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Senate intel committee has a 6-step plan for election security - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 7:40pm
A day before the intelligence committee's open hearing on improving election security, the lawmakers released their recommendations.

Now you can try Brave's publisher donation system on Chrome, too - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 7:39pm
An independent programmer extension for Chrome and Firefox taps into Brave Software's system anonymous payments to websites and YouTubers.

Self-driving Uber may not be at fault in pedestrian death, says Tempe police chief - Roadshow - News - March 20, 2018 - 7:25pm
Tempe Chief of Police Sylvia Moir says that the fatal collision may have been unavoidable, regardless of who was driving.

Blackberry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 7:18pm
RIM's job of allegedly hiding smartphone sales snafu now back under the microscope

A US judge has opted to resurrect a case claiming Blackberry illegally propped up its stock amidst the calamitous Z10 handset release.…

The Play Store gets a “try now” button for games, no install required

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 7:06pm

Enlarge / Should you bother installing this? Just hit the "try now" button!

The annual Game Developers Conference is happening this week, and Google is celebrating by bringing its "Instant apps" feature to games on the Play Store. You'll be able to instantly try a very small number of Android games before installing them, via a "Try Now" button listed in the Play Store. This is the same "Instant Apps" technology that has been around for apps, but now Google is launching it for games, too, as "Google Play Instant."

The idea behind the program is that installing an app is a big barrier to entry to users, and removing this barrier will result in more people trying more apps and games. An "Instant Apps" program is something Google has been experimenting with for some time. In 2015, the company launched its first swing at such a project, called "Streaming Apps." This feature would run an Android app on Google's servers, stream a live video feed to the user, and stream clicks back to the Google server.

In 2016, Streaming Apps was scrapped and replaced with today's "Instant Apps" technology. Instant Apps streams the actual app code to a device and runs it in an ephemeral sandbox. For instant apps to work, developers need to modularize apps using the Android SDK, which can help break the app down into 10MB chunks that can easily be streamed to the user. The result is an app or game that can start up instantly, but the small size often means you are limited to certain features. It's usually enough to try out the app or game, and if users venture outside the features of the instant version of the app, an install box will pop up, allowing them to easily get the full version.

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UK High Court perma-bans efforts to extradite Lauri Love for US hacking trial

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 6:51pm

Lauri Love in 2016. (credit: blackplans)

Lauri Love, a British man charged by the US Justice Department with multiple counts of hacking US military and government computer systems, has finally won a protracted battle against extradition. Today, the UK's High Court declined to certify a motion by the Crown Prosecution Service to overturn Love's successful February 2017 appeal of the extradition on human rights grounds, effectively ending the extradition effort permanently.

Love was originally arrested in the UK in October of 2013 after using an automated scanner to locate servers within a large range of IP addresses for SQL injection and ColdFusion vulnerabilities and then breaching vulnerable systems and installing Web shells to give him remote administrative-level access. He allegedly managed to compromise servers belonging to the US Missile Defense Agency, the US Army, the Federal Reserve, NASA, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Love's attorneys fought the extradition on the grounds that Love—who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, severe depression, and antibiotic-resistant eczema—would not get appropriate medical attention in a US prison and would be at risk of suicide if he faced the potential 99-year prison term associated with the charges.

There was precedent for this sort of appeal, but not in the courts. In 2012, Theresa May—then Home Secretary—decided to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US to face trial for a similar hacking campaign, citing concerns that he would commit suicide in US custody. McKinnon was accused of scanning tens of thousands of US government computers for vulnerabilities and then gaining access to a total of 97 military and NASA computers, which McKinnon said he did to find evidence that the US government had obtained extraterrestrial technology. May made that decision based on input from medical experts, who determined he was likely to commit suicide if he faced life in a US prison.

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FordPass SmartLink turns your older Ford into a connected car - Roadshow - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:50pm
For a monthly fee plus data, you can add smartphone connected-car compatibility to your 2010-2017 Ford vehicle.

