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Huawei caught passing off a DSLR photo as a Nova 3 shot

In a recent advertisement, Huawei attempted to pass off a DSLR photo as shot by its Nova 3i phone, Android Police reported based on a tip-off from Redditor AbdullahSab3.

SurfSafe offers a browser-based solution to fake news

In the aftermath of a school shooting that claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members, students like Emma González, David Hogg, and Cameron Kasky soon became household names. They managed to snag the attention not just of their peers, but the populace as a whole as they toured the country in a …

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The Turd Burglar is loose.

'Stormdivers' is a battle royale game with superpowers

Back in April, Resogun and Super Stardust HD developer Housemarque teased a mysterious multiplayer project called Stormdivers. The reveal, though, showed little...

Tomb Raider Will Be Enhanced for GeForce RTX Cards

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but PC gamers willing to spend a small fortune on Nvidia's new GeForce RTX graphics cards will enjoy ray tracing enhancements that make the game look even more stunning.

If You Are Planning On Building Your Own Space Shuttle…

One of the most complicated machines ever built was the US space shuttle (technically, the STS or Space Transportation System). Despite the title, we doubt anyone is going to duplicate it. However,…

Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit hands-on: The Toy-Cons we've been waiting for

Nintendo's Labo Vehicle Kit is everything we've hoped for.

'Shenmue III' makes its long-delayed debut on August 27th, 2019

The crowdfunded 'Shenmue' sequel has a definitive release date... hopefully.

'Until Dawn' creators return with 'The Dark Pictures Anthology'

Supermassive Games' horror collection starts with 'Man of Medan' in 2019, and it won't be just for PlayStations this time around.

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Verizon throttled fire department's 'unlimited' plan during deadly blaze

In the midst of our response to the Mendocino Complex Fire, County Fire discovered the data connection for OES 5262 [A fire department vehicle “deployed to large incidents as a command and control resource”] was being throttled by Verizon, and data rates had been reduced to 1/200, or less, than the previous speeds. These reduced speeds severely interfered with the OES 5262’s ability to function effectively. My Information Technology staff communicated directly with Verizon via email about the throttling, requesting it be immediately lifted for public safety purposes.

3 Twenty-two states ask appeals court to bring back net neutrality | Hacker News

Looking at Q1 2017, and comparing against Q3 2015, we saw the average speed of the US, as measured by Akamai (i.e., someone actually delivering content, not just a 'speed test', which we know is gamed, and largely only hit by people with quick speeds anyway; I've never checked my speed except when I got a new ISP that said it was faster than my old one, i.e., when I first got 100mbps, and when I first got fiber) increase from 12.6mbps to 18.8 mbps. A year and a half under net neutrality and actual, real world average speeds increased 50%. So that was the pre-existing trajectory. It's not like "we're going to repeal net neutrality" is going to cause ISPs to pull their investments instantly, not when they've already been investing. If it's even related. reply

Google and IMAX stop work on their movie-grade VR camera

You can forget about seeing that VR camera from Google and IMAX any time soon. Variety has learned that the two companies have halted work on the movie-quality 3D hardware. IMAX would only say that it had "currently paused the development" of the camera while it reviewed its VR theater pilot program (Google declined to comment), but a source claimed that Google had outright cancelled the project in late 2017.

5 Russian hackers targeted U.S. conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft

(Reuters) - Hackers linked to Russia’s government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, suggesting they were broadening their attacks in the build-up to November elections, Microsoft said.

6 Nvidia publishes GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 photos at Gamescom 2018

Nvidia publishes GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 photos at Gamescom 2018

7 Google redesigns Fit to get you moving

That's not the most accurate way of awarding points, but it should at least offer some incentive for people who don't have fitness trackers to log their activity. One of Google's goals here is education, so if people at least know what they ought to do, they'll hopefully find ways to be more active throughout the day. Fit will continue to incorporate data from third-party apps like Strava, Runkeeper, Runtastic and Under Armor so you can earn points through those too. In fact, most of the functionality from the original app remains -- Fit will still automatically detect when you've started walking, running or cycling. You can still log over 120 types of workouts, too.

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car pilot hits 5,000 rides in Las Vegas

Lyft is one of only two companies putting regular people in contact with self-driving cars. The other is Waymo, which has a public pilot in Arizona and plans to roll out a taxi service. The 5,000-ride mark represents a big milestone for Lyft in particular, which wants to prove itself as a serious player in the self-driving car space.


