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Has 'Game of Thrones' gotten too confusing?

A land of 7 kingdoms, a war of 5 kings, a queen with 3 dragons and a franchise with 1 confusing story.

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

Cruise, the self-driving startup acquired by GM last year, is already operating a complete autonomous ride-hailing service in San Francisco for its employees...

Has 'Game of Thrones' gotten too confusing?

A land of 7 kingdoms, a war of 5 kings, a queen with 3 dragons and a franchise with 1 confusing story.

Ad suggests men do engineering things, women are in the garden

After the diversity controversy at Google, an ad for Koch Industries offers an interesting picture of how some enterprises still see gender roles traditionally.

Samsung’s surprisingly decent mobile browser is now available as a Google Chrome alternative

Samsung’s mobile browser has previously been available primarily for Samsung phones (with the exception of a few other devices like the Pixel and Pixel XL) and while the main version of the a…

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Phone accessories that make travel easier

Like this one: the Ace Teah 3-in-1 . A longtime favorite of mine, this thick-barreled pen is not only comfy to write with, but also nice to, er, stylus with. (Flip it over and you can use the capacitive tip to scribble on your screen.) Better still, it has a built-in phone stand that can even accommodate a phone in a case. Now you've got a way to prop up the screen when you want to watch a movie or read a book. A mere six bucks buys you a pack of six pens in assorted happy colors.

Bitcoin just passed $4,000

24 hours ago the cryptocurrency was trading below $3,700. About an hour ago it surged passed $4,000 and has no signs of stopping. It’s now trading around $4,135.00. For reference, a week ago Bitcoin hit an all-time high as it passed $3,000 for the first time .

The Best iPad Apps of 2017

However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.

Facebook reportedly releases mobile app in China | ZDNet

Social network giant has stealthily launched photo-sharing app Colorful Balloons in China, where Facebook and several others such as Google and Twitter have been banned for years.

UK Government Publishes Key Principles For Self-Driving Vehicles

The UK government has published key principles for connected and autonomous vehicles, aimed as a guide for automakers, suppliers, and developers looking to deploy self-driving cars in the future.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to support server-grade PC hardware

Users will be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on machines with server-grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors with up to four CPUs. That doubles the pre-existing limit of two CPUs. Also, it supports machines with up to 6TB of memory, tripling the previous 2TB limit, the post said.

Snap sold fewer than 42K Spectacles, down 35% in Q2

Snap’s Spectacles sunglasses may prove to be more of a fad than a must-have device. Snap revealed during its call following weak Q2 earnings that it generated $5.4 million in “Other” revenue, which would equate to around 41,500 pairs of its Spectacles camera sunglasses at a $130 price point. That’s compared to $8.3 million in Other revenue in Q1, or fewer than 64,000 pairs, meaning Spectacles sales have declined roughly 35 percent.

Android Wear picks designers to make it work

That's why the array of watches on the table not only had a wide variety of different looks, they all had some custom aspect to the watch face as well. One Michael Kors watch had a unique face that pulled up photos from your Facebook or Instagram feed. A Fossil watch let you tweak the colors and look of the face, and share it with friends through a special code so other Fossil wearers could share in the look.

Top 50 Hidden iOS 11 Features

There’s a new option in Safari’s Share sheet called Markup as PDF. It will convert the current page and will let you mark up using the same screenshot tools. This works on both iPhone and iPad. But you don’t have to markup. You can use this as a quick shortcut to convert the page to PDF. Then tap on the Share button to send it to any app. This is much faster than the convoluted Print way in iOS 10.

6 places to find free and discounted e-books

Do you like to read? Awesome. Do you have limited funds? Welcome to the club. Obviously your local library is the best option if you want to read for free, but is it the only one? Definitely not. Below I've rounded up six sources of free and/or discounted e-books, which you can read just about anywhere thanks to phones , tablets and e-readers .

What will the 'iPhone 8' really be called?

But "iPhone Pro" would be the first-ever use of that name -- a nice nod to its "newness" -- and the Pro designation as "king of the hill" would line up with everyone's general understanding of Apple's product lines. The only problem is that it somehow sounds "unfun" -- like a phone that's destined for you to toil away on work-related tasks.

Spotify is bringing background music to the Xbox One

In this week's wrap-up, a controversial memo circulating within Google becomes public and the company struggles to find the right response. Meanwhile, Disney announces its upcoming streaming plans that don't include Netflix.

How to use local and remote SSH port forwarding

And that's the basics to using local and remote port forwarding with SSH. We're only scratching the surface as to what port forwarding can do, but this gives you an idea. Port forwarding is an incredibly handy feature that can get you out of some tricky situations. Remember to give the ssh manpage a read (man ssh) to find out more of what SSH can do for you.

