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First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut

Ars Technica - October 12, 2018 - 2:16pm

First Man movie

First things first: If you're interested in space, don't hesitate before seeing the new movie about Neil Armstrong's life, First Man. I'm passionate about space history, NASA, commercial space, and the whole enterprise of trying to push things and people off this planet and deeper into space. And I absolutely loved this movie. It opens Friday across the United States.

This is a movie of two parts. The first storyline pertains to Armstrong and his family life, his relationship with his wife Janet, a daughter named Karen who died young, and his two boys, Rick and Mark. This part of the film is often a bit melancholy, as Armstrong struggles with Karen's death and how to communicate the risks of his profession with his family. The humanity of these scenes will appeal to some, but not others seeking a purely action movie. I found the scenes between Ryan Gosling, who does a fine job as Armstrong, and Claire Foy as his wife, to be compelling.

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The Amazon Echo Plus gets a new look - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 12, 2018 - 2:04pm
Amazon redesigned the second generation of their highest priced smart speaker, the Amazon Echo Plus.

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 2:01pm
Try being useful to customers

Interview Samsung has responded to a saturated market – and the mortal threat of Huawei – by ramping up its mid-range phones and promising much more rapid repairs.…

Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 gets an LTE version for $599 - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
No Wi-Fi, no worries.

Caffeinate in style with an Ars Technica mug—now cheaper than ever

Ars Technica - October 12, 2018 - 1:46pm

Could there be a holiday gift better for the geek in your life than an Ars Technica "nuke it from orbit" mug? Probably! But you'd better buy one anyway—it's the only way to be sure. (Also, the mugs are less expensive than ever.)

Designed by our own Aurich Lawson, our mugs come direct from the Ars Technica Orbiting HQ to your kitchen cupboard, feature spiffy front and back designs, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. You can also get them in 11oz and 15oz sizes. Originally $15 or $17, we've been able to cut prices back to $13 and $16, respectively. As always, the mugs ship anywhere in the world.

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HP Ink CEO: That $550m Apogee buy was to stop rivals slurping it

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 12:57pm
Oh, and we need A3 sales skillz

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Spending $550m on Apogee was as much a defensive measure to stop rivals buying the print services dealer as it was to beef up its place in the copier market, HP Inc chief Dion Weisler has said.…

Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages

BBC Technology News - October 12, 2018 - 12:52pm
Political sites with millions of followers have been purged in a Facebook crackdown on spam.

Fitbit Charge 3 review: Peppering a fitness tracker with smartwatch powers

Ars Technica - October 12, 2018 - 12:30pm

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Fitbit contracted smartwatch fever last year. And since the debut of its Ionic smartwatch, the company's signature fitness trackers haven't made as many waves as they once did. That's due in part to users embracing the smartwatch more as the technology improves over time.

But fitness trackers aren't dead—or at least, Fitbit hopes they aren't—and the company's new Charge 3 tracker is designed for users who want some smartwatch features in a fitness tracker's simple-band package.

Even today, fitness trackers have a few advantages over smartwatches: they're easier to wear since they have slimmer, lighter profiles. They're less complicated because they're designed primarily to keep you fit (not necessarily for things like emailing on the go). And, perhaps the most important distinction of all, fitness trackers are generally less expensive than smartwatches.

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300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 12:20pm
RPI or CPI? A percentage point really can make all the difference

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question.…

Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch

Ars Technica - October 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX)

Welcome to Edition 1.21 of the Rocket Report! This week, one space tourism company says it is coming to space "within weeks" while another company says it won't fly humans there until early 2019. Meanwhile, there's no shortage of big rocket news, including a report critical of Boeing's management of the Space Launch System rocket.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Blue Origin delays first New Shepard flights. The space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is now planning to send its first crew on a suborbital space trip during the first half of 2019, GeekWire reports. Blue Origin's plan calls for its own employees to get aboard for the first crewed flights. The company already has former space shuttle astronauts on its payroll, including Nicholas Patrick and Jeff Ashby. When the publication asked Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith whether the first crew has been selected, he replied, "I'm not going to comment on that."

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Tesla orders eligible for full tax credit until Oct. 15 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 12, 2018 - 11:40am
Time's running out if you want a $7,500 federal tax credit on a Model S, Model X or Model 3.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 11:09am
Is it Project Fear? Tech trade doesn't seem to think so

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Product shortages, additional price hikes and a recession could become a reality if the UK crashes out of the European Union without any sort of trade agreement in place. This was the message that came loud and clear at this week's Canalys Channels Forum in Barcelona.…

Calling non-profits: Want to save money on Serverless Computing?

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 10:49am
How does a complimentary ticket sound?

Events We have a limited number of complimentary tickets for Serverless Computing London next month to give away, so if you want to get up to speed on Serverless, FaaS and related technologies with us get in touch quick.…

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan first drive review: Elevating the SUV experience - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - October 12, 2018 - 10:00am
The Cullinan is a machine that needs to exist, but now it's time to find out whether it answers the most important question: Is this the Rolls-Royce of SUVs?

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 9:59am
Faulty fluoroscopes and malfunctioning monitors make for an On Call two-fer

On Call It’s Friday at long last and that means it’s time for On Call, our regular trip down readers’ memory lanes.…

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 9:08am
So says Alex... Graham... Dan...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My name is McLeod. Graham McLeod. If you're looking me up in a list, you'll find me under M as "McLeod, Graham".…

Click News: A ladder-climbing robotic snake

BBC Technology News - October 12, 2018 - 8:42am
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Juniper shows its intent with <span class="strike">Dev</span>, er, no, sorry, make that... EngNet

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 8:05am
Preaching network-as-software, bidding farewell to the CLI

Juniper Networks has taken the wraps off what will be one of the year's biggest efforts for the biz: the EngNet network software developer toolset and its associated education, technical exchange, APIs, training, and ecosystem.…

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

The Register - October 12, 2018 - 7:04am
'Smart' home tech now only a half-accurate description

Yale Security UK says it is repairing its online systems after some unplanned maintenance turned into a total outage – and prevented folks from controlling their Yale smart home alarms via its smartphone app.…

YouTube, 23andMe CEOs advocate for women's education on Day of the Girl - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 12, 2018 - 6:21am
Susan and Anne Wojcicki spoke about the importance of helping disadvantaged young women at a benefit for nonprofit Room to Read.

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