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Which HDMI cable should I buy? - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:25
Don’t get mired in cable nonsense and technical terms. Here’s what HDMI cables to buy for HDR, HDMI 2.0 and 4K.

Uber refines its rating system to appease both drivers and riders

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:22
In its quest to build back goodwill, Uber has been trying to curry favor with both riders and drivers. Today, the ride sharing company is trying to appeal to both by changing its rating system to be more transparent and fair. In-app descriptions will...

Microsoft Offering Free Windows 10 Development Environment VM for a Limited Time

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:10
An anonymous reader shares a report: Microsoft is providing a free virtual machine that comes preloaded with Windows 10 Enterprise, Visual Studio 2017, and various utilities in order to promote the development of Universal Windows Platform apps. Before you get too excited about a free version of Windows 10 Enterprise, this Virtual Machine will expire on January 15th 2018. When downloading the development environment, you can choose either a VMware, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, or Parallels virtual machine depending on what virtual machine software you use. Each of these images are about 17-20GB when extracted from the downloaded archive and include almost everything you need to develop Universal Windows Platform apps.

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Traveling for the holidays? Here's the smart home list to check twice - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:06
Leaving your home behind for a long vacation can be stressful, even with a smart home. Here are some tips and tricks so you can feel good about hitting the road this holiday season.

Mercedes-Benz will electrify its van lineup in the near future - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:05
The effort begins with the eVito, an electric midsize cargo van.

Ford’s latest police hybrid is built for efficiency, not speed

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 15:03
Ford has already got the "speed" part down for hybrid police cars with its Police Responder Hybrid pursuit car, but now it's focusing on the economy side. It just launched its first-ever plug-in hybrid aimed at police and government officials for "no...

Infiniti maybe, probably teases new QX50 for LA Auto Show - Roadshow

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:58
It'll be unveiled the evening before the press days kick off.

This DIY project lets you catch a falling muon

TechCrunch - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:46
 Physicists at MIT have developed and released a $100 muon detector that you can build at home, allowing you to sense deep space bombardment on something that looks like a TV remote. The CosmicWatch is basically a little box that can detect high-energy cosmic rays as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere and decay into muons. Muons hit the Earth in a “light drizzle” say the… Read More

Surface Book 2 can’t stay charged during gaming sessions

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:36
The Surface Book 2 is aimed at graphic pros, but with a stout NVIDIA 1060 GPU, it's a tempting gaming machine, too. As we observed during our review, gaming drains the battery pretty fast, though. Worse, The Verge noticed that the power supply can't...

Now you can ask to join a friend's Instagram live video

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:13
Just a couple of weeks ago, Instagram made it easy to invite a friend to view your live broadcasts on the photo sharing network. Unfortunately, the invitation was only one way. Instagram has fixed that, however, with a new option: you can now request...

FCC Announces Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:11
FCC on Tuesday said it plans to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites. From a report on the New York Times: The proposal, put forward by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration that prohibited high-speed internet service providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of websites, or charging extra fees for the best quality of streaming and other internet services for their subscribers. The clear winners from the move would be telecom giants like AT&T and Comcast that have lobbied for years against regulations of broadband and will now have more control over the online experiences of American consumers. The losers could be internet sites that will have to answer to telecom firms to get their content in front of consumers. And consumers may see their bills increase for the best quality of internet service. Note from the editor: the aforementioned link could be paywalled; consider the alternative sources: NPR, ArsTechnica, Associated Press, BBC, Axios, Reuters, TechCrunch, and Slate. FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny criticized the move. She said, "So many things wrong here, like even if FCC does this FTC still won't have jurisdiction. But even if we did, most discriminatory conduct by ISPs will be perfectly legal. This won't hurt tech titans with deep pockets. They can afford to pay all the trolls under the bridge. But the entrepreneurs and innovators who truly make the Internet great won't be so lucky. It will be harder for them to compete. The FCC is upending the Internet as we know it, not saving it." This is what the internet looks like when there is no net neutrality. Earlier today, news outlet Motherboard suggested we should build our own internet if we want to safeguard the essence of open internet.

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Here's What the Big 4 Carriers Are Offering for Black Friday

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:03
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have Black Friday offers lined up.

The Best Black Friday Gaming Deals

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:03
We've scoured all the ads and rounded up the best Black Friday gaming deals.

'Minecraft' now livestreams building sessions directly to Mixer

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:55
A large part of Minecraft's allure is showing off your work. And now, it should be relatively easy to do that in real time. Mojang has released an update that lets you livestream directly to Microsoft Mixer (its parent company's service, naturally) f...

Iranian 'Game of Thrones' Hacker Demanded $6 Million Bitcoin Ransom From HBO, Feds Say

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:40
Anonymous readers share a report: The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with allegedly hacking into HBO, dumping a selection stolen files, and attempting to extort the company by ransoming a treasure trove of the company's content. This summer, hackers released a bevy of internal HBO files, included scripts for Game of Thrones and full, unaired episodes of other shows. Behzad Mesri, aka "Skote Vahshat," at one point worked for the Iranian military to break into military and nuclear systems, as well as Israeli infrastructure, according to the newly released complaint. Under his Vahshat pseudonym, Mesri also defaced hundreds of websites in the U.S. and around the world, the complaint adds. Mesri started his hacking campaign in around May 2017, according to the complaint, probing HBO's systems and employees for weaknesses. Mesri managed to compromise multiple HBO employee accounts as well as other authorized users; from here, he allegedly stole confidential and proprietary information. These included unaired episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Deuce, as well as scripts for Game of Thrones. Indeed, the hacker behind the HBO breach publicly dumped much of this material online this summer.

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Skype disappears from China's app stores

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:36
If you hope to download Skype to keep in touch while you're in China, you may be in for a rude surprise. Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and other companies have been removing Microsoft's internet calling software from their app stores in recent weeks in resp...

Target is once again offering 15 percent off on Cyber Monday - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:20
The 15 percent off sitewide sale on will go live early Monday morning, Nov. 27.

Uber is working on tools to fight motion sickness in self-driving cars

Engadget - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:17
Motion sickness is a real problem in self-driving cars. As you're not in control of where the car is going, you might feel queasy when the vehicle moves in ways you weren't anticipating. Uber clearly needs to minimize that urge to hurl if it's goin...