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Mirrorless cameras: Photography's new decisive moment

BBC Technology News - 10 hours 47 min ago
Camera-makers are rushing to release full-frame mirrorless cameras packed with new features.

Panasonic S1R: First look at full-frame mirrorless camera

BBC Technology News - 10 hours 49 min ago
Dan Simmons gets hands on with the only copy of Panasonic's forthcoming S1R camera in existence.

World War II bombings weakened upper atmosphere at edge of space

Ars Technica - 11 hours 9 min ago

Enlarge / Bombing of a factory at Marienburg, Germany, on October 9, 1943. (credit: US Air Force/Public domain)

The Earth's electrified upper atmosphere (the ionosphere) experiences a lot of natural variation, changing with the days and from season to season. The ionosphere can also be affected by certain big events, including solar flares, volcanic eruptions, lightning—and the massive bombs dropped on Germany during World War II. Those bombings produced shockwaves strong enough to weaken the ionosphere right near the edge of space.

That's the conclusion of a new study by University of Reading researchers, just published in the journal Annales Geophysicae. More than a historic curiosity, the finding matters because ionospheric disturbances can disrupt key communications technology, including GPS systems, radio telescopes, and radio communications.

The air raids conducted by both the Germans and Allied forces in the 1940s were designed to take out critical industrial and political infrastructure—and if civilians happened to be in the line of fire, so be it. (The Allied bombing of Hamburg in 1943 reportedly left 45,000 dead.) Intensifying the fear of dying among residents was as key to the strategy as the physical destruction wrought by the massive bombs dropped. The largest bombs, weighing as much as 10 tons, were powerful enough to blow the roofs off buildings, sending intense shockwaves not just through the streets but into the skies above.

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Verizon outage knocks out service across the US - CNET - News - 11 hours 10 min ago
Update: Verizon says service has returned to some markets in the South.

Ex-NSA employee gets 5 years in prison for taking home top secret files - CNET - News - 11 hours 22 min ago
Antivirus software on a home PC reportedly scooped up the information.

2019 McLaren 600LT first drive review: Balanced and bonkers - Roadshow - Reviews - 11 hours 23 min ago
The next iteration of McLaren's excellent Long Tail cars, the 600LT proves it's an animal all its own.

Xbox One’s mouse-and-keyboard era will begin in “coming weeks,” Microsoft says

Ars Technica - 11 hours 24 min ago

Enlarge / A future Xbox One controller.

Here at Ars, we're old enough to remember when Microsoft first claimed that full support for keyboard/mouse controls on Xbox One was "months away." (That was over 27 months ago, for those still keeping track.)

In any case, Microsoft has announced via a Tuesday blog post that the long-promised mouse and keyboard support will finally be rolling out for Xbox Insider members "in the coming weeks." That could mean the feature is 27 weeks away, we suppose, but Microsoft also promises more information during a November 10 presentation of its Inside Xbox video series, less than seven weeks away.

Microsoft's description of the features bears a striking resemblance to the details shared in a recent developer presentation which leaked back in June. That includes a partnership with Razer to promote the feature and the fact that mouse and keyboard support on Xbox One will remain very much optional for developers.

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Toyota's flying car design has blades that pop out of its wheels - Roadshow - News - 11 hours 28 min ago
It's kind of a zany move, even by flying car standards, but this patent application could be a sign of things to come from Toyota.

Jaybird Tarah wireless sports headphone: Looks like the X4 but cheaper - CNET - Reviews - 12 hours 2 min ago
With a $100 price point, Jaybird hopes its new entry-level model has mass appeal.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe first drive review: Beautiful brutality - Roadshow - Reviews - 12 hours 10 min ago
Mercedes’ most delectable AMG now comes in a more practical package.

Mouse and keyboard support is coming to the Xbox One - CNET - News - 12 hours 12 min ago
You'll be able to use any USB keyboard to play games on your Xbox One, but only if the developer enables it.

Fortnite, Forza, mouse support and everything Microsoft revealed for the Xbox One - CNET - News - 12 hours 21 min ago
Microsoft's Forza Horizon 4-centric Xbox event included some surprises.

NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison

Ars Technica - September 25, 2018 - 10:40pm

The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA's "signals intelligence" monitoring. A former NSA coder has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for bringing home the code that drove much of the NSA's signals intelligence operations. (credit: National Security Agency)

Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old former National Security Agency employee who worked in the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, was sentenced today to 66 months in prison for willful, unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents and material from his workplace—material that included hacking tools that were likely part of the code dumped by the individual or group known as Shadowbrokers in the summer of 2016.

Pho, a naturalized US citizen from Vietnam and a resident of Ellicott City, Maryland, had pleaded guilty to bringing home materials after being caught in a sweep by the NSA following the Shadowbrokers leaks. He will face three years of supervised release after serving his sentence. His attorney had requested home detention.

In a letter sent to the court in March, former NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers told Judge George Russell that the materials removed from the NSA by Pho "had significant negative impacts on the NSA mission, the NSA workforce, and the Intelligence Community as a whole." The materials Pho removed, Rogers wrote, included:

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 10:29pm
Jobseekers' files follow internal records leaking online

The United Nations has been hit with two damning data leak allegations in as many days.…

Former Telltale Games employee sues company after mass layoffs - CNET - News - September 25, 2018 - 10:21pm
The plaintiff alleges the video game studio violated labor laws.

Instagram co-founders leaving company, reportedly amid clashes with Facebook - CNET - News - September 25, 2018 - 10:19pm
Instagram Vice President Adam Mosseri is the most likely candidate to take over the app, according to multiple reports.

Uber wins legal victory against drivers who want employee benefits - CNET - News - September 25, 2018 - 10:16pm
Drivers have to settle with the ride-hailing giant individually.

Fantastic Beasts 2: Release date, trailers, cast, plot and rumors - CNET - News - September 25, 2018 - 10:07pm
Do you believe in magic? In the pre-Harry Potter sequel, fans will get to know young Dumbledore.

Internet be nimble, internet be QUIC, Cloudflare shows off new networking shtick

The Register - September 25, 2018 - 10:03pm
So is it goodbye, TCP?

CloudFlare has puts its weight behind a new internet protocol that should make mobile browsing faster and more secure.…

Fortnite season 6 is coming Thursday: Here's what we know so far - CNET - News - September 25, 2018 - 9:54pm
A hint during an Xbox event, some Twitter teasers and early patch notes give us plenty of things to ponder.

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