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Hot without the hatch: VW will reportedly debut the new Jetta GLI in Chicago - Roadshow - News - 7 hours 8 min ago
The new Jetta GLI will make its global debut in early February at the Chicago Auto Show.

Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Ars Technica - 7 hours 10 min ago

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There's a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows' venerable barebones text editor.

Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn't stopped there. Oh no.

The new and improved Notepad now has better Unicode support, defaulting to saving files as UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark; this is the standard way of encoding UTF-8 data, as it maximizes compatibility with software expecting ASCII text. The status bar will now show the encoding being used, too.

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Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs

Ars Technica - 7 hours 25 min ago

Enlarge / Nissan Leaf electric car plugged in and charging at an electric vehicle charging station in San Ramon, California, September 26, 2018. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them.

According to Veloz—a group of electric vehicle industry stakeholders that includes GM, Honda, Nissan, Pacific Gas & Electric, Uber, and Lyft, among others—electric vehicle sales in California hit a cumulative 512,717 since 2010.

"Overall, this year has seen exponential growth in electric car sales," Veloz wrote. "Electric cars accounted for 7.1 percent of California car sales in the first three quarters of the year, with fully electric, zero-emission car sales outpacing plug-in hybrid sales 4.1 percent to 3 percent respectively." Veloz's data tallies not just fully battery-electric vehicles but also plug-in hybrids as well as the much rarer fuel cell vehicles. The group gets its data (PDF) from the blogs InsideEVs and as well as a market-research firm called Baum & Associates and estimates from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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Doom turns 25 - the FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers and enraged admins

The Register - 7 hours 31 min ago
Who cares? Let's whip out the BFG and blow up the boss

On December 10, 1993, after a marathon 30-hour coding session, the developers at id Software uploaded the first finished copy of Doom for download, the game that was to redefine first-person shooter (FPS) genre. Hours later IT admins wanted id's guts for garters.…

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

The Register - 7 hours 35 min ago
Chang'e-4 is in the pipe; 5 by 5

China has successfully launched a spacecraft aiming to become the first lander to touch down on the far side of the Moon.…

2019 Porsche Macan first drive review: Why mess with success? - Roadshow - Reviews - 7 hours 56 min ago
The Porsche Macan gets a number of updates for 2019, but it's still the same top-notch performance SUV it's always been.

Best dating apps of 2018 - CNET - News - 7 hours 57 min ago
Ready to jump into the world of online dating apps? Here's the best place to start.

Instagram now lets you send voice messages - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 11:52pm
You can reportedly record a message as long as a minute.

Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 11:48pm

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is famous for the use of his Twitter feed, where he often engages with his almost 24 million followers. Sometimes it gets him in trouble—as with the case of the infamous "420" tweet that landed both him and Tesla with $20 million in fines. Sometimes it gets him dates, as was the case with a bizarre theory involving an artificial intelligence that some people believe will one day torture digital replicas of people who knew about the intelligence but failed to help usher it into existence. (Yes, really.) And sometimes, Musk just uses Twitter to tell the world what his engineers have cooking.

On Sunday evening, a few hours before appearing on 60 Minutes, Musk engaged in the last of these. First, he just wanted to remind owners of the most recent Tesla vehicle about the most recent update, Navigate on Autopilot:

If you have a Tesla built in past 2 years, definitely try Navigate on Autopilot. It will blow your mind. Automatically passes slow cars & takes highway interchanges & off-ramps.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2018

But then came more momentous news:

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Global Carbon Emissions Jump To All-Time High in 2018

Slashdot - December 10, 2018 - 11:45pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Alexa gets location-based routines and reminders - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 11:26pm
In its latest round of feature updates, Amazon invests Alexa with the power of location awareness, expanded timing controls and more.

NASA's Osiris-Rex finds water in its first week at asteroid Bennu - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 11:14pm
The spacecraft is still months away from its planned pick-pocketing maneuver, but it's already learned much about its mark.

NASA Voyager 2 enters interstellar space after years of cosmic sightseeing - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 11:11pm
The probe joins Voyager 1 as only the second human-made object to escape the heliosphere.

Best Green Monday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks

ZDnet News - December 10, 2018 - 11:07pm
It's Cyber Monday 2.0 -- or, one of your last chances to get the best deals on tech this holiday season.

No escaping the notch: 15 phones with screen notches - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 11:00pm
This little black cut-out on top of the screen may look like an eyesore, but more and more phones are jumping on this trend.

Avengers fans, get ready to assemble at Disneyland Paris Marvel hub - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 10:58pm
Disneyland Paris reveals new image of Marvel-themed area.

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

The Register - December 10, 2018 - 10:44pm
Malware hides cheap Android clicks as high-end Apple traffic

An enterprising malware writer has been masquerading infected Android devices as Apple gear in order to make a few extra bucks.…

Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection

Ars Technica - December 10, 2018 - 10:35pm

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Bladder cancer is among the most common and deadly of cancers. Because of its high recurrence rate (50-80 percent), patients must be monitored frequently for recurrence or progression of the disease. This monitoring currently consists of visual analysis of cells taken from the patient's bladder. It is uncomfortable, it is expensive, and it is not even especially accurate, detecting only around 60 percent of low-grade tumors.

Now, scientists have figured out how to use atomic force microscopy (AFM) to detect bladder cancer in urine samples. By analyzing only five cells, it can achieve 94 percent accuracy.

Use the force

Atomic force microscopy differs from optical microscopy in that it doesn't produce an image of the sample. Instead, a probe scans the sample and produces a topographical map of its surface with nanoscale resolution. In engineering, atomic force microscopy is usually used to describe surfaces like ceramic and glass, as it can analyze different properties of the surface, like its roughness, fractal nature, or magnetic behavior.

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First Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster releases, inspires nightmares - CNET - News - December 10, 2018 - 10:26pm
Commentary: The silhouette of Sega’s mascot is running through the uncanny valley

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