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The long-troubled EV startup is running into continued financial and technological troubles, according to multiple reports.

A new study reveals young female fans feel more confident when they see onscreen heroes who look like them. Bring on more Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and female Time Lords!

Decision follows an outcry over another military project that could weaponize AI research.

Brightening Bennu brought to you by barnstorming OSIRIS-REx as NASA readies for sample retrieval mission.

Here are the trailers that debuted online during New York Comic Con 2018.

Three members of Flogging Molly performed a concert in the cozy confines of Xfinity CNET Smart Home. Here are some images from the performance.

Google'-™s fall hardware event promises to be one of its most jam-packed ever.

Audio-editing software erases the "BLEEP!" and lets fans hear what the Hulk actor really said on The Tonight Show.

It just happens to be right where Walter White buried his barrels of money.

It's proof that small cars can be plenty safe.

A day after Jodie Whittaker takes on the iconic BBC role in the show's most watched episode, her sonic-screwdriver-toting Barbie is available to order.

It's also getting tested out on cows.

The video shows a host of slow-moving orange robots carefully assembling the heart of Audi's new electric SUV.

A JAXA spacecraft and a gaggle of daring rovers and landers are investigating a rocky, alien asteroid world.

Amid controversies, one organization puts in some good words for Musk.

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5G wireless will be a revolution to so many industries in the next few years. One of those industries is the world of cable TV or pay TV as it is called today. 5G is coming on strong and fast. Let'-™s take a closer look at the impact it will have and how it will completely transform the entire industry.

If we pull the camera back, we see that 5G has the potential to change every industry. That means whether we are a consumer or business, the way we do everything will dramatically change in coming years.

Yesterday, we had separate sectors like wireless, cable TV, local telephone, long distance, Internet and more. Companies competed in one sector or another, but that was it. Over the last two decades things have been changing. Industry by industry, these separate segments have been blending.

Get more done. Get it done faster. These Mac tips should make your more efficient than before.

Use smart mailboxes

Apple'-™s Mail application hosts a feature called Smart Mailbox. It refers to Mail folders that you can automatically pre-populate according to certain criteria. One of the most useful ways to use this feature is to create a Smart Mailbox that gathers emails from named colleagues '-” but this works even more effectively if you first create a contact group in Contacts. Here'-™s how to match these two features up:

The Contacts bit

  • Open Contacts, File>New Group.
  • Name the new group '-" if you are gathering names of your colleagues, you might call it "Colleagues".
  • In the All Contacts view, search for each colleague you want to include in your new group and drag & drop their contact card into the relevant group. (Contacts can belong to multiple groups.)

The Mail bit

Now you can easily create a Smart Mailbox to gather all the emails you receive from your colleagues. (It doesn'-™t need to be colleagues; it can be friends, clients, whatever group(s) are appropriate to your needs.)

September patches looked good for a while, then we got hit with four big, buggy Win10 cumulative updates. August Windows and Office patches went pretty well in spite of a last-minute rush to fix bugs introduced in earlier patches. July patches, however, left almost every version of Windows looking like a zombie apocalypse.

IBM today announced the commercial availability of a blockchain-based electronic distributed ledger that can track and trace food supply chain data from farm to store self.

In development over the past 18 months, IBM's Food Trust ledger will allow food retailers, suppliers and growers to see supply chain data in near real time, enabling a more transparent and efficient method of determining the origin and safety of produce.

Along with announcing the availability of its Food Trust tracking network, IBM said several food retailers and suppliers have joined those piloting the blockchain technology, which is based on the Hyperledger Fabric open-standards protocol. Those retailers include Topco Associates LLC, representing 15,000 stores; retailer-owned cooperative Wakefern, representing 50 member companies and 344 stores; and other " suppliers including Beefchain, Dennick Fruit Source and Smithfield.

Pilot fish runs an IT support group that's announcing new PC power management settings, which are scheduled to be deployed on Friday.

"The new settings will turn off the PC's display after 10 minutes of inactivity," says fish.

