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An unidentified man was paid $100,000 to delete the data through a bug bounty program, Reuters reports.

Valve's decision comes as the cryptocurrency notches another milestone, passing $13,000 for the first time.

Remember Speidel's iconic Twist-O-Flex watch band? Turns out it makes for a classy, no-hassle Apple Watch band.

Six more creepy journeys into the unexpected side of technology will arrive before year's end.

Snapdragon 845 will bring new camera features and better battery life to phones in 2018.

The farthest known supermassive black hole has left NASA astronomers and other scientists amazed at its existence.

The "Get Out" filmmaker will bring audiences back to Rod Serling's mysterious dimension with a reboot of the classic show coming to CBS All Access.

What seem to be ads for an upcoming Huawei phone have been spotted online.

If your future phone runs on Snapdragon 845, that is.

We break down the dispute between Google and Amazon, talk about Qualcomm powered Windows PCs and discuss IoT security.

Bond is a $99 disc that connects remote-controlled ceiling fans to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home platform and lets you lose that remote for good.

But it would take a "brilliant idea" to bring Jean-Luc back to the Starship Enterprise.

After a week of floating the idea on Twitter, Vine co-founder posts a "Vine 2" teaser.

Commentary: A new survey offers a fascinating view of how much privacy Americans are prepared to give up for national security.

As a self-proclaimed "space kingdom" that exists solely in a tiny satellite gets ready to communicate with Earth, Asgardia's leader talks about the birth of a nation in a box.

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Mobile apps have certainly made a wide range of documents '-” including job applications, insurance claims and consumer surveys '-” easier to handle. But can they also silently add truth detection and emotion interpretation to increase the forms' accuracy and value to companies?

A U.K. company that goes by the name Human" is arguing it can. It pairs video captured from a mobile device (or, sometimes, a retailer's closed-circuit television camera) with analytics software that examines the subject's face and tries to determine the most likely emotions being felt at that instant. Does a job applicant pause and grimace before answering that he has never been convicted of a felony or that leaving his last job was his own idea?

Apple'-™s iOS 11 is now on almost six in 10 of the company'-™s mobile devices, according to new data shared by the company.

On Nov. 8, less than two months after its Sept. 19 release, the mobile platform had" achieved just over a 50% adoption rate, according to Apple's App Store support webpage for developers. Today, the company said that number has grown to 59%, with iOS 10 dropping to 33% and all earlier versions of iOS running on just 8% of devices.

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Within a week of its initial release, the latest version of iOS was already powering 30.21% iDevices, according to Apple. While that uptake rate may seem fast, it was far slower than last year's iOS 10 or 2015's iOS 9, which achieved the fastest uptake to date.

As it stands, the market battle between Android and iPhone seems set to continue forever, but you can'-™t ignore that the majority of users who do switch are abandoning Google for Apple. What follows are three of the biggest reasons for doing so, identified by Creative Strategies, as Apple'-™s iPhone sales threaten to spike.

Freshly hired C++ programmer goes to work in this IT department, and in short order there's just one question on everyone's lips, according to a pilot fish working there: What the heck is it with this guy?

"He came into work late every day, grumbling and miserable," fish says. "But after lunch, he was suddenly mellow and happy. He'd also return reeking of cigarettes and have red, dilated pupils.

"And he'd frequently subject us to his ramblings about various conspiracy theories involving space aliens and some secret government agency that was watching him."

The programmer's reputation is cemented when one day he accuses a female colleague of sabotaging his work -- his source code files were missing from the server, he said.

Taking notes is serious business, and having the right note-taking app for your Android device can make a world of difference in your ability to stay organized. That's because a good note-taking app doesn't just help you take notes; it also makes it easy to find what you've saved later, regardless of where you are or what type of device you're using at that point.

But figuring out which note-taking app makes the most sense for you isn't always easy. The Google Play Store has an endless array of similar-seeming options, and what's ideal for one person may not be optimal for another.

I've spent a lot of time exploring the most prominent contenders for note-taking on Android, and I've identified the apps that rise to the top in three core categories: a "best for most people" tier, with a happy-medium balance of features and usability; a "best fully featured" division, with a focus on apps that provide a more robust set of functions for those who need it; and a "best no-frills" class that offers a recommendation for those seeking the utmost in simplicity.

Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer top compensation, training and access to hot technologies. Nominate an organization for the 2018 list!

Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground '-” either to be phased out completely or just brushed aside and consigned to oblivion?

