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Last year, two astronomers from Caltech shocked the science community when they announced that they had ironclad evidence pointing to a planet orbit at the farthest edge of our Solar System. The two astronomers — Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin — inferred the planet’s existence based on the strange movements of six small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The astronomers are working on it, but it may be some time before we spot it.

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This year Apple is expected to introduce iOS 11, macOS 10.13, and updates to watchOS and tvOS.

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Microsoft has raised the UK price of its Surface Book and Surface Pro in response to the Brexit-weakened pound.

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Overnight, BuzzFeed uncovered one of the ways that Twitter is filtering out abuse on its platform in its latest anti-harassment initiative. On the forums I’ve run, I’ve never used rule litigation as an excuse to hide the rules, and found that shadow banning often ends up being more trouble than it’s worth.

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You may have seen news stories earlier this week saying that Trump and Putin were seen together in Switzerland before the election. That would not bode well for a Trump administration that’s already perceived as being closer to Russia than you’d expect. However, before you spread the nonsense yourself, you should know that this is a classic case of fake news. It’s been confirmed to be fake, and it’s all part of a massive plot to promote a movie. Ironically, this particular piece of fake news was conceived by the same company that Trump trusts most when it comes to the news. Initially discovered by BuzzFeed , the fake news campaign was supposed to promote 20th Century Fox film A Cure for Wellness . We’ve already seen some trailers for the movie, which tells the story of a fake wellness retreat in Switzerland where treatments aren’t really what they seem. The campaign does deserve some credit for the idea. However, given the current political climate, one that is believed to have been heavily influenced by fake news ahead of the election, it’s not necessarily the best choice. Especially considering companies like Google and Facebook are taking steps to prevent the fake news from going viral. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed explains the fake news sites that were set up by the movie producers spread out false news that isn't related to the film. Moreover, the reports were not even identified as fake news. Here are some of them, as listed by The New York Times : “Utah Senator Introduces Bill to Jail, Publicly Shame Women Who Receive Abortions” “BOMBSHELL: Trump and Putin Spotted at Swiss Resort Prior to Election” “LEAKED: Lady Gaga Halftime Performance to Feature Muslim Tribute” “Trump Refuses to Provide California Federal Support in Midst of Natural Disaster, Cites Sanctuary Cities” “California Legislature to Consider Tax Rebates for Women Who Get Abortions” The biggest fake story among them was the Lady Gaga report, which generated more than 50,000 shares, reactions and comments on Facebook, according to BuzzFeed . The studio used five sites to spread the fake news, including The Sacramento Dispatch , Salt Lake City Guardian , Houston Leader , NY Morning Post and Indianapolis Gazette . The marketing team even created a HealthCureGov.com site designed to resemble the official HealthCare.gov site. Most of those sites were redirected to the film’s official website after BuzzFeed’s report. “A Cure for Wellness is a movie about a ‘fake’ cure that makes people sicker,” a Regency Enterprises spokesperson said. “As part of this campaign, a ‘fake’ wellness site healthandwellness.co was created, and we partnered with a fake news creator to publish fake news.” What’s really ironic about this campaign is that it’s Fox that has to take the blame, which owns the one major network that Donald Trump trusts for news. Just the other day, the president had this to tweet in the midst of the Flynn/Russia scandal: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/831830548565852160 Well, Mr. President, you’d better make sure you double-check your news moving forward, even if it comes from Fox.

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Facebook launched its new job search feature this week, setting to compete with LinkedIn, Indeed, and others.

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Couchbase proves it: match the right database, with the right features, to the right class of application, and Enterprise NoSQL ceases to be a contradiction in terms.

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IBM will connect its Watson IoT platform with Visa's token technology to allow devices to conduct commerce on your behalf. The move may enable new business models.

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You'll have fewer ways to access Sony's PlayStation Now game streaming service this summer. Sony is cutting back on the number of supported devices to focus on support for the PlayStation 4 and PCs. At CES 2015, a Samsung TV shows off Sony's PlayStation Now service.Sony made the announcement today (Feb. 15) in a blog post where it outlined plans to discontinue PlayStation Now support for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV as of August 15.

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith has a radical proposal: he wants the technology industry to resist aiding national governments in cyberattacks, instead creating a digital Geneva Convention to protect civilians from harm.

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When it come to iPhone 8 rumors, there's been a pretty big contradiction of late. Some reports have pointed to a 5.8-inch screen, while others say Apple's 10th anniversary phone will sport a 5.1-inch to 5.2-inch panel. The iPhone 8 could have a function area with virtual buttons.

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The new project, called Email Insights, was developed to make searching for emails easier-as long as you use Outlook or Gmail.

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Apple on Thursday announced that its annual WWDC developer conference will be held from June 5th through June 9th in San Jose, California. San Jose had been Apple's location of choice in the past for WWDC, but the convention has been held in San Francisco in recent years. WWDC 2017 will mark the return of WWDC to San Jose, and the event will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. “We’re ecstatic that Apple has chosen to host its WWDC 2017 in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley and site of the very first WWDC,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo told The Loop . “We look forward to working with Apple to create a special experience for the thousands of attendees who will visit San Jose for this marquee event. And on behalf of our entire city, I’d like to extend a warm invitation to Apple developers, partners and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in Downtown San Jose as Apple unveils its latest innovations.” Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller confirmed to the site that McEnery Convention Center holds about the same number of people as the Moscone Center, which is where WWDC has been held in recent years. Apple expects approximately 5,000 developers and 1,000 engineers to attend the show this year, where the focus will obviously be Apple's next-generation mobile platform, iOS 11. Next-generation versions of macOS, tvOS and watchOS will also be covered at the show, and Apple will stream its WWDC 2017 keynote live online. More details can be found on Apple's website .

