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New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life

Ars Technica - October 18, 2018 - 7:41pm

Enlarge / The triangular shapes had been described as possible relics of 3.7 billion-year-old microbial life. The rock has been flipped upside down since then, but the red arrow highlights that one of these triangles is not like the others. (credit: Abigail Allwood)

Few things in science seem to be as controversial as claims to the oldest evidence of life on Earth. As researchers strive to push life's origins back further into the history of the early Earth, the evidence they have is never completely unambiguous. (If you were over three billion years old, you wouldn’t look so great, either.) Other scientists inevitably question any new evidence, and arguments ensue.

Microbes in Greenland?

Two years ago, a group working in the ancient rocks of Greenland stumbled on some tantalizing cone-shaped distortions of rock layers. Based on several lines of evidence, the researchers concluded that they had found stromatolites, which are layered mounds built by communities of microbes in shallow water. Modern stromatolites are mainly known from Australia's Shark Bay, but they were much more common when microbes ruled the Earth so are therefore one of the most obvious relics of life in the rock record. The Greenland find would push the age of the oldest-known stromatolite from about 3.45 billion years to 3.7 billion years.

But other researchers wanted to see these Greenland rocks for themselves. And in a newly published study led by Abigail Allwood, she and her team explain why they aren't buying it.

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You now have a slightly better chance of buying a Ford GT - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 7:37pm
Ford will build 350 more GT supercars than planned -- but not until 2020.

Time capsule from 1993 reveals cassette tape, big hair, condoms - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 7:25pm
The condoms expired in 1997.

Boston Dynamics robot dog twerking to SexyBack will rattle your soul - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 7:13pm
The SpotMini dancing to Justin Timberlake is way weirder than it dancing to Bruno Mars.

SAP: We're all about the cloud – never mind those stagnating software numbers

The Register - October 18, 2018 - 7:11pm
German ERP giant's revenues up, operating profits down

A successful quarter for SAP's cloud business has been tempered by a 6 per cent drop in profits and a dip in its share price.…

Apple sets next event for Oct. 30 with iPads, Macs likely on tap - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:57pm
We'll likely see new tablets and computers from Apple that include some features already found in iPhones.

EV incentives may be fading for some, but one senator wants to bring them back - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:55pm
Sen. Dean Heller's proposal would replace the current incentive's cap with a firm end date.

Dealmaster: Hot deals on an Asus ROG gaming laptop and more

Ars Technica - October 18, 2018 - 6:45pm

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the dealmaster is back with a big bunch of deals for your consideration. The top featured item today is a ASUS ROG Strix gaming laptop. This 15.6-inch behemoth has an Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, and a 128GB SSD plus a 1TB hard drive. Normally this is $1,039.99, but today you can get it for $879.99. Did we mention it has a super cool RGB keyboard?

If you're more of a desktop gamer, we also have a deal on the new Intel Core i9 9900k CPU, which releases tomorrow.

You can find those and tons of other deals below. Happy bargain hunting!

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Best gifts: Top tech, gadgets for under $100

ZDnet News - October 18, 2018 - 6:42pm
Here are some of our favorite innovative and fun gadgets and gifts for tech enthusiasts. These are affordable and budget-friendly.

Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1

Ars Technica - October 18, 2018 - 6:40pm

Samsung

Samsung today announced the Galaxy Book2 (sic; the company has not put a space between the word and the number), a 2-in-1 tablet running Windows 10, powered by a Snapdragon 850 processor.

The first generation of Windows 10-on-ARM machines were roundly criticized for the performance of their Snapdragon 835 processors. The second generation of machines, however, uses the Snapdragon 850, a variant of the Snapdragon 845 that's designed for the bigger batteries and higher power dissipation of laptops and tablets. This is widely hoped and expected to bring performance up to respectable levels.

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“There’s more in the making”—Apple announces October 30 event

Ars Technica - October 18, 2018 - 6:39pm

Apple

Apple will host another product announcement event on October 30 at 10am Eastern time, according to invitations that have gone out to members of the press and an update to Apple's live events page.

The invitation for the event carries the copy, "There's more in the making," and it's accompanied by artistic renditions of Apple's logo. This combo suggests the products discussed at this event might be targeted at creative professionals and hobbyists—a common theme for Apple's products of late. In fact, there appear to be several versions of the logo, and different members of the press received different ones. You can see many of them above or by refreshing the Apple live events page.

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Fortnite season 6, week 4 challenges and how to complete them - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:38pm
After a leak that many deemed to be dubious, here are this week's confirmed challenges.

Palantir IPO could be worth $41 billion - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:35pm
The data mining giant plans to go public next year, says a report. The company is known for analytics and intelligence that's tapped by governments, businesses and organizations worldwide.

The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing

Ars Technica - October 18, 2018 - 6:25pm

Brian Cleary/Getty Images

BRASELTON, Ga.—The Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour endurance race held each fall at Road Atlanta in Georgia. As the name suggests, it's run with similar rules as the French race that runs for 24 hours each June, which means a mix of prototype and production-based sports cars take to the track at the same time. And although Petit Le Mans was first held just 21 years ago, it quickly established itself alongside events with decades-more history. In fact, it helped revitalize endurance racing, particularly in the US where it gave rise to the series we now know as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

This year's Petit Le Mans was possibly the best in a decade. In each of the three classes (Prototype, GTLM, and GTD), there were championships to decide. On top of that, the North American Endurance Cup was up for grabs (it's a separate trophy, again for all three classes, scored just at the longer races of the year). And those out of title contention were just going for the win.

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Ring's redesigned Stick Up Cams want a spot inside your home - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - October 18, 2018 - 6:24pm
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired and Stick Up Cam Battery are the first indoor cameras for the Amazon brand.

Here's what photos from the Red Hydrogen One camera look like - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:24pm
A slightly larger selection of shots from Red's new phone.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

The Register - October 18, 2018 - 6:22pm
Star analyst uses 2020 vision to predict macOS move

Apple will abandon Intel processor chips for its Macs in favour of homegrown Arm-based chips, according to a securities analyst. Formerly at KGI, Ming-Chi Kuo of KeyBanc Capital Markets, has a strong record of reliable Apple predictions.…

New Square Terminal gussies up the drab credit card reader - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:17pm
The battery-powered device could bring pay-at-your-table service to more US restaurants.

We figured out which social network is worst for your soul - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 18, 2018 - 6:05pm
On this week's debate party, Jeff takes on Ben Fox Rubin to understand the new Palm thing, the ethics of Google's call screening, and which social network is the worst.

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