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Marissa Mayer to make $184m from Yahoo's sale to Verizon

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2017 - 1:31pm
Yahoo's chief executive will be paid $184m from the sale of the company to Verizon.

How to Stream Live Television Without Paying for Cable

Wired - April 25, 2017 - 1:30pm
Get the best of live, on-demand, and streaming television without paying for cable The post How to Stream Live Television Without Paying for Cable appeared first on WIRED.

Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

The Register - April 25, 2017 - 1:17pm
She's in there. Who's in there, sir? My PIIIIIIINT!

A South Dakotan was cuffed after he repeatedly barged past police and firefighters that were trying to deal with a blaze in his apartment block so he could re-enter and rescue his most precious possession - beer.…

Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

The Register - April 25, 2017 - 1:06pm
Everyone, everything's a target for mysterious APT28 crew

The Russian cyberespionage group blamed for the infamous US Democratic National Committee email leak launched targeted phishing attacks against French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign as recently as last month.…

Review: iWalk2.0

Wired - April 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
A high-tech alternative to crutches and knee walkers. The post Review: iWalk2.0 appeared first on WIRED.

Urbanears Stadion Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - April 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Urbanears' new Stadion combines "stretchy coils" and EarClick tips to keep these Bluetooth sports earphones securely attached to your head, even during hardcore workouts.

Huawei Honor 6X camera test (versus Moto G5 Plus) - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
We wanted to see how well these twin cameras did, especially compared to the Moto G5 Plus on a handful of shots.

How VR can crack open movies and video games -- for the better - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Commentary: VR puts you in the center of the action. And that's going to revolutionize the way movie- and gamemakers tell stories. It's time to get ready.

Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

The Register - April 25, 2017 - 12:29pm
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment When Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize against the backdrop of the US Air Force's secret bombings in Cambodia, the satirist Tom Lehrer declared that satire had become obsolete. If satire died that day, then Jimmy Wales has dug it up, exhumed the corpse, and is giving it a state funeral.…

How Myers-Briggs can create a stronger IT team

CIO.com - IT industry - April 25, 2017 - 12:09pm

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality test in the world today. More than 1.5 million people take the assessment each year. CPP, the company that owns the assessment, makes about $20 million from it annually.

But how useful is the test and what value does it have in the IT world? While it has been widely criticized for lack of scientific rigor and general ineffectiveness as a recruiting, screening and hiring tool, some CIOs use the assessment as a team-building exercise, with great results.

Bill Parks, vice president and CIO at Sonus, first started using the MBTI to enable greater understanding and collaboration within IT project teams, and swears by the assessment to better understand what motivates and drives individual team members.

[ Related story: 6 Soft skills employers should be looking for in tech talent ]

Forming, storming and norming

The MBTI helps Parks quickly identify team members' strengths and weaknesses and he can tailor his management approach to an individual's unique needs. If Parks is working with someone who's consistently changing the project scope or extending deadlines, he knows he needs to break down each stage of the project with a concrete end goal in mind, lest the project drag on. Or, in the case of an introvert, it's important to devote extra time to amplifying their voices and opinions to the more vocal, outgoing team members so critical information or insight isn't overlooked, he says.

"When you're starting a project and you're putting a team together, as you're 'forming, storming and norming,' all hell breaks loose at the beginning because no one knows how to deal with each other. So, if I have six or seven very different folks, I need to get them through the getting-to-know-you stage quickly and also learn about themselves in a very casual way. One of the first times I did this, I was on a Salesforce implementation. I had a finance person, a web developer, a production-support-person-turned-developer and a few other assorted team members. I had them all take the test to help ease the transition and the jockeying for position that can happen at the beginning of the project -- taking the MBTI helped them all realize that each one of them had unique insight and experiences and they all were bringing something to the table that was complementary to each other," Parks says.

This is particularly important in technology, as teams are often in a constant state of churn, or in instances of leadership changes, says Rohinee Mohindroo, a former CIO and CTO, now group president at Flamingo Ventures.

"I've used personality assessments like this in the past as a CIO, and most recently at Flamingo at the leadership level as sort of an 'ice breaker' exercise. Typically, they're helpful when you're in a new organization, or inheriting a new team to set a baseline for rules of engagement and team norms and preferences -- particularly in technology, it can be awkward and challenging to have these types of conversations, but using an assessment can really help get these conversations going," says Mohindroo.

But what it comes down to is fostering greater emotional IQ and empathy, Parks says, which is one of the most important elements in building successful, high-performing teams.

"It's honestly about focusing on the positive aspects of people on the team instead of bitching about the negatives or trying to undermine or dismiss teammates because they have different capabilities. Having my team members take the assessment helps them to look deeper within themselves and to consider their team members in new, compassionate ways, and to do this organically," Parks says.

