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Top touch function permanently removed after discovery of a flaw that allowed the smart speaker to activate on its own.

In a Hulk-sized goof, Mark Ruffalo apparently stuffed his phone in his pocket, and went into a screening with Instagram merrily streaming away.

Scrap board site was on the receiving end of posts shared from Facebook and Twitter.

The jacket is made out of the same material as the company's pizza-delivery bags, which is kinda weird any way you slice it.

The Justice Department is said to be examining everything from how the ride-hailing company prices certain rides to the legality of some of its software tools.

The company disclosed it added a net 300,000 new customers to the online streaming service, although its total US video subscribers declined.

Scientists discover Pluto's dwarf planet buddy Haumea has something in common with the gas giants in our solar system.

The chipmaker is reportedly fined $773 million in Taiwan, which joins China, South Korea, Europe and the US in going after Qualcomm over antitrust issues.

British actress who plays Rey is Vogue magazine's November cover girl, and answers some questions along the way.

Can't make it ugly-stick-proof, though.

iOS users can now download the company's Google Opinion Rewards app. Make a dollar a survey by doling out your worldview to curious companies.

We talk all about Facebook's Oculus Connect event with special guest Scott Stein.

Apple is reportedly in talks with LG Display to make a foldable OLED screen for a future iPhone.

Commentary: A PSA to mark National Bullying Prevention Month shows what it would be like if things said online were said offline.

The elusive, automatically-generated Google Photos slideshow finally appears to remind me how cute my two cats are.

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This month'-™s massive bundle of Patch Tuesday patches almost certainly contains more than a few surprises, and they'-™re only starting to surface. Here'-™s a rundown of what I'-™ve seen in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

There are lots of reports of delayed, failed and rolled back installations of KB 4041676, the Win10 Creators Update (version 1703) monthly cumulative update, which brings 1703 up to build 15063.674. A quick glance at the KB article confirms that there are dozens and dozens of fixes in this cumulative update '-” a remarkable state of affairs, considering the Fall Creators Update, version 1709, is due on Oct. 17.

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Windows 10 has been out for more than two years and, while it hasn'-™t caught on like wildfire, it'-™s certainly left lots of head scratching. As we barrel down the two-versions-per-year slalom slide, you'-™re going to need a cool head '-" and some cooler facts '-" to keep it going.

From the U.S. to India, the U.K. and Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been touring the planet to share his thoughts around augmented reality (AR) and and Apple's AR platform, ARKit. Here are some of his thoughts:

How important is augmented reality technology?

"I think AR is big and profound," Cook said in August. He says the technology will prove to be as important as the App Store and will make the smartphone even more essential to people.

'-'Think back to 2008 when the App Store went live,'-" he told The Independent. '-'There was the initial round of apps, and people looked at them and said, '-˜This is not anything; mobile apps are not going to take off.'-™'-"

IT pilot fish is on a vacation deer-hunting trip out in the wilds of the Pennsylvania woods when he hears a telltale sound: his mobile phone ringing.

"I was in a really weak cell zone, but the call from my boss did come through," fish says. "I answered even though this was officially a vacation day -- hey, I'm a team player.

"It seems there was a major production problem. We discussed some of the facts and symptoms, but it was obviously not something that I could diagnose remotely."

Then come the words fish is really dreading: "When can you get here?"

Fish stalls for a moment as he thinks about the situation. Then he points out to his boss that it will take at least an hour to hike back to his car -- five miles over hilly terrain.

Microsoft will release the next major update for Windows 10 on October 17, six months after the last one, the Creators Update. The company has been offering sneak peeks at the upcoming release, named the Fall Creators Update, through its Windows Insider program. We'-™ve been keeping track of the Insider preview builds for the fall release as they'-™ve rolled out.

The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Creators Update isn'-™t the end of a process '-” it'-™s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we'-™ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update since the Creators Update, with the most recent on top. For each build, we'-™ve included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft'-™s announcement about it.

It's going to be a banner patching month." I count 151 separate security patches" and 48 Knowledge Base articles," as well as the odd Security Advisory.

Windows update bugs

The Windows patch Release Notes point to four known bugs:

The cumulative update for Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703" '-” which sports dozens of fixes '-” has a couple of problems: Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated, and it may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications.

Apple users have unwittingly discovered a new feature after installing iOS 11 on their mobile devices: when you toggle your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quick settings to "off" those services remain on for Apple services.

For example, Location Services is still enabled, and Handoff and Instant Hotspot stay on, even when iPhones and iPads are put in "Airplane Mode."

The change in iOS 11 has come under criticism because it could expose users to security risks.

Because iOS 10 allowed users to perform a quick swipe in the Control Center to toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fully off, users reasonably believe they had the same capability in iOS 11.

Microsoft today will deliver the final security update for Windows 10's first feature upgrade, the version released in November 2015.

Windows 10 1511 -- Microsoft labels its feature upgrades in a yymm format -- will receive its last security patches, then fall off Microsoft's support list. The company had announced 1511's retirement several times in the past, notably in a support lifecycle fact sheet on Microsoft's website.

Today is also October's "Patch Tuesday," the month's release of security updates for Microsoft's products. The company has tied the end of support for Windows 10's feature upgrades to Patch Tuesdays. The next in line after 1511, last year's 1607 -- aka "Anniversary Update" -- has been tentatively scheduled to drop out of support in March 2018. If true, Microsoft will undoubtedly call it quits on March 13, 2018, another Patch Tuesday.

