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How to clean earbuds and headphones

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 12:00
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Peugeot E-Legend Concept is the best kind of throwback - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:57
It's electric, it's autonomous, and it's about as easy on the eyes as possible.

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar is one step closer to production - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:45
If you really want a 1.6-liter V6 in your life, this is the only way to get it, unless you buy an actual Formula 1 car.

Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar now testing on public roads - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:44
Its engineers are making sure the car's F1-derived tech is ready for "mass" production.

Old Milk perfume smells like eau de rotten dairy - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:43
Swedish grocery chain Coop wants to gross people out to help reduce food waste.

3D gun publisher Cody Wilson was arrested in Taiwan

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:40
Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, a company currently involved in a legal battle over whether it can legally sell plans for 3D-printed guns, has been arrested in Taiwan, BuzzFeed News reports. Wilson was charged with sexual assault earlier t...

'It Just Seems That Nobody is Interested in Building Quality, Fast, Efficient, Lasting, Foundational Stuff Anymore'

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:20
Nikita Prokopov, a software programmer and author of Fira Code, a popular programming font, AnyBar, a universal status indicator, and some open-source Clojure libraries, writes: Remember times when an OS, apps and all your data fit on a floppy? Your desktop todo app is probably written in Electron and thus has userland driver for Xbox 360 controller in it, can render 3d graphics and play audio and take photos with your web camera. A simple text chat is notorious for its load speed and memory consumption. Yes, you really have to count Slack in as a resource-heavy application. I mean, chatroom and barebones text editor, those are supposed to be two of the less demanding apps in the whole world. Welcome to 2018. At least it works, you might say. Well, bigger doesn't imply better. Bigger means someone has lost control. Bigger means we don't know what's going on. Bigger means complexity tax, performance tax, reliability tax. This is not the norm and should not become the norm. Overweight apps should mean a red flag. They should mean run away scared. 16Gb Android phone was perfectly fine 3 years ago. Today with Android 8.1 it's barely usable because each app has become at least twice as big for no apparent reason. There are no additional functions. They are not faster or more optimized. They don't look different. They just...grow? iPhone 4s was released with iOS 5, but can barely run iOS 9. And it's not because iOS 9 is that much superior -- it's basically the same. But their new hardware is faster, so they made software slower. Don't worry -- you got exciting new capabilities like...running the same apps with the same speed! I dunno. [...] Nobody understands anything at this point. Neither they want to. We just throw barely baked shit out there, hope for the best and call it "startup wisdom." Web pages ask you to refresh if anything goes wrong. Who has time to figure out what happened? Any web app produces a constant stream of "random" JS errors in the wild, even on compatible browsers. [...] It just seems that nobody is interested in building quality, fast, efficient, lasting, foundational stuff anymore. Even when efficient solutions have been known for ages, we still struggle with the same problems: package management, build systems, compilers, language design, IDEs. Build systems are inherently unreliable and periodically require full clean, even though all info for invalidation is there. Nothing stops us from making build process reliable, predictable and 100% reproducible. Just nobody thinks its important. NPM has stayed in "sometimes works" state for years.

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Facebook will no longer offer political candidates in-person support

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:17
Facebook has apparently decided keep its distance from political candidates' campaigns going forward. According to Bloomberg and Reuters, the social network will no longer dispatch employees to serve as on-site support for nominees like it did for Pr...

Peugeot E-Legend Concept proves what's old is new again - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:01
It's electric and autonomous, but it also sports one gnarly vintage look.

Arianna Huffington says tech can do better, from Uber to Elon Musk - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:00
The entrepreneur and Uber board member offers solutions for the mistakes of the 1990s dot-com boom that haunt us today.

How to buy a turntable

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:00
So you want to start collecting vinyl. Great! Record sales have been steadily climbing, and in March, physical music outsold downloads for the first time in six years. You might've even started buying vinyl already to get in on the action. But given...

Apple's New Strategy: Sell Pricier iPhones First

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:40
The staggered release gives the company a month to sell higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. WSJ: This year, according to people familiar with Apple's production plans, the company prioritized production of its two pricier OLED models, the iPhone XS and XS Max, whose prices start at about $1,000. Both will hit stores Friday, followed five weeks later by the least expensive new model, the XR, which has an LCD screen and a starting price of $749. The staggered release gives Apple a month to sell the higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. It also simplifies logistics and retail demands and could strengthen Apple's ability to forecast sales and production of all three models through the Christmas holidays, analysts and supply chain experts said. "It's sort of a Dutch auction," said Josh Lowitz, co-founder of research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, referring to the practice of starting with a high asking price, then lowering it until a buyer accepts. "The people who are most committed will pay to get early access. Then you get to the people who are making a choice and may settle for the $750 phone. This could become the new normal."

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iPhone XS teardown shows few changes aside from the battery

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:34
You know it was only a matter of time before the people over at iFixit tore apart Apple's latest and greatest smartphones. For the first time, they took their screwdrivers and tools to two phones at once: the iPhone XS and the XS Max.

Amazon's new Echo Show: Buy 2, save $100 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:27
There's already a deal to be had on Amazon's updated flagship Alexa device. Plus: Get the new Echo Auto for half price? Maybe?

Sokpop is selling indie games like a magazine subscription

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:15
There are many ways to buy a video game. You can snag a physical copy, peruse a digital store like Steam, or subscribe to massive Netflix-style services such as PlayStation Now and Xbox Games Pass. There's no shortage of options, but that hasn't stop...

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Predicts the Internet Will Split in Two By 2028 -- and One Part Will Be Led By China

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-09-21 10:00
Speaking at a private event in San Francisco this week, Eric Schmidt said he believes within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China. At the event, economist Tyler Cowen asked, "What are the chances that the internet fragments over the years?" To which former Google CEO said: I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America. If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal. Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number. If you think of China as like 'Oh yeah, they're good with the Internet,' you're missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you're going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There's a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc. Look at the way BRI works -- their Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 60-ish countries -- it's perfectly possible those countries will begin to take on the infrastructure that China has with some loss of freedom.

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White House sanctions quicker response to foreign cyber attacks

Engadget - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:47
This week, the White House approved a new policy that allows the military to undertake actions that fall below the "use of force" threshold. This frees up military organizations to engage in more day-to-day "cyber operations" against foreign countrie...

iPhone XS, XS Max show off 'battery origami' in iFixit teardown - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:39
It also revealed some likely repair challenges for Apple's new iPhone models.

Algorithms for Quantum Computers

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-09-21 09:30
Developers are perfecting programs meant to run on quantum computers

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