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Selling used PC games through the blockchain? We’re not buying it

Ars Technica - January 17, 2018 - 7:05pm

Enlarge / A foolproof plan! (credit: Aurich / Getty)

Companies in industries ranging from iced tea to image processing to fast-casual dining are jumping on the recent blockchain-mania as a way to try to revolutionize often-moribund businesses. Now, startup Robot Cache wants to bring that same technology to bear in revolutionizing the way we buy and sell PC game downloads, with the backing of game industry luminaries like InXile's Brian Fargo and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.

Robot Cache CEO Lee Jacobson said in a press release that "expertly leveraging the power, flexibility, safety, and transparency of blockchain technology" will bring benefits like lower fees for game publishers and the ability to resell digital purchases for gamers. But despite the buzzword-heavy promise, there are a lot of risks involved that have us skeptical of whether Robot Cache can actually deliver on its vision.

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SAP boss promises to cull marketing dross on community network

The Register - January 17, 2018 - 6:59pm
Bill McDermott admits hub was seen as a 'channel to promote corporate messages'

CEO Bill McDermott has pledged to improve the SAP Community network previously slammed by members for offering a crap user experience and being another mechanism to push marketing messages.…

2019 Ford Ranger Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - January 17, 2018 - 6:54pm
After a long break, the Blue Oval's pickup is back, and it's bigger than ever.

Chromecast and Google Homes reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi [Updated]

Ars Technica - January 17, 2018 - 6:48pm

Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google)

Update: Google has posted a support page for this issue promising a fix tomorrow (1/18). The page says the issue is limited to "People with an Android phone and a Chromecast built-in device (such as a Chromecast or Google Home device) on the same Wi-Fi network" and that a fix will be rolling out via Play Services.

The original story is below.

Users on the Google help forums and Reddit are reporting that Google Home and Google Chromecast devices are causing issues with their Wi-Fi networks. Users say hooking up these Google hardware products leads to an unstable Wi-Fi network or a network that goes down entirely.

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Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds

BBC Technology News - January 17, 2018 - 6:40pm
A new campaign aims to make lessons about intellectual property infringement fun.

How gold nanoparticles may make killing tumors easier

Ars Technica - January 17, 2018 - 6:26pm

Enlarge / Nanoparticles (black dots) sit in the remains of a cell they've helped kill. (credit: University of Michigan)

One of the ways to kill a cancer is to cook it, since heat can kill cells. The trick, of course, is to only cook the cancer and not the surrounding tissue. To do this, you need to have an accurate idea of the extent of a tumor, a precise mechanism for delivering heat, and a damn good thermometer. It may surprise you to learn that gold nanoparticles do a pretty good job of achieving the first two. The third—a good thermometer—has eluded researchers for quite some time. But, now it seems that gold nanoparticles may provide the full trifecta.

Drowning a tumor in molten gold

Some cancers—the ones most people imagine when they think of cancer—form lumps of tissue. At some point, these lumps require a blood supply. Once supplied with blood vessels, the tumor can not only grow, but it has a readily available transport system to deliver the cells that can spread the cancer throughout the body. For the patient, this is not good news.

The development of a blood supply opens up new imaging and treatment options, though. Cancer tumors are not well-organized tissues compared to healthy tissue like muscle or kidney tissue. So there are lots of nooks and crannies in a tumor that can trap small particles. And this disorganization is exactly what researchers hope to take advantage of. Gold nanoparticles are injected into the blood stream; these exit the blood supply, but, in most of the body, they get rapidly cleaned out. Except that, inside tumors, the nanoparticles lodge all over the place.

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Zuckerberg's Facebook post pressures Congress to save DACA - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 6:23pm
Facebook's CEO posts a call to action: "This is a basic question of whether our government works."

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

The Register - January 17, 2018 - 6:10pm
CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

Instagram and Google are buzzkills for dispensaries (The 3:59, Ep. 340) - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 6:05pm
We look at the strained relationship between tech companies and legal marijuana shops. Also, VR might have found a solution to one of its biggest annoyances.

Hair analyzer will take a deep look inside those split ends - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 5:56pm
The Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab haircare system includes a handheld device with sensors that measure internal hair quality and create a customized shampoo.

2018 Detroit Auto Show debuts: All the new cars, trucks, and concepts - Roadshow - News - January 17, 2018 - 5:44pm
Detroit was a crazy-busy show this year. Here are the production debuts and concepts straight from the Motor City.

Microsoft's reportedly ready to revive the Fable franchise - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 5:39pm
You might soon be able to return to the land of Albion in the rumored Fable 4.

NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 5:35pm
A NASA camera got a look at the fireworks caused by a spectacular meteor breaking apart over the US Midwest.

Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

The Register - January 17, 2018 - 5:26pm
CEO, CFO in crosshairs after shareholder 'losses'

AMD stands accused of "artificially inflating" its stock price by not making public a CPU design flaw the tech world now knows as Spectre, according to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of investors.…

If you can’t beat them… Lamborghini joins the SUV set

Ars Technica - January 17, 2018 - 5:04pm

Jim Resnick

Let me pre-empt you.

"Why?" you ask. "You're Lamborghini, not Range Rover!"

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Brave browser begins million-dollar token giveaway - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 5:00pm
You won't get more than about $5 worth of tokens, but the browser maker hopes you'll help improve online advertising privacy.

YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case

BBC Technology News - January 17, 2018 - 4:55pm
Chrissy Chambers is awarded damages from her ex-boyfriend who posted sexual videos of her online.

MacBook Air. Apple’s best product ever - CNET - News - January 17, 2018 - 4:51pm
The Air is marking its 10th anniversary and I'm celebrating the one Apple product that's never let me down.

Apple MacBook Air review - CNET - Reviews - January 17, 2018 - 4:51pm
When the Apple MacBook Air was introduced ten years ago, it was different than anything we'd seen before.

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry

The Register - January 17, 2018 - 4:51pm
Prez Macron expected to agree loan when he meets PM

The French government will agree to lend the UK its most famous memento of the Norman conquest of England after Blighty leaves the EU.…

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