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Pornhub, Brazzers Now Accept Cryptocurrency

Pornhub, Brazzers, and adult gaming site Nutaku announced today they now accept a fairly unknown form of cryptocurrency called Verge for purchases on their platforms.

Why Amazon's Alexa Skill Blueprints are a master stroke | ZDNet

Amazon has opened up Alexa to the masses with Alexa Skill Blueprints and integrated the digital assistant even more with families. Here's why these Alexa code-free templates make good business sense.

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Apple is offering to replace the battery on some 13-inch MacBook Pros

Just type in your computer's serial number to see if your MacBook Pro is eligible for a battery replacement. If it is, you can send it off to Apple or take it into an Apple Store to get the battery swapped for free. You can even get a refund if you've already had the battery replaced. The offer was first spotted by 9to5Google .

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How to clean shoes in the washer (without ruining them)

Stepping in a mud puddle doesn't mean you need to handwash your shoes. You can get them clean quickly in the washing machine, instead. There are some important tips to follow to keep your shoes from falling apart in the washer, though. Here's what you need to know.

At the Tribeca Film Festival, Swap the Popcorn for VR Headsets

The Virtual Arcade Featuring Storyscapes is meant to show that the future of film lies beyond a flat screen. But those stereoscopic viewers, a technology of the past, being used so seamlessly with our present-day smartphones highlights that film in any medium will always be an empathy engine, no matter what powers it.

High-end audio extravaganza rocks Chicago

The Audio Expo North America (Axpona) 2018 high-end extravaganza was held last weekend, April 13, 14, and 15 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center near Chicago, and it was a really big show. The sprawling event hosted 165 rooms packed with the world's best audio. Indeed, a feast for the eyes and ears. I had nowhere near enough time to check out everything, but here's a sampler of the high points.

Valve acquires the creators of 'Firewatch'

If you ask Campo Santo, the two companies are a natural fit. The company said there was an "obvious match" with Valve, which felt similarly about game development. Valve also saw creators with a "unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives."

Why this headphone website's year-long return policy is crazy good

Comfort takes time to fully assess, so what at first seems pretty darn comfy sometimes turns out to be torture after a while. What might have felt comfortable on a cool day in June might be unbearable on a hot August day. So it might also make sense to buy more than one headphone at a time, maybe three, so you can find out which one is right for you, and return the others.

A paranoid's guide to the internet

Neither of those is the smartest approach -- extreme methods on either end of the bell curve rarely are. A more common approach is what I call buffet-style security: You pick up potentially useful information based on second-hand news reports or tips passed around at the virtual watercooler and come up with your own personal digital security plan. But is every suggestion worth following? And where should you draw the line between convenience and security? I asked a trio of experts to weigh in on some of the most common personal digital security questions.

Intel smart glasses no more as it shifts focus away from wearables

In a new report by The Information , it is thought that Intel will walk away completely from the hardware part of the wearables market, which would mean that its Vaunt smart glasses concept won’t be released and work on its AR projects is to cease as well. 

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Best streaming and TV gifts for your 2018 grad

If your grad has a bunch of stuff on iTunes, or she just wants something that looks and feels a lot like her iPhone, the new Apple TV is just the ticket. In addition to numerous TV apps it also works with many of the games and other apps she might already own.

Print fast and in color with Dell's $85 C1760nw laser | ZDNet

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Amazon: The world's most innovative tech company | ZDNet

From Alexa Skills Blueprints to AWS to Prime, Larry Dignan and Bill Detwiler make the case for Amazon as the most innovative tech company on the planet. (Analysis and news roundup.)

ZTE lashes out at US ban, vows to protect company | ZDNet

Chinese vendor describes US export ban as unacceptable, adding that it has invested significant efforts since April 2016 in ensuring compliance with export laws and, if necessary, will seek judicial recourse to protect its interests.

Adblock Plus scores big legal win: It's not breaking the law, court rules | ZDNet

The company behind the popular Adblock Plus service has won an important legal victory in Germany, with the country's supreme court ruling that it does not break competition law by charging publishers for inclusion on its whitelist.

Windows 10: Microsoft to boost Linux app security with Windows Defender firewall | ZDNet

Separately, Microsoft is updating Windows Defender System Guard, a feature that shipped with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update last October. The hardware-based security feature enables runtime attestation to ensure the integrity of a system during boot-up and at runtime.

