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Future visions: The talks of TEDGlobalNYC

A night of TED Talks at The Town Hall theater in Manhattan covered topics ranging from climate change and fake news to the threat AI poses for democracy. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED The advance toward a more connected, united, compassionate world is in peril. Some voices are demanding a retreat, back to a world where insular nations battle for their own interests. But most of the big problems we face are collective in nature and global in scope. What…

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Oracle releases Java 9 – gHacks Tech News

Oracle has just released Java 9, the new version and latest update to the Java platform, featuring improvements across the board. The new release includes a long list of improvements and changes like modularization support, better performance, support for new standards and more. Oracle classifies Java 9 as a major release. The release notes highlight all major changes to the various Java components. The biggest change, according to Oracle, is the introduction of the Java Platform Module System. It “introduces…

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iOS 11’s Control Center may say Bluetooth, Wi-Fi are off, but that’s just not true

You can still turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11’s Control Center, but you just can’t turn them fully off from there. Image: Apple Apple has made changes in iOS 11 that push its devices towards Wi-Fi and Bluetooth being enabled by default, which may make users more vulnerable to attacks. Apple explains in a support document that for the “best experience” on your iPhone, you should always try to keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. So, in iOS 11,…

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Sphero BB-8 with Force Band review

UPDATED: Turns out, BB-8 wasn’t the only rolling droid up Sphero’s sleeve: The company recently unveiled BB-9E, a First Order variation of the lovable rolling droid that’s going to make its debut in Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. Sphero graciously allowed us to take the BB-9E for a test drive before the announcement was made – an experience our time with BB-8 prepared us for nicely. Here’s where you can read all about the Sphero BB-9E. If rolling…

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PCMag Staff | PCMag.com

Here’s who we are and what we do. We welcome your questions and feedback. September 19, 2017 1:23PM EST September 19, 2017 PCMAG.COMEDITOR IN CHIEF Dan Costa NEWS & FEATURESEXECUTIVE EDITOR Chloe AlbanesiusFEATURES EDITOR Eric GriffithSENIOR FEATURES WRITER Chandra SteeleSENIOR NEWS EDITOR Matthew HumphriesNEWS REPORTER Angela MoscaritoloSOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Pete Haas REVIEWSEXECUTIVE EDITOR Wendy Sheehan DonnellMANAGING EDITORS Sean Carroll (software, security), Alex Colon (consumer electronics, mobile), Jonathan Rougeot (hardware)LEAD ANALYSTS Michael Muchmore (software), Neil J. Rubenking (security), Joel Santo Domingo…

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Lifx Mini Wi-Fi Smart Bulb Release Date, Price and Specs

At $45 each, the new Lifx Mini Color is the brand’s least expensive color-changer to date. Lifx Hot on the heels of its announcement Thursday that Lifx current-gen bulbs now support Apple HomeKit, Lifx is preparing to take orders on its next generation of color-changing smart LEDs. It’s called Lifx Mini, and it comes in three varieties: a fully color-changing bulb for $45, a color-tunable, white light bulb for $30, and a fixed white light bulb at 2,700K for $25. As…

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Meet Fat Lama, the sharing economy company putting everything up for rent | Emerging tech & innovation

A few years ago, Rosie Dallas, Chaz Englander and Owen Turner-Major were running an office-sharing business, but one of their main frustrations was the items they were buying were generally being used only once or twice. People in the same building probably owned the same products, but the three were flummoxed as to how they could gain access to the nearby items, whether to rent or to borrow. They had a lightbulb moment: what if there was a platform that…

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How long it takes to move a workload to the cloud

I get this question all the time: How long will it take to move a certain number of applications to the cloud? Of course, they get the standard consultant answer: “It depends.”  But there are some rules of thumb that you can apply to get a general understanding how much work will be involved to make the migration. These rules of thumb deal with function and object points, complexity, data coupling, and use of cloud-native features. Many enterprises look to…

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Microsoft To Unveil New Surface Hardware On Oct. 31, Surface Phone Unlikely : TECH : Tech Times

