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High-end EVs are more likely to cause a crash, report says - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 19:02
French insurance firm Axa claims that electric SUVs and luxury cars cause 40% more crashes than internal combustion-powered ones.

'Uncharted' movie loses its director, again

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:56
Sony is still planning on bringing the popular Uncharted franchise to theaters, but it's going to have to find new director to make it happen. Dan Trachtenberg had signed on to direct the project but stepped down, according to Deadline. Sony hasn't p...

Apple Advises Owners of Its New Credit Card To Keep It Away From Leather, Denim

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:53
AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: Apple has advised owners of its new credit card to keep it away from leather and denim. Keeping the card in a leather wallet or in the pocket of a pair of jeans could cause "permanent discolouration." The Apple Card is a relatively plain matte white credit card made of titanium, which was designed to stand out against other credit cards. But people have poked fun at the company after reading that the card could be so easily damaged. Apple has published a guide advising customers how to "safely store and carry" their Apple Card. The guide warns that storing the card with other credit cards can scratch and damage it. Here's how Apple recommends you safely store and carry your titanium Apple Card: - Store your titanium Apple Card in a wallet, pocket, or bag made of soft materials. - Place your card in a slot in your wallet or billfold without touching another credit card. If two credit cards are placed in the same slot your card could become scratched. - Don't place or store your titanium Apple Card card near magnets. If your card is placed close to a magnetic latch on a purse or bag, the magnetic strip can become demagnetized. - Don't place your titanium Apple Card in a pocket or bag that contains loose change, keys, or other potentially abrasive objects.

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Stan Lee's daughter speaks out against Marvel/Disney in Spidey spat - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:50
"No one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives," says J.C. Lee.

Valve Says Turning Away Researcher Reporting Steam Vulnerability Was a Mistake

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:15
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In an attempt to quell a controversy that has raised the ire of white-hat hackers, the maker of the Steam online game platform said on Thursday it made a mistake when it turned away a researcher who recently reported two separate vulnerabilities. In its statement, Valve Corporation references HackerOne, the reporting service that helps thousands of companies receive and respond to vulnerabilities in their software or hardware. Valve's new HackerOne program rules specifically provide that "any case that allows malware or compromised software to perform a privilege escalation through Steam, without providing administrative credentials or confirming a UAC dialog, is in scope. Any unauthorized modification of the privileged Steam Client Service is also in scope." The statement and the policy change from Valve came two days after security researcher Vasily Kravets, an independent researcher from Moscow, received an email telling him that Valve's security team would no longer receive his vulnerability reports through the HackerOne bug-reporting service. Valve turned Kravets away after he reported a steam vulnerability that allowed hackers who already had a toe-hold on a vulnerable computer to burrow into privileged parts of an operating system. Valve initially told Kravets such vulnerabilities were out of scope and gave no indication that the one Vasily reported would be fixed. The company later publicly denied that the issue was a vulnerability by incorrectly claiming that the exploit required hackers to have physical access to a vulnerable computer. The company went so far as to dispute the vulnerability in the advisory issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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Google removes 200 YouTube channels over Hong Kong misinformation - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:14
YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook in removing accounts.

Porsche to stream its Formula E car's reveal live on Twitch - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:08
The brand's YouTube teaser doesn't give much away, but thankfully it'll only be a short wait before we see the real thing.

Here's your best look yet at the Porsche Taycan's interior - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:01
I hope you like screens, cause there are loads of 'em.

Porsche streamlines the Taycan EV’s infotainment system

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:01
The all-electric Porsche Taycan is the first in a line of electric vehicles from the performance brand. And while it's running on electrons instead of dead dinosaurs, the automaker is determined to make sure that the vehicle is still an experience th...

HP CEO Dion Weisler will step down in November

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:44
Following four years at the helm of HP, CEO Dion Weisler will step down in November. The Palo Alto-based PC maker today announced that its Australian chief executive will be leaving his role due to "family health" reasons. Enrique Lores, the current...

