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Robot takes hilarious tumble and the internet missed it

Commentary: Just over a month ago, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot showed off on stage before taking a spectacular fall. Let's honor it now.

YouTube roll out in-app video sharing and messaging to users worldwide

YouTube today is launching a new sharing feature in its mobile app, previously in testing with users in select markets. The feature allows YouTube users to..

'Whisker Fatigue' Is Real, and Your Cat Probably Has It -

Cat’s whiskers are much more than just a fun way to provoke your pet. (I’m not the only one who does that, right?) The movable hairs, called vibrissae, allow felines to “see” in …

Firefox for Windows gets native WebVR support, performance bumps in latest update

Today, Mozilla is launching its latest update to Firefox for Windows and the hallmark feature is WebVR support that will enable desktop VR users the ability..

These technologies are changing farms in some surprising ways

As agriculture adopts recent advances in automation and data science, farms will become super-efficient — and perhaps a bit lonely.

Natural Beeswax Wood Finish

In this guide I will show how I made my all natural beeswax wood finish. It's perfect for finishing any wood project and far more satisfying to make your own fini...

Anchor can now transform podcasts into shareable videos

Here’s a small but very real problem that podcast creators run into: Once an episode is published, the creator probably wants to promote it. But on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, all they can...

Like wrecks over racing? Carmageddon: Crashers is for you | Cult of Mac

If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying the crashing sections of racing games more than the racing bits, Carmageddon: Crashers may be for you.

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

The service is called "Cruise Anywhere," and it allows employees to use a smartphone app to get anywhere they need to go in SF, seven days a week. Cruise..

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Read Google CEO's email to staff about anti-diversity memo

First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects “each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.”

2 Here is Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s response to employees about the anti-diversity memo

First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of the memo violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace. Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives. To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects “each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination.”

Tile Pro helps you find your stuff from 200 feet away

The first of the new duo, Tile Sport, has a rugged design and dark slate look, while the Tile Style goes for a satin white finish. Both have holes to loop them in with your keys. The app has been updated to support the Tile Pro series' additional features, like volume control and a couple additional ringtones. Sport and Style retail individually for $35/£30 or in a combo pack for $60/£50 and are available today on Amazon and Tile's online store, as well as at Target and Best Buy in the US and retailers including Argos, John Lewis and Maplin in the UK.

Four big trends pointing to a boom in healthcare IoT

Even though the guidances may be non-binding and relatively straightforward, FDA action signals that the medical IoT boom has already begun. Furthermore, the FDA’s issuance reduces the potential risk medical device manufacturers face in meeting new regulation by putting forth an expectation of what those future requirements may be. As the development leaders move forward, they are backed by an army of more conservative startups and large corporations waiting to capitalize on the learnings of early adopters, especially in previously unestablished areas like risk management, quality control, and security.

The OnePlus 5 glitters in gold

OnePlus has given its stellar new flagship a fresh lick of paint in the form of this "soft gold" hue. The new colour is available to order globally from today and will set you back $479 or £449. Australian availability isn't yet known but the price converts to about AU$739.

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Report: Kalanick thinks he'll return to Uber, board says 'nah'

7 Game of Thrones stars personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom

The HBO leaks have been limited so far , falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014 when North Korea-linked hackers broke in and stole troves of data, including embarrassing emails and the personal details of employees. The hackers’ biggest threat appears to be dumping videos of future shows online with their logo “HBO Is Falling” superimposed. They claim that HBO is their 17th target and that only three of their past targets have refused to pay.


Hell, for a couple of million you could do a full patent review and argue the case. If you lose, you probably still have to pay the $600m (to be honest, I can't imagine a reasonably licensed patent costing that much for such a company). But then if the patent is invalidated you automatically "win" on appeal and get your money and court-costs back.

Apple To Launch Smartwatch With LTE Support This Year

Apple may be planning to add a cellular network to the next version of its smartwatch, expected to launch later this year. The move will reduce the watch’s reliance on the iPhone, which needs to be nearby for the watch user to receive texts, notifications, and stream music.

The military can shoot down drones that fly over bases

Drones can cost a pretty penny, so make sure not to fly them too near an airport ... or a military base. The Pentagon has approved a new policy that gives military bases the right to shoot down or seize both private and commercial UAVs that encroach upon their airspace and are deemed a threat. While details about the policy remain classified, Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says the new guidance gives bases "the ability to take action to stop these threats (i.e. UAVs or drones) and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking [them]."

