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Apple seems to be trying to lower expectations on its willingness to ramp up US manufacturing, something that President Trump has repeatedly requested the company look into. At a Goldman Sachs conference yesterday, Apple’s chief financial officer, Luca Maestri, responded to a question on manufacturing by indicated that Apple’s focus is on creating jobs in other sectors. “One of the points that we are making in Washington is the fact that we have been a very large contributor to the US economy during the last decade,” Maestri said.

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T-Mobile's longstanding reputation is for great prices and bad signal. But as recent reports have shown, the network is making big strides in catching up to Verizon's industry-leading coverage, and the gap looks like it's going to be nonexistent by the end of the year. Buried in T-Mobile's earnings report yesterday were two maps showing T-Mobile's coverage. One shows the current coverage across the US, and the other shows where T-Mobile is planning on being on December 31st, 2017. As the map shows, T-Mobile is planning on plugging big coverage gaps that currently exist, particularly in areas like Montana, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The end result is a map that has more magenta and fewer white holes, which should help T-Mobile poach more of Verizon's rural customers. In addition to the coverage improvements, T-Mobile is also planning to aggressively use new technology to improve connection speeds. In particular, it's promising to keep pushing voice over LTE (VoLTE), which allows it to repurpose spectrum from slower 2G and 3G speeds to LTE. Of course, Verizon won't be standing still during all of this. All the carriers are pushing ahead with research and testing of 5G network technologies, promising theoretical gigabit speeds. There's also an ongoing sale of new spectrum through the FCC, which could dramatically change the landscape depending on which networks end up with the all-important new spectrum.

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In this case, I’m referring to the GPD Pocket, a crowdfunded laptop that at first glance kind of looks like a toy but apparently is a full Windows 10 computer. The Pocket is actually the second miniaturized Windows laptop from GPD, after the GPD Win, which was a more gaming-focused device. It measures 7.1 inches x 4.2 inches, or roughly the footprint of a medium-sized paperback book, with a 7-inch 1080p display.

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​Want to know how your business can get the most from open source? This free ebook can help.

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Data centers that used to be 55 degrees are now running comfortably at 75 degrees, which means your company is saving money, and your IT pros no longer need to bundle up to do their jobs.

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Machine learning has a lot to offer, but overselling its current capabilities helps no one.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is teaming up with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education to expand its coverage of science, medicine and health journalism.

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Comcast is launching a new app called Xfinity Stream which will be available to all Xfinity subscribers for free on February 28th. The app is an overhaul of the Xfinity TV app and will be replacing it as the tool for subscribers to access live channels, DVR content, and on-demand titles on the go. Most notably, Xfinity Stream will provide access more than 200 live channels from anywhere you have internet.

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There's no way to put this gently: America is fatter than ever before. Thanks to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and an abundance of unhealthy fast food options, obesity rates have steadily increased with each passing year. In fact, recent data from the CDC relays that more than 1/3 of Americans can be considered obese. Part of the problem, as mentioned above, is fast food. After all, you can walk into almost any fast food restaurant in the country and easily consume a delicious 1,500+ calorie meal for less than $10. That said, some fast food joints have taken impressive steps to increase the number of healthy food options available to consumers, with McDonald's being a prime example. Over the past few years, McDonald's has steadily introduced items like premium salads that curiously coexist alongside famously unhealthy items like fries and the iconic double quarter pounder with cheese. In fact, it's actually possible live on a McDonald's diet exclusively and keep your arteries relatively clean. In an interesting Quora post which tackles this very topic, Jonathan Brill explains how a selective diet at McDonald's would actually be healthier than the average American diet. You can buy grilled chicken, salads without dressing, fruit, dairy (without added sugar), and a variety of meat-based, low sugar breakfast dishes. If you go easy on the buns, it would be possible for you to get your protein, vitamins, minerals, and water every day, with close to zero sugar, or at the very least, well under the new recommendation by the World Health Organization of 25g a day (of course the recommendation for Americans is twice that). Now there's no denying that a diet of extra large cokes, fish fillets, burgers, fries and tasty milkshakes is a quick way to get to the grave early. Still, it surprisingly possible to eat at McDonald's and make smart dieting choices that will leave you relatively healthy. Now do we recommend anyone eat exclusively at McDonald's? Of course not. But the broader takeaway is that making smart menu choices is far more beneficial than struggling to avoid fast food spots altogether. Besides, unhealthy food can be found almost anywhere you go, from Subway to Whole Foods. The full Quora thread, which has a number of interesting answers, can be checked out in its entirety over here .

