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New MacBook Pro keyboard design may fix dust problems after all

Ars Technica - 42 min 27 sec ago

Enlarge / The keyboard on the 2016 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

While Apple's redesigned keyboards in the new MacBook Pro models are made to be quieter, they also appear to be designed to prevent another problem. According to a document sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors, the new keys have a "membrane" underneath that helps "prevent debris" from getting into the butterfly mechanism.

"The keyboard has a membrane under the keycaps to prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism," state the Canadian and European versions of the document. "The procedure for the space bar replacement has also changed from the previous model. Repair documentation and service videos will be available when keycap parts begin shipping."

The US version of the document doesn't mention the membrane specifically. However, it does link to another document entitled Butterfly Mechanism Keycap Replacement MacBook Pro (2018), which references the membrane under the keycaps as a method of stopping debris from entering the keyboard.

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Giant sexy Jeff Goldblum statue finds a way (into our hearts) - CNET - News - 48 min 3 sec ago
The huge shirtless statue is even more impressive in person.

Why your car's power windows aren't all automatic - Roadshow - News - 48 min 19 sec ago
A little bit of safety, a little bit of cheapness.

UK criticises security of Huawei products

BBC Technology News - 48 min 19 sec ago
The report revealed shortcomings in the Chinese firm's engineering processes.

Report: Google's new Fuchsia OS could replace Android -- or not - CNET - News - 52 min 15 sec ago
Can Google afford to kill off Android? That's what the company is reportedly deciding.

Trump hits out at the EU over $5 billion Google antitrust fine - CNET - News - 54 min 45 sec ago
"I told you so!" is the president's take, as he uses the fine as proof of his assertion that the EU is taking advantage of the US.

Project Loon signs its first deal for Internet-delivering balloons—in Kenya

Ars Technica - 57 min 49 sec ago

Candido's video aid when the time came to explain how Project Loon functions. "The team back in Mountain View knows presentations aren't my strength."

Project Loon, the Internet-delivering balloon system that grew out of Alphabet's Project X division, has announced its first commercial deal. According to multiple reports, the recent Project X graduates will partner with Telkom Kenya to increase connectivity in the country.

“Connectivity is critical. If you are not online, you are left out,” Joe Mucheru, Kenya's information, communication, and technology minister, told Reuters. "Loon is another technology that is being introduced that the licensed operators hopefully can be able to use.”

Public details of the deal appear scarce for now—no firm timeframe for deployment or financial details were available as of press time. The BBC notes that with this new partnership, Telkom Kenya will provide the Internet signal, and Loon will spread it over remote areas of Kenya.

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DC's Comic-Con 2018 experience lets you rage like Harley Quinn - CNET - News - 59 min 30 sec ago
Swinging a baseball bat inside a padded cell may be the highlight of Comic-Con for me.

FCC votes against Sinclair/Tribune merger, likely dooming deal

Ars Technica - 1 hour 2 min ago

Enlarge / A sign for the Sinclair Broadcast buildings seen on October 12, 2004 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. (credit: Getty Images | William Thomas Cain)

The Federal Communications Commission has voted unanimously against approving Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media Company, likely dooming the merger.

Technically, the commission adopted a Hearing Designation Order that refers the merger to an administrative law judge. Mergers usually don't survive that legal process. Besides referring the merger to a judge, the FCC's other options included denying the merger outright, approving the merger, or approving it with conditions. The unanimous vote to refer the merger to a judge was finalized on Wednesday evening.

Sinclair's problems stem from its plan to divest some stations in order to stay under station ownership limits. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the designation order on Monday, saying that Sinclair's proposal to divest certain stations "would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law."

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Up way too close with the giant sexy Jeff Goldblum statue - CNET - News - 1 hour 4 min ago
Enjoy these gratuitous photos of the open-shirted man himself.

Sonos vs. Polk: What smart sound bar is right for you? (The 3:59, Ep. 429) - CNET - News - 1 hour 7 min ago
TV reviewer David Katzmaier visits the show to discuss all things home entertainment.

Architects? Power-hungry GPU fiends? HP has something for you

The Register - 1 hour 19 min ago
Venerable PC maker emits bunch of graphics powerhouses

Demonstrating that there is still life in the old dog, HP Inc has ripped the covers off a line-up of workstations aimed squarely at users seeking a lot more oomph from a smaller form-factor.…

Money to help Trump immigrants rejected

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 22 min ago
A software company criticised for working with US Border Control has a donation to a refugee charity rejected.

George Takei trolls Trump with new House of Cats AR app - CNET - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
President Donald Trump takes the form of a large orange tabby cat.

Facebook Messenger can now sync Instagram contacts - CNET - News - 1 hour 29 min ago
Bump up your contact list with your Instagram buddies.

Volvo shifts US-bound XC60 production from China to dodge tariffs - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 31 min ago
Its European facilities will take over producing XC60s for us Yanks.

Halo devs not working on battle royale mode for Infinite

Ars Technica - 1 hour 33 min ago

Enlarge / Don't expect this to be the setting for a survival-style battle on an ever-shrinking map anytime soon.

The stratospheric success of games like Fortnite and Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in the past year has led to a wave of copycat battle royale survival games and modes. Even franchises like Call of Duty aren't immune, with Black Ops 4 adding a new battle royale mode called Blackout while ignoring the usual single-player campaign.

It seems the Halo series will not be following the trend, though. In a Halo 5-focused "social stream" hosted on Microsoft's Mixer platform last night, 343 Industries writer Jeff Easterling said the studio is not working on a battle royale mode for the upcoming Halo Infinite .

A viewer plainly asked, "Will there be battle royale in Halo Infinite?" Easterling responded definitively, "I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle, the original BR. So calm yourself."

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Nokia X5 offers dual cameras and a notch for less - CNET - News - 1 hour 34 min ago
It's all notches nowadays...

Indulge your Snapchat Spectacles curiosity for $60 - CNET - News - 1 hour 45 min ago
Originally $130, these video-recording glasses were all the rage. They could be again, at this price. Plus: Save $20 on a big box of geek loot!

Ars on your lunch break: The consequences of a government genetic database

Ars Technica - 1 hour 48 min ago

Enlarge / Do you want GATTACA? Because this might be how we get GATTACA. (credit: Columbia Pictures)

Below you’ll find the third and final installment of my interview with medical geneticist Robert Green about the promise and pitfalls that could lie in reading out your full genome. Please check out parts one and two if you missed them. Otherwise, press play on the embedded player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

Today we open with a heartening story about an infant who went through one of Robert’s studies and may have picked up fifteen IQ points as a direct result (this is neither a metaphor nor an exaggeration)! It’s an early—and perhaps even the first—hard example of how full-genome sequencing at birth could one day save innumerable lives and preclude untold human suffering.

Click here for a transcript and click here for an MP3 direct download.

We then talk about the vast potential of pre-conception genetic screening and an early initiative in this area that has almost eradicated an awful genetic disease that long plagued the Ashkenazi Jewish population.

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