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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.

The 'Star Wars: Resistance' trailer is here with plenty of Poe Dameron

Is Poe Dameron...making rules?

iOS 12 public beta 6 improves markup tools, kills Group FaceTime | Cult of Mac

Anyone who wants to try iOS 12 public beta 6 can download it, but the major change is the removal of Group FaceTime.

Barack Obama shares touching statement on the death of Aretha Franklin

He was a big fan of the Queen of Soul.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs' stolen iPad turns up in clown town | Cult of Mac

On August 17, 2012, a San Francisco Bay Area clown finds himself the unwitting new owner of Steve Jobs' iPad, which had been stolen.

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Google is reportedly launching an Echo Show competitor this year

The issue is that most of the most popular "how-to" videos on the internet currently live on YouTube, which is owned by Google. So without those types of tutorials, especially cooking tutorial videos, products like the Echo Show are much less useful. In short, YouTube is the killer app for these devices, and in the long run, this gives Google a huge upper-hand.

Google might finally sell Pixel devices at retail stores

Things are different for Google now, though. It might not have as many smartphone models as Apple, but it does have more speakers and other products. And it could easily fill up the rest of the space with Android phones, watches and other products from brands like LG, Samsung and Sony. Apple sells about 10 percent of its smartphones in Stores, so a retail presence would certainly goose sales of Google devices. More importantly, it would add some prestige to the brand and give folks that all important tactile experience before buying.


1. Women’s sizes in anything especially pants make 0 sense. Absolutely none. 2. I understand why they use purses they have little pocket room if any at all. 3. Sometimes it looks like they have pockets but they’re fake. Women’s clothing needs revamped. It’s garbage.

Firefox users beware: This popular add-on could steal your browsing history

"The add-on Web Security is, as the name says is, a security add-on, that protects the user from abusive websites to protect their data and privacy. We do not want sites to track and steal the users data or browsing history. One of the security aspects includes checking the requested site against a global blacklist, thus the communication between the client and our servers is unavoidable, while we keep it to a absolute minimum and do not log this communication. Our Servers are all in Germany, thus we are also bound by GDPR and only process data for the specified reasons.

Action-packed Battlefield V trailer hints at battle royale mode

Then, after a false ending, the trailer shows an aerial shot of a ring of fire surrounding a group of soldiers. This may be a reference to the game's battle royale mode, which EA mentioned at E3 2018 .

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!


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Here it is. The''btw ''... 'The report claims that some board members are concerned that Musk “has on occasion used recreational drugs,” and his habit of taking Ambien to help him sleep sometimes leads to late night tweets that cause chaos'

Google's Firebase adds in-app messaging and new Crashlytics integrations

Users can now export Crashlytics data to Google’s BigQuery service, allowing developers to perform detailed analysis on datasets that are often large and cumbersome. Developers will be able to use Data Studio to visualize their app’s logs, and can set their own retention and deletion policies, allowing them to comply with new privacy legislation like GDPR.

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12 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.


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Spyro Reignited Trilogy Release Date Delayed to November - IGN

"Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years. We're deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018. I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care.  In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.

Everything you need to know about your iPhone camera’s aperture | Cult of Mac

Conversely, when the aperture is wide open, like our regular open window, the aperture contributes almost nothing to the sharpness of the image. The subject that the lens is focused on — perhaps a person’s face — will be in focus. However, the background will be blurred (as will anything between the persona and the camera). This is “shallow” depth of field. It is highly desirable in a photo, because you can blur a distracting background, and focus on the subject.

23 Prince albums just landed on Apple Music | Cult of Mac

If you’re a Prince fan and an Apple Music subscriber, today is your lucky day! That’s because the Prince Estate and Sony’s Legacy Recordings have released 23 of the Purple One’s albums, covering the latter half of his career, on streaming services.