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By Thomas Wilson TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp on Wednesday said it has agreed to buy Fortress Investment Group LLC for about $3.3 billion, looking to add investment expertise as it prepares to launch the world's largest private equity fund. The all-cash deal is SoftBank's first major investment in an asset manager and represents yet another unpredictable gambit for a group that has to date focused on telecoms and technology. It comes after founder Masayashi Son made the surprise announcement in October that SoftBank is teaming up with Saudi Arabia to set up a $100 billion technology fund.

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The latest RightScale State of the Cloud Report claims that private cloud deployments are dropping, and Microsoft Azure is continuing to grow as a major competitor to AWS.

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One of the first cameras with HomeKit support is now available from the Apple Store. The D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD is an indoor camera that features a 1080p camera with a 180-degree field of view, night vision, two-way audio, and an SD card slot. Much like the Nest Camera, the Omna will send you a notification if there is movement in your house, but you can view Omna’s live feed from your lock screen thanks to HomeKit integration.

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Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion ...

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Will throttling abuse of the H-1B solve the problem for vanishing low-end tech work in the US? Or should there be a whole new approach to saving domestic jobs?

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Hackers affiliated with the Russian government are believed to have hacked the DNC last year with the purpose of influencing the presidential election. Reports last year revealed that the same hackers who pilfered the DNC servers were responsible for a piece of Android malware that turned phones belonging to the Ukrainian army into location trackers that sent information to the Russian military. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the same group has also developed a highly sophisticated malware for Macs that can be used to retrieve sensitive information from Apple computers, including iPhone backups. Called APT28, the Russian hacking group has tools capable of cracking a variety of operating systems, Ars Technica reports , including Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, and Windows. APT28 is comprised of mostly Russian-speaking hackers who work during Russian business hours. They have targeted Ukraine, Spain, Russia, Romania, the US, and Canada, Bitdefender explained in a report last year. The security company now says that APT28 created a modular backdoor for Mac called Xagent. The tool can be used to log passwords, capture screenshots, and steal iPhone backups stored on a Mac. Why would hackers target Apple’s desktop platform rather than going for Windows or Android? Well, keep in mind that APT28 is believed to be acting on behalf of the Russian government, which means it’s not looking to steal data from regular individuals. Instead, the group might be developing tools for all sorts of operating systems, including the ones that are deemed to be more secure than others. And whenever you hear that a certain government or company is switching from Android to iPhone , you should know that hackers are also listening to the same news. Hacking an iPhone is more difficult than an Android phone, but not impossible. Still, obtaining access to someone’s Mac, which can contain unencrypted iPhone backups, is much easier. On that note, if you're not encrypting your iPhone backups, you should start doing it, especially if you've been given a government-purchased iPhone (or iPad). In other words, this piece of Mac malware might not affect regular Apple computer users, especially after Apple finds ways to prevent it from working, so you shouldn’t freak out about someone stealing all your sexting pics from your Mac. However, if you’re a government employee, you should pay extra close attention to everything you’re doing on your Mac. These hackers still have to trick you into installing the backdoor yourself before they can actually steal any data, but you would be surprised at how often that happens. Read more about this new macOS threat over at Bitdefender .

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(Reuters) - Fossil Group Inc's shares plunged 20 percent to an eight-year low on Wednesday after the watchmaker's grim full-year forecast indicated that the company's push into smartwatch business would weigh on its margins. Fossil, which also sells watches under Skagen and Burberry brands, has been investing aggressively after entering the smartwatch market in 2015 to catch up with industry leaders Fitbit Inc and Apple Inc . "The one category that is growing is margin dilutive and its ultimate scalability remains unproven, at the same time management is suggesting it will drop price to move units," Instinet analyst Simeon Siegel wrote in a note.

