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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit hands-on: The Toy-Cons we've been waiting for

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 22:15
Nintendo's first few Labo Toy-Con kits let us go fishing and pretend to be a giant robot. But aside from the motorcycle kit, they didn't really get you moving much. That's where the upcoming Toy-Con Vehicle Kit comes in: It has an actual steering whe...

Evidence is Piling Up That Facebook Can Incite Racial Violence

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-08-21 22:00
Higher use of the world's dominant social network has now been strongly linked with more attacks on refugees in Germany. From a report: Greater use, greater violence: Specifically, in towns where "per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average," attacks on refugees "increased by about 50 percent," the New York Times reported today, citing a University of Warwick study. Researchers there carried out a detailed analysis of more than 3,000 incidents in Germany over a two-year period. Crucially, the link held true regardless of the city's size, political leanings, or economic status -- and didn't correlate with general patterns of internet use. Those findings strengthen the case that using Facebook in particular can be a driving mechanism of greater violence. Greater scrutiny: That's more bad news for the embattled social network, which has long portrayed itself as a benevolent company driven by a mission to draw the world closer together. But researchers recently found that coordinated hate speech and propaganda on the site helped fuel violence in Myanmar. And last year, Facebook itself eventually acknowledged that Russian agents had posted tens of thousands of inflammatory posts -- which reached tens of millions of people -- before and after the 2016 presidential election, in a massive campaign to deepen divisions in the United States.

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Facebook pulls hundreds of 'inauthentic' pages linked to Iran and Russia

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 21:43
Once again, Facebook is notifying the media that it has mass-removed accounts exhibiting "coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram." This time around, Mark Zuckerberg said the cull caught up 652 pages that it says were linked to a c...

Facebook deletes hundreds of accounts linked to influence campaigns from Russia, Iran - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 21:32
The company took down hundreds of fake accounts associated with two separate efforts.

Life Is Strange 2: Everything you need to know - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 20:52
We got a glimpse of the game at Gamescom 2018. Here's what you should know.

MIT finds a way for submarines to talk directly to airplanes

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 20:33
Submarines can't normally communicate directly with anything above the water due to the physical limits of their signal, but that might change in the near future. Researchers have developed a wireless system that can transmit data from an underwater...

Steam Gets Built-in Tools To Let You Run Windows Games on Linux -- Now Available in Beta

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-08-21 20:30
Steam Play -- Valve's name for its cross-platform initiative -- is getting a major update, adding built-in tools that would allow users to run Windows games on Linux. It's now available in beta. From a report: The new tools run on Proton, which is custom distribution of the widely-used Wine compatibility tool. In the most practical terms, this means you can now download and install Windows games directly from the Steam client without any further fuss. Valve is currently checking "the entire Steam catalog" and whitelisting games that run without issue, but you can turn off those guidelines and install whatever you want, too. Proton should provide enhanced performance over Wine in many cases, according to Valve. DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, and performance in multi-threaded games "has been greatly improved compared to vanilla Wine." You'll also see better fullscreen and controller support with Proton. It's also fully open source.

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Scientists have found a new way to stimulate lucid dreams - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 20:24
A drug used to treat Alzheimer's can also be used to help users gain control of their dreams. WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER.

Marshmallows toast the news that Veronica Mars may come to Hulu - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 20:01
The 2000s show starred Kristen Bell as a young private investigator, and hit the big screen in 2014.

Texas ISP Slams Music Industry For Trying To Turn It Into a 'Copyright Cop'

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-08-21 19:20
An ISP based in Texas has complained to a judge that the music industry is trying to turn internet providers into the "copyright police." From a report: "This case is an attempt by the US recording industry to make Internet service providers its de facto copyright enforcement agents," reads the latest filing in an ongoing court case involving ISP Grande Communications. It goes on: "Having given up on actually pursuing direct infringers due to bad publicity, and having decided not to target the software and websites that make online file-sharing possible, the recording industry has shifted its focus to fashioning new forms of copyright liability that would require ISPs to act as the copyright police." Grande Communications is a high-speed ISP that is the main provider for several university campuses in Texas. It was sued in April 2017 by 18 music companies including Universal, Capitol, Warner and Sony, who accuse it of allowing its users to "engage in more than one million infringements of copyrighted works over BitTorrent systems."

