Here’s an all-in-one Bluetooth speaker-turntable system
Sounds like a crazy idea, but somehow +Audio’s The+Record Player actually works!
Watch the Atlas Robot Nail a Backflip
Boston Dynamics continues to develop Atlas into an ever-more agile robot. It may even be ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at this rate.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the longest film in the saga
Director Rian Johnson confirms audiences will be sitting down to an extra-packed Episode VIII.
Amazon: We're fixing flaw that leaves Key security camera open to Wi-Fi jamming | ZDNet
A malicious courier could easily freeze the Key's Cloud Cam and roam a customer's house unmonitored.
Black Friday 2017: The absolute best deals we've found so far
Some of these deals are available now, others will come online between now and Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) or Black Friday itself (Nov. 24). Some are available at nearly all major big box stores and online retailers, others are exclusives. And then we have the "doorbusters" -- those items that will go on sale in limited quantities starting on Black Friday or the day before.
Notion's newest sensor works with Nest
inside the Notion app, a Nest thermostat page displays the current Nest temperature reading with a sliding bar to make adjustments. It also displays the home's average temperature based on Notion sensors set to monitor temperature.
The Argentine Navy Is Missing an Attack Submarine With 44 Crew on Board
Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters that “Detection has been difficult despite the quantity of boats and aircraft involved in the search,” the BBC wrote. He added that they expect to find it on the surface, due to naval protocols requiring submarines to rise if they experience a technical failure cutting communications.
The Best Wireless Headphones of 2017
Wire-free earphones are generally gym-friendly, with most models sporting some form of water resistance. They also usually come with their own battery-equipped carrying case for keeping them topped off when not in use, and the simple advantage of not dealing with a wire is its own significant benefit. The trade-off is that most wire-free earphones have inferior battery life compared with tethered models, forcing you to pop them in their charging case fairly often. Their small size also means on-earphone controls are generally limited, and their price is usually significantly more than similar tethered wireless earphones. Our reviews go into greater detail about these benefits and limitations, and highlight how certain models are starting to overcome these growing pains.
How to Reset and Retrain Face ID on iPhone X
Face ID system is set up so that it can retrain itself when it fails. Next time Face ID doesn’t recognize your face the first time, just enter your passcode. This is confirmation for Face ID that it’s indeed you. And that this time, you look a bit different, or you’re in different surroundings that Face ID is not used to. Ideally, when you enter the Passcode, Face ID takes the data from the failed attempt and integrates it into your Face model data.
HomePod delay clouds Apple’s smart speaker future
Missing the critical holiday season is a blow to Apple. The company loses the opportunity to sell the HomePod to shoppers in a more buying mood and help it break into the young smart speaker market. The delay comes as both Amazon and Google roll out aggressive discounts during Black Friday and beyond for their respective family of smart speakers, potentially cutting down on prospective HomePod customers.
7 Biggest iPhone X Annoyances and How to Fix Them
iPhone X is the early adopter’s phone. You’re paying the price (literally and figuratively) to get the future’s phone, today. There are a lot of new ideas here. Some of them are intuitive and work reliably every time. But many don’t. The gesture-based interface can be unreliable sometimes. Face ID is magical but in some conditions, it loses a bit of the magic.
Your Apple Watch 3 alternative
Smartwatches are coming along, but they've yet to deliver on their promise and become a truly essential piece of technology. In a similar way, a smartwatch you can slot a SIM card in sounds like a tangible step into the future. For me, however, it ended up not making a huge difference. I almost always have my phone on me, so I don't actually need a cellular watch.
How to Dress Up Store-Bought Dinner Rolls
Thanksgiving and other holidays are a beautiful excuse to spend hours in the kitchen making a huge meal from scratch. But if you want to carve out a little time for yourself—to sleep in, watch the dog show, or just not cook for a few blessed moments of the day—dinner rolls are the perfect corner to cut.
'The Incredibles 2' trailer focuses on Jack-Jack, the most perfectly adorable laser-spewing baby
Disney Pixar's first-ever look at The Incredibles 2 reveals that the youngest member of the superhuman family has some new powers: Jack-Jack Parr can now shoot lasers out of his eyes. That's in addition to the shapeshifting, fire-making, and phasing powers he tapped into in the first movie.
Brazil advances in ICT adoption | ZDNet
The country improves in the skills front and in broadband provision - but sees decline in use and access to tools, says report.
