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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid review - Roadshow - Reviews - October 19, 2017 - 3:46pm
Toyota gives the new generation Camry Hybrid a power bump and greater average fuel economy, at 45 mpg, but it's most noteworthy improvement is how it looks.

Amazon: More than 100 cities bid for new headquarters

BBC Technology News - October 19, 2017 - 3:46pm
The deadline is approaching for US cities to submit proposals to host Amazon's new headquarters.

How does this look? Be your own virtual make-up artist

BBC Technology News - October 19, 2017 - 3:37pm
French cosmetics chain Sephora is using augmented reality so that customers can try on make-up virtually, before buying it.

Breakfast at Jeffrey's: UK CEO admits Voda 'slightly lost its mojo'

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 3:31pm
Also slags off BT, backs Ofcom, keeps mum on Liberty tie-up

"Basically the message is Vodafone is back," says UK chief executive Nick Jeffrey, a message he's so eager to convey at a breakfast briefing hosted by the company that it almost sounds as if the lady doth protest too much.…

“Security concerns” lead to LTE service shutdown on Chinese Apple Watches

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 3:27pm

Enlarge / You can now make calls from your Apple Watch without the phone nearby.

Apple's struggles in China continue to mount, and this time, it's Apple's newest wearable causing problems for the company. According to a Wall Street Journal report, standalone wireless service available on certain models of the Apple Watch Series 3 has been shut down just one month after the device became available. Chinese customers who purchased a Series 3 with LTE are not able to connect their wearables to their wireless networks, and it's unclear when service will be reinstated.

When the Apple Watch Series 3 became available on September 22, LTE service was available exclusively through China's Unicom wireless company. However, new cellular subscriptions were cut off after September 28. Those who registered for wireless service on their Apple Watch before September 28 (essentially, customers who bought the new device within the first week of sale) have been unaffected. Those who have tried to set up wireless service on a Series 3 device since September 28 have been unable to do so.

Unicom's website only says that cellular service was initially offered on a "trial basis," but the company is not saying when it would come back for new customers. Analysts suspect the shutdown is due to security concerns from the Chinese government, which heavily regulates all mobile phone service and devices.

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iFixit rips apart the Pixel 2 XL, checks out Google’s first consumer SoC

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 3:17pm

Ron Amadeo

Google's new flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are out today. In the life of any major smartphone, there comes a time when it must hit iFixit's workbench for a teardown, and for the 2 XL, today is that day.

The site found a few surprises inside the Pixel 2 XL. First up is a magnesium mid-frame, which should make the phone extra stiff. The mid-frame is also housing a heat pipe for better cooling, which seems to be showing up more and more in smartphones. Under X-Ray, you can see that, like the smaller Pixel 2, the Pixel 2 XL does have antenna bands, but they're invisible on the 2 XL. It is also nice to see the "Active Edge" pressure sensors, which allow you to squeeze the phone to call up the Google Assistant.

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CNET Book Club, Episode 2: 'Walkaway' by Cory Doctorow - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 3:07pm
In our new podcast about tech-related books, we talk to the author of a novel that explores what happens when people just walk away from everything.

Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 3:03pm
On-premises Microsoft cloud gets 14G servers for more oomph

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.…

Nissan teases mystery SUV concept for Tokyo Motor Show - Roadshow - News - October 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
"Intelligent Mobility" concept is likely powered by electricity and packed with some level of self-driving tech.

Where are the Verizon video freebies? - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 2:49pm
Moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile raise the question of whether Verizon needs to offer a video perk, even as customers flock back to its unlimited plan.

Google's adorable Doodle stars Nobel-winning astrophysicist - CNET - News - October 19, 2017 - 2:44pm
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar won the Nobel Prize in 1983 for his theory on the evolution of stars.

Stardock CEO talks Star Control: Origins’ player crafting and upcoming beta

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 2:33pm

Enlarge / You'll be given a lot of parts with which to build your custom ship. Stardock hopes each player will end up with a completely different ship at the end and compare screenshots. (credit: Stardock)

Star Control is back—or at least it will be imminently. Next month, Stardock Entertainment will begin a beta test of Star Control: Origins, a space-exploration adventure game that the company's CEO, Brad Wardell, hopes will be a true successor to fan favorite Star Control II. The beta will include a ship-creator tool and playable super melee, 1v1 PvP mode. The beta coincides with the 25th anniversary of Star Control II.

Originally, Star Control: Origins was slated for release at this time, but it has been pushed back to next year. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell says the game has been delayed in part because its development team decided to implement robust, in-game creation tools that will allow players to create ships, planets, structures, stories, and more—Minecraft-style—then share them on the Steam Workshop.

I spoke at length with Wardell about the game, his personal history with Star Control, these newly revealed features, and more. And we have new art, new screenshots, and a video showing the game's current state of development.

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Power: The ultimate web-based commodity

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 2:32pm
Reg Lecture reveals what it is, where to find it

Events If you've ever wondered who really controls today's upside-down, digital-soaked world, you should really join us next month when we consider "The Secrets of Power in the Digital Age".…

Clarion Builds Acura NSX heads to Barrett-Jackson for charity - Roadshow - News - October 19, 2017 - 2:14pm
All auction proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Industry age bias a source of constant worry

Almost half of tech workers in the US, like Hollywood stars, live in constant fear that age will end their careers, according to a new poll.…

Polestar 1 will be expensive, probably won't be subscription-only - Roadshow - News - October 19, 2017 - 1:37pm
The first offering from Volvo Cars' new Polestar division will likely be offered for sale after all, and it'll probably cost over $150,000.

YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 1:33pm
Only to be mysteriously restored hours later

The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines".…

Ultimate Ears adds Amazon Alexa to Blast and Megablast speakers

Ars Technica - October 19, 2017 - 1:33pm

Ultimate Ears, maker of fine portable Bluetooth speakers and custom-fit headphones, has hopped on the digital assistant bandwagon with the new Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers. Now with built-in Wi-Fi and Amazon Alexa, the Blast and Megablast have the full suite of Alexa services, including voice control for the likes of Spotify and Amazon music, as well as for smart home tech like Philips Hue bulbs and Logitech Harmony remotes.

The Blast costs £200 and the Megablast £270. Both are up for pre-order today, with launch due in "late October."

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Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft

BBC Technology News - October 19, 2017 - 1:25pm
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was assigned data-processing patents by technology company SRC Labs.

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

The Register - October 19, 2017 - 1:04pm
Positioning it as 'World Series' of yachting

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison is reportedly launching his own world boat racing title – just months after his team was spanked at this year’s America’s Cup.…

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