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Would you spend $1,495 on a watch made of old Mustang parts? - Roadshow - News - December 8, 2017 - 4:30pm
If you want your old car to get a second life, this is definitely one way to do it.

Fortnite developer: Players “deserve” cross-console play

Ars Technica - December 8, 2017 - 4:28pm

Enlarge / Artist's conception of Sony fighting off the developers and players demanding cross-platform play for their games.

Amid all the pre-scripted announcements and canned trailers at last night's Game Awards extravaganza, there were a few unexpected moments to the evening. And while A Way Out director Josef Fares' splashy "f**k the Oscars" moment was fun to watch, Fortnite creative director Donald Mustard's on-the-spot discussion of cross-platform gameplay was a bit more relevant to the industry.

Responding to what seemed like an unrehearsed question from host Geoff Keighley, Mustard appeared genuinely upset that Fortnite players can't play with those on other platforms. "Look, Fortnite is even better when you're playing with your real friends, and due to platform restrictions there are some players that aren't able to play with their friends and are left out," he said.

"Gamers want cross-play, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make that happen," he continued. "Players deserve it."

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EU toys with Pandora's Box if it reopens e-commerce directive

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 4:25pm
Mother of all bunfights beckons

Exclusive European policy makers are considering the unthinkable and reopening the EU's e-commerce directive, according to multiple sources. UK industries have been invited to contribute their thoughts, on the basis that the directive will be amended in the lifetime of this Parliament.…

Elon Musk confirms Tesla is building its own chips for Autopilot

Ars Technica - December 8, 2017 - 4:21pm

Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2016. (credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Tesla is building its own custom AI chips, CEO Elon Musk acknowledged on Thursday night according to reports from CNBC and the Register.

"Jim is developing specialized AI hardware that we think will be the best in the world," Musk said at a Tesla-organized party.

"Jim" is Jim Keller, a well-known chip engineer that Tesla recruited last year to lead Tesla's Autopilot hardware efforts. Keller has held key positions at both AMD and Apple.

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Net neutrality supporters take protest to Verizon stores - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 4:13pm
Protests took place at Verizon stores all over the country Thursday. Here's what we saw at the carrier's flagship location in New York City.

YouTube reportedly plans new paid music streaming service - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 4:11pm
Tentatively called Remix, the service will be Google's third swing at catching up to rivals Apple and Spotify.

Lynda Carter stars in amusing PSA to save single-player games - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 4:11pm
Commentary: Bethesda Softworks creates a stirring ad, starring the original Wonder Woman, in support of the loner gamer.

AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 4:06pm
There's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking – yep, it's AI

An AI researcher has taken time out of his busy schedule to appear in an ad for Yves Saint Laurent's scent for men called Y.…

Google capturing spectacular million-crab march for Street View - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 4:02pm
Tens of millions of crabs migrate across Christmas Island each year to lay eggs in the water. It's quite a sight -- and soon it'll be on Street View.

Best cheap smartphones: $300 (or much less) buys a great holiday gift

ZDnet News - December 8, 2017 - 3:53pm
In the past, low cost smartphones offered terrible performance, were never updated, and it was tough to recommend them to readers. As flagship prices skyrocket, the low end is being lifted up and there are some excellent options. All but one of these is available for under $300.

Apple TV 4K review - CNET - Reviews - December 8, 2017 - 3:50pm
With the addition of Amazon video and a few other tweaks, the Apple TV 4K is now the best streamer you can buy, as long as you don't mind the price. law resources now untrustworthy, according to browsers

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 3:25pm website SSL certificate expires

The SSL certificate on the criminal justice and court listing site expired yesterday, causing browsers to now warn users that their information is at risk.…

New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 2:58pm
Sandhurst personnel short of vital info on officer trainees who start in January

Updated Capita's infamous Recruitment Partnership Project (RPP) for the Ministry of Defence has finally gone live, five years after the first deal was signed – and, surprise, surprise, it is riddled with bugs and missing critical functionality.…

Google Doodle shines light on photosynthesis - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 2:45pm
It's Jan Ingenhousz's 287th Birthday.

Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 2:42pm
IS Delivery gets the memo now too, 1,000+ heads at risk – sources

It wasn't only staff in IBM's Technical Services Support (TSS) unit that this week received the memo urging volunteers to come forward to toss themselves on the redundancy heap, folk in IS Delivery (ISD) got it too.…

NI town 'has UK's fastest runners'

BBC Technology News - December 8, 2017 - 2:39pm
Fitness app Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK this year.

Apple HomeKit flaw left smart gadgets vulnerable

BBC Technology News - December 8, 2017 - 2:18pm
The company has fixed a flaw in its HomeKit that let unauthorised people control smart home gadgets.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's second DLC pack releases tonight - CNET - News - December 8, 2017 - 2:12pm
Also, Link has a motorcycle now. Surprise!

Next-gen telco protocol Diameter has last-gen security – researchers

The Register - December 8, 2017 - 2:10pm
Infosec boffins raise flags

Some of the well-known weaknesses of SS7 Roaming Networks have been replicated in the next-gen telco protocol, Diameter.…

Enter for a chance to win games, hardware, and more in the 2017 Ars Charity Drive

Ars Technica - December 8, 2017 - 2:00pm

Enlarge / In addition to that sweet mixtape, here are just some of the prizes you could win by entering this year’s sweepstakes.

It's that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well by doing good. That's right—it's time for the 2017 edition of our annual Charity Drive.

Since 2007, we've been actively encouraging readers to give to Penny Arcade's Child's Play charity, which provides toys and games to kids being treated in hospitals around the world. In recent years, we've added the Electronic Frontier Foundation to our annual charity push, aiding in their efforts to defend Internet freedom. This year, as always, we're providing some extra incentive for those donations by offering donors pieces of our big pile of vendor-provided swag. We can't keep it (ethically), and we don't want it clogging up our offices anyway. It's now yours to win.

This year's swag pile is yet another big one. We have nearly 80 prizes amounting to more than $4,000 in value, including games, hardware, toys, collectibles, and more. In 2016, Ars readers raised a record $38,000 for charity, contributing to a total haul of more than $240,000 since 2007. We want to break that record this year, and we can do it if readers really dig deep.

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