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Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 10:56pm

Enlarge (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr)

The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features; instead these have focused on fixing bugs.

The latest build, released today, takes a step towards completion: it's changed the operating system's version stamp. Until now the previews have called themselves version 1803, the release from earlier this year. Today's build updates that version label to 1809, showing that Microsoft intends to wrap up its development in September with an October release likely to follow.

Version 1809 will be the last of the five Redstone-codenamed Windows releases. The next release, likely to come in April 2019, is codenamed simply "19H1," with Microsoft opting for date-based codenames to go with its date-based releases.

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 10:34pm
Talk about getting off on a technicality...

It is a great day for those who dream of Internet-of-Flings sex toys. A key patent describing web-connected remote-controllable techno-dildos has expired.…

Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 9:38pm

Enlarge / Russia's newest class of cosmonauts is all male. (credit: Roscosmos)

The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman in space. In fact, the Soviet Union flew the first two women: Valentina Tereshkova in 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya in 1982. NASA waited until the space shuttle era before selecting female astronauts, and Sally Ride did not become the first American woman in space until 1983.

However, since Ride broke the US space gender barrier 35 years ago, 50 other American women have flown into space. By contrast, just two other women from Russia have flown into space since then, Yelena Kondakova (1994 and 1997) and Yelena Serova (2014). Two women from China, Japan, and Canada have also flown into space, as well as one woman each from the countries France, India, Italy, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Widening gap

This disparity seems likely to only widen in the future. Of NASA's last two astronaut classes, in 2013 and 2017, nine of the 20 chosen candidates were women. Of Russia's last two classes in 2012 and 2018, just a single woman, Anna Kikina, was picked. Selected in 2012, Kikina was subsequently expelled from the cosmonaut corps in 2014 for unspecified reasons. After a public outcry, Kikina was reinstated, but it is not clear whether she will ever fly.

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Android P is coming to Sony Xperia XZ2, XA2, XZ1, XZ Premium - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:28pm
Sony also shared why it takes so long to get Android updates.

Amazon is reportedly working on a new DVR - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:23pm
The device, currently nicknamed Frank, would connect to a Fire TV streamer.

Leak: New Google Chromecast will add Bluetooth and stronger Wi-Fi - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:22pm
Google's sold over 55 million of these gadgets, and now a new version might be on the way.

Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 9:16pm
Hi, is that the FTC? Yep, they're at it again

Google has responded to an outcry over how it continues to keep a record on people's whereabouts – even when they specifically opt-out – by changing the word of its misleading help page.…

The blockchain bonanza is over for graphics card makers

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 9:16pm

Enlarge / A Philadelphia cryptocurrency miner snapped this shot of his rig for us earlier this year. (credit: Matthew Freilich)

For almost a year, cryptocurrency miners have snapped up all the graphics cards they could get their hands on. That was a financial windfall for Nvidia and AMD, the leading makers of consumer graphics cards. Both reported soaring profits their last two quarters.

But on Thursday, Nvidia reported its financial results for its second fiscal quarter, which ended on July 29. The results were pretty good overall, with strong demands for Nvidia products for AI and data center applications. However, cryptocurrency-related demand has cratered.

"Our revenue outlook had anticipated cryptocurrency-specific products declining to approximately $100 million," said Nvidia CFO Colette Kress. "Actual crypto-specific product revenue was $18 million."

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US senator proposes bill offering $3,500 discount on American-made cars - Roadshow - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:14pm
The funding for such an ambitious incentive would come from removing tax cuts offered to automakers' overseas operations.

Blizzard now admits Overwatch is a possibility for Nintendo Switch - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 9:07pm
With Diablo III confirmed for Nintendo's hybrid gaming system, it's starting to sound like other Blizzard games could make the jump.

Tesla investors spooked by revelations in emotional interview

BBC Technology News - August 17, 2018 - 9:07pm
In an "emotional" newspaper interview, Elon Musk also said he takes a sedative to help him sleep.

Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

The Register - August 17, 2018 - 8:51pm
'Made-up PR numbers' used by social giant to exaggerate online advertising audience

Facebook brags it has a massive real audience, estimated to be about 2.23bn monthly users and 1.47bn daily users after culling more than 1.27bn fake accounts.…

Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 8:43pm

Enlarge / On Disenchantment, plague happens. (credit: Netflix)

Our review of Matt Groening's new TV series went live before its formal premiere on Netflix today. We're reposting the review as a reminder: You can now watch all ten episodes of Disenchantment's first "half-season," and we're happy to confirm that the episodes we didn't see in advance are solid. In particular, they tie up the plot threads we complained about in the review below. Give it a stream and join our discussion!

"The Simpsons meets Game of Thrones" sounds like one of those Netflix ideas generated by bots (a tactic that Netflix has employed in the past). That kind of experiment, as cute as it sounds at first blush, could flop if it stitches two dissimilar series together in messy fashion. But the team behind Disenchantment, the first Matt Groening animated series since Futurama launched in 1999, seems blissfully unaware of hot TV trends—and is all the better for it.

Groening's first-ever non-network series debuts on Netflix on August 17 as a 10-episode "half-season," and we've reviewed seven of those episodes ahead of the formal launch. From what we've seen thus far, Disenchantment wins by establishing friendships between unique, likable characters—and then leading them to their basest urges.

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HBO confirms Watchmen TV series, shares cast list - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:42pm
The comic book saga of troubled superheroes will debut on the network in 2019.

The best back-to-school deals from Amazon - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:41pm
It's not too late to save money on Fire, Echo and other Amazon products.

Possible Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 leaks suggest you can buy it next week - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:40pm
Shots of what really seem to be MSI GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti cards, possible specifications and availability, and even a benchmark are now out there.

Matt Groening's newest series is up on Netflix - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:36pm
He's explored suburbia and the future. But this time, the Simpsons creator takes on the fantastic.

First Samsung 8K TV may launch this month - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:12pm
One really big sign to points to Samsung unveiling a real 8K TV at IFA 2018.

HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019

Ars Technica - August 17, 2018 - 8:08pm

Enlarge / HBO offered this teaser image with its Watchmen announcement today. (credit: HBO)

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' groundbreaking comic series Watchmen is set to emerge once more on the pop-culture stage—this time as a live-action series on HBO.

The channel's announcement pegs the series' launch for "2019," with no news of a narrower window nor any hint about how many episodes to expect. It rounds up the series' massive cast, as has been teased in various reports over the past year: heavy-hitters Jeremy Irons and Regina King will headline the series, and the likes of Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Frances Fisher (Unforgiven), and Louis Gossett Jr. (Roots) round out the cast. Those actors' characters have not yet been confirmed.

Today's news is careful to describe the show as "Damon Lindelof's new series," as the co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers has helmed this HBO version since its pilot episode was officially greenlit by HBO last September. Earlier this year, Lindelof posted a five-page essay on how this series will (and won't) stray from the source material:

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Alexa update lets you watch Ring, Arlo, security camera alerts on your Echo Show - CNET - News - August 17, 2018 - 8:04pm
Select Alexa-enabled security cameras now respond to the phrase, "Alexa, show the event that just happened at the side door."

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