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Microsoft: Switch to iOS or Android because Windows 10 Mobile is ending

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 5:31pm

Lumia 950 (credit: Peter Bright)

Windows 10 Mobile will receive its last patches and security updates on December 10 this year, as Microsoft winds down the last remaining bit of development on its smartphone platform.

The last major notable to the platform was October 2017, when it was bumped to version 1709. At that point, Microsoft ended feature development entirely, shipping only security updates and bug fixes. That's going to come to an end on Patch Tuesday this coming December.

Certain online services will continue to operate beyond that date; device backups for settings and applications will work for three months, to March 10, 2020, and photo uploads and restoring devices from backups will work for 12 months beyond the end of support.

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Fortnite predator 'groomed children on voice chat'

BBC Technology News - January 18, 2019 - 5:27pm
A man is accused of using the hit video game Fortnite to initiate sexual activity with children.

US courts indict four Audi managers in continued Dieselgate probe - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 5:22pm
The US courts' investigation into criminal matters stemming from the VW Group's emissions cheating scandal has expanded dramatically.

Elon Musk announces Tesla layoffs, warns about weak Q4 profits

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 5:18pm

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk visiting China in January 2019. (credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Tesla is cutting its workforce by about 7 percent, CEO Elon Musk announced in a Friday morning email to employees. Musk said that the cuts are necessary to help Tesla cope with what Musk described as an "extremely difficult challenge: making our cars, batteries, and solar products cost-competitive with fossil fuels."

Tesla's stock price fell more than 9 percent on the news.

Tesla grew its workforce by 30 percent in 2018, according to Musk, but that growth turned out to be unsustainable. And Tesla is facing a number of headwinds in the coming months.

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Atlassian barges into the billion dollar club with a cheery G'Day!

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 5:17pm
Aussie Jira flinger celebrates a bonzer quarter

Atlassian, home of Jira, Trello and Bitbucket, has rounded out calendar 2018 with over $1bn in revenues as it continues to persuade customers that the cloud is really where they’d like to be.…

Colorado to implement zero emission vehicle mandate - Roadshow - News - January 18, 2019 - 5:14pm
This is the first executive order from Colorado's new governor.

The Punisher returns to Netflix - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 5:04pm
Enjoy it while you can.

The Earth has been experiencing more frequent asteroid strikes

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 4:54pm

Enlarge / The craters used for this analysis and their locations. (credit: Dr. A. Parker, Southwest Research Institute)

How often does a big rock drop on our planet from space? As we've gotten a better understanding of the impact that did-in the dinosaurs, that knowledge has compelled people to take a serious look at how we might detect and divert asteroids that pose a similar threat of planetary extinction. But something even a tenth of the size of the dinosaur-killer could cause catastrophic damage, as you could easily determine by placing a 15km circle over your favorite metropolitan center.

So, what's the risk of having a collision of that nature? It's actually hard to tell. The easiest way to tell is to look for past impact craters and try to figure out the frequency of these impacts, but the Earth has a habit of erasing evidence. So, instead, a group of scientists figured out a clever way of looking at the Moon, which should have a similar level of risk. They found that the rate of impacts went up about 300 million years ago.

Erasing history

Some impact craters on Earth are pretty obvious, but erosion and infilling with sediments make others much harder to find. We wouldn't have noticed Chicxulub or the Chesapeake Bay Crater were there if we hadn't stumbled across them for other reasons. As we go back in time, plate tectonics can erase evidence of impacts from the sea floor, as the rock they reside in gets subducted back into the mantle. And then, about 550 million years ago, the Great Unconformity wipes off any evidence of impacts that might have been left on land.

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WD you like to know the damage? Analyst predicts sales dip ahead for Western Digital

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 4:33pm
NAND revenues and disk drive topline downbound until mid-year - Wells Fargo

The slump in Western Digital's SSD and disk drive sales is forecast to deepen for the current and next quarters, according to analysts.…

Mortal Kombat 11's first gameplay footage: new fatalities, characters revealed - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 4:29pm
Mortal Kombat 11 is pairing its familiar ultraviolence with more character customization.

Apple Watch to be used in stroke prevention research - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 4:14pm
Johnson & Johnson is teaming up with Apple on early atrial fibrillation detection.

