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Commentary: What might Musk be doing with these fake news types? Could it be a comedy series called "Flamethrowers"?

The search giant will also share search data with media companies, Bloomberg reports.

Toyota employees in Japan built a robot that can swish basketballs like the pros, but can I put it in my March Madness bracket?

CEO Susan Wojcicki says the new feature will be rolled out in the next few weeks.

President Trump's suggestion of a "Space Force" branch of the military turns Twitter into a sci-fi joke machine.

The first lady is planning to meet with Facebook, Twitter, Google and others next week as part of her push for internet safety and against cyberbullying.

Expect to see more hotels on Airbnb, as the company attempts to lure them away from online travel booking sites.

Researchers say they've found 13 flaws in AMD's Ryzen and EPYC chips, which could let attackers install malware on highly guarded parts of the processor.

Director Rian Johnson reveals a coordinated Twitter attack wanted to keep the character played by Domhnall Gleeson alive.

2018 iPhone models are rumored to include super-sized and lower-priced versions.

Samsung-owned smart home platform SmartThings has been down for over a day for many users.

A Silicon Valley startup reportedly launched four small satellites in January after the FCC denied its application over safety concerns.

The big-screen phone gets the cookie-flavored Android update starting Tuesday.

The car rental company plans on improving service and efficiency by having a fully connected fleet by 2020 with Toyota Connected's help.

The unusual move underscores the importance of 5G. But what does an independent Qualcomm mean for the future of the technology?

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Macs accounted for approximately one in every 10 personal computers used to reach the web over the last two months, according to recent data from an analytics vendor.

By the tally of California-based Net Applications, macOS - the operating system that runs natively only on Macs - powered 10% of the global PC user share in January and an almost-flat 9.9% in February. The latter's number was 3.7 percentage points higher than 12 months prior, when macOS accounted for just 6.2% of all personal computers.

(Much of the one-year jump in macOS user share was credited to a one-time adjustment by Net Applications in late 2017; the move added 2.8 percentage points, or about three-fourths of the total increase, to the operating system's total when the firm scrubbed its data of bogus traffic promulgated by criminals' "bots.")


ORLANDO, Fla. '-" The wide variety of collaboration and communications tools now available to businesses can help connect employees in different locations, but can also result in fragmented and siloed conversations.

With that in mind, a new breed of team collaboration chat apps has emerged in recent years that, in many cases, incorporate video and voice call functionality alongside text-based messaging. That means enterprise organizations can begin toconsolidate some of their existing communication tools into a single platform deployed across the business, according to a panel of CIOs at the Enterprise Connect conference here in Orlando.


The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Fall 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 being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 '-” version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the Fall Creators Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we'-™ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft'-™s announcement about it.


Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office '-” currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they'-™re available. We'-™re doing for you, so you don'-™t have to.

Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 '-” all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'-™ll add info about new updates as they'-™re rolled out.


Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the" Windows 10 Fall Creators Update" was rolled out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 4. As it did with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to" members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 4, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. We've also kept the list of all the preview builds that led up to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2), which are below the builds of Redstone 4.


On the surface, Google's Android P release '-” in its current, unfinished form '-” isn't exactly what you'd call "exciting."

Yes, the first developer preview of Android P has plenty of fresh functional touches (including a new native system for editing screenshots on the fly '-” who woulda thunk?!). And yes, it has its fair share of visual refinements, too.

But the bulk of Android P's biggest features so far have revolved around under-the-hood improvements '-” things like support for a newer Wi-Fi protocol that'll improve indoor location pinpointing, a more advanced system of image processing and compression for developers to utilize, and a more intelligent system for data management that'll let apps prefetch data only when network conditions are optimal.


Global spending on mobile hardware, software and services will rise this year by 3.2% to more than $1.6 trillion, pushed by developments such as augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and 5G, according to a new report from IDC.

"Overall, businesses will invest more in new devices and apps that enable A.I. and AR use cases for the business," Phil Hochmuth, IDG's program director of Enterprise Mobility, said via email. "On AR, businesses will spend on new mobile devices [and] hardware to help support enterprise use cases, such as medical AR, real-time data/schematic integration in industrial scenarios, etc."

