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GM is giving the Bolt's strong international sales a push to drive that number even further.

Vivo's Apex phone surprised us at MWC, and it might just enter production in the middle of 2018.

The e-commerce company files four lawsuits against alleged sellers of counterfeit goods.

Two lucky winners will take home one of Samsung'-™s new flagship phones. This sweepstakes ends March 18.

This year's celebration, hot on the heels of campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp, was about telling women's stories and speaking up.

Kremlin-linked operatives also reportedly pushed Trump toward candidates more favorable to Russia.

We're technologists. We're writers. We're journalists and video professionals and business leaders and thinkers. Here we're sharing what we know about success.

It's happening: Smash Bros. is finally coming to Nintendo's new portable, and it's bringing Splatoon's Inklings with it.

The hypercar is designed purely for straight-line speed with a target of being the fastest road legal car in the world.

Harrison Ford and George Lucas join the Luke Skywalker actor at the Hollywood Walk of Fame unveiling -- and yes, his name is spelled correctly.

CEO Jack Dorsey admits the current system, meant to indicate authenticity, is "broken." In the meantime, Twitter is focused on verification of political candidates.

File Explorer's tabs could make dragging and dropping easier. It's part of Microsoft's more ambitious Sets interface due this fall.

Move over, Westworld. Get a sneak peek at what will eventually become an immersive attraction for Jedi of all ages.

A new PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds roadmap promises a smaller, chaotic map, dynamic sound effects, new vehicles, player emotes and much, much more.

The head of Tesla asks the president for fair and equal import and export tariffs for cars with China.

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Just when you thought Win10 Fall Creators Update was finally starting to look stable, Microsoft pulled another tone-deaf move. Reports have been pouring in from people who were forced to upgrade from Win10 1607 (the Anniversary Update) or Win10 1703 (the First Spring Creators Update) to the latest version of the last edition of Windows, Win10 1709.


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.


Google is slowly pulling back the curtains on its next-gen Android P release. Yesterday, we got our first glimpse at a work-in-progress, developer-focused preview of the software '-” and today, we're getting a closer look at what exactly is new when it comes to Android P and the ever-evolving subject of Android security.

I had the chance to chat with Xiaowen Xin, Google's Android platform security product manager, about some of the significant changes on the way with Android P. Here's the inside scoop on what you can expect:


Do you use Siri to its full potential? Perhaps it'-™s time to refresh your memory with this list of useful things you can ask it to do for you.

Control your devices

Siri will help you control all kinds of settings on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can ask Siri to:

  • Turn Wi-Fi on/off
  • Turn Bluetooth on and off
  • Switch to Airplane Mode (you'-™ll need to disable it again manually)
  • Brighten and darken the display
  • Raise and lower the volume
  • Turn on Low Power Mode
  • Open Settings
  • Take a Pano shot
  • Open [name of app]
  • Open [name of site] website
  • Set a timer for [state time]
  • Set an alarm
  • Flip a coin, roll a dice
  • How much free space do I have? (A Mac-only question)

Timey wimey stuff

  • What time is it in [name a place]?
  • When is sunset tonight?
  • When is it sunrise in Tokyo?
  • What'-™s the weather in Tokyo?
  • What'-™s the weather in Tokyo this weekend?
  • Will I need an umbrella today?
  • What'-™s the weather going to be like today?
  • What will the weather be like this weekend?
  • How hot will it be next week?
  • What was the score in the Arsenal game?
  • When is the next Arsenal match?
  • What'-™s [Apple] stock trading at today?

Conversions and calculations

  • What is $50 in Euros?
  • What are 125 meters in feet?
  • What is 5 plus/times/divided by/minus 4?
  • What is the square root of 7?
  • What is 15 percent of [number]?
  • What are 5 US cups in liters?
  • What'-™s the tip for $143?

Translation services

Siri in iOS 11 gained the ability to translate for you. While it'-™s a little confined (you can only translate from U.S. English), it allows you to translate into French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian. Siri will both speak the translation and show it on screen with a play button you can use instead of speaking if you like.


This software manager pilot fish works in the IT department of an engineering firm. "IT-challenged users sometimes bring their more vexing problems to me instead of the help desk," fish says.

So he's not surprised when one of the firm's purchasing agents approaches him sheepishly to ask for a lesson in attaching documents to emails.

It seems that several other employees have complained that the purchasing agent's attachments are practically useless. Fish asks him to explain exactly what he's been doing.

Turns out he's completely clueless about how to email his documents in their native formats. But he does know one thing: He can receive faxes in his email in-box.


Apple's iMac Pro desktop computer boasts a bevy of top-notch tech specs." 

It starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon W chip, a high-end graphics card with" 8GB of HBM2 memory, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD for storage and 8 USB ports (four of them USB-C/Thunderbolt)." Oh, and it has a 5K retina display and comes in a space gray case to distinguish it from lesser iMacs.

Prices start at $4,999 '-" and with a few upgrades (18-core processor, anyone?) can easily top $10,000." 


It's getting close to time for the next major revision of the non-subscription version of Office. Office 2019 is expected to be launched in the second half of this year. Microsoft calls this the '-'perpetual'-" version of Office because you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever, and it doesn'-™t get upgrades until the next major version is released.(Insider Story)


Google on March 6 released Chrome 65 for Windows, macOS and Linux, with fixes for 45 vulnerabilities, and security and developer improvements and enhancements that users won't see, or even notice.

Chrome updates in the background, so users only need relaunch the browser to install the latest version. (To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button.) Those new to Chrome can download it from this Google site.


For regulators to understand blockchain's cybersecurity benefits and risks, they must first have a deeper understanding of the technology '-" and businesses hold the key to that, according to new research.

Governments around the world are beginning to increase regulatory oversight of cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, which are underpinned by blockchain's distributed ledger technology. In turn, businesses that use private or "permissioned" blockchain networks are likely to also see more oversight, according to experts.


There are lots of good reasons you might want to analyze public data, from detecting salary trends in government data to uncovering insights about a potential investment (or your favorite sports team).

But before you can run analyses and visualize trends, you need to have the data. The packages listed below make it easy to find economic, sports, weather, political and other publicly available data and import it directly into R -- in a format that's ready for you to work your analytics magic.



Packages that are on CRAN can be installed on your system by using the R command install.packages("packageName") -- you only need to run this once. GitHub packages are best installed with the devtools package -- install that once with install.packages("devtools") and then use that to install packages from GitHub using the format devtools::install_github("repositoryName/packageName"). Once installed, you can load a package into your working session once each session using the format library("packageName").


Every time there is a big wireless, telecom or technology trade show, the big question I am always asked by the media as a telecom and wireless analyst, is simple. What was the key message or take away from the show? Last week, at the world'-™s largest wireless trade show, Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the answer was clear. First it is about 5G, with plenty of AI and IoT mixed in. Yes, our world is rapidly changing.

So, what will 5G, AI and IoT do for us? Today, in our 4G world, we can download a movie we want to watch in roughly 6 minutes. Using 5G, we will download the movie in roughly six seconds. It will change everything. It will encourage new business creation. It will empower new ideas and new companies just like we have seen with Uber and Lyft in recent years.


The good news, if you're a developer (or hope to be one) is that it's a lot easier than it used to be break into the field. The bad news is that the skills you have now, or learn today, may not be useful for as long as they were, say, 20 years ago.

As Infoworld's Serdar Yegulalp noted: Think about all the Adobe Flash developers whose careers are on the rocks now that Flash has largely become a dead end.

Yegulalp, PC World's Michael Simon and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis talked about what it takes to be a developer these days, and difficult it can be to stay on top of the skills needed to be a success." 


One of the biggest reasons Apple users need to beware of phishing attacks is that compromised iCloud accounts are among the most valuable of those traded on the dark web at $15 per account.

All your data belongs to us

Think about the value of your Apple ID data: Not only is your account the golden portal into all your personal data, but it unlocks all manner of other valuable items: credit card details, online purchasing, passwords for your websites and more.

That'-™s why every Apple ID user really should think about the value of the data they are trying to protect and create tough alphanumeric passcodes, even if they do need to spend significant time memorizing those codes.


While the names are similar - Chrome and Chromium - the labels represent two different web browsers. But they are related.

One leads to the other. One is open-source, the other is not, not really. One dominates the world's browser landscape, like a single huskie dominates a team of Chihuahuas on the Iditarod. The other is used by less than one-sixth of one percent of all those who ran a browser last month.

Computerworld put Chrome and Chromium under the magnifying glass to better understand what Chromium does and how it figures into the development of its offspring. Here's what you need to know to better understand them both.


This company makes parts that are subject to rigorous quality control -- and that means they must be X-rayed before they're shipped to customers, says a programmer pilot fish working there.

"The process involved a technician writing the lot number down on a piece of paper," fish says. "The paper was affixed to the tray of parts that were X-rayed and sent to final inspection. The film was placed into boxes with film from other lots for storage.

"Depending on the parts, the film had to be stored for anywhere from 30 days to 99 years."

Trouble is, it's impossible to reliably track the film, because those pieces of paper get misplaced and lot numbers are mistyped.


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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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