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WhatsApp Now Gives You More Than an Hour to Recall a Message

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:10
You now have 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 16 seconds to delete specific WhatsApp messages.

Toshiba Brings Windows 10 to Smart Glasses

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:10
Toshiba's dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses are designed for business customers and run Windows 10 over a mobile PC that connects via a USB cable.

Researchers turned wood into a better insulator than Styrofoam

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:59
The research lab behind the creation of see-through wood has developed a new type of material that could be used as a cheaper, stronger and more environmentally friendly insulator. They're calling it nanowood and it insulates better than Styrofoam an...

Apple grabs 'Bob's Burgers' creator new animated musical series - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:55
Loren Bouchard's new show is already greenlit for two seasons.

University of Arizona Tracks Student ID Card Swipes To Detect Who Might Drop Out

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:50
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The University of Arizona is tracking freshman students' ID card swipes to anticipate which students are more likely to drop out. University researchers hope to use the data to lower dropout rates. (Dropping out refers to those who have left higher-education entirely and those who transfer to other colleges.) The card data tells researchers how frequently a student has entered a residence hall, library, and the student recreation center, which includes a salon, convenience store, mail room, and movie theater. The cards are also used for buying vending machine snacks and more, putting the total number of locations near 700. There's a sensor embedded in the CatCard student IDs, which are given to every student attending the university. Researchers have gathered freshman data over a three-year time frame so far, and they found that their predictions for who is more likely to drop out are 73 percent accurate. They also have plans to give academic advisers an online dashboard to look at student data in real time. "By getting their digital traces, you can explore their patterns of movement, behavior and interactions, and that tells you a great deal about them," Sudha Ram, a professor of management information systems who directs the initiative, said in a press release.

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Fortnite iOS signups begin today - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:37
Epic Games is letting people enter to potentially get an invite to play Fortnite on iOS devices.

Huawei’s budget-friendly Honor View 10 ships March 23rd

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:36
Huawei's Honor View 10 is positioned as a budget-friendly alternative to high-priced mobile phones. Our hands-on described it as a "OnePlus-style flagship that won't break the bank," while also calling it a "serious contender." Now you can pre-order...

Google's March Madness AI contest offers $100,000 in prizes - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:18
Forget office betting pools. The big bucks come if you can train a computer brain to predict the annual college tournament's winners and losers.

Yahoo loses its bid to reject data breach lawsuit

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:15
Yahoo (and by extension, its parent/Engadget owner Verizon) now has no choice but to face the majority of claims in a US lawsuit over the internet giant's multiple data breaches. California Judge Lucy Koh (of Apple-versus-Samsung fame) has denied Ve...

Apple Must Explain Why It Doesn't Want You To Fix Your Own iPhone, California Lawmaker Says

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:10
A California state lawmaker says she hopes to make Apple explain specifically why it has opposed and lobbied against legislation that would make it easier for you to repair your iPhone and other electronics. Motherboard reports: Last week, California assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman announced that she plans to introduce right to repair legislation in the state, which would require companies like Apple, Microsoft, John Deere, and Samsung to sell replacement parts and repair tools, make repair guides available to the public, and would require companies to make diagnostic software available to independent shops. Public records show that Apple has lobbied against right to repair legislation in New York, and my previous reporting has shown that Apple has privately asked lawmakers to kill legislation in places like Nebraska. To this point, the company has largely used its membership in trade organizations such as CompTIA and the Consumer Technology Association to publicly oppose the bill. But with the right to repair debate coming to Apple's home state, Talamantes-Eggman says she expects the company to show up to hearings about the bill. "Apple is a very important company in the state of California, and one I have a huge amount of respect for. But the onus is on them to explain why we can't repair our own things and what damage or danger it causes them," Talamantes-Eggman told me in a phone interview. Talamantes-Eggman told me that the bill she plans to introduce will apply to both consumer electronics as well as agricultural equipment such as tractors. Broadly speaking, the electronics industry has decided to go with an "authorized repair" model in which companies pay the original device manufacturer to become authorized to fix devices.

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Apple Music hits 38M subscribers, up 2M in a month - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:04
At SXSW, Apple exec Eddy Cue says the world has 2 billion music subscribers up for grabs -- and Apple Music and Spotify account for only 100 million.

Lyft's revenue growth is nearly triple Uber's - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:00
The two ride-hailing companies are in deep competition -- with Lyft's revenue growth amplifying faster, but Uber still making more money.

Evernote will use AI to automate your workflow

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 16:00
As the official note-taker of SXSW 2018, Evernote has a massive job. It has to record and produce recaps of more than 50 sessions across four different convention verticals, while at the same time delivering its own news amid meetings with partners a...

Dodge debuts insane colors, striped-up Shakedown package - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:45
Want your Challenger in "Garbage Can" or "Mustard Stain" colors? You totally can.

Eddy Cue said everything you'd expect about Apple's video strategy

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:45
For a session about "Curation in Media," there wasn't a whole lot of talk about Apple News at Eddy Cue's SXSW panel today. Instead, moderator and CNN senior reporter Dylan Byers steered Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services...

Jeff Bezos hopes to make space travel cheaper - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:36
The Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder spoke Saturday at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner, where he discussed space and tasted a roasted iguana, according to Bloomberg.

Noise-canceling AirPods may be in the works, say analysts - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:36
In addition to noise cancellation, Apple may include water resistance to its upcoming AirPods 2 earbuds.

Texas city drops its bus service in favor of ridesharing vans

Engadget - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:32
Ridesharing companies often dream of changing the face of public transportation, but one of them is going a step further -- it's becoming the only option for public transportation in one community. Arlington, Texas is replacing its bus service with V...

JavaScript Rules But Microsoft Programming Languages Are On the Rise

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:30
Microsoft languages seem to be hitting the right note with coders across ops, data science, and app development. From a report: JavaScript remains the most popular programming language, but two offerings from Microsoft are steadily gaining, according to developer-focused analyst firm RedMonk's first quarter 2018 ranking. RedMonk's rankings are based on pull requests in GitHub, as well as an approximate count of how many times a language is tagged on developer knowledge-sharing site Stack Overflow. Based on these figures, RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady reckons JavaScript is the most popular language today as it was last year. In fact, nothing has changed in RedMonk's top 10 list with the exception of Apple's Swift rising to join its predecessor, Objective C, in 10th place. The top 10 programming languages in descending order are JavaScript, Java, Python, C#, C++, CSS, Ruby, and C, with Swift and Objective-C in tenth. TIOBE's top programming language index for March consists of many of the same top 10 languages though in a different order, with Java in top spot, followed by C, C++, Python, C#, Visual Basic .NET, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, and SQL. These and other popularity rankings are meant to help developers see which skills they should be developing. Outside the RedMonk top 10, O'Grady highlights a few notable changes, including an apparent flattening-out in the rapid ascent of Google's back-end system language, Go.

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Spotify taps users to add music metadata with new feature - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-03-12 15:25
Spotify's Line-In feature lets all users suggest edits and additions to music metadata.