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Game of Thrones final episodes will be an hour-plus and 'spectacular' - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:45pm
Final-season shows may not be movie-length, but they'll be worth the wait, director says on Reddit.

Feeling nostalgic for the Yahoo homepage? There's an app for that - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:43pm
It's all there, including weather, horoscopes, search, email and sports.

Microsoft wants Azure to be the multiplayer server solution for every platform

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:37pm

Enlarge / Sea of Thieves is a game already using Azure for its server hosting and scaling. (credit: Rare)

Microsoft today launched a preview of PlayFab Multiplayer Servers, a new Azure-based service giving game developers dynamic, on-demand scaling of multiplayer servers.

Microsoft bought Seattle-based PlayFab earlier this year with a view to using it to expand Azure's reach in the gaming world. PlayFab is building all the cloud-based infrastructure needed for today's games: matchmaking (using the same algorithms as Xbox Live to try to group players of similar skill together), leaderboards, server hosting, player identity/profile management, commerce, and so on. Broadly speaking, the intent of PlayFab is to let games developers focus on their games, taking care of the server-side work for them. PlayFab's services are platform agnostic, and Microsoft has preserved this aspect: there are SDKs for Xbox, Windows, PlayStation, Switch, iOS, and Android.

At the time of the purchase, PlayFab ran atop Amazon's AWS. Some parts still do, but others have moved to Microsoft's own Azure. The Multiplayer Server feature, released in preview today, is one of the services on Azure. Microsoft has more Azure data centers in more parts of the world than Amazon or Google, which in turn means that Azure servers should generally be closer to where the players are. This should ensure lower latency and a better gaming experience for games on those servers.

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Release date, plot and possible spoilers - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:32pm
Here's everything we know about the first live-action Star Wars series as we await the Disney+ streaming service, plus some exciting possibilities.

Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:29pm


How badly do you want a headphone jack on your smartphone? Android creator Andy Rubin's smartphone startup, Essential, is still alive after laying off 30 percent of its staff, and it's still producing products. The latest is a headphone jack attachment called the "Audio Adapter HD" for the company's only standalone product, the ill-fated Essential Phone. The Essential Phone doesn't have a headphone jack built into the device, but it does have a modular accessory system that this headphone jack can click onto. So if you really, really want to use wired audio, you can fork over a $150 for this accessory. That price seems just a bit excessive considering the entire phone has had fire sales for $250 and $224.

The Essential Phone is compatible with the usual headphone jack dongles, so this add-on is being pitched as an artisanally crafted accessory for the discerning audiophile. The company says the "limited edition" accessory is "handcrafted" and made from "100% machined titanium." Inside is the beloved 3.5mm audio jack and a high-quality DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) from ESS Sabre. You'll also get three free months of the Tidal HiFi music service. Besides the higher-quality DAC, the other advantage this attachment offers over the usual USB-C dongle is the ability to charge the device and listen to music at the same time! What a concept.

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Hate crimes have gone up in the US, both online and offline, FBI says - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:22pm
The rise in hate crime incidents comes as social media companies are under scrutiny for their hate speech policies.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

The Register - November 14, 2018 - 9:21pm
Amazon gizmo may be key witness in slaying

A US judge has ordered Amazon to hand over any recordings made by its Echo digital assistant at a house where two women were murdered last year.…

Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:08pm
'Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we're keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's and more. Check back for regular updates.

Wonderscope's Apple AR app makes storybook characters walk up and talk to you - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:52pm
Storytelling enters the augmented reality era.

7 new Spectre, Meltdown attacks uncovered by security researchers - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:52pm
The widespread Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were first revealed in January.

Hover 2 folding 4K selfie drone uses crazy pop-up radar, AI to track your moves - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:45pm
This might be the smartest, smallest selfie drone.

Is your gift secretly spying? Mozilla ranks tech security in holiday shopping list - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:41pm
Mozilla's holiday gift list breaks down how much data certain tech gifts collect about you.

2019 Chevrolet Volt review: Making a stronger case for itself - Roadshow - Reviews - November 14, 2018 - 8:22pm
Chevy’s plug-in hybrid charges faster and receives fresh tech.

Yeah, Amazon even makes an Alexa-powered microwave now (The 3:59, Ep. 490) - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:22pm
Plus, a look at Amazon's Fire TV Recast and complaints about Facebook removing posts.

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: TVs, Nintendo Switch, Apple HomePod and more - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:19pm
Best Buy could very well have the best buys of the Black Friday season. Here are the top deals from the tech specialist.

Buster Scruggs review: Netflix saddles up frothy, frustrating western - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:18pm
The Coen brothers go for their guns in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: Roku, OLED TVs, Sonos, HomePod and Google - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:14pm
The original big box tech retailer busts out the bargains for the biggest sale day of the season.

Apple Stores to employ human trafficking victims

BBC Technology News - November 14, 2018 - 8:12pm
The technology company's retail chief reveals the initiative as she is given the Stop Slavery Award.

Original Command & Conquer devs will remaster series’ first games in one package

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 8:07pm

Enlarge / No gameplay yet—just familiar logos (which we slapped onto a sweet, fiery explosion). (credit: EA / Getty)

After soft-announcing a new Command & Conquer project last month, EA has taken the wraps off a plan that will (hopefully) satisfy that '90s real-time strategy series' biggest fans. Production has officially begun on a full remaster of the first two Command & Conquer RTS games—the 1995 original and the 1996 sequel Red Alert—with all the games' expansion packs included as part of the complete package.

What's more, development is being spearheaded by Petroglyph Games, a studio formed from the ashes of original C&C development studio Westwood.

"This is getting the band back together," Petroglyph Audio Director Frank Klepacki said in an announcement video on Wednesday. "This is how it should be. We were all there from the inception of it."

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Best Black Friday deals 2018 - CNET - News - November 14, 2018 - 8:01pm
Black Friday is Nov. 23 and that means the usual cornucopia of deals. Some are good, some are bad, these are the best.

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