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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- who are all these Spider-people? - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 4:42pm
Let's take a look at Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen and the other characters ahead of their Comic Con panel.

Apple Watch, Fitbit could be hit with Trump's tariffs on China-produced goods - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 4:37pm
Tracking your health and streaming music may get more expensive.

This full video shows just how bonkers the VW Pikes Peak record was

Ars Technica - July 20, 2018 - 4:35pm

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At the end of June, Volkswagen and French racing driver Romain Dumas did something many of us thought impossible. Using a highly specialized electric vehicle called the "I.D. R Pikes Peak," Dumas raced to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado in under eight minutes, shattering the existing records for EVs by a full minute and the overall record (set by Peugeot and Sebastian Loeb in 2013) by a hefty 16 seconds.

Ars was there to see it happen, but truth be told you don't actually see that much of anyone's run at Pikes Peak if you're there in person. The course is 12.4 miles (19.99km) long, so even if you have a media vest and are free to roam outside the official spectating zones, you still really have to pick a corner and then be content with watching a small slice of each attempt from there.

But one of the marvels of living in the early 21st century is our access to small and rugged digital cameras. In fact, the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are pretty good about putting a GoPro on every car and bike that runs up the mountain in anger, and within a week almost all of these were posted to YouTube. But not Dumas' run, no matter how often I begged on Twitter.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

The Register - July 20, 2018 - 4:27pm
It's make-your-mind-up time

Comment Two contradictory ideas run through statements by Microsoft executives this week.…

At Comic-Con 2018, why Funko is the unofficial king of pop culture - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 4:17pm
The 3.75-inch vinyl figures cast a large shadow over San Diego's massive geekfest.

Windows tablets through the ages: The good, the bad and the ugly, in pictures

ZDnet News - July 20, 2018 - 4:10pm
Windows tablets existed long before the iPad was even dreamt of. Take a tour through some of most popular - and most unusual - devices of the last decade.

Hyundai's N brand working on a true halo performance car - Roadshow - News - July 20, 2018 - 4:01pm
The Korean automaker's new performance N division wants to make an exciting, range-topping model.

A new run of The Clone Wars is coming to Disney’s streaming service

Ars Technica - July 20, 2018 - 4:00pm


As someone born in the mid-1970s, it's sometimes hard to wrap my mind around Disney's stewardship of the Star Wars universe. Being born into the world a few months before what we now know as A New Hope meant waiting a long time between new chapters of this amazing story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Beyond the original trilogy, that Christmas special, and two Ewok movies (that I am sure got cinematic releases in the UK but which were also TV specials here in the US), filling in the back stories of the Empire and the Rebellion was something kids did for themselves with the wide array of toys so many of us spent so much time playing with.

These days it's hard to swing a womp rat without hitting some new Star Wars property or other. Such has been the cadence of new theatrical releases that, in the wake of a box office performance by Solo that was merely "fine" rather than "exceptional," people were even talking about the idea of Star Wars fatigue! Well, add one more new thing to the list. At this year's Comic-Con, a panel on the ten-year anniversary of The Clone Wars animated series ended with a surprise: a new season of 12 episodes has been commissioned to run on Disney's streaming service (which launches next year).

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Mark Zuckerberg clarifies Holocaust deniers comment after backlash - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 3:57pm
"I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive," Facebook's CEO said.

Be ready for emergencies with this AC/DC power station: Just $105 - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
Normally $140, this luggable battery has two AC outlets, four USB ports and more.

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

The Register - July 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
MoneyTaker lives up to its name

Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router.…

One in four Singapore residents hit in medical data theft - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 3:26pm
The "well-planned" attack affected 1.5 million people in the city-state, officials said.

A conversation with Mr. Cobra - Roadshow - News - July 20, 2018 - 3:05pm
In a special episode of the Carfection podcast, we talk to the fascinating Lynn Park, aka Mr. Cobra, to talk about the car that's been the center of his world for more than 50 years.

5-deal Friday: A $7 classic TV series, $6 mouse, $5 game bundle and more! - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 2:40pm
So much great stuff, so little money required. Hint: The TV series? Serenity now!

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

The Register - July 20, 2018 - 2:30pm
Most of their core apps were already in the cloud anyway

Financial software flinger Intuit is binning its biggest data centre and plonking its corporate backends onto AWS – in another win for the public cloud's biggest player.…

Comic-Con 2018: Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars, Marvel and movie statues - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 2:26pm
High-end statues that include so much detail.

WhatsApp fights mob violence in India by limiting message forwarding - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 1:55pm
More changes are coming as the messaging service tries to prevent physical assaults that have followed the spread of rumors on the app.

This Funko Pop dress is made of 500 Jack Skellington heads - CNET - News - July 20, 2018 - 1:51pm
For the fifth edition of the Her Universe Fashion Show, Ashley Eckstein surprised fans with a 40-pound couture dress made of the character's Funko Pop.

Uber drivers “employees” for unemployment purposes, NY labor board says

Ars Technica - July 20, 2018 - 1:45pm

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New York City’s largest taxi driver advocacy group is hailing a legal decision by the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, which ruled last Friday that three out-of-work Uber drivers can be considered employees for the purpose of unemployment benefits. The decision was first reported Thursday by Politico.

In other words, three men—and possibly other "similarly situated" Uber drivers who had quit over low pay or who were deactivated from the Uber platform—can get paid.

"The decision means that New York Uber drivers can file for unemployment insurance and likely receive it," Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, emailed Ars.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

The Register - July 20, 2018 - 1:45pm
He who controls supplies controls... eh, not much

Four years ago at the height of smartwatch hype, it was the most desirable mineral in the world. The tech superpowers jostled to obtain supplies of the material, just as the superpowers jostled to secure their nitrate supplies* ahead of the First World War.…

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