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'Don't Starve Together' arrives on PS4 with a huge bundle

Engadget - 35 min 53 sec ago
Thanks to being a freebie for PlayStation Plus subscribers, Don't Starve earned a solid following on PlayStation 4. To reward that, the developers at Klei Entertainment have put together a massive bundle headlined by the console version of the multip...

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Scientifc America - 38 min 53 sec ago
But they may soon. Researchers have written a program that detects smart-asses on social media and the Web

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CNET UK podcast 495: Android Nougat arrives, Pokefever on the wane and five years of Tim Cook - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 33 min ago
How has Apple changed after half a decade with Cook at the helm? Plus, Pokemon Go shows signs of decline -- but is that so surprising, or even a big problem?

Google is killing off the Device Assist app on Nexus handsets

Engadget - 1 hour 36 min ago
Google is killing off its homegrown Device Assist app that helps navigate the ins and outs of certain phones. That means tools like speed tests, settings for battery saving and live tech support are going away in favor of website with tips and tricks...

Intel Launches Flurry of 3D NAND-Based SSDs For Consumer and Enterprise Markets

SlashDot - 1 hour 38 min ago
MojoKid writes: Intel launched a handful of new SSD products today that cover a broad spectrum of applications and employ 3D NAND technology. The SSD 600p Series is offered in four capacities ranging from 128GB, to 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The drivers are targeted at consumer desktops and notebooks and are available in the M.2 form-factor. The entry-level 128GB model offers sequential reads and writes of up to 770 MB/sec and 450 MB/sec respectively. At higher densities, the multi-channel 1TB model offers sequential reads and writes that jump to 1,800 MB/sec and 560 MB/sec respectively. The 128GB SSD 600p weighs in at $69, while the 1TB model is priced at $359, or about .36 cents per GiB. For the data center, Intel has also introduced the DC P3520 and DC S3520 Series SSDs in 2.5-inch and PCIe half-height card form-factors. Available in 450GB to 2TB capacities, the range-topping 2TB model offers random reads/writes of 1,700 MB/sec and 1,350 MB/sec respectively. Finally, Intel launched the SSD E 6000p (PCIe M.2) and SSD E 5420s Series (SATA). The former supports Core vPro processors and is targeted at point-of-sale systems and digital signage. The latter is aimed at helping customers ease the transition from HDDs to SSDs in IoT applications.

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EE's latest perk is six months of free Apple Music

Engadget - 1 hour 58 min ago
Hot on the heels of EE giving subscribers free access to BT Sport's app for six months -- big spenders get it for the length of their contract, too -- the carrier is adding yet another tantalising perk. Starting September 1st, any new or upgrading pa...

Wander through 'Dear Esther' on PS4 and Xbox One next month

Engadget - 2 hours 50 min ago
Before Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, indie developer The Chinese Room (TCR) wowed people with Dear Esther. The first-person narrative started as a mod for Half-life 2 in 2008 before the team released it as a standalone game in 2012. At that point,...

US banks will launch their Venmo competitor in October

Engadget - 3 hours 53 min ago
In an attempt to add a little hipness to personal banking, a consortium of US banks has been quietly working on its very own Venmo competitor. While the details of the service are currently a little thin at the moment, the Wall Street Journal reports...

Crave giveaway: Awesome CNET Moving Day Grab Bag - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 38 min ago
As CNET cleans up before our remodel, one reader will clean up too. This week's free goods include a tough laptop backpack, a hardcover book filled with game art and earphones shaped like devil horns.

NASA's Voyager 2 Flew By Saturn 35 Years Ago Today

SlashDot - 4 hours 38 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: Thirty-five years ago today, a NASA spacecraft got an up-close look at beautiful, enigmatic Saturn. On Aug. 25, 1981, the Voyager 2 probe zoomed within 26,000 miles (41,000 kilometers) of the ringed planet's cloud tops. The discoveries made by Voyager 2 -- and by its twin, Voyager 1, which had flown past Saturn nine months earlier -- reshaped scientists' understanding of the Saturn system and planted the seed for NASA's Cassini mission, which began orbiting the ringed planet in 2004, NASA officials said. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched a few weeks apart in 1977, tasked with performing a "grand tour" of the solar system's big planets -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft accomplished that goal, eyeing all four gaseous worlds up close, and also studying 48 of their moons. (Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter and Saturn, while Voyager 2 had close encounters with all four planets.) The Voyagers weren't the first spacecraft to fly by Saturn; that distinction belongs to NASA's Pioneer 11 probe, which did so in 1979. But the Voyagers broke a lot of new ground; they discovered four new Saturn moons, for example, and revealed an incredible diversity of landscapes on satellites such as Dione, Tethys and Iapetus, NASA officials said. August 25th appears to be a good day for nerds. You can view some out-of-this-world photos from NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 probes here.

