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2018 Nissan Rogue review - Roadshow - Reviews - 11 min 59 sec ago
On the surface, ProPilot Assist looks like standard lane-keeping steering assist, but this system has a backup plan that protects drowsy or incapacitated drivers.

I used to be a bitcoin bull—here’s why that changed

Ars Technica - 1 hour 37 sec ago

(credit: Zach Copley)

I used to be a bitcoin bull. As bitcoin's price soared from $13 to more than $1,000 in 2013, lots of people argued it was an unsustainable bubble. I argued the opposite: that bitcoin's price still had a lot of room to rise. And obviously, I turned out to be right, as bitcoin is now worth $17,000—17 times the cryptocurrency's previous peak in late 2013.

Now we're in the midst of another big bitcoin bull market, and I'm much more worried that the market is getting into unsustainable territory. At the beginning of the year, bitcoins were worth $1,000 apiece, and all bitcoins in circulation were worth around $15 billion—still quite small as global financial assets go. Today, each bitcoin is worth $17,000, and all bitcoins in circulation are worth a much more substantial $280 billion. That seems like a lot for a payment network that only processes about four transactions per second.

Meanwhile, there are growing signs that ordinary, unsophisticated investors may be getting in over their heads. Anecdotal reports suggest that people with no real technical or financial expertise are getting interested in cryptocurrency, and some people are even borrowing money to invest in bitcoin. The market is starting to feel like the final month of the dotcom boom, when people started getting tech stock tips from their taxi drivers.

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Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 45 min ago
Restaurants face having to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps.

2018 Honda Clarity review - Roadshow - Reviews - 1 hour 49 min ago
The Clarity's plug-in hybrid drivetrain may be complex, but that doesn't mean you can't just get in and drive.

Uber creates advisory forum to get drivers' lowdown - CNET - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
The ride-hailing company works to make things better with drivers by asking for their opinions and advice.

Watch video games on your Amazon Echo Show with Twitch skill - CNET - News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Twitch's new Alexa skill will make use of the Show's screen and help you find content to stream.

NASA video flies you through Jupiter's Great Red Spot - CNET - News - 2 hours 5 min ago
Plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere and pop back up through its iconic red storm with an animated NASA video adventure.

Twitter will now help you thread tweets - CNET - News - 2 hours 7 min ago
A new feature from the social network should streamline things when you create a chain of tweets.

Continental, Avis turn phones into rental car keys - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
The pair is running a pilot program for this tech in Kansas City.

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

The Register - 2 hours 17 min ago
Scientists create self-applying membrane to protect cell

A new battery designed at the University of Waterloo in Ontario could triple the range of electric vehicles, a new paper has claimed.…

We can make plants pass out—with the same drugs that mysteriously knock us out

Ars Technica - 2 hours 23 min ago

Enlarge / Venus fly traps sit on display at the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden on July 20, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Getty | Adam Berry)

A verdant garden, softly draped with all manner of greenery, is a tranquil setting to most. But to scientists, it can be tranquilized further.

Just like humans, plants can succumb to the effects of general anesthetic drugs, researchers report this week in the Annals of Botany. The finding is striking for a variety of reasons—there’s the pesky fact that plants lack a central nervous system, for one thing. But, perhaps more noteworthy is that scientists still aren’t sure how general anesthetics work on humans—let alone plants. Despite that, doctors have been using the drugs daily for more than a century to knock people out and avert pain during surgeries and other medical procedures. Yet the drugs’ exact effects on our body’s cells and electrical signals remain elusive.

The authors of the new study, led by Italian and German plant biologists, suggest that plants could help us—once and for all—figure out the drugs’ mechanism of action. Moreover, the researchers are hopeful that after that’s sorted out, plants could be a useful tool to study and develop new anesthetic drugs. “As plants in general, and the model plant [Arabidopsis] thaliana in particular, are suitable to experimental manipulation (they do not run away) and allow easy electrical recordings, we propose them as ideal model objects to study anaesthesia and to serve as a suitable test system for human anaesthesia,” they conclude.

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Nintendo Switch sells 10 million units in 9 months - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Thanks to popular games like Mario Odyssey and Zelda, it looks like Nintendo's new console is a bona fide hit.

Instagram just found a way to make hashtags relevant again - CNET - News - 2 hours 34 min ago
This is the incentive we all need to adorn our pictures with a bajillion hashtags.

Three months in, Destiny 2 has a “quality-of-life” problem

Ars Technica - 2 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / Just a few more revolutions until that next Powerful Gear. (credit: Bungie / Getty / Aurich)

Destiny 2 isn’t the game its fans want it to be. That isn’t apparent from the game’s design, which seems to check every box a fan of the original would want. But a quick trip around the Internet shows just how much the sequel is failing to live up to many players’ expectations.

Take this 390-comment thread about the state of Destiny 2, for instance. It reads like the pre-apocalyptic screed you’d find scrawled on a wall in any number of other video games. It got to be so bad that Bungie had to interrupt its Curse of Osiris PR plans to address the complaints. And now that Curse of Osiris is out, the fan reaction isn’t exactly getting better.

That’s a shame, because Destiny 2 is a totally solid first-person shooter, taken in the vein of Bungie’s own previous games. In 40 or 50 hours you could get through every story mission, strike, raid, and a decent bit of the competitive multiplayer. That’s a good amount of content, especially compared to many other first-person shooters, and Destiny 2’s best-in-class action is enough to carry those hours forward enjoyably.

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Volvo kick-starts self-driving program with civilian riders - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 39 min ago
The families' feedback will help Volvo fine-tune its system.

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 52 min ago
Matt Hancock calls it "something of a disappointment" that he has to state it publicly.

Gripping, gorgeous 'Last Jedi': The Star Wars epic strikes back - CNET - News - 2 hours 57 min ago
Spoiler-free review: Heart-rending yet seriously funny, director Rian Johnson's visually stunning addition to the beloved franchise will be hard to top.

PepsiCo orders 100 Tesla Semis, the largest reservation yet - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 3 min ago
PepsiCo joins many other companies in the Tesla production queue.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premieres soon: Everything we know so far - CNET - News - 3 hours 15 min ago
Luke Skywalker is full of angst and his island is full of porgs. What the heck is a porg? Let's examine all the clues about the upcoming movie.

Facebook brings more AR features to Messenger - CNET - News - 3 hours 15 min ago
The social network also opens up its AR Studio platform more broadly to try to get more augmented-reality content onto Facebook.

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