Riddle me this, dear reader: If you've got a device that looks like a tablet, acts like a tablet, and runs Android apps, what do you call it?

Odds are, your gut answer is "an Android tablet" '-” right? (Either that, or "a parsnip." But seriously, if that's what you thought, seek immediate counseling.)

What I'm actually describing, as you may guessed, is a convertible Chromebook. But for all practical purposes at this point, it essentially is an Android tablet. And all signs suggest it '-” not the traditional Android-based slate '-” is the future of the large-screened "Android" experience. There's an argument to be made, in fact, that you should never buy a traditional Android tablet again. And crazy as it may sound, that seems to be precisely what Google wants.

This easy to install wall outlet features two high speed USB charging ports for smartphones, tablets and other USB devices, and a child-safe tamper-resistant power receptacle. Currently discounted 55% off its list price to just $15.29. See this deal on Amazon. Bundles of 2, 5 and 10 outlets are also discounted as well.

I'-™m still processing the overwhelming number of new features announced at Ignite 2017. Microsoft produced a really amazing event. It was extraordinarily well orchestrated, with key '-'moments'-" highlighting each day of the conference.

The flow of the event went from the general to the specific '-”" with big picture '-'roll up'-" announcements early in the week and deeper dives as the week progressed. The experience capped off with an epic private party at the Universal Orlando theme park.

The announcements and new features in SharePoint were impressive as well '-”" especially what will soon arrive to Office 365 lists and libraries. These announcements had this information architect happy dancing in her seat '-”" and I'-™d like to share a few of the key new and upcoming magical capabilities that I think will have a big impact on SharePoint adoption and business outcomes. (For more

Driven in part by Apple'-™s iPhone-inspired mobile revolution, audiences are changing dramatically, and enterprise and marketing execs must think ahead to where the media puck is flying.

iPhone natives are everywhere

You don'-™t have to dig too deep to see how traditional media models have changed. Take a subway journey, and you'-™ll be surrounded by people staring at their iPhones.

When we get home, we are already more likely to watch a streaming channel than to endure the pap provided by broadcast TV. At work, we'-™re as likely to be involved in virtual meetings as we are to be engaged in them face to face.

The inference for most is that Apple'-™s adventures in enterprise technology, augmented reality (AR) and television will inevitably align, and both consumers and enterprise pros need to think hard about what that future holds.

Nvidia is inviting 3D designers aboard its Holodeck, a high-resolution collaborative environment that businesses can use to design, develop and demonstrate their products in virtual reality.

But while Nvidia's move shows its commitment to helping creators of photorealistic VR environments, Nokia is pulling out of a related business, the development of a 360-degree camera that captured immersive video for use in VR.

Nvidia's Holodeck is somewhere between a conferencing suite and a 3D design tool. The company is pushing it as a something enterprises can use to visualize anything from engineering prototypes to finished products or buildings, allowing staff to collaborate remotely in a shared environment.

If you'-™re running Windows, do yourself a favor and put Automatic Update on a temporary hold. Then wait and see if anything comes bursting apart at the seams.

Last month, there was good reason to install specific patches shortly after they were released" '-” at least if you couldn'-™t train yourself to avoid the '-'Enable Editing'-" button in Word. But by and large, if you could avoid that button, there were myriad reasons why waiting a bit before installing the September patches paid off.

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BYTE is starting a new series, to bring back the issues you loved in print from 1975 to 1998. Initially we have the first two issues and four others from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Security experts urge companies to implement two-factor authentication, VPNs, and graduated permission levels to better protect customer data from hackers.

Microsoft admits that it doesn't encrypt all server-to-server communications, opening the way for the NSA and others to access the data flow.

Affordable Care Act site has faced a relatively low volume of attacks, compared with other federal websites.

Google's Gmail app for iPad and iPhone gets new features and iOS 7's design language.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announces PostgreSQL database service, new instance types, use of solid state disk to speed I/Os.

As software eclipses hardware, it's dawning on enterprises that they need API programs. Here's where to begin.

Authors Guild's claim of copyright infringement gets shot down in a surprise ruling.

The goal is allow home monitoring devices and mobile health apps communicate more easily healthcare providers.

Google's personal assistant software gets upgraded to better manage owners' lives and understand natural language requests.

Android smartphones owners can now pay for goods and services by tapping their device to Isis terminals at 1.3 million locations nationwide.

LinkedIn pushes customized content with the integration of news curation app Pulse for desktop and mobile versions.

Hacker grabbed 860,000 passwords for fun, but promises not to leak or use them to harm people.

VMware wants to move into cloud computing? Guess what, Amazon's moving into desktop virtualization.

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You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won'-™t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider:" http://www.businessinsider. ...

Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)." As the new name suggests, it'-™s just a refinement of last year'-™s Mac OS Sierra. In fact," you" could sum up what's new in an article about as short as" this one.

Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?

Facebook has a "realistic opportunity" to enter China in 2018, Mizuho analyst James Lee wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. Lee came to the conclusion after meeting "various industry contacts" in China during a recent trip. Facebook's recent appointment of an executive to manage relations with China will help the company "understand the regulatory requirement and negotiate Facebook's operating structure in China," said Lee in the note, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider.

Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.

Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.

Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.

Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.

Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.

There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.

More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.

Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.

Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you'-™re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here'-™s what the next few months have in store. '-'Destiny 2'-"

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