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PGA will test shot distance trackers on three tours

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:22
Not surprisingly, the PGA has been hesitant to let golfers use distance trackers on the course. In theory, they take all the challenge out of picking the right club. The association isn't stuck in its ways, however. Officials have announced that they...

China's ZTE Removed From US Trade Blacklist

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:20
From a report: The U.S. Commerce Department will remove Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp from a trade blacklist after the company admitted to violating sanctions on Iran, the Commerce Department said in a notice made public on Tuesday.

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NBC will finally air all of the Olympics live, across time zones

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 17:05
Today NBC announced that for the 2018 Winter Olympics, it will finally back off of its hated policy of tape delaying significant portions of the games. In 2016, it streamed much of the competition live, but segments like the Opening Ceremony and each...

Robot Nathan Fillion is here to make you think 'Destiny 2' is charming

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:47
You'd think with its shooter MMO Destiny receiving its final content addition today, its creator Bungie would give it a moment gracefully riding into the sunset before championing its replacement. But an image leaked earlier this week sparked rumors...

US Congress Votes To Shred ISP Privacy Rules

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:40
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: The U.S. House of Representatives has just approved a "congressional disapproval" vote of privacy rules, which gives your ISP the right to sell your internet history to the highest bidder. The measure passed by 232 votes to 184 along party lines, with one Democrat voting in favor and 14 not voting. This follows the same vote in the Senate last week. Just prior to the vote, a White House spokesman said the president supported the bill, meaning that the decision will soon become law. This approval means that whoever you pay to provide you with internet access -- Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, etc -- will be able to sell everything they know about your use of the internet to third parties without requiring your approval and without even informing you. That information can be used to build a very detailed picture of who you are: what your political and sexual leanings are; whether you have kids; when you are at home; whether you have any medical conditions; and so on -- a thousand different data points that, if they have sufficient value to companies willing to pay for them, will soon be traded without your knowledge. With over 100 million households online in the United States, that means Congress has just given Big Cable an annual payday of between $35 billion and $70 billion.

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Crayola killing off one of its crayon colors? Color me sad - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:30
Fans could be seeing red on Friday when one of the colors from the iconic 24-pack has a meltdown. But which one will it be? Some guesses.

Score VR Game Discounts With Rift Anniversary Sale

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:27
Tech gets cheaper as it gets older, and games for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which turns one today, are no exception.

Amazon Prime Members: Nab a Cheap Kindle Now

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:27
Prime members can get anywhere from $30 to $75 off various Kindle e-readers and bundles from now through Monday, April 3 at 9 p.m. PST.

Scientists recreate the female menstrual cycle on a chip

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:25
Scientists don't understand as much as they'd like about the female reproductive system, both due to their historical exclusion from studies and the challenge in replicating the complexities of that anatomy. At last, however, there's progress. Rese...

16 stunning shots from a little known Instagrammer - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:24
I was tipped off via Twitter to a photography hobbyist on Instagram. I liked his stuff so much I wanted to share it with you.

Get Google Home for $99, Amazon Echo Tap for $89.98 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:17
From Home Deals: Get a Google Home speaker for $99 or a refurbished Amazon Echo Tap for $90 in the best deals for the smart home.

BitTorrent To Refocus On What Made It Rich - uTorrent

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 16:00
Best known for its uTorrent client, BitTorrent Inc has been focusing more on other projects for a while. But now, with another shake-up imminent, the company has made a fresh commitment to focus on uTorrent and Mainline clients. From an article on TorrentFreak: Caught between the bad publicity generated by millions of pirates using the software for less than legal activities, a reliance on its huge revenue, plus its role in distributing content from signed-up artists, BitTorrent Inc. has at times been required to delicately maneuver around the client's very existence. Now, however, that might be about to change. According to a report from Variety, changes are underway at BitTorrent Inc that could see uTorrent and its Mainline sister client come back into the limelight. First up, the company has yet another new CEO. Rogelio Choy joins the company after spending two years at parking service Luxe Valet. However, Choy is also a former BitTorrent employee, serving as its Chief Operating Officer between 2012 and 2015. The hiring of Choy reportedly coincides with a shake-up of BitTorrent Inc.'s product line. BitTorrent Live, the patented live video streaming project developed by BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen, will be set loose as a separate, venture-funded company, Variety reports.

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Uber plans to ditch Denmark over new taxi laws

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:52
Uber likes to think of itself as an enabler of small business, a connector of independent contractors with people who need a ride. Unfortunately for the San Francisco-based company, many places around the world disagree. The company's latest setback...

Jeep's ready to show something special at Easter Jeep Safari 2017 - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:47
As it does every year, the automaker has some unique concepts lined up for its annual off-road pilgrimage.

Mistaken Twitter identity sends Daily Mail scorn to Daily Mali - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:41
Social Cues: After a controversially leggy front page on the UK tabloid, an innocent bystander wants to clear the record.

Windows has a heart of trash

TechCrunch - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:40
 I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So as part of the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their expectations, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Read More

AT&T Joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:40
From a press release: The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that AT&T has become a Platinum member. This follows news of the company's contribution of several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors. Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, joins The Linux Foundation Board of Directors and was also recently selected as the ONAP chairman. "Open source is crucial to AT&T's software transformation," said Chris Rice, chairman of ONAP and senior vice president of AT&T Labs. "So, it was a natural decision for us to join The Linux Foundation. SDN is helping us meet performance, capital spending and efficiency goals and we expect continued benefits. But more so, we recognize that the open source community accelerates innovation. We're excited to work with The Linux Foundation and its members to promote a globally accepted platform for SDN and NFV technologies."

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Tesla employee sues the company over harassment - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:37
Staffer alleges that co-workers regularly used racially disparaging language toward him.

Democrats demand the FCC tackle cybersecurity

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:35
Two Democrats in Congress are imploring FCC head Ajit Pai to address cybersecurity issues in the United States, arguing vulnerabilities in cellular networks infringe on citizens' liberties and pose a "serious threat" to national security. Sen. Ron Wy...

Galaxy S8 could get a 3D camera, according to Vodafone slip up - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:29
The British telecom company may have accidentally revealed the feature before the phone's unveiling.