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Miss the totality? Google Maps will make you feel better.

Ars Technica - 1 hour 29 min ago

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Earlier today, millions of Americans flocked to a strip of land about 70 miles wide, stretching from Portland, Oregon to Columbia, South Carolina, to view a once-a-decade total solar eclipse.

Now the totality is over, and everyone is trying to go home. And as these screenshots from Google maps demonstrate, it's causing traffic jams on North-South interstates throughout the path of the totality:

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AI leaders again seek limits on killer robots

The Register - 1 hour 32 min ago
No LAWS for us, please

Leading roboticists and computer science researchers have again asked the United Nations to save us all from lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).…

The USS John S. McCain Crash Isn't Exactly Like the USS Fitzgerald's

Wired - 1 hour 41 min ago
The collision with a tanker happened in one of the world's most congested waterways.

Android Oreo is here and you can get it soon - CNET - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Google announces the name of its latest version of Android with the unveiling of a statue in Manhattan that took place while the moon was eclipsing the sun.

I was one of the first humans to see a solar eclipse in virtual reality

Ars Technica - 1 hour 44 min ago

Enlarge / Look all you want... in VR, this kind of view of the Sun is completely safe to stare at.

I've been told that being present for a total eclipse of the Sun is a life-changing experience. But I wasn't able to get my act together to travel to the path of totality for today's event. Luckily, I am part of the first generation to be able to experience an eclipse vicariously through the magic of virtual reality. While seeing a total eclipse in VR wasn't exactly a life-changing experience, it was one of the best examples I've seen of the power and promise of live, 360-degree video.

I first tried to view CNN's 360-degree Facebook Live video coverage of the eclipse on my Oculus Rift. Despite numerous tries, though, the livestream never showed up as a choice on the list of "New" or "Top Pick" videos available on the Oculus Video app. Without a built-in search function or any way to navigate to a specific URL or some such, viewing the eclipse on the Rift was a bust.

As a backup, I dug out the latest Samsung Gear VR headset and a Galaxy S7 Edge. While I waited for some necessary updates to download, I was able to watch CNN's "VR" coverage in a simple Web browser window. I used the mouse to tilt the virtual camera between the people on the ground and the Sun in the sky. Having control of the viewpoint was nice, but watching through a small window on a laptop screen didn't really feel all that different from watching similar coverage on TV.

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Atari sues Nestle, says KitKat video game ad violates Breakout copyright

Ars Technica - 1 hour 55 min ago

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Atari claims that a commercial for Nestle's Kit Kat candy bars violates the copyright and trademark rights of Breakout, Atari's iconic 1975 video game.

Nestle's 30-second spot "leverage[s] Breakout and the special place it holds among nostalgic Baby Boomers, Generation X, and even today's Millennial and post-Millennial 'gamers'" in order to maximize the advertisement's reach," say Atari's lawyers in the complaint (PDF), filed Thursday in a California federal court.

"Nestle simply took the classic Breakout screen, replaced its bricks with KIT KAT bars, and invited customers to "Breakout" and buy more candy bars," the complaint states.

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Solar eclipse 2017: Here's what people saw - CNET - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
Stare directly at these pics of the eclipse and the people who loved it.

Google Android Oreo Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 3 min ago
Oreo doubles down on the nuts and bolts -- and speed.

How 'Game of Thrones' filmed the epic 'battle beyond the wall' - CNET - News - 2 hours 3 min ago
A new behind-the-scenes video shows the insane amount of work it took to make a zombie polar bear and all those icy fights.

China's cyber court opens for business; a gavel-free zone?

The Register - 2 hours 15 min ago
Focus is to be specifically on online cases

China has just opened a new court that will solely deal with internet-related cases.…

Total eclipse of the Ars

Ars Technica - 2 hours 19 min ago

Enlarge / The partial eclipse from New York City. (credit: John Timmer)

Our staff is sharing its eclipse stories and photos from today. The post will be updated as more come in.

