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BlackBerry Key2 may get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chip - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 8:30pm
The new smartphone is also rumored to come with 4GB and 6GB of RAM.

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 8:26pm
And what reason would you have not to trust Facebook with your personal data?

Updated Social networking site and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information.…

Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 7:57pm
Seeing as you love moratoriums on following the rules so much, how 'bout we get one, too?

Internet domain-name sellers have turned the tables on global DNS overseer ICANN by using its own tactics against the hapless organization.…

Clean air, water on voters’ agenda, but not Congress’

Ars Technica - May 18, 2018 - 6:45pm

Enlarge / Congressman Mo Brooks wanted to know if scientists were including the influence of rocks falling into the ocean when they calculated sea level rise.

A poll came out this week indicating that huge majorities of the US public think that the federal government isn't doing enough to protect the environment. About 70 percent would like to see more action on clean water, and more than two-thirds would like to see additional steps taken on climate change. While there are some partisan divides regarding the right actions to take, most members of both parties would like to see expanded use of solar and wind power.

All of which provides a backdrop to the truly bizarre spectacle that took place in a hearing held by the House Science Committee this week. In a hearing meant to focus on technological solutions to climate change (like the hugely popular wind and solar), Republican members of the committee decided to once again raise questions about whether humans were influencing the warming climate, with one Congressman suggesting that the warming-driven rise in our oceans might instead be caused by rocks falling into the seas.

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The poll comes courtesy of the Pew Research Center, which obtained the opinions of more than 2,500 US adults. Despite a steady stream of rhetoric about the government overstepping its bounds, fewer than 10 percent felt that the US is doing too much to protect air, water, animals, and wilderness. Only 13 percent felt this way about climate change. By contrast, substantial majorities (from 57 to 69 percent, depending on the issue) thought that the government wasn't doing enough.

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UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 6:06pm
Privacy International gets another shot at shadowy Investigatory Powers Tribunal

Privacy International's years-long challenge against UK government hacking is headed to the nation's final court of appeal at the end of the year.…

Sony XBR-X900F series review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - May 18, 2018 - 4:50pm
The X900F delivers superb image quality, Android TV and modern, minimalist looks for a not-too-expensive price -- that'll only get lower later this year.

Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay world premiere: Pixar’s magic even works on RPGs

Ars Technica - May 18, 2018 - 4:19pm

Enlarge / This is not a pre-rendered cut scene. This is how Pixar-perfect Kingdom Hearts 3 looks in the middle of its zany action-RPG battles. (credit: Square Enix / Disney-Pixar)

SANTA MONICA, California—Through Japanese interpreters, the director and co-director of Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series introduced the first-ever playable version of Kingdom Hearts 3 by talking about the series' legacy. In particular, the duo, clad in Mickey Mouse-logo shirts, said they expected people to dive into older games and spinoffs in the 16-year JRPG series based on the quality and scope of this major new sequel.

I sighed.

From my admitted outsider perspective, Kingdom Hearts is two things: an action-RPG series that injected speed and Disney cuteness into Squaresoft's sluggish early-'00s period... and a mess of confusing plots and spin-off games that combine underwhelming mechanics and nonsensical developments to make my head spin. Nothing could make me want to rewind time and relive that uneven Kingdom history, I thought.

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Fahrenheit 451, cultural blind spots, and how to live with them - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 4:09pm
What’s your Kryptonite? Harry Potter? Star Wars? Seinfeld?

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 3:51pm
But case will go ahead as judge rejects bid for dismissal

Apple has failed to get a class-action sueball over its allegedly "shoddy" headphones dismissed – but the plaintiffs have been told to amend their claims.…

YouTube will stream the royal wedding live on Saturday - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:23pm
There's now one more place on the internet you can watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.

A royal-wedding commemorative iPhone X as costly as the event - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:19pm
Well, not really, but at $4,600, Goldgenie's latest blinged-out iPhone is really for well-heeled royal-wedding fanatics.

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 3:19pm
Indiegogo debt collector deadline looms ever closer...

Flailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has, once again, failed to meet yet another promised delivery deadline.…

Elon Musk's Boring Company will personally deliver your flamethrower - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:17pm
The company starts delivering in two weeks.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones

The Register - May 18, 2018 - 3:15pm
'An industry-leading approach'

The UK's first 3G network is to stop selling 3G-only devices, a move it says demonstrates how whizzy, modern and farsighted it is.…

Chevrolet is throwing a huge turbo four-cylinder in the new Silverado - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:13pm
With a displacement of 2.7-liters and a big turbo, Chevy's new engine is more powerful, efficient and lighter than the V6 it replaces.

PayPal buys iZettle for $2.2B to expand retail-store presence - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:10pm
The Swedish payments company was preparing for an IPO when PayPal swooped in and snapped it up.

FCA moving Fiat production out of Italy, building SUVs there instead - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 3:09pm
The Fiat lineup will reportedly be slashed so FCA can focus on more profitable Jeep and Maserati SUVs.

NASA asks for Europa lander science experiments—and that’s a big deal

Ars Technica - May 18, 2018 - 2:59pm

Plumes of water vapor on Europa? A lander could tell us much more. (credit: NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI)

NASA is in various stages of planning two multi-billion dollar missions to Jupiter's intriguing, ice-covered moon of Europa. One, a flyby mission known as the Europa Clipper, will make dozens of passes of the moon down to an altitude of about 25km as it assesses the nature of the ice and the ocean below and looks for clues of habitability. A second even more ambitious mission would seek to actually land on Europa, sample its ice, and look for signs of life.

Both missions, but especially the lander, would be among the most complex, daring, and costly planetary science missions that NASA has attempted. However, both the Clipper and lander are not equally likely to occur. The Clipper is more established. It has been progressing through NASA's multi-tiered review process and has a launch date of 2022. In the president's budget request for fiscal year 2019, it also received $265 million in funding.

The lander mission has always seemed more tenuous, partly because it represents such a breathtaking challenge to land on an icy moon so far away—a nightmare glacier that is irradiated by nearby Jupiter and where the creaky surface rises and falls. In terms of complexity, the Europa Clipper spacecraft has a mass of about 6 tons, and the lander spacecraft will probably end up with a mass of about 16 tons.

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Fahrenheit 451 arrives on HBO Now this weekend - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 18, 2018 - 2:53pm
If you've got HBO Now, Netflix or Hulu you've got a lot of new options in the next few days.

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