Microsoft Station Q launches in Sydney as part of major quantum computing partnership Microsoft will unveil at least one new Surface product at its Future Decoded event in London, happening Oct. 31 to Nov. 1. However, it’s not going to be the Surface Phone.  ( Microsoft ) Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Surface chief, has been confirmed to give a keynote presentation at the end of October in London where he’s expected to unveil new additions to the Surface product line. Microsoft…

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Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

For Facebook, the move to work with the Congressional committees underscored how far the social network has strayed from being a mere technology company and how it has increasingly had to deal with the unintended consequences of the tools it provides to reach the more than 2 billion people who use the site regularly. The company became more proactive in deflecting criticism this week, with its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, describing on Wednesday the steps Facebook would take to…

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Kim Jong Un responds to Trump’s name calling / Boing Boing

“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” said glorious North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in response to US mentally deranged dotard Donald Trump’s recent threats and name calling. The world is less stable. Via The Hill: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday fired back at President Trump’s combative speech at the United Nations a day before, saying Trump will “pay dearly” for his threats. “The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S.…

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Dash cam reviews: What you need to catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

September 21, 2017: Updated with our review of the Rexing V1, which offers a low price and great day video but is pretty bare-bones. Read our full review.  Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago. But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions…

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ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming motherboard is rather groovy

by Zak Killian — 4:00 PM on September 21, 2017 When the X299 platform and its associated motherboards debuted, extreme overclockers like der8auer remarked that the new boards’ mostly-decorative VRM heatsinks were actually interfering with cooling the hot hardware underneath. A couple of weeks later, the aforementioned Deutschlander showed that you could  resolve that problem just by grinding a few grooves into the heatsinks. Asus has apparently taken that advice to heart, as the new ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming is…

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Apple Watch’s new heart rate features won’t work on the original Watch model

Apple’s new Apple Watch software, WatchOS 4, includes several updates to the health and fitness tracking features of the Watch, the most interesting of which are new heart rate monitoring features. With the new software, the Watch will show resting heart rate, walking heart rate, and recovery rate, and flag abnormal spikes even when wearers aren’t working out. But it turns out that not all Apple Watch users will experience those. As pointed out both in 9to5Mac’s WatchOS 4 writeup…

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Uber braced for crash as TfL delivers London licence ruling

Uber is bracing itself for regulators‎ to deliver a crucial ruling that could trigger the removal of tens of thousands of private-hire drivers from London’s streets. Sky News has learnt that Transport for London (TfL‎)‎ could announce as soon as Friday whether it is handing the world’s biggest ride-hailing app a new five-year operating licence. Sources close to the decision said there were ‎growing expectations that the capital’s transport body would curtail or reject altogether Uber’s application for a new…

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Extend the Automatic Deletion of Windows 10 Feature Update Backups – TechNet UK Blog

By Alex Popham, Modern Desktop Technical Solutions Professional at Microsoft As you will all be aware, Windows has moved to an “As-A-Service” model. Every six months (March & September) a new “feature” update will be pushed through the usual update channels. Each feature update release will be supported for 18 months, so organisations can plan effectively around these very predictable timescales. On top of that, those who are signed up to the Windows Insider program will get early access to…

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Wave cloud: Virgin Australia passengers spot unusual ‘Morning Glory’ type cloud from plane

ONE of the world’s most spectacular cloud formations has amazed hundreds of passengers on an Australian jet. Virgin Australia tweeted an image of almost perfectly straight, serried rows of white clouds laid out below a plane flying across the Great Australian Bight. “Flying above the clouds has never looked this good!” read the tweet. “These incredible cloud formations were seen on board VA714 from Perth to Adelaide. The mysterious white fluffy rows are examples of wave clouds, the most famous…

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CFL Football Frenzy is now available on the App Store

The Canadian Football League (CFL) has announced that it has launched a shoot-out type of arcade game for download on mobile and tablet devices, called CFL Football Frenzy. Canadian-based Relish Interactive developed CFL Football Frenzy for young football fans from the age of 8 to 14, though the game is for everyone. CFL Football Frenzy allows its players to create and customize their own avatar and has offence, defence and field goal modes. Moreover, within the ‘Season’ mode, players get to…

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