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A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says

Ars Technica - 1 hour 11 min ago

Enlarge / The 2014 Mac mini is pictured here. This redesign was seen by some users as a downgrade compared to its predecessor, and Apple hasn't overhauled it since. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple plans to release a new replacement for the MacBook Air (and possibly the current MacBook) with a Retina display later this year, according to a report in Bloomberg. More surprising: the report also claims an updated Mac mini is right around the corner.

The report comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who has built a strong reputation recently on breaking news of major Apple initiatives and products before they are announced. As always, his report cites "people familiar with" Apple's plans.

The new Mac mini would be geared more towards pro users than its predecessor, the report says, with more powerful specifications but steeper pricing. The previous Mac mini is something of a cult hit with independent software developers; this report suggests Apple will double down on that. That would move the Mac mini further away from one of its original purposes—cheap consumer home theater PC—likely because that product category has been replaced by devices like the Apple TV or various Roku dongles and boxes, among other things.

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Reddit experiencing a site outage - CNET - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
"Reddit can't be reached," the popular news discussion site says.

Apple Pay now accepted at all Costcos in the US - CNET - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
You now have another way to buy 5 gallons of soy sauce.

Fix for July's Spectre-like bug is breaking some supers

The Register - 2 hours 15 min ago
RDMA-Lustre combo swatted, HPC admins scramble

High-performance computing geeks are sweating on a Red Hat fix, after a previous patch broke the Lustre file system.…

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

The Register - 2 hours 18 min ago
Incompatibility of with screen-readers said to harm the sight impaired

Apple, which prides itself on design, faces a lawsuit alleging that its web page layout violates the law.…

VC Rothenberg sues Silicon Valley Bank, seeking to clear reputation - CNET - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
The investor says the bank mishandled money, making it look like he'd embezzled funds and inflicting $100 million in damage to the firm.

Google sued over tracking user location amid privacy concerns - CNET - News - 2 hours 50 min ago
A Google user says the company misled him and other users.

As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

The Register - 3 hours 7 min ago
21 year-old facing 31 charges for "no questions asked" cross-border cryptocurrency buys

A 21 year old man from Mexico is facing more than two-dozen money laundering charges in the US for running an unlicensed Bitcoin exchange.…

Bitcoin buster?

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 35 min ago
Bitcoin's price rises and falls wildly, making it high risk. Is there a more stable alternative?

Minigame integrated into EVE Online helps scientists understand cells

Ars Technica - 3 hours 44 min ago

Enlarge / Yes, those are real human cells inside a fictional galaxy.

Citizen science, which asks the public to help out science projects, has produced some spectacular successes. But finding a way to grab and maintain hold of the public's attention can be a challenge. That has led to a number of projects that turn the science challenge into a game, finding ways of making a "win" into scientific progress.

But scientists have also figured out ways of hijacking existing games, including using pre-existing fan bases that recruit players through in-game rewards. Now, there's a progress report on an effort to turn EVE Online players into cell biology experts. Thanks to some in-game rewards, more than 300,000 players contributed roughly 33 million calls on where in a cell a protein was located. This not only greatly expanded a public database of information on proteins, but it enabled the researchers to better train a neural network to do the same thing.

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While in many cases it has been possible to determine or infer what a protein does, that only gives us a partial idea of its actual function. That's because many proteins are shipped to specific locations in cells. So while two proteins may look similar in terms of the order and identity of their amino acids, one may be shipped to the nucleus, where it interacts with DNA, while its relative gets sent to the cell's surface, where it acts on proteins in the surroundings. So figuring out where a protein normally resides within cells can go a long way toward helping us figure out its normal functions.

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Barrett-Jackson founder finds long-lost Shelby Mustang prototype - Roadshow - News - 4 hours 30 min ago
The second of two Shelby GT500 EXPs was thought destroyed, until it was found by Craig Jackson and a team of experts this year.

Ads are coming to your Fortnite, Overwatch streams on Twitch Prime - CNET - News - 4 hours 31 min ago
Amazon Prime can't save you from ads on Twitch anymore. is live again -- say hello to Valve's Twitch competitor? - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 10:44pm
Update: is back, after its test server was mistakenly made public last Friday.

Game of Thrones ice dragon scream came from drunk fans - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 10:34pm
Chicago viewers recorded "tortured" shrieks that were then melded into the season 7 finale of the HBO hit.

SEC settles 'fraudulent scheme' case against VC Michael Rothenberg - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 10:33pm
The watchdog says the VC and his firm misappropriated millions of dollars in investor money.

Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 10:29pm
Thousands of apps yanked for violating terms and conditions

Apple has reportedly kicked off a mass removal of illegal lottery and gambling apps from the China version of its iOS App Store.…

Get one of our favorite affordable laser printers on sale for $99 - CNET - News - August 20, 2018 - 10:26pm
The frustration-free Brother HL-L2395DW is enjoying one of its periodic discounts at Amazon.

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

The Register - August 20, 2018 - 10:24pm
Legal battle #433 over Pai's push to kill off rules

Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works.…

Huawei was caught using a pro camera to fake smartphone photos (again)

Ars Technica - August 20, 2018 - 10:21pm

Enlarge / A photo taken with a DSLR is used to demonstrate the smartphone's AI beauty feature. (credit: Huawei)

Huawei might make decent smartphones, but its marketing and advertising campaigns have, multiple times, been struck by controversy. That continues today, as an actor's social media post revealed that the company faked smartphone photos with a professional DSLR camera for an advertisement in Egypt.

In the ad (embedded below), a couple takes selfies at a party and at home with the Huawei Nova 3. The Huawei video shows a rapid succession of moments in which the couple prepares to take the selfie, then shows the final photos as snapshots between moments. As it turns out, though, the photos were taken on a DSLR camera—the type of dedicated (and not-at-all-tied-to-a-smartphone) camera used by professional photographers.

Huawei Mobile Egypt's ad for the Huawei Nova 3.

Reddit user AbdullahSab3 discovered that Sarah Elshamy, one of the actors in the video, posted some behind-the-scenes photos to her Instagram page. One image revealed a photographer shooting the at-home selfie with a DSLR.

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