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Invisible Hardware Hacks Allowing Full Remote Access Cost Pennies  

Long-time Slashdot reader Artem S. Tashkinov quotes Wired: More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro all vehemently denied the report. The NSA dismissed it as

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2019-10-13 18:36:00

The UK's National Health System Just Opened A Treatment Center for Videogame Addiction  

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The battle against gaming addiction entered a new era this week when the U.K. public health system, the National Health Service (NHS), announced the opening of its first center specializing in 'Internet and Gaming Disorders....' Starting in November, the London-based center's psychiatrists and clinical psychologists will work with patients between ages 13 and 25 whose lives have been affected by "severe or complex behavioral issues associated with gaming, g

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2019-10-13 17:39:00

Google Takes AMP to the OpenJS Foundation  

An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: AMP, Google's somewhat controversial project for speeding up the mobile web, has always been open-source, but it also always felt like a Google project first. Thursday, however, Google announced that the AMP framework will join the OpenJS Foundation, the Linux Foundation-based group that launched last year after the merger of the Node.js and JS foundations. The OpenJS Foundation is currently the home of projects like jQuery, Node.js and webpack, and AMP

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2019-10-13 16:34:00

Kik says it's 'here to stay,' following shutdown reports  

It's been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted […]

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2019-10-13 15:50:12

IRS Programmer Stole Identities, Funded A Two-Year Shopping Spree  

A computer programmer at America's tax-collecting agency "stole multiple people's identities, and used them to open illicit credit cards to fund vacations and shop for shoes and other goods," write Quartz, citing a complaint unsealed last week in federal court. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The complaint accuses the 35-year-old federal worker of racking up almost $70,000 in charges over the course of two years, illegally using "the true names, addresses, dates of birth, and Socia

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2019-10-13 15:34:00

SNL and David Harbour give Oscar the Grouch a Joker-style origin story - CNET  

It's not easy being green in the very adult Sesame Street parody.

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2019-10-13 15:10:00

New Chrome Feature Will Use AI To Describe Unlabelled Images To The Vision-Impaired  

An anonytmous reader quotes TechSpot: Google is looking to improve the web-browsing experience for those with vision conditions by introducing a feature into its Chrome browser that uses machine learning to recognize and describe images. The image description will be generated automatically using the same technology that drives Google Lens... The text descriptions use the phrase "appears to be" to let users know that it is a description of an image. So, for example, Chrome might say, "App

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2019-10-13 14:34:00

Samsung's Galaxy Fold concierge service is live in the US for those who need it  

Part of Samsung's reboot of the Galaxy Fold was the announcement of a Premiere Service. Along with a reinforced version of the phone and a lot more warning labels, the company announced that it would also be a 24/7 care service…just in case something happened with the device. I had some issues with my in […]

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2019-10-13 13:50:20

Martin Scorsese takes aim at Marvel again at The Irishman press conference - CNET  

Even with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on board, the legendary director struggled to raise money for his latest film -- until he made a trade-off with Netflix.

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2019-10-13 13:49:00

Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as part of a privacy breach settlement - CNET  

That email Yahoo sent you is legit. If you had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016, you could be eligible for a settlement claim as the result of a data hack.

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2019-10-13 13:37:02

Microsoft's New Keyboards Have Dedicated Keys For 'Office' and Emojis  

"Microsoft's latest keyboards now include dedicated Office and emoji keys," reports the Verge: The software giant was previously experimenting with an Office key on keyboards earlier this year, and now the company is launching a new Ergonomic and slim Bluetooth Keyboard that include the dedicated button. The Office key replaces the right-hand Windows key, and it's used to launch the Office for Windows 10 app that acts as a hub for Microsoft's productivity suite. You can also use the Office ke

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2019-10-13 13:34:00

Don't mourn for iTunes. Here's now how to listen to music on MacOS - CNET  

Once you upgrade to MacOS Catalina, iTunes gets the heave-ho. Luckily, your music stays.

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2019-10-13 13:07:01

MacOS Catalina is killing off 32-bit apps. Here's what that means for you - CNET  

Check your apps or find new alternatives before updating to MacOS Catalina.

