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Spider-Man Tom Holland reveals new suit on Jimmy Kimmel show - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 6:29pm
Then he has to run off, because Thanos is robbing a bank.

Samsung claims key-value Z-SSD will be fastest flash ever

The Register - October 19, 2018 - 6:29pm
Plus: 7nm LLP, QLC, stacked RDIMMS and brainy drives

Among a blizzard of news from Samsung's Tech Data, El Reg has spotted smaller processor nodes, FPGAs added to SSDs, stacked and cubed memory, quad-level cell flash and object-storing SSDs on the way.…

Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 6:19pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | eccolo74)

The nation's largest broadband industry lobby groups have sued Vermont to stop a state law that requires ISPs to follow net neutrality principles in order to qualify for government contracts.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday in US District Court in Vermont by mobile industry lobby CTIA, cable industry lobby NCTA, telco lobby USTelecom, the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the American Cable Association (ACA), which represents small and mid-size cable companies.

CTIA, NCTA, USTelecom, and the ACA also previously sued California to stop a much stricter net neutrality law, but they're now expanding the legal battle to multiple states. These lobby groups represent all the biggest mobile and home Internet providers in the US and hundreds of smaller ISPs. Comcast, Charter, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Sprint, Cox, Frontier, and CenturyLink are among the groups' members.

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Wikileaks' Julian Assange sues Ecuador for violating his 'rights and freedoms' - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 6:14pm
He's been living at the country's embassy in London since 2012.

Uber brings app safety features to more drivers and riders - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 6:05pm
After alleged attacks and sexual assaults by its drivers, the ride-hailing company is launching Safety Toolkit in dozens of countries.

Preorders for the Asus ROG gaming phone go live in the US - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 5:56pm
The estimated delivery date is Oct. 30.

More exclusive than a supercar: A beginner’s guide to buying a GT3 race car

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 5:53pm

Audi

In the past decade, the well-worn automotive cliché Race on Sunday, sell on Monday has taken a surprising twist. Now, automakers have realized that they can race on Sunday and sell race cars on Monday. If you've got the money, Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Acura, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Nissan, Bentley, and more have a race car for you—for around $500,000.

The rise in popularity of supercars worldwide has been paralleled by explosive growth in international GT3 class sportscar racing. GT3 cars are racing versions of the road-going supercars/GT cars that star in video games, YouTube channels, and print platforms. Instead of being built to a specific set of technical rules, in GT3 each make of car is benchmarked and then "performance balanced" by the FIA (the sporting organization that governs world motorsport) to create a relatively level playing field.

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Glitchy NASA Mars Curiosity rover gets back to science - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 5:52pm
NASA is still looking into the rover's problems, but it's going to get some science done in the meantime.

Marvel's Daredevil season 3 teased in cryptic audio-only Instagram posts - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 5:41pm
The Daredevil clips hint at moments we might see in the new season.

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

The Register - October 19, 2018 - 5:30pm
All working now says biz. No, no, no, no, say customers, it is NOT!

An unspecified and “unexpected load” on its infrastructure broke the Smart Living Home app for a day, an apologetic Yale Security UK confirmed to customers yesterday - however the smell of failure still lingers today.…

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

The Register - October 19, 2018 - 5:30pm
All working now says biz. No, no, no, no, say customers, it is NOT!

An unspecified and “unexpected load” on its infrastructure broke the Smart Living Home app for a day, an apologetic Yale Security UK confirmed to customers yesterday - however the smell of failure still lingers today.…

HBO's Watchmen series: Everything we know about the release date, cast and plot - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 5:18pm
Did someone say, "What do I watch after Game of Thrones?"

Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 5:04pm

Google's Building 44, where Android is developed. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

We're still seeing the fallout from the European Commission's $5 billion antitrust fine against Google. Earlier this week, Google announced it would comply with the ruling by unbundling the Google Android app package, allowing OEMs to skip Chrome and Google Search in favor of alternatives. The catch is that, since ad revenue from these Google services was used to support Android development, Google will start charging device makers that license Google apps but choose the unbundled route.

Now, thanks to a report from The Verge, we're getting an idea of just how much this more flexible app licensing scheme will cost OEMs. Citing "confidential documents" that were shown to the site, The Verge says Google will charge device makers as much as $40 per device if they don't use Google's preferred Android setup. The pricing is flexible based on the country and the pixel density of the device's screen. The EU is split into three tiers, with the UK, Sweden, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands in the most expensive tier. Lower-end phones in bottom-tier countries can cost as little as $2.50 per device. Android tablets, if any of those still exist, get their own pricing tier that is even across all countries and caps out at $20. It all sounds very complicated, but if we imagine this pricing structure applied to the $720 Galaxy S9 sold in the UK, slapping on the top-end $40 fee works out to a 5.5 percent price increase and a $760 phone.

