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Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 8:27pm
Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

2018 Hyundai Kona achieves competitive 30 mpg combined - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2018 - 8:09pm
All-wheel drive drops that figure to 27.

Tim Cook: People didn't pay attention to iPhone battery update - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 8:05pm
Commentary: In an interview with ABC News, Apple's CEO concedes the company could have been clearer in communicating what it was doing to their phones.

Razer Project Linda Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - January 18, 2018 - 7:45pm
Project Linda is this year's high-concept CES 2018 prototype, dropping a Razer Phone into a Razer Blade Stealth.

Get a Martian mVoice smartwatch with Alexa for $68 - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:36pm
Forget Alexa, though -- she's not really the main attraction. A stylish watch and customizable notifications are. Plus: Learn how to start a side-hustle biz for $26.

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 7:07pm
Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme

The former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…

The mirrors at CES had a lot to say about your life and looks - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:05pm
At this year's tech show in Las Vegas, companies showed off mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more.

Smart mirrors, smart mirrors at CES, which ones did we like the best? - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 7:01pm
We saw internet-connected mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more at this year's tech show. Here are the ones that caught our eye.

Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers “no benefits to users”

Ars Technica - January 18, 2018 - 6:59pm

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An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services was rejected by Apple when its developer tried to get it into the company's App Store.

David Choffnes, a Northeastern University professor who researches distributed systems and networking, built an app called "Wehe" that tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Abnormally low speed results for one or more of those services might, in theory, provide evidence that your mobile carrier is throttling a service.

But as Motherboard reported today, Apple refused to let the app into the iPhone App Store, telling him that "your app has no direct benefits to the user." Motherboard was able to test a beta version of the app using Apple's TestFlight platform and provided this screenshot of the application in action:

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Apple and Google buses under fire in Silicon Valley

BBC Technology News - January 18, 2018 - 6:52pm
Buses carrying Apple and Google employees to work have been targeted while en route.

Facebook diversifies board with American Express CEO - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 6:51pm
Kenneth Chenault, who plans to retire from American Express this year, will become Facebook's first black board member.

Project Fi’s “Bill Protection” works out to an $80 “unlimited” plan

Ars Technica - January 18, 2018 - 6:40pm


When we looked at Google's Project Fi cellular service at launch, we worked out that the pay-per-MB service was great for people who use a small amount of data or those who need a flexible amount of data from month to month. It didn't make sense for people who consistently use a ton of data, though, as you could essentially rack up an unlimited bill.

Now Project Fi is throwing a bone to big data users with "bill protection," a cap on the amount Project Fi will charge. Project Fi bills will now cap out at $80, no matter how much data you use. This basically works out to a Project Fi unlimited plan. Fi bills start out at $20 for unlimited calls and texts, then "$10 per GB" (though you are billed to the exact megabyte). Before this new plan, an $80 bill would work out to 6GB of data usage, but with bill protection, you can now go up to 15GB of usage with no additional fees. Above 15GB, Project Fi can either work as a not-really-unlimited "unlimited" plan, where your speed is throttled, or you can start paying $10 per GB again to jump back into unthrottled data usage. Google has a calculator for the new plan here.

Fi bills now stop at $80, with full speed data up to 15GB. (credit: Google)

Google's MVNO service is turning into a unique and useful cellular carrier. In addition to the flexible month-to-month billing, Fi combines the networks from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. You can get multiple data-only SIM cards for free, free hotspot capabilities, and international data in more than 135 countries—all data usage counts toward your $10-per-GB bill. Sometimes you don't need a SIM card at all—on the Google Pixel 2, you can provision your phone for Project Fi service using the built-in eSIM chip. Fi has also absorbed all the functionality of Google Voice—you can forward your number to any other device, there's online or app-based voicemail with transcriptions, and you can get text messages on any device through the Google Hangouts app or website.

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Sundance 2018 films tackle technology's pleasures and perils - CNET - News - January 18, 2018 - 6:30pm
From revenge porn to growing up on YouTube and Instagram, movies in this year's festival explore the darker side of the digital age.

DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 6:29pm
Faces up to AWS, Google with future per-second billing plan

Faced with a customer base being lured away by cheaper cloud compute services at its competitors, DigitalOcean has cut prices and increased RAM and SSD storage for its users.…

Meteor Lights Up Southern Michigan

Slashdot - January 18, 2018 - 6:15pm
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Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

The Register - January 18, 2018 - 6:03pm pays £15,500 in damages after failed fact-check

An asylum seeker has won £15,500 from the UK’s Home Office after it blabbed confidential information about his persecution in his home country - to authorities in the state.…

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