Take professional photos with a smartphone: 4 tips

Smartphone cameras have gotten so good that you can use them to take professional photos—if you know how to make them work. These tips show you how to do it.

Why the biggest container lock-in threat may not be hardware or software-related

Diamanti CEO Jeff Chou argues that it may not make sense for a company to get trapped in a loop of hiring teams of experts (who can be easily recruited away) to build a custom solution that requires a never-ending cycle of tuning and maintenance. In fact, Chou told me, the real lock-in with containers isn't about hardware or software, but rather the expertise your own team needs to acquire.

Google CEO Pichai calls off staff diversity meeting after Googlers voice safety fears | ZDNet

"I know the journey won't always be easy, but to the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream of creating amazing things: I want you to know that there's a place for you in this industry, there's a place for you at Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you."

Amazon reportedly issues recall on some solar eclipse glasses

The internet retailer began notifying buyers of the unverified glasses on Saturday, warning them not to use the product for viewing the much-anticipated total solar eclipse later this month. Customers who didn't receive a recall email are safe to use the ones they purchased.

Google's larger Pixel XL whips up an ace Android experience (review)

Google's two new phones are nearly identical. The only hardware differences are the XL's larger, sharper display (with a higher pixel density) and bigger battery. It's also pricier, at about $120, £120 and AU$190 more than the Pixel. Everything else, including the processor, camera and design, are the same.

Cybersecurity in an IoT and Mobile World: 3 big factors

The rise of the Internet of Things and the spread of mobile devices is escalating the challenges in cybersecurity. Be prepared.

How to Add Awesome Effects to Your Live Photos in iOS 11

When enabled, Live Photos take a short, 1.5 seconds video before and after you hit that shutter button. So you end up with a short animated clip along with a high quality still. The end result is similar to the moving newspaper images in Harry Potter. Now, use Live Photos effects, you can make your animated clips even better. You can loop them, give it a boomerang-like effect, or turn it into a really cool Long Exposure shot. Here’s how it works.

How these communist-era Apple II clones helped shape central Europe's IT sector | ZDNet

In the days of communism, many Romanian and Bulgarian children, who now are among the countries' leading technologists, learned to code on replicas of Apple II and ZX Spectrum machines.

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Antarctica is home to considerably more volcanoes than previously thought

The study resulted in the discovery of 178 cone-shaped structures in a region that researchers named the West Antarctic Rift System. Of those structures, researchers found that 138 are likely volcanoes, based on their confidence criteria. The identified volcanoes range from 328 feet (100 meters) to just over 12600 feet (3850 meters) in height, with cones that range from about two miles to just under 40 miles in dimeter. Of those volcanoes, 91 had not been previously been identified, and the study’s authors explain that the density of the volcanoes in the WARS is approximately one volcano per 4800 square miles. This puts the region in the company of other massive volcanic regions around the world, such as the East African Rift, which has around one volcano per 4500 square miles.

Google spinoff Waymo patents softer self-driving cars to protect pedestrians

If self-driving cars really do take over our roads then things are going to be a lot safer — at least for people inside them. Vehicles will be able to constantly communicate with one another to prevent crashes, but what about those poor, unconnected humans? Or humans who might wander into traffic by accident, or decide to test the reflexes of Mr. Robo-Car for fun? Well, Google’s self-driving spinoff Waymo has one potential answer: softer cars.

You'll Never See Earth From Space. This Gorgeous Book Is the Next Best Thing

The best images appear in * Overview: A New Perspective of Earth . *The book reveals the many ways humans shape the world. Groves of bright green olive trees stand ready for harvest. Deep blue and purple caverns cut into the earth at a uranium mine. Iron tailings turn a pond bright pink. Grant uses juxtaposition to underscore the point, placing, say, a deforested rain forest alongside a paper mill. "You're able to make comparisons within the chapters, in a way that you can’t if it’s one image per day on the Instagram feed,” he says. The last chapter celebrates remote places, like the reptilian ridges of Rub’ al Khali, the world's largest contiguous sand desert.

Another Great App Went Subscription Only and Everything Is Terrible

What’s frustrating about this is how shifting to these new forms of payment are great for the developer and fine for new users, but suck, a lot, for old users. I know, because I’ve been using Ulysses for the better part of six years. It’s a piece of software I’m so attached to I’ve name-checked it when people ask why I don’t switch to Windows or Android for my daily work machines. The announcement of a move to subscription-based payment popped up as soon as I opened the app on my computer this morning and, annoyed, I took to Twitter to bask in the irritation of other users.

