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Apple iCloud security change in China raises privacy questions - CNET - News - 7 hours 4 min ago
Apple is moving encryption keys for China-based users' data from the US to the Asian country. Some say that's bad for dissidents. Apple says the keys are safe.

The LG V30S ThinQ phone is the V30 with better memory and AI - CNET - News - 7 hours 7 min ago
The smartphone is part of LG's new strategy of offering more frequent, minor upgrades to flagship devices.

Democratic Memo: 5 Key Takeaways

Wired - 7 hours 12 min ago
House Democrats released a 10-page memo Saturday that shows just how misleading the original #ReleaseTheMemo campaign was.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Launch date, specs, price and everything else we know - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 11:39pm
Samsung unveils its next generation flagship on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

Did Samsung just accidentally release a Galaxy S9 launch video? - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 11:11pm
Commentary: In what seems like a painful faux pas, the three-minute, business-oriented video is making its way across YouTube.

Prophet Isaiah's 'signature' may have been found on clay seal - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 10:24pm
But damage to the inscription removes the final letter that would have spelled out "prophet," so we may never know.

Dropbox IPO filing shows more than $1B in annual revenue - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 9:48pm
The company, one of the first of the Silicon Valley unicorns, says it has 11 million paying subscribers out of 500 million total registered users.

5 Best Picture Oscar winners you can watch on Netflix - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 9:20pm
There’s no better time than awards season to look back on the classics. Check out all the films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture on Netflix.

'Black Panther 2': Kendrick Lamar wants to play a villain - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 9:18pm
Rapper who curated and produced the blockbuster film's soundtrack says Erik Killmonger was "misunderstood."

Ghostbusters World AR game looks like a spirited Pokemon Go - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 9:02pm
If you've had a dose of a freaky ghost, baby, you better play... this new ghost-capturing mobile game from Sony. Watch out, Slimer.

World’s best headphones converge in NYC jamboree - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 8:47pm
The Audiophiliac samples a bevy of uber headphones and comes away with an even greater appreciation of the art of headphone design.

Samsung Galaxy S9 event: Watch it live here - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 8:22pm
Samsung is revealing its answer to the iPhone X on Sunday in Barcelona. Here's how you can follow along.

How to stop worrying about speaker impedance - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 7:47pm
The Audiophiliac and ELAC’s speaker designer Andrew Jones set out to demystify speaker impedance.

What happened after the US moved to chip-embedded payment cards?

Ars Technica - February 24, 2018 - 7:15pm

Enlarge / Woman paying with card reader. (credit: Getty Images)

The US began its transition to chip-based credit cards in earnest in October 2015, after high-profile credit card hacks in the previous years at Target, Home Depot, Michaels, and other big-box retailers. Today, although only 59 percent of US storefronts have terminals that accept chip cards, fraud has dropped 70 percent from September 2015 to December 2017 for those retailers that have completed the chip upgrade, according to Visa.

There are a few ways to interpret those numbers. First, it seems like two years has resulted in staggeringly little progress in encouraging storefronts to shift from magnetic stripe to chip-embedded cards, given that in early 2016, 37 percent of US storefronts were able to process chip cards.

On the other hand, fraud dropping 70 percent for retailers who install chip cards seems great. Chip-embedded cards aren't un-hackable, but they do make it harder to use stolen credit card numbers en masse as we saw in the Target's 2013 breach. Chip cards also can't prevent against Card-Not-Present (or CNP) fraud, which takes place when card information is stolen online, by mail, or over the phone. If retailers upgrade to terminals that accept chip-embedded cards but leave their online marketplaces insecure, they can still leave customers open to fraud and leave themselves open to processing fraudulent payments.

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No scruffy nerf-herders allowed in this Star Wars home theater - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 7:15pm
Show Us Yours: Missourians Patrick and Stephanie enjoy witnessing the firepower of their fully armed and operational entertainment station.

California Beach Culture Versus Silicon Valley Tech Money: Fight!

Wired - February 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Vinod Khosla is worth billions, and wants to do what he wants with a beautiful Northern California Beach. So he's asking the US Supreme Court to let him.

VW inexplicably decides to build a convertible SUV, baffling everyone - Roadshow - News - February 24, 2018 - 6:00pm
The German giant thinks that the way forward to profitability is to chop the roof off of its smallest SUV.

AI trained to spot heart disease risks using retina scan

Ars Technica - February 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

The yellow spots in this image are sites of retinal degeneration. (credit: NIH)

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image. You don't even need to care about what it looks for. With enough training, the neural network should be able to pick out details that allow it to make accurate identifications.

For things like figuring out whether there's a cat in an image, neural networks don't provide much, if any, advantages over the actual neurons in our visual system. But where they can potentially shine are cases where we don't know what to look for. There are cases where images may provide subtle information that a human doesn't understand how to read, but a neural network could pick up on with the appropriate training.

Now, researchers have done just that, getting a deep-learning algorithm to identify risks of heart disease using an image of a patient's retina.

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These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best? - CNET - News - February 24, 2018 - 4:44pm
100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.

Silicon Valley pub that helped birth PC industry to close because of high rent

Ars Technica - February 24, 2018 - 4:10pm

Enlarge / The O sits at 241 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, a short distance from Stanford University. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

MENLO PARK, Calif.—An iconic, family-run burger-and-pizza pub that has been operating in the heart of Silicon Valley for 60 years announced this week that it would close for good on March 7 due to an unaffordable rent.

In addition to being a local favorite, The Oasis Beer Garden—a short drive away from nearby Stanford University—also has a special place in the hearts of many of the region’s early tech pioneers.

Members of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club—a 1970s-era monthly club that met in the early days of personal computing—would often relocate to "The O" as the night wore on.

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