Meow-Meow Vs. Woof-Woof: Cat And Dog Preferences Around The World

Countries with developed economies are more likely to have more balance between cat and dog populations than countries with emerging economies, according to household pet data compiled by market research firm Euromonitor.

Samsung Galaxy S9 may have a much bigger battery than the Galaxy S8

The source also claims this would only be relevant for the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S9, so it wouldn't work on the Qualcomm Snapdragon versions of the phone.

Apple is giving free Beats headphones to students buying Macs or iPad Pros

Apple is also currently offering price reductions for students buying Macs or iPads, with education discounts running up to £270 off the price of a new Mac, and up to £59 off an iPad , in addition to the free headphones.

IoT-device swarm intelligence: Think about security before it's too late

One issue affecting security that''s more applicable to IoT devices is the amount of on-board computing resources. IoT devices are usually computationally challenged—in particular when it comes to data-storage capacity, communications bandwidth, processing power, and stable energy supply. With limited resources, device developers perform a balancing act between functionality and security, with function trumping security being a fact of business. Put simply, if the device does not work as advertised, it will not sell.

The 5 best Chromebooks for school or anywhere else in 2017 | ZDNet

So, which one is best for you? Well, if you've been reading along, you'll see that each has its good features. To sum up: Best in the field is the Asus Flip; Best battery life is the Acer R13; Toughest against wear and tear is Dell; Acer 15 has the biggest screen; and Lenovo is the cheapest. That said, any of them will work well for work in the classroom, home, or office.

Microsoft is redesigning the Xbox software with its new, company-wide design system

Elements now make use of translucency and motion, and are more reminiscent of Windows 10 on PCs, in an effort to bring consistency across Microsoft's various products. But the Fluent redesign goes beyond just aesthetics, which is why Microsoft refers to it as Xbox's "next major system update."

The right is coming out in support of the fired author of the Google manifesto

Communities that supported Gamergate, like the subreddit r/KotakuInAction , are now coming out in support of the author of the memo — sharing news about it, and being highly critical of Google's response. A campaign has been launched to crowdfund Damore's legal expenses on WeSearchr, a crowdfunding site popular with the alt-right that was suspended from Twitter . It aims to bring in $60,000 (£46,000), and has raised a little over $2,300 (£1,760) so far.

This Algorithm Can Tell If You’re Depressed Just From Your Instagram Posts

“I think at some point soon we’re going to be able to assess risk factors in people’s behavior without asking them any questions, just based on what’s going on on their phone, what they’re saying and posting and writing on the internet, and then having your physician be aware of what an algorithm thinks your health state is, compared with other people who have been in that same position in the past,” says Christopher Danforth, a professor at the University of Vermont and one of the co-authors of the study. “I think that the future of this technology is not going to be so much in replacing the diagnosis made by professionals, but just getting people in front of them sooner.”

Idol 5S is a good budget phone despite crap-tacular battery

There's a fingerprint reader on the back to unlock the phone, and it has a couple tricks. When the phone is unlocked, you can touch and hold the reader to go to the home screen, slide your finger vertically to view notifications or slide your finger horizontally to flip through photos.

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Hackers are threatening to dump more 'Game of Thrones' episodes if they don't get a $7 million

Guy tries to date 6 women in 1 night, women turn the tables

When Lisette Pylant , from Washington, D.C., went on a date with a chap she met in a bar on her birthday on Saturday night, she didn't quite know what she had in store. In a Twitter thread, Pylant details what appears to be the most bonkers night in dating history.

4 Ways to Improve Engagement With Hashtags

However, the virtual world does not give us body language cues, and it may be difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. This is especially important when it comes to interacting with hundreds or even thousands of people on social media. Instead of pleasant and engaging conversation, all you hear is noise.

JBL Playlist is the Chromecast speaker to beat

At $150/£149, the JBL Playlist is the cheapest Chromecast speaker we've seen to date, and based on its performance it could do for Google what the Play:1 did for Sonos. Its main benefit over the dongle is integration. With the dongle you need to make sure your hi-fi or speaker is turned on and set to the right input. With the JBL, all you need to do is press Play in your favorite app and it just works.

