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Android Go arrives at Samsung in its thrifty Galaxy J2 Core - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 4:10pm
The company joins the program for a Samsung-bloatware-free, data-managed, entry-level phone.

This is the lowest price ever on Samsung's 55-inch picture-frame TV - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 4:05pm
The Frame TV blends into your decor like no other flat-panel and doubles as wall art! Plus: A funky LED orb for your garden is just $14.44.

Toyota Group companies Denso, Aisin forming self-driving tech group - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 3:41pm
Lexus has said it will put autonomous tech on the roads by 2020.

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

The Register - August 24, 2018 - 3:30pm
1970s tech 'Picasso', two previous owners

One of only 50 working Apple-1 computers goes up for auction next month in Boston. The board is a later model than the one that fetched $815,000 in 2016.…

Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck

Ars Technica - August 24, 2018 - 3:27pm

Enlarge (credit: Corr et al. 2018)

In 1545, freshly refitted to carry a greater number of heavy cannon, the warship Mary Rose sailed into battle against a French fleet north of the Isle of Wight. The debate over what happened next is still heated, but the most accepted version is that the added weight of the cannons made the Mary Rose sit almost a meter lower in the water than before. When the ship made a sharp turn—or perhaps when a sudden gust of wind caught the sails—water poured into open gunports, flooding the ship. Nets in place over the deck, meant to repel enemy boarders, ended up trapping more than 500 sailors aboard as the ship went down.

The Mary Rose, and many members of her crew, spent the next 437 years getting buried under several meters of silt at the bottom of the Solent, the strait north of the Isle of Wight. That silt helped preserve about 40 percent of her hull and about 19,000 artifacts and pieces of timber, which archaeologists recovered in 1982. That’s incredible luck for a 500-year-old shipwreck, especially one as historically significant as the Mary Rose, but the waterlogged wood of Henry VIII’s prize warship still faces a threat.

Eating away at the wood

Some of the marine bacteria that move in when a ship sinks munch on sulfur and release a compound called hydrogen sulfide. And when iron fittings, cannons, and other artifacts corrode, they release ions that react with the hydrogen sulfide to produce iron sulfides. That doesn’t matter much in an environment without much oxygen—and there's not much in several meters of silt at the bottom of the Solent, for instance. But when exposed to air again, the iron sulfides react with oxygen to produce sulfate salts and sulfuric acid, which eat away at the already fragile timbers and artifacts where wood is in contact with iron.

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NSA leaker Reality Winner sentenced to over 5 years in prison - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 3:23pm
She's reportedly been given the longest sentence for a federal crime that involves leaking to the media.

Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers

Ars Technica - August 24, 2018 - 3:12pm

Singer

When Williams Advanced Engineering agreed to collaborate with Singer Vehicle Design on a Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) for a Singer client, it was expecting to wring the best dynamics and wrest the most weight from a vintage Porsche 911. But that's not exactly what happened.

Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, England, Williams Advanced Engineering is a division of the group that includes the Williams Formula 1 race team. LA-based Singer restores and "reimagines" 1989 to 1994 Porsche 911s for its clients. The company has restored about 100 highly regarded and highly sought-after 911s so far.

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NASA images from space show a world on fire - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 3:05pm
NASA's thermal bands are detecting actively burning fires. And there are a lot of them.

Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?

Ars Technica - August 24, 2018 - 2:55pm

Enlarge / Wildfire risk is set to increase, but regional differences in risk are incredibly important for fire management. (credit: flickr user: Tracy Vierra)

As smoky, apocalyptic-looking skies spread across western North America, researchers are scrambling to improve their predictions of wildfire risk. A changing climate means not just higher temperatures but also new patterns of rain and snow, which interact in complex ways to contribute to the risk of fire.

A paper in PNAS this week argues that the role of temperature has been exaggerated, while the importance of rainfall has been overlooked. Zachary Holden and a team of collaborators report finding that, out of a range of different factors, longer dry spells were the best predictor of wildfire risks. Other researchers, however, argue that the paper has overlooked previous research and that its results aren't definitive. Everyone agrees that wildfire risk is set to increase as a result of climate change—but the gritty details are harder to nail down.

Hot, dry, and fiery

This research sits in a strange place between the blindingly obvious and the intensely murky. The contributions of rising temperatures to summer wildfire risk are intuitive: less snow, earlier snowmelt, faster evaporation of water from the environment, hotter and drier vegetation. The role of drought in making things hotter and drier is also clear.

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Netadmins: Grab a plate and wander down <i>El Reg's</i> network buffet

The Register - August 24, 2018 - 2:25pm
Broadband Forum standards, ZTE drags down optical market, and more

The Broadband Forum has dropped the first open-source code in an access interoperability project designed to support cloud-based access infrastructure and services.…

Did you love Windows 95? It&#039;s now a free app for macOS, Windows, Linux

ZDnet News - August 24, 2018 - 1:54pm
A Slack developer has released Windows 95 as an app to run on Windows, Mac or Linux.

Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

The Register - August 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
IoT-oriented tech has few advantages for consumers

Interview eSIM-enabled phones are a solution to a problem that doesn't exist – and consumers are better off without it, according to analyst Dean Bubley.…

LOL! Procter & Gamble wants to trademark LOL

BBC Technology News - August 24, 2018 - 1:25pm
The household products company P&G may want to overhaul its brand portfolio to clean up with millennials.

T-Mobile hack may have exposed data of 2 million customers - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 1:03pm
The carrier's cybersecurity team stopped a data breach earlier this week.

Brace yourselves for some harsh truths from smart mirrors - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
There are a growing number of internet-connected mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe, break down your body fat and more.

Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot

Ars Technica - August 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Enlarge / A technician inspects a Waymo vehicle. (credit: Waymo)

Many people worry that the development of self-driving technology will put taxi drivers and truck drivers out of work. What often gets missed is that self-driving technology companies are going to create plenty of jobs, too.

Most obviously, high-end jobs will spring up for engineers designing the necessary hardware and software. But there are also going to be jobs for workers further down the income spectrum, doing things like taking customer calls, cleaning and repairing cars, and updating the high-definition maps that cars use to move around.

Take Waymo, for example. The Google spinoff plans to launch a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix area before the end of the year. On Tuesday, the company offered a look inside its operations center in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler.

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Meet the women fighting fake news on Facebook - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
At a company where senior management is 70 percent male, the leaders of Facebook's news efforts are majority women. These are some of them.

Windows 10 version 1809: Act fast to delay this big upgrade

ZDnet News - August 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.

HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down

The Register - August 24, 2018 - 12:59pm
If only OS 'sunsets' happened every quarter

HP Inc's latest set of financials were boringly positive – from a rival's perspective – rising as they did by double digits.…

HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down

The Register - August 24, 2018 - 12:59pm
If only OS 'sunsets' happened every quarter

HP Inc's latest set of financials were boringly positive – from a rival's perspective – rising as they did by double digits.…


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