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Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm
In the shadow of the iPhone X, Samsung’s 2018 flagship has much to prove.

Kia Telluride three-row SUV will make it to production, report claims - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 5:57pm
It might not fully resemble the concept, but Kia does want another three-row SUV in its stable.

Years after predicted “death,” game consoles are doing better than ever

Ars Technica - January 19, 2018 - 5:49pm

Enlarge / We will admit, new sales for the consoles shown here did not do very well in 2017.

It's hard to remember now, but we're only four or five years out from widespread and confident predictions that the game console market was effectively dead or dying. In 2012, Wired cited mobile disruption and "the whole box-model mentality" in declaring the death of the console. Around the same time, CNN cited a "four-year tailspin" in sales for dedicated consoles (which, coincidentally, started right around the same time as the global financial crisis) to explain "why console gaming is dying."

And IGN, in its own 2012 look at the fate of the console market, offered a bold prediction for the fate of the PS4 months before it was even officially announced: "A better-graphics box at $400? Not going to work."

Today, those and many other relatively recent predictions of doom for the console market look downright silly. The industry analysts at NPD announced last night that the US video game market grew 11 percent in 2017 to $3.3 billion. The reason? "Video game hardware [meaning consoles] was the primary driver of overall growth," as hardware was up 27 percent for the year, to $1.27 billion.

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Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

BBC Technology News - January 19, 2018 - 5:48pm
About 40,000 customers of OnePlus could have had card details stolen in the attack by cyber-thieves

Google, China's biggest tech firm sign patent-sharing deal - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 5:36pm
The search giant and Tencent will share patents covering a range of products and technologies.

Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 5:35pm
But we might still drum up some new regs, so keep it up

Tech firms are removing more hate speech faster than before – so now EU lawmakers want them to improve their feedback to users.…

TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider

BBC Technology News - January 19, 2018 - 5:34pm
The Post Office came out worst for landline services and Vodafone worst for mobile services.

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 5:06pm
Suppliers, time to consider that SaaS and/or public cloud angle

Research outfit 451 has run a survey that should get the pulses of on-premises IT suppliers beating faster.…

The net neutrality testing app that Apple rejected is available now

Ars Technica - January 19, 2018 - 4:40pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | alexsl)

An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services is now available on Apple's App Store, despite Apple originally refusing to allow it onto iPhones and iPads.

The Wehe app has been available for iOS at this link since last night. It had already been available for Android on the Google Play store for at least a month.

Wehe tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo in different ways and uses variances in measured results to judge whether or not traffic is being throttled to your device. But Apple initially refused to let the app into the App Store, telling its creator that "your app has no direct benefits to the user."

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Apple: The exclusive sales channel for an, er, AI toothbrush

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 4:38pm
White plastic? No Space Grey?

Word reaches us of an, er, AI-driven revolution taking place in dentistry but you’ll only be able to get you hands on Colgate’s Smart Electronic E1 Toothbrush from Apple as it is the exclusive sales channel.…

The Zuma failure has emboldened critics of SpaceX

Ars Technica - January 19, 2018 - 4:25pm

Enlarge / The Zuma mission launched on January 7 from Florida. (credit: SpaceX)

The space community has not learned much about the apparent loss of the Zuma payload launched by SpaceX on January 7, but the mystery has had one clear aftereffect: critics of SpaceX, including several far-right publications, have weaponized the failure of a national security satellite in their continued stream of attacks on the company.

For example The Federalist, a publication that defended the dating habits of Alabama Judge Roy Moore in his Senate campaign, opined about the accident, "It is concerning, to say the least, that American taxpayers have become the guinea pigs who will bear the risks and the costs before a final determination can be made." The conservative Washington Times also published a critical piece, noting that, "Taxpayers are tired of getting ripped off."

These articles were written by individuals with little apparent knowledge about the aerospace industry. The Federalist author lists, among his qualifications, that he "helped the 2014 freshmen Republican class to set up offices." The Times author notes on his LinkedIn profile that he is a "professional coalition builder."

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There are other, <i>legal</i> ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 4:03pm
Redmond finds allies in Irish data centre spat

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told.…

Here's why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 3:43pm
Commentary: Speakers with integrated voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant will soon become the norm, not the exception.

Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 3:39pm
UKSA and CNES buddy up on climate science, Mars missions

The British and French space agencies have agreed to team up on more missions together.…

Get a Propel Star Wars Battle Quad drone for $74.99 - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 3:37pm
Originally $180, these are absolutely positively the drones you're looking for. Plus: a Rolls-Royce hoverboard at a Ford Fiesta price.

Apple hit with complaint by South Korean consumer group

BBC Technology News - January 19, 2018 - 3:22pm
A South Korean consumer group has filed a complaint against Apple over iPhone slowdown.

IBM turns panto villain as <i>The Reg</i> tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 3:13pm
Hello children, fancy a chat about muck-raking tech rags?

The meltdown in corporate spin at IBM was apparent last week after the flames of publicity were fanned by The Register's report on the firm's proposals to redeploy tens of thousands of Global Technology Services staff.…

If foldable phones catch on, you can thank an unlikely source - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 2:55pm
When it comes to creating phones that take new shapes, little-known handset maker ZTE wants to lead the charge.

Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 2:40pm
Back to drawing board on £14bn pensions deficit

Plans by BT to cut its huge pension deficit have been thrown out by the High Court in England. The UK's incumbent telco had wanted to shift the rate used to calculate final salary pension payments.…

Wind with batteries? Build it quickly and it could cost $21/MWh in Colorado

Ars Technica - January 19, 2018 - 2:35pm

Enlarge / A couple of wind turbines, part of the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project in Limon, Colorado. (credit: Getty Images)

Proposals for renewable electricity generation in Colorado are coming in cheap, like, $21/MWh-cheap for wind and battery storage. Though there are a few caveats to those numbers, federal incentives and quickly falling costs are combining to make once-quirky renewable projects into major contenders in an industry where fossil fuels have comfortably dominated since the 19th century.

Early last year, Colorado energy provider Xcel Energy requested proposals for new electricity generation. Specifically, the company needed 450 megawatts of additional generation to meet future demand. In a separate request called the Colorado Energy Plan, Xcel said (PDF) it would consider replacing two coal plants providing 660MW of capacity with "hundreds of megawatts of new wind and solar as well as some natural gas-fired resources" if new resources could be found cheaper than what those coal plants cost to operate (including costs to shut down the plants early).

By late November, energy companies had submitted their best offers. Although exact details of the offers aren’t available yet, Xcel Colorado was required to make public a summary of the proposals (PDF) in the month after the bids were submitted.

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