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FCC Filing Confirms Apple Planned on Launching Gold iPhone X

Apple appears to have designed a gold iPhone X, according to documents filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission.<p>When releasing a new device, smartphone companies must share details with the FCC, which Apple did for the iPhone X in September of 2017. In the document, Apple …

Apple

Apple Hires Google's Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence

Apple has snapped up John Giannandrea, who today stepped down from his position as the head of Google's search and artificial intelligence unit, reports <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>According to Apple, Giannandrea will run Apple's overall "machine learning and A.I. strategy," reporting directly to Apple CEO …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Plans to Ditch Intel and Use Custom Mac Chips Starting in 2020

Apple is planning to transition from Intel chips to its own custom made Mac chips as early as 2020, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>Apple's initiative, reportedly code named "Kalamata," is part of an effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads work "more similarly and seamlessly together" according to unspecified …

Dell Technologies

Silicon Valley, Wall Street taking notes on Spotify debut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA's (SPOT.N) unusual route to becoming a public company is a test case for other multibillion-dollar tech companies that are looking to sell their shares but are not in need of cash.<p>On Tuesday, investors will be able to buy and sell shares in the Swedish …

Venture Capital

7 Tips for winning a Landscape Photography Contest

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Landscape Photography

Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.

null<p>President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” according to officials …

Donald Trump

Facebook knows it must do more to fight bad actors

Not everything at SXSW 2018 was about films or gadgets. A few blocks away from the Austin Convention Center, where the event is being held, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) hosted a number of panels for its Innovation Policy Day. In a session dubbed "Fighting Terror with Tech," Facebook's …

Ask Amy: Daughter buys a street bike and hides it from worried mom

<i>Dear Amy: I’m a 22-year-old girl. I live with my mom (my parents are divorced).</i><p><i>My mom and I have a healthy relationship built on mutual trust and honesty, but I am struggling with a secret that I have been keeping for the past six months.</i><p><i>I was bit by the motorcycle bug at a young age, but she gets</i> …

Babysitting

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

Machine Learning

China wages war on funeral strippers

China has launched its latest crackdown against a phenomenon which just won't seem to die in rural areas - funeral strippers.<p>The Ministry of Culture said last month that it was targeting "striptease" and other "obscene, pornographic, and vulgar performances" at funerals, weddings and traditional …

His wireless Apple headphone started smoking during a workout. Then it exploded, he said.

Jason Colon rolled the blackened Apple AirPod in his hand, still in disbelief that the wireless headphone had apparently blown apart moments after he removed it from his right ear.<p>He had been working out at LA Fitness on 4th Street in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Thursday, listening to dance music, …

Galaxy Note

Bike-sharing startup Spin is getting into scooter-sharing

Because there are not enough ways to get around major cities and campuses, Spin is working to launch stationless electric scooter-sharing. These aren’t the electric scooters you see in San Francisco, operated by Scoot Networks. These are essentially electrified Razor-like scooters that can go up to …

San Francisco

Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests

To no parent’s surprise, too much smartphone use makes teens unhappy.<p>So says a new study from San Diego State University, which pulled data from over one million 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders in the U.S. showing teens who spent more time on social media, gaming, texting and video-chatting on their …

Social Media

Shutdown Continues as Democrats Demand Firmer Immigration Pledge

Senate Democrats cast doubt Monday on hopes for a quick resolution to the government shutdown as they demanded a more binding promise from Majority …

Republicans

Google has planted its flag at CES

Google’s here, and it’s planning something big. The company’s presence is impossible to miss as you drive down Paradise Road toward the Las Vegas Convention Center. Like much the rest of the show, the company’s parking lot booth is still under construction today, but the giant, black and white “Hey …

Las Vegas

New Year’s Eve countdown specials 2018: Mariah Carey is back. Here’s where to watch.

Usually, New Year’s Eve countdown specials come and go without much fanfare — unless there’s a real train wreck, such as Mariah Carey’s botched performance last year during ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Her representatives blamed technical difficulties and said “production set her up to fail”; …

New York City

LG shows off the world's first 88-inch 8K OLED display

Just as 4K and HDR are finally going mainstream, the ambitious folks at LG Display have also been busy pushing their OLED technology to 8K. Come CES, the Korean manufacturer will let attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display (can we just call it the "Triple 8?"), which is both the …

Televisions

U.S. signals support for incumbent president in disputed Honduras election

The Trump administration signaled support Wednesday for the incumbent president in Honduras in his much-disputed reelection bid, backing a longtime U.S. ally in Central America.<p>After initially saying it was awaiting a report by the Organization of American States, which monitored the election, the …

It’s official: Disney is acquiring Fox’s film and TV divisions for $52.4 billion

We’re about to see two entertainment behemoths come together, as The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox have officially announced a deal. As a result, Disney will acquire Fox’s film division and much of its TV operations for a price of over $52 billion in stock.<p>Disney will take over the Nat …

Walt Disney Company

China’s CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter

It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its powerful network of CCTV camera and facial recognition technology.<p>This wasn’t a case of a member of the media being forcibly removed from the country. The chase was a stunt set up to …

Surveillance

California communities under siege from wind-driven fires

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.<p>The most damaging fire was in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles, where 150 structures were …

California

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.<p>Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a ceremony marking Russia's Red …

North Korea

Gear of the Year 2017 - Barney's choice (Part 2): Nikon D850

In the first part of this article, I wrote about the camera I've used most in 2017 – the Leica M10. In Part 2, I want to write about a camera that …

Cameras

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 now offer more personalized battery estimates

There are a lot of things that make Google's Pixel phones great, but at the end of the day, a lot of their greatness boils down to the software …

15 Gifts For Photographers Under $50

Once you, or the photographer in your life, have your camera, whether it's a DSLR, mirrorless or even a smartphone, with the help of a few simple and …

Outdoors

Trump has unleashed the Saudi Arabia we always wanted — and feared

Now that the boy wonder Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accelerated his ascent to the throne through a series of wide-scale purges last weekend and reckless foreign-policy moves abroad, both of us are feeling nostalgic for the good old days when the Saudis were scared of their own shadow.<p>…

Middle East

OnePlus adds a six-inch screen and face unlock for the 5T

OnePlus has carved out a nice niche for itself over the past couple of years. The company’s never been too preoccupied with the rush toward bleeding-edge tech. Instead, it’s worked to provide consumers with one of the best deals in smartphones. And the newly announced 5T is firmly inline with that …

Mobile Technology

Russian lawmakers approve bill targeting foreign media

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents, a swift retaliation to the U.S. demands made to a Russian TV channel.<p>The bill comes days after the Russian state-funded RT …

Russia

Nearly 200 Trump web addresses hijacked by hackers: AP report

WASHINGTON - Four years ago, well before the furor over allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House, at …

Donald Trump

Defector: US strike would trigger automatic NK retaliation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking North Korean defector told a congressional hearing Wednesday that a pre-emptive U.S. military strike on the country would trigger automatic retaliation, with the North unleashing artillery and short-range missile fire on South Korea.<p>The testimony from Thae Yong Ho, …

North Korea