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Acer Spin 3 (2018) review: Acer’s 2-in-1 has a great screen but not much else - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - November 14, 2018 - 10:12pm
With so many solid $500 convertibles available, the Acer Spin 3 comes up short in battery life and performance.

Black Friday TV deals 2018: The best and the cheapest - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 10:10pm
The lowest TV prices of the year start now. Here are our favorite deals so far.

A powerful NASA telescope looked for ‘Oumuamua and didn’t find it

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 10:09pm

Enlarge / The object's unusual approach suggests it came from outside our Solar System. (credit: NASA/JPL)

Last week, some Harvard University scientists sparked widespread media attention about a possible alien origination for the mysterious interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua. At the end of a paper speculating about the object's observed movement, the authors presented "a more exotic scenario" suggesting that ‘Oumuamua may be "a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization."

As we reported at the time, this outlandish theory may have been catnip for online news editors, but there just wasn't much evidence to take it seriously. Now, thanks to some previously unpublished observations by NASA, we can further discount the idea.

The object now called 'Oumuamua made its closest approach to Earth in September 2017, and astronomers first spotted it in October of that year as it began moving away. In November, when NASA trained its Spitzer Space Telescope on where astronomers expected to find 'Oumuamua, it found nothing over the course of two months of observations in the infrared portion of the spectrum.

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Black Friday 2018 Walmart deals start in 1 week: $199 PS4 and Xbox One bundles, $59 Instant Pot, $99 Google Home Hub and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 10:00pm
Walmart comes out swinging for Black Friday -- and the sale prices start Wed., Nov. 21.

Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:59pm

Many people doubt Craig Wright's claim to be Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. (credit: BBC)

Bitcoin's price has fallen more than 12 percent over the last 24 hours to $5,400, the lowest price for the popular cryptocurrency in more than a year.

Bitcoin's plunge is part of a broader cryptocurrency sell-off. Ethereum has fallen more than 15 percent over the last 24 hours, while Bitcoin Cash is down 18 percent.

Cryptocurrency markets are jittery ahead of a high-stakes "hard fork" of Bitcoin Cash. Rival factions are pushing different, mutually incompatible versions of the spinoff cryptocurrency, and the two versions are scheduled to create separate, competing versions of the blockchain starting on Thursday. The schism could create confusion among users and damage the reputation of the cryptocurrency.

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Peak outer-space VR is here: Oculus Rift releases Spheres - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:52pm
The trippy space flick was the first virtual-reality experience to sell to a distributor for more than a million dollars.

To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:51pm

Enlarge / The new Windows 10 light theme. (credit: Microsoft)

While end users have been customizing the color schemes of their computers for decades, we've lately seen operating system developers follow their users' lead with built-in, first-party support for dark themes. The dark theme was a big part of the appeal of macOS Mojave, and dark theme support in applications such as Windows Explorer was no less welcome.

With the next feature update of Windows 10, codenamed 1H19 and likely to ship in April next year, Microsoft is going a step further, with the introduction of a light theme. The light theme also comes with a new wallpaper (an iteration of the default Windows 10 wallpaper), and it will brighten up certain areas of the operating system that have always tended be dark regardless of the theme being used.

If the screenshot is anything to go by, it's going to be a good-looking theme, too.

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Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

The Register - November 14, 2018 - 9:51pm
Government audit finds office still hasn't cleaned up from Obama-era megabreach

More than three years after suffering one of the largest cyber-attacks in US government history, the Office of Personnel Management has yet to adopt dozens of the security measures investigators ordered – including basic stuff like changing passwords.…

Black Friday 2018 deals at Walmart: PlayStation, Xbox, iPad, Google and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:50pm
The massive discount retailer is arguably the king of Black Friday. Here are its best deals.

Game of Thrones final episodes will be an hour-plus and 'spectacular' - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:45pm
Final-season shows may not be movie-length, but they'll be worth the wait, director says on Reddit.

Black Friday,Cyber Monday Pixel deals 2018: Pixel 3 for $600, Pixel 3 XL for $700 - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:44pm
Or, buy at full price and pick up a $200 gift card.

Feeling nostalgic for the Yahoo homepage? There's an app for that - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:43pm
It's all there, including weather, horoscopes, search, email and sports.

Microsoft wants Azure to be the multiplayer server solution for every platform

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:37pm

Enlarge / Sea of Thieves is a game already using Azure for its server hosting and scaling. (credit: Rare)

Microsoft today launched a preview of PlayFab Multiplayer Servers, a new Azure-based service giving game developers dynamic, on-demand scaling of multiplayer servers.

Microsoft bought Seattle-based PlayFab earlier this year with a view to using it to expand Azure's reach in the gaming world. PlayFab is building all the cloud-based infrastructure needed for today's games: matchmaking (using the same algorithms as Xbox Live to try to group players of similar skill together), leaderboards, server hosting, player identity/profile management, commerce, and so on. Broadly speaking, the intent of PlayFab is to let games developers focus on their games, taking care of the server-side work for them. PlayFab's services are platform agnostic, and Microsoft has preserved this aspect: there are SDKs for Xbox, Windows, PlayStation, Switch, iOS, and Android.

At the time of the purchase, PlayFab ran atop Amazon's AWS. Some parts still do, but others have moved to Microsoft's own Azure. The Multiplayer Server feature, released in preview today, is one of the services on Azure. Microsoft has more Azure data centers in more parts of the world than Amazon or Google, which in turn means that Azure servers should generally be closer to where the players are. This should ensure lower latency and a better gaming experience for games on those servers.

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Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Release date, plot and possible spoilers - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:32pm
Here's everything we know about the first live-action Star Wars series as we await the Disney+ streaming service, plus some exciting possibilities.

Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150

Ars Technica - November 14, 2018 - 9:29pm

Essential

How badly do you want a headphone jack on your smartphone? Android creator Andy Rubin's smartphone startup, Essential, is still alive after laying off 30 percent of its staff, and it's still producing products. The latest is a headphone jack attachment called the "Audio Adapter HD" for the company's only standalone product, the ill-fated Essential Phone. The Essential Phone doesn't have a headphone jack built into the device, but it does have a modular accessory system that this headphone jack can click onto. So if you really, really want to use wired audio, you can fork over a $150 for this accessory. That price seems just a bit excessive considering the entire phone has had fire sales for $250 and $224.

The Essential Phone is compatible with the usual headphone jack dongles, so this add-on is being pitched as an artisanally crafted accessory for the discerning audiophile. The company says the "limited edition" accessory is "handcrafted" and made from "100% machined titanium." Inside is the beloved 3.5mm audio jack and a high-quality DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) from ESS Sabre. You'll also get three free months of the Tidal HiFi music service. Besides the higher-quality DAC, the other advantage this attachment offers over the usual USB-C dongle is the ability to charge the device and listen to music at the same time! What a concept.

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Apple's Safari tests 'not secure' warning for unencrypted websites - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:25pm
For once, Apple is following Google in a privacy protection.

Hate crimes have gone up in the US, both online and offline, FBI says - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:22pm
The rise in hate crime incidents comes as social media companies are under scrutiny for their hate speech policies.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

The Register - November 14, 2018 - 9:21pm
Amazon gizmo may be key witness in slaying

A US judge has ordered Amazon to hand over any recordings made by its Echo digital assistant at a house where two women were murdered last year.…

Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 14, 2018 - 9:08pm
'Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we're keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe's and more. Check back for regular updates.

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