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As Elon Musk’s ongoing campaign to piss off every journalist continued to make headlines, you may have missed a key bit of news: His secretive company Neuralink is funding primate research at the University of California as it pursues its quest to create brain-computer interfaces. So when, at some point in our…
Source: Gizmodo: Elon Musk’s Monkey Tests, Dating Site Hell, and Alexa Nightmares: The Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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Earlier this week, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that will regulate data brokers that buy and sell personal information in an attempt to add a new layer of accountability to the massive, data-trading companies that often operate without much oversight.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo: Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

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Optics and ethics are two words that simply are lacking in the Trump family lexicon.Read more…
Source: Gizmodo: China Approved More Ivanka Trump Trademarks the Same Week As Daddy’s ZTE Pivot 

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Enlarge / How could Peter Bright ditch all this for the minimalism of MacOS? He loves the color purple far too much to do that, right? (credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright evidently had an…
Source: Gears and Gadgets – Ars Technica: From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II

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Enlarge / HP ZBook x2. (credit: Peter Bright) Since Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 proved that there was a market for tablet-sized PCs sporting detachable keyboards, we’ve seen an abundance of minor variations of the concept from the major PC OEMs. For the most part, they’ve stuck pretty close to Microsoft’s…
Source: Gears and Gadgets – Ars Technica: HP’s ZBook x2: It’s powerful, it’s specialized, and it’s very expensive

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Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT
Amazon has confirmed a report that one of its Echo devices recorded a family’s conversation and then messaged it to a random person on the family’s contact list, who is an employee of a family member.But Amazon, in a statement emailed to Computerworld, confirmed every privacy advocate’s worst nightmare with its explanation: “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’…
Source: Computer World: Amazon's Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT

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Enlarge / OK, technically this wouldn’t have even been possible at the time of this initial article, but here’s Win10, Win8, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (High Sierra) all together. Thanks Parallels. (credit: Parallels) Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright…
Source: Gears and Gadgets – Ars Technica: From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X

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Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet.Yeah, I said it.Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.Windows users carp that Chromebooks are cute, but not serious…
Source: Computer World: Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong

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Enlarge / Eliot Higgins (C), founder of online investigation group Bellingcat, addresses a press conference on findings within research on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 25, 2018. – The Netherlands and Australia on May 25 accused Moscow of being behind the 2014 shooting down of…
Source: Biz & IT – Ars Tecnicha: Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine

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Google Home review – CNET
It’s a well balanced smart speaker with tons of features. But if you have a specific need, there’s likely a better smart speaker for you.
Source: CNET Reviews: Google Home review – CNET

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