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Sony's Robot Dogs Are Helping Japanese People Find Companionship

The dogs, known as Aibos, are companion robots made by Sony -- robots that don't necessarily do much apart from providing company and comfort.

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Is Fry's Electronics in Trouble?

The tagline "Your best buys are always at Fry's" once blanketed Bay Area airwaves, but that's no longer true of the computer retailer's Palo Alto store.

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Company Shuts Down Because of Ransomware, Leaves 300 Without Jobs Just Before Holidays

An Arkansas-based telemarketing firm sent home more than 300 employees and told them to find new jobs after IT recovery efforts didn't go according to plan following a ransomware incident that took pl

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Chrome To Show Error Codes, Similar To Windows BSOD Screens

Google Chrome will get support for error codes, similar to the ones seen on Windows blue screen of death (BSOD) crash pages.

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A Quarter of the World's Pigs Died Last Year in China

By the end of August 2019, the entire pig population of China had dropped by about 40 percent.

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Climate Change is Intensifying Australia's Fires

Tens of thousands of Australians are fleeing their homes as hundreds of fires rage across the continent's southeast coast.

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Why Some Rope Knots Hold Better Than Others

Iwastheone shares a report from SciTechDaily: MIT mathematicians and engineers have developed a mathematical model that predicts how stable a knot is, based on several key properties, including the nu

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GirlsDoPorn: Young Women Win Legal Battle Over Video Con

A U.S. judge has awarded $12.8 million to 22 unnamed women, ruling that they were tricked into appearing in widely distributed online porn videos.

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Tesla Tops Wall Street Estimates With 112,000 Vehicle Deliveries In Fourth Quarter

SpankiMonki shares a report from CNBC: Tesla said it delivered 92,550 Model 3 cars and 19,450 Model S and X vehicles during the fourth quarter.

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Apple Targets Jailbreaking In Lawsuit Against iOS Virtualization Company

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has expanded a lawsuit against an iOS virtualization company, claiming that its actions facilitate jailbreaking and violate the Digital Mil

in Smashing Magazine

Understanding CSS Grid: Creating A Grid Container

This is the start of a new series here at Smashing Magazine concentrating on CSS Grid Layout.

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How To Decide Which PWA Elements Should Stick

As the number of website visitors and shoppers grows on mobile, it’s important to consider how small additions to your design will encourage them to do more than just research and browse.

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How to Learn iOS App Development: Start With These Courses and Tutorials

Ever since the catchphrase “There’s an app for that” played on a television commercial, there’s been a strong and growing interest in creating mobile apps, especially for Apple and iOS devi

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2019: A Smashing Year In Review

2019 has been quite a productive (sometimes challenging, but ultimately very successful) year for the Smashing team.

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12 Best Android Photo App Templates

App templates are the perfect solution for inexperienced coders who want to create apps but don’t yet have the skill—and for the experienced developer pressed for time. 

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New Adventures Ahead! (January 2020 Wallpapers)

Let’s welcome 2020 with a new wallpaper!

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Smashing Podcast Episode 6 With Luca Mezzalira: What Are Micro-Frontends?

We finish off this year with yet another Smashing podcast! This time, we’ll be talking about micro-frontends. What is a micro-frontend?

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Microsoft Takes Down 50 Domains Operated by North Korean Hackers

Microsoft announced today that it successfully took down 50 web domains previously used by a North Korean government-backed hacking group.

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What Is Website Hosting and Why Does It Matter for Your Website?

Transcript: What is website hosting?  This is to make a point, I promise.  When you go to a party, there’s always a host.

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5 Things To Stop Doing In Mobile App Design

I move to a new state every two to three years, so it’s important for me to live “light”. Every time I prepare to move, I go through the “Do I really need to keep this?” exercise.

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How to Get Started Making Android Apps

Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world today, running on billions of active devices, which include phones, tablets, smart TVs, and various home appliances.

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How to Use PHP in HTML

In this article, I'll show you how to use PHP code in your HTML pages.

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Trump Could Mandate Free Access To Federally Funded Research Papers

The White House is rumored to be working on an executive order that would require all scientific papers that are based on federally funded research to be made available online free of charge as soon a

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Helping Browsers Optimize With The CSS Contain Property

In this article, I’m going to introduce a CSS Specification that has just become a W3C Recommendation.

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Mike Bloomberg Is Plowing Millions of Dollars Into a Secretive Tech Firm Called Hawkfish

As a way to help his 2020 presidential bid, presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is pouring tens of millions of dollars into an unknown digital business called Hawkfish -- which Bloomberg himself fou

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MIT Reveals First Ever Laser Ultrasound Pictures of a Human Body

Researchers from MIT have revealed the very first images of a human generated through a novel laser ultrasound imaging technique.

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Bushfires Release Over Half Australia's Annual Carbon Emissions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The unprecedented bushfires devastating swathes of Australia have already pumped out more than half of the country's annual carbon dioxide emissions

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New York Governor Promises Net Neutrality Legislation In 2020

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a state net neutrality law as part of his 2020 legislative agenda, joining states like California in proposing a law to ensure his state's internet

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A Twitter App Bug Was Used To Match 17 Million Phone Numbers To User Accounts

Security researcher Ibrahim Balic said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter's Android app.

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Travis Kalanick Severs All Ties With Uber, Departing Board and Selling All His Shares

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will step down from the board, effective Dec.

