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Watch the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe Sunday morning (update)

NASA's mission to "touch the Sun" will launch in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Samsung can’t believe Apple Pencil doesn’t work with iPhone | Cult of Mac

The latest in Samsung's "Ingenious" negative marketing campaign has a customer confused that the Apple Pencil can't be used on the iPhone.

What is deep learning? Everything you need to know | ZDNet

The lowdown on deep learning: from how it relates to the wider field of machine learning through to how to get started with it.

How Donald Trump drained the fun out of conspiracy theories

Trump has brought conspiracy theories out of the dark and into the mainstream.

Kosher co-working spaces aim to integrate ultra-orthodox into high-tech sector

At first glance, it looks like any other shared workspace: the hip interior design, the abstract art, the ferns gracing the round cafe-style tables, the board with the latest news. But this particular one has a whole library of Talmud books and a strictly kosher kitchen. Hard Fork? Hard Fork. HARD FORK These are the …

The Smash Bros fighters may all be undead, according to theory

The inclusion of Simon Belmont, vampire hunter, in Smash Bros has given rise to an interesting supposition about the other characters.

AI-powered robot can spot Waldo in 4.5 seconds

Need help finding Waldo? This robot has got your back, as its AI is good enough to spot the elusive, stripey figure faster than most people.

The VU Meter and How It Got That Way

Given its appearance in one form or another in all but the cheapest audio gear produced in the last 70 years or so, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the ubiquitous VU meter is just one of …

The 'Halo' arcade game is playable at every Dave & Buster's

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: All about the S Pen

Still, it's not a major feature of the Note 9, which I'm pretty impressed with so far. Sure, most of the upgrades are performance bumps, but that's what Note fans want. The new S Pen features are clearly the highlight, and I already know from experience with the S9+ that the cameras will be great. I'd still need to spend more time with the phone before I know how I feel about it, but if you're already sold (without waiting for our full review), you can pre-order the Note 9 tomorrow. The 128GB model will cost $1,000, while a 512GB version is also available for $1,250. Those who pre-order get their choice of either a set of AKG headphones or 15,000 V-bucks in Fortnite for Android (which will be arriving on Galaxy flagships first). Or you could shell out $99 for both. The phone won't officially hit store shelves until August 24th.

Fortnite for Android is here (if you’ve got a Samsung phone)

The exclusive is only for a few days; the beta will be available for other Android devices within the week, according to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who appeared onstage at Samsung’s event. Epic recently announced that it’s bypassing Google Play and distributing <em<Fortnite itself through its website, which makes this Samsung deal all the more striking.


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Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Rumored specs, leaks, price, release date

Tech blog Droid Life  reported that Google will have three new Pixel phones in the pipeline for 2018. This trio could include a mysterious higher-end version -- perhaps intended to compete with the $999 iPhone X -- in addition to the standard and XL models. As a reminder, the 64GB Pixel 2 starts at $649 (£629 or AU$1,079) and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849 (£799 or AU$1,399).

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Perseid meteor shower 2018: How to watch the dazzling light show in the night sky

This weekend the night sky will light up with the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The Perseid meteors, which earn their name through their proximity to the constellation Perseus (don’t know who that is? Go watch Clash of the Titans ), occur once a year when the Earth crosses through the resident dust cloud.

Why I'm worried about Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out Oct. 26, and I hope it proves me wrong. I hope Rockstar is keeping the biggest, boldest surprises of the game hidden -- and I'd give them a world of credit if that's true. Even if I'm not, I'm sure I'll end up playing the game anyway due to my love of its predecessor, and I'm sure I'll have a great time. I'll just be unable to shake this nagging feeling of disappointment that it's yet another sequel, and not quite the magical experience of the riding off into the sunset for the first time in a well-rounded western world, knowing that surprises galore awaited me just over the horizon.