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2019-10-13 13:00:02

How to watch Texans vs. Chiefs, 49ers vs. Rams, more NFL week 6 games today without cable - CNET  

Sunday is stacked with big matchups and cord cutters can enjoy them live.

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2019-10-13 12:30:02

Week in Review: The 'smart home' is still so, so stupid  

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets […]

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2019-10-13 12:00:55

iPhone 11 Pro Max: Taking the camera skateboarding - CNET  

An iPhone video stabilization test that hits the streets.

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2019-10-13 12:00:08

10 Apple Arcade kids games that even parents won't hate - CNET  

On Apple's new game subscription service, family-friendly doesn't have to mean boring.

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2019-10-13 12:00:06

Steph Papadakis is back to assemble the first 1,000-hp 2020 Toyota Supra engine - Roadshow  

Getting the BMW-designed motor to that power level will take some specially designed parts, but not as many as you might think.

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2019-10-13 12:00:04

Apple Sidecar: How to use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac - CNET  

Apple's new Catalina and iPadOS updates make your iPad more useful than ever.

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2019-10-13 12:00:01

New OpenLibra Cryptocurrency: Like Libra, But Not Run By Facebook  

"While Facebook's upcoming cryptocurrency Libra struggles to keep partners on board and regulators happy, an alternative called OpenLibra is here to address some of Libra's potential shortcomings," reports Mashable: Announced at Ethereum Foundation's Devcon 5 conference in Osaka, Japan, OpenLibra is described as an "open platform for financial inclusion," with a telling tagline: "Not run by Facebook." OpenLibra aims to be compatible with Libra in a technical sense, meaning someone building an

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2019-10-13 11:34:00

Now you can take Android phone calls on your Windows PC. Here's how - CNET  

All you need is an Android phone and a Windows 10 laptop or desktop.

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2019-10-13 11:00:02

Fitbit Versa 2 review: A $200 smartwatch and fitness tracker with a battery that won't quit - CNET  

This smartwatch is faster than the original Fitbit Versa (and it's Alexa-compatible), but the Versa 2 still lacks GPS.

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2019-10-13 10:30:01

All the Pixel 4 rumors so far: Release date confirmed, but will it have two back cameras? - CNET  

Google's next flagship phone arrives Oct. 15. Here are 14 rumors, confirmed and unconfirmed, and updated as we learn more about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL.

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2019-10-13 10:00:02

Bell Labs Plans Big 50th Anniversary Event For Unix  

Photographer Peter Adams launched a "Faces of Open Source" portrait project in 2014. This week he posted a special announcement on the web site of Bell Labs: Later this month, Bell Labs will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Unix with a special two day "Unix 50" event at their historic Murray Hill headquarters. This event should be one for the history books with many notable Unix and computer pioneers in attendance...! As I was making those photographs (which will be on display at the eve

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2019-10-13 07:34:00

In Netflix comedy Living With Yourself, Paul Rudd brings twice the charm - CNET  

Review: Part Black Mirror and part rom-com, the series stars Rudd as a guy who gets replaced by a better version of himself. Or maybe it's not that much better after all.

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2019-10-13 07:01:01

The 2019 Google Event is this Tuesday, Oct. 15: Start time, how to watch, livestream, Pixel 4 news - CNET  

Full coverage of Tuesday's Made by Google event, including the big Pixel 4 announcements, lives here.

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2019-10-13 06:05:04

'There's an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It's Just Mostly Invisible'  

"There is no 'robot apocalypse', even after a major corporate automation event," writes Gizmodo, citing something equally ominous in new research by a team of economists. merbs shared their report: Instead, automation increases the likelihood that workers will be driven away from their previous jobs at the companies -- whether they're fired, or moved to less rewarding tasks, or quit -- and causes a long-term loss of wages for the employee. The report finds that "firm-level automation increa

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2019-10-13 04:34:00

All the hardware you need to play Apple Arcade games - CNET  

The right iPhones, iPads, controllers and more will help you get into Apple Arcade's 100-plus games.

