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Commentary: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson continues his team's tradition of, well, interesting science.

The company, at the heart of the scandal involving the misuse of data of millions of Facebook users, says Alexander Tayler will be acting CEO.

The massive social platform appears to have lost control over user data, leading to a firestorm of red-hot #DeleteFacebook tweets.

The CEO and COO reportedly didn't attend a staff meeting about the social network's relationship with Cambridge Analytica.

The chipmaker says that the patches will arrive within a few weeks and that AMD device owners shouldn'-™t worry about the reported flaws.

"Facebook's current app permissions leave billions of its users vulnerable," the nonprofit argues as a privacy crisis engulfs the social network.

British broadcaster Channel 4 shows Alexander Nix telling an undercover reporter about tactics Cambridge Analytica used in last year's US presidential election.

The 2019 Fusion will go on sale this summer, following its New York Auto Show debut.

Android phones won't get comparable 3D tech until 2019, industry insiders estimate.

No, really.

Watch a clip from "Nightflyers," the upcoming Syfy series from George R.R. Martin. It looks just as bloody as Westeros.

Authorities might be rethinking the race to get autonomous vehicles onto public roads after a self-driving car kills a woman in Arizona.

In what may be his last science video, the physicist attempts to explain everything while traversing time and space and getting trapped by some ancient AI.

The Expedia-owned travel booking site says personal information like names, birth dates and billing addresses may have been accessed.

A yoga teacher in Virginia leaves the Marvel movie so buzzed he decides to infuse his classes with the spirit of Afrofuturism.

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Within five years, IBM researchers hope to deploy granular microcomputers that, in conjunction with a blockchain electronic ledger, could be used to verify and track goods all over the world.

IBM has created a microcomputer technology called cryptographic anchors (abbreviated: crypto-anchors) and says they could be used to authenticate anything from pharmaceuticals to luxury goods, such as diamonds, from point of origin to merchant.

The future of Google revolves around Assistant. That much is apparent '-” and the company's ongoing focus on its virtual assistant above everything else (and as a thread connecting everything else) serves as a constant reminder.

The unanswered question, though, has long been how Google will make money off the spoken inquiries so many of us are slinging into Assistant's ears. After all, whether we're talking to our phones or shouting at smart speakers like Google Home '-” the latter of which are exploding in popularity, by the way, with IDC estimating a whopping 184% growth from 2016 to 2017 '-” no one wants to hear ads sprinkled in with their answers.

IBM and Apple announce new machine intelligence solutions that let developers deploy Watson and Core ML to create mobile, enterprise-grade AI apps.

Apple and IBM: Learning on the job

Apple and IBM have been working together for years, so the news is an extension of their existing relationship, which is putting Apple deep inside the new enterprise IT.

Announced at the IBM THINK 2018 conference, the news means both companies are working together to combine their machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI) tech into something they are calling IBM Watson Services for Core ML.

ORLANDO, Fla. '-" Speech recognition technologies have improved so much in recent years '-" thanks to cloud computing and advances in machine learning '-" that the virtual assistants created by Amazon, Google and Apple have quickly become popular with consumers.

So it should come as little surprise that the underlying natural language technology is making inroads at work, too.

'-'I would say that it [enterprise adoption] is in early stages now, but there are certainly basic capabilities here today,'-" Jon Arnold, of J Arnold & Associates, said at the Enterprise Connect conference last week." 

Programmer pilot fish receives an email with an attached document and a pretty standard request: Make updates and then return it.

"It was a four-page document, which I printed duplex to save paper," says fish.

"While talking with the sender, I mentioned I had to rescan it, as I had printed it duplex, and that I would then email it to him.

"Ten minutes later he asked me to rescan it one-sided, as he had to submit it non-duplexed.

"Scratching my head, I asked how he printed it. He said he printed it duplex, since that is how I had.

Microsoft will try a new way to push Windows 10 users into running Edge, forcing links opened from the Windows Mail app and its messages to display in the browser.

Normally, links embedded in messages retrieved by the Windows Mail app open in the default browser, which may be an Edge rival if the user has set one.

In the latest preview of Windows 10's fall feature upgrade, currently known as 1809 in Microsoft's yymm label format, Microsoft has mandated that Edge assume responsibilities for opening links within messages.

