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Tau trailer: Netflix's AI-infused B-movie looks dreadful - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:27pm
Saw meets HAL in this computer-powered horror flick.

Porsche is getting even more serious about electric, buys stake in Rimac

Ars Technica - June 20, 2018 - 4:23pm

Jonathan Gitlin

By this point you may well have heard of Rimac Automobili, if for no other reason than that The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond almost killed himself (again) when he crashed-then-immolated one of Rimac's Concept One electric hypercars. Based in Croatia, this engineering firm has been developing some seriously clever electric vehicle technology, both for its own use in road and race cars, as well as supplying technology to the likes of Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, and Jaguar.

On Wednesday morning, we learned that Porsche has now bought a 10-percent stake in Rimac and will be setting up a development partnership with the smaller company. "By developing the purely electric two-seater super sports cars, like the 'Concept One’ or ‘C Two,' as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility," said Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of the executive board and member of the executive board for finance and IT at Porsche. "We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership."

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2019 Volvo S60: Born in the USA - Roadshow - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:20pm
Volvo's first car made in the US is also the last piece of its new-car puzzle.

2019 Honda Insight first drive review: The 55-mpg Civic - Roadshow - Reviews - June 20, 2018 - 4:19pm
With strong Civic bones and refined style, Honda's new Prius-fighter isn't Prius-ugly.

Amazon's Prime Wardrobe now available to all US Prime members - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:18pm
Return as much as you want. No, really.

Loupedeck upgrades its Lightroom photo editing console - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:17pm
The Loupedeck+ brings spruced-up hardware and software -- and a price cut to $229.

Westworld is all about 'dismantling the mystery box,' say creators - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:12pm
Relax. Your questions will be answered... eventually.

Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West house - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 4:06pm
You can now wander around the famous architect's winter home from the comfort of your computer.

Google’s Flutter SDK moves out of beta with Release Preview 1

Ars Technica - June 20, 2018 - 4:00pm


Google's cross-platform Flutter SDK is hitting yet another release milestone on the way to version 1.0. Flutter is moving out of beta and releasing "Flutter Release Preview 1." Google says the release preview status "signals our confidence in the stability and quality of what we have and our focus on bug fixing and stabilization."

Flutter is Google's second swing at a mobile SDK (the first being a little platform called "Android"). Flutter's claim to fame is that it's cross-platform—Flutter apps run on Android and iOS—and it's really fast. Flutter apps sidestep the app platforms of Android and iOS and instead run on the Flutter rendering engine (written in C++) and Flutter framework (written in Google's Dart language, just like Flutter apps). When it's time to ship a Flutter app off to Google's and Apple's respective app stores, the requisite Flutter engine code gets bundled up with the app code, and the Flutter SDK spits out Android and iOS versions of your single code base. Each version comes complete with built-in app themes for Android or iOS, so they still feel like native apps. Along with Android and iOS, Flutter is also the platform used for apps in Google's experimental Fuchsia OS.

With the release of preview 1, the Flutter team is focusing on "scenario completeness" for a Flutter app. There's an improved video player package, support for older 32-bit iOS devices like the iPhone 5C, and support for Firebase Dynamic Links. The Flutter team is also improving the documentation and tooling for embedding Flutter code into an existing Android or iOS app.

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The dumbest passwords people still use

ZDnet News - June 20, 2018 - 3:55pm
Everybody knows that 12345 is a bad password. But what they're using instead isn't much stronger

Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

The Register - June 20, 2018 - 3:49pm
Claims German biz used ERP to 'lure' them into joint venture

Data warehousing biz Teradata has flung a sueball (PDF) at SAP in the District Court for Northern California, alleging the German ERP giant undertook a "decade-long campaign of trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and antitrust violations".…

Fortnite makes me feel like I'm 120 years old - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 3:25pm
Commentary: I thought music, movies or weird body augmentation tech would make me feel old. Turns out it was a video game, and that video game is Fortnite.

San Francisco’s city-wide fiber Internet plan is delayed, future in doubt

Ars Technica - June 20, 2018 - 3:25pm

Enlarge / Lombard Street in San Francisco. (credit: Getty Images | Michael Lee)

San Francisco's plan to build a city-wide gigabit fiber Internet service won't go forward this year, as city officials decided they need to do more research before asking voters to approve a ballot initiative.

The universal broadband project "has suffered a setback as outgoing Mayor Mark Farrell will not place a tax measure on the November ballot to fund the project before he leaves office in the coming weeks," the San Francisco Examiner reported Sunday. The deadline for Farrell to submit the ballot initiative passed yesterday.

In January, the city issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find companies that are qualified to build the network. After examining the submissions, the city named three entities (Bay City Broadband Partners, FiberGateway, and Sonic Plenary SF Fiber) as "pre-qualified bidders."

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Disney tops Comcast with $71.3 billion deal for Fox - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 3:22pm
Disney really, really doesn't want to let Comcast have Fox.

2019 Audi A1 is a stylish subcompact with up to 200 HP - Roadshow - News - June 20, 2018 - 3:02pm
The second-generation A1 arrives with sharper lines loosely inspired by the Audi Quattro.

California's net neutrality bill faces a grim fate - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 2:49pm
Intense industry lobbying could push state Democrats to water down the strongest net neutrality legislation to date.

Treating patients caught in the world's war zones - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 2:38pm
From CNET Magazine: Telemedicine may not be new, but it's still one of the most powerful tools we have to help people hurt in the crossfire.

JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

The Register - June 20, 2018 - 2:37pm
No, but not everyone's happy with the changes

JURI, European Parliament's legal affairs committee, voted today to approve article 11 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which allows news publishers to seek payment for reuse of snippets of articles, in a narrow 13:12 vote.…

Acer Nitro 5 laptop for $680: Game on the go for 15 percent off - CNET - News - June 20, 2018 - 2:22pm
Normally $800, this new model has ample horsepower for the most demanding games. Plus: Keep your phone safe from sand, water and other summertime threats.

Council demanded payment card details via email

BBC Technology News - June 20, 2018 - 2:12pm
A London local authority requested security codes among other details be sent via a Word document.

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