfect computer desktop backgrounds.

Never again forget to turn the sprinklers on (or off)

Rachio replaces your existing controller for an in-ground sprinkler system. Connect it to your Wi-Fi, and you can work with it to create a schedule, or let Rachio do all of the work for you. Rachio watches the weather and adjusts accordingly either way.

Top Security Firm May Be Leaking 'Terabytes' of Confidential Data From Fortune 100 Companies [Updated]

The report claims Carbon Black’s product, Cb Response, is responsible for leaking a tremendous amount of data, from cloud keys and app store keys to usernames and passwords and proprietary applications, including custom algorithms and other sensitive trade secrets. While the leaked data is not generally available online, DirectDefense believes it is accessible to governments, corporations and security teams willing to pay premium for access to pricey anti-malware tools.

We’ll see Intel’s 8th generation Coffee Lake processors on August 21

However, as we’ve seen with pricing of Ryzen versus that of Intel’s latest Kaby Lake chips, that facet of the ongoing battle is, as always, up in the air. Be sure to join us on August 21 for the latest news and our hot takes, as that Monday just got a major upgrade.

Can IoT-connected smart coffee pots taking down the West Wing?

Think of it this way. A government employee connects a smart coffee machine into the same WiFi network that his or her computer is connected to (though manufacturers of smart coffee machines often instruct that these devices should be connected to their own isolated WiFi network so that in case this particular network is breached, it will not harm any other devices). Shortly after, an attacker targets the network. The coffee machine does not have anti-virus software installed, or any type of security for that matter, so it becomes infected. Soon, the entire network will be compromised.

iPhone 8 may get wireless charging. But what does that mean?

If Apple were to go with Qi, Powermat has implied it would do whatever it takes to be compatible. Powermat "will continue to innovate and develop new products and technology supporting all devices coming into the market" the company said in a statement. "We recognize Apple's ability to bring wireless charging into mainstream by the sheer volume of iPhones in the market." Put another way: Powermat wants to ensure that partners like Starbucks can service the tens of millions -- and eventually hundreds of millions -- of iPhone owners, just as they do for Android fans.

History repeating: How the IoT is failing to learn the security lessons of the past | ZDNet

Why are lessons from the past being ignored? It's simple. Companies just want to get their devices out to the public as quickly as possible, and at the cheapest cost to manufacture. Building in security takes time, effort, and -- perhaps most importantly for some -- money, so security is ignored in order to get a product out to market for a low price and before the market gets saturated with similar products.

The biggest threat in 'Game of Thrones' is something no one is prepared for

S: Well we must prepare for that eventuality. Whatever direction the threat comes from, this is the best place to be. We need to start building up our grain stores with regular shipments from every keep in the North. If we don't use it by Winter's end we'll give it back to them, but if the entire North has to flee to Winterfell they won't have time to bring wagon loads of grain with them.

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82 Robotic suit now has Amazon Echo integration | ZDNet
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