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House Democrats mobilize for next phase of net neutrality fight

Engadget - Fri, 2018-05-18 18:03
Earlier this week, Senate Democrats, with the help of three Republicans, managed to pass a resolution to save net neutrality before its upcoming repeal in June. Now their counterparts in the House are trying to rally enough signatures to force a simi...

GoFundMe campaign raises money to send Mariachi band, taco truck to racist NYC lawyer - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:49
Twitter sure has a creative approach to dealing with racism.

FCC investigating LocationSmart over phone-tracking flaw - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:47
LocationSmart has landed on the FCC's radar after a security researcher discovered a security flaw that exposed millions of Americans.

More than 4M Samsung phones need service each year, court case reveals - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:44
Also, take a look at why Samsung started marketing phones on its own instead of leaving it to carriers.

Porsche to recall 60,000 Cayenne, Macan diesels in Europe - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:42
European regulators say the models have emissions-defeat devices and must be repaired.

Bank of America's AI assistant is ready to help with your finances

Engadget - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:37
We've been expecting voice-powered virtual assistants in financial apps for a while now — Bank of America started developing its own back in 2016. Dubbed Erica, the virtual assistant is now ready to roll out to the bank's 25 million mobile clie...

Texas school shooting spawns fake Facebook profiles of gunman - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:35
Mock profiles popped up showing the alleged shooter's name alongside an antifa cover photo and a profile picture of him wearing a "Hillary 2016" hat.

Google Is Making An AR Headset With New Qualcomm Chips

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:30
Google is reportedly working on a standalone augmented reality headset that will use new Qualcomm chips. "It will be built by Taiwanese computer maker Quanta," reports The Verge. "The project is still in its early stages, according to documents obtained by WinFuture." From the report: The AR headset is supposed to be similar to Microsoft's HoloLens, a headset that came out in 2016 and is aimed at design, training, and industrial use. The Google AR headset that's in development will reportedly be self-contained and powered by a Qualcomm chip, rather than tethered to another device. It will also include cameras and microphones. The headset is currently going by the name "Google A65." There's no release date yet for the Google A65 as it's still in the prototype stage, according to WinFuture. The headset won't only operate like a HoloLens, but it will use the same chips. HoloLens is rumored to be getting an update this year, with a new ARM-powered design and an improved field of view. The Qualcomm chips that will reportedly be used in both the new HoloLens and the new Google headset are the Qualcomm QSC603 four-core chips, based on ARM architecture.

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Denon vs. Sonos reaches settlement, HEOS line will go on unchanged - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:24
Denon says its 'direction with HEOS is unchanged' after resolving its Sonos patent infringement case, which began four years ago.

Trump reportedly pushed postmaster general to double Amazon fees - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:20
But she's resisted, insisting that such a move would have to go before a regulatory commission, according to The Washington Post.

The tiny house craze has gone too far

Engadget - Fri, 2018-05-18 17:12
Researchers in France have built a teeny, tiny house. It's just a few micrometers wide, too small for even a mite to fit inside, and demonstrates that a focused ion beam and a small robot can create 3D microstructures with incredible accuracy and pre...

Fortnite drops on Android phones this summer - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:51
iOS players have had a few months to brush up their Fortnite skills.

Elon Musk Pitches 150 MPH Rides In Boring Company Tunnels For $1

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:50
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: At The Boring Company Information Session not all of the talk centered on flamethrowers. Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis described many details of their visions for an underground network that could alleviate traffic problems in big cities. Musk said "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches," but did take a moment to call out flying taxi solutions (like Uber Elevate) right off the bat due to danger and noise. Earlier in the evening Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's coordinating with The Boring Company on its test and said the two will be "partners" going forward. Much of what Musk discussed about how his concept in-city Loop would work has been answered in concept videos and the company's FAQ, but he specifically said that the plan is for rides that cost a $1, and carry up to 16 passengers through hundreds of tunnels to those small, parking space-size tunnels located throughout a city. Test runs in the loop have already hit a couple of hundred miles an hour, and Musk's plan is for vacuum Hyperloop tubes between cities that enable travel in pressurized carts at up to 300 MPH. That's compared to 150 MPH in the in-city Loop carts, all without slowing down due to traffic or anything else. The main concern is hitting speeds that are still comfortable for people inside. The timeframe for when the "weird little Disney ride in the middle of LA" will be available to the public is unclear.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 packs Intel i9 power and 4K display

Engadget - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:47
ASUS is adding some extra punch to its new ZenBook Pro 15 while still keeping the laptop slim and light. It's one of the first portable computers to offer Intel's new 8th-generation, six-core i9-8950HK processor even though it's just 18.9mm thin and...

NASA scores with weird Pac-Man crater on Mars - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:40
Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde might want to avoid Mars.

No Man's Sky gets multiplayer July 24 alongside Xbox One release - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:36
You'll be able to explore Hello Games' giant universe with friends on PC and PlayStation 4 as well.

Hamburg will soon be the first German city to ban older diesels - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:29
A German court ruled in February that individual cities could impose the bans on polluting vehicles.

VW courts enthusiasts with five aftermarket-modded concepts - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:23
From a slammed Arteon to an off-road-ready Atlas, the concepts offer something for everyone.

VW's five new aftermarket concepts aim for enthusiasts' hearts - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:23
Whether a wrapped Golf R or a lowered Arteon R-Line is your style, VW has something for you.

FCC will investigate sketchy location tracking company

Engadget - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:23
Not even a full day after phone tracking firm LocationSmart reportedly leaked location data on its website, the FCC is getting involved. As originally reported by Reuters, the matter is being referred to the FCC's enforcement bureau. An FCC spokesper...

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