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Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that the Xbox E3 2017 press conference will take place on Sunday, June 11th at 5 pm ET. This comes on the heels of EA's announcement earlier this year that it would host its EA Play 2017 event at the Palladium in Hollywood, California from June 10th-12th -- the weekend before E3 begins at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Clearly, a trend is beginning to develop. Last year (and at every other recent E3) Microsoft, Sony and other major game companies have held their press briefings on Monday -- the day before E3 properly kicks off at the convention center. Microsoft was typically relegated to the morning slot, so moving to Sunday will likely give the company more visibility as it announces its game lineup for the coming year and new hardware in the Xbox line. https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/831926435690328064 Speaking of new hardware, the teaser image for the E3 2017 briefing appears to show off a chip with "4K" inscribed on it. We assume Microsoft is hinting that the Xbox Scorpio, which is said to play games at 4K natively. The upgraded console is set to launch at some point in the coming holiday season, so E3 will be Microsoft's best chance to show off exactly how it compares to the PS4 Pro. In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson told us that the company will also be hosting another Xbox FanFest this year for fans who can't make it to E3 ( even though the event is open to the public for the first time ).

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Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that the Xbox E3 2017 press conference will take place on Sunday, June 11th at 5 pm ET. This comes on the heels of EA's announcement earlier this year that it would host its EA Play 2017 event at the Palladium in Hollywood, California from June 10th-12th -- the weekend before E3 begins at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Clearly, a trend is beginning to develop. Last year (and at every other recent E3) Microsoft, Sony and other major game companies have held their press briefings on Monday -- the day before E3 properly kicks off at the convention center. Microsoft was typically relegated to the morning slot, so moving to Sunday will likely give the company more visibility as it announces its game lineup for the coming year and new hardware in the Xbox line. https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/831926435690328064 Speaking of new hardware, the teaser image for the E3 2017 briefing appears to show off a chip with "4K" inscribed on it. We assume Microsoft is hinting at the Xbox Scorpio, which is said to play games at 4K natively . The upgraded console is set to launch at some point in the coming holiday season, so E3 will be Microsoft's best chance to show off exactly how it compares to the PS4 Pro. In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson told us that the company will also be hosting another Xbox FanFest this year for fans who can't make it to E3 ( even though the event is open to the public for the first time ).

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Green Flower Media's CEO explains how investors and startups at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and legal cannabis are preparing for a big harvest.

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LONDON (AP) — Yahoo warns users of potential malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016.

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Starting this summer the PlayStation Now game streaming service will only be available on PlayStation 4 and PC. Today Sony announced that it will be discontinuing the service on a wide range of platforms, including the PS3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, and all supported smart TVs and Blu-ray players. “After thoughtful consideration, we decided to shift our focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices,” Sony explained in a brief blog post.

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What if we told you that the iPhone or Android smartphone in your pocket right now is hiding a big-screen TV that's even larger than anything in your house right now? And what if we told you that the only thing you need to unlock this hidden 120-inch display is pick up a RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector ? This brilliant little portable projector can connect to any smartphone or tablet and instantly transform it into a massive display. Plug it in for endless entertainment or charge it up and take it with you for up to 90 minutes of continuous playback per charge. Trust us, this little gadget is going to impress you. Some highlights from the product page: Meet the Cube: The 2-inch portable mobile projector that works with phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles to give you larger-than-life entertainment, anywhere. Compatible with HDMI devices, rechargeable with a 90-minute battery life and works with mobile adapters for streaming on-the-go. The most user-friendly projector in its class. Vibrant LED light projection lasts up to 20,000 hours. Display stretches up to 120 inches. Purchase includes HDMI and MHL connector cables, USB charger, remote control, flexible mini tripod and free 1-year warranty. Technical details: Connectivity: Micro SD, MHL & HDMI. Native resolution: 854x480 (WVGA). Throw ratio: 1.99:1 dist/width. Video input up to full HD 1080p. Cube dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1.9 inches. Brightness: Full 50 lumens. Adapter may be required. Note that if you want to connect an iPhone or iPad, you'll also need to pick up a special adapter.

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A newly detected malware targeting macOS devices can steal passwords and capture iPhone backups. And it's coming from the same group believed to be responsible for the 2016 election hacks.

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The latest iteration of LibreOffice might well solidify the flagship open source office suite as a solid contender to meet your productivity needs.

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The disputed patents on the gene-editing tool CRISPR belong to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, according to a ruling by judges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ruling comes a little over two months after a high-profile court hearing, during which MIT and University of California, Berkeley heatedly argued about who should own CRISPR.

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