Technology 

Google CEO: Tech education should be more than just coding – CNET

Coding is a vital component of tech education, but it won’t be enough to sustain the next generation of workers. With a rapidly evolving tech world, employees will require continuous training in basic digital skills, according to Sundar Pichai. The Google chief executive explains in an opinion piece published Thursday by NBC News THINK that the notion of getting a traditional education that will provide a lifetime of job skills is a remnant of yesteryear. “With technology changing rapidly and new job areas emerging and transforming constantly, that’s no longer…

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Which streamer should you buy? – CNET

So you want a new device to connect to your TV and stream video, but not sure which one? I’ve got you covered. I’ve reviewed pretty much every major streamer on the market today, from Roku to Amazon to Chromecast to Apple TV, along with every major Smart TV system. Lemme tell ya, with the exception of TVs that actually run Roku’s or Amazon’s software, a streamer is better than the smarts built into your set. It has more apps, better search, more frequent updates and just more. And most…

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Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone noticed.  Asteroid 2018 BD flew by our planet at a distance of about 22,000 miles (35,406 km) at 7:43 a.m. PT, just seven hours after being discovered via the Catalina Sky…

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Space 

Pentagon nominee Griffin promises stronger DoD leadership in advancing technology

Griffin: “Our most pressing challenge will be to field new capabilities faster than our adversaries.” WASHINGTON — The United States military can no longer count on having technological dominance over its adversaries. For the Pentagon, this is a pivotal moment that demands bold action, said Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s nominee for the position of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. Global spread of technology that the Pentagon used to own exclusively has shifted the balance of power, a situation that “demands that we reassert our technological leadership,” Griffin…

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Science 

Phoenix Serial Killer Suspect Identified After DNA Allegedly Connects Him to 9 Killings

Seven men and two women were shot between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17 More (PHOENIX) — A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim’s gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday. Shell casings, DNA, stolen jewelry and a cellphone taken from a victim were among the pieces of evidence that investigators used to tie Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, to the killings, according to court documents. “It should appall every one…

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Airbnb purges thousands of San Francisco listings overnight – CNET

Airbnb deactivated thousands of San Francisco hosts to be in accordance with new legislation. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET If you were hoping to rent out a room on Airbnb in San Francisco, the pickings just got a lot slimmer. New legislation went into effect on Wednesday requiring all Airbnb hosts to register with the city. As a consequence, more than half of Airbnb’s listings in the city disappeared practically overnight. In August, Airbnb listed about 8,900 short-term rentals in San Francisco and on Wednesday that number dropped to a little over…

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This Samsung patent could solve the iPhone X’s notch problem – CNET

The iPhone X‘s now-infamous notch stirred up plenty of controversy for cutting into the screen space. But Apple’s notch just reflects a larger issue with newer phones: as screens begin to cover the entire face, what do we do with hardware such as home buttons and cameras? A Samsung patent application (first spotted by Dutch site LetsGoDigital) filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization seems to have an answer: put holes in the screen for hardware to poke through. In theory, this would allow for Samsung to completely get rid of the phone bezels…

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Here’s what the final 20 cities offered Amazon for HQ2 – CNET

Amazon’s headquarters are in Seattle. It’s searching for a place to put a second headquarters.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon has whittled down 238 applicants to 20 finalists across North America for its second headquarters. During the bidding process, which began in early September last year, cities across the continent made a mad dash to entice Amazon to come to town, some with bizarre acts of grandeur. Tucson, Arizona, sent a giant cactus to Amazon, while the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, said he bought 1,000 items on Amazon.com and left…

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Here’s why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word – CNET

Smart speakers are here to stay Sarah Tew/CNET There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call. At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a…

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