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Verizon will give rural customers more time to find new providers

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:42
Recently, Verizon sent letters to around 8,500 customers living in rural areas that informed them their service would be cut off as of October 17th. Verizon claimed that those customers were using enough data while roaming outside of the Verizon netw...

Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:40
rastos1 writes: Oracle has announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform Specification, which was recently approved together with Java EE 8 in the Java Community Process (JCP). Java SE 9 provides more than 150 new features, including a new module system and improvements that bring more scalability, improved security, better performance management and easier development to the world's most popular programming platform.

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NASA'S OSIRIS-REx spacecraft slingshots past Earth

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:25
NASA's asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth's gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.

Target expands next-day delivery service to eight more cities

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:21
Target continues to try and outcompete digital retailer and competitor, Amazon. The red bullseye-logo company has been testing its own Prime Pantry-like delivery service for a few months now, offering faster times than Amazon. Dubbed Restock, Target'...

Apple Watch Is Sprint's First CDMA-Free Phone

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:09
The new Apple Watch is the first device on Sprint's network to make phone calls without having ever connected to the carrier's old CDMA network.

Mercedes-Benz spends $1 billion to make EVs at Alabama plant

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:02
Like most auto makers these days, Mercedes-Benz is investing in electric vehicles in a big way. The Daimler-owned company is fast-tracking all of its models to an electric future by 2022. It has also been showing off a slate of EV models, like the Ge...

Move Over Connected Cows, the Internet of Bees Is Here

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 16:00
A new project is aiming to bring bees online by putting them in tiny "backpacks" so that scientists can track the threatened insect's behaviour and help its survival. From a report: Bees in Manchester initially will be connected to the internet using technology from Cisco to help researchers track their migration, pollination and movement, and eventually, across the UK. Sensors in hives located at a new 70,000 sq ft tech accelerator hub in the northern city called Mi-Idea, will measure the bee environment such as temperature, while the bees themselves will be tagged with RFID chips that look like tiny backpacks. All the information will be collected and made available to track online giving insight on their habitats, with the bees even providing "status updates" (albeit automated) on their whereabouts. Cisco is working on the project with the Manchester Science Partnership (MSP) and the hub is already home to six startups: Hark, an IoT data company, video platform Wattl, location data analytics startup PlaceDashboard, Steamaco, an energy technology company, IOT platform KMS and software firm Malinko.

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Facebook reportedly settles lawsuit over voting structure - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:43
The settlement comes days before CEO Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify.

The iPhone 8’s glass back costs way more to repair than the front

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:41
Over the last couple of weeks, the price of AppleCare+ has gone up for Plus model iPhones and screen repair for the 6s and newer models has gotten $20 more expensive. However, while screen replacements for phones under AppleCare+ warranty are still $...

Here's how Apple tried to sell me on the iPhone 8 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:33
Commentary: A trip to my local Apple store on iPhone 8 launch day offers a relatively quiet atmosphere and the opportunity to be sold on the new phone.

Tesla trounces supercars in 'World's Greatest Drag Race' - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:23
If it were any longer than a quarter-mile drag, things would have ended differently.

HTC gives Vive developers all app revenue for the rest of 2017

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:22
Now that HTC is all-in on Vive headsets and letting Google deal with its Pixel smartphone business, it has to deal with another reality: The public still isn't exactly sold on VR. To keep sales momentum going, it has announced a promotion aimed at at...

Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:20
Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, has been bottling water since 1843 and has grown into the largest seller of bottled water. But a detailed report on Bloomberg uncovers the company's operation in Michigan, revealing that Nestle has come to dominate in the industry in part by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. It makes billions selling a product for which it pays close to nothing. Find the Bloomberg Businessweek article here (it might be paywalled, here's an alternative source).

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Microsoft, Facebook Complete Transatlantic Marea Internet Cable

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:08
The massive internet cable, which runs from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao, Spain, can transmit up to 160 terabits of data per second.

Apple Watch Series 3 first look: So far, no LTE problems

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 15:00
The Apple Watch Series 3 started shipping today, and our definitive review is still in the works. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a taste of what life is like with the company's first LTE-connected watch, so when we got it in for review, we sa...

The 404 Show 1714: Apple reviews are in; will there be enough SNES Classics? (podcast) - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 14:45
Russ and Jeff record the last regular version of the show discussing the reviews of the new Apple Watch, iPhone 8, what to expect from the iPhone X and whether or not Nintendo will make enough SNES Classic Editions for everyone.

Major Cyber-Attack Will Happen Soon, Warns UK's Security Boss

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-09-22 14:41
Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has warned. According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response. Speaking at an event about the next decade of information security, Levy warned that "sometime in the next few years we're going to have our first category one cyber-incident." The only way to prevent such a breach, he said, was to change the way businesses and governments think about cybersecurity. Rather than obsessing about buying the right security products, Levy argued, organisations should instead focus on managing risk: understanding the data they hold, the value it has, and how much damage it could do if it was lost, for instance.

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Some brave soul volunteered for a completely robotic dental surgery

Engadget - Fri, 2017-09-22 14:39
A robot just implanted two 3D-printed teeth into a woman's mouth all on its own. The procedure took place recently in China and the researchers who developed it hope it can help the country's dentist shortage problem, reports the South China Morning...

iPhone 8 survives bend, burn and scratch test - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 14:28
Commentary: The testers at JerryRigEverything put Apple's new phone through its paces and it appears to hold up relatively well.

Here's the SNES Classic Edition unboxed and in the flesh - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-09-22 14:19
The SNES Classic Edition is nearly upon us. Here's what's inside the box of the $80 retro console.