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You don't need to wait til Black Friday for these PlayStation deals - CNET - News - 48 min 42 sec ago
PS4, PlayStation VR, and games: Sony pushed practically all its best deals live early.

Best pre-Black Friday deals you can get right now - CNET - News - 54 min 20 sec ago
Why wait? There are already some great deals out there -- without the need to wait in line at 4 a.m.

Best Black Friday 2017 deals for phones - CNET - News - 1 hour 17 min ago
We round up discounts on phones for every budget.

2018 Toyota C-HR review - Roadshow - Reviews - 1 hour 38 min ago
The 2018 Toyota C-HR matches aggressive style with laid-back performance and a high level of safety tech with a low-tech dashboard. It's a rolling contradiction.

Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

The Register - 1 hour 38 min ago
AWS explains itself to project Board, keeps its revelations off the record

Fresh from the news that Amazon Web Services intends to replace its hypervisor, the Xen Project will tell the world it has a fine future in embedded applications.…

These swanky Nintendo Switch cases aren't on sale for Black Friday - CNET - News - 2 hours 17 min ago
WaterField Designs makes some very adult-looking cases for portable game consoles that rarely, if ever, go on sale.

At $5, Steam Link is now the cheapest way to play PC games on TV - CNET - News - 2 hours 29 min ago
Seriously, it's cheaper than most HDMI cables.

Hiding a hack? Uber promised not to do things like that - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 11:49pm
In a settlement with the FTC, the company said it wouldn't mislead users about the security of their data.

Hold on to your wallets: Steam's Autumn sale is now live - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 11:48pm
Need more PC game discounts? Fine -- GOG's Black Friday sale starts today, too.

Updated: Best Black Friday 2017 cheap TV deals (plus our favorite picks) - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 11:29pm
A crazy price on a new TV is the essence of Black Friday sales, and this year the deals are, in fact, certifiably insane. Here's another update to our roundup, including our recommended picks.

Apple wants you to share your AirPods this Christmas - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 11:19pm
Commentary: The tech giant releases a holiday ad that shows the true meaning of love. Or, at least, dancing.

When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug

Ars Technica - November 22, 2017 - 11:15pm

Say goodbye to all of your favorite MxM characters, like... uh... that one dude from City of Heroes, and... er... frog-person. (credit: NCSoft)

Korean game studio NCSoft took an hours-before-Thanksgiving moment to announce bad news for fans of its most recent game, Master X Master: the free-to-play (F2P) game, which only launched five months ago, is already about to go dark.

The company's official announcement, sent to all its players on Wednesday, blamed the online game's closure on "fail[ing] to connect with players." (That's a short way to sum up complaints from avid users about lag, long queues between matches, and issues with monetization and content grinding.) For those players who waited until August 30 to spend real money on the game, they will receive full refunds on any MxM-related purchases within 14 days. For everyone else, the real-money store has been shut down effective immediately, with all players receiving a glut of in-game coins to purchase and unlock all the game's content before it shuts down on January 31.

Fare ye well, MxM... we hardly knew ye.

MxM launched on June 21 as another entry in the MOBA genre (which you may know via games like Dota 2 and League of Legends), along with a few single-player "PvE" modes that range from repetitive, Diablo-like slogs to quick-and-dirty mini-games. MxM's full cast included "all-star" characters from NCSoft's gaming catalog, but it also confusingly launched with a bunch of brand-new characters. Otherwise, it played largely like other popular MOBA games with few differentiating factors.

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YouTube outlines plan to protect kids from disturbing content - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 11:13pm
The five new guidelines include removing ads from inappropriate videos and blocking predatory comments from videos that feature minors.

The PC BIOS will be killed off by 2020 as Intel plans move to pure UEFI

Ars Technica - November 22, 2017 - 10:50pm

Enlarge / The IBM PC XT 5160, the origin of the x86 BIOS. (credit: Veradrive)

Speaking at UEFI Plugfest, a hardware interoperability testing event held by the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum earlier this month, Intel announced that by 2020 it was going to phase out the last remaining relics of the PC BIOS by 2020, marking the full transition to UEFI firmware.

The BIOS ("Basic Input/Output System") is a small piece of code embedded into a PC's motherboard that handles the basic initialization and booting of hardware. It's the BIOS that first probes your hardware, counts how much RAM you have installed, performs cursory checking of the hardware's health, and complains if your keyboard is unplugged; when it's finished doing its thing, it kicks off the process to actually load and run the operating system. When the operating system is running, the BIOS offers some basic system services, such as receiving keyboard input and reading and writing to the screen and the disk.

The BIOS was an essential element of IBM's first PC, the Personal Computer XT, in 1983. Companies wanting to build systems compatible with the PC XT had to build systems with a compatible BIOS, offering the same range of system services to software. If they could do this, software built for the XT would run seamlessly on their machines. Firmware company Phoenix reverse-engineered IBM's BIOS and offered it to third parties, enabling companies such as Compaq to build and sell PC clones: computers compatible with the PC XT but not including IBM's own BIOS.

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New Standards for Big Data

The Register - November 22, 2017 - 10:49pm
Verification, credibility and accuracy

Sponsored Big data holds great promise: structured and unstructured data harvested, processes and analysed in near-real-time by organisations sifting for new opportunities or seeking to refine existing activities. Data is pouring in: from sensors, shoppers, IoT, social and more with companies investing in big-data projects, from data lakes and processing frameworks like Hadoop to analytics tools and Intel hardware.…

Galaxy S9, S9 Plus rumored to appear at CES tradeshow in January - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 10:46pm
Samsung may show off its next pair of flagship phones as early as January, during CES 2018.

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' reveals baby raptor scene - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 10:40pm
Chris Pratt shares a sweet moment with a tiny dinosaur in this sneak peek at the "Jurassic World" sequel.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force on sale at T-Mobile for $375 - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 10:22pm
At T-Mobile, the Moto Z2 Force is the cheapest it's ever been.

The 37 best Black Friday 2017 deals, including 12 available now (updated) - CNET - News - November 22, 2017 - 10:21pm
Some are available now, some start by Thanksgiving, but all of them will be in effect by Black Friday, Nov. 24. Here are the absolute best deals we've found so far.

Garmin Vivomove HR review - CNET - Reviews - November 22, 2017 - 10:09pm
Want a full fitness tracker but don't want it to look like one? The Garmin Vivomove HR might be your choice.

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