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Is the iPad Pro a half-baked product by Apple? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast Ep. 17) - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 6 min ago
The Best Black Friday deals for Apple goods this year, a look inside the Apple Pencil and where are the true pro apps on the iPad Pro?

Raspberry Pi's latest computer costs just $5 - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 8 min ago
The British company is making learning to code as affordable as a skinny latte.

R2-D2 is PG-13: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' rated in the US - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 31 min ago
The MPAA has a bad feeling about the "sci-fi violence" of the new Star Wars film, not that it'll make any difference.

How Sports Commentaries Can Speed Up AI Development

SlashDot - 4 hours 5 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: In an effort to shorten the annotation phase prior to neural network learning, Indian researchers are using commentaries intended for human viewers to help machines understand the meaning of action in cricket. The researchers suggest that closed-caption movie commentaries, as well as other types of usefully descriptive pre-existing commentaries could continue to prove helpful in teaching artificial intelligence the meaning of what it is seeing on screen.

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IT Execs On Their Dream Dinner Guests

SlashDot - 7 hours 7 min ago
StewBeans writes: In this lighthearted article for the holiday, IT executives were asked, if they could invite any technologist living or deceased to their Thanksgiving dinner, who would they invite and why? One CTO said that he'd invite the CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, so he could hear his thoughts on the future of cloud computing. Another would invite Ratan Tata, who he calls the "Bill Gates of India." Other responses range from early visionaries like Grace Hopper and Vint Cerf to the mysterious inventors/designers of the Roland TR-808.

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Lenovo to axe its Vibe brand of smartphones - CNET

CNET News - 7 hours 25 min ago
Reports out of China indicate that Lenovo is closing the door on its Vibe series of phones to consolidate its product offerings.

Japanese Rocket Launches Its First Commercial Satellite

SlashDot - Wed, 2015-11-25 23:00
schwit1 writes: Using its H-IIA rocket, upgraded to lower cost, Japan launched its first commercial payload today, putting Canada's Telestar 12V into geosynchronous orbit. UPI reports: "Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency said the H-IIA rocket was upgraded for the launch, permitting the satellite to stay closer to its geostationary orbit. Tokyo's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he hoped the launch would exhibit the quality of Japan's rocket engineering, and that the successful launch would result in more orders from other global corporations. Following the launch, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries vice president Naohiko Abe said the firm plans to actively promote the H-IIA for satellite launches."

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Critical Zen Cart Vulnerability Could Spell Black Friday Disaster For Shoppers

SlashDot - Wed, 2015-11-25 19:54
Mark Wilson writes: It's around this time of year, with Black Friday looming and Christmas just around the corner, that online sales boom. Today security firm High-Tech Bridge has issued a warning to retailers and shoppers about a critical vulnerability in the popular Zen Cart shopping management system. High-Tech Bridge has provided Zen Cart with full details of the security flaw which could allow remote attackers to infiltrate web servers and gain access to customer data. Servers running Zen Cart are also at risk of malware, meaning that hundreds of thousands of ecommerce sites pose a potential danger. Technical details of the vulnerability are not yet being made public, but having notified Zen Cart of the issue High-Tech Bridge says the date of full public disclosure is 16 December.

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Gore and gravy: Terrifying Thanksgiving films (pictures) - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 19:51
Gather around the dinner table and count your blessings that you'll never run into these serial killers, Satanic turkeys and aliens. Many of these horror films are available to add to your streaming queue.

Horror movies to be thankful you survived watching - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 19:16
Spend Thanksgiving watching these scary movies with killer turkeys, deranged family members and alien abductions. Just don't blame us if your family doesn't appreciate gore with their gravy.

Why Car Salesmen Don't Want To Sell Electric Cars

SlashDot - Wed, 2015-11-25 18:55 writes: Matt Richtel writes in the NYT that one big reason there are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road is that car dealers show little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars. Industry insiders say that electric vehicles do not offer dealers the same profits as gas-powered cars, they take more time to sell because of the explaining required, and electric vehicles may require less maintenance, undermining the biggest source of dealer profits — their service departments. Some electric car buyers have said they felt as if they were the ones doing the selling. Chelsea Dell made an appointment to test-drive a used Volt but when she arrived, she said, a salesman told her that the car hadn't been washed, and that he had instead readied a less expensive, gas-powered car. "I was ready to pull the trigger, and they were trying to muscle me into a Chevy Sonic," says Dell. "The thing I was baffled at was that the Volt was a lot more expensive." Marc Deutsch, Nissan's business development manager for electric vehicles says some salespeople just can't rationalize the time it takes to sell the cars. A salesperson "can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf," Deutsch says. "It's a lot of work for a little pay." Jared Allen says that service is crucial to dealer profits and that dealers didn't want to push consumers into electric cars that might make them less inclined to return for service. Maybe that helps explains the experience of Robert Kast, who last year leased a Volkswagen e-Golf from a local dealer. He said the salesman offered him a $15-per-month maintenance package that included service for oil changes, belt repair and water pumps. "I said: 'You know it doesn't have any of those things,'" Mr. Kast recalled. He said the salesman excused himself to go confirm this with his manager. Of the whole experience, Mr. Kast, 61, said: "I knew a whole lot more about the car than anyone in the building." "Until selling a plug-in electric car is as quick and easy as selling any other vehicle that nets the dealer the same profit, many dealers will avoid them, for very logical and understandable reasons," says John Voelker. "That means that the appropriate question should be directed to makers of electric cars: What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"

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Biosensors take shape as temporary tattoos (Tomorrow Daily 278 show notes) - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 18:30
Chaotic Moon's "Tech Tat" is designed to be a temporary biomonitor. It can be placed anywhere on the human body, making it more discreet than a wrist wearable, and biometrics it gathers are sent to an easy to use app.

Google's Version of Facebook Instant Articles Coming Soon

PCMag News - Wed, 2015-11-25 18:06
The company says that the project has attracted publishers and advertisers of all kinds.

Microsoft Pulled Windows 10 Update Over Privacy Settings Bug

PCMag News - Wed, 2015-11-25 18:06
Redmond says the glitch affected "an extremely small number of people," and it promises to restore those settings.

Scientists Produce Graphene 100 Times Cheaper Than Ever Before

SlashDot - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:57
Zothecula writes that researchers at the University of Glasgow have found a way to produce large sheets of graphene 100 times more cheaply than previous methods. Gizmag reports: "Since first being synthesized by Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004, there has been an extensive effort to exploit the extraordinary properties of graphene. However the cost of graphene in comparison to more traditional electronic materials has meant that its uptake in electronic manufacturing has been slow. Now researchers at the University of Glasgow have discovered a way to create large sheets of graphene using the same type of cheap copper used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries."

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Pay what you want for 'The X-Files' comics on Humble Bundle - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:34
Get all the aliens, mysterious monsters and conspiracy theories you want in this new Humble Bundle offering for IDW comics of "The X-Files."

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Patch Notes for Xbox One and PS4 Released - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:16
The patch includes a long list of fixes and improvements for the open-world game; see the full changelog here.

PlayStation Plus free games of December 2015 for PS4, PS3, PS Vita - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:15
Sony is closing out the year with these six free games for subscribers.

Apple wants you to have a saccharine, Stevie Wonderful Christmas - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:11
Technically Incorrect: The iconic singer and Andra Day front Apple's festive ad. With the help of a MacBook Pro, of course.

Electric vehicles can keep quiet for a little while longer - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2015-11-25 17:11
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delays a mandate that would require electric vehicles to cater to the visually impaired.