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Car Makers Used Software To Raise Spare Parts Prices

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-06-04 11:10
An anonymous reader writes: Ever had the nagging suspicion that your car's manufacturer was charging outrageous prices for parts simply because it could? Software might be to blame. Reuters has obtained documents from a lawsuit indicating that Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Renault and other automakers have been using Accenture software (Partneo) that recommended price increases for spare parts based on "perceived value." If a brand badge or other component looked expensive, Partneo would suggest raising the price up to a level that drivers would still be willing to pay. It would even distinguish parts based on whether or not there was "pricing supervision" over certain parts (say, from insurance companies or focused publications) to avoid sparking an outcry.

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Marc Jacobs is (un)fashionably late with its first touchscreen watch

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 11:00
At this point in the smartwatch game, it's hard to get excited about yet another Android Wear, sorry, Wear OS, device. But that's not stopping Marc Jacobs from showing up fashionably late to the party. The designer's new Riley smartwatch ($295) is it...

Test your vision at home with the EyeQue for $23.99 shipped - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:57
Cheapskate exclusive! Save 20 percent and bag free shipping on this unique home eye exam gadget. Plus: That's no moon, it's a... oh, wait, it is a moon.

How to watch Apple's WWDC keynote

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:49
It's already that time of year again: WWDC, Apple's annual developer conference. You can peep it live, as it happens, right here from wherever you are at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific. New this year? You'll be able to watch the keynote in Chrome and Firef...

VW I.D. R electric racecar finishes first Pikes Peak tests - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:47
At least it doesn't have to worry about air pressure at that elevation.

How to watch the live stream for today’s Apple WWDC keynote

TechCrunch - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:47

Apple is holding a keynote today at the San Jose Convention Center, and the company is expected to unveil new updates for iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and maybe also some new hardware. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live.

Apple is likely to talk about some new features for all its software platforms — WWDC is a developer conference after all. Rumor has it that Apple could also unveil some MacBook Pro update with new Intel processors.

If you have the most recent Apple TV, you can download the Apple Events app in the App Store. It lets you stream today’s event and rewatch old events. Users with old Apple TVs can simply turn on their devices. Apple is pushing out the “Apple Events” channel so that you can watch the event.

And if you don’t have an Apple TV, the company also lets you live-stream the event from the Apple Events section on its website. This video feed works in Safari and Microsoft Edge. And for the first time, Apple says that the video should also work in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

So to recap, here’s how you can watch today’s Apple event:

  • Safari on the Mac or iOS.
  • Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
  • Maybe Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • An Apple TV gen 4 with the Apple Events app in the App Store.
  • An Apple TV gen 2 or 3, with the Apple Events channel that arrives automatically right before the event.

Of course, you also can read TechCrunch’s live blog if you’re stuck at work and really need our entertaining commentary track to help you get through your day. We have a big team in the room this year.

Next-gen BMW Z4 shown in prototype form during testing stage - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:33
Engineers are putting the roadster's M40i model through its paces on BMW's Miramas test track.

Linux 4.17 Released

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:30
Mark Wycislik-Wilson, writing for BetaNews: In his weekly message to the Linux community on Sunday, Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.17. The release comes a couple of months after the first release candidate, and in his message Torvalds also talks about version 5.0 of the Linux kernel. Having previously said that Linux kernel v5.0 "should be meaningless," he said that this next major numerical milestone will come around "in the not too distance future." For now, though, it's version 4.17 -- or Merciless Moray, if you prefer -- that's of interest. Linux kernel 4.17 is not a major release, and Torvalds announced it without much fanfare. "So this last week was pretty calm, even if the pattern of most of the stuff coming in on a Friday made it feel less so as the weekend approached. And while I would have liked even less changes, I really didn't get the feeling that another week would help the release in any way, so here we are, with 4.17 released."

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Microsoft discounts the Xbox One X for its E3 week sale

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:28
Microsoft is cutting the price of the 4K-friendly Xbox One X for the first time in what the company is calling its biggest Xbox sale of the year. All Xbox One models are dropping by $50, so the Xbox One X will set you back $449, while the Xbox One S...

Get a Philips Hue Bloom dimmable LED smart-lamp for $39.99 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:24
Cue sexytime music! The Bloom can add 16 million colors' worth of ambiance -- including red -- to any room.

Report: Xbox One to Support Alexa, Google Assistant

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:15
Details leak of Microsoft's intention to support digital assistants other than Cortana on its consoles.

2019 Jeep Renegade makeover set for June 6 debut in Italy - Roadshow

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:13
The teaser offers a look at the taillight and not much else.

15 games we can't wait to see at E3 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:00
E3 2018 has the potential to be a good one. Here's what we're most looking forward to.

‘FIFA 18’ let me live out my World Cup fantasies

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 10:00
It took a few tries, but I was finally able to lift the World Cup trophy with my beloved Mexico in FIFA 18. It wasn't an easy feat, either; I had to get past football superpower Germany in the final. But it happened, a 3-2 win! And that's probably th...

It's the beginning of the end for 'Evolve'

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:43
When Turtle Rock Studios made asymmetrical shooter Evolve free-to-play, it looked like the game had found its second wind. Player numbers grew dramatically, extra maps and overhauled skill sets were introduced to keep things fresh, and the player-bas...

ROG Delta headphones literally light up your face - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:32
The USB-C gaming headphones have programmable RGB lights.

Do We Really Need $700 Electronic License Plates?

PCMag News - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:15
I'm not keen on dropping $700 on e-plates, but they could have their benefits.

Microsoft Acquires GitHub For $7.5B

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:15
As rumored, Microsoft said Monday that it has acquired code repository website GitHub for a whopping sum of $7.5B in Microsoft stock. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin and an open source veteran, will assume the role of GitHub CEO. GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives. From the blog post: "Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world's most pressing challenges." Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the calendar year. GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects -- and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device. The two companies, together, will "empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft's developer tools and services to new audiences," Microsoft said in a blog post. A portion of the developer community has opposed the move, with some already leaving the platform for alternative service.

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Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access To Data On Users and Friends

SlashDot - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:13
According to a report from The New York Times, Facebook formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung, and dozens of other device makers, allowing them to access vast amounts of its users' personal information (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source). From the report: Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers -- including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung -- over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, "like" buttons and address books. But the partnerships, whose scope has not previously been reported, raise concerns about the company's privacy protections and compliance with a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users' friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders. Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users' friends who believed they had barred any sharing, The New York Times found. Most of the partnerships remain in effect, though Facebook began winding them down in April.

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Microsoft confirms it's buying GitHub for $7.5 billion

Engadget - Mon, 2018-06-04 09:12
The rumors are true: Microsoft is buying GitHub, the online, open-source repository for code, for $7.5 billion. "Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to develper freedom, openness and...