Rest in peace, Richard Anderson, best boss of the bionic era
The late actor memorably played Oscar Goldman, boss of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers on 1970s shows "Six Million Dollar Man" and spinoff "Bionic Woman."
Nanoleaf delivers music syncing for its Aurora smart lights
The customizable Aurora light panels are getting an upgrade that syncs them with any music you're playing.
Under Armour’s New Campaign Declares “Sports Will Change The World”
Under Armour’s chief marketing officer Andy Donkin explains how the individual and community impact of sports became a pivotal part of a new campaign.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative sponsors teen video challenge
The winner could get a $250,000 scholarship and a new science lab at school.
How the internet embraced a 'Simpsons'-'Akira' mashup
Imagine all 2,146 pages of Akira redrawn with The Simpsons characters. Welcome to Bartkira.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update’s “pick up where you left off” feature helps your work travel with you across devices, including iOS and Android devices in supported apps. When you stop working on one device and pick up another, Cortana will pop up a notification offering to plop you back exactly where you were, thanks to the power of the cloud. You’ll obviously need to install Microsoft’s Cortana app for the feature to work on non-Windows devices.
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Microsoft pushes 'mixed reality' features with Windows 10 update
BERLIN (Reuters) - Microsoft is to update its flagship operating system next month so that the latest generation of Windows 10 hardware devices and software can tap into augmented and virtual reality technologies, executives said on Friday.
Sony Smart Speaker LF-S50G review
The new Sony Smart Speaker is a little on the pricey side, considering it boasts very similar functions to the cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home, and we wonder if that's going to be a slight issue for it when it does go on sale.
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JBL Bar 5.1 review
If ever there's been a home cinema problem waiting for a simple solution, it's the wireless surround sound issue. While JBL may not be the first to offer a transforming soundbar (that title goes to the Philips Fidelio HTL7180), the Bar 5.1 nonetheless offers an elegant way to bring surround sound to your home without upsetting an entire room with lengthy cabling.
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Apple Pay Cash Trademark Filed with the European Union
Apple has filed a trademark for “APPLE PAY CASH” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), hinting at its imminent arrival. Apple Pay Cash is a feature expected to be introduced with iOS 11, allowing customers to make peer-to-peer payments using iMessage.
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Netflix orders eight-part musical drama from La La Land director Damien Chazelle
This is another big move for Netflix, which has spent much of the last year snapping up exclusive rights to (or just outright financing) work from A-list directors like the Coen brothers, Ava DuVernay, Martin Scorsese, Shonda Rhimes, David Fincher, Dee Rees, and Noah Baumbach. At 32 years old, Chazelle is the youngest best director winner in Oscar history , so he makes a solid addition to that list.
Get your sake on the go with Panasonic's roving mini fridge
According to Panasonic, this device is linked to a database that provides details about every bottle of sake in your Panasonic fridge. From there, it's supposed to offer up suggestions about the best food to go with your beverage.
Tado thermostats get smarter with this app update
Depending on the layout of your home and the design of your HVAC system, it's very possible that you might want to throw the doors open on a warm day, even if you have a robust central air system. My family has opened our back doors multiple times during this relatively mild summer here in Louisville. If our Nest thermostat was smart enough to adapt to that rapid temperature change on the fly, it would automatically help us save a little money.
Server hosting dozens of popular file converter sites has been hacked
"The impact of this incident is concerning to me," said the security researcher. "All data going in or out of the server was being tampered with for months on end without the server owner noticing it."
North Korea Appears to Challenge the US to a Dance Off In Latest Propaganda Video
Guys, I’ve got some good news. North Korea looks like it may have abandoned its plans to develop nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles and is instead challenging the US to a dance off. At least that’s my reading of their latest propaganda video .
Why I'm now using Android and might skip the iPhone 8 | ZDNet
Circumstances caused me to change to Android handsets as my daily driver instead of my iPhone 7 Plus. Now I'm not sure I want to go back.
