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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless crush AirPods on sound quality - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 21 min ago
If you're looking for the best sounding totally wireless earphones, look no further than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless.

12 cylinders, 11,000rpm: Aston Martin’s new engine is a monster

Ars Technica - 2 hours 26 min ago

Aston Martin

The world of ultra-high-performance cars is an odd one. Stratospheric prices and tiny production runs mean few people will ever see one on the move; fewer still will experience one from the driver's seat. The relentless march of progress pushes their specs further and further to the edge; 400hp might have seemed more than you'd ever need in the 1970s but would now be barely adequate in a sporting sedan. And these cars often act as harbingers for impending global catastrophe—just look at the timing of the Ferrari Daytona or McLaren F1.

In the current era, we had to find a new term to even describe these four-wheeled exotics. Calling them supercars no longer sufficed, so now we have the hypercar. A few years ago, McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche kicked things off with a trio of hybrids, each costing more than a million dollars and each nearing 1,000hp.

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Doubles all round for the server-makers: Market inhales $23.36bn for the quarter

The Register - 2 hours 26 min ago
Dell EMC, HPE and ODMs frolic as cloud rains cash

The continued data centre refresh cycle and seemingly insatiable demand from the big cloud slingers to bulk out their infrastructure saw server vendors make hay while the sun shone in Q3.…

Huawei P Smart phone leak shows pretty much everything you'd want to know - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
A French retailer listed the phone, leaking specs, images and price.

Apple may be working on cellular modem chips in-house - CNET - News - 2 hours 33 min ago
A new report indicates that Apple's looking for a Cellular Modem Systems Architect.

Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost

Ars Technica - 2 hours 36 min ago

Enlarge / Amazon's going to need some bigger boxes to ship those Outpost racks next year. (credit: Christopher Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If you want to know what Amazon's big plans are for Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most reliable tells is to watch where Microsoft and Google cloud services are gaining traction. At last year's annual Amazon re:Invent technical conference, the big news for cloud customers was Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), a managed container service based on industry-leading Kubernetes—an open source platform championed by Google. And this year, at last week's re:Invent 2018, Amazon announced its counter to Microsoft's Azure Stack with a new on-premises offering of its own.

Amazon Outposts, a service scheduled to become available in the second half of 2019, will allow customers to provision physical racks of Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers and have them shipped to their own data centers. The racks will be configured with the same servers that Amazon runs in its AWS data centers; once installed, the racks will connect back to the AWS mothership over the Internet and then can be configured with storage services and virtual machines through Amazon's AWS Management Console. And just as with services hosted in Amazon's own data centers, customers won't own these racks—they'll rent them. The costs and connectivity requirements associated with Outpost have yet to be determined.

Living on the edge

Using Outpost's "edge computing" model has some potential benefits for companies transitioning to the cloud or with large existing hybrid cloud deployments mixing on-site and cloud resources. In his re:Invent keynote, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said that consistency in operations was the primary motivation for Outpost, since customers will be able to use the same Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and control pane with Outposts that they currently use with AWS. But Outpost also guarantees on-demand access to the virtual machines and storage on these systems, whereas in normal AWS cloud usage, customers would have to reserve those services in advance to guarantee on-demand availability. Additionally, customers may be able to eventually run many AWS cloud services locally in their own data center—services that they might currently rely on third-party software for because of performance or security concerns related to using AWS.

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2019 TV shows you can't miss - CNET - News - 2 hours 37 min ago
As Game of Thrones comes to an end and as Disney's and Apple's streaming services begin, here's the best sci-fi and geeky TV coming in 2019.

Robot turns out to be man in suit

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 41 min ago
A robot has featured on Russian TV but turns out to be a man in a suit.

Apple's subscription news service may launch by spring 2019, says report - CNET - News - 2 hours 45 min ago
It's kind of like Netflix for magazines.

Dixons Carphone posts £440m loss in first half

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 46 min ago
The struggling retailer posts a £440m loss after it writes down the value of its Carphone Warehouse brand.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene, explained - CNET - News - 2 hours 56 min ago
Marvel adds more Spider-people and meme moments to the mix. Warning: spoilers incoming!

Thwack... boing: Amazon EFS rival Elastifile flings out multi-cloud file store through Google

The Register - 2 hours 56 min ago
Ain't no marketplace like a third-party marketplace

Scale-out software filer supplier Elastifile has buddied up with Google to thrust its NAS file system into Mountain View's Cloud Platform.…

Epic opens Fortnite’s cross-platform services for free to other devs

Ars Technica - 2 hours 56 min ago

Enlarge / Players from seven different gaming platforms could be in this shot, and in your game, too!

Part of the massive success of Fortnite has been the ability for hundreds of millions of players to join with each other across myriad computer, mobile, and console platforms. Now, Epic is laying out a roadmap to share that cross-platform architecture with other developers as part of a free SDK that will be rolled out next year.

Epic says its newly announced Online Services SDK will offer "cross-platform login, friends, presence, profile, and entitlements" across PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch "to the full extent each platform allows per-title." The service is planned for launch on PC sometime in the second or third quarter of 2019, with support for other platforms planned "throughout 2019."

A roadmap announced today laid out the following schedule for features to be added to the free SDK:

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2020 Toyota Supra snapped without camouflage - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 13 min ago
Toyota's highly anticipated sports car goes full-frontal.

AT&T Fiber brings gigabit internet service to 12 more cities - CNET - News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Cities in Florida, Texas and Mississippi are among the new locations getting the ultra-high-speed broadband service.

2020 VW Passat sketched ahead of Detroit debut - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 25 min ago
Volkswagen's updated midsize sedan gets a little more style, but largely stays the course.

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

The Register - 3 hours 26 min ago
Liberty and pals seek to prove intrusive spy powers can never be justified

A band of human rights organisations have appealed against a top European court's ruling on bulk surveillance, arguing that any form of mass spying breaches rights to privacy and free expression.…

Ghana drones: Row over blood-delivery devices

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 38 min ago
A government-backed scheme for supplying medicine brings accusations of a "high-tech vanity project".

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