Now That’s What I Call Ars Technica, Volume 1: Favorite stories from Ars’ 20 years

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / Actually, I think that was a popular timepiece style when the site first started. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images)

It's true—Ars Technica is in the process of turning 20 years old throughout 2019. If you've ever looked at the whois info, our official birthday hits on December 29. But Ars was really birthed all throughout that first year, as Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher (err, Caesar) and his fellow computer prosumers figured out how to start the most comprehensive PC enthusiast outlet around. "Our love for the PC is gonna lead us into bad, bad things like NT, Linux, and BeOS content under the same roof," as the original Ars Mission Statement noted. "Please don't report us!"

Since then, well, Ars has definitely expanded. You can find anything from LARPing to archaeology industry trends alongside the latest Linux review on the site today. But throughout these past two decades and the site's numerous evolutions, Ars still feels like it has stuck with the ethos of that initial public declaration—"having fun, being productive, and being as informative and as accurate as possible," as Caesar put it.

So to cap off this week (itself likely a small start to what will inevitably be numerous trips down memory lane during our 20th anniversary year), we recently polled the Ars community—aka, staff and readers—to find out what folks consider some of the site's greatest hits. The first batch of story suggestions is below, but don't be shy about starting a second list in the comments.

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2019 Lexus ES 300h review: Luxury and efficiency in spades - Roadshow - Reviews - January 18, 2019 - 3:54pm
Sharp styling, comfy-cozy accommodations and excellent efficiency make the Lexus ES 300h a compelling luxury offering.

Another scorching TV deal: A 39-inch Fire TV for $150 - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 3:44pm
Plus: Three cheap T-shirts I love and a sweet deal on a huge library of documentaries.

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 3:30pm
Apple and others also in firing line as complaints filed

Updated Streaming services aren't complying with EU data protection law - namely the General Data Protection Regulation's right of access - according to a fresh suite of complaints aimed at the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Spotify.…

The longstanding NASA-Russian partnership in space may be unraveling

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 3:14pm

Enlarge / Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin is photographed in October, 2018, after the launch failure of a Soyuz-FG rocket. (credit: Alexei Filippov/TASS via Getty Images)

After an American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked in orbit during the height of the Cold War, in 1975, the two leading space powers gradually worked more and more together on civil space activities. Over time, they forged a successful and, among astronauts and engineers at least, even a comfortable bond. But of late, that bond is fraying, and long-term it may unravel entirely.

The most immediate issue involves Dmitry Rogozin, appointed to lead the Russian space corporation Roscosmos in May 2018. Overtly political, Rogozin shares Vladimir Putin's antipathy toward the West. Following the Crimean crisis in 2014, Rogozin was one of seven Russian officials sanctioned by the Obama administration. In response, he taunted NASA, which relied then (and still does) on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to reach the International Space Station.

"After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest to the USA to bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline,” Rogozin, then a deputy prime minister of Russia over defense and space, tweeted in Russian at the time.

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Star Trek: Discovery’s second season may boldly go where the first did not

Ars Technica - January 18, 2019 - 3:05pm

Enlarge / Michael Burnham is all of us. (credit: CBS)

In many ways, this season felt very much like a much-needed reset from the previous one. The Klingon war is over, and the Federation is consumed by a new scientific pursuit: mysterious red bursts of light that have appeared across 30,000 light years.

The scene that really drove home the reset was the formal roll call, where our bridge characters say their names—really, directly to the audience.

It’s still baffling that we went an entire season without knowing most of the bridge crew’s names! Yes, we sort of got to know a handful of characters, but there are regular faces that we’ve seen many times on the bridge. If like the other shows, where the bulk of each episode happens in the nerve center of the ship, it would help to know who we’re interacting with.

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WHO declares anti-vax movement a global health threat in 2019 - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 2:54pm
"Vaccine hesitancy" is listed among air pollution, Ebola and HIV as one of the biggest threats to health this year.

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

The Register - January 18, 2019 - 2:47pm
No customer data visible but hell's bells, Redmond, what have you borked now?

Exclusive Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging blunder by the Redmond-based biz.…

Mammoth great white shark may soon be a mommy shark, too-too-too-too-too-too - CNET - News - January 18, 2019 - 2:30pm
In awe at the size of this lass. Absolute unit.

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