Big changes ahead for iPhone 8 owners | ZDNet
Change is not bad. Change is necessary. And over the decade that we've had the iPhone, users have had to adapt and change quite a bit. And on the whole, there's not been much backlash to changes that Apple has introduced in either the iPhone hardware or iOS software over the years. Probably the biggest iPhone-related backlashes have been when Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with Lightning, and binned the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth.
What VMware Cloud on AWS means for infrastructure pros
At the 2017 VMworld conference, VMware Cloud on AWS was made generally available. Forrester analyst Dave Bartoletti explains what the service enables in the enterprise.
There's now hope the Trappist-1 planets could be water worlds
An international team used observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to estimate how heat and ultraviolet radiation from the ultracool star may have affected the planets' water stores over the past eight billion years. The scientists' models suggest the system's innermost planets may have already transformed from water worlds to more parched places, losing more than 20 times the amount of ocean water on Earth.
Stopping cyberattacks. No human necessary
For now, Sherwood feels safe having the city protected by an AI machine, which has shielded Las Vegas' network for the past year. But he also realizes a day will come when hackers could outsmart the AI. That's why Sherwood and his Las Vegas security team are at Black Hat: to learn how to use human judgment and creativity while the machine parries attacks as rapidly as they come in.
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Journalist brilliantly trolls email scammer with Jason Bourne's passport
In the first instalment, Damon's character is a killer in search of his real identity. He goes through his safety deposit box at the Swiss Bank, and he finds several passports. The first US passport he opens has the name Jason Bourne, which he assumes thereafter:
How I found and bought my dream car on eBay
Minutes later, my shiny red Rover is on the ground and the keys are in my hand. I hop in, start the engine and lap the parking lot a few times. I'm riding high, both from the Rover's tall ride and the unusual path I took to buy the car. I keep thinking, "Who knew buying a car could be so easy and fun?!" But on eBay that's just how it was.
3 ways your company can take advantage of the private cloud
Private cloud isn't as simple as it seems. 451 Research analyst Carl Brooks spoke with TechRepublic about the different ways that companies can leverage it.
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'Game of Thrones' fan has an epic theory about a clue hidden in Jon Snow's name
Whether intentionally or not, Ned Stark left a clue about Jon Snow's true parentage by naming him after Arryn — Ned was in no way related to the Lord of the Vale, but the man treated him like a son. Ned treated Jon in the same way.
Juniper to buy security software startup Cyphort | ZDNet
Juniper Networks announced Thursday it plans to acquire Cyphort, a Silicon Valley startup that makes security analytics software. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Why your company should consider shelling out for the new Docker Enterprise Edition
If you're an enterprise company, who's found the community edition of Docker either not robust or secure enough, Docker Enterprise Edition might be for you. If you've yet to try Docker, I highly recommend starting out with the community edition and then, if Docker containers are right for you, giving the DEE demo a spin. Chances are, you and your company will find this new product ideal for enterprise-level container deployment and management.
This Pioneering $475,000 Cancer Drug Comes With A Money-Back Guarantee
But Jimenez says Novartis spent more than $1 billion since 2012 on bringing Kymriah to market. He said investments the company hasn’t disclosed “dwarf anything the government has invested through NIH grants.” In spite of the high price, some have pointed out that Kymriah may be a shaky business opportunity given what’s spent on research: There are only about 3,100 new cases of relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia each year, and roughly 70% can be pushed into remission by standard therapy. The company, meanwhile, is confident its investment in the drug will lead to other uses.
Apple’s iPhone 8 event is happening on September 12th
Apple has sent out invites for its next big event on September 12th, where the company is expected to reveal the next iPhone, along with updates to the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iOS software.
The first ICO unicorns are here
It was always likely to happen, but the speed in which the first ICOs worth more than $1 billion have arrived is surprising.
Here’s How We Can Actually Stop Wasting So Much Food
The report recommends policies like standardizing food labeling to reduce confusion around “best by,” “use by,” “sell by,” “best before,” “enjoy before,” and other variations of the same. These labels lump together best-eating tips with real food safety concerns, needlessly leading people to throw away food that’s perfectly edible. In 2016, the USDA asked food manufacturers and retailers to use “Best if Used By” as a standard label phrase. And, this year, two food industry associations announced guidelines limiting labels to “Best if Used By” (a product quality tip) and and “Use By” (for perishable products that could make you sick if they’re not consumed at the right time). The NRDC would also like Congress to take up the issue. Two bills–the Food Date Labeling Act and the Food Waste Transparency Act–have been proposed so far, though they are yet to make it to committee or a vote.
