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'PUBG' comes to the PlayStation 4 on December 7th

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:27
Even after a juicy rumor dropped that Player Unknown's Battlegrounds was coming soon to PlayStation 4, many gamers still had their doubts. You can banish all those negative thoughts now, as Sony and PUBG have announced that the game is indeed coming...

Netflix signs show deal with 'Sharp Objects' creator Marti Noxon

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:16
Netflix has convinced yet another high-profile TV producer to join its ranks. The company has signed a multi-year deal with acclaimed director, producer and writer Marti Noxon that will have her produce episodic content exclusively for the streaming...

2019 Ford Ranger accessories list is heavy on the Yakima - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:12
Ford will sell Yakima parts at the dealer, and they'll come with a hefty warranty.

Facebook flaw opened you and your friends' profile to data thieves - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:11
The vulnerability allowed for potential attacks to see what you’ve liked, who your friends are and what they like.

PUBG coming to PlayStation 4 in December - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:06
After months of Xbox One exclusivity for consoles, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds will finally make it to the PlayStation 4.

Waymo to launch its public self-driving service in December, report says - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:04
It'll have a new name, but nobody knows what it is yet.

Inside the Messy, Dark Side of Nintendo Switch Piracy

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:00
Doxing rivals, stealing each other's files, and poking around Nintendo's servers are all a normal part of the ballooning Nintendo Switch hacking and piracy scenes. Joseph Cox, reports for Motherboard: The Switch piracy community -- much of which operates on the gamer-focused chat app Discord -- is full of ingenuity, technical breakthroughs, and evolving cat-and-mouse games between the multi-billion dollar Nintendo and the passionate hackers who love the company but nonetheless illegally steal its games. Pirates deploy malware to steal each other's files so they can download more games themselves. Groups deliberately plant code into others' Switches so they no longer work. And some people in the scene have been doxed, meaning they've had their personal information published online. Pirating games for the Switch is not technically straightforward. Instead, there's a complex supply chain constantly grinding away that helps people source and play unreleased games. There are reverse engineers who figure out how Nintendo's own tools work, so hackers can then use them for their own advantage. There are coders who make programs to streamline the process of downloading or running games. Reviewers, developers, or YouTubers with access to games before general Switch users often leak unlock codes or other information to small groups, which then may trickle out to the wider community. [...] To release a game, pirates may dump a copy from the physical cartridge; they can do this before the game releases in the United States by sourcing the cartridge from an Australian store, which releases earlier because of the time difference. But this only gets a game out one or two days before official release. For the more sought-after and early dumps, pirates often manage to grab a copy from Nintendo's eShop, the company's digital download game store that is built into the Switch. Here, pirates will likely use a piece of hacker-made software on their computers to talk to Nintendo's servers, one pirate who uploads large archives of games explained to Motherboard in an online chat. The files can sometimes be downloaded early by anyone (by design), and are encrypted and need a so-called "titlekey" to unlock them and make the game playable. Further reading: Nintendo 'Wins' $12 Million From Pirate ROM Site Operators.

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The best ways to stream live sports

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:00
If you're a sports fan, there's nothing quite like kicking back on the couch, cracking open a cold one and watching your favorite team rise triumphant over the other guys. For the longest time, it was thought that the only way to have such an experie...

Spotify officially debuts its Apple Watch app

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:56
That didn't take long -- mere days after it became clear Spotify was testing an Apple Watch app, that client is now available to the masses. The streaming music giant has updated its iOS app with an Apple Watch app that can control the service from...

Nintendo’s holiday deals include two Labo kits for $99

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:46
Black Friday is right around the corner and Nintendo has a couple of deals on the way. The first bundle it's offering includes a Nintendo Switch system and a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and it's priced at $300. The second comes with a Nint...

Game of Thrones' final season begins April 2019 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:28
Next April will be dark and full of terrors.

BBC will broadcast every Formula E race this season

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:25
The BBC may have lost Formula 1 coverage years ago due to budget limits, but it's making up for that in style. The broadcaster has reached a deal to air every race of Formula E's 2018-2019 season in the UK, starting with the December 15th race in Sa...