"On Thursday, this email arrived:

I think this is a great idea, however my computer is now prompting me that my session is about to expire even though I am and have been using my computer. This is not a good thing.

"I responded:

Hi, Fred:

We have not enabled this display setting yet. Our announcement says "Friday", which is tomorrow.

What you describe sounds like the session timeout for a web application.

Microsoft has changed up Windows 10's support so many times that some IT professionals may need chiropractic care. Support was reduced, then extended, then reduced, then extended again.(Insider Story)

The launch of a big Windows 10 update like the October 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 1809, known as the October 2018 Update '-” with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the October 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update; 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update; and finally 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.

Starting late Friday night, Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 version 1809 upgrade package from various locations. The official Download Windows 10 page is on version 1803, ISOs have disappeared, and 1809 is no longer available via WSUS.

The KB 4464619 article now states:

On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers.(Insider Story)

So far smart speakers and smart displays (such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home lines) have been aimed at consumers and homes.

Where'-™s the smart appliance for business?

As I wrote in this space previously, I believe in a coming convergence between smart speakers and business phone and conference systems. At the time, I believed that convergence would first show up in the form of a business- or enterprise-specific phone device based on the Alexa for Business platform.

NEW YORK CITY '-" Slack is building a new analytics tool to offer businesses greater insights into how their teams collaborate, part of the company'-™s plans to make better use of the data created within its popular chatapp.

'-'We are hoping to build a set of insights that help you understand not only how Slack is being used, but how your company is collaborating and functioning,'-" said Jaime DeLanghe, head of Slack's Search, Learning and Intelligence (SLI) team. She spoke to Computerworld" at the company's Frontiers event this week in New York.

Apple's iOS 12 has already surpassed iOS 11 after only two and a half weeks and is now installed on 47% of iDevices; iOS 11 is now running 45%, according to data from analytics company Mixpanel.

Prior to iOS 12's launch on Sept. 17, iOS 11 was running on 85% of iPhones and iPads, according to Apple's developer support page.

In comparison, it took iOS 11 nearly two months last year to reach a 50% adoption rate. This year's uptake rate is actually more similar to that of iOS 10, which was released in 2016 and had been installed on 48% of devices after only two weeks.

Apple and Amazon have strenuously denied" Bloomberg'-™s claims of a sophisticated hardware exploit against servers belonging to them and numerous other entities, including U.S. law enforcement " 

Chinese, Apple and chips

Put in very simple terms, the claim is that malicious chips were found inside servers used in data centers belonging to the tech firms.

These chips (it'-™s claimed) worked to exfiltrate data from those servers, which were themselves sourced from server manufacturer Super Micro. That company'-™s server products are/were also used by Amazon, the U.S. government, and 30 other organizations. The chips were allegedly put in place by employees bribed by Chinese government agents.

Microsoft's device-as-a-service (DaaS) subscription, dubbed MMD for Microsoft Managed Desktop, currently offers a choice of three Surface configurations.

Although Microsoft has said it plans to expand device selection of MMD to third-party hardware, it has not revealed a timetable for that or identified which OEMs' (original equipment manufacturers) PCs will be on the menu. For now, only Microsoft's own Surface gear will be "rented" to enterprise customers and managed - both through the devices' lifecycles and for regular upgrade and update servicing - by Microsoft.

The three configurations, one in each of the Surface lines, are:

IT security has laptops at this company really locked down, and that includes only limited admin rights, reports a road warrior pilot fish.

"On a recent trip, at my hotel I had to make an internet connection and open a web page to log into the hotel's internet service before I could get a connection to the real internet," fish says.

"Problem was, the work laptop was not going to let me use the browsers until I had established a VPN connection, which of course I could not do without the web page login.

"In a way, that was good -- I took some real vacation time.

"In another way, it was bad, I have big hands and fingers, so using an iPhone and those stupid virtual keyboards is a one-finger, error-prone task. An email that could take seconds to type on a full-size keyboard takes minutes on the phone.

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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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