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2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record, and Humans Are to Blame

Wired - 55 min 49 sec ago
2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities. The post 2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record, and Humans Are to Blame appeared first on WIRED.

Soft Robot Exosuits Will Give You Springier Steps

Wired - 1 hour 11 min ago
Rigid exoskeletons to help the movement-impaired heavy, and they have a hard time aligning with human joints. A soft robotic wearable could be the fix. The post Soft Robot Exosuits Will Give You Springier Steps appeared first on WIRED.

Mississippi AG Jim Hood sues Google—again

Ars Technica - 1 hour 41 min ago

Enlarge / Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (R) at a news conference in 2015. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is sparring with Google once more.

Last year, Hood and Google wound down a court dispute over Hood's investigation into how Google handles certain kinds of online content, from illegal drug ads to pirated movies. E-mails from the 2014 Sony hack showed that Hood's investigation was spurred on, in part, by lobbyists from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Now Hood has a new bone to pick with the search giant. Yesterday, Hood filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Google in Lowndes County Chancery Court, saying that the company is gathering personal data on students who use Google's G Suite for Education, (previously called Google Apps for Education).

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Technology is your travel friend... until it's not - CNET - General - 2 hours 7 min ago
When tech fails you during a travel emergency, you need to be patient, resourceful and have your credit card ready.

Verizon may have 'thousands' of Note 7 phones still in use - CNET - General - 2 hours 11 min ago
To persuade people to stop using the recalled handset, the carrier plans to reroute all non-911 outgoing calls to its customer service reps.

Slack’s New Threaded Messages Tame Your Meandering Chats

Wired - 2 hours 11 min ago
Finally. Slack has just released threaded messaging, a way to connect related messages within a chatroom. The post Slack's New Threaded Messages Tame Your Meandering Chats appeared first on WIRED.

Apple hopes Logic Pro X support will make the MacBook Pro Touch Bar sing - CNET - General - 2 hours 11 min ago
New features, including Touch Bar support, are coming to Apple's music apps.

What You Need to Know From Ryan Zinke’s Interior Secretary Hearing

Wired - 2 hours 11 min ago
With a history of voting to expand fossil fuel exploration on public lands and weakening regulations, Zinke curries no favor with environmentalists. The post What You Need to Know From Ryan Zinke's Interior Secretary Hearing appeared first on WIRED.

Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 18 min ago
The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.

Your next Postmates order might be delivered by a robot - CNET - General - 2 hours 18 min ago
DoorDash and Postmates launch pilot programs with Starship Technologies to deliver your orders via autonomous robot.

Mark Hamill reunites with his 'Return of the Jedi' lightsaber - CNET - General - 2 hours 21 min ago
Watch as the Star Wars actor is handed his Luke Skywalker prop lightsaber from the original trilogy for the first time in years.

Photos show 'weaponised commercial drones' in Iraq

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Photographs taken in Iraq appear to show commercial drones adapted to drop grenades on the Iraqi security forces.

Drone photography company to pay record-sized fine

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 30 min ago
A Chicago-based drone operator is to pay a record-sized fine to settle claims it carried out dozens of illegal flights.

Backblaze brings its dirt cheap cloud backups to the enterprise

Ars Technica - 2 hours 33 min ago

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Cloud backup provider Backblaze has launched a new business-oriented backup service called Business Groups that gives its low-cost cloud backup service enterprise manageability and administration. Backblaze does betray its non-enterprise origins, however, by offering clear pricing without hiding behind "ask us for a quote" forms; $5 per month per PC, or $50 per year.

Backblaze's cloud backup service is something of a novelty. That $50 per year gets you unlimited cloud storage, and while other cloud backup providers have offered unlimited storage, many of them have scaled back those offerings because they don't make anything from them. Backblaze, by contrast, maintains that it actually makes money from its service, on account of the dirt-cheap storage it designs and uses, which costs just a fraction of what services like Amazon S3 and Azure Storage do.

The company added a programmatic cloud storage service, named B2, to its backup plan in 2015. B2 offers developers substantially lower costs, albeit without geographical replication or other features of the more-expensive cloud providers. The company positions this as ideal for cheap backups or replicas of data that is primarily stored in another cloud provider.

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Pay TV loses ground to antenna-only households - CNET - General - 2 hours 34 min ago
A study by Parks Associates found declining pay TV subscriptions coinciding with a rise in antenna-only households.

Guilty SPARC: Oracle euthanizes Solaris 12, expunging it from roadmap

Ars Technica - 2 hours 53 min ago

Enlarge / The Sun is apparently setting on Solaris, based on Oracle's latest roadmap.

Rumors have been circulating since late last year that Oracle was planning to kill development of the Solaris operating system, with major layoffs coming to the operating system's development team. Others speculated that future versions of the Unix platform Oracle acquired with Sun Microsystems would be designed for the cloud and built for the Intel platform only and that the SPARC processor line would meet its demise. The good news, based on a recently released Oracle roadmap for the SPARC platform, is that both Solaris and SPARC appear to have a future.

The bad news is that the next major version of Solaris—Solaris 12— has apparently been canceled, as it has disappeared from the roadmap. Instead, it's been replaced with "Solaris"—and that version is apparently the only update planned for the operating system through 2021.

The new SPARC roadmap has some missing destinations.

With its on-premises software and hardware sales in decline, Oracle has been undergoing a major reorganization over the past two years as it attempts to pivot toward the cloud. Those changes led to a major speed bump in the development cycle for Java Enterprise Edition, a slowdown significant enough that it spurred something of a Java community revolt. Oracle later announced a new roadmap for Java EE that recalibrated expectations, focusing on cloud services features for the next version of the software platform.

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Tesla will build Model 3 powertrain at Gigafactory, should add 550 jobs - Roadshow - General - 2 hours 53 min ago
Now, all Tesla needs is a production-ready Model 3. That should happen this year, but you never know.

Google Home can now power on your Vizio TV - CNET - General - 2 hours 57 min ago
Vizio SmartCast televisions and speakers add support for the always-listening smart speaker.

Mozilla's new logo reminds us that it is, in fact, an internet company - CNET - General - 2 hours 59 min ago
After sharing the details of its rebranding process, Mozilla settles on its new image.

Verizon to redirect calls made from dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones

Ars Technica - 3 hours 3 min ago

Enlarge (credit: University of Liverpool)

There are reportedly still thousands of Verizon Wireless customers using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was discontinued shortly after its unveiling last year when at least 140 of the devices overheated or caught fire. Verizon is now stepping its efforts up a notch by redirecting non-emergency phone calls made by the potentially explosive Note 7 to Verizon customer service.

"In spite of our best efforts, there are still customers using the recalled phones who have not returned or exchanged their Note 7 to the point of purchase," a Verizon spokesperson told Fortune yesterday. "The recalled Note 7s pose a safety risk to our customers and those around them."

From now on, "all outgoing calls not directed toward the 911 emergency service will only connect to customer service," the report said. "Because Note 7 users have also already been reimbursed for the cost of the long-since recalled Note 7, Verizon is also saying it might bill the holdouts for the full retail cost of the phone."

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