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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

The Register - April 25, 2018 - 10:39pm
Three-day outage sparked by bungled software rollout for data-center gear

A botched network switch firmware update caused school IT systems to fall over in the US state of Washington, it is claimed.…

YouTube Kids gets new parental-control features - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 10:30pm
After a controversy over disturbing clips on the child-focused app, Google-owned YouTube says it's rolling out new safety options.

Honda launches Everus EV brand at Beijing Motor Show - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 10:14pm
The first vehicle from the new brand is an electric crossover that appears to be based on the HR-V.

Facebook sales soar despite data scandal

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2018 - 10:11pm
The firm reports a near 50% revenue rise and says it is taking a broader review of its duties.

America's states try to restart net neutrality – with very mixed results

The Register - April 25, 2018 - 9:59pm
Alaska and California moving forward, Colorado not so much

Efforts to impose net neutrality protections before federal rules are repealed are taking place across the US, but are currently very hit-and-miss as the big ISPs swing lobbying dollars against them.…

Why Alex Jones and Eric Trump are suddenly Kanye West fans - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 9:32pm
Kanye West’s return to Twitter after nearly a year away has taken a very unexpected turn.

Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

The Register - April 25, 2018 - 9:25pm
Open letter throws heavy shade on social network's research initiative

Facebook’s API lock-down will hurt legitimate researchers and damage scrutiny of social networks, a group of boffins have warned.…

George R.R. Martin has news on two Game of Thrones books - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 9:19pm
Winds of Winter won't be out this year, but a massive Targaryen history will hit bookstores before the end of 2018.

Everything we know about the OnePlus 6 - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 9:17pm
The OnePlus 6 (and its notch) debuts on May 16. Here's what we expect to see.

Facebook puts ex-FCC chair in charge of public policy - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 9:16pm
Former Republican FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will take the lead on US lobbying efforts for Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Philips launches a 43-inch HDR monitor that reaches 1,000 nits of brightness

Ars Technica - April 25, 2018 - 9:10pm

Philips

EPI this week announced a new 4K monitor under the Philips brand called the Philips Momentum 436M6, which will arrive in mid-to-late June for $999.99. At 43 inches, it’s big, but most notably it’s the first PC monitor to gain DisplayHDR 1000 certification from the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), the organization that sets standards for displays and other electronics.

VESA introduced the DisplayHDR spec last December to create a consistent and open standard for high dynamic range (HDR) performance on LCD displays, most prominently PC monitors. There are three tiers to the benchmark: DisplayHDR 400 for low-end HDR panels, DisplayHDR 600 for those in the mid-range, and DisplayHDR 1000 for higher-end screens. We’ve seen a handful of monitors sporting the first two classifications in recent months, but this is the first to officially claim the top-level spec.

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Apple's 2018 iPhones could be called iPhone X Plus, iPhone X2 - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 9:10pm
Whatever Apple goes with, analysts say the names will be nice and simple.

California can look forward to more extreme dry-wet “climate whiplash”

Ars Technica - April 25, 2018 - 9:00pm

Enlarge / California's Lake McClure got low during drought in 2015 but swelled by early 2017 after a very wet winter. (credit: NASA Earth Observatory)

As the last few years have reminded us, California weather means you have to be prepared for anything. From 2012 to 2016, the Golden State saw a historic drought that led to water restrictions—and saw land areas sinking as groundwater use increased to compensate. But the winter of 2016 brought too much rain, producing flooding and evacuations below the Oroville Dam.

Variable rainfall is a natural component of California’s climate, but what will happen as climate change continues to play out? That’s the question a team led by UCLA’s Daniel Swain recently set out to answer.

Sim California

Though climate change projections show a warmer California, total rainfall isn’t expected to change much. But in this case, the researchers used climate model simulations to analyze precipitation variability, specifically, rather than just annual totals. They compared historical weather records, an 1,800-year-long simulation of the climate pre-Industrial-Revolution, and 40 simulations of climate change from 1920 to 2100 (assuming high future greenhouse gas emissions). These long simulations allowed them to accumulate meaningful statistics for different weather patterns.

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Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found – a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

The Register - April 25, 2018 - 8:49pm
Third flaw fix in a month evokes déjà vu

After scrambling to patch a critical vulnerability late last month, Drupal is at it again.…

Azure Container Instances bring serverless computing to containers

Ars Technica - April 25, 2018 - 8:47pm

Enlarge (credit: Ana Ulin)

Azure Container Instances (ACI), which let you create Linux and Windows containers without having to manage the virtual machines they run on, are now generally available.

ACI brings serverless principles to containerized applications. Serverless computing, pioneered by Amazon's Lambda and found on Azure as Functions, is designed to defer all system management (physical and virtual machine deployment and patching) and load-based scaling decisions to the platform provider. Developers just write their application code; they no longer have to care about spinning up virtual machines, updating operating systems, cutting over to new hardware, or anything else.

Traditional container deployments require virtual machines to run on. With ACI's serverless containers, the management of those virtual machines goes away. ACI containers can be deployed using Microsoft's own Azure interface, or with Kubernetes, without needing any VMs to be spun up first. The containers are billed according to how much processor time and memory they use on a per second basis: $0.000012 per CPU-second, $0.000004 per GB of memory-second.

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ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

The Register - April 25, 2018 - 8:33pm
Experts complain of shoddy tech specs and personal attacks

Two new encryption algorithms developed by the NSA have been rejected by an international standards body amid accusations of threatening behavior.…

Elon Musk building a cyborg dragon, because why not? - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 8:15pm
When you're Elon, there's no reason stop with electric cars, rockets, flamethrowers and tube transportation.

Artificial intelligence to aid emergency dispatchers in Europe - CNET

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 8:06pm
An AI system called Corti listens in on distress calls for signs of a heart attack and feeds info to human dispatchers. It's headed for wider testing later this year.

YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output

BBC Technology News - April 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
The firm has been criticised for using algorithms not human judgment to curate the app.

Enter for chance to win* a Hudly head-up display for your vehicle! - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - April 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Two lucky winners will be able to project their navigation, infotainment and more, all within their line of sight with Hudly Wireless. This promotion ends May 9, 2018.

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