Google’s Fighting Hate And Trolls With A Dangerously Mindless AI
Although a couple of the programs fooled a couple of judges into thinking they were people (consistent with Turing’s prediction), overall, no computer program was ranked as human, and the most human computer in the contest triumphed not by understanding human speech but by using simple programming tricks: It simulated human typing foibles, for example, and when it couldn’t make sense of a judge’s statement, it responded with whimsical non sequiturs such as, “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.”
Nest is announcing something big on September 20
Well, there is the possibility that Nest is talking about the announcement itself. Perhaps it hopes you'll livestream it from your couch; puffed-up, butter-drizzled kernels in hand. But seeing how this invite was sent to reporters who will attend a physical event -- not our readers, at least not yet -- that theory seems less likely.
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Bragi’s Dash and Dash Pro wireless earbuds to get Amazon Alexa
Bragi’s completely wireless earbuds, the Dash Pro (and the older Dash), will get access to Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant via a software update coming in October. This is the first time Alexa has been available on a totally wireless set of headphones, and could make The Dash even more appealing – they’re already my top pick in the wireless Bluetooth earbud category.
Toshiba Misses Deadline to Find a Buyer for Its Chip Business
TOKYO — Toshiba , the embattled Japanese conglomerate, said on Thursday that it needed more time to choose an outside investor for its microchip business, extending a period of uncertainty for the company as it seeks a multibillion-dollar cash infusion to stabilize its finances.
So what can you actually do with Linux? A guide for beginners | ZDNet
First, you get away from the never-ending stream of Windows-specific security vulnerabilities and attacks, and the corresponding never-ending stream of Windows patches and security updates. Yes, there are Linux-specific vulnerabilities, but a lot less of them, and yes, there are Linux patches and updates, but Linux doesn't ambush you when you are trying to shut down or startup your computer with the message that goes 'Surprise! Here comes Windows Update to take complete control of your computer for an undetermined amount of time and an undetermined number of reboots before you will be allowed to use it again'.
Princess ransomware makes a visit to the wrong website a royal mistake | ZDNet
PrincessLocker ransomware is harnessing the power of the RIG Exploit Kit in order to spread itself through drive-by downloads on compromised websites.
Lenovo's Yoga 920 lets you talk to Windows 10's Cortana from across the room | ZDNet
Its new Yoga 920 is equipped with far-field technology -- popularized by smart speakers like Amazon's Echo -- so Microsoft's Cortana voice-activated intelligent assistant can recognize voice commands from up to 4m away. The high-end laptop packs a 13.9-inch, 4K IPS touchscreen with 5mm vertical bezels.
The coolest new Star Wars toys from Force Friday
Today marks the second Force Friday . It’s not so much a proper holiday ( the “real” Star Wars Day was a few months ago ) as it is a savvy marketing move. Disney started the tradition back in 2015 ahead of the release of The Force Awakens as an opportunity to build hype and announce a bunch of products without giving up too many secrets ahead of the film’s release.
Storage breakthrough: World's biggest microSD card crams in a massive 400GB of data | ZDNet
The card can hold up to 40 hours of Full HD video and can transfer data at up to 100MBps: at that speed, users could move 1,200 3.5MB photos per minute over USB 3.0. The card, which Western Digital is aiming at Android smartphone and tablet users, comes with a ten-year warranty and a US retail price of $249.99.
You can't block Mark Zuckerberg or Priscilla Chan as too many already have
On Facebook, the only member of the immediate Zuckerberg family you can block is Beast, their dog – plus Mark’s sister Randi
More on the LG V30: High end audio, video creation, and security | ZDNet
There's a lot provided by the LG V30 and in this second look article we dive a bit deeper into some of the advanced audio and video experiences.
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