Bake Scrambled Eggs in Mason Jars for a Portable Breakfast All Week

Recently a lot of you posed questions about eggs , and I was very surprised to see so very few questions about scrambled. Maybe that’s because we Americans tend to favor big, lumpy dry curds over the richer, creamier variants found elsewhere, but even those big lumps can be creamy, fluffy, and delicious. Another famous problem with scrambled eggs — unless you’re getting them at a drive-thru — is that they aren’t famous for being reheated. Yes, a poached egg can be gently reheated in warm water, but how many of you are waking up on a Thursday and excited to re-poach eggs before work? Not me. And though few of us care to admit it, we’ve all had some variation of reheated “scrambled” “eggs” in a breakfast burrito from the freezer or a big breakfast chain sandwich. But you and I, we’re better than that. So let’s make a quick, simple breakfast that you look forward to tomorrow morning—and maybe for the rest of the week. So yes, I’m suggesting that you reheat scrambled eggs. But these won’t be individual egg lumps, these will be more akin to the tender “frittata” style eggs that so much of the internet has taken to calling “egg muffins.

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Digital smell dispensers and self-flying drones are just some of Sony's newest gadgets

Fired Google Engineer James Damore Takes His Case to Reddit

Finally, in another series of posts, Damore said he was surprised by the reaction to his memo because “I thought that talking about the ideological echo chamber and the dangers of authoritarian leftist policies, that it would pacify some of the reactions that I got.” He also said he had “assumed that Google engineers would be more data/science driven than they apparently are.”

Best of Tech Pro Research: A rundown of the hottest new content

Check out the latest articles, tools, and policies from Tech Pro Research. Highlights include Windows power tips from Ed Bott, a checklist for managing backups, and our Python developer hiring kit.

Neo-Nazis Praise Trump's Response to Charlottesville: ‘He Said He Loves Us All'

During brief remarks from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president made no mention of the white supremacists, some of whom wore t-shirts featuring quotes by Adolf Hitler or carried flags bearing symbols of Nazi Germany. “It’s been going on for a long time in our country,” said Trump, apparently referencing the violence and disorder. “It’s not Donald Trump, it’s not Barack Obama.”

Video: A massive amount of government data has leaked to the Dark Web

Government passwords, email addresses, documents, and other data are easily accessible on the Dark Web. TechRepublic's Brandon Vigliarolo explains a new report that tracks which agencies are most vulnerable.

How to spot a Twitter bot

A new system called the Botometer , built by researchers at Indiana University and Northeastern University, is the perfect example of why. The system looks at over 1,000 factors, ranging from the tweets themselves (including metadata on how and where they were posted) to the composition of followers. “We are using a wide range of signals to compute scores,” said Onur Varel, a Northeastern University researcher who worked on the project. “Depending on user behavior, different feature types might be revealing.”

How Being Humble, Kind, and Calm Will Make Your Life Easier

So extend your hand in kindness and offer help to those who need it. They just might extend their hand back to help you get where you want to go. Admit you're wrong when you are and find a way to believe that other people might be better than you at something. They just might offer you advice or teach you how to get better at a particular skill. And, no matter what happens, always try and remain calm and keep from going off the deep end. Everyone you've ever met is trying to do the exact same thing you are. Life is a lot easier when you accept that you aren't the only one living it.

The highest-paying tech jobs in America right now

Based on salary reports shared by employees with these jobs on Glassdoor last year, here are the 10 highest-paying jobs in the US and the number of job openings in early 2017.

Android Wear users are having problems with Google Assistant

Now there's another problem for Android Wear users to deal with: a broken Google Assistant. Considering one of the main benefits of wearing a computer on your arm is to quickly speak out instructions, that's a pretty major problem.

How to take the best photos of a solar eclipse: Tips from the pros

"I highly recommend spending 2-4 hours setting up equipment, adjusting lenses, apertures, and ISO speeds in the days leading up to the eclipse to ensure that you're ready to go. Add two hours to this time if your setup includes a telescope through which you'll be taking photographs. You can also practice on the moon (which is pretty close to full right now) to see typical results; the full moon is about the same size as the sun from our vantage point here on earth. But don't depend on it to help you set aperture or ISO," Oliver said.

How to survive a 'Game of Thrones' sex scene with awkward company

So instead of excusing yourself to go get a glass of water (what if you come back too late and miss a major plot point), here are some solutions to various uncomfortable sex scene situations.

iPhone 8 Could Mute Notifications When the User Is Looking Directly at the Screen

HomePod firmware continues to reveal exciting tidbits about upcoming Apple hardware. We are now coming across code, originally discovered by developer Guilherme Rambo, which talks about how the iPhone 8 could potentially mute notifications when the user is concentrating on the display. This feature could be built into the 3D camera, known as the Face ID sensor, which is expected to completely replace the Touch ID sensor in the future.