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10 HTC's Vive Wireless Adapter will cost $300

For those who already have a Vive or Vive Pro set up, the only system requirement here is a PCI-e slot on the PC (or an external PCI-e enclosure) for installing the wireless adapter's sensor. The sensor is then good for up to six meters with its 150-degree field of view, so long as it has a direct line of sight to the wireless adapter on one's head. Better yet, you can have multiple Vive users taking advantage of this wireless adapter within the same space simultaneously, meaning you don't have to worry about people tripping over or find a way to suspend the cables. What you do need to keep an eye on is the battery life: The included HTC QC 3.0 PowerBank will last for up to 2.5 hours, and you can obviously buy more from the official website.

Report: Apple will finally give us Retina MacBook Air, new Mac Mini

We've been waiting half a decade for Apple to update the MacBook Air's screen.

Tinder lets college kids swipe their way across campus

"Today, more than half of our users are between the ages of 18 and 24," Tinder 's chief product officer, Brian Norgard, said in a statement. "With Tinder U, we're excited to honor our roots with a new experience that helps students meet other students nearby. It's a fresh product that will make campus life even more entertaining."

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14 Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests | Hacker News

Would a better way of describing it be: "People Used Facebook to fuel Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany." You could say that Facebook isn't doing enough to prevent people fuelling attacks but you could also say that the police aren't doing enough either. reply


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A New Yorker invited over 150 men on the world's most bizarre Tinder date

What the men didn’t know is that this “date” wasn’t so much a casual meet-up, as a Bachelor-esque competition to win the affection of one woman. It started, like many Tinder encounters do, as an exercise in narcissism, with Aponte “swiping left” on any of the men under 5 foot 10, named Jimmy (she disliked the name, apparently), or who had been dumped in their previous relationship. If a sort of digital-meets-physical version of The Bachelor was the bar, this even more vapid excuse for melodrama managed to fall well short.

​Google just put an AI in charge of keeping its data centers cool

The neural networks were trained to work out the average future Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), the ratio of the total building energy usage to the IT energy usage, while two other neural networks were trained to predict the future temperature and pressure of the data centre over the next hour, to ensure that any tweaks did not take the data center beyond its operating limits.


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Parallels Desktop 14 released with support for macOS Mojave, storage savings

PC virtualization software maker Parallels on Tuesday released the latest version of its eponymous cross-platform Mac solution, offering a slew of new features to customers, including faster start times, storage savings and support for Apple's upcoming macOS Mojave.

New Cyberpunk 2077 Screenshots and Concept Art Revealed - Gamescom 2018 - IGN

No gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077 has been shown publicly yet, though an updated version of the behind-closed-doors demo we saw at E3 2018 is also being shown behind-closed-doors at Gamescom 2018.

Thieves caught in the act of robbing a California Apple Store

After a summer of Apple Store robberies throughout California and elsewhere, three suspects were caught in the act Sunday, and detained by customers near the Apple Store in Thousand Oaks. Three men entered an Apple Store in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sunday and took several items. But this robbery ended differently from all of the other similar ones this summer. After fleeing the store, two of the robbers were tackled by customers, leading to their arrest, police said. A third suspect, along with alleged accomplices, was arrested seperately. "Once inside, the three suspects proceeded to steal several Apple iPhones and Apple laptop computers totaling approximately $18,000.00," the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's report said . "All three suspects ran out of the store, and in doing so, ran into a juvenile female customer causing her to fall to the ground. Other customers in the area tackled two of the suspects and detained them until Thousand Oaks Police Department Deputies arrived on scene." The third suspect fled, but his car was later pulled over by police, who arrested that suspect and two others who were in the getaway car.

Oppo Find X is the sexiest phone of 2018

The Oppo Find X sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display that's very readable even in bright sunlight.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

With the RTX 2080, Nvidia is selling it for $699 (AU$1,199, about £527). Considering the performance leap between the GTX 1080 and the RTX 2080 (which we’ll look at more closely in a moment), this is a pretty impressive amount of power for the money. Of course, it’s not cheap, but we were not expecting Nvidia’s next generation high-end GPU to be a budget affair.

25 Car-sharing startup Getaround raises $300 million in funding led by...

(Reuters) - Car-sharing startup Getaround Inc has raised about $300 million in the latest funding round led by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp, the San Francisco-based firm said on Tuesday.

New iOS 12, macOS Mojave betas arrive for developers and the public | Cult of Mac

Monday is Beta Day at Apple. Today brought shiny new versions of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. The newest versions are only for developers, but the public just got access to the iOS 12 and Mojave betas released to developers last week.