These popular Android phones came with vulnerabilities pre-installed

Some are severe, like the Essential Phone, which had a vulnerability allowing an attacker to pull off a factory reset. The flaw comes thanks to a pre-installed app with a file name "" Any app on the device could access that pre-installed app, and use it to reach the Essential Phone's system and wipe out all the data stored on it, Stavrou said.

Galaxy Note 9's 5G dilemma: Upgrade now or wait for 2019's mobile revolution

Although it doesn't support 5G, the Galaxy Note 9 will come with the same advanced modem that was in the Galaxy S9, meaning it is optimized for the carrier's LTE Advanced networks. For instance, both the GS9 and Galaxy Note 9 are tuned to run on T-Mobile's 600 megahertz spectrum, a new swath of radio airwaves promising improved coverage across the nation.

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Philips' new Hue lights are ready to take over your home | Cult of Mac

First up is the Adore mirror that can be controlled from your iPhone or iPad. It measures about 20 inches across and is surrounded by a white LED light that can be dim or bright. Priced at $249.99, the mirror is supposed to launch on August 20. There’s also a new ceiling-mounted Adore light that costs $179.99 and has 30,000 hours of use.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Everything we know about everything

Every stage will get an Omega form, which simplifies the stage and eliminate hazards and interactive elements to be more friendly to players who want to minimize random elements. Omega forms were first included in Smash Bros. on the Wii U and 3Ds, and stages in Ultimate will get Omega forms that emulate both the flat Final Destination stage, and the platform-filled Battlefield stage. And independent of those two toggles, there's a separate options to just eliminate a stage's hazards.

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4 things the Note 9 doesn't have that Samsung may be saving for its Galaxy S10

In addition to the predictable advancements we expect to see in the next year (like running the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box, having the next Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and improved camera features in general), we've compiled a list of features that we didn't get in the Note 9 -- features that we hope Samsung may just be holding off for its next Galaxy S10 go-round.

15 The strange underground homes in the middle of the Australian desert

Crocodile Harry's is an oasis of weirdness in the middle of the Coober Pedy desert. About four miles out of town, down a winding back road, it's the home of a croc hunter and local legend who lived here in Coober Pedy's boom times. The dugout is now a relic showing what extreme life looked like in the mining heyday.

How to monitor network protocol traffic on your data center Linux servers

If you're looking for a powerful network protocol monitor for your Linux data center servers, ntopng might be the perfect solution. Jack Wallen shows you how to install this open source tool.

The secretive lab that built ‘the bomb’ now scours Mars for signs of life

The device, called SuperCam, won’t just be taking pictures when it flies off-world. It will fire lasers to detect the make-up of rocks and chemicals from 25 feet away. Wiens’ camera is meant to sleuth out where the exploration rover should go after it lands in the boundless, windswept Martian desert, all in the name of figuring out which places might preserve past signs of life – should there be any.

Remembering Advice Animals, one of the internet's first viral memes

Still, there's a little bit of Advice Animals to be found in all present day memes, says Brennan: "There's always iterations of Advice Animals that you can find. Like, you can find some evolved version of it [Advice Animals] no matter where you look in meme culture, because all the archetypes are there. It's all about fleshing out what you understand about these ideas of people through whatever the structure of the language is."

19 Galaxy Note 9 shows its every detail

This HDMI adaptor will let the Note 9 reveal its contents on any compatible monitor, and you can use the phone as a trackpad or a second screen.


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Emoji update proposal includes 55 different couples -- where are the gingers?

The couples emoji in the proposal are represented in five skin tones and two genders, with plans to approach the creation of gender neutral emoji later. But, as is often the case, red heads got entirely overlooked. In fact those responsible for the proposal don’t mention the word “hair” at all. Worse, it’s not even a future consideration. “This proposal would not be open-ended once all skin tones are represented,” write the authors.