What Dropbox dropping Linux support says

Let's consider what's going on with Dropbox. I have yet to read a definitive reason why they decided to drop support for every Linux file system but unencrypted ext4. However, I think that "unencrypted" part cannot be ignored. Chances are this is a top-down decision that has to do with the powers that be way above most of our pay grades (think NSA and other security-minded organizations). And, before you make any assumption on that front, I am not in the know—that is purely speculation on my part.

Report: Intel's 10nm Delay Led to a 2018 MacBook Redesign

Apple was apparently planning to use Intel's new 10nm processors in the MacBook refresh, but with those chips being delayed until late 2019, Apple was forced to perform a redesign and use 14nm Kaby Lake chips instead.

Apple's 'entry-level' MacBook may land in September with a not-so-budget price

Both of these new pro-grade iPads will reportedly, at last, use USB-C charging ports rather than Lightning, paired with 18W power adapters for faster charging. We’ve seen Apple widely adopt USB-C in its laptops and desktops, and with iPad Pro line being more tangential to those devices, we could totally see USB-C being used here.

The Best VPN Apps for the iPhone

Your iPhone may be well protected against malware, but it can't protect your data as it travels the internet. Installing one of the best iPhone VPN apps keeps your information safe and private, even when you're connected to the web through an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is coming to the UK on August 31

Starting August 31, you'll be able to buy the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium on Amazon SIM-free or with the UK network EE.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh leak reveals new S-series performance processors

The documents also show Intel’s first mainstream Core i9 octa-core CPU has been given a special S-series designation and the company’s first soldered head spreader (called the Solder Thermal Interface Material) in a very long time. For the last several generations, Intel’s chips have only made use of internal layer of thermal compound to transfer heat from the processor dies to the exterior heat spreader, much to the derision from enthusiast PC builders and overclockers.

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

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

25 Introducing an open-source browser extension that helps you thwarts targeted advertising on Facebook - chupadados

Even if you don’t care about being chased by the latest sneaker or flight destination that you’ve recently searched for, the ongoing Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has shed light on a common and disturbing practice undertaken by the world’s largest social network: the vast amount of personal data gathered about us is progressively used to shape our behavior, wishes and needs. For many — especially women and non-binary people — this approach can be even more aggressive, reinforcing gender roles, heteronormativity and, therefore, discrimination against diversity. Facebook uses our browsing data to infer our class, gender identity, sexuality and many other aspects of our lives. It infers whether we are up for a date or about to get pregnant (and can probably even guess with whom) , if we are sad or in the mood for a party (or both). Furthermore, the increasing variety of apps that track our bodies and sexual habits - such as dating apps and period trackers — not only profit from our most intimate information, but also, very likely, even if they are not developed by Facebook, their services and databases are at least connected to Facebook through partnerships for “easy” login.

26 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.

27 Elon Musk says past year “the most difficult and painful year of my career”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has given a wide-ranging interview to the New York Times in which he opened up about the struggles he has dealt with in the past year. Musk told the publication, “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career. It was excruciating.” Among the struggles Musk says he has dealt with due to running his multiple companies are failing health and nearly missing his brother’s wedding in order to meet Tesla production targets. Musk also said that recently he has been working 120 hours per week, adding, “There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days–days when I didn’t go outside.”


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Microsoft pulls Android file-transfer app Your Phone after just one day

Microsoft has pulled Your Phone – an app that let Android users connect their phones to Windows 10 PCs – just one day after its global release.

How Pivotal hopes to make cloud mavens of us all

Of course Pivotal Labs' consulting services won't be as margin-rich as Pivotal's software is. That's ok. The idea is to enable companies to get the most from that software. So, for example, in the company's app transformation practice, Pivotal will work side-by-side with the customer to break down monolithic apps into microservices, setting up the pipelines.

Why standardized IT equipment can be an effective cybersecurity strategy for SMBs

While most small to midsize businesses (SMBs) understand the need for strong IT security, they are also struggling with the financial realities required by effective cybersecurity protocols. Limited financial resources, both in IT equipment budgets and personnel headcounts, have placed SMBs at a disadvantage when compared to their larger enterprise counterparts.