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2019-10-13 02:15:00

Should High School Computer Science Classes Count as a Math Credit?  

"In a widely-reprinted essay, Ohio State University assistant professor of physics Chris Orban ponders whether the tech world did students a favor or disservice by getting states to count computer science as high school math credit," writes long-time Slashdot reader theodp. The assistant physics professor writes: In 2013, a who's who of the tech world came together to launch a new nonprofit called The purpose of the organization was to get more computer science into schools. Billi

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2019-10-13 01:34:00

AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge  

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual  Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top price for its […]

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2019-10-13 01:00:32

TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear - CNET  

Learn how these three programs can help you avoid long lines at airport security.

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2019-10-12 23:37:00

Apple Told Some Apple TV+ Show Developers Not To Anger China  

An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed News: In early 2018 as development on Apple's slate of exclusive Apple TV+ programming was underway, the company's leadership gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light, BuzzFeed News has learned. Sources in position to know said the instruction was communicated by Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of internet software and services, and Morgan Wandell, its head of international content development. It was part of Ap

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2019-10-12 23:34:00

Why each Libra member's mutiny hurts Facebook  

There's a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They're not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token's launch or growth. Fearing regulators' inquiries not just into […]

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2019-10-12 23:07:37

Apple told makers of TV Plus shows to avoid depicting China critically, report says - CNET  

As original shows for Apple TV Plus were in development, executives reportedly told some creators to refrain from unflattering portrayals of the country.

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2019-10-12 22:55:14

Red Hat CFO 'Dismissed' From Company, Forfeits $4M Retention Award  

"Red Hat Inc.'s finance chief Eric Shander has been dismissed from the company, forfeiting a $4 million retention award that was agreed to ahead of Red Hat's acquisition by IBM," reports the Wall Street Journal: The Raleigh, N.C.-based software company confirmed late Thursday that Mr. Shander was no longer working at Red Hat. "Eric was dismissed without pay in connection with Red Hat's workplace standards," a company spokeswoman said in a statement. The company, which said that its accounting

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2019-10-12 22:34:00

Best gifts for coffee lovers in 2019 - CNET  

From good beans to smart mugs, these gifts should perk up any coffee lover.

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2019-10-12 22:06:00

Coffee products you never knew you needed - CNET  

Life is way too short for bad coffee.

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2019-10-12 22:03:00

Larry Wall Approves Re-Naming Perl 6 To Raku  

Long-time Slashdot reader hondo77 notes that Larry Wall has given his approval to the re-naming of Perl 6. In the "Path to Raku" pull request, Larry Wall indicated his approval, leaving this comment: I am in favor of this change, because it reflects an ancient wisdom: "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine w

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2019-10-12 21:38:00

Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads - CNET  

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren isn't happy about Facebook's policy that exempts politicians' posts from fact-checking.

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2019-10-12 20:54:29

Windows 10 Testers Can Now Answer Android Phone Calls and Text Messages  

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat: At Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in August and the Surface hardware event last week, Microsoft talked about Windows 10's Your Phone app getting a new "Calls" feature. Today, the company is letting Windows Insiders start testing an early preview of Android calling on Windows 10. Having given up on Windows Phone, Microsoft has increasingly poured more resources into Android as its mobile platform of choice. The company offers plenty of Android apps a

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2019-10-12 20:34:00

Gemini Man review: Double Will Smith can't save hackneyed spy flick - CNET  

Director Ang Lee shows off impressive visual effects to create a younger Will Smith, but should have put some effort into the story.

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2019-10-12 20:14:00

Python Code Glitch May Have Caused Errors In Over 100 Published Studies  

Over 100 published studies may have incorrect results thanks to a glitchy piece of Python code discovered by researchers at the University of Hawaii. An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard: The glitch caused results of a common chemistry computation to vary depending on the operating system used, causing discrepancies among Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. The researchers published the revelation and a debugged version of the script, which amounts to roughly 1,000 lines of code, on Tuesday

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2019-10-12 19:34:00

Google's Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada  

The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn't […]

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2019-10-12 19:28:28

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a solid smartwatch for Android users  

Samsung makes good, underrated smartwatches. It's just been difficult to get much attention in a category so utterly dominated by a single player. Even still, the company has managed to hold onto the number two spot in global market share, according to recentish numbers. At 11.1 percent, it's a little less than a third of […]

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2019-10-12 19:06:50

Toyota LQ introduces Yui, your in-car personal assistant - Roadshow  

It's the followup to the Concept-i, but this concept is hitting the streets next year.