How to get users on board with two-factor authentication

There's really no reason for you to get into a deep dive, nuts and bolts explanation with your end users. Why? First off, it's not the language they speak. Second, getting into the nuts and bolts of how two-factor works will turn them off and tune them out. Instead, you need to focus on the non-IT people who don't really care to understand the technology involved with two-factor authentication. With that in mind, I want everyone reading this to imagine they know nothing about IT. With that mindset, you can better help your end users and staff.

DevOps is a waste of your time if you aren't fully committed

The real danger zone, according to the survey, was ending up with a moderate level of adoption. High DevOps adopters saw significant returns, the report said, but moderate adopters ended up worse off than those with "limited adoption." So, businesses should be sure that they either stay in the "testing the waters" phase or dive fully into DevOps—don't get stuck in the middle.

Oculus Rift launcher update adds seamless support for VR Steam games

This, along with an update that will allow you to party up with friends across VR apps from within the headset, should massively reduce the amount of time people have to spend taking their headset on and off as they try to get everyone into the same lobby. 

How to correctly use File History to transfer data files to a new Windows 10 installation

To begin, I'm going to make a couple of assumptions. Of course, since we are talking about transferring existing data from one Windows 10 installation to another, I'm assuming that you have used File History to back up your data files on an external USB hard disk. I'm also going to assume that you are signing into both of your Windows 10 systems using the same Microsoft account. (Doing so will facilitate the replication of certain settings in your old Windows 10 installation to your new Windows 10 installation. For example, you'll find the same user account picture, wallpaper, and email in your new Windows 10 installation.)

Oomi's smart home starter kit is impressive, but expensive

You'll start by plugging in the tablet's fancy, magnetic charging dock and powering it up. From there, it'll walk you through the setup process, which is one of the easiest I've ever experienced from a starter kit of this kind thanks to the NFC radios built into each device. Just tell the tablet you're adding something, then tap it against the gadget you want to add. There's no scanning, no temporary Wi-Fi networks to join and no access codes to enter. Just super simple setup by way of physical proximity. (I should point out that this makes for a system that's less vulnerable to outside hacks .)

6 Millarworld comics that could come to Netflix

The epic space opera " Empress ," one of Millarworld's most visually stunning works thanks to gorgeous artwork from Stuart Immonen, would really stretch Netflix's visual effects budget. It's pretty derivative of other comics "Empire" and "Saga," but the Star Wars-esque story of a resourceful galactic empress fleeing her tyrannical husband across a wacky universe would look fantastic in the hands of filmmakers with a suitably grandiose vision. It really deserves to be on Imax screens though -- if Netflix does make it, we'll all just have to buy bigger televisions.

Privacy group says Hotspot Shield snoops on web traffic, despite promising not to

"While we commend the CDT for their dedication to protecting users' privacy, we were surprised by these allegations and dismayed that the CDT did not contact us to discuss their concerns," he added. "AnchorFree prides itself on being transparent about its data practices and would be happy to engage in a discussion to clarify the facts and better understand the nature of the CDT's concerns."

DirecTV Now adds live CBS stations to woo cable cord cutters

One of the big battles between these services is over these local TV channels. Our last count had DirecTV Now trailing Vue and Hulu in local channel availability, mainly on the strength of their local CBS offerings. DirecTV Now is moving aggressively, however, and says it it plans this fall "to launch at least 30 additional ABC, FOX and NBC affiliates. This will bring our total to over 170 live local channels available across more than 80 metro areas." If that claim is accurate, it would put DirecTV Now in the local channel lead. (Note, however, that local channel availability varies widely by metropolitan area.)

This phone is all screen, from one edge to the next

Of course, it's not a completely fair comparison, with the Aquos S2 not packing the same premium specs as Samsung's flagship. But for the midrange price, you'll get a strong processor, plenty of RAM and a dual camera. If you're willing to fork out an extra $150, AU$190 or £110 for the premium edition, you'll get a better CPU and 2GB more RAM. (The cameras and battery are identical, though.)

How to reduce the memory footprint of Chrome with The Great Suspender

Every so often you'll find Chrome draining your system of resources. This is especially true when you tend to work with numerous tabs open throughout the day. When you're working with more than one memory-hungry tab, your experience can become less than efficient. What do you do? Close every tab until you're ready to use them? That might work for some; but from my experience, I wind up having to save a lot of URLs to Google Keep—just so I don't lose the pages I wanted to view.