The greatest resistance to Robotic Process Automation comes from IT departments | ZDNet

It's also likely that beneath the RPA hype, IT teams will be charged with tearing up existing processes tied to technology, re-architecting for digital workforce approaches, and cleaning up the messes. As Wright and his team put it, "process standardization is the top challenge faced by organizations across all stages of the RPA journey. Put simply, process complexity drives robot complexity: it increases the cost and difficulty to design and implement RPA, increases operating costs,and increases business disruption. Robots require detailed process accuracy and needto be taught at the keystroke level. Yet, organizations are finding processes are not always well understood,even where robust process documentation exists."

iPhone terminator: Apple's Daisy teardown robot can rip your phone apart in 18 secs | ZDNet

The teardown robot targets components constructed from high-value materials such as the logic board, receiver, the iPhone's taptic engine, speakers, the enclosure, and rear camera. And Daisy can recover about 1kg of gold, 7.5kg of silver, and nearly two tons of aluminum from every 100,000 iPhones.

How to create a personal Alexa skill

A great one to start with is Custom Q&A , which lets you set up answers to any questions you care to ask. Although you could use this for any number of practical purposes -- "Alexa, what's that password I'm always forgetting?" -- the potential here for fun and mischief is downright limitless.

Eyes-on Motorola's Moto G6, G6 Play, E5 Plus and E5 Play

Motorola has new Moto phones. Many new Moto phones. From left to right: The budget G6 and G6 Play, and the ultrabudget E5 and E5 Play.

We got real close up to the Pixel 2 to take these macro shots

The back of the Pixel 2 has a glass panel that cuts across the rest of the aluminum backing. You can see the camera, LED flash and two Laser Detect Autofocus (LDAF) sensors. There's also the fingerprint sensor below the glass divide.

How your company can measure its 'cyber resilience' and evaluate its posture | ZDNet

Robert Clyde: Yeah, we've noticed this problem at ISACA, for some time. In fact, we started a program called She Leads Tech, and have funded that, and it's been very active, and having tremendous affect. But one of the things we've seen, both anecdotally and from other surveys, sadly, is the mix of men and women in the cyber security industry has held steady at about 11%. We're not making progress. So we said, this year, for the state of cybersecurity report, we're gonna ask a gender related question. A diversity question. And so, we asked companies a fairly simple yes or no question. "Do you believe in your organization, that the advancement opportunities for women are the same as for men? Yes or no?" And interestingly enough, across the board, there was a 31% gap between the way women answered the question, and the way men answered the question. 82% of men, only 51% of women.

Photos: 22 eco-friendly tech products to celebrate Earth Day

The SolarHome 620 from BioLite is a self-contained system of solar lighting and charging that can turn any off-grid structure into an electrified home. Ideal for cabins, van life, and hunting structures, it features a 6-watt panel, 3 daisy-chaining lights, USB charging, and radio/mp3 capabilities. Born out of household research across India and sub-Saharan Africa, this is BioLite's first cross-over product, simultaneously launching in the outdoors and emerging markets.

Cryptographers spank blockchain, social media | ZDNet

Marlinspike had similar feelings on social media, which he said has suffered a substantial perception hit in the past year. "The utopian narratives of connecting the world and organizing information is coming to an end.," he said. "Across all contexts and political spectrums, people are seeing social technology less as a hopeful tool for a brighter, better tomorrow and more like weapons everyone simultaneously thinks are in the wrong hands." He said this has direct consequences on society and things people are doing [at RSA] and what people and thinking in the worlds of privacy and cryptography."

​Infosys charts new course, but can it catch up with Accenture and Deloitte? | ZDNet

The said, the South Indian co-founder, who built the firm from ground up with negligible capital, was also perennially unhappy about what he thought was stratospheric compensation being awarded to the top brass, including Sikka. He also thought that the firm had paid the CFO Rajiv Bansal, who didn't agree with the Panaya purchase, some 'hush money' to stifle his opinion with what he thought was an exorbitant severance. So, Murthy waged an all-out PR assault against his own company. To Sikka, this undoubtedly came off as treasonous meddling by the founder, especially considering Sikka had staged what most people thought of as a significant comeback for the firm since his arrival. Ultimately, getting rid of Panaya was probably also an exercise in jettisoning this bitter after-taste that would inconveniently linger during the forging of its new avatar.

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​Learn to use GitHub with GitHub Learning Lab | ZDNet

GitHub Learning Lab is not a tutorial or webcast. It's an app that gives you a hands-on learning experience within GitHub. According to GitHub, "Our friendly bot will take you through a series of practical, fun labs that will give you the skills you need in no time--and share helpful feedback along the way."

