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Withings releases Steel HR smartwatch after reacquisition from Nokia - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 12:18pm
It's $200, and available Tuesday.

Get 3 months of Pandora Premium for free - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 12:06pm
If you're a new subscriber who's never sampled Pandora's Spotify-like service, here's your chance to get an extended trial.

C'mon, biz: Give white hats a chance to tell you how screwed you are

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 12:05pm
... before black hats prove it

There have never been more white-hat researchers hunting for vulnerabilities on internet-facing systems and yet barely any organisations provide a way for them to report the issues they find.…

iPhone XS vs. XR vs. XS Max: iPhone buying guide for 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 12:00pm
We help you break down which iPhone phone to get.

Cloudflare invites folk to dabble in the 'distributed web' with InterPlanetary File System gateway

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 11:31am
Five billion pages on open-source project, just like the original World Wide Web

Cloudflare has decided the four-year-old InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) project looks strong enough to warrant a little love, and has launched a gateway to allow the IPFS-curious to try out the "distributed web" protocol.…

The math of why it’s so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 11:30am

Enlarge / Geometry puts some real design constraints on Darth Vader's desire for a spherical Death Star. (credit: Ben Orlin)

Opting to build the Death Star in the shape of a sphere may not have been classic Star Wars villain Darth Vader's wisest move, according to math teacher Ben Orlin. He investigates this burning question, and so much more, in his fabulous new book, Math with Bad Drawings, after Orlin's blog of the same name.

Orlin started using his crude drawings as a teaching tool. He drew a figure of a dog one day on his chalkboard to illustrate a math problem, and it was so bad the class broke out in laughter. "To see the alleged expert reveal himself as the worst in the room at something—anything—can humanize him and, perhaps, by extension, the subject," he writes. When he started his blog, he knew that pictures would be crucial to helping readers visualize the mathematical abstractions. Since he had no particular artistic talent, he opted to just cop to it up front. And thus, the "Math with Bad Drawings" blog was born.

The book is a more polished, extensive discussion of the concepts that pepper Orlin's blog, featuring his trademark caustic wit, a refreshingly breezy conversational tone, and of course, lots and lots of very bad drawings. It's a great, entertaining read for neophytes and math fans alike, because Orlin excels at finding novel ways to connect the math to real-world problems—or in the case of the Death Star, to problems in fictional worlds.

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NASA isn’t going to pay for the BFR, so Musk charts a new course

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 11:20am

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks as Yusaku Maezawa, founder and president of Start Today Co., looks on at an event at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Monday, (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

On a Monday night filled with emotion as much as engineering, one of the most poignant moments came toward the end of the program at SpaceX's rocket factory in California. The company's founder, Elon Musk, choked up as he described the financial contribution from a Japanese businessman, Yusaku Maezawa, to his Big Falcon Rocket project.

"I’ll tell you, it’s done a lot to restore my faith in humanity," Musk said, seated in front of the end of a Falcon 9 rocket and its nine engines. "That somebody is willing to do this, take their money and help fund this new project that’s risky, might not succeed, it’s dangerous. He’s like donating seats. These are great things."

The headline news out of Monday's event was that Maezawa has bought all of the seats on the first human flight of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) and upper stage spaceship (BFS)—a sortie around the Moon as early as 2023. Although neither Musk nor Maezawa would specify how much it had cost, Musk said, "This is a non-trivial amount that will have a material impact on the BFR program."

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Video games created using artificial intelligence

BBC Technology News - September 18, 2018 - 11:12am
Researchers in the US are using artificial intelligence to develop new video games.

Blink and you'll miss the record-breaking Volkswagen Bonneville Jetta - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 11:00am
The 600-horsepower VW broke the 200 miles per hour benchmark at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 10:47am
Finally said yes to HTTPS

The UK's TV Licensing agency has admitted that 25,000 viewers were induced into sending their bank details over an insecure connection.…

<i>The Reg</i> talks to the only Brit on the Voyager team

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 10:01am
Dr Garry E Hunt tells us how the long-lived spacecraft took its remarkable pictures

Interview It has been 41 years since the Voyager spacecraft left Earth to explore the outer solar system and, eventually, interstellar space. For the sole Brit on the Voyager imaging team, that journey began even earlier, in the 1960s, at Oxford University.…

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review: Charming, but not charmed - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - September 18, 2018 - 10:00am
Mitsubishi's new compact crossover is peppy and quirky, but that's about it.

Judge to Georgia voting officials: You’re terrible at digital security

Ars Technica - September 18, 2018 - 9:35am

Enlarge / An electronic voting machine in Atlanta, Georgia. (credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Georgia’s upcoming November 6, 2018 election will remain purely electronic and will not switch to paper to ward off potential hackers, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled on Monday evening.

But as US District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote, she is not at all happy with the inadequate efforts by state officials to shore up their digital security measures.

"The Court advises the Defendants that further delay is not tolerable in their confronting and tackling the challenges before the State’s election balloting system," she wrote in her order.

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Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 9:04am
Analyst wants a bigger slice of Bezos' $1tn pie

Investor advice biz Citi Research has recommended that Amazon breaks itself in half to avoid antitrust accusations, according to reports.…

Planning on geeking out at CA World this year? Think again

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 8:01am
Conference a casualty of world's weirdest acquisition

If you're one of the roughly 4,000 people planning to get a Miami-worth of frequent flyer points in November, think again: CA has binned CA World.…

Artists we want SpaceX to take on its first private moon mission - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 7:51am
SpaceX's first moon tourist wants to take a group of artists on his trip into lunar orbit. He hasn't chosen the final, lucky few yet, but we have some humble suggestions...

2019 Audi E-Tron keeps it pretty normcore - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 7:11am
Its $74,800 starting price doesn't attempt to hide its luxury-car roots.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

The Register - September 18, 2018 - 7:08am
Farewell, Patch Tuesday – and perhaps, farewell IT admins sucked into the big backend

Microsoft hopes to assimilate traditional IT admin roles into its cloud with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service.…

First SpaceX moon passenger Yusaku Maezawa: Everything you need to know - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 7:05am
SpaceX is sending Yusaka Maezawa to the moon. So who exactly is he?

SpaceX reveals mystery moon passenger, and he's a billionaire - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 18, 2018 - 7:03am
Elon Musk's SpaceX welcomes Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and an entourage of artists as its first BFR spaceship moon tourists.

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