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Here's every Galaxy S phone since 2010 - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 10:00pm
We look back on the Galaxy evolution over the last nine years.

How to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack for free - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 9:53pm
Even if you haven't seen the show, the music offers a fascinating, toe-tapping, semiaccurate history lesson. There are at least three ways to hear it without spending a penny.

Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 9:41pm

Enlarge / Two layers of one of the materials used in this work. (credit: The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database)

We seem to be on the cusp of a revolution in storage. Various technologies have been demonstrated that have speed approaching that of current RAM chips but can hold on to the memory when the power shuts off—all without the long-term degradation that flash experiences. Some of these, like phase-change memory and Intel's Optane, have even made it to market. But, so far at least, issues with price and capacity have kept them from widespread adoption.

But that hasn't discouraged researchers from continuing to look for the next greatest thing. In this week's edition, a joint NIST-Purdue University team has used a material that can form atomically thin sheets to make a new form of resistance-based memory. This material can be written in nanoseconds and hold on to that memory without power. The memory appears to work via a fundamentally different mechanism from previous resistance-RAM technologies, but there's a small hitch: we're not actually sure how it works.

The persistence of memristors

There is a series of partly overlapping memory storage technologies that are based on changes in electrical resistance. These are sometimes termed ReRAM and can include memristors. The basic idea is that a material can hold a bit that is read based on whether the electrical resistance is high or whether electrons flow through like it was a metal. In some of these, the resistance can be set across a spectrum that can be divided up, potentially allowing a single piece of material to hold more than one bit.

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iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: What iPhone should you buy? - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 9:37pm
How does Apple's most affordable 2018 iPhone compare to the discounted iPhone 8 Plus of last year?

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds

The Register - December 18, 2018 - 9:24pm
Journos, politicos trolled, abused 'once every 30 secs'

In March, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to stem the tide of toxic content that has plagued his antisocial network for years.…

Charter settlement means up to $150 in refunds for some customers - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 9:17pm
Customers will receive refunds and free streaming service.

Instagram stickers now let you send music, ask questions live - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 9:04pm
More ways to interact with friends and Instagram celebrities.

VW estimates 342-mile electric range from I.D. hatchback, pricing near diesels - Roadshow - News - December 18, 2018 - 8:54pm
The information came in the form of an almost-overlooked tweet.

Study: Twitter is a 'toxic place' for women - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 8:33pm
Female journalists and politicians received a "problematic" or "abusive" tweet every 30 seconds on average, says a study by Amnesty International and Element AI.

Trump revives US Space Command for military operations - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 8:32pm
Vice President Mike Pence also says Space Force is still on the table.

Scrubtastic end to 2018 as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Arianespace all opt for another day on Earth

The Register - December 18, 2018 - 8:30pm
But spare a thought for 'nauts coming home in punctured Soyuz

Roundup It's been a packed week to round out the year for rocket fans still giddy from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital jaunt.…

Netflix makes the case for a stay-at-home New Year's Eve - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 8:04pm
Two surveys claim that most people would rather stay in for New Year's Eve. Of course, that's good news for Netflix.

Twitter rolls out easier way to switch between latest and top tweets - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 8:03pm
Sometimes you just don't want to see tweets from last night's basketball game on your timeline.

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe starts at $136,500 with a V8 - Roadshow - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:41pm
Pricing for the I6 model isn't out yet, because the V8 variants hit dealerships first.

Netflix's canceled Marvel shows? Disney may revive them after all - CNET - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:40pm
In an interview, the head of Disney+ says resurrecting the likes of Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage is a possibility.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

The Register - December 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
We won't be having a word with local firms until then

Germany's top cybersecurity official has said he hasn't seen any evidence for the espionage allegations against Huawei.…

Google Chrome wants to stop back-button hijacking

Ars Technica - December 18, 2018 - 7:22pm

Enlarge (credit: Google)

Have you ever been to a website where the back button just doesn't work? In these instances, you press "back" to go back but instead you just end up at the same page where you started. A new commit on the Chromium source (first spotted by 9to5Google) outlines a plan to stop weird website schemes like this, with a lockdown on "history manipulation" by websites. The commit reads: "Entries that are added to the back/forward list without the user's intention are marked to be skipped on subsequent back button invocations."

The back button moves backward through your Web history, and, along with the close button, it's one of the most common ways of leaving a website. This is very bad if you're a shady website designer, and sites have tried to mess with the back button by adding extra entries to your Web history. It's not hard to do this with a redirect—imagine loading from a search result, which instantly redirects you to Both pages would get stored in your history, so pressing "back" from would send you to, which would redirect you again and add more troublesome history entries. This doesn't make it impossible to leave (quickly hitting the back button twice might work), but it does make it harder to leave, which is the end goal.

To stop this kind of history manipulation, bad history entries will soon get a "skippable" flag, which means the back button will ignore them when it navigates through the history order. One commit says Google still needs to come up with some kind of "pruning logic" to declare a website as skippable, but that could probably be done with something like a timestamp. You spent zero seconds on that redirect page, so that's probably not a good history entry.

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Land Rover teases new Defender, promises more info on Dec. 27 - Roadshow - News - December 18, 2018 - 7:19pm
Now that's one heck of a holiday gift.

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