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Robot builds an Ikea chair. Everyone goes nuts. | ZDNet

The two-arm robot performed the 50 step assembly in about 20 minutes, making a mockery of the average dorm-dweller

Apple has open-sourced its FoundationDB database technology | Cult of Mac

Apple has open sourced FoundationDB, the NoSQL database company that it bought back in 2015. This is done with a view to building an open community.

Dave Grohl invited a fan onstage and was blown away by the guy's performance

The Foo Fighters frontman said it was the best fan play-along they've ever had.

Robot vacuum caught getting frisky with bathroom scale

"Tryin' to hold back this feeling for so long...🎶"

Swedish DJ Avicii dead at 28

Grammy nominated Swedish DJ Avicii died Friday, his publicist confirmed to CNN.

This robot can build your Ikea furniture

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building Ikea furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to Ikeabot, the madmen can be replaced. Ikeabot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipu…

This boring robot world record tells us a lot about the future of commerce | ZDNet

A team of automation partners joined forces to set a niche record at the supply chain industry's biggest event in the Americas

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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DOJ said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion...

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into potential coordination by AT&T ( T.N ), Verizon ( VZ.N ) and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing six people with knowledge of the inquiry.

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Twitter bans ads from Russia's Kaspersky Lab

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc ( TWTR.N ) said on Friday that it has banned ads from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, saying the cyber-security company’s business model conflicts with advertising rules and citing U.S. government claims that Kaspersky has ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

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Apple Stores start going green for Earth Day | Cult of Mac

Apple Store logos have begun going green in celebration of Earth Day, the annual event intended to show support for environmental protection. While Earth Day doesn’t actually take place until this Sunday, this year — as in previous years — Apple has tweaked the logo on its stores two days early.

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SmugMug Acquires Flickr - ReadWrite

For 15 years SmugMug has focused on helping the photographer and supporting their craft, with a business model that doesn’t use advertising or user data. Through this acquisition, SmugMug will now extend this dedication to the largest photography community in the world – benefitting tens of millions more photographers and putting their work and inspiration first.

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Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

Yes, Android phones and Android messaging apps already have these capabilities. But due to the vast number of Android phones on the market and carrier bloatware, not every phone has these features available in its default texting app. And just because you could use stickers and GIFs in, say, Samsung's messaging app doesn't mean those features would carryover when you text a friend who has a Motorola phone.

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Medical marijuana: How IT can spark the budding cannabis industry | ZDNet

This fast-growing but difficult-to-navigate vertical needs IT providers. But how many will cater to a $20 billion industry that the feds consider illegal?

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Why human vulnerabilities are more dangerous to your business than software flaws

Some 50% of all clicks on malicious emails occurred within an hour of it showing up in the victim's inbox. And 30% happened within 10 minutes of receiving the email. Hackers, either working on their own, with a group, or with a state-sponsored entity, attempted to take advantage of human trust in most cases. Nearly 55% of social media attacks that impersonated customer-support accounts were aimed at financial institutions.

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Apple Offering Battery Replacement Program for 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Based on a report from 9to5Mac , Apple today launched a battery replacement program for the non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro. According to Apple, there is a small number of the specific MacBook Pro model that were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017 that are suffering from battery issues. For those with the model, they have a few options, as usual: They can visit an official Apple retail store, walk into an Authorized Service Provider, or they can mail in their MacBook Pro to get it serviced and mailed back.

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It's time to stop 'celebrating' 420

Today is April 20, affectionately known by many as 420. It's the unofficial day for celebrating all things weed. But it's 2018, and it's time to take a step back from the haze of smoke and realize that 420 has become a bad internet holiday — even worse than April Fools' Day.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist short film Dirty Computer is about to drop http://gizmo.do/PI6aUbf  pic.twitter.com/lE611QMykL

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Windows 10 jailbreak: Google's Project Zero reveals unpatched bug that bypasses app lockdown

However, security researchers have just revealed a new unpatched bug that allows attackers to circumvent Windows 10 S' Device Guard feature, which locks the OS to only running whitelisted software.

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Steven Spielberg donned a HTC Vive to make Ready Player One

Ready Player One is a book and now movie all about virtual reality (VR), so of course a VR headset had to figure into the making of the film.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

7 free online tools to rescue your photos without Photoshop http://gizmo.do/OvO7HRi  pic.twitter.com/UOKuojZ5nU

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Report: Apple Stuck With Samsung for iPhone OLED Supply

If that is indeed the case, then not only will Apple need to rely on Samsung once again this year, it will be placing bigger orders due to not one, but two new iPhones requiring OLED panels. It's unlikely Samsung will move much on price because it doesn't need to, which will have the knock-on effect of the new iPhone X probably costing as much as last year's model. It could even end up making the 2018 iPhones less profitable for Apple.