Best Xbox One Bundle Deals (2018)

Wired - March 20, 2018 - 6:41pm
Microsoft's two gaming systems are now available with perks and extras!

Toyota suspends public autonomous testing in US following Uber crash - Roadshow - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:32pm
The automaker pauses testing, citing "an emotional effect on our test drivers."

Google takes on fake news with $300 million News Initiative - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:29pm
The program is designed to improve the quality of journalism and the business models of publishers at a time when most are struggling.'s attention-boosting app gets $225K National Science grant - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:27pm
App developer will research the effect of AI-generated music on people who have ADHD, or just need a little help concentrating.

It's spring! Let's talk smart outdoor tech - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:25pm
Read on to discover the latest smart home gadgets for your yard.

Are Uber's self-driving cars in trouble after first fatality? (The 3:59, Ep. 372) - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:22pm
Uber halts its autonomous-driving program after one of its cars hits a pedestrian. Also, AT&T's battle with the Justice Department kicks off.

Uber halts self-driving cars after first pedestrian fatality - Roadshow - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:22pm
The ride-hailing company suspends its self-driving operations in the US and Canada after a woman is killed by an autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona.

USS Juneau found by Paul Allen ship in WWII ocean grave - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:19pm
Paul Allen's World War II shipwreck expedition uncovers the USS Juneau and writes a new chapter in the story of the doomed Sullivan brothers.

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston

The Register - March 20, 2018 - 6:14pm
April event promises intensive training

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, MA from April 18 to 20 looks to be your essential destination.…

Facebook said to face FTC probe over Cambridge Analytica - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:11pm
The Federal Trade Commission will investigate the social network, according to reports, marking a new turn in the saga over Facebook's mishandling of data.

US electricity use drops, renewables push fossil fuels out of the mix

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 6:11pm

Enlarge / Wind turbines at the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. (credit: Getty Images)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney once said that "Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy." But in the US, increased energy efficiency has helped drive a drop in total electricity use. That, combined with the rise of renewable power, caused the use of both coal and natural gas to decline last year.

The changes, according to the Energy Information Agency, are relatively small. Total electric generation last year was down 1.5 percent compared to the year before, a drop of 105,000 GigaWatt-hours. But both coal and natural gas saw declines that were even larger. Coal use was down by 2.5 percent, a smaller decline than it has seen in many recent years. But the numbers for its future aren't promising; no new coal plants were opened, and 6.3 Gigawatts of coal capacity were retired in 2017.

(credit: US EIA)

Continuing recent trends, 9.3GW of natural gas capacity were brought online, although that was partly offset by the retirement of 4.0GW of older gas plants. Despite the additional capacity, however, natural gas use was also down, dropping by nearly 8 percent.

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Epic Games CEO: AR glasses will “eventually replace smartphones”

Ars Technica - March 20, 2018 - 6:03pm

Enlarge / The Magic Leap One is the first step to getting a billion people wearing AR glasses by 2025, according to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.

SAN FRANCISCO—A little under three years ago, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney predicted that augmented reality glasses (which layer virtual 3D images on top of your view of the real world) would completely replace all traditional screens in a ten-year timeframe. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week, the head of the company behind the Unreal Engine and Fortnite said he still expects that to happen, predicting a billion users for such AR glasses by 2025.

"I expect this to eventually replace smartphones," Sweeney told Ars in an interview. "Walking around in real life, instead of watching people fiddling around with the cell phone in their pocket, you'll be watching them make gestures to interact with this [augmented reality] user interface."

It won't be an instant transition, of course. Sweeney suggested we could get to 10 million early adopters for AR glasses "in the next two or three years." From there, "you take, say, 10 million users and really astonish them and give them a product that's really amazing in order to get to 100 million users. Then you have to satisfy the 100 million users to get to a billion users and so on. It's going to deploy over time."

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Telegram reportedly ordered to share encryption keys with FSB - CNET - News - March 20, 2018 - 6:02pm
According to a Bloomberg report, Telegram Messenger lost its case in the Russian Supreme Court.

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