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For ERP LN feature pack upgrade, what method of install are you using?
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Facebook gives users trustworthiness score

BBC Technology News - 41 min 4 sec ago
The social network says it has developed the scale to help it tackle fake news reports.

Pokémon Go shuts out Android phones with suspicious file names

Ars Technica - 1 hour 12 min ago

A new update to Niantic's Pokémon Go takes a more zealous approach to ferreting out potential cheaters by scanning Android phones for certain jailbreak-related folder names, regardless of the user's permissions. Ars has independently confirmed reports that Pokémon Go will not launch on Android phones that have an empty folder named "MagiskManager" on their SD card.

The error message shown when trying to play Pokemon Go on an Android device with an empty "MagiskManager" folder.

That folder name is associated with a popular piece of rooting software, which gives users low-level access to the phone and finer control over the way it functions. But the Pokémon Go check currently blocks access even on unrooted phones where the MagiskManager software hasn't even been downloaded. The folder name alone is enough to generate an "unauthorized_device_lockout" error from the game, and that error goes away if the folder is deleted.

Surprisingly, Ars testing shows the lockout error happens even when the user hasn't granted "storage permissions" to Pokémon Go, which would usually be necessary for the app to scan through outside files. A user on the Pokémon Go-focused Silph Road subreddit points to an XDA forums post that suggests Niantic may be using a loophole in Android's error reporting to get around that lack of permissions.

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Gamescom: The seven biggest announcements at the show

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Next-generation graphics, new games and cult favourites take the stage at Gamescom in Cologne.

Russian election hacking hits a bump, but it's still going on - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Microsoft foils an effort targeting US conservative groups. The problem, though, is a whole lot bigger.

'Don't Believe Every Tweet' campaign proves its own point. - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
It's a parody, but the point is well taken.

Chrome 69 will take the next step to killing Flash, roll out new design

Ars Technica - 1 hour 47 min ago

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Chrome 69, due to be released on September 4, is going to take the next step toward phasing out support for Adobe's Flash plugin.

Chrome started deprecating Flash in 2016, defaulting to HTML5 features and requiring Flash to be enabled on a per-site basis. Currently, that setting is sticky: if Flash is enabled for a site, it will continue to be enabled across sessions and restarts of the browser.

That changes in Chrome 69—Flash will have to be enabled for a site every time the browser is started. This means that Flash content will always need positive, explicit user permission to run, making the use of the plugin much more visible—and much more annoying.

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Net neutrality comeback? 22 states urge court to reverse FCC's repeal - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
The states are joined by tech companies and internet-focused groups.

SEC settles 'fraudulent scheme' case against VC Michael Rothenberg - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
The watchdog says the VC and his firm misappropriated millions of dollars in investor money.

Fortnite may head to Apple TV - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
A TVOS reference was found buried in the the game's code.

Amazon Prime can't save you from ads on Twitch anymore - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
Even if you pay for Twitch Prime, you're going to see ads in your Fortnite and Overwatch streams now.

Let’s not wait another 25 years for the next Crazy Rich Asians - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
Commentary: The comparisons to Black Panther aren't exactly accurate. The cultural stakes are much higher for Crazy Rich Asians.

The best back-to-school deals from Walmart - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
Save on Beats headphones, a TCL Roku TV and more!

The top 5 most popular electric cars in the US - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
Battery-powered cars aren't going away. Take a look at the favorites as of July 2018.

J.J. Abrams kicks out the jams with Loud Robot music label - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Bad Robot is about to make some noise with an indie music label.

Cuddle up with an old Apple iMac, in pillow form - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 18 min ago
This comfy collection pays tribute to tech of yesteryear.

The 10 best smartphones of 2018

ZDnet News - 2 hours 20 min ago
The major smartphone launch season is upon us and one of the first out of the gates is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, immediately taking over the top spot in our list of best smartphones.

Netflix tests ways of owing Apple less money by skirting iTunes - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
When members sign up outside iTunes, Netflix doesn't have to give Apple a cut.

Facebook apologizes for removing conservative PragerU videos - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
The company has restored the videos, saying it was a mistake.

This military tech could finally help self-driving cars master snow

Ars Technica - 2 hours 31 min ago

WaveSense

The research conducted at the country's National Laboratories is usually highly classified and specifically aimed at solving national security problems. But sometimes you get a swords-into-ploughshares moment. That's the case here, as a startup called WaveSense looks to apply technology originally developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory to detect buried mines and improvised explosive devices for use in self-driving cars.

If you want a car to drive itself, it has to know where it is in the world to a pretty high degree of accuracy. Until now, just about every variation of autonomous vehicle we've come across has done that through a combination of highly accurate GPS, an HD map, and some kind of sensor to detect the environment around it. Actually, you want more than one kind of sensor, because redundancy is going to be critical if humans are going to trust their lives to robot vehicles.

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