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Apple will kick off this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5th, when the company will take to the stage to present the next series of updates to iOS, macOS, and likely watchOS and tvOS as well. This year, the event is being held in a new venue: the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The event is typically held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, but the building is currently under renovation and being expanded.

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No more fiddling with your headset whilst out on a run. VoiceGenie brings you hands free control of your device and Amazon Alexa Voice Services in the cloud.

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Former Apple analyst and current venture capitalist Gene Munster is famous for being horribly, terribly, dreadfully, embarrassingly wrong time and time again about Apple's plans to launch an HDTV. Year in and year out, the analyst insisted that Apple was on the verge of releasing a flat-screen television that would come in multiple sizes and be powered by the company's iOS platform. That mythical HDTV never materialized, and at this point it looks like it never will. Instead, Apple continues to tweak its Apple TV set-top box, and now a new report sheds light on what we can expect from the next-generation model that will likely launch later this year. After all these years, Apple is still fighting an uphill battle in the war for consumers' living rooms. The company's current-generation Apple TV is beloved by users, but it is still facing the same problem earlier models have faced: there aren't very many users. Rivals have flooded the market with low-cost alternatives like the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick from Amazon, which are so popular that the company can't even manage to keep them in stock. Few would argue that less expensive set-top boxes offer better features than the Apple TV. The problem is they offer the same core features — content is the most important part of the experience, for obvious reasons, and Apple has no advantage whatsoever when it comes to content. All of these devices can access the same core services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and Sling TV, so why pay $150-$200 for an Apple TV when you can pay $40-$80 for a Fire TV? Apple hasn't yet found an answer to that important question, but the company continues to motor along while it tries to find a way to differentiate its offerings. In the meantime, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple is indeed working on an updated fifth-generation Apple TV that should launch later this year. That's the good news. The bad news is that it doesn't sound like there will be anything special about the update. Bloomberg states that Apple is testing support for 4K resolution on the next-generation Apple TV, and the news site also claims that the box will support content with "more vivid colors." It's unclear what that means exactly, though it likely refers to HDR, which is now supported by many new HDTV and UHD TV models that have launched over the past year. As for release timing, the report has nothing firm to offer. Instead, it simply suggests that the new fifth-generation Apple TV model could be released at some point in 2017.

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In a world where data drives business, political and military decisions, falsified data has become a weapon, Intel Security Group head Christopher Young told the RSA Conference here this week. "Data drives decisions, but decisions drive world history.  Stolen and manipulated data was used to hijack our election," Young said. To combat what Young called the "weaponization" of data, he urged competing cybersecurity companies to work together toward the common goal of making sure that the data reaching not only decision-makers, but owners of smart-home devices and drivers of connected cars, is true and untainted.

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Snap Inc. is listing the company's valuation at up to $22 billion as it prepares for the tech industry's biggest initial public offering in years. The parent company of SnapChat said in a regulatory filing ...

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I discovered something shocking this morning. Fumbling around inside my phone in search of some notes from CES, I realized I hadn't used the Dropbox app since I changed phones a month ago.A whole month without Dropbox.For close to a decade, the first app I've installed on any new device has been Dropbox. That trusty blue-and-white logo has been my security blanket for storing files online, helping me do the backing up I'm terrible at, and also keeping me sane while switching between review devices every week. But something's changed now, and the catalyst for that change is Google Photos. ...

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Bloomberg has a great new feature out on Elon Musk’s tunnel boring ambitions. Since Musk first started tweeting about his tunnel plans last December, we’ve been on the fence about whether or not the SpaceX CEO is joking. He has a boring machine.

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Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new Apple TV that supports 4K content. Bloomberg reports that Apple could launch its fifth-generation Apple TV as soon as this year, with support for “more vivid colors.” That improvement in color reproduction could be related to high dynamic range (HDR), a feature that is becoming popular on consumer 4K TVs. Bloomberg’s report doesn’t provide any additional information on the upcoming Apple TV, but it does include a lot of context around Apple’s past decisions for its TV hardware.

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Ruby, JavaScript, and full stack developers are among the most in-demand positions in enterprises this year. Here's what you need to know about them.

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Google News is launching its fact-checking feature in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to counteract fake news. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Richard Gingras, VP of Google News, said that users in the three countries will now see links from fact-checking websites in Google News search results. The sources will be listed under the “fact check” tag in expanded story boxes on desktop searches and in the Google News and Weather app.

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Add 'fun facts' to the end of a search about any living thing, and Google will give you a summary of information about it.

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Between them, Android and iOS accounted for 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. This duopoly has been the norm for a while now (in the second quarter of 2015 this figure was 96.8 percent), but it’s always impressive — and slightly terrifying — to see how Google and Apple continue to wring the last decimal point drops of market share from global smartphone users. Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players?

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