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Be prepared for power outages with this AC/DC power station: Just $99.53 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:29
Normally $126, this luggable battery has two AC outlets, four USB ports and more. Plus: *Three* bonus deals!

Pokemon Let's Go on Switch feels like Pokemon 101 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:00
Nintendo's first big Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch goes for a simple reboot. And you probably don't need that Pokeball.

A Look at How One of the Largest Record Companies in the World Once Owned Rockstar Games and Sold it For a Pittance

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:00
Question: what is entertainment's highest-grossing weekend debut of all time? Hint: It only took place two weeks ago. From a report: It was claimed by a Western-themed video game called Red Dead Redemption 2 -- the second in a series dubbed 'Grand Theft Auto on horseback' -- which generated over $725m in just three days. The wording above ('highest-grossing weekend debut') has been carefully chosen. Because the highest-grossing entertainment launch of all time actually kicked off on a Tuesday, in September, 2013. That launch was Grand Theft Auto V, another video game, which grossed more than $1bn during its opening 72 hours on sale. Both Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto are made by Rockstar Games -- a New York-HQ'd interactive entertainment company famed for its ability to bring filmic sophistication to the world of PlayStations and Xboxes, and for its ability to generate billions upon billions of dollars by doing so. Ready for this? The Grand Theft Auto franchise, and the core team behind Rockstar's success, were, unbelievably, both once part of the music business. They were allowed to leave 20 years ago. For an absolute pittance. Let's rewind. Back in 1990, London-born Sam Houser, aged 19, landed a dream first job -- working in the post-room at BMG's UK HQ. Houser then supplemented his university studies by continuing to work at BMG for the next four years, focusing on pop music videos and VHS releases. By 1994, he'd graduated, and took a full-time role within BMG's new interactive entertainment division. Houser, it turned out, had a natural talent for 'A&R'ing' video games -- spotting titles that would sell big and signing them up as a label would an artist -- and, by 1996, he was named Head of Development at BMG Interactive in the UK. Got your palm located somewhere roughly near your forehead? Good. Prepare for the two to forcibly meet. Interactive released Grand Theft Auto, a 2D action-adventure game, which saw players fulfilling the objectives of criminal overlords across three cities. The title was a commercial smash in the US and Europe -- yet it emerged amid serious corporate turbulence. In March 1998, convinced that its foray into video games had been a waste of time and money, BMG -- under the instruction of owner Bertelsmann -- agreed to sell off BMG Interactive. According to Sam Houser, BMG let the company go, to New York-based Take Two Interactive, for a total consideration of $9m. (For those who can see where this narrative is going: Red Dead Redemption 2 generated that $9m back within an hour of going on sale last month.) The story doesn't end there.

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Snapchat adds Friendship Profiles to highlight your relationships

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:00
Snapchat is introducing new Friendship Profiles that will celebrate your relationships with your closest friends. The feature will dig up some of the highlights of the conversations shared between you and your friends. Snap Inc. is also introducing n...

Pandora's podcast recommendation engine launches in beta today

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 09:00
Pandora made its interest in podcasting clear several times this year. Now, the music-streaming company is ready to announce the "Podcast Genome Project," a tool that's both a cataloging system and recommendation algorithm for spoken audio programs....

Google outage pushed traffic through Russia, China and Nigeria - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:41
The traffic got rerouted through ISPs in countries known for internet surveillance.

Waymo may launch its self-driving car service in early December

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:37
It's been a long time in coming, but Waymo finally appears to be on the cusp of launching a commercial self-driving car service. Bloomberg sources claim that the Alphabet-owned brand will launch its autonomous transport option in the Phoenix suburbs...

Fortnite wins best breakthrough game at 2018 Esports Awards - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:34
More than 3.3 million people voted on their favorite games.

Toy Story 4 teaser trailer is Key and Peele's jam - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:30
Keegan-Michael Key​ and Jordan Peele are new characters Ducky and Bunny, joining Woody and Buzz in Pixar's latest.

Amazon and Whole Foods extend Prime deals to Thanksgiving turkeys

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:21
From live Christmas trees to its annual Black Friday smorgasbord, Amazon is trying to cover all the bases this holiday season. And it hasn't forgotten Thanksgiving. Once again, it's offering select Turkey deals through November 22 at Whole Foods. An...

The 5G revolution is upon us. Here's everything you need to know - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:13
Separating hype from the reality of the next generation of wireless technology.

Volvo's subscription service is so popular it's running out of XC40s

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:02
Volvo made it clear back in June that its Care by Volvo subscription service was going to be a big hit. Now, it's got the stats to back it up: in just four months the company has sold as many subscriptions as it originally anticipated selling in the...

RSA Conference: This time with more women - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:01
Organizers of the gigantic cybersecurity conference say they have to push for more diversity.

Hellboy's David Harbour keeps it real - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:00
The actor battles the Upside Down in Stranger Things, struggles with his inner demons in Hellboy and uses social media in unexpected ways.

Hellboy star says new version is darker, still full of humor - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:00
David Harbour gives us a taste of the next Hellboy movie coming next year.

Sheriff Hopper’s Stranger Things ending is already decided - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:00
David Harbour says he knows how the dad bod will end his strange story.

A 100,000-Router Botnet Is Feeding On a 5-Year-Old UPnP Bug In Broadcom Chips

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A recently discovered botnet has taken control of an eye-popping 100,000 home and small-office routers made from a range of manufacturers, mainly by exploiting a critical vulnerability that has remained unaddressed on infected devices more than five years after it came to light. Researchers from Netlab 360, who reported the mass infection late last week, have dubbed the botnet BCMUPnP_Hunter. The name is a reference to a buggy implementation of the Universal Plug and Play protocol built into Broadcom chipsets used in vulnerable devices. An advisory released in January 2013 warned that the critical flaw affected routers from a raft of manufacturers, including Broadcom, Asus, Cisco, TP-Link, Zyxel, D-Link, Netgear, and US Robotics. The finding from Netlab 360 suggests that many vulnerable devices were allowed to run without ever being patched or locked down through other means. Last week's report documents 116 different types of devices that make up the botnet from a diverse group of manufacturers. Once under the attackers' control, the routers connect to a variety of well-known email services. This is a strong indication that the infected devices are being used to send spam or other types of malicious mail.

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These hugely popular AirPod alternatives are back -- for only $34 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-11-13 07:56
On Day 7 of CNET's 10 Days of Deals, an even better price on one of the most popular products I've shared all year.

Fairphone's ethical smartphone gets Android 7

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 07:42
Nearly three years after ethical smartphone company Fairphone launched its Fairphone 2 handset, the Dutch social enterprise has announced it's now compatible with Android 7.1.2, aka Nougat. This might seem like old news, given that most smartphones a...

Google went down after traffic was routed through China and Russia

Engadget - Tue, 2018-11-13 07:21
Google's services went down for an hour yesterday after its IP addresses were routed way from normal paths to Nigeria, China and Russia. Google told Ars Technica it doubted the leak was malicious, despite the fact that government-owned China Telecom...