Why did Facebook pull your post? Digital rights groups want you to know - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:21
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and more than 70 other groups say Facebook should allow all users to appeal if their posts are removed.

Google Suffered a Brief Outage on Monday Which Pushed Some of Its Traffic Through Russia, China and Nigeria; Company Says It Will Do an Investigation

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:20
Google suffered a brief outage and slowdown Monday, with some of its traffic getting rerouted through networks in Russia, China and Nigeria. From a report: Incorrect routing instructions sent some of the search giant's traffic to Russian network operator TransTelekom, China Telecom (which, as you may recall, has been found of misdirecting internet traffic in recent months) and Nigerian provider MainOne between 1:00 p.m. and 2:23 p.m. PT, according to internet research group ThousandEyes. "This incident at a minimum caused a massive denial of service to G Suite and Google Search," wrote Ameet Naik, ThousandEyes' technical marketing manager, in a blog post. "However, this also put valuable Google traffic in the hands of ISPs in countries with a long history of Internet surveillance. Applications like Gmail and Google Drive don't appear to have been affected, but YouTube users experienced some slowdown. Google noted that the issue was resolved and said it would conduct an internal investigation.

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Amazon Picks New York, Northern Virginia For HQ2 [Update: Confirmed]

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:10
The Washington Post is reporting that Amazon has picked New York's Long Island City and Arlington County's Crystal City neighborhoods as the company's second headquarters (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source). The two locations will split the duty and will reportedly bring the cities an infusion of jobs and tax revenue. From the report: Amazon will open major new outposts in Northern Virginia's Crystal City and New York City, splitting its much-sought investment of up to 50,000 jobs between the two East Coast sites. The choice of Crystal City in Arlington County as one of the winners would cement Northern Virginia's reputation as a magnet for business and potentially reshape the Washington region into an East Coast outpost of Silicon Valley over the next decade. It also represents a victory for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D), who had joked that he would change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" if necessary to land the prize. Amazon's decision to split the project rather than open a second headquarters on par with its Seattle campus has angered some who said the company had ginned up competition among cities only to change the rules midstream. Some said it was unfair that the company seemed to be considering only sites in more affluent communities. Update November 13, 15:10 GMT: Amazon on Tuesday confirmed that it had selected New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters. In a statement, Jeff Bezos said: We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia. These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.

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Amazon's HQ2 will be split between NYC and Arlington, Virginia

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:04
Amazon has announced the locations for its second headquarters following a search process that lasted over a year. As rumored, its new offices will be split between New York City and Arlington, Virginia. The NYC site is coming to Long Island City and...

Google's new 'Squoosh' app is designed to optimize your images

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:51
Aside from clamping down on deceptive websites, Google is also looking to make the web faster by taking the fight to cumbersome images. Cue a collective cheer from netizens everywhere. To that end, Google Chrome Labs has designed a new web tool calle...

Corporate America's Blockchain and Bitcoin Fever is Over

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:40
S&P 500 executives are dropping blockchain buzzwords less on earnings calls and during presentations to analysts and investors. Analysts are also asking about it less. From a report: The hype was just that. The odds of a company turning blockchain "headlines into reality" are slim, as Forrester Research predicts. The prospect of incorporating blockchain technology or cryptocurrency into businesses excited investors and drove up share prices temporarily -- just look at Kodak, beverage company Long Blockchain, or Hooters franchisee Chanticleer Holdings -- so it's no wonder executives wanted shareholders to know that they too might get in on the new technologies. At the peak earlier this year, "blockchain" was mentioned 173 times, according to an analysis of company transcripts by Axios. The number has since fallen as much as 80%.

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Pandora will personalize podcast listings so you can actually find ones you like - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:30
Recommendations will be tied to 1,500 attributes, like timely versus evergreen and informal conversations versus scripted stories.

What we're watching: 'Life Sentence'

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:30
Senior News Editor Richard Lawler was looking for something light to binge watch and picked an ill-fated show about a cancer patient.