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Safety dance

Tools like the MBTI can help foster a sense of psychological safety and trust, which are necessary to the building and maintaining of successful teams, as Google found when they set out to discover how to build the 'Perfect Team.'

Psychological safety is "a sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up. It describes a team climate characterized by interpersonal trust and mutual respect in which people are comfortable being themselves," writes Amy Edmundson, a Harvard Business School professor, in her study, Managing the risk of learning: psychological safety in work teams.

[ Related story: How company culture can make or break your business ]

Pulling weeds

For Parks, tools like MBTI help create and strengthen that sense of psychological safety and trust by signaling the importance of personal understanding and empathy, and weeding out toxic personalities and tendencies before they have a chance to sabotage a project.

"The hard truth is there are people who are poison. They take pleasure in other people's pain, they gossip incessantly, they aren't interested in being in a group and they are lacking in emotional EQ. They don't contribute to a team's effectiveness, and they don't last long. If you identify these folks early on, you can mitigate this, but you have to get rid of them. It's harsh, but they will erode the team dynamic into dust in no time," he says.

Tools like the MBTI can also help engender diversity of thought within teams and the larger organization, says Mohindroo, and to identify areas where you need to mix things up a bit to try and spark innovation and creativity.

"We talk a lot about diversity, and at the core of that is diversity of thought -- that's what drives great results. Now, Myers-Briggs and other personality assessments are just tools you can use to get at these deeper issues, and they do have their limitations. But it's a good general overview of how much diversity of thought and experience you have on any given team," she says.

Should you have your IT teams take a personality assessment like the MBTI? Obviously, that's a very individual decision, says Mohindroo; she doesn't believe it should be used as the sole decision-making factor when hiring or assigning roles within a project, but it could serve other purposes.

"I think it's a bit extreme to use it as the be-all, end-all indicator of success or failure. I wouldn't suggest any one assessment or tool be used in that way. But for conversation starters, fostering better communication, it's a good start," she says.

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Google driverless cars free to public in Phoenix

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2017 - 12:08pm
Hundreds of people are being invited to test out Google's robot car service in Phoenix for free.

This App Lets Iranians Swipe Past Political Propaganda

Wired - April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm
In Iran, apps have become a kind of loophole in the government's censorship policies. The post This App Lets Iranians Swipe Past Political Propaganda appeared first on WIRED.

Ex-NSA techies launch data governance tool for future algorithm-slavery

The Register - April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm
Immuta debuts Projects for machine learning governance, 'interpretability is key' – CEO

Immuta, a data governance startup in Maryland run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has developed a method to govern how data is used by machine learning algorithms.…

A chat with Ron Howard after watching his Einstein series premiere

Ars Technica - April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

Enlarge / Ron Howard speaks to Ars Technica at March's South By Southwest festival. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

AUSTIN, Texas—Writer, director, and actor Ron Howard is very careful when considering his place in the geek-media universe. Over 20 years ago, his film Apollo 13 kicked off a trajectory of major science-and-heart storytelling, which recently crystallized as an ongoing series-development deal with National Geographic's TV channel.

This Tuesday's premiere of TV mini-series Genius, which sees Geoffrey Rush playing the role of Albert Einstein, won't be the last of that deal, either—and Howard laughs at how that fact might look to people in his past.

"My tenth grade science teacher, Mr. Dowd, would be, you know, rolling over in his grave!" Howard says with a laugh during an interview at last month's South By Southwest festival. "No, no, he'd enjoy it. He had a great sense of humor. The fact that I'm telling stories about science"—and saying this makes Howard laugh uncontrollably—"well, he thought I was a nice guy. He knew I didn't get it."

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Meet the Scientist Snapping Selfies With Giant Manta Rays

Wired - April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm
Andrea Marshall, AKA "manta queen," captures the otherworldly beauty of manta rays for science. The post Meet the Scientist Snapping Selfies With Giant Manta Rays appeared first on WIRED.

Google ramps up efforts to expand Indian market - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2017 - 11:59am
The tech giant figures speaking more Indian languages will help it reach out to more Indian users.

Enterprise showdown: 5 ways the iPhone beats the Galaxy S8

CIO.com - IT industry - April 25, 2017 - 11:54am

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is an impressive smartphone thanks to its high-end design and Super AMOLED Infinity Display. But, while the S8 does a lot of things better than the iPhone 7 Plus, there are still plenty of reasons why the iPhone 7 Plus is better for the enterprise.

While you can't go wrong with either device, businesses might want to consider these five reasons to adopt the iPhone 7 plus instead of the Galaxy S8.

iMessage

The most glaring difference between the latest iPhone and Galaxy models is a lack of iMessage on Android. The popular messaging app is restricted to the iOS and MacOS ecosystem -- and it might be a selling point if most of your contacts use an iPhone.

