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Director Ryan Coogler thinks the women of Wakanda getting their own spin-off movie "would be amazing if the opportunity came up."

The upgrade will offer access to the Minecraft Marketplace for the first time.

Facebook and Google don't need to put the brakes on artificial intelligence projects, a technology advisor reportedly says.

Shares of the antivirus software company drop more than 20 percent.

Elon Musk's company wasn't quite able to send a rocket to space that's designed to fly 100 times. It'll try again soon.

The lifelike AI will identify itself when talking to people.

New research suggests that popular voice control platforms may be vulnerable to silent audio attacks that can be hidden within music or YouTube video -- and Apple, Google and Amazon aren't saying much in response.

John Hennessy, the former Stanford president, said Google's lifelike voice AI points to what's coming.

Google's own line of smartwatches might come in several flavors this fall.

A man testing the Hannes prosthetic has been able to use it to drive, operate carpentry tools, hold playing cards and grasp cash from an ATM.

Don't expect cutting-edge future controls for the Mirage Solo.

Just a brisk little stroll through the park...

R. Kelly's actions take on a new tenor in the #MeToo era, and Spotify is planting a flag.

The system is able to navigate without the need for hyper-detailed 3D maps, making it attractive for use outside of urban centers.

See the swirling clouds of Jupiter dance in a new animation with images taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.

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What a long, strange trip it's been.

From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally '-” time and time again. Google's mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved.

Here's a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform's birth to present.

Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days

Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 '-” a release so ancient it didn't even have a cute codename.

Things were pretty basic back then, but the software did include a suite of early Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Calendar and YouTube, all of which were integrated into the operating system '-” a stark contrast to the more easily updatable standalone-app model employed today.


Results are starting to roll in about this month'-™s Patch Tuesday, and it'-™s quite a mixed bag. For those of you struggling with the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, there'-™s good news and bad news. The hand wringing about a new VBScript zero-day, thanks to our good old friend baked-in Internet Explorer, looks overblown for now. And if you can'-™t get RDP working because of '-'An authentication error has occurred'-" messages, you missed the memo.

Windows 10 version 1803

First, the good news. As I anticipated earlier this week, this month'-™s cumulative update for 1803 is a must-have, warts and all. The new build 17134.48 replaces the old 17134.1 (which went to those who installed 1803 directly or fell into the seeker trap) and the old 17134.5 (for those upgrading with the Windows Insider builds). As Susan Bradley explains, 17134.48 claims to fix both the Chrome and Cortana freeze, as well as a major VPN bug.


That wacky new gesture navigation system may be Android P's most attention-grabbing element '-” for better or maybe for worse '-” but the latest version of Google's operating system also has its share of small yet significant changes.

And you know what? Those seemingly subtle touches are often the ones that end up bringing the most meaningful improvements to our day-to-day lives.

To wit: The nine new Android P features described below won't all command attention. They won't all appear in ads or atop reviews. Some of them might not even be noticed by average users, at least not in any overt sense.


Leading jewelry companies that have struggled with proving the authenticity of their goods have launched an online distributed ledger based on blockchain" to improve global provenance in the diamond and jewelry supply chain.

De Beers announced it has succesfully tracked from mine to jeweler 100 "high-value" diamonds on its new blockchain-based electronic ledger called Tracr now being piloted; De Beers hopes to go live with Tracr later this year.

In December, De Beers, which controls about 35% of the world's diamond production, announced its intention to launch what it called an industry-wide blockchain network to track diamonds. Along with verifying a diamond's authenticity, the De Beers blockchain network will be able to prove the gems are not mined in war-torn areas where the sale of the gems could be used to finance violence.


The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 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 1803, known as the April 2018 Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that 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 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 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 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what'-™s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you'-™ll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).


Apple developers will already be familiar with the developer community-driven AltConf conference that takes place at the same time as WWDC. For the first time this year, it will open up in both London, U.K., and near Apple Park in San Jose, California.

