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Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls

The Register - February 23, 2018 - 9:11pm
Mystery solved... behind closed doors

For more than three months now, cops in Sacramento, California, have been baffled by a rash of false-alarm 911 emergency calls.…

Can gaming’s own “academy awards” become a cultural event?

Ars Technica - February 23, 2018 - 9:10pm

Enlarge / Do many gamers even recognize this as one of gaming's most prestigious awards?

LAS VEGAS—Every year, when I tell people I'm going to Las Vegas in February for video gaming's version of the academy awards, the response is usually the same: "I didn't even know video games had an academy awards."

Yes, those who follow the industry closely might have read the list of winners at Thursday night's 21st annual DICE Awards (where Nintendo generally—and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild specifically—cleaned up). A few thousand really dedicated fans even watched the livestream on IGN.

But gaming's own academy awards can't even come close to the attention and cachet of major industry happenings like the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Grammys. Video gaming's most "official" award show struggles to even get the same kind of attention as The Game Awards, a bombastic, marketing announcement-fueled spectacle that grew out of an embarrassing Spike TV telecast.

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The Struggle to Predict—and Prevent—Toxic Masculinity

Wired - February 23, 2018 - 9:04pm
Sociological research shows that some delinquent boys—but not all—turn into men with no regard for other people's rights.

What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller’s Probe

Wired - February 23, 2018 - 9:02pm
Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy is cooperating with the special prosecutor, so we may soon have answers to these questions hovering around the Russia investigation.

5 reasons why the LG G7 won't be at MWC 2018 - CNET - News - February 23, 2018 - 8:53pm
LG's next flagship won't be unveiled next week in Barcelona. Here are a few guesses as to why (one rhymes with "Gamsung Salaxy").

Homeland Security's tall order: A hacker-free election - CNET - News - February 23, 2018 - 8:46pm
Jeanette Manfra, the top cybersecurity official at DHS, tells CNET about all the ways hackers can sow chaos in this year's primaries and midterm elections.

Volvo will expand T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid to other models - Roadshow - News - February 23, 2018 - 8:32pm
Future electric components will be "pioneered" by Polestar.

Tesla’s new “workplace charging” program would corner office parking spots

Ars Technica - February 23, 2018 - 8:32pm

Enlarge (credit: Tesla)

Tesla has long had a brand-specific charging port on its cars, which requires a brand-specific plug or an adapter to use a more generic plug. Now the company wants to help workplaces add brand-specific Tesla charging stations, so that people without access to a garage at night can find 6 to 8 hours of charging on the other end of the clock. On Thursday, Tesla announced that it would work with building managers to install free charging infrastructure—the building would only have to pay for the cost of the electricity.

Tesla already has a similar destination charging program, where hotels and restaurants can have a Tesla charger installed, and the property owner covers electricity cost. One important note about these workplace chargers, however, is that their location won't be made public, so tenants of the building are the primary beneficiaries.

It obviously benefits Tesla to bring potential customers without a garage at home into the fold. If workplace charging can replace garage charging, the electric vehicle (EV) company can make its pitch to more people. But though it sounds very altruistic, Tesla would certainly be getting something out of any "workplace charging" agreement. As autonomous vehicle law consulting firm Safe Self Drive tweeted, installing Tesla charging spots in crowded urban areas amounts to building Tesla-reserved parking spots. (That is, unless you have access to one of the few adapters out there that let non-Tesla EVs draw from Tesla chargers.) From a building manager's perspective, it's probably better to install a generic EV charger and let Tesla owners use their adapters to fill up the tank.

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer heckles Stephen Curry, fails - CNET - News - February 23, 2018 - 8:25pm
Commentary: Ballmer thinks he can distract the world's best NBA shooter. It was reminiscent of his battles with Apple.

An Instant Pot multicooker is melting -- but not the one you think - CNET - News - February 23, 2018 - 8:08pm
Instant Pot warns its Facebook community that its Gem multicookers could overheat and melt.

Dealmaster: Get a Dell desktop PC with an 8th-gen Core i5 and GTX 1060 for $650

Ars Technica - February 23, 2018 - 8:05pm

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today the Dealmaster is bringing you into the weekend with a handful of sales on PCs and laptops, including Dell's Inspiron 5680 desktop down to $650.

This is certainly not the beastliest rig around—you may want to upgrade on this config's 1TB HDD, for one—but bargain hunters could do worse than an 8th-gen, six-core Core i5-8400 chip and Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics card for the price.

If that's not your bag, we've also got deals on one of TCL's popular Roku TVs, a PlayStation VR bundle, wireless charging pads, monitors, and a handful of other laptops and desktops. Take a look for yourself below.

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Abandoning Android: iPhone X is Apple's first device to satisfy all my mobile needs

ZDnet Blogs - February 23, 2018 - 7:52pm
As a mobile phone fanatic, I regularly buy the latest iPhone. But then, after a month, I grow bored and move on to more exciting Android hardware. However, four months after buying iPhone X, it remains my true daily driver and has subdued my enthusiasm for Android.
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Do people agree with Kylie Jenner on the Snapchat update?

BBC Technology News - February 23, 2018 - 7:28pm
We asked young people what they thought about the Snapchat after Kylie Jenner said she was no longer a fan.

Geely to buy $9B Daimler stake, report says - Roadshow - News - February 23, 2018 - 7:13pm
It would make Volvo's parent company the largest investor in Mercedes-Benz's parent company.

NASA spots Mars' lumpy potato-like moons - CNET - News - February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft catches sight of Mars' weird little moons in a fun animated GIF.

Running Windows 10? Here's how Microsoft plans to milk more profits out of its cash cow

ZDnet News - February 23, 2018 - 6:46pm
PC sales are down. Windows licensing revenue is flat. In its financial disclosures, Microsoft says it's actively looking for new monetization opportunities. Here's where you're likely to be asked to pay up.

Running Windows 10? Here's how Microsoft plans to milk more profits out of its cash cow

ZDnet Blogs - February 23, 2018 - 6:46pm
PC sales are down. Windows licensing revenue is flat. In its financial disclosures, Microsoft says it's actively looking for new monetization opportunities. Here's where you're likely to be asked to pay up.
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Find out if your password has been pwned—without sending it to a server

Ars Technica - February 23, 2018 - 6:45pm

Enlarge / Key on digital display (credit: Getty Images | D3Damon)

A new system that securely checks whether your passwords have been made public in known data breaches has been integrated into the widely used password manager, 1Password. This new tool lets customers find out if their passwords have been leaked without ever transmitting full credentials to a server.

Security researcher Troy Hunt this week announced his new version of "Pwned Passwords," a search tool and list of more than 500 million passwords that have been leaked in data breaches. Users can access it online and developers can connect applications to it via an API.

Within a day, the company AgileBits had integrated Hunt's new tool into the 1Password password manager. AgileBits' announcement describes how it works:

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