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The net neutrality testing app that Apple rejected is available now

Ars Technica - 20 min 24 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | alexsl)

An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services is now available on Apple's App Store, despite Apple originally refusing to allow it onto iPhones and iPads.

The Wehe app has been available for iOS at this link since last night. It had already been available for Android on the Google Play store for at least a month.

Wehe tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo in different ways and uses variances in measured results to judge whether or not traffic is being throttled to your device.. But Apple initially refused to let the app into the App Store, telling its creator that "your app has no direct benefits to the user."

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

The Register - 22 min 18 sec ago
White plastic? No Space Grey?

Word reaches us of an, er, AI-driven revolution taking place in dentistry but you’ll only be able to get you hands on Colgate’s Smart Electronic E1 Toothbrush from Apple as it is the exclusive sales channel.…

The Zuma failure has emboldened critics of SpaceX

Ars Technica - 35 min 10 sec ago

Enlarge / The Zuma mission launched on Jan. 7 from Florida. (credit: SpaceX)

The space community has not learned much about the apparent loss of the Zuma payload launched by SpaceX on January 7, but the mystery has had one clear after effect: critics of SpaceX, including several far-right publications, have weaponized the failure of a national security satellite in their continued stream of attacks on the company.

For example The Federalist, a publication that defended the dating habits of Alabama Judge Roy Moore in his Senate campaign, opined about the accident, "It is concerning, to say the least, that American taxpayers have become the guinea pigs who will bear the risks and the costs before a final determination can be made." The conservative Washington Times also published a critical piece, noting that, "Taxpayers are tired of getting ripped off."

These articles were written by individuals with little apparent knowledge about the aerospace industry. The Federalist author lists, among his qualifications, that he "helped the 2014 freshmen Republican class to set up offices." The Times author notes on his LinkedIn profile that he is a "professional coalition builder."

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There are other, <i>legal</i> ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

The Register - 57 min 25 sec ago
Redmond finds allies in Irish data centre spat

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told.…

Google, China's biggest tech firm sign patent-sharing deal - CNET - News - 1 hour 31 sec ago
The search giant and Tencent will share patents with covering a range of products and technologies.

Here's why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word - CNET - News - 1 hour 17 min ago
Commentary: Speakers with integrated voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant will soon become the norm, not the exception.

Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

The Register - 1 hour 21 min ago
UKSA and CNES buddy up on climate science, Mars missions

The British and French space agencies have agreed to team up on more missions together.…

Get a Propel Star Wars Battle Quad drone for $74.99 - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Originally $180, these are absolutely positively the drones you're looking for. Plus: a Rolls-Royce hoverboard at a Ford Fiesta price.

Amazon Prime cost jumps nearly 20 percent for monthly subscription - CNET - News - 1 hour 28 min ago
Those of you paying for Prime month to month will see a higher fee of $12.99. Annual fees will remain the same.

Apple hit with complaint by South Korean consumer group

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 37 min ago
A South Korean consumer group has filed a complaint against Apple over iPhone slowdown.

IBM turns panto villain as <i>The Reg</i> tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

The Register - 1 hour 47 min ago
Hello children, fancy a chat about muck-raking tech rags?

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff.…

Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Apple's got one idea for next-gen photo tech, but a rival technology based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step farther.

If foldable phones catch on, you can thank an unlikely source - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
When it comes to creating phones that take new shapes, little-known handset maker ZTE wants to lead the charge.

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

The Register - 2 hours 20 min ago
Back to drawing board on £14bn pensions deficit

Plans by BT to cut its huge pension deficit have been thrown out by the High Court. The UK's incumbent telco had wanted to shift the rate used to calculate final salary pension payments.…

Wind with batteries? Build it quickly and it could cost $21/MWh in Colorado

Ars Technica - 2 hours 24 min ago

Enlarge / A couple of wind turbines, part of the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. (credit: Getty Images)

Proposals for renewable electricity generation in Colorado are coming in cheap, like, $21/MWh-cheap for wind and battery storage. Though there are a few caveats to those numbers, federal incentives and quickly falling costs are combining to make once-quirky renewable projects into major contenders in an industry where fossil fuels have comfortably dominated since the 19th century.

Early last year, Colorado energy provider Xcel Energy requested proposals for new electricity generation. Specifically, the company needed 450 megawatts of additional generation to meet future demand. In a separate request called the Colorado Energy Plan, Xcel said (PDF) it would consider replacing two coal plants providing 660MW of capacity with "hundreds of megawatts of new wind and solar as well as some natural gas-fired resources" if new resources could be found cheaper than what those coal plants cost to operate (including costs to shut down the plants early).

By late November, energy companies had submitted their best offers. Although exact details of the offers aren’t available yet, Xcel Colorado was required to make public a summary of the proposals (PDF) in the month after the bids were submitted.

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Instagram joins EU fight against illegal online hate speech - CNET - News - 2 hours 29 min ago
Social networks have made dramatic improvements when it comes to removing illegal content from their platforms, says the European Commission.

Data-stealing spyware 'traced to Lebanon'

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Nation-state malware dubbed Dark Caracal uncovered by security researchers.

Adult entertainment hasn't figured out AR either - CNET - News - 3 hours 7 sec ago
After VR success last year, porn producer Naughty America is now targeting phones and tablets for an AR app it claims isn't porn at all. So what is it?

Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

The Register - 3 hours 4 min ago
Four quarters of growth in a row ain't too shabby

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum.…

Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator - CNET - News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The Historic Tale Construction Kit returns online so fans of the popular meme can make their customized Bayeux Tapestry images.

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