Are you (not)" going to San Jose?

Now in its seventh year, AltConf is one of the biggest independent Apple developer events in the world and is extending its show to include a one-night event in London on keynote day (June 4).


Although Windows 10 has been available for nearly three years, many large organizations still run Windows 7 or 8. But with the end of extended support for Windows 7 less than two years away, many IT departments are only now getting their arms around what will be a necessary upgrade.(Insider Story)


Pilot fish has an urgent problem: There's a major system outage at this company, and it needs to be escalated at once to Support Team A.

But the outage has knocked out the automated alarm-monitoring system, so that can't alert Team A about the problem.

"Team A is notoriously difficult to contact by phone, and today is no different," says fish. "Impact of the outage is rising rapidly, so as a last resort, I created a trouble ticket in their queue.

"The reason this is a last resort is that Team A uses two different ticket systems, and the only one I have access to isn't their preferred one -- it's only used for external escalations, such as mine."


Law enforcement interest in iPhone encryption-cracking hardware from two new companies is a strong indication that Apple no longer claims the mobile security high ground.

"What this means, if it's true, is that people who thought all of their communications were totally secure shouldn't feel so confident going forward," said Jack Gold, principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. "But, then security has always been a tug of war between the ones implementing it and the ones trying to break it."

In February, reports surfaced" that an Israel-based technology vendor, Cellebrite, had discovered a way to unlock encrypted iPhones running iOS 11 and were marketing the product to law enforcement and private forensics firms around the world. According to a police warrant obtained by Forbes," the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been testing the technology.


Android P's first official beta is overflowing with features and flourishes, but the software's most transformative change is something more foundational than flashy. I'm talking, of course, about Android P's new gesture navigation system '-” a totally revamped interface for getting around your phone.

I've been getting to know Android P's new gesture navigation system since the beta went live Tuesday morning '-” and let me tell you: This thing really does shake up the way you think about Android. Few things are as pivotal to the user experience as how you open and move between apps and processes, and this change has more of an effect on the "feel" of the operating system than any other in recent memory.


Slack continues to grow at a fast clip despite strong competition from Microsoft and other large vendors.

Slack effectively created the market for team-based chat tools when it debuted four years ago, and has since seen a slew of competitors launch rival products. According to the latest user adoption stats released by the company, Slack now counts 8 million daily active users across more than 500,000 organizations. That'-™s up from 6 million last September, when the company touted $200 million in annual recurring revenues.


Virtually every organization has some form of IT infrastructure and software licensing."  For many, the cost to license software is in the tens of millions of dollars, and it'-™s obviously a vital part of running a business."  With so much money on the line, and the potential impact of not having the necessary software, it'-™s easy to see why an increasing number of organizations are finally being proactive with software asset management (SAM).

The nature of software is that it is easy to install and run, or to access tools and data on or from multiple devices and doing so may go unnoticed by IT administrators."  Accessing email or data on a corporate server from an employee'-™s smartphone, for example, typically requires some form of software license."  Employees do this every day, and it'-™s often in the best interest of the organization to let them, but if the organization doesn'-™t manage it properly, the consequences can be severe.


Microsoft on Tuesday said that some 200 million enterprise workers now run Windows 10, a sign that corporations and other businesses are close to schedule to scrub Windows 7 from their machines before that older OS retires in about 20 months, an analyst argued.

"The 200 million resonates with me, based on what I'm hearing from clients," said Stephen Kleynhans of Gartner Research. Migrations to Windows 10, he added, are progressing "pretty aggressively."

Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president who leads the Windows 10 team, revealed the number at Microsoft's Build developers conference Tuesday. "Right now, there are over 200 million people in corporate accounts using Windows 10," Belfiore said as he claimed deployment is "really ramping up" in the enterprise. "We've seen that [Windows 10] adoption rate increase now at 79% year-over-year growth."


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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.



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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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