The best iPad, laptop, desktop Black Friday deals from Sam's Club, BJ's Warehouse | ZDNet
While Sam's Club is owned by discount retail giant Walmart, it's the lesser-known rival that has the most budget-friendly sales, including a $129.99 Acer Chromebook with Intel Celeron N2840 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and 11.6-inch screen, available with that $45 price cut starting Friday, November 17 on the BJs.com website. There's also a 7 a.m. Black Friday doorbuster on a Lenovo N23 2-in-1 Windows laptop (Celeron N3060 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 11.6-inch screen) for just $199.99 after a $100 discount.
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It’s also more than just a 10th-anniversary face over for the trailblazing device. It’s a top-to-bottom overhaul with a bigger screen, faster processors, and sensors, improved security…the works. But at $1,000 a pop and with many pre-orders still backlogged, most of us won’t be getting our hands on one anytime soon.
I went to buy an iPhone X. AT&T told me Galaxy Note 8 is better
Commentary: An AT&T salesman tells me it's quite obvious why Samsung's large phone is better than Apple's future of the smartphone.
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Video: How to get started with blockchain tech
CEO of Riot Blockchain John O'Rourke explains the best steps for getting started with the blockchain, one of the hottest trends in business technology.
Dirty oven? Here's how to clean it without harsh chemicals
The inside of your oven is probably a lot dirtier than you'd like to admit. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your oven. The following method works well if your oven doesn't have a self-clean cycle or you just don't want to use harsh cleaning products.
How strong are iPhone X sales? | ZDNet
The fact that we've not had an Apple PR blitz telling us how awesome fast they are flying off the shelves suggest that the data may not be as good as Apple hoped it would be, and that the company is going wait until end of the quarter earnings to announce sales (by then it's likely that any supply shortages will have mostly worked themselves out).
The inner workings of surreal sculptures at the Exploratorium
On the move, thanks to cranks and gears: the mythical "Dieselpunk Pegasus" by Keith Newstead. "Automata," the artist says, "is really about exploring and inventing mechanisms that re-create some movement you might find in life."
How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with one part vinegar and one part water. Spray down the oven and wipe away leftover baking soda paste with paper towels or another cleaning cloth. You can use a handheld vacuum or attachment to remove any remaining clumps of baking soda.
Best Black Friday deals for cord-cutters: Roku, Fire TV and more
The new Roku Streaming Stick Plus scored a CNET Editors' Choice for its winning combination of great 4K and HDR video, offering nearly every video streaming app under the sun and adding a new remote that controls your TV's power and volume -- in addition to offering voice search, too. And you can get it on Black Friday weekend at Walmart for $48, and at other select retailers for $50. That's about $20 off its normal price.
Canadian grocery chain orders 25 Tesla electric Semi trucks
Tesla’s Semi is off to a promising start, despite there being no official pricing information available yet: In addition to a Walmart pilot, Canadian grocery giant Loblaw is purchasing 25 of the heavy duty all-electric transport trucks (via Canadian Press ), with a $5,000 deposit for each upfront even though pricing is TBD for the vehicle, which is supposed to start shipping in 2019.
Get 2018 health coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace
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Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch)
Microsoft adds gamer-ready graphics and new CPUs to the bigger, better Surface Book 2.
Secretlab's new Omega 2018 is a rocking good chair
The padded foam bottoms don't sink in, giving your butt ample support. Like most gaming chairs, the Omega can do a very steep recline, but it's well balanced enough you don't ever feel like you're toppling over. It takes some time to get over your fear though, but lying down in the office to take a power nap has never been easier. There's also a lock to keep it from springing back, in case you're too light to keep the chair titled backwards (as some of my female colleagues discovered).
Video: The social mechanics of bots and fake news
Rami Essaid of Distil Networks explains how social media bots and fake news work, and why business is the next big target.
Whimsical mechanical creatures spring to life, tell stories
For " Curious Contraptions ," a new exhibit at San Francisco's Exploratorium, artists from around the world meld fairy tale-like storytelling and engineering to bring a range of objects to life in absurdist and sometimes amusing sculptures known as automata.
How much autonomy is too much for AI?
Unfortunately, though, it looks like most companies are moving in the opposite direction. We could, of course, reverse the direction in which AI is going and remove all autonomy and reduce AI to a support role. But that’s not going to happen as long as commercial interests drive us toward full AI autonomy. Why should a Fortune 50 company not want to assume customer decision-making power, and let AI make all the buying decisions?
