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Black Friday 2018: Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundles, 2DS and Labo deals - CNET

cNET.com - News - 28 min 52 sec ago
This year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundle will get net you Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free. Also -- Labo is cheap!

Hacker Ben Heck is back to fix the flawed Neo-Geo Mini

Ars Technica - 30 min 25 sec ago

When the worlds of retro gaming and customized hacks collide, chances are, you'll find Benjamin Heckendorn (better known as Ben Heck) standing by with a soldering iron.

Ben Heck

Longtime Ars readers are no strangers to Heck's history of making incredible—and often portable—versions of classic computer and gaming hardware from scratch. He most recently popped up in larger nerd culture by helping bring a one-of-a-kind Nintendo PlayStation system back to life.

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Facebook and Instagram outages strike again - CNET

cNET.com - News - 32 min 1 sec ago
Facebook says it's still "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

Every new movie and show on Netflix: December 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 35 min 10 sec ago
'Tis the season to binge-watch!

Galaxy S10 might have a 6.7-inch screen, 6 cameras and 5G - CNET

cNET.com - News - 36 min 5 sec ago
And it's bigger than the Note 9, if the report is accurate.

Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out

Ars Technica - 37 min 21 sec ago

Enlarge / Bake off that new car smell. (credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In the US, "new car smell" is a beloved scent. People even try to make their cars smell new with after-market cleaning products. But in China, customers find the same odor repulsive. As the Chinese auto market grows, car makers are looking for a way to make the aroma of their new vehicles more amenable to Chinese tastes.

Early this month, Ford filed a patent to reduce the odor of some of the adhesive, leather, and other materials that produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that contribute to new car smell. The patent appears to include software that senses the car's location and the weather it's experiencing, then it possibly detects whether the owner has "requested volatile organic compound removal from the vehicle." Next, on a sunny day, the car will roll down a window and turn on the engine, the heater, and a fan in order to bake off the VOCs and their accompanying smell.

The Ford patent explains: "new vehicles typically have an odor often referred to as a 'new car smell'... This odor typically persists for several months after the manufacture of a new vehicle. Some customers do not like this smell, and even become irritated or sick from the VOCs in the interior of a new vehicle" [emphasis Ford's].

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Black Friday 2018 Verizon deal offers up to $400 off a new phone - CNET

cNET.com - News - 37 min 46 sec ago
Apple's iPhone X, the Google Pixel 3 and multiple Samsung phones can be had for cheap until midnight on Friday. No trade-in required.

The best Black Friday 2018 deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, games - CNET

cNET.com - News - 41 min 3 sec ago
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming, and you'll need to either get a Switch to play it on or a bundle of games to pair with it.

Black Friday 2018 headphone deals: Bose, JBL, Jabra and Skullcandy, starting at $25 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 45 min 19 sec ago
Black Friday is nearly upon us. Here's a look at some of the top headphone deals, including ones you can get right now.

Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash

Ars Technica - 46 min 43 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Uber)

We've known since May that serious flaws in Uber's self-driving software contributed to the fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, back in March. For example, Uber had disabled emergency braking on its vehicles to make its cars' driving behavior less erratic. A new report from Business Insider's Julie Bort sheds light on why Uber's software may have been so flawed at the time of the March crash.

In early 2018, Uber's Advanced Technology Group—the team developing self-driving cars—was focused on getting ready for a forthcoming demo ride with Uber's recently hired CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Business Insider reports that in November 2017, Uber circulated a document asking engineers on the self-driving car team to think about "rider experience metrics." Engineers were encouraged to try to limit the number of "bad experiences" to one per ride.

Two days later, another email went out announcing that Uber was "turning off the car's ability to make emergency decisions on its own like slamming on the brakes or swerving hard."

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Lowes Black Friday 2018 deals: $100 Google Home Hub, $149 Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, $70 off Nest products coming soon - CNET

cNET.com - News - 48 min 16 sec ago
You're going to get big deals on Nest gear, plus a Google Home Hub for $100.

Ram 1500 is ready to tackle winter with new North Edition - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 50 min 39 sec ago
Lifted and with snow-rated tires, it's ready for Old Man Winter's wrath.

Black Friday ads 2018: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more reveal their best deals early - CNET

cNET.com - News - 59 min 53 sec ago
The biggest retailers on the planet are gearing up with their best deals of the year? Here are their full Black Friday 2018 ads -- along with when each sale starts.

Black Friday 2018 smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: $80 off Apple Watch, $200 Samsung Gear S3, $150 Fitbit Versa - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 31 sec ago
Fitbit, Apple Watch and Samsung -- we take a look at some of the best deals on wearables ahead of Black Friday.

Sony SRS-XB01 review: Sony's cheap mini Bluetooth speaker is worth buying - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 1 hour 9 min ago
The Sony SRS-XB01 retails for $35 and sometimes costs less. It's a well designed little wireless speaker.

Scientists spot two massive stars creating a pinwheel of dust

Ars Technica - 1 hour 10 min ago

Enlarge / An image of Apep taken in the infrared. (credit: University of Sydney/European Southern Observatory)

Figuring out what powers the Universe's largest explosions can be a real challenge, as the explosion wipes out evidence of what caused it. Archival data can sometimes provide hints of what was in the area where things went boom, but a lot of the progress we've made comes down to physicists modeling some of the more extreme objects out there and seeing if they can recapitulate the details of the explosion.

That's where we're at with long gamma ray bursts (where "long" in this case means a couple of seconds). We've seen them happen, and astrophysicists have calculated that they could be emitted from a rapidly rotating, massive star. But we don't have a lot of examples of this sort of star to study in order to see if the physics of their explosions match up with our models. Now, a team of researchers thinks it has spotted one that, in combination with a second massive star, created the fantastic-looking pinwheel shown above. But detailed observations of the system suggest that the pinwheel is formed by materials that originated on a single star yet are moving at two different speeds—something we can't explain.

The serpent god

Technically, the new object goes by the absurdly memorable name 2XMM J160050.7–514245. Surveys spotted it because it was an oddity: unusually bright at certain infrared wavelengths. Follow-up observations revealed its sinuous form, which led the researchers to rename it from the "cumbersome" 2XMM J160050.7–514245 to Apep, which is the name of a serpent deity in Egyptian mythology.

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Black Friday 2018 deals on storage: Samsung EVO 1TB for $130, 256GB USB drive for $55 and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 11 min ago
Here's a list of the top storage deals as they are revealed for the biggest shopping day of the year.

Your next FedEx delivery may arrive via Chinese electric truck - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 11 min ago
FedEx will put 1,000 of the trucks on the road in California.

Radical new 3D body scanner delivers startling first human images - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 11 min ago
See through a whole person in three dimensions.

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