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Oculus’ privacy center now shows you what data is being collected

Engadget - 7 hours 44 min ago
Last month, Oculus announced updates to its privacy policies, likely to comply with GDPR, which goes into effect this Friday. Ahead of that deadline, a new feature is available today for users worldwide: My Privacy Center is a dashboard showing what...

Tesla Model 3 misses Consumer Reports recommendation - Roadshow

CNET News - 7 hours 57 min ago
Brakes and that do-it-all center screen are apparently to blame.

China's Netflix equivalent just opened its first cinema

Engadget - 8 hours 5 min ago
China's Netflix-like service, iQiyi, wants to bring on-demand movies to real-life movie theaters. The company just opened its first brick and mortar cinema to show online movies in an offline environment, complete with complete with popcorn, fancy se...

You can now play Boggle in your Oculus goggles - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 10 min ago
Hasbro's first board game arrives in Oculus Rooms. Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly are next.

Amazon's New Marketplace Appstore Connects Sellers To Software

SlashDot - 8 hours 13 min ago
Amazon is creating another app store, but it's not for consumers. From a report: Instead, the online retail giant will for the first time put its seal of approval on a bunch of third-party apps intended for professional sellers with its new Marketplace Appstore. It launches to sellers starting Monday, the company said. CNET reported on plans for the app store earlier this month. The new app store, which will be available in North America through Amazon's main hub for sellers called Seller Central, will include tools to handle pricing, inventory, advertising and other needs for pro sellers. The app store will be introduced to sellers slowly to ensure a smooth rollout. "Many developers have innovated and created applications that complement our tools and integrate with our service," Amazon said in a statement Monday. "We created the Marketplace Appstore to help businesses more easily discover these applications, streamline their business operations, and ultimately create a better experience for our customers."

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Amazon's new Marketplace Appstore connects sellers to software - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 15 min ago
The app store is part of Amazon's broader push to work more closely with developers of seller tools.

States Target Cryptocurrency Fraud in Crackdown

PCMag News - 8 hours 16 min ago
'Operation Cryptosweep' goes after initial coin offerings, mining services, and trading platform over shady practices.

NASA will create coldest place in the universe to study quantum physics

Engadget - 8 hours 26 min ago
It's hard to study quantum behavior on Earth. You can amplify the effects of quantum mechanics by zapping groups of specific atoms (Bose-Einstein condensates) with lasers that drop their temperature to near absolute zero, but that only works for frac...

Apple drops the price of its USB-C-to-Lightning cable to $19 - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 33 min ago
Apple fans have been complaining about this cord's price for a while. But now it raises the question: Could USB-C play prominently in the next iPhone?

Behind the scenes: This is how we shot Jesse Tyler Ferguson's cover! - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 44 min ago
Take a look at the best moments of the photoshoot with Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson for the 2018 Spring issue of CNET Magazine.

Lyft may be getting into the electric scooter game

Engadget - 8 hours 47 min ago
Lyft seems to be eyeing a move into the electric scooter craze -- the company is considering applying for a permit to run a service in San Francisco, The Information reported, and it's in the early stages of working on prototypes. Some companies like...

Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

TechCrunch - 8 hours 50 min ago

I had a great time last year with Sony’s catchily named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that’s perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Sony is putting out a smaller version and I can’t wait to try it out.

At the time, I was comparing the RP1 with the reMarkable, a crowdfunded rival that offers fantastic writing ability but isn’t without its flaws. Watch this great video I made:

The 10-inch DPT-CP1 has a couple small differences from its larger sibling. The screen has a slightly lower resolution but should be the same PPI — it’s more of a cutout of the original screen than a miniaturization. And it’s considerably lighter: 240 grams to the 13-inch version’s 350. Considering the latter already felt almost alarmingly light, this one probably feels like it’ll float out of your hands and enter orbit.

More important are the software changes. There’s a new mobile app for iOS and Android that should make loading and sharing documents easier. A new screen-sharing mode sounds handy but a little cumbrous — you have to plug it into a PC and then plug the PC into a display. And PDF handling has been improved so that you can jump to pages, zoom and pan and scan through thumbnails more easily. Limited interaction (think checkboxes) is also possible.

There’s nothing that addresses my main issue with both the RP1 and the reMarkable: that it’s a pain to do anything substantial on the devices, such as edit or highlight in a document, and if you do, it’s a pain to bring that work into other environments.

So for now it looks like the Digital Paper series will remain mostly focused on consuming content rather than creating or modifying it. That’s fine — I loved reading stuff on the device, and mainly just wished it were a bit smaller. Now that Sony has granted that wish, it can get to work on the rest.

Most GDPR Emails Unnecessary and Some Illegal, Say Experts

SlashDot - 8 hours 53 min ago
The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said, as new rules over data privacy come into force at the end of this week. From a report: Many companies, acting based on poor legal advice, a fear of fines of up to $23.5 and a lack of good examples to follow, have taken what they see as the safest option for hewing to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): asking customers to renew their consent for marketing communications and data processing. But Toni Vitale, the head of regulation, data and information at the law firm Winckworth Sherwood, said many of those requests would be needless paperwork, and some that were not would be illegal.

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The OnePlus 6 is an excellent phone, aside from these misses (The 3:59, Ep. 405) - CNET

CNET News - 8 hours 58 min ago
We break down the OnePlus 6 review, talk about Elon Musk's bold underground transit plan and discuss how Amazon deals with supersized packages.

Deep space radiation treatment reboots brain's immune system

Science Daily Astronomy - 9 hours 4 min ago
NASA and private company SpaceX plan to send humans to Mars within the next 15 years -- but need to figure out how to protect astronauts from the dangerous cosmic radiation of deep space. Now neuroscientists have identified a potential treatment for the brain damage caused by cosmic rays -- a drug that prevents memory impairment in mice exposed to simulated space radiation.

Google faces lawsuit in the UK over Safari data collection

Engadget - 9 hours 8 min ago
Way back in 2012, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle FTC charges over the company's use of tracking cookies in the Safari browser. Now the company is being sued in the UK for the same issue, according to a report in The Guardian.

Epic Games to drop $100 million on Fortnite esports tournaments - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 16 min ago
The company says it's getting behind competitive play in a big way.

Will we see a new MacBook Air, iPad Mini or Mac Mini at WWDC 2018? - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 17 min ago
Commentary: Some of Apple’s most beloved (and least expensive) products haven't been updated in years. We list the reasons they're on thin ice -- and suggest how they can be saved.

The Lego Movie 2 teaser photo, subtitle debut - CNET

CNET News - 9 hours 25 min ago
But will everything still be awesome?

ESRB ratings changes could hurt indie games in the PSN Store

Engadget - 9 hours 29 min ago
It sounds like the ESRB could make it harder for indie game developers to sell their games. Recently, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board announced that it will be eliminating free, short-form ratings for digital games according to Gamasutra. Wh...

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