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Meet Daisy, Apple's new iPhone recycling robot

Daisy, Apple's new recycling robot, can disassemble nine versions of the iPhone. Its predecessor, Liam, was custom designed for the iPhone 6.

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How to build an Amazon Alexa skill without writing code

To get started with Alexa Skills Blueprints, head to the website and click on the tile for the skill that you want to build. Depending on which blueprint you select, you'll be taken to a separate webpage for that particular framework with additional information on it.

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Github's Learning Lab will teach you how to collaborate with code

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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.

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USA TODAY Tech on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

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The Verge on Twitter

Amazon has made Disney’s Star Wars and Marvel DVDs and Blu-rays Prime exclusives https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/20/17262920/amazon-star-wars-marvel-films-prime-exclusives-disney-dvd-blue-ray â€¦ pic.twitter.com/YPwKa0O7KP

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Tim Cook: Apple won’t merge Mac and iPad

Though the iPad has slowly been gaining features once reserved for laptops–and the fact that in its marketing Apple refers to the iPad as a “computer”–Cook insists Apple will never merge it and its MacBook line into one product, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . There has long been speculation that merging the two is Apple’s ultimate game plan, but that speculation is wrong according to Cook:

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Mister Miracle is secretly the DC Universe's casual fashion icon http://gizmo.do/0nFSChp  pic.twitter.com/HUP12HgpkD

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New species of ‘exploding ant’ discovered in Borneo http://gizmo.do/ZdovrHD  pic.twitter.com/jGDH2Iwh54

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Redesigned Apple A12 iPhone processor will be faster, more efficient | Cult of Mac

Official details of the processor for the 2018 iPhone are months away, but we can already be confident the Apple A12 will be at least 20 percent faster than the current chip, while using 40 percent less power.

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Apple Could Continue Supporting iPhone 5s with iOS 12

Discussions on the open source WebKit mailing list point to Apple working on iOS 12. While that’s not surprising, the company is testing a nightly build of WebKit on an iPhone 5s simulator. This points to Apple supporting iPhone 5s with iOS 12.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

WWII sub rumored to have taken top Nazis to South America found off Danish Coast http://gizmo.do/Bcwsrpk  pic.twitter.com/Mc59KUM7W6

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How to break the IT upgrade cycle

"Another reason why upgrading might be a mistake is due to the speed at which technology changes. Many crucial pieces of software are, literally, changing on a daily basis," Martino said. "Now think about how much risk your company may have if you invest millions into a changing technology. For instance, imagine dumping $5M into ERP software that plans to release a completely different version in the next 12 months. How comfortable would you be knowing you're about to invest $5 million into something that is only going to be able to provide returns for 12 months? To protect yourself from this you need to understand the software or hardware roadmap. Ask your vendor what the future looks like and understand the risk of committing to a technology that can be completely different in 12 months."

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The winners of the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 are revealed

The winners of the 2018 World Photography Awards, the largest photo competition in the world with over 320,000 entries from over 200 countries, have been revealed. 

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Can a loud noise really bring down a data center? http://gizmo.do/y2lr3td  pic.twitter.com/YZefPjLJUy

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Texas court strikes down revenge porn law for being 'overbroad' http://gizmo.do/Qgwq2Ev  pic.twitter.com/QDfGViIw7e

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Gizmodo on Twitter

If the recall has been ordered by the CDC, can't you take it back for a refund? Don't your consumer laws protect you in cases like this?

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I went full wireless charging with the iPhone X

Plus, the benefits of the wireless charging are lost when you travel: With a wire, you can easily charge your phone in a backpack or in the car (note that RAVPower does give you a handy little bag with a pocket that lets you squeeze the phone against the charger). When you go wireless, not so much: I placed my iPhone X on the wireless charger on the passenger seat of my car, but it flew away the first time I braked for a traffic light. Finally, don't forget you need a microUSB cable to charge the portable charger itself.

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Lifehacker on Twitter

Ahhh, what's a checkbook?? I haven't written a check in too many years. Occasionally, I will notice the person in the checkout line ahead of me writing one. I'm always taken back by this. Was at the post office a few days ago, and noticed a man purchasing MOs to mail bills...

