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Hyundai Motor Group promotes Albert Biermann to head of R&D - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 7:03pm
Biermann is the first non-Korean to hold the position at the family-owned and operated group, which includes Hyundai and Kia.

FCC’s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 7:01pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Towfiqu Photography)

Update on December 12: The FCC today approved the robotext proposal described in this article. Original story from November 21, 2018 is as follows:

The Federal Communications Commission says it is giving cellular carriers added authority to block text messages, saying the action is needed to protect consumers from spam or robotexts. But critics of the plan note that carriers are already allowed to block robotexts and worry that the change will make it easy for carriers to censor political texts or block certain kinds of messages in order to extract more revenue from senders.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement acknowledges that carriers are already allowed to block illegal robotexts. Pai did not promise new consumer-friendly blocking services; instead, he said his plan "allow[s] carriers to continue using robotext-blocking and anti-spoofing measures to protect consumers from unwanted text messages" (emphasis ours).

Despite that, Pai is proposing to classify text messaging as an information service, rather than a telecommunications service. That's the same legal classification that Pai gave to home and mobile broadband services as part of a December 2017 vote to deregulate the industry and eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC has not previously ruled on whether text messaging is an information service or a telecommunications service.

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Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit

The Register - December 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
In Soviet Russia, comrade find small hole by making much bigger hole

Spacewalking cosmonauts clambered outside the ISS yesterday to get an external view of the mystery hole drilled into the Soyuz, which is due to return three crew members to Earth next week.…

Chris Pratt and Tom Holland will star in Onward for Pixar - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:55pm
Oh brother! There's a Guardian of the Galaxy and Spidey both voicing characters in the 2020 film about elf bros.

Sorry mantis shrimp, the Dracula ant's snap-jaw is faster - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:46pm
An enthralling ant beats the mantis shrimp to the punch with the fastest animal appendage known to science.

Transparent solar cell turns edge on and generates its own light

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 6:44pm

Enlarge / Solar panels sit on the roof of Google headquarters in Mountain View. (credit: Kimberly White/Corbis via Getty Images)

I love solar energy. Thanks to solar energy, on average, I’ve not had to pay for electricity for the last two years. Just because solar is already pretty good, though, doesn’t mean that it can’t be even cooler. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you transparent solar panels.

This area of research is addressing a couple of places where solar panels could be improved. For instance, it would be quite nice if we could coat windows with solar collectors but still let the light through. And, as a side effect, it may allow us to use each photon of light a little more efficiently. But how should we do that?

Using each photon twice

It turns out that these goals are connected. One of the ways that solar panels lose energy is when the photons have more energy than the solar cell can cope with.

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12 cylinders, 11,000rpm: Aston Martin’s new engine is a monster

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

Aston Martin

The world of ultra-high-performance cars is an odd one. Stratospheric prices and tiny production runs mean few people will ever see one on the move; fewer still will experience one from the driver's seat. The relentless march of progress pushes their specs further and further to the edge; 400hp might have seemed more than you'd ever need in the 1970s but would now be barely adequate in a sporting sedan. And these cars often act as harbingers for impending global catastrophe—just look at the timing of the Ferrari Daytona or McLaren F1.

In the current era, we had to find a new term to even describe these four-wheeled exotics. Calling them supercars no longer sufficed, so now we have the hypercar. A few years ago, McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche kicked things off with a trio of hybrids, each costing more than a million dollars and each nearing 1,000hp.

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Doubles all round for the server-makers: Market inhales $23.36bn for the quarter

The Register - December 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
Dell EMC, HPE and ODMs frolic as cloud rains cash

The continued data centre refresh cycle and seemingly insatiable demand from the big cloud slingers to bulk out their infrastructure saw server vendors make hay while the sun shone in Q3.…

Huawei P Smart phone leak shows pretty much everything you'd want to know - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:28pm
A French retailer listed the phone, leaking specs, images and price.