See Turks smash iPhones to protest Trump's tariffs | Cult of Mac

Turkey’s fight with the Trump administration has caused its currency, the lira, to drop in value. Investors are worried about the country’s economic stability in light of the tough sanctions. But it doesn’t look like either side is ready to back down anytime soon.

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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 .

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).

Woman finds contact lens that'd been lodged in her eye for 28 YEARS

A recent BMJ Case Report detailed the 42-year-old woman's horrific experience. She had visited her eye doctor for painful swelling in her upper eyelid. An MRI revealed a cyst in the eye tissue, which ruptured during the removal surgery. That's when doctors found a WHOLE CONTACT LENS that had been lodged inside the patient's eyelid tissue for 28 years.

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Google is once again facing a showdown with employees after more than 1,400 of them have demanded that staff has a say on ethical issues. The letter comes after reports that Google plans to build a...

How to use Apple Pencil: 21 features, tips, and tricks | ZDNet

Ever wonder what you can do with an Apple Pencil -- or why it is so useful to creators, professionals, and business users? Turns out, there are several features that help make Apple's stylus so unique for iPad owners and different from anything else. Here's a few of them, plus some tips and tricks.

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.

Amazon is working on a recorder for live TV

Users will be able to record live TV and stream the video to a smartphone so it can be watched later. That functionality is similar to offerings from TiVo and Dish Network Corp.’s Slingbox. Amazon hasn’t made a final decision on rolling out the streaming feature, the person said, noting that the plans could either be canceled or delayed.

Gmail for Android gets a new Confidential mode, here’s how to use it

Google rolled out a new feature meant to heighten the security of Gmail users on Android. The new tool is called Confidential mode and as the name suggests it can be used to send and receive “confidential emails.”

Your low-carb diet could be shortening your life

The research didn’t definitively prove that the difference in diets was the cause of early deaths, but the researchers estimate that a 50-year-old eating a moderate amount of carbs might live about four years longer–to the age of 83–than someone eating a very low carb diet. There’s a caveat: If you’re eating low-carb and also vegan, you have a lower risk of dying early than someone who replaced carbs with meat and dairy. The authors write:

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NX: Secure, hardware-encrypted drive you can fit in a pocket | ZDNet

In an era of GDPR, FISMA, FERPA and HIPAA, carrying around unencrypted data really isn't an option for businesses these days, and Apricorn's new Aegis Secure Key 3NX comes in capacities to suit all needs, and in a size that can easily fit into anyone's pocket or bag. And best of all, it's totally operating-system independent, which means that you can use it pretty much anywhere.

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Maingear F131 is liquid-cooled PC gaming like you've never seen

All components combined, the F131 presents an engineering marvel that can somehow cram a complex acrylic liquid cooling loop and up to two graphics cards inside, all operating off a mini ATX motherboard. It's the F131's smaller-than-you'd-think footprint that perhaps presents the most compelling aspect of the system, as it doesn't take up nearly as much space as systems with similar specs.

Angry Birds maker Rovio's games get sales boost

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Rovio Entertainment ( ROVIO.HE ), the maker of the “Angry Birds” mobile game series and movie, on Friday reported an increase in second-quarter sales at its games business, providing a positive sign for investors after a profit warning in February.

Scam victims warn fake accounts will ruin Facebook's dating site

But Facebook is moving forward with the idea. It’s apparently going to remain up to Denny, Kostrub-Waters, and the people of these dating scam warning groups to report fake profiles until the point Facebook comes up with some way of proactively hunting them down. If I may use a fictional entity to make my point, Facebook‘s staff kind of reminds me of the Gotham City Police Department. Yes, enforcing the rules is their job, but why would they take over what Batman’s doing when Batman’s doing it better than they are…and for free?