At “Lilith Fair For Gen Z,” Inclusion And Diversity Take Center Stage

Fans of Galore certainly wouldn’t be surprised by the anti-Trump sentiment; they’re quite accustomed to it. A quick scan of the teen mag’s recent social media postings includes standouts like “our raging garbage fire in chief really did it this time,” about the president’s declaration on transgender military personnel. A fashion guide to the Fourth of July was headlined, “How To Wear Red, White & Blue Without Looking Trumpy,” while a First Daughter takedown was titled “Ivanka Trump Spent Last Night Liking Photos of Herself.” (The majority of articles, however, center on average teen issues, like beauty, entertainment, and dating, along with interviews of teen stars like Kendall Jenner. It’s like an edgier, more inclusive and accessible Teen Vogue.)

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YouTube's new chat feature lets you discuss videos without leaving the app

Dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes | ZDNet

One of my older netbook computers, an Acer Aspire V5, is still being used by my partner. It still runs Windows 7, but it has been acting up very badly recently, and I finally decided that rather than spend a few hours trying to get it to limp along a while longer again, I would just trash everything on it and install Linux Mint for her.

Apple accused of 'anti-consumer' behaviour by Indian watchdog

India has a Do Not Disturb app to control cold calls and spam, but Apple won’t put it in iOS. That's upset the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Inside Sony's Search for the Next Walkman

Lafayeedney said Sony has looming issues that need to be addressed, such as a large, domestic insurance business that will suffer from Japan’s worsening demographics and negative interest rates. He also said management at the film division is too reliant on sequels and remakes. “Is it going to build the Walkman? Who knows?" he said of the accelerator program. “For the time being it seems quite irrelevant.”

HBO hackers return with exec emails and a ransom demand

The leaked emails belong to an as-yet unidentified HBO exec. Their contents have not been divulged. However, the mere fact that the hackers have correspondence belonging to HBO's management is a worrying sign for the video service. The entire debacle is increasingly starting to resemble the infamous Sony Pictures hack from 2014, which proved very embarrassing for the studio. More recently, the motive for the Netflix breach in April was also extortion.

China’s Didi backs Uber rival Careem to expand its global footprint into the Middle East

In that respect, it makes sense that it is considering investments in basically any ride-sharing company in the world. Beyond giving it the potential to expand its service through acquisitions or partnerships at a later, these deals also help Didi — which is the world’s second highest value tech company behind Uber — to put Uber under some pressure. The firm can help its global partners b giving them more money and providing the expertise and tech capabilities that it has developed from serving 400 million users in China.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice review — an insane quest in a nightmare world

In the game from British game studio Ninja Theory, the Celtic warrior Senua struggled with inner demons locked in a battle over her mind, and she carries a sword that makes her a lethal danger. She is on a quest to save her beloved Dillion, who has been slain by Northmen. Senua must go to the Norse version of hell to not just retrieve Dillion from the dead but also deal with the legacy of her ill-fated parents. It is an insane quest in a nightmare world, undertaken by a hero who is so emotionally disturbed that you wonder if all of it takes place in her head.

Fines for being hacked: If a breach is down to bad security it could cost you millions | ZDNet

Under the cybersecurity standards, infrastructure providers will be required to develop a strategy to understand and manage risk, as well as implement measures to prevent attacks and system failures, including raising staff awareness with training. Companies will also be obliged to report incidents as soon as they happen and ensure they can restore systems as quickly as possible in the event of an attack.

Windows 10 security: Here's tech support scammers' latest ploy, says Microsoft | ZDNet

Tech-support scammers are now using nearly identical techniques, sending email purportedly from well-known brands such as LinkedIn, Alibaba, and Amazon. The email pretends to be an invoice, canceled order or social-media message that contains dodgy links hidden in seemingly harmless text.

Apple TV tvOS simulator hacked to run in super-sharp 4K | Cult of Mac

Steve Troughton-Smith’s 4K report comes one day after code from Apple’s accidental HomePod smart speaker revealed that 4K support is on the way, and that the new Apple TV will support two of the biggest formats for super high def video. Recently, some iTunes purchases have also been updated recently showing 4K support, even though Apple only offers videos in 1080p.