How to connect to a remote MySQL database with DBeaver

DBeaver is a free, universal SQL client that can connect to numerous types of databases—one of which is MySQL. I want to show you how to install and use DBeaver to connect to your remote MySQL server. DBeaver is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. I'll be demonstrating on a Ubuntu 17.10 desktop connecting to a Ubuntu Server 16.04.

Three-camera Huawei P20 Pro steals Galaxy S9's camera crown

Besides the bonkers colours, it's the three cameras on the back that make the Huawei P20 Pro truly exciting. They're arranged vertically down the left side of the phone's back. You have an astonishing 40-megapixel sensor (this is your main colour camera) and a 20-megapixel sensor that shoots only in black and white, but adds detail to shots. There's also an 8-megapixel telephoto lens that helps you zoom in close.

We can help you prep for Avengers: Infinity War

Sure, it's not an "Avengers" movie, and if you wanted to skip it, I wouldn't blame you since its importance is not obvious from its name. But most of what you get from Civil War is poised to be very important: it's the last movie we have with this many heroes in one film; we get introduced to Spider-Man; we discover where Bucky ends up, how, and why (plus a quick primer on who he is for newcomers); and there's the follow-up to the ethical debate that plagued the team in the previous Avengers film (and which will likely only continue).

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Here are the 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now

Just trip over an electric scooter? Here’s how they actually work (FAQ)

Let's just say some of these vehicles have a few kinks to work out. We've walked up to electric vehicles that were mysteriously "broken" or too low on charge. We've had some that couldn't phone home, and others that wouldn't unlock.

The Best Wireless Routers of 2018

With the gaggle of connected home products, smart TVs , smartphones , and other mobile devices ruling our lives, it's more important than ever to outfit your home or business with a wireless router that can handle the increased demand for Wi-Fi connectivity. When choosing a new router, you should consider the size of your coverage area and the number of clients, as well as the types of devices that will connect to the router. Granted, not everybody needs the kind of performance that you get with the latest and greatest models, and there's no reason to pay for features that you will likely never use, but if you have several family members vying for bandwidth for things like streaming video and playing Overwatch online, a new router can make a world of difference and help keep the peace. We guide you through choosing a router that will handle your current and future wireless networking needs, and offer our top picks to get you started.

This 24-Year-Old Built A LinkedIn For Weed Jobs, No Experience Required

Humiston didn’t waste any time. She created business cards on the spot for a company called Gradujuana (the logo was a weed leaf on a graduation cap) and started pitching herself as a recruiter. “I had no experience in recruiting,” Humiston admits, “but I am a people person.” Soon afterward she moved out to Denver and started playing matchmaker for her network of millennial job seekers and the cannabis companies she’d begun to develop relationships with.

The Best Gaming CPUs of 2018

Shoppers who are happy to stick with older game titles and/or casual games can get by with IGP. But it's important to point out that all of AMD's Ryzen processors, from the lowly AMD Ryzen 3 chips to the hyper-powerful, enthusiast-class AMD Ryzen Threadrippers, lack integrated graphics entirely. So with those options, you'll need a dedicated graphics card. The same is true of Intel's enthusiast Core X-Series platform: The chips need a video card paired with them. So be sure to pick either an APU from AMD, or a mainstream Core i3, i5, or i7 chip from Intel if you don't want to buy a graphics card. Late-model CPUs on the Intel side will use a form of what Intel calls "HD Graphics" or "UHD Graphics" as the IGP, for example the Intel UHD Graphics 630 in the new, top-end eighth-generation Core CPUs.

How to install SpiderOak One on Ubuntu and use it from the command line

If you're using SpiderOak One on Linux, you have command line options available. This means you can use the cloud sync tool on a headless Linux server. However, you do have to set up your SpiderOak One account from within the GUI tool. You can set that up on a desktop and then migrate over to your headless server, install the software with the same commands as above, and make use of the SpiderOak One command line options. Using SpiderOak One from the command line is pretty simple, and is relegated to a few commands. The first command will setup the account on the server:

Developers enjoy a huge boost from iOS 11's App Store redesign | Cult of Mac

The iOS App Store got a new look last fall, and the change has greatly benefited developers of third-party applications, as Apple intended. A new study found that getting named Game of the Day results in an 800 percent increase in downloads.

11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone

You can add a nice post-modern vibe to any room by re-purposing your old phone as a multi-faceted piece of wall art. Unlike a static piece, your phone can afford you lots of aesthetic choices: set it up to display some high-minded meditative video art , use a slideshow/gallery app to cycle through photos/images, or even add an interactive element—the point is to have a focus point for your room that is more versatile than a static image. There is, however, one wrinkle you will need to consider—namely the plug. In the above example, we didn't include the phone's power source—it was just running off batteries. Perhaps your old phones could be charged elsewhere and stuck to a wall when guests are expected, or you could simply set it up near an available outlet.

eSim collusion: AT&T, Verizon being investigated by US | ZDNet

US federal regulators are looking into AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA for possibly making it more difficult for customers to switch wireless carriers. GSMA puts eSIM tech on hold.

