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Is this the final dashboard design for the Tesla Model 3? - Roadshow - News - April 28, 2017 - 8:28pm
New pictures show the interior of a Tesla Model 3 that looks pretty close to production-ready.

Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the next Nokia?

Ars Technica - April 28, 2017 - 8:17pm

At first glance, it's easy to mistake the Surface Pro 4 for the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft's third-quarter financial results were published yesterday, and they had many high points: cloud revenue is growing well (though we have some misgivings about how the numbers are reported), Windows outperformed the PC market, and Office 365 passed 100 million corporate seats. But there were a couple of significant black marks: Phone revenue has dropped to effectively zero, and Surface revenue was down sharply year on year, with a 26-percent drop in revenue.

The phone revenue is no big surprise: Microsoft has all but abandoned the market, and the last phones to sport a Microsoft logo—the Lumia 950 and 950 XL—are no longer sold. The company has been winding down its phone operation, writing off the entire value of the phone business it bought from Nokia and laying off thousands of former Nokia employees in the process.

But the story with Surface is more unsettling. In its analyst call, Microsoft ascribed the drop in Surface revenue to "product end-of-lifecycle dynamics," whatever that means. The company's 10Q filing used rather clearer language: Microsoft simply didn't sell as many Surface systems.

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 8:13pm
Like their hockey teams, Canadian systems went down this week eh

Canadians have had a mildly frustrating week as a pair of IT problems derailed broadband connections, blacked out TVs, cut off phone lines, and halted buses in America's hat.…


Wired - April 28, 2017 - 8:05pm
Super-weird week for news about flying cars. Alex Davies joins the show to talk us through it. The post Fly-Curious appeared first on WIRED.

Trump order helps offshore drilling, stops marine sanctuary expansion

Ars Technica - April 28, 2017 - 7:48pm

Enlarge / Walruses on floating ice, Chukchi Sea. (credit: Keren Su/Getty Images)

In an executive order signed on Friday, President Trump directed his secretary of the interior to review current rules on offshore drilling and exploration. This review is likely to result in a relaxation of the strict protections the previous administration put on offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic and in the Arctic.

According to the Washington Post, a review of the rules is likely to “make millions of acres of federal waters eligible for oil and gas leasing.”

At the same time, Trump’s executive order directed the secretary of commerce to cease designating new marine sanctuaries or expanding any that already exist. According to USA Today, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is also “directed to review all designations and expansions of marine monuments or sanctuaries designated under the Antiquities Act within the last 10 years.” The Post says this “includes Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which Obama quadrupled in size last year, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off Massachusetts.”

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Apple stops paying Qualcomm's patent royalties - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 7:35pm
Qualcomm's financial results will take a hit because of Apple's decision to suspend payments to iPhone contract manufacturers until a court can resolve their dispute.

The 3:59 extended edition: An early look at the Echo Look - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 7:16pm
We discuss Amazon's smart speaker that offers fashion advice. Truly. Plus: Sergey Brin's secret airship.

Worldwide PlayStation 4 shipments reach 60 million - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 7:14pm
Shipments are up from last year by about 2.3 million units.

Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 6:54pm
Paranoid fella hid operating system, weapons manuals in USB drive cufflinks, no less

A paranoid Welsh Muslim who wore gloves while typing on his laptop, admitted being part of Islamic State, and, gasp, harbored a copy of Linux Mint, has been described as a “new and dangerous breed of terrorist.”…

Plane in UK's first double-drone near-miss case

BBC Technology News - April 28, 2017 - 6:44pm
The near-miss with a passenger jet is the first in the UK to involve more than one drone.

The North Face’s parent company names new CIO - IT industry - April 28, 2017 - 6:28pm

VF, parent of The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler and other clothing and footwear brands, is promoting Sandra Harris to CIO effective January 1, 2018. Harris, who currently manages workforce productivity solutions as vice president of global business technology, will succeed Martin Schneider, who is retiring at year's end after 11 years as the retailer's CIO.


Sandra Harris will become CIO of VF in 2018. 

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“Out of his mind” surgeon plans human head transplant, revival of frozen brain

Ars Technica - April 28, 2017 - 6:19pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Anadolu Agency)

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero will undertake the first human head transplant later this year in China, the doctor told German magazine Ooom in an article published Thursday. And, following that effort, he will revive a cryogenically frozen brain and transplant it into a donor body within the next three years.

The plans, completely disconnected from reality and the state of modern medicine, are at least in line with his previous outlandish goals and dubious animal research.

Canavero made headlines in the past few years by claiming that transplanting the whole head of a human onto a donor body is currently possible. A Russian man, suffering from a spinal muscular atrophy malady called Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, even publicly volunteered for the procedure.

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After Nintendo Switch, does the 3DS have a future?

Ars Technica - April 28, 2017 - 6:09pm

Nintendo has recently said that its portable 3DS still has "has a long life in front of it" and that it will "coexist just fine in the marketplace" alongside the recently launched hybrid Switch. Last night's announcement of a new 2DS XL redesign also suggests Nintendo might not be done supporting its aging portable platform, despite the Switch's monumental market success so far.

If recent history is any guide, though, the 3DS will only enjoy a few more years of active support from Nintendo before being fully phased out.

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Finland's oldest operating ferry given electric motor

BBC Technology News - April 28, 2017 - 6:01pm
The Fori passenger ferry will now use electric power to make its river crossings.

Airbnb agrees to let California watch for racist hosts - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 5:55pm
A voluntary agreement between Airbnb and California officials will bring scrutiny to hosts accused of racial discrimination.

Tech's diversity issues could cost it $16 billion a year - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 5:55pm
Unfair treatment at work is a big reason tech workers leave. It affects underrepresented groups and it's costing the industry, a study shows.

'The Circle': A movie review for the tech literate - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 5:47pm
Is Tom Hanks playing Zuck, @jack or Jobs? "The Circle" serves as a cautionary tale for mainstream audiences but probably won't surprise the tech savvy.

The other side of the red carpet: A peek inside the madness - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 5:42pm
I took my first (and possibly only) dive into red carpet photography at the Tribeca Film Festival's screening of "The Circle," a movie based on Dave Egger's prescient novel. The experience was as weird and fascinating as I suspected.

Fancy a toothpicked-rollmop from our storage smorgasbord?

The Register - April 28, 2017 - 5:36pm
All the bits and pieces: It's like the three-day weekend has come early

Lego launches massive NASA Saturn V Apollo rocket set - CNET - News - April 28, 2017 - 5:29pm
Take your love of plastic bricks all the way to the moon with a towering Saturn V rocket complete with lunar lander and tiny astronauts.

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