Yes, that Netflix tweet is creepy — and raises serious privacy questions

Netflix's ability to extrapolate detailed and specific viewing habits from its vast data set leaves troubling questions about its employees' access to personal customer information.

Windows 10 tip: How to disable unwanted startup programs

It seems like every third-party software developer insists on automatically running its own programs every time you start your PC. Windows 10 offers a powerful tool to help you determine how much of an impact those programs have on performance and shut down those you don't want.

Uber says data breach compromised 380K users in Singapore

Ride-sharing company reveals 380,000 in Singapore were affected by the massive data breach that compromised 57 million accounts globally, but says no fraud or misuse has been tied to these users.

Netflix is watching you. We're all watching you

The video streaming giant calling out its users on Twitter is creepy. But it's only the beginning of monetizing viewing data for media content services.

BlackBerry officially ends support for Priv, outlines BB10 plans

BlackBerry said it will no longer deliver monthly security updates for the Android-powered Priv handset.

Biggest tech fails of 2017

From the tech giants that let fake news run amok, to the ridesharing company that had an Uber-bad run, these were the year's most notable disappointments.

Microsoft's Cortana now has 230 skills (and Amazon's Alexa, 25,000)

Microsoft's Cortana is lagging far behind Amazon's Alexa when it comes to available skills, and doesn't look to catch up any time soon.

​The real battle for net neutrality begins: The people v. FCC

The FCC will not be getting the last word.

Star Wars at 40: It's 2017, and these aren't the droids you're looking for

Fourty years after Star Wars premiered, we're much closer to HAL and The Terminator than we are Artoo and Threepio.

NASA uses Google machine learning for exoplanet detection

Neural networks have thrown up lots of false positives, but also previously undetected exoplanets.

San Francisco mayor's death signals tougher times for tech

Mayor Ed Lee died of cardiac arrest earlier this week — it's likely the end of sweetheart tax deals for tech firms.

Netatmo Smart Radiator Valve, First Take: Room-level remote control

Want to keep your home or office warm more cheaply this winter? Then check this thing out.

Windows 10 Surface rival: Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 packs latest i7 chip

Samsung's Notebook 9 2018 series models don't look very different from last year's models, though.

iTunes won't be in the Microsoft Store this year

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but...

Robots will soon be able to taste and smell your bad cooking

Aromyx has figured out how to digitize taste and smell. Now the company is teaming up with an experimental robotics lab.

Cloud computing: Getting bigger but more complicated too

It turns out that geography matters quite a lot when it comes to cloud computing.

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One feature: Snake. That's all that mattered. (via CNET)

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Hex Star Wars cases: Soft leather protects your Apple iPhone X better than the Force http://zd.net/2BsdkI9

The risky business of bitcoin: High-profile cryptocurrency catastrophes of 2017

As Bitcoin lurches toward mainstream acceptance, ZDNet reviews the high-profile disasters, data breaches, vulnerabilities, and criminal cases that shook up digital currency in 2017.

Windows 10 tip: How to disable unwanted startup programs

Windows 10 offers a powerful tool to determine how much of an impact these programs have on performance and to shut down those you don't want.

The secret to being a great spy agency in the 21st century: Incubating startups

What happens when a top secret intelligence agency turns to entrepreneurs to help build new tools to protect a nation from cyberattacks? GCHQ found out.

UNSW unveils complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip

Engineers at the university have reworked silicon microprocessors to create a complete design for a quantum computer chip.

Yes, that Netflix tweet is creepy — and raises serious privacy questions

Netflix's ability to extrapolate detailed and specific viewing habits from its vast data set leaves troubling questions about its employees' access to personal customer information.

Alphabet, Indian state partner to deploy new wireless internet tech

Alphabet X wants to help an Indian state connect 12 million households to the Internet by 2019 with new FSOC boxes that sit on rooftops and towers.

Net neutrality vote: Why all the fuss? Here's my simple fix

Yes, the end of net neutrality is here and everyone has an opinion, statement, or some scenario. The reality is we're just caught in the middle of a Goliath vs Goliath power struggle.

Biggest tech fails of 2017

From the tech giants that let fake news run amok, to the ridesharing company that had an Uber-bad run, these were the year's most notable disappointments.

Google launches Assistant on Android tablets, more phones

Android tablet users with their language set to English in the US will see Assistant hit their tablet in the coming weeks.

White House details IT modernization set for 2018

President Donald Trump and his administration plan to move to more secure, cost effective infrastructure.

​Net neutrality: The eve of destruction

We must live with the ugliness that will follow.

IBM's big quantum push: Samsung, Daimler sign up for 20-qubit test drive

IBM is ready to open the doors to the first customers for its commercial quantum-computing services.

Lenovo Yoga 920 review: A premium 2-in-1 convertible with excellent battery life

The two most significant absences are an SD card reader and an ambient light sensor for the keyboard's backlight.

FCC votes to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules

The three Republican members of the commission voted to repeal the net neutrality rules.

GPU killer: Google reveals just how powerful its TPU2 chip really is

Google's second-generation Tensor Processing Units Pods can deliver 11.5 petaflops of calculations.

Net neutrality, neutered: FCC votes out Obama-era rules

The Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to dismantle the 2015 regulations. (via CNET)

Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

Linux Mint isn't the best Linux desktop. It's the best desktop, period.

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This has the potential to not only be used in production lines but also for aiding space exploration and search and rescue. (via CNET)

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Ode to the Mac mini

As Jason Snell said, "The Mac mini is great not because it fills a niche, but because it fills a thousand of them."

Fact: Broadband really does work over a piece of wet string

And it's faster than kilobit speed dial-up internet.

Windows 10 Surface rival: Samsung's new Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1 packs latest i7 chip

Samsung updates last year's well-received Notebook 9 laptops and adds a 2-in-1 with a bundled S Pen.

APAC firms confident of security measures despite breaches: Fortinet

48 percent of IT decision makers at APAC organisations are confident of their security measures, despite 86 percent of those organisations having been victim of a breach, Fortinet's enterprise security survey has revealed.

IBM's big quantum push: Samsung, Daimler sign up for 20-qubit test drive

IBM invites customers to build applications on its new 20-qubit system, as 50 qubits loom on the horizon.

Denso, Toyota intro test to analyze IoT data with quantum computer

Quantum computing for the IoT era: The duo hope to guide application development to make transportation more efficient, including traffic decongestion and route optimization for emergency vehicles.

Microsoft adds more AI-powered updates to Bing, Cortana, Office 365

Bing, Cortana and Office 365 are getting more features that Microsoft is categorizing as powered by AI. Here's what's coming.

Welcome back, sneakernet: Why net neutrality repeal will drive us to the edge

It seems that with every passing administration, the issue of net neutrality pops back up.

Freeze your credit after the Equifax hack? You may face Healthcare.gov hurdles

Americans have just three days left to enroll in health insurance plans for 2018. But some may run into this issue.

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