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2018 Hyundai Sonata review - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - January 22, 2018 - 9:48pm
With an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a new transmission, the latest Sonata is a strong choice for those who want a little fun on their commute.

A Comcast net neutrality commitment from the NBC merger just expired

Ars Technica - January 22, 2018 - 9:37pm

(credit: https://arstechnica.com/author/aurich-lawson/)

A commitment made by Comcast to follow net neutrality rules expired on Saturday, seven years after the cable company agreed to the requirements in order to purchase NBCUniversal.

When Comcast bought NBC in 2011, it pledged to follow the net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission had passed in 2010 even if those rules were later overturned in court. Comcast thus continued to face rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization even after a federal appeals court struck down that version of net neutrality rules in January 2014. Comcast (but not other ISPs) faced net neutrality requirements for more than a year until June 2015, which is when a new set of net neutrality rules took effect.

But Comcast's merger agreement with the FCC expired, as per schedule, on January 20. The expiration, combined with the FCC's decision last month to repeal the industry-wide net neutrality rules implemented in 2015, will free Comcast of FCC oversight when it comes to net neutrality. Comcast will still face some merger-related oversight from the Department of Justice until September, though.

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

The Register - January 22, 2018 - 9:18pm
Maiden flight faces delay as Congress squabbles over budgets

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy maiden launch, pencilled in for the end of this month, is set to be delayed due to the ongoing US government shutdown.…

Our Samsung Galaxy S9 feature wish list (The 3:59, Ep. 342) - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 9:17pm
We discuss the CES tech we'd like to see in Samsung's upcoming phone. Plus, CNET gets an inside look at Amazon's self-running store.

YouTube and Hulu live TV services making strides - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 9:04pm
The first reported subscriber numbers, though unofficial, show the new livestreaming services now have hundreds of thousands of paying customers.

No LG G7? LG may launch the LG V30+ Alpha in February instead - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 8:25pm
If LG can avoid the Galaxy S9 vortex, LG's weaker line stands a better chance.

An end to in-flight Wi-Fi misery is at hand with Gogo’s 2Ku

Ars Technica - January 22, 2018 - 8:13pm

Enlarge / You'll know your plane has 2Ku if you see a larger radome on it, like the one pictured above. (credit: Gogo Air)

For this demo, Gogo Air provided a round-trip ticket on Delta Air Lines from DCA>DTW>DCA. I sat in coach and never left Detroit airport before boarding the return leg.

If you're one of those people with the misfortune to follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed the occasional complaint about the poor state of in-flight Internet service. After all, it's incredibly frustrating when you're on a deadline and unable to get any work done because you can't even load the Ars CMS. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, as I discovered late last year. Gogo Air, which provides in-flight connectivity on most of the major US airlines, noticed one of my frustrated outbursts and invited me to try out its latest service, a satellite-based system called 2Ku. Compared to the ATG4 system that most flyers are currently saddled with—including this author right now, currently on AA2617 at 37,000 feet—the difference is night and day.

Gogo Air provides in-flight Internet connectivity to most US passenger airlines (and quite a few international ones) and has been doing so since 2008. Originally, that was with a cellular service called ATG—for Air-To-Ground—which leveraged the old Airfone cellular network. More recently, Gogo Air upgraded that system to ATG4, bumping per-plane bandwidth from 3.1Mbps to 9.8Mbps. (For a much more in-depth look at the state of in-flight Wi-Fi back in the day, check out this comprehensive feature from 2011.)

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3M Connected Roads aim to make life easier for autonomous vehicles - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 7:58pm
Special lane markings and road signs with hidden functionality can make autonomous cars safer and more reliable on the road.

Apple may discontinue iPhone X when next model arrives - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 7:44pm
An analyst predicts Apple will kill off the original iPhone X once the second-generation model hits stores.

Alstom testing automated freight train in the Netherlands

BBC Technology News - January 22, 2018 - 7:30pm
The automated freight train can travel 100km without driver intervention.

Facebook admits social media is bad for democracy, sometimes - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 7:27pm
The social network really, really wants to be a "source for democratic good." The trick will be making that happen.

Apple partners with Malala to support education for girls - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 7:22pm
The company did not reveal the size of its financial commitment but expects to double the number of grants the nonprofit offers.

US agencies stop tweeting because of government shutdown - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 7:16pm
Federal government arms like the Justice Department and embassies around the world have tweeted different forms of "away" messages.

Belkin WeMo HomeKit Bridge review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - January 22, 2018 - 7:14pm
If you've already bought in with WeMo's line of smart plugs and switches, this $40 accessory can connect them with Apple HomeKit -- and with Siri.

Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

The Register - January 22, 2018 - 7:02pm
Court has been asked to toss out 'mystifying' sueball

Iconic lads' mag Playboy is suing oddball internet culture website Boing Boing for linking to an Imgur archive featuring scans of centrefold models from over the years – a move described by the US Electronic Frontier Foundation as "frankly mystifying".…

Amazon Go debuts, and its prying cameras foil our shoplifting attempts

Ars Technica - January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Enlarge / Amazon Go: The bottle. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

SEATTLE—A little more than one year ago, I tried, and failed, to sneak into Amazon Go. The pilot version of Amazon's first grocery store experiment advertised a first in the world of brick-and-mortar shopping: if you want to buy something, just pick it up, toss it in your bag, and walk out. A camera system watches you and uniquely tags every item you pick up, then the store automatically charges a pre-registered credit card for the purchases. No clerks, no check-out aisles.

Amazon's late-2016 announcement of this store was more about building buzz than letting the public in, however. Initially, it was limited only to Amazon employees. Worse, promises that the shop would open for average consumers in "early 2017" didn't come close to fruition, with insiders indicating to Ars that the store's camera-tracking system didn't hold up to larger testing scrutiny as anticipated. But with only 24 hours' notice, that changed on Monday. That same Seattle pilot shop—the one Amazon staffers refused to let us into in December 2016—finally opened its doors to anybody with a smartphone and the Amazon Go app.

Meaning, customers didn't even need an Amazon Prime membership. If you want to stroll into the world's first Amazon Go store, all you need is an Amazon account with valid credit card information and a working smartphone. Turns out, I had both of those, so I walked, bleary-eyed, into the shop shortly after it opened at 7am Pacific time on Monday.

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Hackers steal $1.5 million a month from cryptocurrency funds - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 6:31pm
Research by Ernst & Young indicates that hackers stole about $400 million from 372 initial coin offerings over the last two years.

Hear Toto hit 'Africa' played on 64 floppy drives - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 6:25pm
It seems appropriate to listen to a popular song from the '80s played on floppy drives.

Shuttered General Motors plant targeted for EV production - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 6:11pm
Electric vehicles from a new startup company could be built in former Chevrolet SS Australian home.

ISS cosmonaut rides vacuum cleaner like a horse in space - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 22, 2018 - 6:04pm
A noisy vacuum cleaner on the International space station gets tamed by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and his crack flying skills.

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