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2019-10-12 19:06:26

Ransomware Gang's Victim Cracks Their Server and Releases All Their Decryption Keys  

"A user got his revenge on the ransomware gang who encrypted his files by hacking their server and releasing the decryption keys for all victims," writes ZDNet. ccnafr shared their report: One of the gang's victims was Tobias Frömel, a German software developer. Frömel was one of the victims who paid the ransom demand so he could regain access to his files. However, after paying the ransom, Frömel also analyzed the ransomware, gained insight into how Muhstik operated, and t

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2019-10-12 18:34:00

Beats Powerbeats Pro are on sale everywhere for $199.95 - CNET  

They're still pricey, yes, but Apple's sport earbuds give you a lot to love. Save $50 for a limited time.

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2019-10-12 17:38:37

Richard Stallman Defies Push By 27 GNU Project Developers To End His Leadership  

"27 GNU project maintainers and developers have signed on to a joint statement asking for Richard Stallman to be removed from his leadership role at GNU," writes Slashdot reader twocows. The statement argues that "Stallman's behavior over the years has undermined a core value of the GNU project: The empowerment of all computer users. GNU is not fulfilling its mission when the behavior of its leader alienates a large part of those we want to reach out to." The Register reports: The GNU

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2019-10-12 17:34:00

El Camino review: Breaking Bad Netflix movie gives Jesse a proper ending - CNET  

Aaron Paul returns for a film reminding us why we love Breaking Bad, even if it doesn't have much to add.

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2019-10-12 17:28:00

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker -- Can J.J. Abrams stick the landing? - CNET  

Commentary: The final chapter of the epic nine-movie saga is coming soon, but I may be too old and cynical to enjoy it.

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2019-10-12 17:13:00

California's Privacy Act: What you need to know now  

This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with submissions open until December 6 this year. The CCPA itself will take […]

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2019-10-12 17:00:28

Addams Family fans can book 'creepy, kooky' night in replica mansion - CNET is offering a scary stay. Get a witch's shawl on and a broomstick you can crawl on.

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2019-10-12 16:52:00

Activision Blizzard Cuts Ban of Pro-Hong Kong Gamer From One Year To Six Months  

"Activision Blizzard Inc., facing the threat of a boycott, reduced the punishment it meted out to a tournament player who voiced support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators," reports Bloomberg: The company's Blizzard Entertainment division originally barred the player from events for a year and stripped him of some $10,000 in prize money. But it said at the end of the week that it would cut the ban to six months and pay his winnings. The reversal followed an uproar from customers

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2019-10-12 16:39:00

David Bowie could have been Rorschach in Zack Synder's Watchmen movie - CNET  

The Thin White Duke wanted the role of the masked vigilante for himself.

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2019-10-12 16:37:00

Don't mourn for iTunes. Here's how to listen to music on MacOS now - CNET  

Once you upgrade to MacOS Catalina, iTunes gets the heave-ho. Luckily, your music stays.

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2019-10-12 16:31:50

World's heaviest avocado sets record, makes a boatload of guac - CNET  

Holy guacamole.

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2019-10-12 16:25:50

Put down your iPhone and DJ your Spotify music with your voice - CNET  

iOS 13 and iPadOS let you start, stop, change tracks and play a podcast using your voice.

