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Apple axes thousands of 'illegal' gambling apps from Chinese App Store - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 3:26pm
The sweep of a reported 25,000 apps follows intense criticism by state-run media.

Bowers & Wilkins ditches Kevlar with new 600 series speakers - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 3:25pm
B&W has made Kevlar speakers for more than 20 years, but its 600 models are the last to switch to the company's own Continuum material.

SuperProf gets schooled after assigning weak passwords to tutors

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 3:11pm
'Super' + 'user's first name' login is crackers, see me after – clients

Updated Private tutor networking website SuperProf has irritated teacher clients of a firm it recently acquired – by handing out hopelessly insecure passwords.…

Apple complies with China’s rules again, pulls gambling apps from App Store

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 3:10pm

Enlarge / A customer inspects the 2013 iPhone at the Wangfujing flagship store in Beijing. (credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Apple removed thousands of gambling apps from China's App Store after the company came under fire from state-run media. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the tech giant removed as many as 25,000 illegal gambling apps, many of which were disguised as official lottery apps, from China's App Store after China Central Television criticized the company for not doing more to catch and remove banned content.

"Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China," Apple said in an emailed statement to The Wall Street Journal. "We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store."

While Apple occasionally cleans up its App Stores to remove spam apps and content, this recent situation shows another way that the company has bent to the rules of the Chinese government. Last year, Apple removed VPN apps from its Chinese App Store after the local government banned services that were not already approved by the state. VPN apps allowed Chinese users to bypass the Great Firewall to get uncensored access to blocked websites.

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These 12 laptops deliver the best battery life

ZDnet News - August 20, 2018 - 3:02pm
If you need a notebook that can last all day away from a power outlet, these dozen can handle it -- and then some. Your options include top-rated Windows, Mac and Chromebook systems.

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty

BBC Technology News - August 20, 2018 - 3:01pm
A US lawyer who tricked people into paying for films he had helped pirate faces years in jail.

Shenmue I & II impressions: A gaming history lesson, but it feels like school

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 3:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Sega)

This week, for the first time since the early '00s, Sega's Shenmue games will be available on modern platforms. Both original games, 1999's Shenmue and 2001's Shenmue II, arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on Tuesday, August 21, as a $30 compilation.

Chances are, you never got to dive into either, owing not only to their age but also their exclusive launches on largely unpopular consoles in the West (the Dreamcast and original Xbox, respectively). This week's compilation changes the access-half of the equation (and comes to tide fans over while waiting for the crowdfunded Shenmue III). But does it deliver a must-play return to Sega's console swan song?

Not really. The team responsible for restoring this pair of games has erred on the side of authenticity. In good news, that means everything from the original games—art, dialogue, presentation—has been shined up as much as humanly possible. These are the best versions of Shenmue games in the world. But hundreds of open-world games have surpassed Yu Suzuki's classic in the days since, and none of those later games' successes have inspired Sega to fix what's broken here.

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An early SpaceX employee will now help Relativity reach the launch pad

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 3:00pm

Enlarge / At the heart of the Relativity factory is the "Stargate" 3D printer, which the company says is the largest metal 3D printer in the world. (credit: Relativity Space)

Relativity is one of the most ambitious companies in the rocket industry. It seeks to manufacture the entirety of its rockets using 3D printing techniques, hoping to one day print a rocket on the surface of Mars to launch from there. But are either of these goals achievable?

Some new moves by the company suggest they just might be. On Monday morning, Relativity will announce the hiring of Tim Buzza as an adviser to shepherd the company's launch vehicle execution. These duties will include finalizing the selection of a US-based launch site (a decision will come before the end of this year) and overseeing development of ground launch systems at that site.

Tim Buzza (credit: Relativity Space)

Buzza is a well-known figure in the aerospace industry. He was employee number five at SpaceX, having hired on in 2002, and over a 12-year career he ended up as the company's vice president of launch operations. In an oral history interview in 2013 with NASA, Buzza explained his early duties at SpaceX.

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EU reportedly ready to act against tech companies over terror content - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 2:53pm
European Union plans to impose fines over terrorist propaganda.

Twitter CEO Dorsey explains ignoring Infowars' rules violations - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 2:50pm
Speaking to CNN, Dorsey says Twitter didn't take action against Alex Jones until others pointed out bad behavior.

Dealmaster: The Essential Phone fire sale continues, now just $224 [Updated]

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 2:46pm


Update (8/20/2018 10:55am ET): The discount looks to have expired for now; we'll update this post if it returns.

Original story: Essential really seems to want to get rid of whatever phones it has left in stock. Last month we highlighted a deal in which the struggling startup’s first and only Android phone was marked down to $250 on Amazon Prime Day. On Monday, the device is going for even less than that, as Amazon is selling the “Halo Gray” edition of the handset for $224.

The Essential Phone first sold for $699 when it launched last summer and has undergone a couple of permanent price drops after sales reportedly fell well short of expectations. To be clear, the device still has its share of issues: there’s no waterproofing, no microSD slot, no headphone jack, and some users have reported issues with reception on T-Mobile. Battery life is just okay, and even after several updates the camera isn’t really competitive with any other flagship phone from last year. Essential’s modular accessory system has been a total bust, too.

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UFC champ Robert Whittaker uses Excel, gaming to get into shape - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 2:45pm
Yes, that Excel. Yes, those video games.

Fitbit returns to its roots with new $150 Charge 3 fitness tracker

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Valentina Palladino

It has been two years since Fitbit updated its Charge 2 fitness tracker, the $150 device that represents the most advanced activity band in Fitbit's lineup before you enter smartwatch territory. Today, Fitbit announced the Charge 3, a new tracker that maintains the Charge 2's spot but further bridges the gap between fitness tracker and smartwatch.

Fitbit made subtle changes to the Charge 2's design to come up with the Charge 3. Immediately noticeable in my short demo of the Charge 3 is its lightness—at 20-percent lighter than the Charge 2, you can barely feel it when it's on your wrist as you're wearing it.

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So phar, so FUD: PHP flaw puts WordPress sites at risk of hacks

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 1:40pm
But claims of 'complete system compromise' are a little extreme

Bsides Manchester A newly discovered WordPress flaw has left installs of the ubiquitous content management system potentially vulnerable to hacking.…

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 12:42pm
Staff forced to whiteboard in terminals as cloud connection goes TITSUP*

Updated London Gatwick Airport’s shiny new cloud-based flight information display system had a hard landing this morning as its vision of the future was brought down to earth with a bump.…

Social media faces EU fine if terror lingers for an hour

BBC Technology News - August 20, 2018 - 12:39pm
The European Commission is planning stricter rules for social media companies.

Your Phone prematurely ejected, Skype texting on the way, and 900 more years of Windows

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 12:02pm
Three SMS platforms? Oh Redmond, you spoil us

As Alexa and Cortana kicked off a conversation more awkward than the worst Tinder date and Visual Studio 15.8 dropped into the hands of delighted developers, what else happened last week at Microsoft?…

Oppo Find X review: Sexier and more innovative than the Galaxy S9 - CNET - Reviews - August 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
This is -- bar none -- the best-looking phone of 2018. And its slide-up camera takes great photos, too.

When will we see new iPhones? 10 years of Apple event data tell all

ZDnet News - August 20, 2018 - 11:48am
Because there's nothing more fun on a Sunday afternoon than making a spreadsheet of Apple events, we predict, just for you, the exact date and time of the next iPhone announcement. Mark your calendars.

'Exploding' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation

BBC Technology News - August 20, 2018 - 11:33am
The Dutch fire brigade is called to help deal with a "fuming" Apple device.

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