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Barack Obama shares touching statement on the death of Aretha Franklin

He was a big fan of the Queen of Soul.

The first 'Iron Fist' Season 2 trailer finally brings Danny back to his crimefighting roots

Yay, he's actually using his iron fist!

IBM's 'smart' lake could be the solution to deadly red tides

IBM and members of The Jefferson Project are trying to figure out why algae blooms happen by turning Lake George into the smartest lake in the world.

These DIY lasers scare the crap out of YouTube

A chemist YouTuber has apparently had several of his videos flagged for being a bit too close to dangerous -- odd, considering what else is on the site.

Fertility app blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies is now FDA approved in the USA

Controversial fertility app, Natural Cycles, has been approved by the FDA in America. The app was responsibile for 37 out of 668 unwanted pregnancies.

'Jurassic Park' returning to theaters for 25th anniversary

"Hold onto your butts."

Ariana Grande pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with 'Natural Woman,' and wow

Now that's respect.

EA teases battle royale in new ‘Battlefield V’ trailer

EA teases battle royale in new ‘Battlefield V’ trailer exploring one of the game's settings: Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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Google's Firebase intros in-app messaging, BigQuery integration | ZDNet

Among the key updates is the introduction of a new in-app messaging tool that gives developers a way to engage with users who are actively using their apps. Developers can nudge users through the app funnel via targeted and contextual messages, Google said. The tool also provides analytics on how each messaging campaign is performing, tracking impressions, clicks and conversions by date.


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Preorders open for the GLAS thermostat by Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls' smart thermostat does promise some unique features you can't currently find elsewhere. The GLAS is supposed to track humidity and indoor and outdoor air quality. If the the thermostat senses poor indoor air quality, it's supposed to automatically enlist a fan or ventilation system to help.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S

The system's very trim profile does get a bit thicker when you raise the screen from clamshell position. As with the original Zephyrus, a bottom ventilation flap opens as you pull the screen open, propping up the laptop by about an inch. This is another engineering element Asus developed to cool the components in such a thin body, but the first time around, the apparatus was a little flimsy for a premium machine. The flap on the new model is a bit sturdier: In addition to using a magnesium alloy instead of plastic, it only starts halfway up the bottom of the chassis, instead of running all the way from back to front. As such, it's not as long and saggy, and you won't put pressure on the flap if you hold the laptop on the bottom. Before, the bottom's flex when the laptop was open was downright worrisome.

The top 10 most successful cities in the US

Zippia, a career search engine, found the most successful city in every US state. Using Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey PUMS, Zippia ranked cities based on median income, unemployment rate, and education rate (percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree).

Twitter’s relationship with third-party apps is messy — but it’s not over

"It is now time to make the hard decision to end support for these legacy APIs — acknowledging that some aspects of these apps would be degraded as a result. Today, we are facing technical and business constraints we can’t ignore. The User Streams and Site Streams APIs that serve core functions of many of these clients have been in a 'beta' state for more than 9 years, and are built on a technology stack we no longer support. We’re not changing our rules, or setting out to 'kill' 3rd party clients; but we are killing, out of operational necessity, some of the legacy APIs that power some features of those clients. And it has not been a realistic option for us today to invest in building a totally new service to replace these APIs, which are used by less than 1% of Twitter developers."

Newspapers banded together to defend the press and Lil' Trump threw a tantrum

The Boston Globe, which was sold to the the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!

The best way to update and install apps on Ubuntu

The thing that needs to be considered, for Ubuntu, is that they are migrating over to GNOME in 17.10, which means the now-defunct Ubuntu Software Center is officially switching to GNOME Software. This is a good thing on so many levels. First off, the Ubuntu Software Center has been broken for a long time. Also, with the old system, you had to install software from one tool and upgrade software from another. Now, thanks to the new GNOME Software tool, everything happens in one happy location.

9 China's looks to warehousing assets to help revive profits

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s second-largest e-commerce firm, Inc, said it is shifting management of its warehousing assets to a separate unit, in a move it hopes will revive profits after it swung back to a loss in April-June.

Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, dead at 76

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported.

