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Vizio Unveils Budget D-Series 4K Lineup

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:27
The new offerings include a 65-inch 4K TV for $899. All models come equipped with Vizio's smart TV platform.

Facebook Copied Snapchat a Fourth Time, and Now All Its Apps Look the Same

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:20
Facebook is copying Snapchat again. From a report on Recode: Today it launched Stories, the 24-hour photo and video montages that ultimately disappear, inside of its core Facebook app. This is the fourth time Facebook has cloned the key Snapchat feature in the past nine months; the social giant has already copied it into Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. On the surface, Facebook's move simply looks like an unabashed defense strategy against Snapchat, the company's most obvious threat since 2011, when Google tried to dive into social with a service that turned out to be much more like a bellyflop. This is getting serious. What many people don't realize is that even if Facebook manages to get half a percent of its users to use its copycat tools, Snapchat will lose a substantial number of potential customers that could have joined its service. With Facebook, which has over 1.8 billion users (+ the possibly tens of millions of people that use WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger app and don't have a Facebook account), increasingly offering all of Snapchat's features on its apps, the future of Evan Spiegel's company doesn't look all that good.

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Uber releases diversity report, no surprises here - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:14
The ride-hailing company reveals its diversity stats for the first time, and guess what? It's mostly white males.

Playing 'Splatoon 2' over LTE won't kill your data plan

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:10
When Nintendo first revealed its new game console back in October, it chose to end the device's teaser trailer with a shot of a packed arena cheering an esports team. Its game of choice was Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch. The scene represented two th...

Motorola Moto X leaked photos show dual cameras - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 15:00
Photos of an alleged Moto X reveal dual cameras, internal specs and some cool design cues.

Trump rolls back Obama-era climate change policies

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:42
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that rolls back policies designed to combat climate change implemented by former President Barack Obama. The order is a broad stroke, touching everything from federal policy-making to Energy Star r...

Tesla Deal Boosts Chinese Presence in US Auto Tech

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:40
From a Reuters report:China's Tencent has bought a 5 percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla for $1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services. Tencent's investment, revealed in a U.S. regulatory filing, provides Tesla with an additional cash cushion as it prepares to launch its mass-market Model 3. Tesla's shares were up 2.9 percent at $277.03 in midday trading on Tuesday, enabling it to rival Ford as the second-most-valuable U.S. auto company behind General Motors. The deal expands Tencent's presence in an emerging investment sector that includes self-driving electric cars, which could enable such new modes of transportation as automated ride-sharing and delivery services, as well as ancillary services ranging from infotainment to e-commerce.

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Uber is just as white and male as every other tech company

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:33
Uber is aware that its culture needs to change, and that means understanding what its culture is. To that end, the ridesharing giant has posted its first-ever diversity report... and it's clear that the company suffers from the same homogeneity prob...

Apple iOS 10.3 Makes Siri Smarter, Pimps Your Ride

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:27
Apple's iOS 10.3, which is now available for download, also includes a new file system that could free up storage space and boost your iPhone's performance.

T-Mobile's Latest Freebie Is 1 Year of MLB.TV Premium

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:27
A one-year subscription to MLB.TV Premium and At Bat Premium will be available on April 4 via the carrier's T-Mobile Tuesdays app.

Police break up a plot to steal Enzo Ferrari's body - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:08
This is the Ferrari movie Hollywood needs to make.

Waze's 'Order Ahead' is a quicker way to grab food on the go

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:04
Waze is a valuable travel buddy because of the many ways it can assist you on the road. The navigation app helps drivers avoid traffic, it integrates with Spotify, and it has a growing ride-sharing platform. In an effort to aid users in all commute-r...

The Best and Worst Cities To Live in For Tech Workers, Based on Rent and Commute

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 14:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: Most cities with a cluster of tech companies can offer those workers either a short commute or low rents -- but not both, according to a study by property consultancy Savills. Berlin is the exception to that rule. Savills found that the German capital offers tech workers some of the lowest rents and among the shortest commutes of 22 cities it surveyed. Commuting is a hugely important factor for worker satisfaction. One study, by the UK's Office of National Statistics, found that each additional minute of commuting increased workers' anxiety and reduced their satisfaction with life. Based on how long it takes to get to work. The five best cities are: Austin (16 mins), Melbourne, Stockholm, Berlin, and Tokyo (24 mins).Five worst cities: Bengaluru (47 mins), Hong Kong, Seattle, Seoul, and Toronto (40 mins). Based on how much tech workers pay in rent. (per week) Best cities: Seoul ($153), Santiago, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town ($192).Five worst cities: San Francisco (with $775.45), New York, Boston, London, and Singapore ($488.16).

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See the horror of Stretch Armstrong in a hydraulic press - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 13:59
Witness the stomach-turning destruction of iconic toy Stretch Armstrong beneath the unrelenting weight of a hydraulic press.

Facebook fury follows video of son's 'horrifying' TSA patdown - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 13:37
Commentary: More than 5.6 million people have already watched a video of a TSA agent performing what appears to be a quite extensive patdown on a boy.

'Rain World' is a strange, ever-evolving take on survival games

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 13:28
In many survival-themed games, the ecosystem doesn't change much. Predators are always out to kill you, while prey just wants to mind its own business. However, you'll have to be much more thoughtful with the just-released Rain World. Videocult's...

10 Million Insiders Test And Use Windows 10 Every Day, Says Microsoft

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 13:20
When Microsoft made Windows 10 publicly available to all users in 2015, it said about five million people had signed up for Windows Insider program, and were using the OS every day. That number has grown to hit 10 million now, it said this week. From a report: Microsoft launched Windows Insider in October 2014 with its first public Windows 10 Technical Preview, and by that December the program counted 1.5 million members. It was a solid start, but the company now says that in just over two years numbers have grown 566 percent to 10 million fans. "We count over 10 million Windows Insiders today, many of them fans, who test and use the latest build of Windows 10 on a daily basis," wrote Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. "Their feedback comes fast and furious, they have a relentless bar of what they expect, but it so inspires our team and drives our very focus on a daily basis."

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V-Moda's Crossfade 2 wireless headphones sound better, last longer

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 13:00
Nearly two years after V-Moda introduced a wireless version of its popular Crossfade headphones, the company's back with a set that promises to be much better all around. Looks-wise, the new Crossfade 2 Wireless model is almost identical to its prede...

Ford ploughs $1.2B into three US plants ahead of Ranger, Bronco production - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:49
The investments confer other benefits, too, but who isn't excited for the new Ranger and Bronco?

All the Galaxy S8 questions we want answered (The 3:59, Ep. 201) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 12:49
Will the Galaxy S8 blow us away? We do one final preview show before the big day. Also, we geek out over the new "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer!