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First U.S.-Canada border self-driving test to take place soon

The first autonomous border crossing is set to take place in the next few months. Auto manufacturer Continental and vehicle supplier Magna plan to send two self-driving vehicles from southeastern Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario, according to Engadget .

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Dictionary.com is the world’s leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more. For over 20 years, Dictionary.com has been helping millions of people improve their use of the English language with its free digital services.

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A Google employee wrote an anti-diversity ‘manifesto’ that’s going viral inside the company

Motherboard says that it has only seen screenshots of the 10-page document, which was shared on an internal e-mail list, but has spoken with several Google employees who have read it. Its author argues that the gender gaps at Google are the result of biological differences between men and women, and that the company shouldn’t offer programs that help under-represented groups. The author also alleged that politically conservative employees are discriminated against, and that achieving ideological equality should be a priority. (Conservative political feelings aren’t a protected class in the eyes of anti-discrimination laws like race, religion, age, sex, citizenship, familial status, or one’s disability, or veteran status are.)

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DevOps delivers faster software releases - and happier people | ZDNet

IT service and ITIL-based efforts have not delivered in the past because they are hinged on executed processes, rather than broader organizational and people transformation, Englund states. He says he has seen people transformed as a result of initiatives such as DevOps. "The biggest reward for me is watching people blossom. There are people who are oppressed by the system, and unreasonable systems create unreasonable people. If you fix the system, most people blossom and turn into a different person. Suddenly, they're happy and cooperative and creative. For me the most rewarding aspect of DevOps is the impact on individuals. To see people that are genuinely happy, and derive happiness from their work."

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Tesla's Autopilot: The smart person's guide

All Teslas produced on or after October 19, 2017, will have "fully self-driving capability"—which can be activated as soon as the software is ready. This system costs $8,000 at the time of purchase, and includes the Enhanced Autopilot features. In this mode, all eight cameras will be activated. This feature will allow for "short and long distance trips with no action required by the person in the driver's seat," according to Tesla. "For Superchargers that have automatic charge connection enabled, you will not even need to plug in your vehicle."

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Best Lightning cables for your iPhone | ZDNet

Has your iPhone Lightning charging cable broken again? Are you tired of spending big bucks on cables for your iPhone that only last a few months? Here are some replacements that have been tested for durability and performance.

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Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

Blu phones are again available on Amazon.com after privacy and security concerns prompted the e-tailer to suspend sales of Blu devices earlier this week.

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So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium

I’m writing this here, in this message, because I’m no longer at the company and can say this sort of thing openly. But I want to make it very clear: if you were in my reporting chain, all of part (3) would have been replaced with a short “this is not acceptable” and maybe that last paragraph above. You would have heard part (3) in a much smaller meeting, including you, me, your manager, your HRBP, and someone from legal. And it would have ended with you being escorted from the building by security and told that your personal items will be mailed to you. And the fact that you think this was “all in the name of open discussion,” and don’t realize any of these deeper consequences, makes this worse, not better.

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Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware

Apple's own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.

10 Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google

In addition to the Left’s affinity for those it sees as weak, humans are generally biased towards protecting females. As mentioned before, this likely evolved because males are biologically disposable and because women are generally more cooperative and areeable than men. We have extensive government and Google programs, fields of study, and legal and social norms to protect women, but when a man complains about a gender issue issue [sic] affecting men, he’s labelled as a misogynist and whiner[10]. Nearly every difference between men and women is interpreted as a form of women’s oppression. As with many things in life, gender differences are often a case of “grass being greener on the other side”; unfortunately, taxpayer and Google money is spent to water only one side of the lawn.

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Mophie's jumbo USB-C battery pack charges MacBooks on the go

Although this battery leads with USB-C, it also has a USB-A output charge port that accepts standard USB cables. The USB-C port goes both ways -- it's an input and an output featuring USB-PD technology that allows it to charge USB-C laptops at rapid charging rates of up to 30 watts. When connected to USB-PD chargers, it charges more quickly.

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pro packs in a ton of features for not much money

The biggest differences are that the non-Pro model is much lighter (2.6 pounds or 1.1 kilogram vs. 4.8 pounds or 2.1kg), and the Pro version has a touch display, a 360-degree hinge for folding the screen back into tablet mode and a built-in stylus. For $1,299, that's a pretty feature-packed laptop. Samsung doesn't currently offer its Windows laptops in the UK or Australia, but that works out to around £1,075 or AU$1,765.