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2019-10-12 15:57:11

The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic  

It's clear why Logitech bought Blue back in July 2018. The Southern Californian audio company (an acronym for "Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics," incidentally) has become synonymous with USB microphones since releasing the first Snowball back in 2005. What seemed like a niche at the time has since become a cultural touchstone, positioning the company well […]

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2019-10-12 15:45:15

Today's 'Day Against DRM' Protests Locks On Educational Materials  

This year's "International Day Against DRM" is highlighting user-disrespecting restrictions on educational materials. An anonymous reader quotes the Free Software Foundation's Defective By Design site: The "Netflix of textbooks" model practiced by Pearson and similar publishers is a Trojan horse for education: requiring a constant Internet connection for "authentication" purposes, severely limiting the number of pages a student can read at one time, and secretly collecting telemetric data o

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2019-10-12 15:44:00

The Rise of Skywalker: Can J.J. Abrams stick the landing? - CNET  

The final chapter of the epic nine-movie saga is coming soon, but I may be too old and cynical to enjoy it.

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2019-10-12 15:00:07

Elizabeth Warren Mocks Facebook's Ad Policy By Lying About Mark Zuckerberg  

"A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive -- by telling a lie," writes CNN. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The ads, which began running widely on Thursday, start with a bold but obvious falsehood: That Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have endorsed President Trump's reelection campaign. "You're probably shocked," reads the ad, which has already reached tens of th

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2019-10-12 14:34:00

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is swanky and full of substance - Roadshow  

The coupe-like roofline makes the Atlas Cross Sport a handsome thing.

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2019-10-12 14:15:01

Twisted Elastic Fibers Could Cool Your Food, Study Finds  

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: It sounds crazy: a refrigerator made from a rubber band. But if you stretch one and hold it against your lips, it will be noticeably warmer. Release it, and it cools. This simple "elastocaloric" effect can transfer heat in much the same way as compressing and expanding a fluid refrigerant in a fridge or air conditioner. Now, scientists have created a version that not only stretches the rubber band, but also twists it. It may one day lead to gre

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2019-10-12 13:00:00

Your next big Mac update is now here. Download and install MacOS Catalina - CNET  

Everything you need to know about Apple's new MacOS 10.15 before you install it on your Mac.

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2019-10-12 12:35:01

Do not mourn for iTunes. Here is how to listen to music on MacOS now - CNET  

In MacOS Catalina, Apple does away with iTunes and lets the new Music app focus on songs, albums and playlists.

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2019-10-12 12:05:01

Startups Weekly: YC grad Revel's plan to connect women over 50  

In this week's newsletter: Uber buys Cornershop and two startups named Revel raised VC dollars.

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2019-10-12 12:00:14

From Gangnam Style to Pizza Rat, here are the decade's 17 top viral videos - CNET  

We've got double rainbows, water-bottle flipping, a rainbow-farting cat and those songs you'll never get out of your head, especially on Friday, Friday.

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2019-10-12 12:00:10

9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET  

Why life's still a blur for the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, what makes the iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 cameras so damn good and who made our list of the decade's 30 most influential personalities.

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2019-10-12 12:00:08

2020 Hyundai Sonata, BMW M8 and more: Roadshow's week in review - Roadshow  

Here's a look at our most important stories of the week ending Oct. 12, 2019.

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2019-10-12 12:00:06

5 best cheap home security solutions of 2019 - CNET  

Every one of these will cost you less than $20.

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2019-10-12 12:00:01

TCL 6-Series Roku TV review: Simply the best TV for the money this year video - CNET  

No other TV can beat this combination of picture quality, smarts and price.

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2019-10-12 11:00:01

Roku Ultra (2019) review: Ultra convenience extras but not the ultimate high-end streamer - CNET  

The 2019 Roku Ultra (2019) is a very good 4K streaming box that puts convenience at the fore, but lack of Dolby Vision and a high price compared to other Rokus hold it back.

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2019-10-12 11:00:01

The PlayStation 5 is official, Amazon's first kids Kindle video - CNET  

This week's major tech headlines include Sony making the PS5 official, Waymo's forthcoming driverless car deployment and Amazon getting ready to debut the first Kindle made just for kids.

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2019-10-12 11:00:01

Every way to watch movies and shows offline: Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Hulu - CNET  

These services let you binge-watch your favorite shows without worrying about spotty Wi-Fi and data. Here's how to use them.