Netflix's Insatiable Season 1 Reviews Prompt Creator to Respond to Fat-Shaming Backlash - IGN

Insatialble Season 1 Photos For years, Patty (Debby Ryan) has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong (Dallas Roberts), a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing -- first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee (Alyssa Milano) have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a b****, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest Smash game ever

Nintendo announced that the new Super Smash Bros game is going to be named "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," and it's going to have every character ever featured in the series so far.

We don't need a new 'Amazon tax' to save the high street

The high street employs millions of Brits, and is worth protecting. That said, we don’t need a new tax. We need to ensure the existing ones are equitably enforced.

How to create and edit plain text files in iOS with Textor

Textor was introduced recently on Apple's App Store, and the free app has quickly won over many plain text users as a simple way to open nearly any file in place, edit, and save it back to the Files app. Learn how easy it is to use the Textor app to create and edit files in iOS 11.

How to delete all your tweets | Cult of Mac

If you’re serious about ditching Twitter, then you probably want to delete your tweets. Twitter feeds off “engagement.” If you delete your tweets, you leave nothing to engage with (although their “content” has probably been mined clean already). If you delete your tweets, and change your Twitter bio to say you’ve quit, this sends a stronger message than just slipping out the side door. It also helps stop someone else from pretending to be you.

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Acer Swift 7 (2018)

The "world's thinnest" laptop has a surprisingly impressive collection of features, including a 14-inch touchscreen, fingerprint reader and backlit keys.

Showdown! iOS 12 vs. Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie has landed on Google Pixel devices just a month before Apple rolls out iOS 12. Both come with a long list of new features and improvements, but is one better than the other?

iPhone X smokes Galaxy Note 9 in speed tests | Cult of Mac

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 has lost to the iPhone X in speed test, even though the smartphone packs one of the best processors and more RAM than any of Apple’s phones.

31 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.

Paper is the best art app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #47]

For the past several years, the iPad has served as a tool to digitize the analog world. Board games are now virtual, books are electronic, and with the art app Paper by FiftyThree, your sketches and artwork are turned digital. Thanks to the incredible touch interface of the iPad and Apple Pencil, the app makes your device feel like its analog counterpart.

Bitcoin dev finds potentially crippling security flaw in Bitcoin Cash

Its blockchain was open to being jammed with a toxic block that would have caused complete consensus failure. The bad block would have split the cryptocurrency in two, halting transactions and crippling its utility and price.

Photos: 20 best resources for learning how to code

Developers don't necessarily need a four-year degree to get into coding. Here are 20 tools to help you learn, exercise, and polish your coding skills.

Fortnite challenge guide for season 5, week 5

What’s great about this challenge is that you don’t need to use a different rift each time to complete it. So, if you want to get it out of the way quickly, find one and skydive straight back down to it, then use it again and repeat the process until you’re done.

Taiwan lets Qualcomm off majority of big $773 million fine | Cult of Mac

“This settlement directly addresses concerns raised by the TFTC, regardless of disputed positions, and builds on our foundation of collaborative, long-term business relationships in Taiwan. We are happy to reaffirm our commitment to licensing our valuable intellectual property under principles of fairness and good faith. With the uncertainty removed, we can now focus on expanding our relationships that support the Taiwanese wireless industry and rapid adoption of 5G technology.”

Raspberry Pi challengers: The newest boards you can buy

The NanoPi K1 Plus is less powerful than many other computers in this round-up, and is akin to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with a slightly slower CPU and double the memory. The NanoPi K1 Plus is more comparable to the Pi 3 B+, and as such is a machine suited to software and hardware development. However, worse driver and software support than the Pi means this board is probably one for technically savvy users only, who are prepared to devote time and effort getting it up and running.

Twitter admits InfoWars violated its rules, but says it will remain on the platform

Twitter is one of the only major social media companies that has not scrubbed its platform of Jones or InfoWars in the last week. Since Sunday, Jones has seen the vast majority of the social media infrastructure for his media empire crumble. Apple has removed the full library of his podcasts, Facebook has unpublished his pages, YouTube terminated his account, and other technology companies took similar action. InfoWars apps remain available through the Google Play store and Apple's app store, however.


