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Intel Launches Budget-Friendly 512GB SSD 545

PCMag News - 8 min 52 sec ago
It's the first SSD to use 64-layer TLC 3D NAND chips, which is how the price tag can be so low.

Micron Decides to Kill Lexar Brand

PCMag News - 8 min 52 sec ago
There will be no more Lexar-branded USB flash drives, SD cards, card readers, or other memory products.

LiveLike to show Gold Cup soccer in virtual reality and more - CNET

CNET News - 40 min 52 sec ago
Not only can fans watch matches using a headset but also without one -- with their friends -- by using an iPhone or Android phone.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a 592-horsepower super-sedan - Roadshow

CNET News - 45 min 49 sec ago
3.3 seconds to 60 mph is no laughing matter.

Contractors Lose Jobs After Hacking CIA's In-House Vending Machines

SlashDot - 45 min 56 sec ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechRepublic: Today's vending machines are likely to be bolted to the floor or each other and are much more sophisticated -- possibly containing machine intelligence, and belonging to the Internet of Things (IoT). Hacking this kind of vending machine obviously requires a more refined approach. The type security professionals working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) might conjure up, according to journalists Jason Leopold and David Mack, who first broke the story A Bunch Of CIA Contractors Got Fired For Stealing Snacks From Vending Machines. In their BuzzFeed post, the two writers state, "Several CIA contractors were kicked out of the Agency for stealing more than $3,000 in snacks from vending machines according to official documents... ." This October 2013 declassified Office of Inspector General (OIG) report is one of the documents referred to by Leopold and Mack. The reporters write that getting the records required initiating a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit two years ago, adding that the redacted files were only recently released. The OIG report states Agency employees use an electronic payment system, developed by FreedomPay, to purchase food, beverages, and goods from the vending machines. The payment system relies on the Agency Internet Network to communicate between vending machines and the FreedomPay controlling server. The OIG report adds the party hacking the electronic payment system discovered that severing communications to the FreedomPay server by disconnecting the vending machine's network cable allows purchases to be made using unfunded FreedomPay cards.

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One of the best iPhone photos this year was taken in Singapore - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 8 min ago
Singaporean photographer Yeo Yeow Kwang takes the second spot with a beautiful shot of an Chinese opera singer resting at the iPhone Photography Awards.

'Okja' isn't in most cinemas but it will still sound amazing - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 15 min ago
You can still enjoy Netflix's original action adventure film with glorious immersive surround sound if you have the right setup at home.

As the iPhone turns 10, let's look back at 2007 - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 45 min ago
From Rihanna's "Umbrella" to "The Sopranos" and Harry Potter, these are the songs, movies, news stories and more that had us talking when the iPhone began.

Amazon Will Offer Prime Video At Half-Price In All New Markets For Six More Months

SlashDot - 2 hours 15 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is leaving no stones unturned with its Prime Video, which it expanded to over 200 international markets last December. For the last six months, the company has been offering Prime Video, the sticker price of which is $5.99 or 5.99 Euro a month, at $2.99 or 2.99 Euro as part of its "introductory offer". That introductory offer will now be valid till the end of the year, the company said. In comparison, Netflix charges over $9 every month. According to estimates from last year, Amazon Prime Video has four times as many films available for streaming.

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Amazon Will Offer Prime Video At Half-Price In All Markets For Six More Months

SlashDot - 3 hours 15 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is leaving no stones unturned with its Prime Video, which it expanded to over 200 international markets last December. For the last six months, the company has been offering Prime Video, the sticker price of which is $5.99 or 5.99 Euro a month, at $2.99 or 2.99 Euro as part of its "introductory offer". That introductory offer will now be valid till the end of the year, the company said. In comparison, Netflix charges over $9 every month. According to estimates from last year, Amazon Prime Video has four times as many films available for streaming.

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Twitter detects riots faster than police, study says - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 23 min ago
Twitter can pick up on crime more than an hour faster than the police do via reports, says researchers at Cardiff University.

