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Freshen up your car with Elon's Musk - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 5:14pm
Make your ride smell of success, or at least of Tesla car leather, with an Elon Musk air freshener. No really.

Denuvo’s DRM now being cracked within hours of release

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 4:58pm

When we last checked in on the state of Denuvo copy protection in PC games, the latest version of the best-in-class DRM provider had provided about a month's worth of usable piracy prevention for survival-horror title 2Dark. Fast forward to the current holiday season, and major Denuvo releases are being publicly cracked within a day of their launch. We're certainly a long way away from the days when major cracking groups were publicly musing that Denuvo-style DRM might soon become unbeatable.

This week's release of South Park: The Fractured but Whole is the latest to see its protections broken less than 24 hours after its release, but it's not alone. Middle Earth: Shadow of War was broken within a day last week, and last month saw cracks for Total War: Warhammer 2 and FIFA 18 the very same day as their public release. Then there's The Evil Within 2, which reportedly used Denuvo in prerelease review copies but then launched without that protection last week, effectively ceding the game to immediate potential piracy.

Those nearly instant Denuvo cracks follow summer releases like Sonic Mania, Tekken 7, and Prey, all of which saw DRM protection cracked within four to nine days of release. But even that small difference in the "uncracked" protection window can be important for game publishers, who usually see a large proportion of their legitimate sales in those first few days of availability. The presence of an easy-to-find cracked version in that launch window (or lack thereof) could have a significant effect on the initial sales momentum for a big release.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 4:57pm
Macs, iOS cheaper in long run – that means trouble

Comment While Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella trots the world plugging his book on “transformation”, some of the biggest enterprises in the world are “transforming” themselves ... away from Microsoft.…

One of the original coding schools must pay $375k over employment claims

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 4:37pm

Enlarge (credit: Flatiron School)

In recent years, dozens of coding schools and boot camps have opened up, promising that they can teach students enough software programming that they can get a high-paying job in just a few months.

Now one of the most prominent institutions, New York's Flatiron School, will be shelling out $375,000 to settle charges brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. The AG said the school operated for a period without the proper educational license, and it improperly marketed both its job placement rates and the salaries of its graduates.

New York regulators didn't find any inaccuracies in Flatiron's "outcomes report," a document the company is proud of. However, the Attorney General's office found (PDF) that certain statements made on Flatiron's website didn't constitute "clear and conspicuous" disclosure.

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New 'The Punisher' trailer delivers blood and a release date - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 4:26pm
At last, The Punisher is coming to collect on a set release date as a new trailer shines a light on his dark military past.

Yale door locks' parent company to buy August Home - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 4:26pm
ASSA ABLOY, parent company of Yale locks, is acquiring August Home, the companies announced Thursday.

Google Fiber is now in Louisville thanks to new fiber deployment strategy

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 4:24pm

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Google Fiber has begun taking signups in Louisville, Kentucky, after a tumultuous process involving lawsuits filed against the local government by incumbent broadband providers.

AT&T and Charter both sued the metro government in Louisville and Jefferson County last year in an attempt to stop a new ordinance designed to give Google Fiber easier access to utility poles.

The lawsuits haven't stopped the new ordinance, as AT&T's was thrown out of court and Charter's is still pending. But instead of hanging wires on utility poles, Google Fiber ended up burying the cables with a "microtrenching" strategy that is quicker than traditional underground fiber deployment.

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Google Daydream View (2017) Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - October 19, 2017 - 4:23pm
The most comfortable VR headset yet, but not the best.

Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 4:10pm
US and China in the firing line

Lenovo is laying off a little more than 1,000 employees with the majority of heads set to roll in the US and China.…

Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 4:04pm
Another extraordinary performance from the 'tech company'

Comment Performance art company Magic Leap has astonished and wowed critics with its latest outing: a $500m funding round.…

Volkswagen to take on Pikes Peak with a purpose-built electric racer

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 3:48pm

Enlarge / This is the first image of Volkswagen's purpose-built Pikes Peak electric hill climb car. (credit: Volkswagen)

The annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the oldest races in the world, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. For much of its history, the 12.4-mile (19.9km) course was a dirt road that played host to rally-bred machines, but since the route was fully paved over in 2012, slick tires and stiff suspension have become the order of the day. And the very fastest cars have gotten a lot quieter, too. That's because it has become a great place to put electric vehicle technology to the test. Unlike internal combustion engines, EVs don't suffer any drop in power as they climb from 4,750 feet (1,440m) up to the finish above the tree line at 14,100 feet (4,300m).

Now Volkswagen has thrown its hat into the ring with a purpose-built EV racer, which it plans to enter in 2018. It's the first big motorsports program from VW in the aftermath of the diesel emissions scandal, which saw the company cancel most of its racing and rallying activities.

"The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore perfectly suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies," explains Volkswagen board member Frank Welsch. "Our electric race car will be equipped with innovative battery and drive technology. The extreme stress test posed by Pikes Peak will give us important feedback that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies."

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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid review - Roadshow - Reviews - October 19, 2017 - 3:46pm
Toyota gives the new generation Camry Hybrid a power bump and greater average fuel economy, at 45 mpg, but it's most noteworthy improvement is how it looks.

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist

BBC Technology News - October 19, 2017 - 3:37pm
French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 3:31pm
Also slags off BT, backs Ofcom, keeps mum on Liberty tie-up

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.…

“Security concerns” lead to LTE service shutdown on Chinese Apple Watches

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 3:27pm

Enlarge / You can now make calls from your Apple Watch without the phone nearby.

Apple's struggles in China continue to mount, and this time, it's Apple's newest wearable causing problems for the company. According to a Wall Street Journal report, standalone wireless service available on certain models of the Apple Watch Series 3 has been shut down just one month after the device became available. Chinese customers who purchased a Series 3 with LTE are not able to connect their wearables to their wireless networks, and it's unclear when service will be reinstated.

When the Apple Watch Series 3 became available on September 22, LTE service was available exclusively through China's Unicom wireless company. However, new cellular subscriptions were cut off after September 28. Those who registered for wireless service on their Apple Watch before September 28 (essentially, customers who bought the new device within the first week of sale) have been unaffected. Those who have tried to set up wireless service on a Series 3 device since September 28 have been unable to do so.

Unicom's website only says that cellular service was initially offered on a "trial basis," but the company is not saying when it would come back for new customers. Analysts suspect the shutdown is due to security concerns from the Chinese government, which heavily regulates all mobile phone service and devices.

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iFixit rips apart the Pixel 2 XL, checks out Google’s first consumer SoC

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 3:17pm

Ron Amadeo

Google's new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are out today. In the life of any major smartphone, there comes a time when it must hit iFixit's workbench for a teardown, and for the 2 XL, today is that day.

The site found a few surprises inside the Pixel 2 XL. First up is a magnesium mid-frame, which should make the phone extra stiff. The mid-frame is also housing a heat pipe for better cooling, which seems to be showing up more and more in smartphones. Under X-Ray, you can see that, like the smaller Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL does have antenna bands, but they're invisible on the 2 XL. It is also nice to see the "Active Edge" pressure sensors, which allow you to squeeze the phone to call up the Google Assistant.

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CNET Book Club, Episode 2: 'Walkaway' by Cory Doctorow - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 3:07pm
In our new podcast about tech-related books, we talk to the author of a novel that explores what happens when people just walk away from everything.

Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 3:03pm
On-premises Microsoft cloud gets 14G servers for more oomph

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.…

Nissan teases mystery SUV concept for Tokyo Motor Show - Roadshow - News - October 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
"Intelligent Mobility" concept is likely powered by electricity and packed with some level of self-driving tech.

Where are the Verizon video freebies? - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 2:49pm
Moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile raise the question of whether Verizon needs to offer a video perk, even as customers flock back to its unlimited plan.

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