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Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, 4th man on moon, is dead at 86 - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 12:21am
Bean also spent time on Skylab, NASA's '70s-era space station.

iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay you $50 - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 9:12pm
Your juiciest iPhone news this week.

Trump campaign wants answers on Facebook and Twitter 'political bias' - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 8:21pm
The Trump 2020 campaign manager sent the letter out on Twitter. It received hundreds of retweets in minutes.

Alan Bean, the fourth human to walk on the Moon, has died

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 7:30pm

Enlarge / Fast Times on the Ocean of Storms, one of Bean's paintings. (credit: The Alan Bean Gallery)

Alan Bean—the fourth human to walk on the Moon, one of the first Americans to live aboard a space station, and a man who left space flight behind to devote the second half of his life to painting—died on Saturday in Houston. He was 86.

With Bean's passing, just four living human beings have walked on the Moon: Buzz Aldrin, 88; Dave Scott, 85; Charlie Duke, 82; and Harrison Schmitt, 82. The eight other humans who landed on the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s during NASA's Apollo Program have died, as have all of the original seven astronauts in the Mercury space program.

After Bean earned an engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he was commissioned in the US Navy and became first an aviator and later a test pilot. NASA selected him as a member of its third class of astronauts in 1963. Following his astronaut training and a few stints as a back-up crew member, Bean received his assignment as the lunar module pilot for Apollo 12, which became, in November 1969, NASA's second mission the Moon's surface.

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Best turntables you can buy, from affordable to absolute insanity - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 7:17pm
The Audiophiliac's list of vinyl spinners starts at $100 and goes up -- way up!

The perfect component for audiophiles who love headphones and speakers equally - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 7:17pm
The SPL Phonitor X is a superb headphone amplifier, but it also works its magic on speakers.

Amazon rescues The Expanse from cancellation - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 7:14pm
CEO Jeff Bezos announces that The Expanse will come back for a fourth season on Amazon Prime.

Alien languages might not be that different from ours - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
ETs may share a kind of 'universal grammar' with us, say leading linguists like Noam Chomsky.

Solo: A Star Wars Story busts US box office record on first night - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 5:56pm
Solo nets $14 million in less than 12 parsecs.

From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 4:07pm

Enlarge / OK, technically this wouldn't have even been possible at the time of this initial article, but here's Win10, Win8, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (High Sierra) all together. Thanks Parallels. (credit: Parallels)

Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright evidently had an identity crisis. Could this lifelong PC user really have been pushed to the brink? Was he considering a switch to... Mac OS?!? While our staff hopefully enjoys a less stressful Memorial Day this year, throughout the weekend we're resurfacing this three part series that doubles as an existential operating system dilemma circa 2008. Part one ran on April 21, 2008, and it appears unedited below.

A couple of Gartner analysts have recently claimed that Windows is "collapsing"—that it's too big, too sprawling, and too old to allow rapid development and significant new features. Although organizations like Gartner depend on trolling to drum up business, I think this time they could be onto something. "Collapsing" is over-dramatic—gradual decline is a more likely outcome—but the essence of what they're saying—and why they're saying it—rings true.

Windows is dying, Windows applications suck, and Microsoft is too blinkered to fix any of it—that's the argument. The truth is that Windows is hampered by 25-year old design decisions. These decisions mean that it's clunky to use and absolutely horrible to write applications for. The applications that people do write are almost universally terrible. They're ugly, they're inconsistent, they're disorganized; there's no finesse, no care lavished on them. Microsoft—surely the company with the greatest interest in making Windows and Windows applications exude quality—is, in fact, one of the worst perpetrators.

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DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 3:25pm

Enlarge / DropMix, complete with phone and cards. (credit: Charlie Theel)

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

Trying to explain what DropMix is can prove a challenge. It’s a game, it’s a chunky piece of hardware, and it’s a centerpiece that breeds discussion. But it’s primarily an experience—and one that’s wholly unique.

This product is brought to us courtesy of Hasbro teaming up with Harmonix, the studio behind the massive hit Rock Band. It’s a tabletop game of sorts that facilitates the ad-hoc creation of custom music mixes. If you ever wondered what Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” would sound like when paired with the percussion from Skrillex’s “Bangarang,” DropMix has your answer. What’s surprising is just how effective this piece of technology is.

