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Sony SRS-XB01 review: Sony's cheap mini Bluetooth speaker is worth buying - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - November 20, 2018 - 7:11pm
The Sony SRS-XB01 retails for $35 and sometimes costs less. It's a well designed little wireless speaker.

Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust

Ars Technica - November 20, 2018 - 7:10pm

Enlarge / An image of Apep taken in the infrared. (credit: University of Sydney/European Southern Observatory)

Figuring out what powers the Universe's largest explosions can be a real challenge, as the explosion wipes out evidence of what caused it. Archival data can sometimes provide hints of what was in the area where things went boom, but a lot of the progress we've made comes down to physicists modeling some of the more extreme objects out there and seeing if they can recapitulate the details of the explosion.

That's where we're at with long gamma ray bursts (where "long" in this case means a couple of seconds). We've seen them happen, and astrophysicists have calculated that they could be emitted from a rapidly rotating, massive star. But we don't have a lot of examples of this sort of star to study in order to see if the physics of their explosions match up with our models. Now, a team of researchers thinks it has spotted one that, in combination with a second massive star, created the fantastic-looking pinwheel shown above. But detailed observations of the system suggest that the pinwheel is formed by materials that originated on a single star yet are moving at two different speeds—something we can't explain.

The serpent god

Technically, the new object goes by the absurdly memorable name 2XMM J160050.7–514245. Surveys spotted it because it was an oddity: unusually bright at certain infrared wavelengths. Follow-up observations revealed its sinuous form, which led the researchers to rename it from the "cumbersome" 2XMM J160050.7–514245 to Apep, which is the name of a serpent deity in Egyptian mythology.

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Black Friday 2018 deals on storage: Samsung EVO 1TB for $130, 256GB USB drive for $55 and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 7:09pm
Here's a list of the top storage deals as they are revealed for the biggest shopping day of the year.

Your next FedEx delivery may arrive via Chinese electric truck - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 7:09pm
FedEx will put 1,000 of the trucks on the road in California.

Radical new 3D body scanner delivers startling first human images - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 7:09pm
See through a whole person in three dimensions.

Black Friday 2018 PS4 Spider-Man bundle available for $200, but not for long - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 7:07pm
No need to wait: The year's best deal on a PS4 is available now at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and GameStop.

Microsoft Office 365 still locks out people who use multifactor authentication, Azure back - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 7:04pm
Microsoft is working on a problem that prevents multifactor authentication users from logging in.

Black Friday 2018: The best PS4 console, game deals - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:57pm
Looking for that Spider-Man PS4 bundle? There are still some swinging out in the wild, if you know where to look.

Microsoft's edgy Open Enclave SDK goes cross platform

The Register - November 20, 2018 - 6:55pm
Arm TrustZone now a thing for Azure IoT Edge devs

Microsoft's Azure IoT team has made available a cross-platform version its Open Enclave SDK with an eye to securing devices at that mysterious entity, the Edge.…

Steam Link hardware faces permadeath - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:55pm
The company announced that the hardware was almost gone and pointed people to its software substitute.

Costco Black Friday 2018 deals: Powerful Lenovo Flex 5 discounted, $250 iPad and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:53pm
Grab a Lenovo Flex 5 -- with an Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GeForce MX130 -- for under $900.

Google Call Screen will let you save call transcripts by the end of the year - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:43pm
You'll be able to save and reread the phone conversations you have on your Pixel.

PlayStation VR on Black Friday: The bundle and games to get - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:36pm
Should you get a PSVR? At the right price, it might be worth it.

Amazon bids on Disney's sports networks to feed its appetite for video - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:36pm
It would get Amazon in the channel-ownership business.

New Lego Movie 2 trailer shows new characters in a wasteland - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:32pm
A shape-shifter, a raptor and a rescue mission are coming in the 2019 sequel.

Microsoft now lets you log into Outlook, Skype, Xbox Live with no password - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:30pm
It's not yet time to laugh off data breaches, but authentication technology is advancing beyond the password-era problems.

Sony Digital Paper is $100 off for Black Friday - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:28pm
This is the lowest price on Sony's cool-but-pricey Digital Paper notepads.

Apple Black Friday 2018 deals: Here's what we know - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:26pm
Apple's sale kicks off on Nov. 23. What can you expect -- and what deals are available right now?

Black Friday 2018 Best Buy deals available now: Philips Hue, Moto G6, Roku TVs and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 20, 2018 - 6:25pm
Black Friday starts early and often -- and online -- at the home of the Geek Squad.

Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Ars Technica - November 20, 2018 - 6:19pm

Enlarge (credit: Benjamin)

After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—finally re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it's the Office team's turn to release some updates that need to be un-released.

On November's Patch Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its Japanese calendars. In December 2017, Emperor Akihito announced that he would abdicate and that his son Naruhito would take his role as emperor. Each emperor has a corresponding era name, and calendars must be updated to reflect that new name. The Office patches offer updates to handle this event.

Two of these updates, KB2863821 and KB4461522, both for Office 2010, are apparently very broken, causing application crashes. The company has suspended delivery of the patches, but the problem is so severe that Microsoft is recommending that anyone who has installed the updates already should uninstall them pronto (see instructions for KB2863821 here and for KB4461522 here).

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