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Ready to jump into the world of online dating apps? Here's the best place to start.

Black Friday is the best time to buy a new gaming console, and this year deals start Sunday, Nov. 18.

The simplified web pages load a whopping 20 to 27 times faster, the startup says. The AI-based tool protects privacy better, too.

Devil May Cry will join Castlevania in "the bootleg multiverse.'-"

Costco's killer Surface Pro bundle -- the newest model, a Surface Pen and Type Cover for $800 -- starts Nov. 16.

Google parent Alphabet's life sciences unit, Verily, will instead focus on two other smart lens projects.

Deals season is here! Do you bear the cold weather for Black Friday or shop from the computer on Cyber Monday? Let us know how you shop.

Whether you're buying a sound bar for yourself or loved ones, there are tasty deals to be had these holidays, from $100 and up.

You can hold up to four numbers on a single phone for $15 per additional line.

It's street-legal, but it's been engineered with the track in mind.

Opinion: The late Marvel boss can't be recast. With great power comes great responsibility not to do stupid things.

The Kominisky Method puts together Douglas and Alan Arkin in a new Chuck Lorre show.

Some of these AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon deals are already on.

Some of the best iPhone discounts from Verizon, T-Mobile, Best Buy, Target and Walmart have already begun.

Democratic senators want to know more about the social network's ties to Definers Public Affairs.

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I'-™m starting to think that the people now in charge of Win10 version 1809 know what they'-™re doing.

First, we saw a rudimentary list of known bugs in 1809, along with a point-by-point notice of what'-™s being done, and what you can do to fix the bugs. At this moment, the list includes all of the major bugs that I'-™ve seen:

I believe the evolution of the PC/smartphone will pass through wearable devices on its way to surgically embedded technology (and maybe eventually bio-engineered technology)."  Currently, the Apple Watch leads the wearable segment, but it under-performs its potential both because Apple locks it to the iPhone (ignoring the other 2/3rds of the smartphone segment which might consider it) and because it sucks as a watch.

This doesn'-™t mean that the Apple Watch is a bad product. On the contrary '-” it'-™s pretty amazing. But the iPod wouldn'-™t have been as successful had it instead been called the Apple Walkman, because the Walkman was known as a CD player and the iPod certainly wasn'-™t that. (Remember: The Walkman was the dominant music player prior to the iPod, much like a watch was the dominant wrist worn device prior to the Apple Watch.)

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In 1956, an assistant professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, John McCarthy, organized a group of professors and scientists to explore the possibility of simulating human intelligence with machines.

This two-month brainstorming session produced two important results. Attendees coined the term artificial intelligence) (AI), which led to the recognition of AI as its own branch of science.

Public interest in AI has ebbed and flowed, but generally speaking, society'-™s expectations have outstripped our engineering capacity. This created two '-'AI winters'-" in which both funding and interest in AI research plunged.

But AI has returned, for one main reason: after 60 years of nonstop development in the information and communications industry, society finally has the means to make AI a practical reality.

Mainframe database pilot fish is responsible for supporting two divisions at this big bank -- and they're not on the same page when it comes to rolling out software updates.

"There's some tension between me and the divisions as to when software updates become available from the vendor for testing, and later migration into production," says fish.

"Alpha division wants action only when a problem occurs. Beta division wants a test environment fully updated with the latest software."

For a year, fish handles the situation as best he can. Then he's told that Beta division will be breaking off to their own supported data-center environment.

A Windows expert this week urged Microsoft to put its money where its mouth is and produce a status dashboard or website that reports and tracks problems with the operating system.

Coincidentally or not, on Wednesday Microsoft said it would launch a "Windows update status dashboard," but did not name a timetable except for a broad "in the coming year."

"I can go to this page and see if something happening with Office 365 is just a me thing or if everyone else is seeing the same," said Susan Bradley in a Nov. 13 email reply to questions, referring to the Office 365 Admin Center. (Note: Only those with administrative credentials have access; it's not meant to provide information to end users.) "(But) if I want to find out if something is a known issue with Windows 10, I have to dig through - and monitor for changes - these pages," she continued, listing two separate support documents for one such known issue.

