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Introducing Classic View, a new way for subscribers to browse Ars

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 3:15pm

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We launched Ars Pro, our ad-free subscription service, at the beginning of the year. At the time, we told you we wanted to hear your ideas on how to make Ars Pro and Ars Pro++ more compelling. And we've been listening. Last spring, we removed tracking scripts for subscribers. More recently, we added PayPal as a payment option in response to your feedback. Today, we're excited to offer Classic View, an old-school way of browsing the front page.

When Ars launched in 1998—two whole decades ago—it was a simple site with the entire text of stories appearing on the front page. The only exceptions were things like Cæsar's lengthy musings on the blue-and-white Power Macintosh G3 ("Bottom line: I like the machine") and John Siracusa's epic Mac OS X reviews. Everything else was right there on the front page for you to read.

Classic View isn't exactly like the Ars of 20 years ago. Our stories are longer on average than they were back then, so putting the entire text of all of our stories on each page would result in an insane amount of scrolling. Instead, Ars Pro subscribers will see headlines, lower deks (the brief summaries that accompany story headlines), and the first three paragraphs of each story.

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ZDnet News - September 18, 2018 - 3:08pm
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Happy Days named America's most memorable TV theme, survey finds - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 3:08pm
Feels so right, it can't be wrong.

Amazon said to release eight new Alexa devices before year’s end

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 3:05pm

Alexa. Did he do it?

The world could have an Alexa-enabled microwave before 2018 is finished—yes, a microwave. According to a report by CNBC, Amazon may be gearing up to reveal up to eight new Alexa devices before the end of this year. Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget." CNBC's report claims that an internal Amazon document points at the online retailer revealing some or all of these devices at an event scheduled for later this month.

All of the rumored devices would have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection). While the microwave oven would be new, Amazon has already partnered with companies like Sonos to make Alexa-enabled amplifiers and other audio equipment. The company also partnered with Garmin recently to make the Garmin Speak Plus, a dash cam that connects to Alexa for in-car voice commands.

It's unclear if the new devices will consist solely of collaborations between Amazon and other tech manufacturers, or if all of the devices will be made and sold by Amazon. The company's Echo family has grown a lot since the first Echo speaker debuted in 2014. Around this time last year, Amazon revealed the newest members of the Echo family: the Echo Spot and updated Echo speakers.

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Ice volcanoes have likely been erupting for billions of years on Ceres

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 2:55pm

Enlarge / Ahuna Mons, a likely cryovolcano. (credit: Dawn Mission, NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA)

All of the bodies in our Solar System started out hot, with energy built up by their gravitational collapse and subsequent bombardment. Radioactivity then contributed further heating. For a planet like Earth, that has kept the interior hot enough to sustain plate tectonics. Smaller bodies like Mars and the Moon, however, have cooled and gone geologically silent. That set the expectations for the dwarf planets, which were thought to be cold and dead.

Pluto, however, turned out to be anything but. It turns out that water and nitrogen ices need far less energy input to participate in active geology, and radioactive decay and sporadic collisions seem to be enough to sustain it. Which brings us to Ceres, a dwarf planet that is the largest body in the asteroid belt. The Dawn spacecraft identified an unusual peak called Ahuna Mons that some have suggested is a cryovolcano, erupting viscous water ice. But why would Ceres only have enough energy to support a single volcano?

A new paper suggests it doesn't. Instead, there may be more than two dozen cryovolcanoes on Ceres' surface. We just haven't spotted them because geology on the dwarf planet didn't stop when the cryovolcanoes stopped erupting.

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Captain Marvel: New trailer arrives, plus release date, cast, plot info and more - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:55pm
Grab your pager and get ready to head back to the 1990s for a solo film about a Marvel heroine who just might save the universe. Here's what we know.

Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 2:44pm
Gov should ditch 'arbitrary' figure altogether – campaigners

The number of overseas IT workers turned away from jobs they were offered in the UK fell 68 per cent in the month after the UK government removed nurses and doctors from an immigration cap.…

Google's sister company fights mosquitoes with AI - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:44pm
A new sex-sorting technology will use sterile mosquitoes to stop the pests from breeding.

When you get hacked, figuring out who to call for help can be a puzzle - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:31pm
Even the FBI and your local police can't agree on who you should contact first.

Amazon's Fire 7 tablet is on sale for $35 - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:30pm
A stupid-good deal on a stupid-good budget tablet.

Who is Captain Marvel? All about the MCU hero Brie Larson will play - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:04pm
Everything about the newest MCU character, Carol Danvers and her place in the Marvel universe. Spoilers ahead!

Symantec takes on election hacking by fighting copycat websites - CNET - News - September 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
The new tool could prevent hacked emails and the spread of misinformation.

Putting the privilege back into access management

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 1:54pm
The anatomy of a privileged account hack

Promo At 2pm UK we've got a live broadcast in which we speak to privileged access management vendor Thycotic about new research, showing how much of a challenge privileged account management is for enterprises of all shapes and sizes. We look at the anatomy of a privileged account hack, showing how cybercriminals target their victims.…

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 1:41pm
'No reason to believe' customer deets compromised

The Brit limb of unfortunately named and reassuringly expensive domestic appliance maker Smeg is up on its feet again after being hacked.…

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 1:10pm
If you're resisting x86, Lenovo has some current deals for you

Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, says it is, at last, shipping its 64-bit Arm-compatible server processor.…

Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online

BBC Technology News - September 18, 2018 - 1:08pm
The range of harms include cyber-scams as well as trolling, bullying and stalking, finds an Ofcom study.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 12:51pm
Feeling old yet?

The first passenger Boeing 777 built is being flown to a museum today, having spent the last quarter of a century ferrying bods from A to B.…

Lyndsey Scott says models can also be coders

BBC Technology News - September 18, 2018 - 12:49pm
Former Victoria's Secret model Lyndsey Scott points out that programmers come in all shapes and sizes.

600-horsepower Volkswagen Jetta breaks 210 miles per hour - Roadshow - News - September 18, 2018 - 12:30pm
The modified 2019 Jetta broke the previous record of 208 miles per hour at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats.

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