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Emotional Intelligence Needs a Rewrite - Issue 51: Limits - Nautilus

Even though the triune brain is a complete fiction, it’s had an outstanding public relations campaign. Today, decades after the triune brain was dismissed by experts in brain evolution, people still use phrases like “lizard brain,” and believe that emotions are tiny brain circuits that fire uncontrollably when faced with the right trigger, and that, at some deep, biological level, cognition and emotion are locked in battle. After all, that’s how many of us in Western cultures experience our emotional life, as if our emotional side wants to do impulsive things but our cognitive side tamps down the urges. These compelling experiences—of being emotionally out of control and rationally in control—do not reveal their underlying mechanisms in the brain. To improve our understanding of emotional intelligence, we must discard the idea of the brain as a battlefield.

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Singtel makes Massive MIMO move with Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE | ZDNet

On August 9, Singaporean National Day, Singtel is hoping to show off its new Massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) infrastructure, which the telco touts as being able to boost data speeds by up to 200 percent at special events.

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A simple laptop that covers the bases

The 2nd-gen Lenovo ThinkPad 13 is just as practical as last year's model, but with a slight price cut and better battery life.

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Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

Alex, who insists that his hacking doesn’t violate Russian law, fancies himself a bit of a Robin Hood—a champion for the common man against an avaricious casino industry. “Gaming manufacturers claim they provide ‘entertainment,’ but we all know the nature of this ‘entertainment’ a little too well,” he says by email. “All they and I are really doing is moving money. Their job is to help casinos take money from the people; my job is to help myself and the people take money from the casinos. Just a little counterweight to the global gambling system, where the house always wins.” Yet he also knows that his self-described “milking system” is considered criminal in several countries, including the United States: In 2014, four of his agents were indicted on federal fraud charges after sweeping through casinos in Missouri, Illinois, and California.

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How much is diversity in tech worth? $400B says CompTIA CEO

Workforce diversity could be vital for IT leaders. Here's what CompTIA's CEO said could help your company achieve it.

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Video Roundup: New at Microsoft | ZDNet

From a Cortana-powered thermostat to a new focus on machine reading in its growing AI division, Microsoft is making waves lately. The Redmond-based company has even bet on white spaces to bring broadband internet to rural America. Here's a look at what's new at Microsoft.

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Video: 5 cloud computing books all tech leaders should read

Trying to get up to speed on the cloud? Here are five books that can help.

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Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google

In addition to the Left’s affinity for those it sees as weak, humans are generally biased towards protecting females. As mentioned before, this likely evolved because males are biologically disposable and because women are generally more cooperative and areeable than men. We have extensive government and Google programs, fields of study, and legal and social norms to protect women, but when a man complains about a gender issue issue [sic] affecting men, he’s labelled as a misogynist and whiner[10]. Nearly every difference between men and women is interpreted as a form of women’s oppression. As with many things in life, gender differences are often a case of “grass being greener on the other side”; unfortunately, taxpayer and Google money is spent to water only one side of the lawn.

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SAP launches first digital transformation center in LatAm | ZDNet

There will be 30 professionals working on Leonardo initiatives alone. The idea is that the company will be showcasing the possibilities of the technology at the center, which will also act as an open space of experimentation for partners, clients and prospects who are, or intend to work on digital transformation projects.

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5 ways to create a secure firewall

If your firewall doesn't permit this, it's a good idea to record details before making a change to the existing configuration - even just using plain old screenshots. For instance, if a customer requests the removal of several of their IP addresses from your firewall, take note of those IPs and the access provided to each before you take the plunge. If it turns out they submitted the wrong IP addresses and now they can't connect to your systems you will at least have a workable life preserver. Worst case scenario, even if you can't roll back to the prior configuration, you can manually enter the IPs back in and provide the necessary access rather than having to get this information from the customer. This allows a quicker recovery time and also demonstrates professionalism and good sense.

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Now Cerber ransomware wants to steal your Bitcoin wallets and passwords too | ZDNet

One of the worst types of ransomware has become even nastier, adding the ability to steal Bitcoin wallets and password information from you in addition to encrypting your files and demanding a ransom payment in order to get them back.

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NASA to 9-year-old applicant for alien-protection job: Maybe

Commentary: Jack Davis, a self-styled Guardian of the Galaxy, applies for a gig as NASA's planetary protection officer. The space agency offers him hope.

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Smart-gun makers want more people to try hacking high-tech guns

Ernst Mauch, who led the team that designed the IP1, acknowledged that the smart gun he helped design was hacked by simple magnets and said he's looking to have more-robust security for his futuristic firearms. He said that though hackers breaking into smart guns weren't a "significant challenge," gun makers shouldn't be relaxed when it comes to security.