"We will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge, which provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices," announced Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc, the Microsoft employees who most often speak for the Insider preview team, in a post to a company blog last week.

Last week, 5G Americas, the wireless trade group, announced the publication of a new whitepaper that focuses on the role 5G will play in wireless vehicle-to-everything communications. The self-driving or autonomous-driving revolution has been coming on strong over the last few years, but this next generation of wireless technology could be the real starting line.

The 5G Americas whitepaper is called, '-'Cellular V2X Communications Towards 5G'-". V2X means vehicle-to-everything. If you'-™ve been paying attention, we have already entered this space. Driving many new cars, you will notice how they automatically update their operating systems, navigation, radio and dashboard controls while driving." 

The emerging Cambridge Analytica/Facebook affair, in which people'-™s personal data was allegedly used for purposes it should not have been used for, shows the danger of surveillance capitalism and the need for a new approach to social networking '-”" and that'-™s what Apple can provide.

Understand history, but don't repeat it

History shows us that Apple has never succeeded in creating a social network. Ping, launched in 2010, was closed down in 2012 due to lack of interest.

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.

Why create a Skype for Business meeting?
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When it comes down to it, why would you hold any meeting? Because you want to exchange information, documents, views and feelings.

Skype for Business can help you do all that by sharing screens and presentations, and letting you see and hear the people with whom you'-™re meeting. And because it'-™s part of Microsoft'-™s Office365 online productivity suite, chances are good that the people you want to meet with already have the necessary software installed on their PCs or mobile devices. Meetings can be impromptu '-" the PC equivalent of a phone call or an encounter at the water-cooler '-" or scheduled an hour, a month or a year from now. We'-™ll show you how.

Pilot fish gets a call from the IT manager, who wants to know if fish has set up the extension number for a new employee in accounting.

"My reply, of course, was 'Yes sir!'" says fish.

"Then he asked me what the new extension number was.

"A bit taken aback, I told him, '@#$%!, I don't know.' I don't remember extension numbers after I set them up any more than I remember user passwords after they're initially assigned.

"I told him if he liked I could hang up, press the contacts button on my desk phone, type in her name and call him back with the number.

"His reply? 'Sure, would you do that for me?'

"Yes, we're using similar phones on the same PBX. But my answer, of course, was 'Yes sir!'

Google's Android Oreo release is full of fresh flavor for your phone, but some of its most useful options are out of sight and easily overlooked.

Whether you've had Oreo for months or are just now getting a taste '-” like owners of Samsung's Galaxy S8, whose Android 8.0 rollout is at long last kicking off as we speak '-” now's a fine time to learn something new about what your device's software can do. (And if you're among the many still waiting and hoping your phone's manufacturer gets its act together soon, hey, you can always save this page for future reference.)

I'-™ve got good news and bad news about the future of laptops.

The bad news: We'-™re all getting laptops that have a touchscreen on the bottom instead of a keyboard. I know. You hate the idea. That'-™s why it'-™s the bad news.

The good news is that these touchscreen keyboards won'-™t look, act or work the way you think they will. In fact, I think you'-™ll love these devices. That'-™s why it'-™s the good news.

At Apple'-™s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which it said this week will take place starting June 4 in San Jose, the company could announce an all-screen keyboard for the iPad '-” a replacement for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard '-” and possibly a two-screen laptop.

While the hype around bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has sent their prices " skyrocketing, some governments and companies are restricting activity to head off potential money laundering and protect consumers from a credit meltdown.

Cryptocurrencies have begun to exit once-friendly China for more open nations and other regions and businesses are beginning to impose restrictions on how '-" or even whether '-" they can be used.

Open blockchains, such as bitcoin, are only the first to be affected by increased regulatory oversight. Depending on how they're used, permissioned blockchains, or those that are centrally administered and used for general transactions, could also be affected by the push to reign in the cryptocurrency technology.

With Apple finally bringing native wireless charging to its iPhone lineup, the technology will become far more widely adopted, both among consumers and within corporations.

Apple chose to use the Qi specification, which uses" inductive charging technology, for its iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineup of smartphones. Samsung committed to the same specification for its flagship Galaxy smartphones; in all, about 90 smartphone models use Qi today, making it the industry's most popular among three standards.

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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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