It seems like a funny thing to say, but when you look back at Android's history, you realize how many once-transformative-sounding features ended up fizzling and being forgotten soon after their grand debuts. Some remain buried in the software while others quietly vanished after a period of inertia, but they all share the fact that they're nowhere near the center-stage-worthy elements they once appeared to be.

There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who's been through this before.

"I'm willing to help as best I can," fish says. "In order to be viewed as a team player, you have to stick around '-” it doesn't matter if you're contributing or only sitting there available.

"But after about 30 minutes of just being in reserve, I approached the manager in charge: 'Hey, I'm just sitting here burning billable hours. Do you want me to remain here? I'm reachable and can dial in if needed, but...'

"He did a quick check with the rest of the team to find out if they needed me '-” and then told me, 'No, head on out, we'll call you if we need you.'"

I'-™ve called it a step toward a new cryptocurrency. I'-™ve talked about how Apple Pay is just yet another chip taken out of the shoulders of conventional banking. I'-™ve even looked at Bitcoin and why that digital asset is growing in stature among Apple users. Today, I want to explain how to use the new iOS 11.2 feature, Apple Pay Cash.

I'-™ve been hearing a lot from friends recently about how Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and people would be stupid not to switch. These being friends, I don'-™t want to be rude, but '-” cough, ahem '-” I don'-™t buy it.

Is security your No. 1 concern? Well, Windows 10 is no more secure than Windows 7 '-” which is to say it is a profoundly insecure operating system. There have been a lot of serious Windows security patches in the last year, and Windows 10 had all the same problems as Windows 7.

True, Windows didn'-™t have anything as bad as macOS'-™s unbelievably stupid '-'Let anyone log in as the administrator'-" security hole, but just because Microsoft didn'-™t botch things as badly as Apple did doesn'-™t get it off the hook. I mean, what do you call it when Microsoft fixes security holes in Windows 10 that it doesn'-™t patch in Windows 7? I call it really, really stupid.

Mozilla last week announced that revenue in 2016 exceeded $500 million, the first time it broke the half-billion-dollar bar, while development costs climbed 6% as the organization worked up Firefox Quantum, the revamped browser it shipped in November.

The bulk of the $520 million in revenue for the Mozilla Foundation came from royalty payments, with most of that coming, as usual, from deals struck for the default search engine spot in Firefox. Mozilla Foundation is the nonprofit that in turn runs Mozilla Corp., the commercial organization that creates and services Firefox for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.

According to Mozilla's just-released financial statement for 2016, $504 million, or 97% of all revenue, came from royalty payments. The percentage of revenue derived from royalties has never dipped below 91% - Mozilla's fortunes have always been tied to Firefox's search contracts - but 2016's portion was lower than the 99% record set in 2015.

What do IT workers want? Fair paychecks, challenging work and ample opportunities for growth, for starters. Our annual listing showcases the organizations that excel at keeping their employees engaged and loyal with compensation, training and access to hot technologies. The report is published every June.

Nominate an organization for our 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list. The 2018 Best Places to Work in IT will be announced in June 2018.

The 2017 Best Places to Work in IT list, our 24th annual report, was published on June 12, 2017.

Virtual assistants are destined to do much more than send memos, capture shopping lists or tell cheesy jokes '-” they will become one of the primary ways we interact with the ambient AI that will surround every part of our lives in the not-too-distant future.

That'-™s what Apple'-™s Steve Jobs saw in these technologies way back when he relentlessly pursued the purchase of Siri. He saw the potential of the interface to enable new platforms.

'-'[He] later convinced us that he understood our vision, that he wouldn't just make Siri a tiny feature but something core to Apple's strategy across multiple devices, and that we could impact the world more as part of Apple than as an independent company,'-" Adam Cheyer, the co-founder of Siri, explained earlier this year.

Reports are piling in from afar that Windows Update in Win7 is broken. My first sighting was late Sunday afternoon, when KarenS posted on the AskWoody Lounge:

When I clicked on the Windows Update icon today to start the updates it said that my computer was up to date and that there were no updates available which I know was not the truth because I hadn'-™t installed any of the [recent ones]

KarenS reported that the machine would only regurgitate the message shown in the screenshot.

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There was an attempt to isolate the problem on KarenS'-™s computers, to no avail '-” the update service was working fine.

This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?"."  Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings."  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. (Note: When you get to Amazon's page, scroll down past their "featured" deals to where the filtered list begins).

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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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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...

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.

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