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UK police chief proposes £100 fine for speeding 1 mph over the limit - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 19:16
If this proposal for increased stringency in the enforcement of speed laws goes through, what effects will it have?

Verizon data throttling hampered response to Mendocino wildfire

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 19:13
Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden has filed an addendum (PDF) as part of a lawsuit headed by 22 state attorneys general that's seeking to reinstate net neutrality regulations repealed by the FCC in December. In the addendum, Ars Technica r...

Logitech says its $150 G Pro Wireless mouse can last an entire tournament - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 19:09
High-end wireless gaming mice haven't always had big enough batteries -- but this one is rated for 60 hours.

Senators Introduce Bill That Would Require State and Local Governments To Use Paper Ballots in an Effort To Secure Elections

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-08-21 18:40
From a report: On Tuesday, nine Senators introduced a bill that would require state and local governments to use paper ballots in an effort to secure elections from hackers. The bill would also require rigorous audits for all federal elections to ensure that results match the votes. "Leaving the fate of America's democracy up to hackable election machines is like leaving your front door open, unlocked and putting up a sign that says 'out of town,'" Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, said in a release. "Any failure to secure our elections amounts to disenfranchising American voters." The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 was drafted amid intense scrutiny of voting systems ahead of the mid-term elections in November. Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has elevated concern over the security of the country's voting systems. The senators said rigorous audits will ensure votes are legitimate. Currently, 22 states don't require post-election audits, according to the release.

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Hulu is close to making a new season of 'Veronica Mars'

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 18:27
Veronica Mars is the TV series you just can't ignore, it seems. Entertainment Weekly, Deadline, Variety and others have claimed that Hulu is "close to a deal" with Warner Bros. for a new season of Veronica Mars. Many of the details are up in the air,...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate extended hands-on: A beefier Nintendo brawler - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 18:17
The fighter gets to the punch faster then ever, sending you (or your opponents) flying.

Intel Details Cascade Lake, Hardware Mitigations for Meltdown, Spectre

SlashDot - Tue, 2018-08-21 18:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: Ever since Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed, Intel's various customers have been asking how long it would take for hardware fixes to these problems to ship. The fixes will deploy with Cascade Lake, Intel's next server platform due later this year, but the company is finally lifting the lid on some of those improvements and security enhancements at Hot Chips this week. One major concern? Putting back the performance that previous solutions have lost as a result of Meltdown and Spectre. It's hard to quantify exactly what this looks like, because the impact tends to be extremely workload-dependent. But Intel's guidance has been in the 5-10 percent range, depending on workload and platform, and with the understanding that older CPUs were sometimes hit harder than newer ones. Intel wasn't willing to speak to exactly what kind of uplift users should expect, but Lisa Spelman, VP of Intel's Data Center Group, told AnandTech that the new hardware solutions would have an "impact" on the performance hit from mitigation, and that overall performance would improve at the platform level regardless. Variant 1 will still require software-level protections, while Variant 2 (that's the "classic" Spectre attack) will require a mixture of hardware and software protection. Variant 3 (Meltdown) will be blocked in hardware, 3a (discovered by ARM) patched via firmware, with Variant 5 (Foreshadow) also patched in hardware.

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Three years in, Samsung Pay has a long way to go

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:51
Samsung Pay debuted roughly three years ago to much fanfare, but how's it been doing since? Pretty well -- relatively speaking. The Korean tech giant has announced that its tap-to-pay service has racked up 1.3 billion transactions worldwide and is...

Microsoft, where's my 2TB Xbox One X?

Engadget - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:30
Today at Gamescom Microsoft trotted out a bevy of new Xbox hardware/software bundles, as promised. There were eight (!) in total, with the One X getting the lion's share of them. Both the One S and One X bundles share a common theme: 1 terabyte of in...

Trump's CAFE rollback unpopular with consumers, survey says - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2018-08-21 17:19
Autolist's survey reveals that people want manufacturers to keep making fuel-efficient cars.