Apple may be working on cellular modem chips in-house - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:23pm
A new report indicates that Apple's looking for a Cellular Modem Systems Architect.

Amazon Web Services aims to colonize your network with Outpost

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 6:20pm

Enlarge / Amazon's going to need some bigger boxes to ship those Outpost racks next year. (credit: Christopher Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If you want to know what Amazon's big plans are for Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most reliable tells is to watch where Microsoft and Google cloud services are gaining traction. At last year's annual Amazon re:Invent technical conference, the big news for cloud customers was Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), a managed container service based on industry-leading Kubernetes—an open source platform championed by Google. And this year at re:Invent 2018, Amazon announced its counter to Microsoft's Azure Stack with a new on-premises offering of its own.

Amazon Outposts, a service scheduled to become available in the second half of 2019, will allow customers to provision physical racks of Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers and have them shipped to their own data centers. The racks will be configured with the same servers that Amazon runs in its AWS data centers; once installed, the racks will connect back to the AWS mothership over the Internet and then can be configured with storage services and virtual machines through Amazon's AWS Management Console. And just as with services hosted in Amazon's own data centers, customers won't own these racks—they'll rent them. The costs and connectivity requirements associated with Outpost have yet to be determined.

Living on the edge

Using Outpost's "edge computing" model has some potential benefits for companies transitioning to the cloud or with large existing hybrid cloud deployments mixing on-site and cloud resources. In his re:Invent keynote, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said that consistency in operations was the primary motivation for Outpost, since customers will be able to use the same Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and control pane with Outposts that they currently use with AWS. But Outpost also guarantees on-demand access to the virtual machines and storage on these systems, whereas in normal AWS cloud usage, customers would have to reserve those services in advance to guarantee on-demand availability. Additionally, customers may be able to eventually run many AWS cloud services locally in their own data center—services that they might currently rely on third-party software for because of performance or security concerns related to using AWS.

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2019 TV shows you can't miss - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:19pm
As Game of Thrones comes to an end and as Disney's and Apple's streaming services begin, here's the best sci-fi and geeky TV coming in 2019.

Robot turns out to be man in suit

BBC Technology News - December 12, 2018 - 6:14pm
A robot has featured on Russian TV but turns out to be a man in a suit.

Apple's subscription news service may launch by spring 2019, says report - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:11pm
It's kind of like Netflix for magazines.

Dixons Carphone posts £440m loss in first half

BBC Technology News - December 12, 2018 - 6:09pm
The struggling retailer posts a £440m loss after it writes down the value of its Carphone Warehouse brand.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene, explained - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Marvel adds more Spider-people and meme moments to the mix. Warning: spoilers incoming!

Thwack... boing: Amazon EFS rival Elastifile flings out multi-cloud file store through Google

The Register - December 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Ain't no marketplace like a third-party marketplace

Scale-out software filer supplier Elastifile has buddied up with Google to thrust its NAS file system into Mountain View's Cloud Platform.…

Epic opens Fortnite’s cross-platform services for free to other devs

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Enlarge / Players from seven different gaming platforms could be in this shot, and in your game, too!

Part of the massive success of Fortnite has been the ability for hundreds of millions of players to join with each other across myriad computer, mobile, and console platforms. Now, Epic is laying out a roadmap to share that cross-platform architecture with other developers as part of a free SDK that will be rolled out next year.

Epic says its newly announced Online Services SDK will offer "cross-platform login, friends, presence, profile, and entitlements" across PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch "to the full extent each platform allows per-title." The service is planned for launch on PC sometime in the second or third quarter of 2019, with support for other platforms planned "throughout 2019."

A roadmap announced today laid out the following schedule for features to be added to the free SDK:

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2020 Toyota Supra snapped without camouflage - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 5:43pm
Toyota's highly anticipated sports car goes full-frontal.

AT&T Fiber brings gigabit internet service to 12 more cities - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 5:40pm
Cities in Florida, Texas and Mississippi are among the new locations getting the ultra-high-speed broadband service.

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