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In the market for a cheap phone?

I just can't bring myself to spend another $600 or $700 on a new smartphone. But my old phone is dying. So I'm in the market for an inexpensive unlocked smartphone. I'd love to find something for less than $150. Can you even get a decent phone for less than that? Also, I'm looking for something that's unlocked that won't force me to stick with any particular carrier.

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At last -- A wireless speaker with a rock and roll heart

The reasons for The Sixes superiority start with their 1-inch titanium tweeter used with a Klipsch  Tractrix horn that lowers distortion and improves efficiency, and there's also a 6.5-inch woofer. The right speaker houses two 100-watt amplifiers, one for each of the two speakers. Connectivity options run to stereo analog RCA inputs for a turntable or line-level, a 3.5mm stereo analog input, a RCA subwoofer output jack, optical digital audio input and USB. The Sixes also feature Bluetooth wireless operation. The digital audio connection handles up to 192 kHz/24-bit files. The Sixes are self-powered -- no need to hook them up to a receiver.

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This Borg Cube makes your computer irrelevant

According to its creators, the "Borg CubeVR" gaming PC you see above will measure just 12 inches (30.5cm) on a side, and a smaller Borg Cube targeted at media centers will be an eighth the size at 6 by 6 by 6 inches (or 15 by 15 by 15 centimeters).

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The 25 Best Fitness Apps of 2017

FIT Radio Free; $3.99 per month for Premium Available on Android, BlackBerry, iOS FIT Radio is a music-streaming app that specializes in DJ-created mixes that maintain a consistent beat. You can browse mixes by genre, DJ, or type of workout, such as Spin, Zumba, or yoga. If you like exploring new music and never want to think about putting together a workout mix on your own, FIT Radio is a great fitness app to try. FIT Radio is free to use, but with the free level, you get only one genre of music (the "FIT Radio Free" genre) and only a few mixes. A premium membership gets you more than 25 genres and stations, access to more mixes, unlimited skips, track list information, the ability to save favorites, DJ profiles, and no ads. Premium membership costs $3.99 per month, $27.99 for the year, or $79.99 for a lifetime.

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LinkedIn's new app will match you up with a mentor

It's a feature that's currently being tested internally, LinkedIn tells CNET. When it arrives in the coming weeks, users will be able to list their preferences on the type of advice they're looking for and the kind of mentor they'd like to meet -- someone in a certain area or industry, for instance. From there, LinkedIn will play matchmaker and connect you with any willing mentors that meet your criteria. Mentors can also filter out potential mentees based on criteria like area, industry, and alma mater.

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Anti-diversity manifesto circulates within Google, provoking derision and some support

Google diversity VP affirms the company's belief in diversity and inclusion, but says it includes safe spaces for alt. views within equal-employment principles   —  On Saturday, we reported about an anti-diversity manifesto penned by a Google software engineer that was shared widely within the company.

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Poll: How is your iPhone's Battery Life After Updating to iOS 10.3.3?

Have you noticed any improvements in iPhone’s battery life after updating to iOS 10.3.3? Take part in our poll of the week and drop a comment below to let us know if iOS 10.3.3 has had any positive or negative impact on battery life.

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Head back to school with these phones

Summer is already over and school is back in session. Though the prospect of studying up in a classroom may not sound great, getting a phone may help relieve the back-to-school blues. Here are our top choices.

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The Best Home Security Cameras of 2017

If you want to keep an eye on the rooms of your home, there are plenty of options. If you want to keep an eye on your driveway, backyard, or front porch, you need to be more choosy. Not all home security cameras are rugged enough to be mounted outdoors. You need a camera that's waterproof and can stand up to rain, snow, and sun, and survive the extreme temperatures of summer and winter. The Netatmo Presence and Netgear Arlo Pro are two models built specifically for use outdoors, while the Logi Circle and the Nest Cam Indoor might not survive the next rainstorm if you mount them over your garage door.

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A $6M bet that small retailers can ship as fast as Amazon | ZDNet

That kind of solution is finding some success in the shipping industry, where companies like FedEx and UPS are experimenting with last-mile distribution and delivery to get their trucks off congested city streets. CommonSense's backers are betting the company can do the same for small retail.