Motorola announces its list of phones that will receive Android Pie

Android Pie is here and Motorola has announced which phones in its lineup that will get the latest and greatest software.

12 Kroger starts testing self-driving grocery delivery in Arizona

You now have a chance to try Kroger's self-driving grocery delivery ... if you happen to live in the right part of Arizona. The chain has launched its driverless delivery pilot at a single Fry's Food Stores location in Scottsdale, giving you a chance to receive foodstuffs courtesy of Nuro's autonomous vehicles. Order through the Fry's website or app and the robotic courier can deliver either the same day or next day for a $6 flat fee. You'll have to live in the same 85257 ZIP code, so you can't make them drive across town just to satisfy your curiosity.

13 Google brings native hearing aid support to Android

Google worked with GN Hearing to develop Asha, which is said to offer low-latency, high-quality audio with minimal impact on battery life. GN is the first manufacturer to use the spec, and it will be available to users of the ReSound LiNX Quattro and Beltone Amaze hearing aids following a future Android update. Users will be able to monitor their hearing aids using their phones, and call friends as well as listen to music or other audio.

14 NYU Makes Tuition Free for All Medical Students

New York University said Thursday that it will cover tuition for all its medical students regardless of their financial situation, a first among the nation’s major medical schools and an attempt to expand career options for graduates who won’t be saddled with six-figure debt.


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Facebook raised $300M during first year of birthday fundraisers

"Facebook is developing a new way of philanthropy for young people that didn't exist before," said Braden Lay-Michaels, chief development officer at The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Before birthday fundraisers, the organization used to raise about $1,000 a month through other donations on Facebook. A year ago, after the launch of birthday fundraisers, The Trevor Project raised over $10,000 for the first time. During Pride Month, the organization raised over $200,000.

Intel Foreshadow exploits: How to protect yourself from latest chip vulnerability

Google says it has updated its Cloud Platform to reduce the risk from L1TF exploits for "the majority" of users but recommends updating guest operating systems to reduce risks. Outside of the core Google Cloud Infrastructure however, Google is recommending customers of various Google Cloud Platform services — from Google App Engine Flexible Environments to Google Cloud Composer — take additional steps to protect themselves, which are outlined here .

Fortnite Season 5, week 6 challenges and how to complete them

This one should be breeze for everyone, but it might take a few games. 50 vs 50 is ideal for safety, but your main goal is to hit up a resource-heavy area. Even if you're playing a solo game, your best bet is to drop in to Dusty Divot for the large trees (wood), any areas with concentrated rock formations (stone) or you can hit Junk Junction or the smaller junk car area just south of Paradise Palms for stacks of cars (metal). It might take a few games, but if you focus on gathering, you'll get it pretty quickly.

Australian teenager hacked Apple's corporate network, accessed data and user accounts

Teen pleads guilty to downloading 90GB of secure files from Apple's internal systems and accessing customer accounts in repeated hacks from his suburban home.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 165 becomes Apple's most affordable laptop

Today, the PowerBook 165 isn’t one of the laptops most people talk about when they wax nostalgic about Apple products. In the early 1990s, however, when laptops were extremely pricey, this was a solid machine at a very appealing price point. By today’s standards, it would cost $3,337.

US bosses now earn 312 times the average worker's wage, figures show

But the rise in their compensation can not be explained entirely by rising stock markets. CEO rewards have outstripped both stock prices and corporate profits, EPI found. Between 1978 and 2017 CEO compensation has increased by 979%. Over the same period the S&P 500 Index of the US’s largest companies grew 637%. The typical workers’ pay package rose just 11.2% over the same time frame.

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Teen pleads guilty to hacking Apple’s computer system | Cult of Mac

An Australian teenager who repeatedly broke into Apple’s computer system is facing criminal charges after Apple contacted the FBI.

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Google Launches Searchable Database on US Political Ads

The new site offers an eye-opening view of how online political ad spending through Google can work. It offers a breakdown on individual ad campaigns, including a catalog of what ads were served and to which demographic groups.