Turn a cereal container into a trash can for your car

Fortunately, there's something else that works perfectly for a trash can in your car: a dry food storage container (or a cereal container). Let's be honest, in what imaginary household does cereal actually last long enough to transfer to another container anyway? Dump the cereal that went stale because it wasn't where it should be (the box it came in), throw a trash bag in it and toss it in the passenger floorboard.

Dammit - almost giving up on the OSS dream in government

I think the pump needs a lot of priming - and I think the best way now is to go find a couple of right wing dribbling billionaires from Texas and tell them that the governments of the world are slowly going to be adopting open software for their services - and the last great act of American empire will be to write the code that governments across the world will use day in and day out. No sneaky elliptic curve adjustments but just those baked in western assumptions - combined girls and boys registers for schools to use each morning, that sort of thing.

Alleged Black iPhone 8 Unit Caught on Video

With the iPhone 8 now reportedly entering mass production, more leaks of the device have started making their way to the internet. We have already seen the handset leaked in a new Copper Gold color, and today, a short 5-second video has been posted on YouTube which gives us a quick look at the front and back of the handset.

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Doxxed white supremacist caught red-handed with torch at Charlottesville wants to put that genie back in the bottle

The Best Wireless Routers of 2017

With the gaggle of connected home products, smart TVs , smartphones , and other mobile devices ruling our lives, it's more important than ever to outfit your home or business with a wireless router that can handle the increased demand for Wi-Fi connectivity. When choosing a new router, you should consider the size of your coverage area and the number of clients, as well as the types of devices that will connect to the router. Granted, not everybody needs the kind of performance that you get with the latest and greatest models, and there's no reason to pay for features that you will likely never use, but if you have several family members vying for bandwidth for things like streaming video and playing Overwatch online, a new router can make a world of difference and help keep the peace. We guide you through choosing a router that will handle your current and future wireless networking needs, and offer our top picks to get you started.

5 Google Home tips for couch potatoes

With your Netflix account linked, you can say, "OK Google, play Ozark on Netflix" without moving from the couch or reaching for the remote to start watching the show. And Netflix will start playing your show from where you left off -- even if you stopped in the middle of the episode -- just as if you where using Netflix without Google Home.

Why Are Neo-Nazis on Twitter So Scared of Being Called Neo-Nazis?

Yesterday’s rally of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and so-called “alt-right” activists predictably devolved into violence. One anti-fascist protester and two police officers are dead, and dozens more were injured by neo-Nazis in a fascist rally at the University of Virginia. But after the streets were cleared, far right thugs who participated in the demonstration seemed only concerned with one thing: Not being called Nazis.

From Verne to 'Alien', this exhibition charts sci-fi history

The exhibition spans from proto-sci-fi like "Niels Klim's Underground Travels", first published in 1741, to the latest effects-driven blockbuster films. It begins with models of fantastical craft from the stories of HG Wells and Jules Verne, such as Captain Nemo's submarine Nautilus 1 and Robur's flying machine the Terror, and continues with art and models from legends like HR Giger and Ray Harryhausen.

Public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud: What's the difference? | ZDNet

Since it started as a marketing term, the definition of hybrid cloud can vary. Some see it as mixing and matching your apps, data, and infrastructure. For example, storing your data in the private cloud while running your app in the public cloud. Others see it simply as the use of multiple cloud services, orchestrated to work together. The key point is that this approach moves away from a monolithic either-or policy for public vs. private cloud, but one that relies on adaptability and a best-of-breed approach, which is why it's rapidly becoming the most popular cloud posture.

As net neutrality dies, one man wants to make Verizon pay for its sins

Imagine if you took every single gripe you've had with Verizon over the past five years — the time it blocked Nexus 7 tablets for five months; the time it forced you to pay $20 per month for tethering; the time it tried to make you use a mobile wallet app called "ISIS" — and finally put your foot down. For a year, you spend free moments holed up in library stacks, speaking with experts, and researching and writing a sprawling legal complaint about the company's many, many misdeeds. And then you file it all with the FCC, hoping to get some payback.

Things just got worse for Travis Kalanick, he's being sued

Benchmark Capital filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday alleging the ride-hailing company's co-founder hasn't acted in the interest of Uber's stockholders, employees, drivers and passengers. It also says Kalanick failed to disclose to the board "gross mismanagement," including "pervasive gender discrimination and sexual harassment." Axios first reported this news.

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