Google sued over tracking user location amid privacy concerns

The lawsuit seeks to represent all Google mobile users, both on Android devices and iPhones, and claims the search giant violated privacy laws, including the California Invasion of Privacy Act and the right to privacy enshrined in the California consitution. A judge will have to decide whether to approve the plaintiff's request to move forward with his claims and whether he can do so on behalf of everyone in the US who might be affected by Google's practices.

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29 Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed | Hacker News

"Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade." A (relatively) small step in the right direction: The slave trade and its origins is one of the primary focuses of the incredible new museum in Washington DC: the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), steps away from the Washington Monument. This museum is a national treasure. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who might have an opportunity to visit. The subject matter, the incredibly detailed and thorough exhibits, the culturally infused architecture, the underground memorial, and many other factors all combine to create one of the most engrossing and memorable museum experiences in the US. It's a must-see if you're in DC. reply

How to Download YouTube Videos

Multi-lingual 4K Video Downloader (4KVD) is frequently updated and features clear download links on the programs website; no ad traps here. The software does what it advertises in a simple interface: grabs videos up to 4K (actually 8K) in quality and downloads to plenty of formats. Just copy a YouTube URL and click the Paste Link button to get started. 4KVD will even grab subtitles, entire playlists, and all the videos in a channel to which you subscribe. The sites supported are more limited to the big names like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and a few others, but that probably covers most of what you need.

How to become a DevOps engineer: A cheat sheet

"I have been in places where you're not actually allowed to say the word DevOps, because operations managers think it's code for getting fired," Sussna said. "I think it's important to emphasize that at its heart, DevOps is not about org chart changes—it doesn't mean everyone's title changes or you report to one manager. It means that the nature of your relationships with all of the other managers are parts of the organization changes."

32 Logitech's wireless G Pro mouse is built for esports

The G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse won't be a trivial purchase when it ships later in August for $150, and that's before the optional PowerPlay system. You won't be stuck going wireless if you want Logitech's latest esports-ready peripheral, though. The company is also introducing an upgraded G Pro wired mouse that includes both the updated 16,000DPI sensor and low-friction cable for an easier-to-swallow $70.

Dark Sky weather app gets a complete redesign | Cult of Mac

This will seem like a joke to people who have never tried Dark Sky, but until now, you’ve never been able to save locations and flip through them. Not only was Dark Sky only for folks in the U.S. and Britain, but it was for people who lived in the exact same city as their family, and never had to check the weather anywhere else.

Apple could fix Tesla's crippling production problems | Cult of Mac

Tesla is struggling to get its cars into customer’s hands. Apple is quietly developing its own self-driving car. The two should team up, according to one investor.

35 Facebook says it removed pages related to 'inauthentic behavior'

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) said on Tuesday that it had removed multiple pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on its site and on Instagram.

Apple CEO Tim Cook donates nearly $5M in company stock to charity

Apple CEO Tim Cook gifted 23,215 shares of directly owned company stock to an unidentified charity this week, an amount worth nearly $5 million at the end of trading on Tuesday.

This smart bandage can help diagnose and treat your injuries | ZDNet

The bandage "required a bit of engineering from the ground up, because most of the time, sensors or drug delivery systems are in some way tied to a hard substrate, like a capsule or a syringe, or a silicon or glass substrate... When we designed these platforms we were mindful of the fact that anything that is in contact with the wound should be really flexible and biocompatible with the wound," Sonkusale said. The microprocessor, which is not yet flexible, sits to one side of the wound so as not to disturb it. However, once a flexible version of the microprocessor has been developed, it can be more fully incorporated into the bandage.

Philips reveals code execution vulnerabilities in cardiovascular devices | ZDNet

"Philips recognizes that the security of our healthcare, personal health, and home consumer products and services are business critical for our customers," the company says. "Philips has taken the lead in creating a Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure policy, to collaborate with customers, security researchers, regulators and other agencies to help proactively identify, address and disclose potential vulnerabilities in a safe and effective manner."

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1

The system Facebook built for users to flag potentially unacceptable content has in many ways become a battleground. The activist Twitter account Sleeping Giants called on followers to take technology companies to task over the conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site, leading to a flood of reports about hate speech that resulted in him and Infowars being banned from Facebook and other tech companies’ services. At the time, executives at the company questioned whether the mass reporting of Jones’s content was part of an effort to trick Facebook’s systems. False reporting has also become a tactic in far-right online harassment campaigns, experts say.

