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Would you spend $18,000 on carbon wheels for a Porsche 911? - Roadshow - News - 34 min 25 sec ago
Porsche claims it's the first in the industry to use a special carbon braiding process.

Kalanick calls investor suit a 'public and personal attack' - CNET - News - 47 min 1 sec ago
Uber's former CEO says he was victim of an "ambush" after the accidental death of his mother.

Agents of Mayhem review: Destroying a really dull open world

Ars Technica - 1 hour 12 min ago

Enlarge / Scheherazade is great for taking out large groups.

Scratch beneath the surface of Agents of Mayhem—the hero-based shoot-and-loot open-world game from developer Volition—and you'll only find more shooting, looting, and hero-based action. It lacks the surprisingly heartfelt camaraderie of the studio's later Saints Row titles. It's not as beautifully, thematically simple as Red Faction: Guerilla, but it is still a few solid hours of fun.

Agents of Mayhem is a pseudo-sequel/reboot/spinoff/prequel to Saints Row (and subsequently Red Faction—all three series are connected in subtle and not-so-subtle ways), but only diehard fans will likely notice it. Saints Row regulars like Pierce Washington, Oleg Kirrlov, and even Johnny Gat make appearances (that last one, only for pre-orderers). Yet they all operate under codenames in the G.I. Joe-like Mayhem, doing battle with the Cobra-esque Legion.

The game tries to seal the Saturday morning cartoon deal with actual cartoon cutscenes. They're just too cheap looking—like Marvel's oddly shaded modern fare, but jerkier—to take the gimmick all the way. It doesn't help make it seem any less rushed when some of the scenes are notably not animated at all.

The soul in Seoul

Cheap or not, the animation is what is used to get the game’s pretty decent core conceit across. Legion's evil council wants to take over the world, while the slightly less reprehensible Mayhem aims to stop them. A battle of "bad vs. evil," as Mayhem's ex-criminal director puts it, ensues. It's a brighter and more colorful conflict than 90 percent of open-world games and far better at putting me in the mood for the open-ended shenanigans.

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Amazon's 'Galaxy Quest' reboot has a new writer - CNET - News - 1 hour 19 min ago
After being put on hold, this could get the new series rolling again.

Apple may soon let you rent movies fresh from the theater - CNET - News - 1 hour 20 min ago
A report says major movie studios might work out a way to let you download movies just weeks after playing in theaters.

Tesla adds automatic high beams via over-the-air update - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 22 min ago
It wasn't available on all Autopilot 2.0 cars in all markets, but now it is.

Watch Jon Snow imitate a dragon in 'Game of Thrones' video - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Actor Kit Harington demonstrates his "Game of Thrones" character's species confusion in a charming video from Emilia Clarke's Instagram account.

EFF criticizes tech companies for exiling neo-Nazi website - CNET - News - 1 hour 24 min ago
The digital rights organization says the same tactics could be used against other organizations.

Android O is Oreo -- unless Google's trolling - CNET - News - 1 hour 40 min ago
Google's Android O reveal is now officially timed to Monday's solar eclipse. What does that say to you?

Your oil change is on us! - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Ten lucky winners have a chance* to take home a $100 Jiffy Lube gift card so you’re ready when that red light flashes at you. This sweepstakes ends August 31, 2017.

Android O is O-fficially launching August 21

Ars Technica - 1 hour 45 min ago


Google has revealed the launch date for the final version of Android O: August 21. Google will be livestreaming an unveiling event live from New York City at 2:40pm ET to coincide with the solar eclipse. There's a new teaser site up at, which counts down the time until the event. "Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse," the site promises, "bringing some super (sweet) new powers!"

Android O (which we know will be version 8.0) is currently on its fourth developer preview, having originally launched in March. At the event we're expecting Google to unveil the traditional snack-themed codename for the OS, finally revealing what the "O" in "Android O" stands for. It should also start pushing out OTA updates for at least the Pixel and Pixel XL, with updates for older Google devices happening the day of the event or shortly after.

