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Google Adds 'VR Shell' to Chrome (Dev) for Android

PCMag News - 32 min 49 sec ago
Once working, the VR shell should make it a lot easier to jump between VR-friendly and non-VR websites.

Apple and Tidal: Because only an idiot refuses a meeting with Jay Z - CNET

CNET News - 41 min 14 sec ago
Tidal offers Apple more star power, but selling out could jeopardize the one thing that makes it valuable.

Frontier Teams With AT&T To Block Google Fiber Access To Utility Poles

SlashDot - 50 min 4 sec ago
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Ars Technica: Frontier submitted a court filing last week supporting ATT's efforts to sue local governments in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky to stop a new ordinance designed to give Google Fiber and similar companies access to utility poles. They're concerned the ordinances will spread to other states. Frontier's filing said, "the issues raised by the case may have important implications for Frontier's business and may impact the development of law in jurisdictions throughout the country where Frontier operates." The ordinance in Louisville lets companies like Google Fiber install wires even if ATT doesn't respond to requests or rejects requests to attach lines. Companies don't have to notify ATT when they want to move ATT's wires to make room for their own wires, assuming the work won't cause customer outages. ATT claims that the ordinance lets competitors "seize ATT's property." Frontier is urging the court to consider the nationwide implications of upholding Louisville's ordinance, saying Louisville's rule "is unprecedented" because "it drastically expands the rights of third parties to use privately owned utility poles, giving non-owners unfettered access to [a] utility's property without the [...] utility in some cases even having knowledge that such third-party intrusion on its facilities is occurring." Frontier said companies should be required to negotiation access with the owners if they didn't pay to install the utility poles. They urged the court to deny Louisville Metro's motion to dismiss ATT's complaint.

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The tech that could have prevented Tesla's Autopilot crash is coming in 2018 - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 1 min ago
For now, you'll probably want to keep your hands on the wheel.

Verizon is kicking off July with some sweet deals on accessories - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 10 min ago
You can save on the Canary Home Security System, Mophie Power Pack or UE Speakers.

HP Rolls Out Device-as-a-Service for PCs, Printers

SlashDot - 1 hour 30 min ago
HP says it plans to provide companies with personal computers and other devices as part of a service. Corporate customers of HP's new initiative dubbed "device-as-a-service" will be able to pay a fixed monthly fee per employee for devices, eliminating the need to pay the retail cost upfront for hardware. From a report on eWeek:The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company unveiled a DaaS (device-as-a-service) initiative, one that has already been up and running with several of its clients for the last few months. As more and more millennials come into the work force, they expect to see light, fast, small, and up-to-date tools to use, because that's what they're used to, and their tools are like a badge of honor, HPI's Vice-President and General Manager of Support Services Bill Avey said. "Older employees might want bigger screen and keyboards. The point is, work tools need to fit the work force, and as workforces become more diverse, the tools must adjust fit the needs," Avey said. Otherwise, Avey said, employees will find workarounds in so-called shadow IT (using their own laptops, smartphones, tablets and applications) to get the job done -- which is always a nightmare for enterprise security professionals.

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Apple to Spotify: We're Not Giving You Special Treatment

PCMag News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Spotify will have to stop trying to circumvent in-app purchases if it wants its updates to make it through the App Store review process.

Spotify says Apple uses App Store as a 'weapon' to choke rivals - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 38 min ago
Spotify reportedly says the tech giant is rejecting its new app because it competes with Apple Music.