For Young Female Coders, Internship Interviews Can Be Toxic

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:35
An anonymous reader shares a report: Eyre (an anecdote in the story) is one of more than 1,000 young women college-aged or older, hailing from 300 schools around the country, who participated in a recent survey [PDF] about the challenges female engineers face while applying for technical internships. The study was conducted last fall by Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that educates and supports girls studying computer science, which has 30,000 college-aged alumnae and 17,000 alumnae potentially entering college this fall. The analysis was limited to young women in the Girls Who Code network who are studying or previously studied computer science and related fields. The results reveal that many young women, whom the tech industry is counting on to diversify its heavily male workforce, are put off by their first encounters with tech companies. More than half of the respondents said they either had a negative experience while applying for engineering internships or knew another woman who had a negative experience, such as being subjected to gender-biased interview questions and inappropriate remarks, or observing a noticeable lack of diversity when they interacted with company representatives during the interview process. Although the survey did not explicitly ask about sexual harassment and discrimination, respondents raised both issues in written responses at the end of the survey. They described instances where a male interviewer flirted with them during the interview, sent an unsolicited photo of himself, asked if they had a significant other, or made sexual remarks in their presence. The respondents also reported feeling dismissed or demeaned because of their gender. One respondent was asked why she would want to go into tech as a woman; in another instance, a male interviewer laughed when the candidate said she saw herself becoming a software engineer in five years.

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LG to unveil new K series phones with improved cameras, displays at IFA 2019 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:24
The phones also feature larger batteries and surround sound.

Instagram hoax resurfaces and tricks celebrities: What you need to know - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:17
Don’t believe everything you read online. (Do we really have to repeat this?)

2020 Chevy Bolt EV gets 259-mile electric range from the EPA - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:15
That's a 21-mile jump compared with the 2019 Bolt EV.

News Corp is apparently working on a news app called 'Knewz'

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:14
News Corp wants to give people an alternative to Google News and Apple News. The media company that owns Dow Jones Newswires and HarperCollins is working on its own news aggregation service, reported The Wall Street Journal. The service will be calle...

VMware Buys Carbon Black and Pivotal, Valued Together at $4.8 billion

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:54
Software company VMware on Thursday said it's acquiring Carbon Black at an enterprise value of $2.1 billion and Pivotal at an enterprise value of $2.7 billion. The deals are expected to close by the end of January 2020. From a report: These are VMware's largest acquisitions yet. The deals build on VMware's strength helping companies run their software in their own data centers. They could help VMware compete better in the security market and hybrid-cloud infrastructure operations. VMware isn't talking about cost synergies that could come out of buying two other enterprise-focused companies. However, CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC the companies will be operating profitably under VMware next year. Gelsinger said that by year two, Carbon Black and Pivotal will have contributed more than $1 billion in revenue incrementally, which will mean VMware will have more than $3 billion in hybrid cloud and software-as-a-service revenue. Carbon Black was founded in 2002 and debuted on the Nasdaq under the symbol "CBLK" in May 2018. The company provides anti-malware and endpoint protection products that can see into many of a company's devices and tell if they have been hacked. [...] Pivotal and VMware go way back: The company was created from assets spun out of VMware and Dell (VMware's controlling owner) in 2013. Its products help companies build and deploy their software across different server infrastructure, including public clouds. Competitors include IBM, Oracle and SAP, among others, as well as cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft. Pivotal's customers include Boeing, Citi, Ford and Home Depot, according to its website.

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5G global revenues to double by 2020, report says - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:52
But researchers caution against abandoning 4G networks.

Lenovo’s Smart Clock becomes a more capable home hub

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:41
The Lenovo Smart Clock already won Best of CES 2019 and earned our approval, but it's not done adding features. Today, Google announced a few welcomed updates that bring the device more in line with the Google Home Hub.