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iMac Pro puts the soul of a Mac Pro in an iMac body

The iMac Pro is everything we thought it would be -- good and bad. I admit it: I didn't think it could be done.

Microsoft Gives Productivity Tools More AI Chops

Microsoft Gives Productivity Tools More AI Chops Microsoft on Wednesday announced new artificial intelligence features and functionality for several of its flagship products and services, including Office 365, Cortana and Bing, at an event in San Francisco. Harry Shum, EVP of Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research, demonstrated some of the new capabilities

Instagram gets more #interesting

The glass facade of the SuperMoon Bakery (#newforkcity, #eatingnyc) has a pleasing symmetry to it. Two black rectangles sit on either side of a square, a neon smiley face suspended upside down in the center. Inside, a few small cylinders of pink marble serve as tables, but seating for customers is limited. Most of the shop is dedicated to a massive counter, along which the day’s selection of colorful, decorative pastries are carefully spaced (#foodgasm, #dessertporn). Behind the counter are rows of tightly packed boxes, stacked to shoulder height, and coated in a reflective silver that produces a rainbow sheen (#iridescent, #myunicornlife).

The croissants and donuts on offer are quite tasty, but for many customers, that isn’t the main attraction. For the steady stream of tourists and bloggers who stopped in while I was there, the shop is first and foremost a visual treat, offering itself up as a backdrop for user’s to craft a winning Instagram post. The content of your photo is impor…

Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC

Qualcomm on Wednesday announced the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, a System on a Chip built for immersive multimedia experiences including extended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence and high-speed connectivity.

The SoC will power next-generation Android flagship smartphones and Windows 10 notebooks based on ARM architecture.

What can Apple learn from its terrible week of bugs?

What can you say about Apple’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week last week? A macOS security flaw and an iOS bug led to emergency security fixes, rapid OS releases, and the general sense that Apple’s software is having some serious safety and reliability problems.

Five hidden features of Android 8.0 Oreo you should be using

Google is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to Nexus and Pixel devices as device makers scramble to get their phones updated. Google's devices will be the only ones running the new software, at least for a while. What's this Oreo update all about, anyway? Everyone knows about the big stuff, like picture-in-picture and autofill apps, but a lot more is going on if you dig deeper. Here are six awesome hidden Oreo features to get you started.

HDMI 2.1 specs and features: Everything you need to know

HDMI 2.1 is here, delivering breathtaking bandwidth and enabling a raft of mouthwatering new capabilities. The new standard won't impact the average user today or even in the near future, but new hardware coming to market within the next year and into the next decade will deliver better experiences with movies, games, virtual reality, and more.

Microsoft Edge browser now available for all Android and iOS users

Testers had to sign-up to get special access to the new browser, but Microsoft is making both the Android and iOS versions generally available today. Microsoft Edge for mobile is mainly useful if you tend to resume a lot of browsing from a phone to a Windows 10 PC.

Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

Why'd You Push That Button? is back. We took a break last week to feast on Thanksgiving side dishes, and now we've returned to break down why we snack on our own Instagram content. More specifically, we want to know why people rewatch their own Instagram stories and obsessively check who's viewed them.

How to buy the perfect PC case

No matter whether you treat your computer as the centerpiece of your home office or just stuff it under your desk, buying the right PC case matters.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Which one should you buy?

For the first time, Apple has not just two sizes of its newest iPhone, but two distinctly different iPhones. There’s the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which keep the same form-factor we know and love, Retina display, Home button, and all. And then there’s the new hotness, the bleeding-edge iPhone X, with an OLED display and a TrueDepth camera that unlocks the phone when you look at it.
You’ll notice that Apple didn’t call the iPhone X the “iPhone Pro,” to match the naming scheme of the iPad and MacBook lines. That may be because inside, the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus are really pretty similar. They do have some key differences, however. So, which one should you buy? Without further adieu, here’s a complete comparison between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus.

iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Size
The iPhone 8 Plus is the bigger phone physically, even though the iPhone X’s display is actually larger when measured diagonally.

The iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, but it’s surround…

When your phone gets snatched: A survival guide

Let's start with a confession: I'm one of those idiots you heard about on the news last year.

Cast your mind back to July 2016. It was the summer of Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game that had us scouring the streets for Hypnos, Jigglypuffs and Seels. It was also a summer plagued with Pokemon-related calamity. Distracted Pokemon hunters crashed into police cars, wandered onto military bases and fell off cliffs. One man even claimed to have been stabbed while playing the game.


Thankfully, in my case the only thing hurt was my bank balance. Well, that and my pride. I was loitering around CNET's London office, trying to capture a gym, when a gloved hand entered my peripheral vision. I only half noticed as it closed around my phone, a leather-clad thumb unhelpfully blocking my view of the Hypno I was trying to defeat. I flexed my fingers, but something felt wrong. It only dawned on me that my hand was empty when I looked up in time to see two people on a moped zoom away w…

You will soon be able to listen to Amazon Music through your Samsung Smart TV

Recently, Samsung has been rolling out new features to its lineup of Smart TVs, such support for YouTube TV. Yesterday, the company announced (via Engadget) that owners can soon listen to Amazon Music through their Smart TVs, the first third-party device to connect to the service.
The company says that users will be able to browse their libraries, playlists and access recommendations and stations through the system. The service will also be accessible through other Samsung audio products, such as soundbars and wireless speakers.