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Artificial Intelligence Starts with Data | Transforming Data with Intelligence

McKnight Consulting Group is led by William McKnight . He serves as strategist, lead enterprise information architect, and program manager for sites worldwide utilizing the disciplines of data warehousing, master data management, business intelligence, and big data. Many of his clients have gone public with their success stories. McKnight has published hundreds of articles and white papers and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His teams’ implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won awards for best practices. William is a former IT VP of a Fortune 50 company and a former engineer of DB2 at IBM, and holds an MBA. He is author of the book Information Management: Strategies for Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Data .

Windows 10 to get disposable sandboxes for dodgy apps

While the quest says that it should work in current preview builds (it needs only build 17718 or newer; the latest public preview is build 17733), the fact that InPrivate Desktop isn't actually available outside Redmond suggests that it's relatively early in development so might not be a part of this autumn's Windows 10 release. Windows Defender Application Guard proved that it's difficult to get the capabilities of this kind of feature right: if the virtual machine is too isolated and restricted it becomes difficult to do any useful work in it, but if the integration is too tight then the security is eroded. The initial release of Application Guard, for example, made it impossible to download files to the host machine. This provided maximal security but meant that there was no way of saving data or otherwise permanently retaining information from the virtualized websites. The latest release now optionally allows this kind of download. InPrivate Desktop likely requires a similar balancing act. It needs to protect the host system but not to such an extent that it's too inconvenient to bother using.

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53 Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ finds new life in Facebook Messenger
54 The Australian Securities Exchange is crazy about blockchain – for all the wrong reasons
55 Twitter: 'We killed our legacy dev tools because nobody used them'
56 Google Cloud rolls out prepackaged AI services aimed at business functions | ZDNet
57 Sony's PlayStation VR hits 3 million systems sold. Is that a lot?
58 WordPress security flaw could leave websites vulnerable, say researchers - Video | ZDNet
59 Australian Teenager Hacked into Apple's Corporate Network; Stored Downloaded Files in 'hacky hack hack' Folder
60 Our first look at Alphabet’s smart city
61 Possible Python rival? Programming language Julia is winning over developers | ZDNet
62 Lenovo 'turns the corner' with $77m Q1 profit - Video | ZDNet
63 NotPetya malware attack: Chaos but not cyber warfare | ZDNet
64 The Asian Games esports logo is the least athletic thing we’ve seen
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66 ‘Black-ish’ showrunner Kenya Barris signs on at Netflix
67 Study: Liberals love Overwatch, conservatives love CoD, and everyone loves Fortnite
68 Trends With Benefits Podcast: Galaxy Note 9 hands on, MicroLED vs OLED, Apple hacked, Robot actor
69 Nvidia forecast lags Wall Street as crypto demand evaporates
70 Nvidia forecasts revenue below estimates
71 Scale: API for training data
72 How to use the Explore feature on Google Assistant
73 The Best Laptops of 2018
74 Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones
75 New to Alexa? Try these 7 skills first
76 Netflix test interrupts your binge session with video promos
77 A musician's tasty collection of high-end audio and his instruments
78 How to select a data backup system
79 Two Women Just Completed the First Thru-Hike of the Mexican Border
81 This is why your iPhone's battery dies fast
82 The doctor on your wrist: how wearables are revolutionizing healthcare
83 Monsanto fallout: How Cheerios and Quaker Oats responded to glyphosate in cereal reports
84 The real reason your company switched to an open plan office
85 Firefox add-on snoops on 200,000 users' browsing activities | ZDNet
86 ARM says its next processors will outperform Intel laptop chips
87 Ingredient from Monsanto’s cancer-causing weed killer found in children’s cereals
88 Twitch is reportedly making a play for YouTube's top talent
89 Psychologists explain how left-handed people work differently
90 Developing bionics: How IBM is adapting mind-control for accessibility
91 Elon Musk says past year “the most difficult and painful year of my career”
92 Discover Missteps in Your UX Design - ReadWrite
93 The Updated Pioneer Offer | The Pioneer Blog