Spending on AR headsets and smart glasses will also be a part of the spending.


The world of grey IT means both enterprise and consumer users frequently use popular social networking service Facebook on their devices. It makes sense, then, to stay safe while using it.

Manage Facebook Security settings

First things first: Always use a complex passcode with your account and do make sure to set up two-factor authentication.

Now that you'-™ve done that, you'-™ll find Facebook'-™s own privacy settings live inside Privacy Shortcuts in the iOS app. Get to these by tapping the three-line icon at bottom right of the Facebook app and scrolling down to Privacy Shortcuts. The first thing you should do is run Privacy check-up (at the top of the page). Facebook will guide you through your existing settings, change them for maximum privacy, and delete any Facebook apps you'-™ve forgotten about or no longer use.


Sysadmin pilot fish is approached by the IT director, who tells fish to create an account for the director that has the same capabilities as the lead programmer's account.

"Seems he had some kind of beef with the lead programmer," sighs fish. "But I created the account, set the privileges and gave him the user name and password.

"Three months later, he came into my office accusing me of not complying with his directive.

"I told him that I had indeed complied with his instructions, including showing him that the login capability worked as advertised.

"He told me he couldn't perform a certain operation when he logged in. I explained that neither could the lead programmer. Only system administrators could.


Microsoft has given us two messed-up patching months back to back, with January leaving blue screens and pandemonium in its wake, and February hitting the latest version of Windows 10 particularly hard. For those of you with some experience in the patching game, it'-™s more of the same-old same-old.


Confused about how updates work in" Windows 10? Join the club. In this latest version of its operating system, Microsoft has transformed what was once a straightforward procedure into a seemingly complicated process that varies according to whether you have Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. As a result, there have been lots of misperceptions about how Windows 10 Update works, and how to best use it.(Insider Story)


IT has enough to worry about with traditional data breach issues, but now researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found quite a few new security holes in the popular 4G mobile networks.

The potentially worst hole detailed in" the study is an authentication synchronization failure attack. The danger? It allows bad guys to read incoming and outgoing messages from an employee, permits "stealthy denial" of selected services and "location of history poisoning," which simply means it can manipulate location ready to give false information to systems using location for identity authentication.


Let'-™s face it: the changes you'-™re going to see in smartphones every year are pretty incremental. With some significant exceptions (I'-™m looking at you, user interface of the iPhone X), today'-™s phones aren'-™t all that much different than the phones of three years ago. Faster, yes, More memory, sure. Better cameras, absolutely. Smaller bezels, it'-™s true.

But different? Well, no. Not really.

The two most significant changes are the rise of '-'plus'-" or XL supersized models and watertightness. The latter is a terrific feature, and one that'-™s saved me thousands of dollars. But as much as I like a lot of screen real estate, I still have trouble wrapping my head (and hands) around today'-™s plus-sized phones.


Microsoft has set a kill-by date for a mobile email app that enterprises have long relied on, telling customers they must switch to another company app in two months.

The Outlook Web App (OWA) for iOS and Android will stop working May 15, Microsoft announced last week. "On May 15, 2018, the OWA mobile apps will stop working," Eugenie Burrage, of the firm's product marketing team, wrote in a March 6 post to a company blog. "Office 365 users who attempt to open them will be greeted with a message directing them to download Outlook for iOS or Android."


After decades of growth, consolidation and advancement, todays wireless carriers are bigger and stronger than ever. Even so, some will give you much better experience. Finding the best one for you is the challenge. So, the only question you should be concerned with is which is best for you. Let'-™s take a look at the state of the industry today, at each wireless carrier and the best way to choose the best one for you.

The big four wireless carriers, by customer count are Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile and Sprint. Verizon and AT&T are too close to matter. They are the carriers with the largest 4G footprint. The most innovative carrier is AT&T, being the first on many important trends like smartphones, iPhone and wireless TV.


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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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CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.



Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.



At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.



Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.



At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.



Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.



AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.



Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.



It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.



Nicomi Stewart, a mother in Rochester, New York, is '-'disgusted'-" after an automated call sent to her phone from the city'-™s school district mispronounced her daughter'-™s name as a racial slur.



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...



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