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Google IO liveblog: the 2017 keynote updates in real-time

10:03AM: It's started. Right on time, we're now into the introduction video (a cute animated short) for the Google IO keynote, right before Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes the stage. 09:48AM: There's a lot of work that goes into bringing you news and updates of live events like the Google IO keynote. These are just two of the people behind the madness, Michelle (left) and me, Matt Swider (right). We're psyched to be in Mountain View on the G...
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Hackers reportedly hold Disney's newest Pirates of the Caribbean film for ransom

While some people are still fretting about WannaCry ransomware and possible variants of it, hackers are reportedly threatening to release Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film if Disney doesn’t pay a ransom. Although Disney would not confirm that the stolen film is the fifth in the Pirates franchise, it doesn’t intend to bow to extortion. The ransomed movie is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, according to Deadline ; it is sche...
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It's Time For The FCC To Actually Listen: The Vast Majority Of FCC Commenters Support Net Neutrality

The vast majority of consumers (from both parties) support net neutrality. This has been supported repeatedly not only by independent polls , but even the cable industry's own surveys . Yet for most of the last decade, ISP lobbyists and think tankers have managed to frame the subject in the media as a partisan one -- quite successfully using the country's deep political divisions to fuel disagreement and stall real progress. In reality, our...
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AnyDesk 3.2.4

AnyDesk is a popular Remote Desktop application that uses a new video codec, which is specifically designed for fresh looking graphical user interfaces. AnyDesk software is versatile, secure and lightweight. The software uses TLS1.2 encryption and both ends of the connection are cryptographically verified. AnyDesk is very lightweight and is crammed into a 1MB file and no administrative privileges or installation is required. The UI of AnyDe...
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Release: Cossacks 3: Path to Grandeur DLC

Conquering greatness. Cossacks 3: Path to Grandeur , which adds two fresh campaigns, two new nations, and 8 additional units, is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com. This DLC is also part of the Digital Deluxe edition.Get ready to rally the Ottomans and the Spaniards! Experience both their campaigns in your Path to Grandeur, which also brings the nations of Portugal and Hungary, plus a new sun-scorched climatic zone.Note: After May the 30th,...
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Makers Of Payday 2 Donating DLC Profits To Help 2 YouTubers Fight Copyright Lawsuit

The landscape of YouTubers who do reviews or takes on video games, including Let's Plays, and their interactions with the game makers themselves is one that lacks any sort of norm or uniformity. Some game developers understand the value these YouTubers bring to their businesses, while some tend to go on the attack with copyright claims. Some developers appreciate an open and honest ecosystem of reviews, including snarky reviews, while other...
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AMD roadmap confirms Vega for June, Ryzen Threadripper this summer - CNET

The first Vega-based Radeon card, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, will be available in late June. But probably not for you. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET I'll spare you the presentation about datacenter technology (though its EPYC server architecture sounds pretty impressive), but AMD's financial analyst conference revealed availability news about several forthcoming products that you probably should care about. Rumors about Vega , AMD's...
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There’s a good reason Shazam started forgetting song titles in April

In April 2017, people using the music-recognition app Shazam might have noticed the app behaving a little oddly. Usually the mobile app identifies songs by comparing sound input to the sound records in an online database . But last month, users in the UK saw the app experiencing a little hiccup as it tried to spit out song names, Adweek reports . It was as if Shazam just couldn’t remember. Shazam’s strange behavior wasn’t a glitch. It was p...
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Making the Yarn Frisbee

The Epoxy I'm using is West System Resin. It's made for boat making and more than up for the task of a yarn frisbee. (Should frisbee be capitalized?! ) I think any epoxy resin should work well. I like the marine epoxies as they tend to cure fairly quickly. STIR well. 90% of all resin failures are due to a lack of proper stirring! (I made up that figure for extra drama) Once the resin is well mixed add a Mess Of Yarn* (1 MOY = 1 Frisbee's wo...
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Google's New Mobile OS Will Have a Distinctly Non-Linux Hue

Google has been developing a new open source operating system called "Fuchsia" for smartphones, tablets and other devices, which could be unveiled as early as this summer. Little has been revealed about the new OS since it first came to light last year. However, new details surfaced last week, first reported by Ars Technica, and have been making the rounds. Fuchsia apparently will move Google away from its long association with Linux, accor...
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San Francisco is considering legislation that would ban sidewalk delivery robots

States across the country are passing laws to permit the use of autonomous delivery robots statewide. But in San Francisco, a city globally renowned for its tech savvy residents, local politicians are now considering legislation that would ban the use of the nascent technology citywide. San Francisco supervisor Norman Yee proposed the new legislation today, following efforts his office made earlier this year to look into regulations that wo...
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“Genericide” assault to nullify the Google trademark fails