Hands-on: The Elder Scrolls mobile game is violent fun, but feels shallow

I’m confident the combat system will become more sophisticated in time (there are 3 bars at the bottom of the screen, one for defensive spells, one for health, and one for a shield charge that I guess will become more important in the full game), but I found the demo mainly involved me just blocking and slashing.

This new ransomware campaign targets business and demands a massive bitcoin ransom | ZDNet

A second note is blunter, simply stating that files have been encrypted and that a ransom must be paid in order to retrieve the files. In both cases, victims are given an email to contact and a bitcoin wallet address and are told that "no system is safe" from Ryuk.

Facebook faces backlash over discriminatory ad tools it promised to fix

Facebook was hit, over the weekend, with a complaint by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD claims Facebook’s allowing advertisers to discriminate against users searching for property with tools the company said it’d eliminated back in 2016.

Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses

The idea that California's worker-friendly laws contributed to Silicon Valley's dynamism makes some intuitive sense, but it's a difficult theory to test empirically. Any number of factors could have contributed to Silicon Valley's success and Boston's relative decline as a high-tech center. Meanwhile, states with stricter noncompete enforcement, including Washington state, have nurtured thriving high-tech economies of their own in recent decades.

Microsoft shuts down phishing sites, accuses Russia of new election meddling

The apparent spear phishing attempt announced this week seems to be part of "continued activity targeting... elected officials, politicians, political groups and think tanks across the political spectrum in the United States," Microsoft said. "Taken together, this pattern mirrors the type of activity we saw prior to the 2016 election in the United States and the 2017 election in France."

45 Morgan Stanley stops research coverage of Tesla

(Reuters) - Brokerage Morgan Stanley has halted equity coverage on Tesla Inc, potentially a sign the U.S. bank may be doing business directly with the electric carmaker as it explores options to go private.

Apple looking to open premium franchise-owned stores in India

While Apple awaits permission to open full corporate-run retail stores in India, an expanded franchise retail footprint initiative may be underway.

PUBG 1.0 hits Xbox One on Sept. 4

Player Unknown's Battleground  popularized the battle royale shooter genre before Fortnite stole its thunder earlier this year. The game gained fame on the Steam PC platform where it was widely adopted in beta, despite a plethora of bugs and issues. While it hit the 1.0 "full release" benchmark on Windows back in December, it remained in beta on Xbox One -- until now.

48 Russian firm says it is baffled by addition to U.S. sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russian company Vela-Marine Ltd, targeted on Tuesday by U.S. sanctions for allegedly helping another Russian company circumvent sanctions, said he did not understand why his firm was being designated.

Russian hacking of conservative groups sites thwarted: Microsoft

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Monday that it had recently thwarted hackers associated with Russian government attempting to steal user information from conservative groups that promote democracy and advocate for cybersecurity.

Steam's answer to Twitch is now live

It’ll be interesting to see how Steam TV develops over time, and whether it can build up a community that will shop, chat, and stream all in one place. You can tune in right now  with your Steam account to get a taste, while The International is on through this week.

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54 WhatsApp to clamp down on 'sinister' messages in India: IT minister
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63 Trump fixer Michael Cohen pleads guilty and promptly gets roasted for his crimes
64 How to share videos with Office 365 team members at no extra cost
65 Steve Wozniak wades into murky cryptocurrency waters | Cult of Mac
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69 Mysterious purple sky ribbon not an aurora, new study finds
70 Facebook just revealed yet another shady political influence campaign
71 Scientists have found a new way to stimulate lucid dreams
72 An Excel macro that deletes blank rows in a specified range
73 Get $200 off the 10.5-inch iPad Pro [Deals & Steals] | Cult of Mac
74 Banks should not assume fraud victims are at fault - UK watchdog says
75 ​LG CNS launches new brandings for enterprise offerings | ZDNet
76 A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines’ weird AI
77 Steve Wozniak seems to have terrible taste in cryptocurrency
78 Android Pie Review: The reason why I gave up my iPhone X
79 Redcore used code from Google Chrome to build web browser - Video | ZDNet
80 Facebook's role in anti-refugee attacks outlined in shocking study
81 Facebook pulls hundreds of 'inauthentic' pages linked to Iran and Russia
82 ​KT showcases 5G tech at Jakarta Asian Games | ZDNet
83 Report: Increased Facebook use leads to more racial attacks
84 Asia Argento denies all allegations, shifts blame to Bourdain
85 In Brief: Big tablets, cheap phones, Verizon's dirty tricks (Episode 20)
86 The end of ads
87 Windows Phone's terminal wind-down: Microsoft sets new sunset dates | ZDNet
88 Pepsi buys SodaStream for a future beyond cola