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Almost every adult still watches TV the old-fashioned way

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 13:02
Surprise: an overwhelming majority of adults still watch TV on a TV despite cord-cutting and the prevalence of mobile broadband. 92 percent of those aged 18 and older according to a recent report from Nielsen, to be exact. "Sure, viewers have more op...

See 'Interstellar' updated for 2017 with a fidget spinner - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:55
A hit fidgeting-craze gadget makes a comical cameo appearance in a fan-edited scene from "Interstellar."

Major US Tech Firms Press Congress For Internet Surveillance Reforms

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:40
Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Facebook, Amazon and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.

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Google Earth takes you on a guided tour of Beatles' history - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:24
Take a look around Penny Lane or Strawberry Fields.

Blizzard Job Posting Hints at Mobile Warcraft Game

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:24
The company requires an FX artist with a "passion for creating imagery synonymous with the Warcraft IP."

Who Do You Trust More With Your Safety: Google or Ford?

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:24
A new survey from Inrix notes that carmakers have advantages—for now—in the race to win over consumers with autonomous technology.

The exciting world of credit card terminals is coming to VR

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:23
In maybe the most boring VR announcement to date, payment processing company WorldPay has decided to bring its services to virtual worlds. The UK-based company, one of the leading payment processors worldwide, used the HTC Vive for its prototype. In...

The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

TechCrunch - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:17
 “Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy. She held up half of a glass object, the top edge crude and sharp. “A cup?” asked… Read More

Far Cry 5 trailer brings the fight to disenfranchised America - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:04
Ubisoft takes its shooter franchise to a small fictional town in Montana.

In a Throwback To the '90s, NTFS Bug Lets Anyone Hang Or Crash Windows 7, 8.1

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:00
Windows 7 and 8.1 (and also Windows Vista) have a bug that is reminiscent of Windows 98 age, when a certain specially crafted filename could make the operating system crash (think of file:///c:/con/con). From an ArsTechnica report: The new bug, which fortunately doesn't appear to afflict Windows 10, uses another special filename. This time around, the special filename of choice is $MFT. $MFT is the name given to one of the special metadata files that are used by Windows' NTFS filesystem. The file exists in the root directory of each NTFS volume, but the NTFS driver handles it in special ways, and it's hidden from view and inaccessible to most software. Attempts to open the file are normally blocked, but in a move reminiscent of the Windows 9x flaw, if the filename is used as if it were a directory name -- for example, trying to open the file c:\$MFT\123 -- then the NTFS driver takes out a lock on the file and never releases it. Every subsequent operation sits around waiting for the lock to be released. Forever. This blocks any and all other attempts to access the file system, and so every program will start to hang, rendering the machine unusable until it is rebooted.

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The best turntable for casual listening

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 12:00
By Chris Heinonen This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

Facebook and Google ask Congress for surveillance reform (again)

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:44
It's no secret that the American government monitors the web data of non-citizens it considers potential threats. But major tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google are looking to change the way that surveillance is handled by the gover...

Lyft offers drivers some control over their schedules - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:38
The new Lyft Driver app will let drivers accept scheduled rides days in advance.

GMC refines 2018 Yukon Denali with new 10-speed automatic - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:34
There are a bunch of small changes to its aesthetics and trim levels, as well.

Oculus can now officially keep up if you want to move in VR - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:31
The latest update to the virtual reality headset adds full support for room-scale motion tracking.

Windows metadata bug has been waiting to cripple older machines

Engadget - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:25
If you're still using Windows 7 or Windows 8, there's another security issue you need to be aware of aside from Wannacry. This one won't hold your computer ransom for bitcoin, though. Actually, it might be more annoying than it is dangerous. Research...

Capcom Bringing Monster Hunter to Nintendo Switch

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:24
It's not a brand new entry in the series, but a port of the Japan-only 3DS game Monster Hunter XX released in March.

Raspberry Pi Foundation Merges With CoderDojo

PCMag News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:24
By joining forces, they hope to quadruple the number of CoderDojos worldwide to 5,000 by the end of the decade.

Former Mozilla CTO: 'Chrome Won'

SlashDot - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:20
Responding to Firefox marketing head Eric Petitt's blog post from earlier this week, Andreas Gal, former chief technology officer of Mozilla (who spent seven years at the company) offers his insights. Citing latest market share figures, Gal says "it's safe to say that Chrome is eating the browser market, and everyone else except Safari is getting obliterated." From his blog post (edited and condensed for length): With a CEO transition about 3 years ago there was a major strategic shift at Mozilla to re-focus efforts on Firefox and thus the Desktop. Prior to 2014 Mozilla heavily invested in building a Mobile OS to compete with Android: Firefox OS. I started the Firefox OS project and brought it to scale. While we made quite a splash and sold several million devices, in the end we were a bit too late and we didn't manage to catch up with Android's explosive growth. Mozilla's strategic rationale for building Firefox OS was often misunderstood. Mozilla's founding mission was to build the Web by building a browser. [...] Browsers are a commodity product. They all pretty much look the same and feel the same. All browsers work pretty well, and being slightly faster or using slightly less memory is unlikely to sway users. If even Eric -- who heads Mozilla's marketing team -- uses Chrome every day as he mentioned in the first sentence, it's not surprising that almost 65% of desktop users are doing the same. [...] I don't think there will be a new browser war where Firefox or some other competitor re-captures market share from Chrome. It's like launching a new and improved horse in the year 2017. We all drive cars now. Some people still use horses, and there is value to horses, but technology has moved on when it comes to transportation. Does this mean Google owns the Web if they own Chrome? No. Absolutely not. Browsers are what the Web looked like in the first decades of the Internet. Mobile disrupted the Web, but the Web embraced mobile and at the heart of most apps beats a lot of JavaScript and HTTPS and REST these days. The future Web will look yet again completely different. Much will survive, and some parts of it will get disrupted.

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WannaCry, what a wimp? Why security pros are staying chill - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:01
At a cybersecurity forum in London, experts call the ransomware, scary as it was at first, overexposed, unsophisticated and ultimately "a failure."