For the enterprise, iMessage is encrypted out of the box, while on Android, you need to download a third-party app (like WhatsApp) to get the same end-to encryption. And if your business is international, iMessage is free iPhone to iPhone, so you won't incur any SMS fees when employees travel.

Continuity

If your company relies heavily on iOS and MacOS, then the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus offer the best in continuity. The iPhone, Mac and iPad are designed to work seamlessly across one another -- you can start an email on one device and finish it on another. You can even make and receive phone calls from a Macbook if your iPhone is nearby.

The best part is it's built into every Apple device, so IT won't have to purchase or support a third-party solution. It's easy to maintain and requires little on IT's end. Plus, it's an ecosystem that most workers will be familiar with, allowing them to stay productive.

[ Related story: 5 underrated features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 ]

User-friendly OS

Android has come a long way in ease-of-use, and that's especially true on the S8. Samsung's latest Android skin features less bloatware than ever before and it's more intuitive than stock Android. But it's still nowhere near as user-friendly as iOS.

There's a lot more to customize in Android, but with that comes more opportunity for feature-overload. Apple's devices work, and they work well. In contrast, a device like the S8 will take a little more effort to get it the way you want it.

Apple is at an advantage because the company builds its hardware and software, whereas Android is adopted by different manufacturers. Apple's closed eco system means they can optimize their already lightweight OS to work as best it can on the iPhone and iPad.

The user-friendly nature of iOS also means there's less of a learning curve if IT departments deploy iPhones. Chances are, most of your company is currently using or has already used an iPhone in the past, so IT can spend less time training, answering questions or troubleshooting.

Apps

Android apps are looking better than ever -- and with some, like Spotify, there's hardly a difference between the iOS and Android versions. And, while Android mobile apps might be catching up, that's only true on smartphones. There are far more apps on iOS that are optimized for the iPhone and iPad, while Android apps are severely lacking for tablets.

The reality is Android apps aren't a priority for app developers; it's easier to develop on iOS and expand to Android once it gains popularity. That means it's also easier for businesses to build enterprise apps on iOS and deploy them quickly. They won't have to consider developing for multiple platforms or hardware.

Fingerprint Scanner

The worst feature on the Galaxy S8 is the fingerprint scanner, which is located on the back of the device right next to the camera. You'll get used to it -- I have -- but you will smudge your camera more often than you'd like. And it's not as intuitive as a fingerprint scanner built into the home button, a feature most of us have grown used to.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus still have the fingerprint scanner in the home button, which will help IT ensure that employees are using secure unlock methods. And that's especially true since the Galaxy S8 facial recognition can be tricked with a selfie. Giving everyone easy access to a home-button fingerprint scanner will make it easier for IT to ensure enterprise mobile devices are properly secured.

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Silicon Valley Commutes Are Hell. Time for Companies to Fix That

Wired - April 25, 2017 - 11:30am
They can't go at it alone. But with great power—oh, and money—comes great responsibility. The post Silicon Valley Commutes Are Hell. Time for Companies to Fix That appeared first on WIRED.

Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway: Hardware hackers face the climate apocalypse

Ars Technica - April 25, 2017 - 11:30am

Enlarge / Let it burn: the cover of Cory Doctorow's Walkaway, a novel of building a new world from the ashes of the old post climate-apocylapse.

Science fiction has long served as a platform for the hashing out of big social, political, and economic issues, either metaphorically or literally. Cory Doctorow has never been shy of speaking their names directly, whether examining the implications of the surveillance state or the shifting of social and economic forces caused by technology. In his first novel for an adult audience in eight years, Doctorow revisits many of the themes he's written about in the past, and he refines them into a compelling, cerebral "hard" science fiction narrative of a not-too-distant future that ranks with some of the best of the genre.

Walkaway (from Tor Books, which releases on April 25 in hardcover) is a very Doctorow-y book. Intensely smart and tech-heavy, it still manages to maintain the focus on its human (or in some cases, post-human) protagonists. Walkaway is also full of big ideas about both the future and our current condition, and it has enough philosophical, social, and political commentary lurking just below the surface to fuel multiple graduate theses.

At its heart, Walkaway is an optimistic disaster novel—"in as much as it's a book about people who, in the face of disaster, don't disintegrate into CHUDs but instead jump right into the fray to figure out how they can help each other," Doctorow explained to Ars. "That, to me, is the uplifting part—it's not a question of whether bad things will happen or won't happen, but what we'll do when disaster strikes."

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Professional Overwatch player quits after racist rant

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2017 - 11:03am
Matt "Dellor" Vaughn is sacked by Toronto eSports after footage of a racist rant was posted on YouTube.

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