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A new run of The Clone Wars is coming to Disney’s streaming service

Ars Technica - 3 hours 26 min ago


As someone born in the mid-1970s, it's sometimes hard to wrap my mind around Disney's stewardship of the Star Wars universe. Being born into the world a few months before what we now know as A New Hope meant waiting a long time between new chapters of this amazing story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Beyond the original trilogy, that Christmas special, and two Ewok movies (that I am sure got cinematic releases in the UK but which were also TV specials here in the US), filling in the back stories of the Empire and the Rebellion was something kids did for themselves with the wide array of toys so many of us spent so much time playing with.

These days it's hard to swing a womp rat without hitting some new Star Wars property or other. Such has been the cadence of new theatrical releases that, in the wake of a box office performance by Solo that was merely "fine" rather than "exceptional," people were even talking about the idea of Star Wars fatigue! Well, add one more new thing to the list. At this year's Comic-Con, a panel on the ten-year anniversary of The Clone Wars animated series ended with a surprise: a new season of 12 episodes has been commissioned to run on Disney's streaming service (which launches next year).

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Be ready for emergencies with this AC/DC power station: Just $105 - CNET - News - 3 hours 56 min ago
Normally $140, this luggable battery has two AC outlets, four USB ports and more.

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

The Register - 3 hours 56 min ago
MoneyTaker lives up to its name

Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router.…

One in four Singapore residents hit in medical data theft - CNET - News - 4 hours 45 sec ago
The "well-planned" attack affected 1.5 million people in the city-state, officials said.

A conversation with Mr. Cobra - Roadshow - News - 4 hours 21 min ago
In a special episode of the Carfection podcast, we talk to the fascinating Lynn Park, aka Mr. Cobra, to talk about the car that's been the center of his world for more than 50 years.

5-deal Friday: A $7 classic TV series, $6 mouse, $5 game bundle and more! - CNET - News - 4 hours 46 min ago
So much great stuff, so little money required. Hint: The TV series? Serenity now!

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

The Register - 4 hours 56 min ago
Most of their core apps were already in the cloud anyway

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player.…

Comic-Con 2018: Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars, Marvel and movie statues - CNET - News - 5 hours 1 min ago
High-end statues that include so much detail.

Polk Command Bar review: Alexa-powered sound bar gives command performance - CNET - Reviews - 5 hours 25 min ago
Forget the Sonos Beam. The Polk Command Bar's elevated sound quality makes it the best value among voice-controlled sound bars.

WhatsApp fights mob violence in India by limiting message forwarding - CNET - News - 5 hours 31 min ago
More changes are coming as the messaging service tries to prevent physical assaults that have followed the spread of rumors on the app.

This Funko Pop dress is made of 500 Jack Skellington heads - CNET - News - 5 hours 35 min ago
For the fifth edition of the Her Universe Fashion Show, Ashley Eckstein surprised fans with a 40-pound couture dress made of the character's Funko Pop.

Uber drivers “employees” for unemployment purposes, NY labor board says

Ars Technica - 5 hours 41 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

New York City’s largest taxi driver advocacy group is hailing a legal decision by the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, which ruled last Friday that three out-of-work Uber drivers can be considered employees for the purpose of unemployment benefits. The decision was first reported Thursday by Politico.

In other words, three men—and possibly other "similarly situated" Uber drivers who had quit over low pay or who were deactivated from the Uber platform—can get paid.

"The decision means that New York Uber drivers can file for unemployment insurance and likely receive it," Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, emailed Ars.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

The Register - 5 hours 41 min ago
He who controls supplies controls... eh, not much

Four years ago at the height of smartwatch hype, it was the most desirable mineral in the world. The tech superpowers jostled to obtain supplies of the material, just as the superpowers jostled to secure their nitrate supplies* ahead of the First World War.…

UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

The Register - 6 hours 9 min ago
'Limited assurance' that there is no risk to national security

A UK government-run oversight board has expressed misgivings about the security of telecoms kit from Chinese firm Huawei.…

As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist

Ars Technica - 6 hours 11 min ago

Enlarge / First hot firing of the P120C solid rocket motor that will be used by Europe's new Vega-C and Ariane 6 rockets. (credit: ESA/CNES)

KOUROU, French Guiana—White light flooded in through large windows behind Alain Charmeau as he mused about the new age of rocketry. The brilliant sunrise promised another idyllic day in this beach town, but outside the sands remained untroubled by the feet of tourists.

Lamentably, the nearshore waters of this former French colony are chocolate rather than azure, muddied by outflow from the Amazon and other rivers. French Guiana has other compensating assets, however. It lies just 5.3 degrees north of the equator. Neither tropical cyclones nor earthquakes threaten the area. And its coast offers untrammeled access to both the east and north. These natural gifts have helped this remote region become one of the world’s busiest spaceports.

From here, Europe has established a long but largely unheralded history in the global rocket industry. Nearly three decades ago, it became the first provider of commercial launch services. If your company or country had a satellite and enough money, Europe would fly it into space for you. Remarkably, more than half of all telecom satellites in service today were launched from this sprawling spaceport.

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Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 18 min ago
The attack by hackers on a health database has affected about a quarter of the population.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend brings out the musical theater crowd at Comic-Con - CNET - News - 6 hours 26 min ago
At Comic-Con, fandom isn't just about superheroes.

Taco Bell's Comic-Con pop-up was delicious. Thanks Demolition Man! - CNET - News - 6 hours 26 min ago
At Comic-Con 2018 I traveled back in time to go forward in time and it was delicious.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, DC, Star Wars and Doctor Who make a splash - CNET - News - 6 hours 26 min ago
No Marvel, no problem as DC Comic characters, the first female Doctor Who and Star Wars: The Clone Wars vie for the spotlight.

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

The Register - 6 hours 36 min ago
That's not my department say, er... Intel, Apple and Dell ♫

Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance processor, including computers made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down compared to the pace of older models.…

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