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Robo-nose made from mouse cells could help sniff out drugs - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 5:38pm
A new kind of fake nose made with living mouse cells can detect odors from drugs and explosives, just like police dogs can.

Cyber Monday sales: 3 dirty little secrets you should know before Black Friday - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 5:36pm
Commentary: Don't delay a good Black Friday purchase -- the Cyber Monday deals aren't likely to be dramatically better.

Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”

Ars Technica - November 21, 2018 - 5:35pm

Enlarge / Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (credit: TechCrunch)

In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook's handling of recent scandals and his own leadership of the company. He flatly rejected calls to give up his position as the chairman of Facebook's board and said he had no plans to fire his top deputy, Sheryl Sandberg.

He argued that despite Facebook's recent problems, the site "is a positive force because it gives more people a voice."

It's not surprising that Zuckerberg would defend his own company. But Zuckerberg is wrong: there's no reason to think Facebook is a "positive force" and a lot of reasons to think the opposite.

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Behold the Guitendo guitar made from a Nintendo game console - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 5:35pm
Watch as musician Rob Scallon plays the Super Mario Bros. theme song on a guitar made from an NES.

Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM

Ars Technica - November 21, 2018 - 5:20pm

Enlarge / The Asus NovaGo is one of the first generation of Windows 10 on ARM systems, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. (credit: Asus)

A couple of Microsoft engineers are contributing code to Google's Chrome browser to help make it a native Windows on ARM application, as spotted by 9to5google.

Windows 10 on ARM, Microsoft's second attempt at creating a line of PCs that run on ARM processors, does something important that Windows RT, Microsoft's first attempt, did not. It can run x86 programs in an emulator, greatly expanding the range of software that it can use. But this has a performance penalty, so where possible, it's better to have native ARM applications.

One of the biggest sticking points here is Chrome; Google's browser is the most widely used third-party application on Windows. While Chrome does of course run on ARM systems (both Android phones and Chrome OS laptops), it doesn't currently compile properly as a Windows-on-ARM application. The contributions made by the Microsoft developers are addressing these various issues—adding ARM64 build targets, specifying the right compilers and Windows SDK versions, providing alternatives to x86-specific code, and so on.

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Pokemon Tamagotchi lets you raise Eevee, its 8 evolutions - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 5:17pm
The crossover you dreamed about in the '90s is finally happening.

Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine

BBC Technology News - November 21, 2018 - 5:02pm
The social network says the UK's data watchdog £500,000 penalty was unjustified.

In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives

Ars Technica - November 21, 2018 - 5:02pm

Enlarge / A vendor delivers coal briquettes which are mostly used to fuel small coal burners for heating and cooking for low-income homes and restaurants, in an old hutong neighborhood in Beijing, 26 December 2007. (credit: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images)

In China, coal and biomass like wood chips and sawdust are burned for cooking and heating. The resulting household pollution has contributed significantly to China's poor air quality. But between 2005 and 2015, China's population moved to urban centers and grew wealthier. More and more people were able to switch their cooking and heating to natural gas- and electricity-powered appliances. Now, researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of California Berkeley say that the shift likely saves about 400,000 lives annually.

Research published this week showed that population-weighted exposure to fine-particle pollution in Chinese households decreased by nearly half between 2005 and 2015. Ninety percent of that decrease came from changes in cookstove and heating technology. These changes avoided 400,000 premature deaths from particulate exposure annually, because fine-particle pollution is strongly linked to premature death in people with lung or heart disease, and it causes a host of other lung and heart problems.

Invisible hand of health

What's interesting is that these positive changes happened without any government intervention; they were unintended consequences of a booming economy. That means there's a lot of room left for further improvements. As of 2015, household fuels still accounted for 43 percent of the fine-particulate-related mortality in China, as solid fuels like coal and biomass haven't been completely eliminated. They're especially prevalent in low-income households and in rural areas where natural gas and electricity service is nonexistent.

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The 41 best VR games - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
What's worth playing in virtual reality? Here are all our favorites.

Sage CEO: £60m says we can convert more folk to Business Cloud

The Register - November 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
FY18 dogged by execution woes but, er, all sorted now

The latest CEO to take the controls at Brit accountancy software maker Sage is intending to convert the laggards in its customer base to the cloud by spending £60m on R&D and product improvements.…

It’s a fight against bubblegum pastels in trailer for The Lego Movie 2

Ars Technica - November 21, 2018 - 4:50pm

Enlarge / Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle) and Chris Pratt as Emmett are back to take on LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture)

It has been five years in the making, but the defenders of the LEGO universe are back to fend off alien invaders in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. If you liked the smartly zany goofiness of the original, there's much to recommend in the sequel, judging by this latest trailer.

(Spoilers for first The LEGO Movie below.)

In the first LEGO movie, we met Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt), a lowly worker in the town of Bricksburg who cheerfully fulfills his role as a cog in Lord Business' (Will Ferrell) corporate machine. That includes merrily singing the corporate theme song, "Everything is Awesome." (It's a bona fide ear worm. Just try to get that tune out of your head.) Lord Business has discovered a super-weapon, the "Kragle"—basically a giant tube of Krazy Glue—that will freeze the LEGO world permanently in its present form.

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McLaren 720S Spider pegged for Dec. 8 debut, which sounds cold - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 4:39pm
Expect everything that made the 720S great, but with more wind.

You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true

Ars Technica - November 21, 2018 - 4:25pm

Enlarge / For millions of sleep apnea sufferers, CPAP machines are the only way to get a good night's sleep. (credit: Somsak Bumroongwong / EyeEm)

Last March, Tony Schmidt discovered something unsettling about the machine that helps him breathe at night. Without his knowledge, it was spying on him.

From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it, and to his health insurer.

Schmidt, an information technology specialist from Carrollton, Texas, was shocked. “I had no idea they were sending my information across the wire.”

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The best Black Friday 2018 deal on Apple AirPods: Free from Metro by T-Mobile - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 4:17pm
Switch to Metro (formerly MetroPCS) and score a pair of AirPods for free.

Mazda offers $199 Apple CarPlay, Android Auto for 2014 and newer cars - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 4:14pm
The price doesn't include labor, but it does include more powerful USB ports.

3 is the magic number (of bits): Flip 'em at once and your ECC protection can be Rowhammer'd

The Register - November 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
Dutch boffins prove it is possible to evade memory-busting attack mitigations

Researchers in the Netherlands have confirmed that error-correcting code (ECC) protections can be thwarted to perform Rowhammer memory manipulation attacks.…

Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone supplier, to reportedly slash $2.9B in costs - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 3:58pm
The company expects 2019 to be a "very difficult and competitive year," Bloomberg reports.

The best Black Friday deals of 2018: The Cheapskate's picks - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 3:50pm
New additions! These are the items that have me reaching for my credit card.

Apple reportedly acquires privacy-focused AI startup - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 21, 2018 - 3:47pm
Silk Labs develops AI software that's compact enough to work on smaller devices.

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