While users can listen to streaming services such as Spotify through Samsung’s SmartTVs, this might be appealing alternative to Prime users who own a Samsung TV, but who don’t have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in their home. The company didn’t say exactly when users will be able to begin listening, saying only that it will be “available starting this month.” The functionality is limited to models from 2015 and newer.

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macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra: Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest Mac operating system
The next version of Apple’s operating system for the Mac is called macOS High Sierra. While the OS is mostly about software refinements, it also lays the foundation for future innovations in the worlds of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).

Net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same

The FCC is about to pull the rug out from under Obama-era rules on net neutrality. That could be just the start of a whole new internet experience for you.

Frankensteins in history. It's alive!

Amazon Key takes deliveries to new level: Inside your home

The new in-home service will roll out to 37 US metro areas next month and eventually allow you to let in a dog walker or house cleaner.

Amazon wants to get even closer to its customers.

Losing my phone and myself to the Great Barrier Reef

I could tell something was wrong 90 seconds after jumping into the Coral Sea.

Harman Kardon's Cortana-Powered Smart Speaker Underwhelms

Early reviews of the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana -- the smart speaker that features Microsoft's personal assistant -- have been lukewarm at best.

How to recover lost memory space on your computer

Storage space is vital for many users -- especially if it's on a smartphone or PC. Installing

The Art of Photography

Most powerful micro-scale solar cell yet developed

WASHINGTON:
Scientists have developed a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates more power than any existing cell of its kind.

A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self- sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and remote regions, said Professor Seokheun Choi, from Binghamton University in the US.

Miniaturised biological solar cells (micro-BSCs) can be the most suitable power source for those applications because the technique resembles the earth's natural ecosystem.

"Micro-BSCs can continuously generate electricity from microbial photosynthetic and respiratory activities over day- night cycles, offering a clean and renewable power source with self-sustaining potential," said Choi.

"However, the promise of this technology has not been translated into practical applications because of its relatively low power and current short lifetimes," he said.


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Ukraine says cyber attack may happen in next few days

Ukraine's state security service SBU and the state-run Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) said the attack could take place Oct 13 to17 when Ukraine celebrates Defender of Ukraine Day. —

iTunes Retro Version

Apple Releases Retro Version of iTunes

iPhone 8 Plus camera test

iPhone 8 Plus camera test  Is it worth the upgrade from iPhone 7 Plus

Will backers of failed startup Skully finally get their US$1,500 smart helmets?

Smart helmet startup Skully is attempting a comeback, promising to finally ship products to the thousands of customers burned by the company's spectacular failure last year.

Google plans to upgrade two-factor authentication tool after high-profile hacks

Google plans on upgrading its two-factor authentication tool with an improved, physical security measure aimed at protecting high-profile users from politically motivated cyberattacks, according to a

iPhone X: Absolutely everything you need to know

iPhone X: Absolutely everything you need to know

In the few brief moments we spent with the new iPhone X, we got a sense of its truly game-changing potential. Since then, we've taken a close look at the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and found them to be incremental, high-quality updates to last year's models. They're safe and sensible phones that, for now, remain overshadowed by the potential of the forthcoming iPhone X. Our initial assessment: unless you need a new iPhone before the end of 2017, we think it's worth holding out to see how the iPhone X performs. (Not everyone agrees.)

Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4K review

iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown shows that you really don’t want to crack that glass back

iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown shows that you really don’t want to crack that glass back The iPhone 8 has finally arrived, and iFixit got a jump on its teardown of the updated device by traveling to Sydney, Australia to pick it up a bit early. Its examination of the phone shows that while it’s similar in some respect to the iPhone 7, you really want to make sure that you don’t break that glass back.

Google’s new Doodle

Google’s new Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee

Ford Motor Puts Design Strategy Under the HoloLens

Ford Motor Company on Thursday unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization software.

Unlike with the clay models, which can weigh 5,000 or more pounds, designers with HoloLens can make instant changes to side mirrors, grilles, interiors and other vehicle elements. And they can do so without even getting their hands dirty.

Ford has been working with Microsoft's HoloLens technology at its Dearborn, Michigan, studios for the past year. The mixed reality tech has allowed designers to consider proposed virtual design elements as if the additions were part of a physical vehicle. It has allowed engineers to see different shapes, sizes and even textures on vehicles. These displays can be render…

CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know

CCleaner hacked with malware: What you need to know It seems that CCleaner, one of PCWorld’s recommendations for the best free software for new PCs, might not have been keeping your PC so clean after all. In an in-depth probe of the popular optimization and scrubbing software, Cisco Talos has discovered a malicious bit of code injected by hackers that could have affected more than 2 million users who downloaded the most recent update.

iOS 11's Control Center

iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Apple’s new Control Center in iOS 11 is a lot more fully featured, with a customizable layout and a number of new added controls accessible with Force Touch. One aspect of it that may have, at least at first, appeared like a big plus is now proving to be a bit of a security and usability problem: the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi controls.

Nvidia shares hits record

Nvidia shares hits record high as AI takes centrestage Shares of Nvidia Corp touched a record high for the second straight day on Monday following yet another steep increase in the chipmaker's price target by a Wall Street analyst.