Top 10 new Apple Watch Series 4 features we'd like to see | Cult of Mac

My biggest gripe with Apple Watch is having to wait for the screen to turn on every time I raise my wrist. The lag is only a fraction of a second, but it’s still irritating — especially during a workout. When you’re running or cycling you need to focus on the road ahead. Looking at your watch while you wait for it to wake up can be dangerous. And when you’re swimming, the screen stays permanently asleep, because your wrist is constantly raised.

New clue points to Apple Pencil coming to iPhone | Cult of Mac

While both the iPhone and iPad count as a mobile devices, the iPhone is a gadget that people are far more likely to carry around with them. As a result, transporting the Apple Pencil would be more of a nuisance than it is with the iPad. Samsung’s S Pen can be stored inside the Galaxy Note for easy transportation: something that is unlikely to be the case with the next-gen iPhone.

Tim Cook, Diana Ross, Michelle Obama, and others mourn Aretha Franklin’s death

It’s a huge loss for both the world of music and the world in general. Franklin has been a constant in the American psyche since the 1960s, when she first rose to prominence. She began as a gospel singer in the ’50s and transitioned to more secular soul music. Her songs, driven by her signature joy-filled belt, captivated the nation for decades. Singles like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Respect,” and “Think,” have become anthems in their own right.

Check out Apple Park’s spectacular new giant glass doors | Cult of Mac

Apple Park shows the kind of affinity for large panes of glass that modern Apple products have for aluminum. More than 3,000 gigantic curved glass panes have been used to form the walls on both side of Apple’s four-story campus, measuring over a mile around. In all, Apple Park uses more than six kilometers of curved glass, in addition to interior glass accessories like doors.

30 Nvidia forecast lags Wall Street as crypto demand evaporates

(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp ( NVDA.O ) shares sank as much as 5 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the chip maker said cryptocurrency-fueled demand had dried up and it forecast sales below Wall Street targets, overshadowing quarterly results that otherwise beat expectations.

The accidental Super Like: Tinder's most awkward phenomenon

There are a number of different ways that an accidental Super Like can occur. Users who swipe through people quickly, for example, are more likely to unintentionally swipe up — a Super Like — while trying to swipe right or left. (If they intended to swipe left, then god help them.) If you use the buttons on the bottom of the screen instead of swiping, your chances of messing up are even worse. The Super Like button is right next to the "no" button!

Police seek help in solving another Apple Store robbery | Cult of Mac

The Roseville Police Department in California has released a photo of two of the thieves who robbed a local Apple Store this week.

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Sony claims top spot in US full-frame camera market

In a press release, Sony reveals that it's overtaken Canon to take the number one position (measured both by units sold and value) in the United States full-frame camera market in the first half of 2018. To simplify that, four out of every 10 full-frame cameras sold during that time period has been a Sony.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S is 'world's thinnest gaming laptop'

The idea is to bring a similar, if slightly inferior, level of power to a device that’s even more portable. To that end, the Zephyrus S measures 14.95mm at its thinnest point, while the original model comes in at 16.9mm. This, by Asus’s measure, makes it the world’s thinnest gaming laptop yet again.


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Elon Musk's Boring Company wants to build a tunnel to Dodger Stadium

The blog post is accompanied with a pretty detailed FAQ. According to the information there, the construction of the Dugout Loop shouldn't take more than 14 months. The project will not interfere with the metro and the tunnel will be dug deep enough (30 feet underground or more) that its construction will be basically undetectable from the surface. Once finished, the tunnel will have electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour, carrying 8-18 passengers each, for the cost of roughly $1 per ride (though the FAQ points out that the fares aren't finalized).

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She works for Trump. He can’t stand him. This is life with Kellyanne and George Conway.

And that may be true. But as I spent time with Kellyanne and George, I saw an alternative symbol: The Conways, like the rest of the country, have been jolted by the Trump presidency. They love each other, are exasperated by each other, talk about each other behind each other’s backs. They share a roof and live in different bunkers.

Intel teases its first dedicated consumer graphics cards that are coming in 2020

As you can see for yourself below, the video confirms that Intel’s discrete GPUs are still planned for 2020, which is the year “we [Intel] will set our graphics free.”