David Kravets/Arstechnica reader comments 54 What do a teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape have in common? They were once trademarked but lost their legally protected status because their names became too generic. Google won't be joining that  list  any time soon. Google defeated a "genericide" lawsuit Tuesday that claimed Google should no longer be trademarked because the word "google" is synonymous to the public with the...
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You Will Feel Unclean Watching This Video of Bee Sex

GIF Image: Karla Thomspon. Gif via Hudson Hongo For those who came here expecting the uncut version of Bee Movie, you’re in the wrong place. This is a blog about some very unnerving bee-on-bee action—not some culmination of sexual tension between Renee Zellweger and Jerry Seinfeld’s characters in the 2007 cult movie . Apparently, long-horned bees copulating is pretty unsettling and uh, there’s video to prove it. I’m sorry. Arthropod macroph...
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Cook charity auction raises over $680K for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

  By Roger Fingas Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 01:56 pm PT (04:56 pm ET) An auction offering lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially ended, raising $688,999 for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights — the highest amount ever in a series of such auctions with Cook. Image Credit: setteB.IT The anonymous winner and a guest will get a one-hour meal with the CEO at Apple Park, though they'll have to pay for any associated travel and accommodation costs....
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Saul Goodman Finally Makes His Debut

For two and a half seasons, we’ve been watching Better Call Saul, and we had yet to see the title character. Until this point, the show has been about Albuquerque elder attorney Jimmy McGill, with the occasional glimpse at Cinnabon manager Gene. We were starting to think Jimmy wouldn’t take the name until the very end of the series until last night. Saul Goodman formally introduced himself to the world, not as an ambulance-chasing lawyer, b...
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Know When to Plant Your Garden With This Calculator 

How do you know when to plant your tomatoes and other warm-weather crops?For those of us in temperate climates, we do our planting in and around Mother’s Day. But depending on where you are, you could have actually started a few weeks ago—or you might still need to wait a bit. Here’s how to tell. Many flowers and vegetables prefer to be planted after the “danger of frost” has passed. That’s not your average last frost date, because 50% of t...
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Unabridged) - Steven Pinker

Description We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence. Evidence of a bloody history has always been arou...
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Google's Chromebooks are getting a night mode to help you sleep better

Google's Chromebooks are getting a night mode to help you sleep better | PCWorld Google is joining Apple and Microsoft in adding a night light feature to its PC operating system. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | May 16, 2017 7:52 AMPT Credit: Rob Shultz ");});try{$("div.lazyload_blox_ad").lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false...
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Google Assistant might come to your iPhone this week

Reportedly, Photos will use Assistant to help you create coffee table books from your image library. This will seem familiar to the Mac crowd (Apple offered iPhoto books for years), but the AI would help out by automatically including relevant images. You wouldn't have to hand-pick snapshots if you didn't want to. At least one book option would cost $10. There's also talk of Assistant reaching GE's home appliances. You could ask your oven t...
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Yahoo is killing its Mail app for Windows 10 UWP next week

Yahoo is killing its Mail app for Windows 10 UWP next week YAHOO MAIL has started warning customers that it will be killing off its Windows Universal App - and it's happening soon. Warning messages have started to appear telling people that from the 22 May, they'll have to access Yahoo Mail via a browser, with some users reporting that the app for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is already not working. The app is now no longer availabl...
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The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here

LinuxSecurity.com: A new strain of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crises in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England, and gaining particular traction in Spain, where it has hobbled the large telecom company Telefonica, the natural gas company Gas Natural, and the electrical company Iberdrola. Original link
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Overcoming Data Inequality

Businesses say they want to integrate external data with in-house data, but bias and a lack of tools stand in the way. For many organizations, the goal of business intelligence (BI) and Big Data is to better understand and leverage the complete data landscape for commercial advantage. Internal company data most often serves as the fuel for BI and Big Data initiatives, but in reality this is only part of the picture. Consider a traditional o...
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David Tennant and Billie Piper re-unite for 3 new 'Doctor Who' tales

Okay, so it might not be quite what you're thinking — yes, David Tennant and Billie Piper are teaming up again for three new Doctor Who adventures. The only catch? They're not television episodes, they're audio books. On Monday, Big Finish — the audio drama company who have made a bunch of Torchwood and Doctor Who audio books before — announced the three new episodes, which will be released later this year. You can listen to the trailer her...
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Access Codes For United Cockpit Doors Accidentally Posted Online

According to the Wall Street Journal , the access codes to United's cockpit doors were accidentally posted on a public website by a flight attendant . "[United Continental Holdings], which owns United Airlines and United Express, asked pilots to follow security procedures already in use, including visually confirming someone's identity before they are allowed onto the flight deck even if they enter the correct security code into the cockpit...
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Kickass News - Mathis Entertainment, Inc.

Kickass News Mathis Entertainment, Inc. Genre: News & Politics Release Date: May 15, 2017 Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss News is a twice weekly podcast that features the most interesting personalities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, tech, business, science, and more. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air by making a donation to our GoFundM...
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