Android O is not a mystery at this point. The OS brings a big revamp of the notification panel with a new layout, colors, and features like snoozing. Google is clamping down on background apps for more consistent performance and better battery life. There are new, updatable emoji, a faster startup time, an all new settings app, and lots of security enhancements, including the new "Google Play Protect" anti-malware branding. Most importantly, Android 8.0 brings Project Treble to new devices, a modularization of the OS away from the hardware. That initiative should make it easier to develop and roll out new Android updates.

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What a Solar Eclipse Taught Me About Love

Wired - 2 hours 3 min ago
Before social media, moments experienced collectively were very different—and maybe even better—but they still created connections.

Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

The Register - 2 hours 15 min ago
Big Red seeks open-source foundation to host platform

Oracle has revealed plans to shift Java Enterprise Edition to an open-source foundation as it promises delivery of version 8 is "approaching".…

Breaking Down the HBO Hacks: From Game of Thrones To a Twitter Takeover

Wired - 2 hours 16 min ago
Four separate security incidents, including _Game of Thrones_ leaks, have turned HBO's August into a case study of hack attacks.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 kickoff: What to expect - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
The next Galaxy Note is nearly here.

Asus ZenFone 4 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 30 min ago
Never having heard of the word overkill, the Taiwanese company debuts phones with dual-cameras either in front or in the back.

Gab, the right-wing Twitter rival, just got its app banned by Google

Ars Technica - 2 hours 48 min ago

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill)

When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a right-wing Twitter competitor. Gab was founded by Donald Trump supporter Andrew Torba, who says it's devoted to unfettered free expression online. This week, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, became an active Gab user after a succession of Internet companies refused service to his website, forcing it offline. The site also hosts controversial right-wing trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew "weev" Auernheimer.

On Thursday, Gab said that Google had banned its Android app from the Google Play Store for violating Google's ban on hate speech.

Breaking news: Google has removed Gab's Android app from the Google Play Store for "hate speech."

— Gab (@getongab) August 17, 2017

Google's e-mail doesn't explain how Gab violated Google's rules, and the company's policy on the topic isn't very specific. It says only that "We don't allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity."

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Here’s what happens to your retina if you view an eclipse without protection

Ars Technica - 2 hours 52 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Ian Hitchcock )

Americans are making their last dashes for glasses and viewers to watch the rare total solar eclipse that will glide across the continental US on Monday. Meanwhile, eye doctors are trying to clear away any orbiting debris that's obscuring vision safety information—and spotlight the dangers of unsafe viewing.

Everyone knows that watching an eclipse—or staring into the Sun in general—can damage eyes. But in a series of articles published Friday in JAMA and JAMA Ophthalmology, a group of ophthalmologists explains in detail how sunlight damages the retina, plus dispels some misconceptions about viewing techniques for the rare event. They also provide a case study of what happens when you go into an eclipse event eyeballs-out.

David Calkins and Paul Sternberg of The Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, (which will experience a total eclipse) wrote one of the pieces in JAMA Ophthalmology. In it, they point out that many people have the misconception that an eclipse allows safe viewing of the Sun—that the lunar disk will cover everything but the Sun’s beautiful corona. This is true for those lucky ones that are along the path of the total eclipse, albeit only briefly. For those in the totality path, the Sun’s core will be blotted out for no more than two minutes and 41 seconds. “However, for most people, at least some portion of the Sun’s core will be visible during the event,” Calkins and Sternberg note.

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Flying Deloreans, the Electric Nikola Zero, and the Rest of This Week’s Car News

Wired - 3 hours 3 min ago
A new breed of DeLorean, off-roaders go electric, and autonomous vehicles take to highway work zones.

This Lumbering Self-Driving Truck Is Designed to Get Hit

Wired - 3 hours 3 min ago
Autonomous vehicles will saves lives by avoiding crashes—except this one.

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