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Starbucks site slurped, Z-Wave locks clocked, mad Mac Monero mining malware and much more

The Register - May 26, 2018 - 3:01pm
Some security bites for the long weekend

Roundup While this week was dominated by news of a new Spectre variant, the VPNFilter botnet, and TalkTalk's badbad routersrouters, plenty of other stories popped up.…

Starbucks site slurped, Z-Wave locks clocked, mad Mac Monero mining malware and much more

The Register - May 26, 2018 - 3:01pm
Some security bites for the long weekend

Roundup While this week was dominated by news of a new Spectre variant, the VPNFilter botnet, and TalkTalk's badbad routersrouters, plenty of other stories popped up.…

Doctor slammed by med board for selling $5 homeopathic sound waves for Ebola

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 2:30pm

Enlarge / Listen to that homeopathic energy. (credit: Getty | Ian Waldie)

The California medical board is threatening to revoke the license of Dr. William Edwin Gray III for selling homeopathic sound files over the Internet that he claims—without evidence or reason—can cure a variety of ailments, including life-threatening infections such as Ebola, SARS, swine flu, malaria, typhoid, and cholera.

In an accusation filed with the state (PDF), the medical board writes that Gray is guilty of gross negligence and requested a hearing in which the board would decide whether to possibly revoke or suspend his license.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gray said he had decided not to contest the board’s allegations, saying it would cost too much money to fight. He added: “Frankly, I think we'd lose anyway.”

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2019 Subaru WRX gets more features, WRX STI gets 5 more horsepower - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
Plus the turbocharged sedans each add limited-run Series Gray models.

Dealmaster: Memorial Day sales on TVs, laptops, and more are underway [Updated]

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 1:55pm

Update (5/26/2018 8:50 AM ET): We've updated our original list with new deals on Roku TVs, DJI drones, and a Nest Thermostat and Google Home Mini bundle, among others. We've also crossed out a few deals that have expired as of this writing. The original post is below.

Original post: Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. It's almost Memorial Day weekend, and though the Dealmaster plans to spend plenty of time this weekend grilling and lounging outside, he's also making time to ignore his family and keep you posted on good deals.

While most Memorial Day sales traditionally focus on appliances, mattresses, and other home goods—and while it's worth holding off on deals for things like MacBooks and Amazon devices with the likes of WWDC and Amazon Prime Day just around the corner—there's at least a handful of gadget deals worth noting for those who can't wait until Black Friday.

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The Millennium Falcon is OK, but these pop culture ships make Ars hearts race

Ars Technica - May 26, 2018 - 1:30pm

Enlarge / I mean, we're still in the hands of some master filmmakers when it comes to building moments. (credit: Lucasfilm)

It's been a good month for ships. Just this week, one of the most iconic vessels to ever clear the Kessel run in 12 parsecs returned to theaters in a very high-profile manner. But May has also brought news the Rocinante may fly again, Trekkies everywhere can finally (virtually) hop aboard the Enterprise-D, and we'll all soon host a Starfighter of choice on the nearest desk in our lives. If you want to count the ho-hum Block 5 in all this, too, go right ahead.

Seeing a young Han Solo experience all the feels when first laying eyes upon the beloved Millennium Falcon had everyone around the Orbital HQ thinking. What is the ship that still has me over the moon after all these years? We already know Lee Hutchinson adores the Normandy (among others), so this weekend we let the rest of the Ars staff also launch into a liftoff love letter.

Still excellent.

A most excellent (pseudo) ship

Like the title characters, I probably already failed this assignment by not quite following the rules. Technically, my favorite pop culture ship isn't even a ship. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures was a formative experience for many reasons, but chief among them was the everyday nature of their preferred time-traveling vessel. The phonebooth outside the Circle K epitomized function over form and industry over innovation—with a little chewing gum and plenty of their own gumption, even two obvious idiots could recruit the most brilliant and adventurous minds from across history to help them pass a final San Dimas High School history presentation.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
Amazon and Google have been going back and forth in a battle for smart speaker supremacy. As a result, both smart speakers are great, but which one is better?

The GDPR privacy law happened, and all I got were these lousy emails - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
If a privacy policy changes and no one reads it, does it really matter?

Best comedies and stand-up on Netflix for June 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
The funniest movies and stand-up specials you can stream this month.

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