Google One officially launches with cheaper storage plans

15GB of storage is still free. 100GB will cost you $1.99 per month, 200GB is $2.99 per month, and 2TB for $9.99 (a significant upgrade since you only got 1TB for that price on Drive). The pricing for plans over 2TB is the same as before.

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46 Apple reassures customers after Australian media reports hack by teen

SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc APPL.O said on Friday no customer data was compromised after Australian media reported a teenager had pleaded guilty to hacking into its main computer network, downloading internal files and accessing customer accounts.

Google 'not close' to launching search engine in China, Pichai says

Pichai's comments during a weekly all-hands employee meeting at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters were apparently aimed at addressing reports the company is developing a new search engine that would allow the Chinese government to censor search results for its citizens.

This is why your iPhone's battery dies fast

If you've ever searched for tips on prolonging iPhone battery life, you've almost certainly encountered this one: turn off email fetch. The reasoning: battery life suffers if your phone automatically checks for new mail every 15 or 30 minutes.

49 Lenovo 'turns the corner' with $77m Q1 profit - Video | ZDNet

PC giant Lenovo Group saw revenue grow 19 percent year-on-year to $11.9 billion and profit hit $77 million, up from a $72 million loss in the same quarter the previous year. Read more:

NotPetya malware attack: Chaos but not cyber warfare | ZDNet

While the Russian military run cyber attack was economically damaging, it doesn't cross the threshold into warfare, claims report by Marsh.

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52 The 9 ugliest gadgets ever made | ZDNet
53 The Asian Games esports logo is the least athletic thing we’ve seen
54 NASA picks three winners in Freelancer robotic arm contest | ZDNet
55 How to use Apple Pencil: 21 features, tips, and tricks | ZDNet
56 Google expands bug bounty program to include fraud protection bypass, free purchases | ZDNet
57 Amazon is looking to acquire a brick-and-mortar movie theater chain
58 As Nvidia expands in artificial intelligence, Intel defends turf
59 A $2,000 iPhone: It's coming. It's inevitable | ZDNet
60 Intel adds more power to its 8th-generation NUC mini-PCs
61 Hands-on with Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 Beta | ZDNet
62 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A better Note for most of us
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64 What would Amazon do with Landmark Theatres? Here are 5 ideas | ZDNet
65 Study: Liberals love Overwatch, conservatives love CoD, and everyone loves Fortnite
66 Trends With Benefits Podcast: Galaxy Note 9 hands on, MicroLED vs OLED, Apple hacked, Robot actor
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68 Severe vulnerability exposes WordPress websites to attack | ZDNet
69 Our first look at Alphabet’s smart city
70 The Australian Securities Exchange is crazy about blockchain – for all the wrong reasons
71 Twitter: 'We killed our legacy dev tools because nobody used them'
72 Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NX: Secure, hardware-encrypted drive you can fit in a pocket | ZDNet
73 Rat brain for rent: Smarter AI in hyperscale datacenters | ZDNet
74 Possible Python rival? Programming language Julia is winning over developers | ZDNet
75 Nvidia forecasts revenue below estimates
76 Mining startup dumps unprofitable users, blames it on Bitcoin price drop
77 Google: Expect Android Pie Go on new phones this fall with more storage space | ZDNet
78 Wildfire smoke engulfing a storm in the Atlantic is an ideal metaphor for 2018
79 Report: 2018 iPhone X and iPhone X Plus to Feature Apple Pencil Support
80 China’s first ‘fully homegrown’ web browser found to be Google Chrome clone
81 How houseplants could save us from toxic buildings
82 Best iPhone 2018 leaked photos and renders so far
83 Glimpse the inside of Apple's gargantuan Arizona data center | Cult of Mac
84 FBI sought location data to catch robber
85 Kroger launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Arizona
86 The best crossover couples that defy the boundaries of fictional universes
87 Oculus Rift support is coming to HTC's Viveport VR store
88 'Pokémon Go' will offer parental controls with a log-in for kids
89 Sony's PSVR still going strong as sales hit 3 million
90 How Pivotal hopes to make cloud mavens of us all
91 How to use Opera's Flow to sync your desktop and mobile browsers