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2019-10-12 11:00:00

The big Google Event is Oct. 15: Start time, how to watch, livestream, Pixel 4 news - CNET  

Full coverage of Tuesday's Made by Google event, including the big Pixel 4 announcements, lives here.

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2019-10-12 10:30:04

Noise-canceling AirPods 3 and Apple's AR glasses could be here sooner than we thought - CNET  

AirPods 3 rumors abound after clues spotted in iOS 13.2 beta point to a new in-ear design, plus Apple's AR glasses might get a 2020 release date.

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2019-10-12 10:30:02

Dear Google: We expect these Pixel 4 upgrades if you want to compete with Apple and Samsung - CNET  

These six things are on pretty much on everyone's phone wish list, so Google better step up to the plate.

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2019-10-12 10:00:05

iTunes is dead. Here's how to back up and sync your iPhone in MacOS Catalina - CNET  

Apple killed off its syncing app for Mac, but we'll show you everything you need.

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2019-10-12 10:00:02

Stalker Found Victim's Home By Looking At Reflection In Her Pupil From High-Res Photo  

JustAnotherOldGuy shares a report from Boing Boing, with the caption: "Enhance, zoom in... more... more... straight out of CSI." From the report: Last month a Japanese entertainer named Ena Matsuoka was attacked in front of her home in Tokyo. Her alleged attacker, an obsessed fan, was able to figure out where she lived by zooming in on a high resolution photo and identifying a bus stop reflected in her pupils. According to Asia One, the alleged attacker "even approximated the storey Matsuoka liv

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2019-10-12 10:00:00

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF: Ravishing in red - Roadshow  

The RF is one of the most gorgeous convertibles on the market today. Prove me wrong.

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2019-10-12 09:00:01

The First All-Female Spacewalk Is Scheduled For This Month  

After the first all-female spacewalk was scrapped in March, NASA has now scheduled another attempt with astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir for October 21. CNN reports: For the intended spacewalk in March, Koch was going to be paired with astronaut Anne McClain, who has since returned to Earth. In March, NASA cited spacesuit availability as the reason for scrapping the walk. McClain herself made the decision and the teams supported her, Koch said. "We do our best to anticipate the spacesu

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2019-10-12 07:00:00

Fired EPA Scientists To Release Air Pollution Report They Say Agency Unqualified To Issue  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Nearly one year ago, the Trump administration fired a panel of more than two dozen scientific experts who assisted the Environmental Protection Agency in its review of air quality standards for particulate matter. Now, as the EPA prepares its report on those standards later this month, 20 of those scientists are meeting independently to release their own assessment of current air pollution levels, with a focus on the particles from fossil fuels

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2019-10-12 03:30:00

These kitchen gadgets help fight food waste and save money - CNET  

Because green is always in fashion.

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2019-10-12 02:23:00

US Navy Files Patent For Compact Fusion Reactor  

Bodhammer shares a report from Popular Mechanics: The U.S. Navy has jumped into the game by filing a patent for a compact fusion reactor, according to exclusive reporting by The War Zone. The success of the device, developed by researcher Salvatore Cezar Pais of the Naval Air Warfare Center -- Aircraft Division, relies on a part called a dynamic fusor. According to the patent, Pais' plasma chamber contains several pairs of these dynamic fusors, which rapidly spin and vibrate within the chamber i

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2019-10-12 02:03:00

AT&T Raises Prices 7% By Making Its Customers Pay AT&T's Property Taxes  

"AT&T has been charging business Internet customers a 'property tax' fee, claiming it needs to charge this to recover AT&T's own property taxes," reports Ars Technica. "AT&T has been charging the fee for at least a couple of years and just hit customers in California with an increase that more doubled the fee." From the report: Scott Phillips, owner of a small business called Valley View Media in Santa Clarita, California, signed up for AT&T fiber Internet service and a block of

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2019-10-12 01:25:00

Blizzard denies pro Hearthstone player ban had anything to do with China - CNET  

It also reduces Blitzchung's ban to six months and gives him back his winnings.

