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FBI sought Google location data of many to catch robber

BBC Technology News - August 16, 2018 - 4:44pm
A search warrant seen by Forbes magazine reveals the extent of location data the FBI wants.

Chinese hackers targeted US agencies during trade talks - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 4:43pm
Researchers found Chinese hackers trying to access multiple agencies in Alaska.

NetApp flashes numbers at rivals: NAND we're eating your dinner

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 4:23pm
EMC, HP rationalising, while IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Oracle just defending installed base

All flash arrays made up just 14 per cent of NetApp's installed base, up from 10 per cent last year, but the firm expects NAND price declines to push that number up higher.…

Infiniti Prototype 10 Pebble Beach concept teased in full-body sketch - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
It's a speedster, and a gnarly one, at that.

Gamescom 2018: Slim is in for Asus' ROG gaming laptops - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - August 16, 2018 - 3:47pm
The new Zephyrus S is crazy thin with bezels to match, and the 17-inch Strix Scar series has the skinniest bezels in its class.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet returns for its 50th anniversary - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 3:37pm
Ford promises the drag-racing special is quicker than ever.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet returns as an eight-second machine - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 3:35pm
An NHRA-certified roll cage and FIA-spec seats are only two parts of what make this car special.

Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 3:30pm
Sleeker, slimmer and now a bit greyer

Hot on the heels of Slackware's quarter century comes the 25th anniversary of the announcement that Debian was incoming.…

Kroger launches autonomous grocery delivery service in Arizona

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 3:24pm

Enlarge / Nuro's fully autonomous R1, slated to begin service in the fall. (credit: Kroger)

Starting today, residents of Scottsdale, Arizona have the opportunity to receive autonomous grocery deliveries from Fry's Food Stores—a brand owned by grocery giant Kroger. The technology is supplied by Nuro, a self-driving vehicle startup founded by two veterans of Google's self-driving car project. We profiled the company in May.

Kroger says that deliveries will have a flat $5.95 delivery fee, and customers can schedule same-day or next-day deliveries. Initially, the deliveries will be made by Nuro's fleet of modified Toyota Priuses with a safety driver behind the wheel. But Kroger expects to start using Nuro's production model—which doesn't even have space for a driver—this fall.

That vehicle, known as the R1, is significantly smaller and lighter than a conventional passenger car. When we talked to Nuro cofounder Dave Ferguson back in May, he argued that the R1's design had significant safety benefits. A smaller, lighter vehicle would do less damage if it ever ran into something. The vehicle's maximum speed of 25 miles per hour also makes serious injuries less likely.

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Insignia Voice review: Cheap Google Assistant speaker sounds better than Google Home Mini - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - August 16, 2018 - 3:19pm
Could this be the 21st-century clock radio you were looking for?

Ancient Egyptians had been making mummies longer than anyone thought

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 3:18pm

Enlarge (credit: Dr. Stephen Buckley, University of York)

Ancient Egyptians started embalming their dead about 1,500 years earlier than archaeologists previously realized, according to chemical analysis of the funerary wrappings of a young man who died in Upper Egypt around 3600 BCE. University of York archaeologist Stephen Buckley and his colleagues identified embalming compounds in organic residues from the mummy’s linen wrappings. They also examined the microscopic structure of the wrappings’ fibers, and radiocarbon-dated the mummy to between 3700 and 3500 BCE.

That’s about 500 years before Egypt was even a unified country. It took until 3100 BCE for an Upper (southern) Egyptian ruler named Narmer to conquer Lower (northern) Egypt, merging the two into a single kingdom.

Egyptian embalming is thought to have gotten its start in that Predynastic Period or even earlier, when people noticed that the arid heat of the sand tended to dry and preserve bodies buried in the desert. Eventually, the idea of preserving the body after death worked its way into Egyptian religious beliefs. When people began to bury the dead in rock tombs, away from the desiccating sand, they used chemicals like natron salt and plant-based resins for embalming.