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Scientists Store Data in Synthetic DNA Embedded in a Plastic Bunny

A new method for preserving genetically encoded data into common manufacturing materials is reported.

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Chinese Criminal Gangs Spreading African Swine Fever To Force Farmers To Sell Pigs Cheaply So They Can Profit

Chinese criminals have been exploiting the country's African swine fever crisis by intentionally spreading the disease to force farmers to sell their pigs for a low price before smuggling the meat and

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Ask Slashdot: Will Future TVs Be Able To DeepFake Actor Faces In Realtime?

dryriver writes: We've all seen the DeepFake videos on Youtube, where a different actor's face from the original is digitally inserted into a film scene.

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Why the Wikimedia Foundation Has Not Signed on To the Contract for the Web

In November 2019, Tim Berners-Lee and the Web Foundation launched the Contract for the Web, a set of rules designed to address the challenges facing digital communication and participation -- from thr

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Baltimore Police Back Pilot Program for Surveillance Planes, Reviving Controversial Program

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Friday he now supports a pilot program to fly three private surveillance planes over the city, reviving a controversial effort that had been shelved

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Why Your Brain Needs Exercise

Answering this question requires that we rethink our views of exercise. From a report: People often consider walking and running to be activities that the body is able to perform on autopilot.

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Do You Protect Your iPhone? It's a Case Study That Divides Americans.

As smartphones balloon in price, some pushing past $1,000, there is a debate between case haves and case have-nots.

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Malware Broker Behind US Hacks is Now Teaching Computer Skills in China

A Chinese malware broker who was sentenced in the United States this year for dealing in malicious software linked to major hacks is back at his old workplace: teaching high-school computer courses, i

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'My Business Card Runs Linux'

Computer engineer George Hilliard says he has built an electronic business card running Linux.

in Smashing Magazine

Beyond Sprint 0: An Alternative For Integrating Teams

Scrum is the most popular project management methodology in the world with over 72% of teams using Scrum or a scrum-hybrid.

in 24 ways

The Accidental Side Project

Drew McLellan puts the chairs up on the tables, sweeps the floor, and closes off our season, and indeed the entire 24 ways project with a look back at what it’s meant to run this

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Uninstall ToTok, an Alleged Emirati Spy App, From Your Phone Now

A messaging app called ToTok had scores of positive reviews, particularly from users in the UAE. US intelligent officials say it may be spying for that government instead. 

in 24 ways

Usability and Security; Better Together

Divya Sasidharan calls into question the trade-offs often made between security and usability. Does a secure interface by necessity need to be hard to use?

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Flexible Captioned Slanted Images

Eric Meyer gift wraps the most awkwardly shaped of boxes using nothing but CSS, HTML and a little curl of ribbon.

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Link Pack

(via) – How the X-Ray was invented. – What not to do on your work computer.

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There Is No Design System

Jina Anne silences the night to talk about how we talk about Design Systems. Can the language we use impact the effectiveness of the solution?

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Why the Second-Hand eBook Market May Never Take Off

Europe's highest court on Thursday ruled that the exhaustion of copyright does not apply to e-books.

in Six Revisions

5 Lead Generation Website Design Best Practices

Are you looking to generate more leads and revenue with your website?

in NETTUTS

Better Navigation: How to Add a Dropdown Menu in WordPress

WordPress features a built-in menu management system that makes it easy to add menus to your website.

in 24 ways

Building a Dictaphone Using Media Recorder and getUserMedia

Chris Mills brushes up his shorthand and shows how the MediaStream Recording API in modern browsers can be used to capture audio directly from the user’s device.

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“Dude With Sign”

I might have just found my favorite new Instagram account: Dude with sign.

in 24 ways

A History of CSS Through Fifteen Years of 24 ways

Rachel Andrew guides us through a tour of the last fifteen years in CSS layout, as manifested in articles here on 24 ways.

in Smashing Magazine

Live Sketching A Site Visitor Journey To Create A Sitemap With Your Client

Drawing can instantly lower barriers and make communication with a client much easier.

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More Small Tests Are Happening For Universal Basic Incomes

DevNull127 writes: A video report from NBC News profiles "Springboard to Opportunities," an advocacy group for affordable housing residents that's now also testing $1,000-a-month payments (privately-f

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Bank Employee Steals Cash, Then Posts Pics of It On Facebook and Instagram

"If you're systematically stealing money from a bank vault, it may not be a good idea to post the evidence on your social media pages," reports CNN:

A bank employee in Charlotte, North Carolina, alle

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Are California's Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?

California now has one million solar roofs, representing about 14% of all renewable power generated in the state.

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ICANN Delays .Org Sale Approval, Calls For More Transparency

"ICANN has delayed its approval of the sale of .Org to private equity company Ethos Capital by requesting more information," reports Domain Name Wire:
According to its contract with Public Interest Re

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America's Air Force Seeks Commercial Technologies For 'Space Domain Awareness'

America's Air Force is seeking proposals for technologies "for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon's orbit," reports SpaceNews:

Specific items the Air Force wants: payload

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Arizona Man Sues State Agency Over Right To Call Himself an Engineer

McGruber quotes IEEE Spectrum: Greg Mills, co-owner of Southwest Engineering Concepts, is suing the state of Arizona's technical registration board to protest being fined for working without an engine

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Is Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser Better Than Firefox and Chrome?

Android Authority argues that the new Microsoft Chromium Edge browser "is full of neat tricks" and "packs more features than Firefox":

The final major feature is called Apps.