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Nintendo Switch transformed into Linux tablet by hackers - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 15 min ago
Just in case you wanted to do something on your Nintendo Switch that wasn't playing the best games of 2017.

Amazon Prime credit card now offers 5 percent back at Whole Foods - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 38 min ago
If you're a Prime member with a Prime credit card, Amazon would like to thank you for your loyalty with a new perk.

What we know about dinosaurs will probably change - CNET

CNET News - 12 hours 44 min ago
Everything we know about dinosaurs is connected to fossil records and, if the last decade is anything to go by, all of that could change dramatically over the next 20 years.

Sony May Launch an AI-powered Taxi Hailing System

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 23:50
Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. From a report: Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transportation, Green Cab, Hinomaru Kotsu and Kokusai Motorcars) in the creation of an AI-powered hailing platform. The algorithmic system would dispatch taxis more effectively by studying a host of conditions like traffic, weather and events. It might send a horde of drivers near the end of a concert, for instance.

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Google's Indian mobile wallet can pay bills in a few taps

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 23:33
Manually paying your bills online usually involves jumping between multiple apps or websites, but Google might have an easier way. Its Tez mobile wallet app for India now includes a bill payment feature that lets you handle all those recurring costs...

Rutger Hauer wasn't a fan of 'Blade Runner 2049' - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 23:22
Hauer, who starred in the original, said in a new interview he knew Blade Runner 2049 "wasn't going to work."

Steven Seagal has a cryptocurrency now. It's bad - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 22:29
Steven Seagal has become the official ambassador for Bitcoiin2Gen, a new cryptocurrency launching its Initial Coin Offering.

What's on TV: 'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Metal Gear' and 'Walking Dead'

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 22:03
As the Winter Olympics continue (expect plenty of speedskating, bobsled, hockey and freestyle skiing), we're ready for the return of The Walking Dead. There's also a new Metal Gear game out, Survive, and Thor: Ragnarok is ready for streaming from mos...

Wikipedia ends data-free access for developing countries - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 21:09
Wikipedia Zero will shut down across 72 countries this year, ending zero-rated access to the online encyclopedia.

Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 20:35
Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transpo...

Ocean-wide Sensor Array Provides New Look at Global Ocean Current

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 20:30
An anonymous reader shares a Nature article: The North Atlantic Ocean is a major driver of the global currents that regulate Earth's climate, mix the oceans and sequester carbon from the atmosphere -- but researchers haven't been able to get a good look at its inner workings until now. The first results from an array of sensors strung across this region reveal that things are much more complicated than scientists previously believed. Researchers with the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP) presented their findings this week at an ocean science meeting in Portland, Oregon. With nearly two years of data from late 2014 to 2016, the team found that the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation -- which pumps warm surface water north and returns colder water at depth -- varies with the winds and the seasons, transporting an average of roughly 15.3 million cubic metres of water per second. The measurements are similar in magnitude to those from another array called RAPID, which has been operating between Florida and the Canary Islands since 2004. But scientists say they were surprised by how much the currents measured by the OSNAP array varied over the course of two years.

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Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you share from your phone

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 19:22
Google keeps making the web easier to use with its Chrome browser, from filtering ads on the desktop to getting rid of pop-ups and redirects on Android. The company just made sharing messy URLs nicer, too, thanks to the latest version of Chrome on mo...

Chrome 64 Now Trims Messy Links When You Share Them

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 19:01
Google's latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. From a report: Now, when you go to share an item, you'll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself. This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn't affect referral information. If you choose, you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar to grab the link in entirety.

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Amazon backs Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund Pike

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 18:38
Amazon's latest Prime Video production won't just rely on star power to reel you in -- it should also appeal to science fans. The internet giant is teaming with France's Studiocanal on Radioactive, a biopic covering the work and romance of pioneerin...

Microsoft Finally Documents the Limitations of Windows 10 on ARM

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 18:00
For over a year we've been treated to the fantasy that Windows 10 on ARM was the same as Windows 10 on x86. But it's a bit more nuanced than that. Paul Thurrott: 64-bit apps will not work. Yes, Windows 10 on ARM can run Windows desktop applications. But it can only run 32-bit (x86) desktop applications, not 64-bit (x64) applications. (The documentation doesn't note this, but support for x64 apps is planned for a future release.) Certain classes of apps will not run. Utilities that modify the Windows user interface -- like shell extensions, input method editors (IMEs), assistive technologies, and cloud storage apps -- will not work in Windows 10 on ARM. It cannot use x86 drivers. While Windows 10 on ARM can run x86 Windows applications, it cannot utilize x86 drivers. Instead, it will require native ARM64 drivers instead. This means that hardware support will be much more limited than is the case with mainstream Windows 10 versions. In other words, it will likely work much like Windows 10 S does today. No Hyper-V. Older games and graphics apps may not work. Windows 10 on ARM supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and DirectX 12, but apps/games that target older versions will not work. Apps that require hardware-accelerated OpenGL will also not work.

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PSVR's rodent adventure 'Moss' arrives February 27th

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:58
PlayStation VR's adorable murine tale Moss finally has a release date. Next Tuesday, February 27th, you'll be able to guide the big-eared rodent Quill along her adventure on your PlayStation 4. When it debuted at E3 last year, developer Polyarc (made...

Apple updates operating systems to fix app-crashing bug - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:56
Bug causes apps running on iOS devices and Macs to crash when a certain Indian symbol was displayed.

Snapchat is selling more than just crappy merch

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:29
Weeks ago, Snap opened up an in-app Snapchat store to sell merch, which appeared to be an attempt to open up a new revenue stream. But it looks like it will offer more than just dancing hot dogs. During yesterday's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, S...

Air Hogs' Supernova packs motion controls in a kid-friendly drone

Engadget - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:01
Toy drones have been cheap and plentiful over the past few years, but it's really hard for new products to stand out from the pack when they need to keep the price down and can't throw in premium features like a 4K camera. But that hasn't stopped Spi...

How UPS Delivers Faster Using $8 Headphones and Code That Decides When Dirty Trucks Get Cleaned

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-02-19 17:00
With Amazon's imminent plans to launch a low-cost package delivery service, UPS is about to face intense competition from a company with top customer-tracking capabilities and even artificial-intelligence expertise. To tackle it, the company is turning to advances analytics. From a report: In 2016, it began collecting data across its facilities. Today there are about 25 projects based on that data, grouped under the acronym EDGE (which stands for "enhanced dynamic global execution"). The program has sparked changes in everything from how workers place packages inside delivery trucks in the morning to how the vast army of temporary hires that UPS recruits during the busy holiday season are trained. Eventually, data will even dictate when UPS vehicles get washed. The company expects to save $200 million to $300 million a year once the program is fully deployed. [...] Another project tells seasonal workers where to direct the outbound packages that UPS vehicles pick up throughout the day and bring to the company's sorting facilities. UPS hires nearly 100,000 of these workers from November through January. Typically, these people would need to memorize hundreds of zip codes to know where to place parcels, but last winter UPS outfitted about 2,500 of them with scanning devices and $8 Bluetooth headphones that issue one-word directions, such as "Green," "Red," or "Blue." The colors correspond to specific conveyor belts, which then transport the packages to other parts of the building for further processing.

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