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2019-10-12 01:09:00

Boeing 737 Max review finds FAA and Boeing failures - CNET  

Changes need to be made to pilot response times, certification and communicating changes in airline software, a review says.

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2019-10-12 01:05:00

Lord of the Rings Amazon show is looking to cast actors with missing teeth - CNET  

Forgetting to brush and floss finally comes in handy.

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2019-10-12 00:46:29

Boeing and FAA Faulted In Damaging Report On 737 Max Certification  

A new report from a task force convened by the FAA found that Boeing failed to adequately explain to regulators a new automated system that contributed to two crashes of the 737 Max, and that the FAA lacked the capability to effectively analyze much of what Boeing did share about the new plane. The New York Times reports: The review scrutinized the F.A.A.'s certification of the Max's flight control system, including the new automated system, MCAS, that played a role in both crashes, in Indonesia

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2019-10-12 00:45:00

VC Brad Feld on WeWork, SoftBank, and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020  

Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investors Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay for) […]

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2019-10-12 00:42:50

Cook different... with new Tim Cookware kitchen products - CNET  

Channel your inner Tim Cook with this new cookware dedicated to the Apple CEO.

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2019-10-12 00:35:07

Her iPhone Died. It Led To Her Being Charged As a Criminal  

Chris Matyszczyk from ZDNet retells the draconian story of a Financial Times writer who wasn't able to prove she purchased a ticket for the London buses because her phone died (she used Apple Pay), which led to her being charged a criminal. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report: Today's witness is Jemima Kelly. She's a writer for The Financial Times. Please don't let any personal thoughts about that get in the way of her story. You see, she just experienced a little technological

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2019-10-12 00:03:00

Stranger Things creators talk to Hopper about whether he survives - CNET  

Actor David Harbour FaceTimes the Duffer brothers for info.

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2019-10-11 23:53:48

Pegging Libra to just the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says  

What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and eBay to pull out of the Libra Association. But one of the remaining members has floated a major change to the stablecoin that could […]

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2019-10-11 23:53:00

Amid security concerns, the European Union puts 5G — and Huawei — under the microscope  

The European Union is putting under the microscope the rollout of new, high-speed mobile networking technologies known as 5G in a move that could affect the technology’s dominant company — Huawei. Regulators focused on specific security threats linked to technology providers headquartered in countries with “no democratic and legal restrictions in place,” according to a […]

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2019-10-11 23:47:57

Lyft joins Uber in suing New York City over limits on cruising time - CNET  

The ride-hailing company says the new rule is "highly damaging."

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2019-10-11 23:39:01

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency loses support of five founding members - CNET  

It's been a rough Friday for the ambitious, but controversial project.

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2019-10-11 23:30:00

Smart TVs Are Data-Collecting Machines, New Study Shows  

A new study from Princeton University shows internet-connected TVs, which allow people to stream Netflix and Hulu, are loaded with data-hungry trackers. "If you use a device such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, there are numerous companies that can build up a fairly comprehensive picture of what you're watching," Arvind Narayanan, associate professor of computer science at Princeton, wrote in an email to The Verge. "There's very little oversight or awareness of their practices, including where that

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2019-10-11 23:20:00

Source: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson's Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition  

Nike has long been synonymous with premium sneakers and other sports gear, but now it seems that the company could be extending its brand into another area — digital media — thanks to the rumored acquisition of a Seattle-based startup. TechCrunch has learned from a source that the multibillion-dollar sports giant has acquired TraceMe, which […]

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2019-10-11 22:47:46

Google's Next Pixelbook Is Basically a MacBook That Runs Chrome OS  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's October 15 hardware event is fast approaching, and in addition to the launch of the Pixel 4, Google Home Mini 2, Google WI-Fi 2, and a new pair of Pixel Buds, the show should usher in a new Pixelbook. We've known the new Pixelbook would be called the "Pixelbook Go," but other than a few details from Chrome OS commits, the device has mostly been a mystery. Google takes its title as "least secretive device manufacturer" very seriously

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2019-10-11 22:40:00

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