Security Researcher Gets Threats Over Amazon Review

SlashDot - 2 hours 10 min ago
Kate Conger, reporting for TechCrunch:Amazon retailers sometimes go to extreme lengths to guarantee good reviews, as security developer Matthew Garrett recently discovered when he wrote a one-star review of an internet-connected electric socket. When Garrett politely pointed out that the socket in question was woefully insecure, he received emails from the manufacturer claiming that the review would get employees fired and that other reviewers were campaigning to get Garrett's review taken down. The socket in question is the AuYou Wi-Fi Switch, a $30 device that lets you turn the power from a wall outlet on and off using your phone. [...] But like so many Internet of Things devices, the AuYou switch seems to have a serious security flaw. As Garrett explains in his review, if your phone is connected to your home Wi-Fi, it sends the on/off command to the socket directly. But if you're not home, your phone sends the command to a server in China, which then passes the command along to the socket. "The command packets look like they're encrypted, but in reality there's no real cryptography here at all," Garrett explained in his review. [...] "Just now my boss has blamed me, and he said if I do not remove this bad review, he will quit me. Please help me," the representative wrote. "Could you please change your bad review into good?" Garrett responded that he would update the review if the manufacturer fixed the flaw. The AuYou representative insisted she would be fired if the review was not updated.

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Dell is done with Android -- again - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 10 min ago
The company is discontinuing all its Android tablets -- which means it's done with Android for now.

Apple says Spotify is breaking the rules - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Spotify accused Apple of using its App Store as a "weapon" to stifle competition. Here's Apple's response.

The sounds of Juno approaching Jupiter are totally spooky - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 26 min ago
The Juno spacecraft has crossed into the magnetic field of Jupiter. NASA's soundtrack of the moment is out of this world.

Facebook Messenger Now Has Around 11,000 Bots

PCMag News - 2 hours 34 min ago
The social network is adding some new features developers can use to make their bots easier to interact with.

The 404 Show 1667: Ghostbusters VR, cereal/Serial, Peter Ha (podcast) - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Peter Ha returns to the show to talk about Jeff's Ghostbusters VR experience and interview with Ivan Reitman, Tesla, breakfast cereal and complain about the airport.

Microsoft Prepares One Final, Full-Screen Get Windows 10 Nag

SlashDot - 2 hours 50 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a ZDNet report:Those persistent Get Windows 10 pop-ups are going away soon, after Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 expires on July 29. During those final days and hours, anyone still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 should brace for one last round of upgrade prods from Redmond, including a full-screen message, as the GWX program moves into its final phase. The details are in a new Knowledge Base article, "Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification," which includes a screenshot of the message as well as some helpful hints on how to avoid seeing it more than once. Two noteworthy additions are visible in the lower left corner of that screen. Instead of merely dismissing the reminder, you can ask to be notified up to three more times or specify that you've made your mind up and you don't want any more notifications.

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Verizon brings back limited offer to pay $300 for your old phone - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 13 min ago
Trade in your old phone at Verizon and get up to $300 toward a new phone or your phone bill.

Oracle Ordered To Pay $3B Damages To HP

SlashDot - 3 hours 30 min ago
Oracle has been ordered to pay HP $3 billion in damages by a California jury over HP's claim that Oracle reneged on a deal to support HP computer servers running on Itanium chips from Intel. Oracle said it will appeal. BBC reports:The court battle over the contract was settled in 2012 but the damages HPE was due have only now been agreed. HP was split into two in 2015 with HPE taking over the running of its servers and services business. In court, HPE argued that although the 2012 legal judgement meant Oracle had resumed making software for the powerful chips, its business had suffered harm. It argued that Oracle took the decision in 2011 to stop supporting Itanium in a bid to get customers to move to hardware made by Sun -- a hardware firm owned by Oracle. Oracle said that its decision in 2011 was driven by a realisation that Itanium was coming to the end of its life. It also argued that the contract it signed never obliged it to keep producing software in perpetuity. Intel stopped making Itanium chips in late 2012 and many companies that used servers built around them have now moved to more powerful processors.

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BlackBerry is reportedly building three new Android phones - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 32 min ago
Neon, Argon and Mercury: we'll see one new BlackBerry each quarter, according to this report.

Spying drone sneaks a look at Apple's nearly complete spaceship campus - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 33 min ago
Cupertino, California's most famous corporate resident hopes to move into its ambitious new home next year, and construction looks to be progressing on schedule.

NFL QB Kaepernick shows it's hard to tolerate fans who want selfie - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 37 min ago
Technically Incorrect: Accosted by supposed fans in an LA hotel, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows remarkable restraint.

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