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A chat with Ron Howard after watching his Einstein series premiere

As anti-science rhetoric looms, Howard's new series reminds us that history repeats.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 fails the likability test

What happened? Samsung’s Galaxy S7, released last year, was a very nice smartphone: comfortable to hold and a pleasure to use.
It was Samsung’s best Galaxy model ever—not so much the new Galaxy S8, which goes on sale today and ships on April 20.The Galaxy S8 seems to suffer from the same disease afflicting Apple’s latest MacBooks: engineering navel-gazing leading the product design astray.[ Review: Samsung Dex brings Android to the desktop. | Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld’s in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] Poor ergonomics make using the Galaxy S8 a pain Take the new shape.
It’s taller, the fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and both sides of the so-called Infinity display are curved.

These changes have unfortunate implications in everyday usage:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Mini-review: Asus cranks out another excellent $700 Ultrabook

There are a couple issues, but overall you get good features for the price.

This is what emulated Breath of the Wild looks like at...

CEMU emulator upscales the Wii U version on a PC very nicely.

Not an April Fool: Rick and Morty third season premiere is...

Episode will repeat online until Adult Swim shuts the stream off.

Get to watchin'!

IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

About 42 percent of IT decision-makers and security managers say they are running security applications in the cloud, according to a survey of about 300 IT security pros from Schneider Electric.

Almost half of those surveyed said they are likely or extremely likely to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years.In the survey, 57 percent of respondents believe the cloud is secure.

The cloud has the most confidence in on-demand security, and that confidence is highest among IT professionals (78 percent). I’ve stated before that cloud security is better than on-premises security, but it’s nice to see external evidence backing that up. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Free public certificate authorities: Nice idea, big flaw

Readers often ask me how I feel about the latest free, public certificate authorities (CAs).
I always tell them the same thing: It's difficult for a free CA to actually provide any security assurance.

There is no free lunch.I was reminded of this maxim when I read a recent article from HashedOut revealing that the popular, free Let's Encrypt has issued more than 15,000 digital certificates with the word "PayPal" in the subject name. PayPal itself doesn't use Let's Encrypt, so it's likely that most of these digital certificates are related to phishing attacks (according to HashedOut's analysis, that would be a whopping 96.7 percent of them).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Review: The $229 Moto G5 Plus stands as the king of...

Downgraded camera and questionable update policy tarnish another solid upgrade.

X-rays let you see the smallest feature buried in your CPU

Technology could be used to cut down on problems bringing a new CPU to market.

The Stars Are Legion is a space-war story unlike anything you’ve...

This new novel combines biotech megastructures with intense military action.

What’s new in Rails 5.1: Better JavaScript, for one

Ruby on Rails, the veteran server-side web framework, is playing nice with JavaScript in an upgrade that has recently moved to a first beta release.Rails 5.1 offers multiple improvements, including encryption, system tests, and managing JavaScript d...