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The 10 best Facebook alternatives for Android and iOS - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 5:58pm
Whether you're part of the #DeleteFacebook crowd or the 'Time Well Spent' movement, these are your best alternatives to the world's largest social network.

NASA astronaut discovers Christmas elf on the ISS - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 5:58pm
An Elf on a Shelf arrives in space to keep an eye on the crew and report back to Santa.

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

Ars Technica - December 11, 2018 - 5:41pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | TwilightEye)

A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network.

Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.

"The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network," the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. "The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015."

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The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space

Ars Technica - December 11, 2018 - 5:29pm

Enlarge / The Plasma Science Experiment, and the change in the solar wind it detected as Voyager 2 reached interstellar space. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT)

On Monday, NASA announced that one of its longest-running experiments has started a new phase. Five years after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, its sibling, Voyager 2, has joined it there. While the Oort Cloud of icy bodies extends well beyond the probes' current locations, they've gone past the point where the charged particles of the solar wind dominate space. Instead, their current environment is dominated by cosmic rays ejected by other stars.

Voyager 2 was actually the first of the two probes launched back in 1977, but its trajectory had it reaching its first destination, Jupiter, after Voyager 1. Its trailing position had a large impact on its future; after Voyager 1 obtained sufficient data at Saturn, Voyager 2 was switched from a route that optimized data gathering to one that sent it past the ringed planet on a trajectory that boosted it toward Uranus and Neptune. That difference meant that Voyager 1 reached interstellar space much earlier.

To a large extent, this made it much easier to figure out that Voyager 2 made the transition. Prior to Voyager 1's arrival, it was expected that two transitions would happen at roughly the same time: the Sun's magnetic field would fall off and the galactic magnetic field would dominate, and the particles of the solar wind would drop while cosmic rays would pick up. Voyager 1 experienced the latter transition but not the former. Put differently, there was a change in charged particles without an accompanying change in the magnetic field.

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Google chief denies political bias claims

BBC Technology News - December 11, 2018 - 5:24pm
US lawmakers accused firm of "programming" bias against conservative views into its algorithms.

Hyundai makes massive $6.7B bet on hydrogen - Roadshow - News - December 11, 2018 - 5:18pm
The Korean carmaker plans to produce half a million fuel-cell cars and trucks a year by 2030.

Stocking stuffers: Best tech gifts under $25 - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 5:16pm
Looking for practical, cheap-but-good stocking stuffers? We've got you covered.

Uber manager in March: “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles”

Ars Technica - December 11, 2018 - 5:10pm

Enlarge / NTSB officials inspecting the vehicle that killed Elaine Herzberg in a March crash in Arizona. (credit: NTSB)

On March 19, the world learned that Uber had a serious safety problem when a prototype self-driving car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona. But signs of Uber's safety problems were evident to company insiders even before the crash. And at least one Uber manager tried to raise the alarm on March 13—just days before Herzberg's death.

Robbie Miller worked for Google's self-driving car program until 2016, when he left for the self-driving truck startup Otto. Otto was snapped up by Uber later that year, and Miller became an operations manager in Uber's self-driving truck program.

Miller quit his job at Uber in March 2018 and went on to lidar startup Luminar. Before he left the company he sent an email to Eric Meyhofer, the leader of Uber's self-driving car project, about safety problems at the company. The email, which was obtained by The Information's Amir Efrati, is absolutely scathing.

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The 51 best VR games of 2018 - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
What's worth playing in virtual reality? Here are all our favorites.

They say software will eat the world. Here are some software bugs that took a stab at it

The Register - December 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Well, you know what we mean. Variable quality comes with increasing quantity

Analysis "On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts," said Facebook's Guy Rosen in a security update in September.…

Automobili Pininfarina names its all-electric hypercar Battista - Roadshow - News - December 11, 2018 - 4:51pm
The car will cost between $2 and $2.5 million when it launches in 2020.

They said yes, grins Dell Technologies: Expects to go public this month

The Register - December 11, 2018 - 4:46pm
Class V shareholders agree to sell or swap the stock

Class C shares in Dell Technologies are to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange before the year is out, after it today removed an obstacle that was hindering its ability to do so.…

Brexit: More than £100K spent on Facebook and other ads for May's deal

BBC Technology News - December 11, 2018 - 4:44pm
The government bought ads on Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn before Brexit vote was cancelled.

Microsoft to rule the biz chat roost – survey

The Register - December 11, 2018 - 4:30pm
Slack off, hipsters

Microsoft shows no sign of yielding its enterprise chat and conferencing users to a hipster-friendly upstart like Slack. A snapshot of US businesses who use work chat shows that Microsoft's Teams is taking advantage of Google's enterprise missteps rather than those of Slack.…

Watch Russian cosmonauts spacewalk to check out hole in Soyuz capsule - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 4:22pm
The hole was the cause of a pressure leak over the summer.

Xiaomi Gamepad 2.0 makes its Black Shark look a lot like Nintendo Switch - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 4:18pm
Android gaming, Nintendo-style.

This Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop is a steal at $399.99 - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 4:12pm
Specs include a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a touchscreen. There's just one wrinkle. Plus: Your last chance (this year) to get the BlitzWolf wire-free earbuds for $34.

Technical tour-de-force traps positrons

Ars Technica - December 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / An abstract illustration of high-energy subatomic particles colliding. (credit: Girolamo Sferrazza Papa | Getty Images)

We don’t often play with them, but plasmas are a central part of modern life. The plasmas that we can create on Earth, however, are unlike some of the plasmas that are thought to exist in space—the ones in space appear to include antimatter. Those plasmas are hard to observe, and as a result, we don’t think we understand them very well.

That makes a pair of recent publications on the trapping of positrons—the positively charged cousin to the electron—very interesting. While they don't get as far as exploring plasmas with antimatter, they do show that we can trap the antimatter long enough to make some.

Plasma: A fluid that is not a fluid

Before we get to the good stuff, we need to trudge through some well-explored fields. A plasma is basically a gas, but the gas consists of ions—atoms that have had one or more electrons removed—and free electrons.

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iPhone XS and iPhone XR cheat sheets

ZDnet News - December 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
Get to know your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR better using these handy cheat sheets. Discover secret button combination, shortcuts, and gestures to make using your iPhone even easier.

Facebook may soon be able to figure out where you're going next - CNET - News - December 11, 2018 - 3:46pm
Location tracking 2.0 is taking shape.

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