OAKLAND, Calif.—Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area are well-known for morning fog, particularly in the summertime. So despite having two telescopes and the helpful staff at the Chabot Space & Science Center, the clouds unfortunately didn’t cooperate. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering along the observation deck, near the historic telescopes named Leah and Rachel. Most people had brought protective eyewear or had made pinhole boxes, but with the cloud cover blocking the Sun anyway, they quickly figured out that they wouldn’t be able to see the Sun with them on. Attendees squealed and yelped with joy as they attempted to view what was left of the Sun peeking out from behind the Moon and the thick white cloud cover. Your correspondent caught a few glimpses of the partially eclipsed and cloud-covered Sun for just a few moments.

Meanwhile, my sister-in-law, Kelly Guyon, 28, who traveled north from Oakland, California, to Madras, Oregon, to observe totality, has declared herself an “eclipse chaser” now.

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NASA snaps space station crossing the solar eclipse - CNET - News - 2 hours 32 min ago
The International Space Station enjoyed a moment in front of the sun with a spectacular cameo photo during Monday's solar eclipse.

Android 8.0 Oreo is official, starts rollout to devices

Ars Technica - 2 hours 33 min ago

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NEW YORK CITY—Happy Eclipse Day! As the Moon slowly crept its way across the Sun, Google took the opportunity to host an Eclipse-themed Android 8.0 launch event in New York City. Along with eclipse glasses and a simulcast of NASA's eclipse livestream, Android "O" finally got its full name: "Android 8.0, Oreo."

Like KitKat before it, Android's alphabetical snack-themed codenames have gone commercial and partnered with an actual snack producer, adopting Nabisco's trademarked "Oreo" as the name for this release. The event also came with the traditional statue unveiling: a superhero Android Oreo.

With today's event, Android 8.0 Oreo is shipping out across all the usual distribution methods. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is getting the 8.0 code drop. OTAs will begin to roll out "soon" to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and Pixel C, and system images should be up on soon. Any device enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also be upgraded to these final builds.

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Get a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB desktop hard drive for $88.82 - CNET - News - 2 hours 59 min ago
That should be more than enough terabytes for your video and other data-intensive activities. Plus: an almost-as-good-as-Prime-Day deal on the Fire HD 8 tablet -- and a case deal to go with it!

Hackers scam half a million from Enigma digital currency investors

The Register - 3 hours 2 min ago
Sucky security leaves MIT cryptoboffins red-faced

Cunning hackers have successfully duped investors out of almost $500,000 after compromising the servers of the online currency platform Enigma.…

Android Oreo released by Google

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 7 min ago
The latest version of Android adds new features to help people tackle "notification diarrhoea".

Android Oreo: Features and Release Date

Wired - 3 hours 8 min ago
You’ll want it, even if you can't get it yet.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Follow Live from Coast to Coast

Wired - 3 hours 25 min ago
Monday, August 21 marks the first total solar eclipse to hit the mainland United States in nearly 40 years.

29 sci-fi and geektastic TV shows coming soon to 2017 - CNET - News - 3 hours 31 min ago
Check out the most exciting shows from the fall TV lineup on TV and streaming services.

America’s biggest board game convention: Gen Con in pictures

Ars Technica - 4 hours 10 min ago

Every year, 60,000+ tabletop enthusiasts converge on Indianapolis to take part in Gen Con, the biggest board game party in America. The Indiana Convention center is the epicenter, but the entire city turns into a Bizzaro World where everywhere you go, random people are talking CCG strategy or discussing the proper way to build an economic engine in that hot new Eurogame. Just about every table in the city has a board game spread across it. Exhausting as it is to game for four days straight, there's no place in the world we'd rather be.

This year's sold-out 50th-anniversary con was bigger and better than ever, and we were there to take it all in (well, not all of it). If you weren't able to make it, our gallery above will give you a taste of the madness.

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