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High-energy protons emitted after hooking up with neutrons

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 3:01pm

Enlarge / Abstract image of electrons and protons. (credit: Kevin Dooley)

If you hit an atom's nucleus hard enough, it will fall apart. But exactly how it falls apart tells us something about the internal structure of the nucleus and perhaps about the interior of neutron stars. One of the unexpected things we seem to be learning is that the way particles in the nucleus pair up allows them to reach higher energies than expected, and having excess neutrons only encourages this behavior.

To someone like me—I never took any courses on nuclear physics—the nucleus is a bit like visiting a familiar beach and discovering a colony of dragons. The nucleus consists of protons, which are positively charged. These should repel each other, but the nucleus doesn’t explode because of neutrons. Neutrons are, as the name suggests, neutral. However, they are the glue that binds the protons together.

This description makes the nucleus sound like a disorganized mess of protons and neutrons, but it isn’t. The nucleus has a structure remarkably similar to the electrons orbiting the nucleus.

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Pininfarina is developing its own 250-mph all-electric hypercar - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 2:59pm
The carbon-fiber car has a claimed driving range of 300 miles.

Elon Musk's Boring Company pitches underground tunnel to Dodger Stadium - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 2:50pm
The Dugout Loop would connect Los Angeles neighborhoods to the stadium, with $1 fares.

Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 2:49pm
Big Red awarded $30m legal fees as judge slams support biz's 'significant litigation misconduct'

Oracle has won a permanent injunction against Rimini Street, banning it from controversial support practices that have been ruled a violation of copyright laws.…

Apple allegedly pressured Yahoo to go slow on App Store rival in Japan - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 2:44pm
Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into the matter, tied to Yahoo's game streaming platform.

Please join us in welcoming Ars’ newest contributor, Jennifer Ouellette

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 2:36pm

Readers who pay careful attention may have noticed a new byline attached to an article yesterday. And if you follow physics, you'll have been excited to learn about our newest writer that way. For the rest of you, we're pleased to announce that Jennifer Ouellette is joining the Ars staff.

Jennifer will be familiar to many of you because of her deep background in science coverage. She has contributed as a freelancer to more places than is convenient to list. She has blogged on the field at Cocktail Party Physics and shares a huge range of science stories on social media. Her most recent staff position was as a senior science editor at Gizmodo. In short, she's been immersed in science for years and brings a wealth of experience to a field we don't cover as thoroughly as we'd like to.

But if I could channel my best informercial voice, that's not all. One of her interests in covering science has been to bring forward the science behind the everyday world around us—the sort of cocktail party physics that gave her blog its name. This is not something we've always done well (when we've done it at all), and it's the sort of coverage that bleeds over into technology and our wider culture, which makes her a fantastic fit for Ars.

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The answer to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube's problems with Infowars? Transparency - CNET

cNET.com - News - August 16, 2018 - 2:24pm
Commentary: The only way these companies can fix this mess is to be open and honest with all of us about what's going on. Why is that so hard?

ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money

Ars Technica - August 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Aurich Lawson)

Broadband providers have spent years lobbying against utility-style regulations that protect consumers from high prices and bad service.

But now, broadband lobby groups are arguing that Internet service is similar to utilities such as electricity, gas distribution, roads, and water and sewer networks. In the providers' view, the essential nature of broadband doesn't require more regulation to protect consumers. Instead, they argue that broadband's utility-like status is reason for the government to give ISPs more money.

That's the argument made by trade groups USTelecom and NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association. USTelecom represents telcos including AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink, while NTCA represents nearly 850 small ISPs.

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Arm debuts CPU roadmap for the first time, sort of

The Register - August 16, 2018 - 2:00pm
Move reflects desire to develop in the open, says company not developing in the open

Chip designer Arm for the first time in recent memory has presented a roadmap, sparsely detailed through it may be, covering future CPU plans for 5G always-on connected mobile and laptop devices.…


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