No stranger to blockchain projects, Microsoft today released" a blockchain development kit on its Azure cloud platform designed to enable seamless integration of blockchain with Microsoft's and third-party SaaS offerings.

"This kit extends the capabilities of our blockchain developer templates and Azure Blockchain Workbench, which incorporates Azure services for key management, off-chain identity and data, monitoring, and messaging APIs into a reference architecture that can be used to rapidly build blockchain-based applications," Marc Mercuri, principal program managers for Microsoft's blockchain engineering team, said in a blog post.

In 2019, the most innovative work involving distributed ledger technology (DLT) '-" blockchain '-" will focus on the tokenization of assets, or the ability to represent digital or physical assets and fiat currencies as tokens that can be sold or traded on a network.

DLT has the ability to take anything, from a piece of artwork to gems and real estate, and represent them as cryptographically hashed assets on a peer-to-peer, open electronic network that has no central authority, such as a bank, governing their trade or sale.

The cryptocurrency market capitalization is estimated to be $211 billion, according to a new report from auditing and business services firm KPMG.

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer great benefits, challenging work and ample opportunities for growth. Nominate an organization for the 2019 list!

Back in April, LG came out with an almost laughably bold declaration: The company infamous for treating Android software updates as an afterthought was breaking new ground by opening a "Software Upgrade Center" '-” and not just any "Software Upgrade Center," mind you, but the industry's "first such facility aimed at providing customers worldwide with faster, timelier smartphone operating system and software updates."

Um, right.

As I said at the time, LG's history with Android upgrades made me pretty darn skeptical that this was anything more than an inconsequential marketing stunt. LG, y'see, has not only been among the worst performers when it comes to post-sales software support '-” with a lovely zero percent "F" ranking on my most recent Android Upgrade Report Card '-” but it also has a funny habit of pairing its obvious indifference with a shocking level of bravado.

We'-™re looking at how you can use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop. I thought it might be useful to share some of the many useful utilities that help you get more things done than you knew were possible on Apple's iPad Pro.

Episode guide:

  1. Part One:" iPad Equipment
  2. Part Two:" Keyboard, Typing, Shortcuts, and Dictation tips
  3. Part Three:" How to multitask on iPad Pro
  4. Part Four:" How to use Apple'-™s Files app and tags

There'-™s an app for that

Apple'-™s new iPad Pro is a foundation platform for future vision and implementation in the tablet space. If you look, you'-™ll often find that in almost every case, you can get your hands on an app that will help you get things done. All the same, there are always a few useful apps you should think about installing on your iPad for when you need them.

Those of you on Win10 Pro version 1703 '-” that'-™s my version of choice '-” just ran out of time, at least to a first approximation. Microsoft won'-™t be pushing any more security patches onto your machine. Yes, I know some of you figure that'-™s a feature, but never mind. You'-™re left with three options: Move to Win10 version 1709, version 1803, or (with fear and trepidation) version 1809.

If you'-™re running Win10 version 1709, you have the option of staying with 1709, moving on to 1803 (and thus giving yourself seven additional months of support), or leaping on 1809. Be careful what you wish.

Support pilot fish gets a call from a user whose computer won't boot. "Going through the basics, I quickly determined that it wasn't a boot problem, but probably something a bit more basic," says fish.

"Is the computer plugged in?" fish asks. Yes, user tells him. "Is the power strip turned on?" Yes. "Does the power indicator turn on when you press the power button on the computer?" No.

"Did you do a normal shutdown the night before?" fish asks.

"No," user says, "I just unplugged the computer."

Fish: "Why would you do that?"

User: "There was smoke coming out of the computer, and it quit working."

Fish: "So let me get this straight. Yesterday, the computer was on fire and you didn't call. Today, first you actually plug the thing back in, and then you call because you can't get it to boot?"

Augmented reality is the next big thing '-” or one of the next big things, anyway. The technology, which overlays digital images on the real world, has a host of potential uses in the enterprise, from training tools to customer demos to collaborative design spaces.(Insider Story)

Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.

Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule '-” Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded '-” business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.

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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.

The daughter's name is Nicarri.

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)?

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.

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