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New York Times Buys The Wirecutter For $30 Million

SlashDot - 58 min 14 sec ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide. The Times will pay more than $30 million, including retention bonuses and other payouts, for the startup, according to people familiar with the transaction. Brian Lam, a former editor at Gawker Media's Gizmodo, founded The Wirecutter in 2011, and has self-funded the company's growth. The Wirecutter provides recommendations for electronics and other gadgets that are both obsessively researched and simply presented. The Wirecutter also owns The Sweethome, which takes the same approach for home appliances and other gear. "We're very excited about this acquisition on two fronts," said Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company, in the acquisition release. "It's an impressively run business with a very attractive revenue model and its success is built on the foundation of great, rigorously reported service journalism." The Wirecutter tweeted earlier today: "Hey, we're still us. But we're a part of The New York Times now."

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'Stranger Things' logo lights up as Halloween costume - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 20 min ago
It takes three people and some crafting skills to pull off this costume inspired by the opening credits for the hit Netflix series.

XPrize's New Challenge: Turn Air Into Water, Make More Than a Million Dollars

SlashDot - 1 hour 33 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a CNET report: If you can turn thin air into water, there may be more than $1 million in it for you. XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against one another, is hoping to set off a wave of new innovations in clean water -- and women's safety too. The company announced its Water Abundance XPrize and the Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPrize on Monday in New Delhi. The first competition will award $1.75 million to any team that can create a device able to produce at least 2,000 liters of water a day from the atmosphere, using completely renewable energy, for at most 2 cents a liter. Teams have up to two years to complete the challenge. India is at the center of the world's water crisis, with access to groundwater depleted in some northern and eastern parts of the country. Water has become so scarce in India that natural arsenic has infiltrated the soil and water in certain regions. While there are systems that can currently extract water from the atmosphere, many of them aren't energy-efficient, or generating enough water. "We know that overuse of groundwater resources are causing the water crisis and it's only getting worse," said Zenia Tata, XPrize's executive director of Global Expansion. The $1 million Women's Safety XPrize calls for an emergency alert system that women can use, even if they don't have access to their phones. The alert would have to be sent automatically and inconspicuously to emergency responders, within 90 seconds, at a cost of $40 or less a year. The device would have to work even in cases where there's no cellphone signal or internet access.

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iOS 10.1 Launches With Bokeh Camera Effect for iPhone 7 Plus

PCMag News - 1 hour 35 min ago
The new beta Portrait Camera shows off the power of the iPhone 7 Plus' dual-camera system.

Samsung Discount Offer Confirms Note 8

PCMag News - 1 hour 35 min ago
A discount offer for Note 7 owners in Korea reveals that Samsung is not yet giving up on the Note moniker.

Smartwatches See Major Third-Quarter Slump

PCMag News - 1 hour 35 min ago
Apple could make gains over the holiday season, but Android Wear delays are hitting gadget makers where it hurts.

Save big on these smart home bundles, security systems - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 41 min ago
Home Deals: Start up a smart light set with these cheaper bundles, as well as get a 16-channel security system for an impressively low price.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta wraps up, changes coming based on feedback - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Developer says it got valuable data about matchmaking and weapon balance from the beta.

Is Google working on an eye-tracking headset? - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 47 min ago
According to Engadget, the company's standalone VR headset project is alive and well -- and it might keep track of where your eyes are pointing.

Battlefield 1 update released; check out the patch notes - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 48 min ago
An issue with class rank has been resolved, which could make it look like you've lost rank.

Watch Dogs 2's open world steps into the spotlight for New Trailer - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 5 min ago
San Francisco gets highlighted in Watch Dogs 2's latest trailer.

Here are the 10 most -- and least -- reliable cars according to Consumer Reports - Roadshow

CNET News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Every year, Consumer Reports ranks all its vehicles based on reliability data. This year's 10 best (and 10 worst) cover a number of automakers and countries of origin.

Microsoft Raises UK Cloud, Software Prices 22% After Brexit-Fuelled Pound Drop

SlashDot - 2 hours 18 min ago
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft is to substantially increase its prices for software and cloud services prices offered in British pounds in order to accommodate the sharp drop in the currency against the US dollar in recent weeks. Beginning in January 2017 on-premises enterprise software prices will go up by 13 percent and most enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22 percent, bringing them into line with euro prices. Microsoft said it isn't planning to change its prices for consumer software and cloud services. The value of the pound has fallen by about 18 percent since the EU referendum on 23 June.

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'Walking Dead' deaths send social media into mourning - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 18 min ago
Oh nooooo! Negan killed (BLEEP)! and also (BLEEP)! Twitter is (BLEEPING) freaking out over the season 7 premiere!

November Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup Revealed

PCMag News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Live Gold members on Xbox One can snag Super Dungeon Bros and Murdered: Soul Suspect for free next month.

Researcher Discovers Exploit of 9-Year-Old Linux Bug

PCMag News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Red Had offered a preliminary patch, but it disables virus scanners, too.

A day at the drone races - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 54 min ago
Gadget geeks and adrenaline seekers are helping the sport of drone racing take off.

Climate Change Could Cross Key Threshold in a Decade, Scientists Say

SlashDot - 2 hours 58 min ago
The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep declines in water availability, worsening land conflicts and deepening poverty, scientists said this week. But the planet is already two-thirds of the way to that lower and safer goal, and could begin to pass it in about a decade, according to Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the UK Met Office's Hadley Centre. Reuters reports: With world emissions unlikely to slow quickly enough to hit that target, it will probably be necessary to remove some carbon pollution from the atmosphere to stabilize the planet, scientists said. That could happen by planting forests or by capturing and then pumping underground emissions from power plants. But other changes -- such as reducing food waste and creating more sustainable diets, with less beef and fewer imported greenhouse vegetables -- could also play a big role in meeting the goal, without so many risks, he said.

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Apple squashes bugs with Mac OS Sierra, Apple Watch and Apple TV updates - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Mac OS Sierra 10.12.1, watchOS 3.1 and tvOS 10.0.1 are mostly about fixing little issues -- but they also bring a couple new features.