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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.

Minecraft Earth beta opens to Android - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:20
The AR mobile game has extended its beta from iOS to Android.

Amazon Rainforest is Burning at an Unprecedented Rate

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:14
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his government lacks the resources to fight the record number of fires in the Amazon. And he again suggested that non-governmental organizations had started fires in the rainforest, but admitted he had no evidence for this claim. From a report: He added that his government was investigating the fires. Earlier, Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was heckled at a meeting on climate change. Conservationists have blamed Brazil's government for the Amazon's plight. They say Mr Bolsonaro has encouraged the clearing of land by loggers and farmers, thereby speeding up the deforestation of the rainforest. Satellite data published by the National Institute for Space research (Inpe) shows an increase of 85% this year in fires across Brazil, most of them in the Amazon region. The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. Answering questions from reporters on Thursday, Mr Bolsonaro said the government couldn't simply get the ministry of the interior to send 40 men to fight a fire. "Forty men to fight a fire? There aren't the resources. This chaos has arrived," he said.

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Phone companies and state attorneys general join forces to fight robocalls

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:12
US consumers receive as many as 350,000 unwanted calls every three minutes, according to the FCC. Despite multiple efforts to end the onslaught, an estimated 4.7 billion robocalls hit American phones in July alone. Now, attorneys general from all 50...

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The FCC Has No Idea How Many People Don't Have Broadband Access

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:36
A new broadband mapping system is starting to show just how inaccurate the Federal Communications Commission's connectivity data is. From a report: In Missouri and Virginia, up to 38 percent of rural homes and businesses that the FCC counts as having broadband access actually do not, the new research found. That's more than 445,000 unconnected homes and businesses that the FCC would call "served" with its current system. Given that the new research covered just two states with a combined population of 14.6 million (or 4.5% of the 327.2 million people nationwide), it's likely that millions of homes nationwide have been wrongly counted as served by broadband. A full accounting of how the current data exaggerates access could further undercut FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's claims that repealing net neutrality rules and other consumer protection measures have dramatically expanded broadband access. His claims were already unconvincing for other reasons. The new research was conducted by CostQuest Associates, a consulting firm working for USTelecom, an industry lobby group that represents AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier, and other fiber and DSL broadband providers. USTelecom submitted a summary of the findings to the FCC on Tuesday. The two-state pilot was intended to determine the feasibility of creating a more accurate broadband map for the whole US.

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States strike deal with phone companies to combat illegal robocalls - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:32
Attorneys general from across the country have agreed with 12 phone companies to a set of principles to help prevent illegal robocalls and to find those perpetrating them.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Weird, but in a good way

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:30
I have to suspect that, back in 2011 when the original Galaxy Note was released, not even Samsung knew it would become as popular as it did. By the standards of the time, the Note and its 5.3-inch screen were massive, and styluses were considered...

NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:24
"This may be the most exciting thing I've ever done," says Downey. But you have to wait until tonight to find out.

Opel Corsa-e becomes world's first electric rally car - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:20
Based on the production Corsa-e, it's ready to go racing.

The world's first electric rally car is an Opel Corsa-e - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:20
It's based on the production Corsa-e battery-electric car and it looks really good.

iFixit teardown takes a look inside the Note 10+ 5G

Engadget - Thu, 2019-08-22 15:09
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G will be available online and in stores tomorrow. Just in time, the folks at iFixit are sharing a peek inside the new device. Most notably, the phone borrows one major design queue from the iPhone, and it won't be super...

Phone Companies, State Attorneys General Announce Broad Campaign To Fight Robocalls

SlashDot - Thu, 2019-08-22 14:52
Twelve of the country's largest telephone companies on Thursday pledged to implement new technology to spot and block robocalls, part of an agreement brokered between the industry and 51 attorneys general to combat the growing telecom scourge. From a report: The new effort to be announced in Washington commits a wide array of companies in the absence of regulation to improving their defenses and aiding law enforcement in its investigations into illegal spam calls, which rang Americans' phones an estimated 4.7 billion times in July alone. Under the agreement, the 12 carriers have agreed to implement call-blocking technology, make anti-robocall tools available for free to consumers and deploy a new system that would label calls as real or spam. Known by its acronym, STIR/SHAKEN, the technology takes aim at a practice known as spoofing, where fraudsters mask their identities by using phone numbers that resemble those that they're trying to contact in a bid to get victims to pick up and surrender their personal information. Signing the pledge are larger mobile carriers, such as AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, which already have said they would implement such robocall protections and in some cases have started testing them around the country. Other carriers adopting the pledge include Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Consolidated, Frontier, U.S. Cellular and Windstream.

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