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Dealmaster: Get a (refurbished) Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa for $30

Ars Technica - 1 hour 28 min ago

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list features a slew of deals on laptops from Dell, Lenovo, and Asus, including Asus model that comes with a 8th-gen Core i5 chip, 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and a USB-C port for $500. Beyond the PC, we've also got an Amazon-certified refurbished version of Amazon's latest Fire TV Stick for $30, which is $10 off its non-refurbished going rate.

The rest of the discount smorgasbord covers Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, various 4K TVs, and the usual array of smart home gear. You can take a look for yourself below.

(credit: TechBargains)

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Samsung is now mass-manufacturing GDDR6 memory for your next GPU

Ars Technica - 1 hour 38 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton)

For the first time, Samsung is manufacturing GDDR6 memory in mass quantities. The memory is faster and more efficient than the GDDR5 memory it succeeds, and itwill likely appear on PC graphics cards this year.

Samsung's GDDR6 memory is based on the company's 10-nanometer technology and offers double the density of the company's 20-nanometer GDDR5 offerings, meaning 16 gigabits instead of eight gigabits. The company promises an 18Gbps pin speed and transfer rates of up to 72GB/s. Further, the new chips will run at 1.35V. The GDDR5 predecessor has a pin speed of 9Gbps and runs at 1.55V.

The result should be significantly faster video cards for gaming and other tasks like video processing and Ethereum mining, if you're into that sort of thing. Samsung's press release says, "immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems." The GDDR6 chips Samsung is producing will generally edge out what we're currently seeing in GDDR5X in terms of performance.

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Uber's former CEO said to cash in at $1.4B in Softbank deal - CNET - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
As a consortium led by the Japanese tech giant closes a deal to buy a 20 percent stake in the ride-hailing company on Thursday, it's looking like some people are about to get very rich.

New, 'awesome' Nokia phone will launch next month - CNET - News - 1 hour 56 min ago
A tweet promises... something for the world's largest mobile show.

Sili-spurned Valley! No way, San Jose! Amazon snubs SF Bay Area in search for HQ2 city

The Register - 2 hours 1 min ago
Bezos narrows down search for new base to 20 cities, mostly on East Coast

Amazon has trimmed its list of potential cities where it wants to build its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The Bezos Bunch says it has narrowed down a list of 238 proposals to 19 US cities and one in Canada.…

NSA surveillance programs renewed by Senate - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Edward Snowden first revealed the programs, called Upstream and Prism, in 2013.

See a lifeguard drone help rescue two young swimmers - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
A surf-patrolling drone designed to watch for sharks delivers a life-saving package to two distressed swimmers in Australia.

2018 Hyundai Kona achieves competitive 30 mpg combined - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 20 min ago
All-wheel drive drops that figure to 27.

Tim Cook: People didn't pay attention to iPhone battery update - CNET - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
Commentary: In an interview with ABC News, Apple's CEO concedes the company could have been clearer in communicating what it was doing to their phones.

Layoffs strike as Firefox's Mozilla reworks Asian operations - CNET - News - 2 hours 36 min ago
The nonprofit's cuts focuses the Taiwan office more on regional priorities like an Android browser in Indonesia and less on global work to improve the Firefox browser.

Razer Project Linda Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 44 min ago
Project Linda is this year's high-concept CES 2018 prototype, dropping a Razer Phone into a Razer Blade Stealth.

Get a Martian mVoice smartwatch with Alexa for $68 - CNET - News - 2 hours 53 min ago
Forget Alexa, though -- she's not really the main attraction. A stylish watch and customizable notifications are. Plus: Learn how to start a side-hustle biz for $26.

Amazon narrows its HQ2 list down to these 20 cities - CNET - News - 3 hours 9 min ago
The e-tailer expects to decide this year on the location for its second headquarters. These are the candidates.

Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

The Register - 3 hours 21 min ago
Forex head alleged to have manipulated market in 'front-running' scheme

The former head of foreign currency exchanges at Barclays New York has been charged in the US with devising and executing a "scheme to defraud HP of money and property", according to an indictment entered yesterday.…

The mirrors at CES had a lot to say about your life and looks - CNET - News - 3 hours 24 min ago
At this year's tech show in Las Vegas, companies showed off mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more.

Smart mirrors, smart mirrors at CES, which ones did we like the best? - CNET - News - 3 hours 28 min ago
We saw internet-connected mirrors that analyze your skin, organize your wardrobe and more at this year's tech show. Here are the ones that caught our eye.

Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers “no benefits to users”

Ars Technica - 3 hours 29 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Brian A. Jackson)

An iPhone application that attempts to detect whether ISPs are throttling online services was rejected by Apple when its developer tried to get it into the company's App Store.

David Choffnes, a Northeastern University professor who researches distributed systems and networking, built an app called "Wehe" that tests the speeds of YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Abnormally low speed results for one or more of those services might, in theory, provide evidence that your mobile carrier is throttling a service.

But as Motherboard reported today, Apple refused to let the app into the iPhone App Store, telling him that "your app has no direct benefits to the user." Motherboard was able to test a beta version of the app using Apple's TestFlight platform and provided this screenshot of the application in action:

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Apple and Google buses under fire in Silicon Valley

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 37 min ago
Buses carrying Apple and Google employees to work have been targeted while en route.

Facebook diversifies board with American Express CEO - CNET - News - 3 hours 38 min ago
Kenneth Chenault, who plans to retire from American Express this year, will become Facebook's first black board member.

Project Fi’s “Bill Protection” works out to an $80 “unlimited” plan

Ars Technica - 3 hours 49 min ago


When we looked at Google's Project Fi's cellular service at launch, we worked out that the pay-per-MB service was great for people who use a small amount of data or those who need a flexible amount of data from month to month. It didn't make sense for people who consistently use a ton of data, though, as you could essentially rack up an unlimited bill.

Now Project Fi is throwing a bone to big data users with "bill protection," a cap on the amount Project Fi will charge. Project Fi bills will now cap out at $80, no matter how much data you use. This basically works out to a Project Fi unlimited plan. Fi bills start out at $20 for unlimited calls and texts, then "$10 per GB" (though you are billed to the exact megabyte). Before this new plan, an $80 bill would work out to 6GB of data usage, but with bill protection, you can now go up to 15GB of usage with no additional fees. Above 15GB, Project Fi can either work as a not-really-unlimited "unlimited" plan, where your speed is throttled, or you can start paying $10 per GB again to jump back into unthrottled data usage. Google has a calculator for the new plan here.

Fi bills now stop at $80, with full speed data up to 15GB. (credit: Google)

Google's MVNO service is turning into a unique and useful cellular carrier. In addition to the flexible month-to-month billing, Fi combines the networks from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. You can get multiple data-only SIM cards for free, free hotspot capabilities, and international data in over 135 countries—all data usage counts toward your $10 per GB bill. Sometimes you don't need a SIM card at all—on the Google Pixel 2, you can provision your phone for Project Fi service using the built-in eSIM chip. Fi has also absorbed all the functionality of Google Voice—you can forward your number to any other device, there's online or app-based voicemail with transcriptions, and you can get text messages on any device through the Google Hangouts app or website.

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