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Universal FanCon announces "postponement" less than a week before its debut http://gizmo.do/L2Pr8dD  pic.twitter.com/L4HhELoSvK

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Slow Chips, Coupled with Fast Ones, Could Address Spectre Flaw

Nevertheless, the tech industry has been trying to patch the problem without impacting their products. But according to Kocher, the solutions available now are mere "Band-Aids" that can't stop all the theoretical attacks that could exploit Spectre. Even Intel's own upcoming chip redesign to address the vulnerability will only target one variant of the flaw, but not the other.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Weekend long reads: Facebook's new data policy http://gizmo.do/d8ybMWk  pic.twitter.com/PdFhqrrrIx

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Hiya Caller ID and Blocker keeps robocallers at bay [50 Essential iOS Apps #3] | Cult of Mac

Knowing when to answer a call from an unknown number is a game of chance. It might be a family emergency, or it might be a scammer trying to rip you off. Hiya Caller ID and Block is a simple iOS app that attempts to determine whether incoming phone calls are telemarketers, spam, or something worth picking up for.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Gravity and death aren't as absolute as they should be in this week's best new comics http://gizmo.do/hXhYDrx  pic.twitter.com/rLRjwZ3mxR

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GoodReader will make reading PDFs on your phone a lot less painful: http://lifehac.kr/aT724EK  pic.twitter.com/4hG95vz6XQ

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This home theater has a secret feature that hides something god-awful

"We're PC gamers," Joe says. "In our previous setup, we had a PC in the entertainment center that was big and had a lot of wires that added to the clutter. It's been moved to another room, and we now use the much more compact and sleeker Steam Link to connect to it (or any of three other PCs in the house) for gaming."

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A mysterious Chrome OS commit could hint at a Chromebook that dual boots Windows

Obviously, with a name like "vboot-windows," it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the feature is intended for Microsoft Windows, though little information about this is available. Most of the relevant code is hidden behind the private gerrit for Google employees, making it difficult to ascertain how this works and what it is intended for. According to a post at XDA-developers , it seems possible that this could be used for non-Windows OSes, such as Linux, or whatever Google Fuschia actually is . However, that functionality may already be covered by the recent addition of Crostini containers.

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Wearables, projectors offer displays for the post-screen world | ZDNet

While we like to have expansive views of content, monitors place major restrictions on how fluidly we can work. But a range of emerging options could bring us closer to seamless computing anywhere.

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DNS is about to get into a world of trouble with GDPR | ZDNet

Knowing there's a problem and doing something about it are two different things. For years, ICANN knew WHOIS wouldn't work with GPDR. And, despite weekly meetings over the last two years ICANN couldn't come up with an answer. So, ICANN asked the GDPR Article 29 working party, the group in charge of enforcing GDPR in this specific area, to give ICANN at least another year to comply with the law.

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Today in Apple history: Gizmodo tears down a lost iPhone 4 prototype | Cult of Mac

Gizmodo bought the device for $5,000 from a bar patron who found it after Powell’s historic screwup. The tech publication began posting a series of stories that fueled a massive controversy, not least because of Apple’s reaction to the revelations about its secret prototype.

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Rihanna just announced her very own line of lingerie

The queen of Barbados is slowly creeping in on every aspect of life and it's near impossible to find someone who is mad about it. First she released a revered makeup collection and a celebrated collaboration with Puma. Now, she has finally confirmed that she is releasing a lingerie line — and it's coming soon.

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Photos: Cold War ZX Spectrum clones spawned behind the Iron Curtain | ZDNet

Fitted inside telephone cases, or even toy organs, these Speccy replicas were less expensive but arguably more creative than the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

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Doom is not on Apple's audacious agenda | Cult of Mac

Ovide correctly points out a few things. Yes, smartphone sales are slowing down globally. New markets like China and India are still there for the taking, but they’re not going to be the magic fix-all some have been awaiting. Technology (and prices) have also reached a point where existing users aren’t upgrading every year. The low-hanging fruit has been plucked, and it’s going to be hard work to come up with compelling new features to sell new devices every single year.

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Exclusive: Flickr bought by SmugMug, which vows to revitalize the photo service https://usat.ly/2HjOAS6  pic.twitter.com/jJ0gdRo3rz

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Apple Inc., a pioneer in the eSIM technology that makes switching easier, was joined by other equipment makers in complaining to the government about the carriers’ practices, two other people with knowledge of the matter said. The department issued demands to the companies and the GSMA, a mobile industry standards group, for information on possible collusion, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter isn’t public.

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iPhone SE refresh could be lacking a hugely popular feature

Apple is expected to deliver a new iPhone SE next month, complete with refreshed internals that make it significantly snappier. But it may not be all good news for fans of Apple’s smallest smartphone.

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