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HomePod Firmware: iPhone 8's Rear and Front Cameras May Record 4K Video at 60 fps

Today, courtesy of Brazilian site iHelp BR , we’ve got another hint at what the iPhone 8, or whatever Apple ends up calling their flagship smartphone this year, might be capable of. According to the portion of the firmware, the iPhone 8’s rear camera setup, as well as the front-facing camera, will be able to record 4K video at 60 frames per second. For those keeping track, that’s certainly a noteworthy change when compared to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

But it is the growth of the unit's Texas branch that has been uniquely impressive, the top secret documents reviewed by SPIEGEL show. These documents reveal that in 2008, the Texas Cryptologic Center employed fewer than 60 TAO specialists. By 2015, the number is projected to grow to 270 employees. In addition, there are another 85 specialists in the "Requirements & Targeting" division (up from 13 specialists in 2008). The number of software developers is expected to increase from the 2008 level of three to 38 in 2015. The San Antonio office handles attacks against targets in the Middle East, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, not to mention Mexico, just 200 kilometers (124 miles) away, where the government has fallen into the NSA's crosshairs.

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Opinion | When Will the Tech Bubble Burst?

Every decade since, the global markets have relived this party. In the late 1960s the mania was for the “nifty 50” American companies like Disney and McDonald’s, which had been the “go-go” stocks of that decade. In the late 1970s it was for natural resources, from gold to oil. In the late 1980s it was stocks in Japan, and in the late 1990s it was the dot-com boom. Last decade, investors flocked to mortgage-backed securities and big emerging markets from Brazil to Russia. In every case, many partygoers were still in the market when the crash came.

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Who is GAME OF THRONES’ Prince That Was Promised? | Nerdist

Join host and everyone’s favorite fire wight, Jessica Chobot , as she tells you everything you need to know about the story of Azor Ahai. A mere 8,000 years before the events of the series, Azor was a legendary warrior with a flaming sword called Lightbringer, and he held back the White Walkers from their previous attempt to overrun the continent. It was prophesied that Azor would be reborn when the darkness returned to the land. Melisandre thought it was Stannis Baratheon, but ever since his defeat and demise, she’s turned her eye to a new prince.

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JavaScript explodes on the server side with the growth of Node.js | ZDNet

Where Node.js shows up the most is on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Sixty-eight percent of Node.js survey respondents who are using Node.js for serverless deployments are using Amazon Web Services for production. There, they're using its back-end services, full stack applications, front-end services, JavaScript's traditional stronghold, and DevOps.

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Find out if your password has been hacked

This site recently added another tool to help keep you safe : a search engine based on a database of over 300 million compromised passwords. So, rather than searching for your email address or username, you can search for a password. Of course, security expert Troy Hunt, who operates the Pwned site, advises against using his tool (or any other) to check passwords you're actively using. Rather, this is way to vet any new password you might want to employ, as you can see if it's already been compromised.

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Lyft launches autonomous division to build own self-driving tech

After working with partners for over a year, ride-sharing app Lyft has announced it will create its own autonomous division, which will focus on all the self-driving parts apart from car manufacturing.

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Got an New iPhone? Here Are the Essential Apps You Must Download

Even in 2017, one of the best arguments you can make for the iPhone is the apps. The apps on iOS are still of a higher quality and have a level of attention and detail you just don’t get anywhere else. If you just got an iPhone and are looking to download and try all the best apps, you came to the right place.

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4K Apple TV with HDR spotted in HomePod firmware

iTunes also started listing movies as supporting 4K and HDR in users’ purchase histories last month, fueling more speculation that a 4K Apple TV is on the way. With the iOS code powering Apple’s new speaker now referencing a 4K Apple TV, it looks all but certain that the company will refresh its TV hardware soon.

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Quick intro: A newcomer's guide to the Raspberry Pi | ZDNet

The potential of this fully functional, ridiculously inexpensive little computer is limited only by your imagination. It's not too late to join the Raspberry Pi bandwagon.

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How's Firefox maker Mozilla holding up 3 years after its crisis?

Mozilla hasn't dented the dominance of what it calls the megacorps. Indeed, they've grown more powerful than they were three years ago. The web remains the most compelling alternative to Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store, but on phones we're more likely to use an app than a browser. And the web is no guarantee of openness. Plenty of services disparaged with terms like "lock-in" and "walled garden" run on the web. Think of Facebook publishing newspaper articles, for example, or the fact that Twitter doesn't let you search for tweets in search engines like Google's.

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Is this the Google Pixel 2?

Blass says that the phone, which will continue to be built by Google partner HTC, have only three external hardware changes: It'll reportedly have a pair of front-facing stereo speakers, it'll have a squeezable frame , and it'll follow in Apple's footsteps by ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

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7 Simple Changes to Ramp Up Your Social Media Marketing

What if there were some small and simple changes that you could implement that would save you time, increase your effectiveness and bring you more success with achieving your social media marketing goals?

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