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Galaxy Note 9: Nine ways it beats the iPhone | ZDNet

Samsung has come out swinging hard against the iPhone with the Galaxy Note 9, putting some significant pressure on Apple to raise its game with the next release.

5 unspoken rules of being a manager that no one tells you about

For example, one of the authors of this article, Terra, is a single career mom. On Fridays, she’ll often have to leave for midday elementary school events. When she says to her team, “I’m leaving for Jake’s Halloween party at school, and I’ll be back in two hours,” she is telling them that she values work-life balance and family, and giving them implicit permission to do the same. If she is not upfront about where she needs to be, her team might not realize that it’s acceptable for them to leave work from time to time for family obligations.

It's not too late to save your job from automation

, (50 years ago, the idea that social media marketing would be a job wasn’t obvious) the need for distinctively human skills associated with such jobs will remain vital. In essence, there WILL be job growth and stability for years to come — despite automation.

Monsanto told to pay $289m in cancer trial

In a landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and failed to warn consumers.

New AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Unveiled: 32-Core Chip Is $1,800

All four of the second-generation Threadripper chips are based on the existing Zen architecture, which also is the foundation for AMD's mainstream Ryzen chips and its server and enterprise-class EPYC CPUs. All of the Threadripper chips also use the existing TR4 motherboard socket, which means they'll fit into any existing X399-chipset Threadripper motherboard on the market with a BIOS update. (All of these boards, according to AMD, should be flash-upgradable, so having an existing Threadripper chip should not be necessary to perform the BIOS update.) Existing coolers and power supplies will work as well, AMD said.

BitConnect is getting delisted from the last cryptocurrency exchange that still trades it

The final nail in BitConnect’s coffin will come September 10, when the last exchange to offer trading pairs in the controversial cryptocurrency will delist its worthless

Twitter suspends Proud Boys on eve of deadly Unite the Right rally anniversary

Twitter’s decision to designate the Proud Boys as a “violent extremist group” is in part surprising because the group and its leader McInnes have tried to maintain rhetorical distance from the open racism of the “alt-right”, professing to be “western chauvinists” but not white nationalists. The group tends to glorify violence , but claim that it only occurs in self-defense.

Nintendo's Switch has a hidden VR mode -- but don't get your hopes up

Nintendo seems to have been toying with the idea for about a year now. In 2017, another Twitter user posted code that was added to the system during its 3.0.0 update. The interesting part came from two separate lines, 50 and 51, where it looked to have an option to enable VR mode. That said, it wasn’t enabled, and Nintendo doesn’t appear to have made any additional changes to that section of the codebase.

This is why parents shouldn't give their kids smart toys

Not so long ago, kids played with things like building blocks, jump ropes, and Etch-A-Sketches. Those still exist, but now, many toys for kids are as high-tech as the gadgets their parents use.

28 Ways to Reward Your IT Team

Your IT team isn't like the other teams around the office. To really reward them, you need ideas that will excite your special group of hackers. Grab this article to: Understand the psychology behind rewards See how to build a successful reward system Get 28 really FRESH ideas

The quest to redesign NYC’s garbage cans

What’s more, as designers prepare their submissions over the next month, they’ll need to think about future-proofing, i.e., considering how their designs could be repurposed down the line as the city’s trash output changes. More U.S. cities are moving to ban plastic bags and straws–a minuscule step toward a more sustainable trash footprint, but also evidence that ideas around waste are slowly starting to shift. When the last can was designed in 1930, Americans were only just beginning to ramp up their gargantuan garbage production. The city’s new basket wants to be part of the reversal of that trend.  “It gives us this opportunity to engage with New Yorkers, around ‘What are the goals of the city? What’s the city going to be in 10 years? What’s the city going to be in 20 years?,'” Garcia says. 

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