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Isolation, desperation and tech in the refugee crisis: Girt by CNET podcast 84 - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 47 min ago
We took a break from our usual podcast chat about new phones and high-tech gadgets this week to take a look at a tech issue that is really making waves beyond Australia's shores.

Russia's free, PC multiplayer Halo game has been cancelled

Engadget - 4 hours 56 min ago
Remember that Halo game you heard about that wasn't launching in North America? Well, now it's not launching anywhere. Halo Online was originally intended to be a free, multiplayer game designed exclusively for the Russian market. Despite launching a...

Rifftrax app takes the guesswork out of syncing jokes to film

Engadget - 5 hours 51 min ago
For fans of snarky, alternative film commentary, Rifftrax has long been a haven of amusement. For only a few dollars, one can hear MST3K veterans Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett rag on classic and modern cinema. There was only one problem:...

iPhone 7 could have tap-to-pay feature for Japan's subways

Engadget - 6 hours 32 min ago
Apple might give its upcoming iPhones an extra feature exclusively for people living in Japan. According to Bloomberg, the tech titan is planning to add tap-to-pay support for the country's extensive subway system. To accomplish that, it will equip t...

Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones website hack - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 33 min ago
The attack the saw the Ghostbusters star's personal information leaked to the web is now under investigation by US authorities.

De La Soul releases crowdfunded 'and the Anonymous Nobody' album

Engadget - 6 hours 48 min ago
Like many Kickstarter projects, the new De La Soul album took a lot longer to arrive than promised, but now it's here. Originally scheduled for release in September 2015, the group's new project carefully avoids the sample clearance hell that has kep...

CBS All Access hits Xbox One

Engadget - Thu, 2016-08-25 23:58
If you have been patiently waiting to try CBS All Access on your Xbox One, there's good news. CBS has announced that its streaming service is now available on Microsoft's console. It's perfect timing for Xbox fans, as the anticipated January, 2017 pr...

Linus on Linux's 25th Birthday

SlashDot - Thu, 2016-08-25 23:30
The creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, posted his famous message announcing Linux on August 25, 1991, claiming that it was "just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu." ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols caught up with Linus Torvalds and talked about Linux's origins in a series of interviews: "SJVN: What's Linux real birthday? You're the proud papa, when do you think it was? When you sent out the newsgroup post to the Minix newsgroup on August 25, 1991? When you sent out the 0.01 release to a few friends? LT: I think both of them are valid birthdays. The first newsgroup post is more public (August 25), and you can find it with headers giving date and time and everything. In contrast, I don't think the 0.01 release was ever announced in any public setting (only in private to a few people who had shown interest, and I don't think any of those emails survived). These days the way to find the 0.01 date (September 17) is to go and look at the dates of the files in the tar-file that still remains. So, both of them work for me. Or either. And, by the way, some people will argue for yet other days. For example, the earliest public semi-mention of Linux was July 3: that was the first time I asked for some POSIX docs publicly on the minix newsgroup and mentioned I was working on a project (but didn't name it). And at the other end, October 5 was the first time I actually publicly announced a Linux version: 'version 0.02 (+1 (very small) patch already).' So you might have to buy four cakes if you want to cover all the eventualities." Vaughan-Nichols goes on to pick Linus' brain about what he was doing when he created Linux. In honor of Linux's 25th birthday today, let's all sing happy birthday... 1... 2... 3...

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Samsung's Dolby Atmos soundbars are ready for your living room

Engadget - Thu, 2016-08-25 23:02
After announcing a pair of Dolby Atmos-equipped soundbars at CES, Samsung is finally shipping the duo in the US. The HW-K950 and HW-K850 are both available now, so long as you're willing to part with either $1,499 or $999, respectively. What are you...

Ubisoft delays 'The Division' DLC to fix the base game

Engadget - Thu, 2016-08-25 22:29
Ubisoft's survival shooter multiplayer title The Division had a successful launch back in March, but unpolished design choices erupted into outright game-breaking bugs in the free content additions released in the months thereafter. While the game's...

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