Robotic suit now has Amazon Echo integration | ZDNet

Users of the ARKE, who typically have spinal cord injuries or have mobility issues stemming from stroke, initiate actions like walking and standing by making subtle movements with their upper body. Sensors in the feet and joints register changes in the way weight is distributed, and the system makes inferences about the user's intentions, prompting the suit to take a step, for example, or to sit.

Lonely Planet launches an Instagram-like Trips app

The one thing I would say Trips lacks is a search tool. It’s fine to scroll through the places the app provides in the feed but it’s difficult to look up specific places you are thinking of visiting. If you are like me, you’ll want the ability to look up a place before planning your trip to see what others have to say about it and look at the photos they took.

Shonda Rhimes Sparks A Movement

January 30, 2004: Buzz starts building for Shonda Rhimes’s TV pilot, only the second one she’d written, about a group of medical interns in a Seattle hospital. ABC nicknames it “Sex and the Surgery.” In March 2005, Grey’s Anatomy debuts and is lauded for its diverse cast and fresh spin on the medical drama. It ends the season as one of the top-five shows for 18- to 49-year-old viewers. [Photo: Frank Ockenfels/ABC/Getty Images] Unlike Oprah, of course, Rhimes doesn’t have the recognition that comes from being the face of afternoon television for 25 years. She also has more competition. The idea that people could think of themselves as a brand is now 20 years old, and thanks to social media, everyone can be an influencer. Most brands today, from corporate ones like Nike to personal ones like Sheryl Sandberg, are trying to forge a more direct relationship with their customers and communicate with them in an unfiltered way. What Rhimes brings is a clear message that she has been broadcasting for more than a decade through her shows, reaching tens of millions of people, and, more recently, through digital platforms like Twitter, where she has 1.

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49 5 secrets of highly effective IoT strategies

Every effective IoT strategy requires a strong leader. This individual must have broad oversight into the various technical components of the IoT initiative and be able to guide a cohesive strategy to ensure everyone is on the same page. Your IoT leader can be a senior-level executive from IT, operations or even business leadership. Some experts have talked about the need for a chief IoT officer.

Intel 18-core Core i9-7980XE launches September 25 for $2,000

Intel's monstrous 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE CPU launches September 25 for a whopping $2,000, Intel announced today. It will be joined by the $1,700 16C/32T i9-7960X and the $1,400 14C/28T i9-7940X, while the 12C/12T i9-7920X launches a month earlier on August 28 for $1,200. UK prices are TBC, but the top-end chip will likely start at around £1,900 and then work its way down from there.

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53 Google Uproar Highlights Questions Over What You Can or Cannot Say at Work
54 Architecting a Platform for Big Data Analytics
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57 Man Develops Rare Neurological Disorder From Denture Paste
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59 The Air Force is planning for the future with the A-10 Thunderbolt
60 Tapetail, Bignose and Whalefish turn out to be the same fish
61 Compression Decompressed | The website of Jack Preston, Computerer
62 Facebook killed its standalone Snapchat app after realizing teens already have Snapchat
63 How to free disk space on Linux systems
64 Mazda's engine breakthrough promises big fuel efficiency gains
65 Traders are fleeing the year's hottest investment
66 How to get Alexa to play baby-making music
67 iPhone 8 appears in sharp new render
68 Drugmakers' hopes for gene therapy rise despite tiny sales in Europe
69 These 10 vehicles have the best resale value
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72 UK mandates hacking protection for the cars of the future
73 SSL and NASA move closer to creating a service spacecraft for LEO satellites
74 VPNs have a trust issue: Here's what TunnelBear did about it
75 How the U.S. Lost Its Mind
76 IBM claims big deep learning breakthrough
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80 Men Have Always Used 'Science' to Explain Why They're Better Than Women
81 Federal scientists: US already feeling effects of climate change
82 Google fires engineer behind sexist 'manifesto,' alt-right springs into action
83 Why Germans pay cash for almost everything
84 Facebook has killed the Snapchat-like app for high schoolers it quietly released last year
85 Lifehacker on Twitter
86 A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens and app that can detect eye disease
87 Here's how Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has responded to employee concerns about Facebook
88 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Market Research [Infographic]
89 Intel’s new Ruler SSDs could pack one petabyte of data in a single server rack
90 Sharp Aquos S2 is the bastard child of all those phones you're waiting for
91 Developer hacks tvOS Simulator to run clean 4K, resolution likely limited to 2017 Apple TV