Blue Origin To Build Its BE-4 Rocket Engine In Alabama, Creating Hundreds of Jobs

SlashDot - 3 hours 45 min ago
Blue Origin has recently announced its plans to manufacture the company's new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. According to The Verge, the benefits for Blue Origin are both practical and political. From the report: On the surface, it's a seemingly innocuous decision meant to capitalize on Huntsville's decades-long history of rocket development. The city is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where the Saturn V rocket was developed and where NASA's future massive deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System, will also be worked on. Plus, many private space contractors are based in Huntsville, making spaceflight a key part of the city's economy and a huge jobs creator. It's why Huntsville has been nicknamed Rocket City. But the move is most likely motivated by politics as well, given Blue Origin's plans for the BE-4. The company ultimately hopes to use seven BE-4 engines to power its future massive rocket called the New Glenn, which is supposed to launch sometime before 2020. But that's not the only rocket that the BE-4 could fly on. The United Launch Alliance -- a company responsible for launching most of the satellites for the U.S. military -- is developing a new rocket called Vulcan, and it needs new U.S.-made engines for the vehicle. Blue Origin's move to Huntsville will supposedly generate 342 jobs at the new facility, with salaries averaging $75,000, reports The Verge. Given the city's history, the company should have no problem finding aerospace experts in the area. The only problem that could arise would be if ULA doesn't select the BE-4 as the Vulcan's main engine. "ULA is also considering a second option in case the BE-4 doesn't work out: an engine being developed by longtime manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne called the AR-1," reports The Verge. "Aerojet is only meant to be Plan B for ULA. But it has one advantage that Blue Origin didn't have until now: it's building its engine in Huntsville, Alabama -- and that comes with some very key political protection."

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'Andy Warhol's throwing knives' spark some colorful jokes - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 58 min ago
The TSA took somebody's rainbow knives, and Instagram commenters were on point with their sharp responses.

August Solar Eclipse Could Disrupt Roads and Cellular Networks

SlashDot - 6 hours 45 min ago
GeoGreg writes: On August 21, 2017, the contiguous United States will experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979. According to GreatAmericanEclipse.com's Michael Zeiler, approximately 200 million people live within one day's drive of the eclipse. Zeiler projects that between 1.85 to 7.4 million people will attempt to visit the path of totality. As the eclipse approaches, articles are appearing predicting the possibility of automobile traffic jamming rural roads. There is also concern about the ability of rural cellular networks to handle such a large influx. AT&T is bringing in Cell On Wheel (COW) systems to rural locations in Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon, while Verizon is building a temporary tower in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The disruption could be frustrating to those trying to get to the eclipse or share their photos via social networking. If cellular networks can't handle the data, apps like Waze won't be much help in avoiding the traffic. If communication is essential near the eclipse path, Astronomy Magazine recommends renting a satellite phone.

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Cadbury chocolate factory shut down by Petya cyberattack - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 14 min ago
The massive ransomware attack has reached Australia, sending things really wonky at the chocolate factory. Ahhhhh fudge.

New wearables boast always-on tracking that lasts a week - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 45 min ago
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 1200 chips promise a new wave of kid, pet and elderly trackers, and maybe fitness trackers too.

Qualcomm is taking fingerprint scanners below the surface - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 45 min ago
You can expect to start seeing fingerprint sensors underneath phone displays next year, says the chipmaker at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Qualcomm adds more bang for $200 phones with new Snapdragon 450 chips - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 45 min ago
The new chip promises better battery life, graphics and performance over its previous iteration, the Snapdragon 435.

Vegan Mayonnaise Company Starts Growing Its Own Meat In Labs, Says It Will Get To Stores First

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-06-27 23:30
Chase Purdy reports via Quartz: The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It's just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek -- a company that built its name on plant-based condiments and vegan-friendly cookie doughs -- today revealed that, for the last year, it has been secretly developing the technology necessary for producing lab-made meat and seafood, or as the industry likes to call it, "clean meat." Perhaps even more surprising is that Hampton Creek expects to beat its closest competitor to market by more than two years. Since it was founded in 2015, Memphis Meats has raised at least $3 million from five investors for the development of its meat products, according to Crunchbase. By contrast, Hampton Creek -- just a 20-mile drive from its Silicon Valley rival -- has raised more than $120 million since 2011. It's one of Silicon Valley's unicorns -- a company that has a valuation that exceeds $1 billion.

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World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast of Scotland

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-06-27 22:05
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The world's first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the deep waters of a fjord on the western coast of Norway ready to be tugged across the North Sea to their final destination off north-east Scotland. The ~$256 million Hywind project is unusual not just because of the pioneering technology involved, which uses a 78-meter-tall underwater ballast and three mooring lines that will be attached to the seabed to keep the turbines upright. It is also notable because the developer is not a renewable energy firm but Norway's Statoil, which is looking to diversify away from carbon-based fuels.

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