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Amazon Smart Plug review: A smart plug for Alexa only - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - October 16, 2018 - 9:59pm
If you're living in an Alexa-powered smart home, adding this smart plug is a simple way to automate dumb devices.

Nvidia updates its moon landing conspiracy debunk with its new GPU - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 9:54pm
In 2014, Nvidia used technology to prove photos from the moon landing couldn't be fake. Now, it's using its new ray-tracing RTX GPU to do it again.

Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 9:24pm
Storm-savaged waterworks having to rebuild from scratch

A water company in the US state of North Carolina already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will now have to juggle a complete database rebuild – thanks to a nasty ransomware infection.…

Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 9:10pm
Investors sue over failure to 'fess up in financial filings

Google's parent has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to disclose to investors a bug – secretly fixed in March – that could have exposed half a million users' data.…

Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 8:50pm

Enlarge / Shiny. (credit: Ubisoft)

Amid the luminescent, blue-green plants of some once-forgotten world, my sharp red dart of a ship narrowly avoids ambush. Carrying important cargo that is hefty enough to keep my versatile vessel from being able to take off, I’m left with two choices: flee or dump the ballast to turn and fight.

Those who are familiar with 2016’s No Man’s Sky will undoubtedly notice more than a few similarities between it and Starlink: Battle for Atlas, which created the above scene. The visuals in both are consistently bizarre and otherworldly—they are believably alien in a way the last few decades of serialized television haven’t been able to capture. Both games offer just about free rein to fly anywhere and do more or less whatever you will across the vast reaches of space (though Starlink is limited to a single solar system).

The key difference—aside from Starlink’s additional narrative glue (at least compared with No Man’s Sky at launch)—is that it’s a toys-to-life game, much like Disney Infinity or Activision’s Skylanders. Yet despite the contraptions you’ll need to attach to your controller, the game itself is remarkably accessible and surprisingly entertaining regardless of your age.

Build-a-ship

Starlink’s narrative setup is straightforward: thanks to a genius astrophysicist and an alien that crashed on Earth, humans are now making their first nascent voyages to the stars. But the fuel humans are using for those trips, Nova, is a rare resource. The aliens of the Atlas star system have long since lost the knowledge of how to make the interstellar fuel, leaving them largely trapped near their home planet.

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Uber's upcoming IPO could be worth as much as $120 billion, says report - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 8:46pm
The company is preparing to go public in 2019.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Galaxy S9: Every spec compared - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 8:43pm
Huawei is bringing interesting new features to its latest phones, so we broke down the numbers for how the Mates compare to the hottest handsets right now.

Stephen Hawking to be remembered at 2019 Breakthrough Prize ceremony - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 8:38pm
Pierce Brosnan will host the ceremony.

SimpliSafe launches a new video doorbell for $169 - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 8:31pm
Available today at Best Buy, SimpliSafe's new doorbell plants a camera at your front door, and you don't need a SimpliSafe security system to use it.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Racing ahead of last year's model - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - October 16, 2018 - 8:30pm
Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 gets even faster, but be ready to pay for must-have extras.

Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 8:30pm
Samsung-screened mobe not easily repaired, just like a Samsung

Teardown demon iFixit has pulled Google's shiny new flagship Pixel 3 phone to pieces, revealing more glue and glass than strictly necessary.…

Twitter sends mysterious, nonsensical notifications to users - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 8:21pm
If you just received a string of random numbers and letters, you're not alone.

Dell Tech: We'll let shareholders vote on VMware deal in Q4

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
Icahn hardly believe it

Dell Technologies will ask shareholders to vote in calendar Q4 on the proposed changes in its relationship with VMware.…

21-year-old who created powerful RAT software sentenced to 30 months

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 7:43pm

Enlarge (credit: Lino Mirgeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

A 21-year-old Kentucky man who previously admitted to creating and selling a "remote access trojan" (RAT) known as LuminosityLink has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Colton Grubbs had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully accessing computers in the furtherance of a criminal act, among other crimes.

When Grubbs was first charged, he claimed LuminosityLink was a legitimate tool for system administrators, and he never intended for it to be used maliciously. He reversed course in a plea agreement he signed in July 2017. In that document, he admitted for the first time that he knew some customers were using the software to control computers without owners' knowledge or permission. Grubbs also admitted emphasizing a wealth of malicious features in marketing materials that promoted the software.

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Uncovering the Victorian films fit for Imax - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 7:38pm
Painstakingly restored large format 70mm films give an astonishingly clear glimpse into the earliest days of cinema.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

The Register - October 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
A tale of Four Mates

Hands On With its vast, formidable production machine roaring behind it, Huawei is giving itself two entries in the annual flagship race this year – the prize some other OEMs struggle to hit annually.…

Roborace wants the future of racing to be AI plus humans, working together

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 7:22pm

Errolson Hugh

A quick look through the Cars Technica back catalog (the carchive, perhaps?) shows that autonomous driving technology and racing technology are both topics we return to quite often. But it has been a while since we covered their intersection—specifically, what's been going on at Roborace. The series first broke cover at the end of 2015 and then wowed everybody with the Robocar a few months later. It looks outrageous, made possible because it does not need to protect a human driver or generate meaningful downforce, two factors that overwhelmingly influence most race car designs.

Initially, the idea was for a driverless support series for Formula E. Roborace would supply teams with identical Robocars, and the teams would try to program a better racing AI. However, it's fair to say that the idea of watching a grid full of AI cars race each other did not meet with universal approval. "We realized that humans are very much part of the storyline of autonomous driving technology. The machines need to learn from humans. What’s it like to take a ride in one as a passenger? These cars have to learn how to fit into a human world. Human and AI cars will share the road," said Rod Chong, Roborace's deputy CEO.

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Apple fattened up its bagel emoji and now people are happy - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 7:20pm
Apple dishes up a plumper bagel schmeared with cream cheese to head off #bagelgate complaints.

Dealmaster: Get a Google Daydream View VR headset for $40

Ars Technica - October 16, 2018 - 7:19pm

Enlarge (credit: TechBargains)

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on the coral version of Google's Daydream View VR headset, which is down to $40 at Verizon as of this writing.

While this is not the absolute lowest we've seen Google's mobile VR headset, it's still more than half off its standard $99 list price. Smartphone VR is still the lightest VR experience, but if you plan on buying a new Pixel 3, want to use it as your own personal movie theater, and don't want to splash the cash on a more advanced and standalone headset like the upcoming Oculus Quest, the Daydream View is still a decent entry point.

If you have no interest in virtual reality, we also have deals on AMD processors, sous vide cookers, the Nvidia Shield, storage, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.

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iPhone XS vs. Pixel 3: Which phone has the best camera? - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 16, 2018 - 6:54pm
It's a camera showdown between the two hottest phones of 2018.

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