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Marshall Mid ANC review - CNET - Reviews - April 20, 2018 - 5:07pm
While it needs to come down in price, Marshall's Mid ANC delivers strong performance in a compact design.

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam

The Register - April 20, 2018 - 5:06pm
Vessel charts a course to pirate tax haven

A Playmobil pirate ships's journey to the Caribbean sea risks being scuppered as its supplies run low.…

Get your Nintendo Labo fix at Amazon's Treasure Truck - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 5:04pm
The rolling storefront is offering the Labo Variety Kit.

NYC blasts broadband competition shortage as it pursues suit against Verizon

Ars Technica - April 20, 2018 - 4:56pm

Enlarge / New York, USA - January 14, 2016: A Verizon worker on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan. (credit: Getty Images | 400tmax)

More than two-thirds of New York City's 3.1 million households have just one or two broadband providers offering service to their homes, according to a new "Truth in Broadband" report issued by the city government. The report comes as NYC pursues a lawsuit against Verizon alleging that it hasn't met its broadband deployment obligations.

There's only one ISP offering home broadband service at 13.54 percent of the city's 3,114,826 households, meaning that nearly 422,000 households have just one "choice." Another 55.44 percent of NYC households—nearly 1.73 million in all—have two broadband providers. The remaining 31.02 percent (more than 966,000 households) have at least three broadband providers.

The report defines broadband as Internet service with at least 25Mbps download speeds and 3Mbps upload speeds, the same standard the Federal Communications Commission uses to evaluate broadband deployment progress nationwide. DSL offers some more choice, but the network technology "is not generally capable of delivering a 25Mbps download speed," the report said. The report's broadband deployment statistics are based on federal data as of December 2016.

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iPhone SE 2 won't have a headphone jack, report says - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 4:56pm
The new iPhone SE 2 is rumored to come out in the next few months, but the phone will reportedly lack a jack.

Four publishers must change in-game loot boxes to avoid Dutch gambling laws

Ars Technica - April 20, 2018 - 4:34pm

Enlarge / Is this essentially the same as a kid buying a box of car skins in Rocket League? (credit: Getty)

Four publishers will be forced to make changes to their games in the Netherlands after a landmark report from the Netherlands Gaming Authority found their loot boxes violate laws against gambling.

Study into loot boxes: A treasure or a burden? (PDF) notes that an in-game loot box violates the country's laws if "the content of these loot boxes is determined by chance and... the prizes to be won can be traded outside of the game: the prizes have a market value."

While the report doesn't identify the now-illegal games directly, a report from Dutch news site NOS names them as FIFA 18, Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Rocket League. Six other studied games that do not allow for items to be traded for a "market value" were found not to violate the law.

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Seeing a green moon on 420? You must be high... - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 4:23pm
Puff, puff, science. A glaring-green-moon rumor has reappeared in time for 420 "weed day" celebrations of all things pot.

2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport adds standard safety systems, hikes price - Roadshow - News - April 20, 2018 - 4:15pm
It's already on sale at dealerships.

Electrify America will deploy 2,000 350kW fast chargers by the end of 2019

Ars Technica - April 20, 2018 - 4:13pm

Enlarge / ABB, BTC Power, Efacec, and Signet will work with Electrify America on this new network of fast EV chargers. (credit: Electrify America)

As its legion of comment-posting fans love to point out, Tesla's Supercharger network is a major part of that company's success when it comes to selling electric vehicles. For over a century we've lived with cars that can be refueled in minutes, and old habits die hard. Even though the optimal solution is EV owners plugging in each night, the thought of being stranded with a slow-charging EV but hundreds of miles to drive in a day causes enough terror to rule out such cars for many potential drivers. If we want more people to make the switch, the answer then is more chargers and faster chargers. And Electrify America evidently agrees.

An offshoot of the Volkswagen empire created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, Electrify America has a quite ambitious plan. This week it announced it had picked suppliers for a new network of fast chargers across the country. Between now and the end of 2019, it's going to deploy 2,000 fast chargers at a total of 484 charging stations. There are still a mix of competing standards when it comes to EV charging, so Electrify America's approach is to offer them all.

That means 50kW CHAdeMO connectors and then dual-handle CCS1 chargers, capable of 50kW as well as either 150kW or 350kW (using liquid-cooled cables). Vehicles capable of charging at that higher rate aren't on sale yet, but by sheer coincidence that matches the specs of forthcoming Battery EVs from... Volkswagen Group.

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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

The Register - April 20, 2018 - 4:06pm
Plenty of laser research already going on – but there's more than one way to melt a drone

The EU is planning to build a laser cannon with double the power of Britain's under-construction Dragonfire zapper, according to reports – but the general state of the tech doesn't automatically mean Europe will be trying to snaffle Brit raygun smarts.…

LG hits snag in supplying new Apple iPhone screens - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 4:05pm
Apple may need to keep using Samsung displays for all its new phones if LG Display can't fix its manufacturing issues.

Apple may still depend on Samsung for OLED iPhone screens as LG hits snags

Ars Technica - April 20, 2018 - 3:59pm

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Apple may be losing the fight to add another OLED display manufacturer ahead of the next iPhone production cycle. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, LG Display is struggling to make the OLED panels Apple wants for upcoming iPhone models. Apple has been working with LG, hoping it could become its second supplier of OLED smartphone panels. Apple currently sources the OLED panels for the iPhone X from rival Samsung.

The report claims that South Korea’s LG Display ran into "manufacturing problems" that held up display production, causing LG to fall behind Apple's pre-production timeline. Apple reportedly asked LG to go through a third round of prototype production for the OLED panels, an unusual step for most component manufacturers. Ars has reached out to Apple for further comment.

If LG can't fix the problems it has reportedly been having and satisfy Apple's needs, it's unlikely that the company would be able to provide finished OLED panels for the next iPhones. According to people familiar with the matter, mass-production of fall-scheduled iPhone models typically begins in July.

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This app could turn your phone into a lie detector - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 3:59pm
A new machine learning algorithm wants to tap into digital interactions that reveal when you're bluffing.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS dominates Nürburgring with sub-7-minute lap - Roadshow - News - April 20, 2018 - 3:55pm
It's only the third production Porsche model to break into the 6s.

Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

The Register - April 20, 2018 - 3:26pm
What a time to be alive

Wireless charging is becoming an ever more popular way to juice up consumer gadgets, but an international team of scientists may have figured out how to scrap the mat too.…

Ofcom seeks to scrap local TV roll-out

BBC Technology News - April 20, 2018 - 3:09pm
The media regulator says launching more local TV stations in the UK is not viable.

Google pauses Allo in favor of iMessage rival called Chat - CNET - News - April 20, 2018 - 3:06pm
The Allo messaging app is taking a backseat to the tech giant's backing of Rich Communications Services, or RCS, an Android alternative to Apple's iMessage.

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