How to shop on Amazon without ruining the holidays
As the calendar turns to December, my kids maintain they still believe in Santa -- but only, I suspect, in an effort to keep the gravy train rolling. They are certainly more dubious in the summer months of the magical fat man and his challenging delivery schedule, flying reindeer or no. Would an admission of disbelief, however, result in no presents under the tree on Christmas morning? They aren't ready to risk it.
'Notch Remover' App for the iPhone X Makes its Way to the App Store
While a lot has been said about the annoying notch on the iPhone X , Apple has been relatively quiet on the matter, preferring to stick to the design narrative. However, it seems like the company is mindful of the criticism that this particular feature is getting by allowing an app called “Notch Remover” on the App Store.
Bug bounty hunter reveals DJI SSL, firmware keys have been public for years | ZDNet
Opinion: The researcher has discarded $30,000 to ensure there is full public disclosure of the drone maker's poor security and revealing how not every bug bounty hunt ends well.
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Video: What is multi-stage malware?
It's not a new trick, but it's new to mobile devices. Here's why multi-stage malware is so dangerous to Android smartphones.
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ID card security: Spain is facing chaos over chip crypto flaws | ZDNet
With the security of its 60 million national ID smartcards in question, Spain faces some tough choices.
Video: How software engineers powered NASA's space race
Learn about the computer programmers who played an integral role in NASA's Apollo missions to put men on the moon.
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The Best Gaming Monitors of 2017
A monitor's refresh rate refers to the time (per second) it takes to redraw the entire screen and is measured in hertz (Hz). Most LCD monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second, but fast-moving images may appear blurry at this refresh rate, or the panel may suffer from screen tearing, an artifact that occurs when the monitor displays pieces of two or more screen draws at the same time. Look for a display with a 120Hz or higher refresh rate, which not only helps reduce image blur and eliminate tearing, but is a requirement for active 3D technology.
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How and why (or not) to brine a turkey
Lopez-Alt states plainly, "I don't brine my turkey. Ever." He points to two problems with brining. First, it's a hassle because you need a giant container to house your bird, and you need to keep it cold, which either means deploying ice bags or taking up valuable real estate inside your fridge. Second, he says the added juiciness comes at the expense of flavor: "It's juicy, but the juice is watery" because you forced the bird to absorb water. In summary, Lopez-Alt says, "I don't brine my birds because I like my birds to taste like birds, not like watered-down birds."
Roomi hits 1 million users and raises $11 million to grow its shared housing marketplace
Roomi officially launched in 2015, and it managed to garner 100,000 downloads in its first year. As of today, the startup claims one million registered users and around 250,000 listed apartments on its platform. Certainly, with property becoming more expensive to buy in major cities such as New York and San Francisco, and people seeking flexibility as they move from job to job, shared housing is the most practical and affordable means of living for many people. Elsewhere, California-based HubHaus, a platform designed to help working professionals find shared housing, recently raised $1.4 million.
Guy in Charge of All the Nukes: Relax, I'm Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”
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Update your router firmware to fix internet connection woes
Note that the update process needs to run without interruption. If you unplug/turn off the router during this time, that can render the device unusable. Networking vendors generally have clear instruction on how to flash a particular router. It's recommended that you follow them. Also, flashing the firmware might reset the router's settings to default, so you might want to save the settings to a file prior to the upgrade in case this happens.
Amazon's 'Death Star' will be fueled by fat enterprise margins for years, and no one is safe
Liberty Media's John Malone said that Amazon is in 'striking range of every industry on the planet.' And their enterprise software margins are a big reason for that.
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The Best Tablets of 2017
Android has made great strides in app selection, courting more developers and offering more high-quality tablet apps, but it's still not as many as Apple offers. It's tough to say exactly how many tablet-optimized Android apps are available, but it's likely in the thousands, rather than the hundreds of thousands. There are also Android phone apps, which look decent on a 7-inch tablet, but less so on a 9- or 10-inch one, so you're likely to have more problems getting high-quality apps for larger Android tablets. That said, check out the 100 Best Android apps for our top picks.
This Startup Is Luring Top Talent With $3 Million Pay Packages
One of the beneficiaries is Cao Huan, a 24 year-old from China's southwestern Guizhou province. A year ago, his parents were forcing him to help fellow villagers build houses; now he makes three- to five-minute videos with his younger brothers about rural life and says he makes as much as 40,000 yuan a month, mostly from Toutiao. ``I definitely see this business going somewhere,’’ says Cao.
GitHub to devs: Now you'll get security alerts on flaws in popular software libraries | ZDNet
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