That's not the only spot in Android OEMs' wallets Google will hit. If OEMs don't pre-install Chrome, the report claims they will no longer get a share of search revenue generated by Chrome users. The report says the new rules will kick in February 1, 2019, which is strange given that Google's new licensing rules from earlier in the week start at the end of the month.

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Facebook job not lobbying, says Sir Nick Clegg

BBC Technology News - October 19, 2018 - 5:03pm
Sir Nick Clegg talks about how he got his new Facebook job and what he will be doing for the social media giant.

Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / "Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks." (credit: MGM/UA)

Today we’re presenting the fourth and final installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out parts one, two, and three if you missed them. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded audio player or pull up the transcript, both of which are below.

We open today’s conversation by talking about bioterrorism. Because that’s not uplifting enough, we then move on to the dangers a super AI could present in certain worst-case scenarios (which was the topic of a popular TED talk of Harris'). This conversation builds on yesterday’s cheerful discussion of nuclear terrorism.

Click here for a transcript and click here for an MP3 direct download.

The final part of the podcast is a conversation between me and podcasting superstar Tom Merritt. In it, Merritt and I discuss my interview with Harris—as well as a chunk of my novel After On. This section exists because I originally thought my podcast would be a limited set of just eight episodes connected to that novel. But the podcast acquired a life of its own, and I’m about to publish episode #38 in the series of eight.

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2017 Ford F-250, F-350 under NHTSA investigation for opening tailgates - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 4:53pm
Water intrusion is the reported cause.

New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 4:37pm

Enlarge / A 110 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Israel’s Negev desert. (credit: OPIC)

With the price of photovoltaics having plunged dramatically, solar is likely to become a major contributor to the electrical generating mix in many countries. But the intermittent nature of photovoltaics could put a limit on how much they contribute to future grids or force us to develop massive storage capabilities.

But photovoltaics aren't the only solar technology out there. Concentrated solar power uses mirrors to focus the Sun's light, providing heat that can be used to drive turbines. Advances in heat storage mean that the technology can now generate power around the clock, essentially integrating storage into the process of producing energy. Unfortunately, the price of concentrated solar hasn't budged much, and photovoltaics have left it in the dust. But some materials scientists may have figured out a way to boost concentrated solar's efficiency considerably, clawing back some of photovoltaics' advantage.

Feel the heat

Solar thermal revolves around transfers of heat. Sunlight is used to heat up a working fluid at the mirrors' focus. That then transfers the heat either to a storage system or directly to another fluid that is used to drive a turbine—typically steam. Higher temperatures typically mean more work can be extracted, making the efficiency of these transfers critical.

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These $35 AirPod alternatives are way better than you'd expect - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 19, 2018 - 4:33pm
Cheapskate exclusive! Smart design, secure fit, great sound -- what more could you want? Plus: stock up on scary movies with Vudu's *killer* $4.99 deal. (Come on, you liked it.)

There's no 'I' in 'IMFT' – because Micron intends to buy Intel out of 3D XPoint joint venture

The Register - October 19, 2018 - 4:30pm
Chipzilla has to go it alone or turn to a partner

Micron has announced its intent to buy out Intel's interest in Intel Micron Flash Technologies (IMFT), the pair's flash and 3D XPoint foundry joint venture.…

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!

Ars Technica - October 19, 2018 - 4:25pm

Enlarge / Players duking it out in the new Blackout mode.

Call of Duty, like video game war simulations in general, is caught in a paradox. It never changes, and yet, every year, it definitely does change. Approaching a new Call of Duty, especially from the multiplayer side, is a bit of a challenge. How much do the various iterative changes matter, and do they manage to reshape the core of the game in any meaningful way? Call of Duty has long been a game about moving fast and shooting guns; what makes the latest version worth playing over the dozen-plus iterations prior?

To be fair, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 changes more than most. The highly choreographed, extravagantly cinematic single-player campaign that has been de rigueur for the series' entire lifespan has been excised. That leaves an awkward hole at the core of the experience, which developer Treyarch has filled with Blackout, an 88- to 100-player battle royale mode in the vein of Fortnite or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The rest of the game modes—the standard-by-now multiplayer suite and the ridiculous-but-addictive Zombies mode—fall in line around Blackout, creating a three-tiered experience of hyper-violence and militaristic energy.

Black Ops 4 is the biggest single-game change for the Call of Duty franchise in ages. But it's still, when it comes right down to it, just another Call of Duty.

“Where we droppin’, soldier?”

Black Ops 4 doesn't present its content in any particular order. As a player, you can jump freely between its three modes, and nothing—except for player progression in each mode—is gated from the start. The natural place to start, though, is Blackout, the newest part of the Call of Duty package, both the most derivative and the most distinct mode on offer. Taking place on a sprawling map stitched together from locations and motifs in Call of Duty's multiplayer past, Blackout heavily resembles just about any other battle royale game, both in concept and execution.

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