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass - Northwestern Now

The research group took advantage of a system at SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) that combines machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence where computer algorithms glean knowledge from enormous amounts of data — with experiments that quickly make and screen hundreds of sample materials at a time. This allowed the team to discover three new blends of ingredients that form metallic glass, and to do it 200 times faster than it could be done before.

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.

Why the US federal government has been leaning into the cloud since 2011 | ZDNet

Katie Lewin: As I said before, to you, my perspective's going to be the federal government because that's what I know the most about. I was either in the federal government as an actual employee or a consultant to them for many years. The first mandate to move to the cloud was in 2011 when OMB issued this memo, which is almost the same as a directive and it says, "You will do this or if you don't you have to tell us why," and since OMB controls the money it's pretty serious. Their mandate was if you, federal agency, are going to develop a new system you have to justify why you would not put it in the cloud. That was a big push to agencies taking it seriously. Of course, everyone did the right thing, which is start with the data that needs the least security. They did a lot of customer facing informational websites, things like that. Then, they still had to continue modernizing and then they would go into mission-critical systems.

IBM: Fewer records are being breached, but cyber attacks are getting more costly | ZDNet

Wendi Whitmore: And I would say, kind of living this, I certainly feel that, right? There are organizations who are kind of scared to document things, kinda put them on paper. But the reality is that's where we need to start, even as simple, if you're just beginning, that's alright. Get it on paper. Get some phone numbers on paper, and some processes down about what you're doing today. And then from there, we have a wide variety of clients, so some of them, and many are quite mature. They've got incident response plans for years. They've tested. They have matured them. And ultimately that's what we want to continue doing is identifying where do we stand today and from today, what kind of gaps exist within the environment, and how do we compare that to the types of threats that are most likely to impact your organization. In order to do that most effectively, it requires pretty rigorous testing, so that's everything from things like red team testing to actual scenario based testing. And one of the things that's unique at IBM is we built one of the first commercially available cyber ranges, where we can actually take a tabletop scenario where we might test different executives and technical responders and analysts, bring them all in one room.

44 To #DeleteFacebook or Not to #DeleteFacebook? That Is Not the Question | Hacker News

But there is still the same problem, for you it is the same as it was before, you have a large amount of contacts, same as my phonebook. With age come lots of work, having a family makes it even worse and it is normal, that at the end you are having only a few of them. This is nothing special and observed over decades. But what the FB does is creating a false sense of friendship, and since you don't have much time (and with aging you are having it even less), instead of focusing to a few people you really like, go for a beer with them, actually bond or find another friend, it makes everyone a "phonebook" entry. At the end you finish with not having a single real friend in your live, but you rather spend a lot of time on chatting with irelevant people. Same as here but with a twist - FB gives you a false feeling that your social life is ok, while here you know that you only chat with strangers. It encorages you not to do anything to find friends, to bond, instead of helping people bond, it is actually preventing them - which is great for FB business, the more time you spend there, the more they earn.

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​Oracle critical update fixes 254 flaws - so get patching now | ZDNet

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Planet analytics 1.0: From the UN lab to the globe | ZDNet

The United Nations (UN) is developing initiatives that leverage data and analytics to measure and streamline sustainable development goals. While this is work in progress, there are some fundamental questions as to its effectiveness.

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Facebook declined to respond in detail to questions about its role in Sri Lanka’s violence, but a spokeswoman said in an email that “we remove such content as soon as we’re made aware of it.” She said the company was “building up teams that deal with reported content” and investing in “technology and local language expertise to help us swiftly remove hate content.”

Developers enjoy a huge boost from iOS 11's App Store redesign | Cult of Mac

The iOS App Store got a new look last fall, and the change has greatly benefited developers of third-party applications, as Apple intended. A new study found that getting named Game of the Day results in an 800 percent increase in downloads.

How to set up Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi

But how do you get started? Here's a step-by-step guide to setting up Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, and then deploying a simple app, using a Windows 10 PC as the base machine.

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52 Has the time finally come for PostgreSQL? | ZDNet
53 AT&T's 5G 'foundation' technology is now live in 141 markets | ZDNet
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73 Supreme Court drops Microsoft data privacy case, but the battle isn't over | ZDNet
74 Hyperledger bug bounty program goes public | ZDNet
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