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VMWare Fusion 11 adds support for Core i9 MacBook Pro and 18-core iMac Pro

Ars Technica - 48 min 29 sec ago


A new version of virtualization software VMWare Fusion hit Macs this week. VMWare Fusion 11 adds a new application menu and support for the 18-core CPU configuration in the latest iMac Pro and the Core i9 for the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The release appears to have been closely timed with the launch of macOS Mojave, which hit this Monday. VMWare Fusion is one of the most popular virtual-machine applications for Macs; its closest direct rival is Parallels Desktop, which also released a new version preparing for Mojave last month. Parallels has many strengths, including a leg up or two on VMWare Fusion with certain features. But VMWare Fusion does offer its own advantages over the Parallels release; among other things, it has moved to using Metal as the default graphics API on the Mac. Parallels still uses the Mac's outdated OpenGL, though the Parallels team is working on making the transition.

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Nintendo Switch cloud saves disappear six months after subscription ends [Updated]

Ars Technica - 1 hour 5 min ago

Enlarge / Better keep paying for your Switch Online subscription if you want that cloud-based save data to remain accessible. (credit: Nintendo)

[Update Sept. 25: Nintendo has now confirmed to IGN that it will retain players' cloud saves for six months after they cancel their subscription. "Nintendo will allow users who resubscribe within 180 days to access their previous Save Data Cloud backups," the statement reads, in part.

This seems to be a reversal of Nintendo's previous plans, especially since a Nintendo UK FAQ still says, "Save data stored with Save Data Cloud cannot be kept outside of the duration of your Nintendo Switch Online membership." The new policy puts Nintendo in line with Sony, which also retains cloud saves for six months after a PlayStation Plus subscription lapses.]

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Valve reveals just how many PC gamers plug in gamepads—and which kinds

Ars Technica - 1 hour 18 min ago

Enlarge / How third-party controllers appear in the Steam Input interface. (credit: Valve Software)

Fans of PC video games inevitably point to the options they have for how they play their favorite games, whether with a keyboard and mouse, a large array of flight-sim pedals, or everything in between. But the data coming from leading PC platform Steam points to an interesting trend: millions of PC gamers who gladly stick to the console-like experience of a standard gamepad.

A Tuesday hardware survey from Valve Software, Steam's handler, reveals that "over 30 million" users have connected at least one gamepad to a Steam installation since the company began tracking "Steam Input" as part of its hardware surveys. And with some users connecting multiple pads to their PCs, the total number of connected Steam controllers ratchets up to nearly 60 million.

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Apple iPhone XS review: A notch above the iPhone X - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 20 min ago
This year's iPhone is hard to judge without seeing the iPhone that's not yet here.

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

The Register - 1 hour 37 min ago
Privacy bod says 'remove all' function not living up to its name – netizens stay logged into Chocolate Factory

If you tell Google's latest version of Chrome to delete all of its cookies – surprise, you may end up with Google cookies on your computer.…

Why Mojave’s dark mode isn’t dark enough

Ars Technica - 1 hour 50 min ago

The days of getting overly excited about an OS release have passed for me. Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky or maybe operating systems reached "good enough" status a while ago. But either way, it's not something I get worked up for.

But I'll cop to being curious to try out Mojave's dark mode. I browse Ars with our in-house dark mode (you'll find it in the upper-right three-bar hamburger menu if you haven't tried it yourself yet), I use night mode on Twitter, and I find myself more comfortable with darker interfaces these days.

I upgraded to Mojave on my iMac yesterday and found the installer had already pre-selected the dark option for me, presumably because I ran the dark menu bar on High Sierra. Seemed like a good sign.

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America unveils its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

The Register - 1 hour 55 min ago
But Uncle Sam has already ruled out any actual laws and fines for breaking rules

The US government has started the process to create new rules on safeguarding America's online privacy, opening a "request for comments" on its initial proposal.…

Uber wins key ruling in its fight against treating drivers as employees

Ars Technica - 2 hours 6 min ago

Enlarge (credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court handed Uber a significant win Tuesday in its battle to avoid having its drivers declared to be legal employees. Uber has asked the courts to throw out the lawsuit, because Uber's driver agreement requires this kind of dispute to be handled in private arbitration instead—an endorsement that the 9th Circuit Appeals Court has now accepted.

Uber says that its drivers are legally independent contractors, not employees. That's significant because federal law strictly regulates the relationship between employers and employees. Employees are guaranteed to earn federal minimum wage and are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week. Uber employees, in contrast, are paid by the ride and might earn much less than minimum wage if they drive at a slow time of day.

California law also gives employees the right to be reimbursed for expenses they incur on the job, which would be significant for Uber drivers who otherwise are responsible for gas, maintenance, insurance, and other expenses of operating an Uber vehicle.

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Verizon outage knocks out service across the US - CNET - News - 2 hours 8 min ago
States in the Northeast, Midwest and South are reportedly affected.

How to watch Microsoft's Inside Xbox stream: Forza 4, Xbox updates and more - CNET - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Microsoft has taken over Goodwood Estate in Britain to show off Forza Horizon 4 -- and there may be other surprises, too.

iPhone XS vs. iPhone X: Just how much better is the new camera? - CNET - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Looks like the same dual 12-megapixel cameras as last year. Trust us, they’re not.

Facebook teams with Sphero to bring computer science to more schools - CNET - News - 2 hours 31 min ago
CodeFWD aims to increase the number of underrepresented and female students learning to code.

Toyota will stop supporting Pandora, OpenTable apps in November - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 31 min ago
The icons can't be removed from the Entune App Suite display, so they'll just throw error messages.

Hennessey's 700-hp Goliath 6x6 is a rolling Lee Greenwood song - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 31 min ago
'Cause there ain't no doubt, I love (driving over) this land (at speed).

Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, Qualcomm claims

Ars Technica - 2 hours 37 min ago

Enlarge / The iPhone XS and XS Max. (credit: Apple)

Qualcomm has accused Apple of stealing modem-chip designs and giving them to Intel in order to help Intel make cellular chips that could be used in iPhones at lower prices than those charged by Qualcomm.

"Apple has engaged in a years-long campaign of false promises, stealth, and subterfuge designed to steal Qualcomm's confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance and accelerating time to market of lower-quality modem chipsets, including those developed by Intel Corporation, competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple iPhones and other devices, with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm's Apple-based business to Intel," Qualcomm wrote in a proposed amended complaint.

Apple started switching from Intel to Qualcomm modem chips in iPhones and other devices in 2011 when it launched the Verizon version of the iPhone 4, Qualcomm said. But Apple began switching back to Intel chips in some iPhone models in 2016, apparently to get lower prices despite the Intel chips' lower performance. Qualcomm alleges that the switch to Intel in 2016 and Intel chip improvements since then were aided by Apple's illegal actions.

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Who are DC's Birds of Prey? A look at the superhero team as its movie draws closer - CNET - News - 2 hours 45 min ago
The female superteam is due to get a movie in 2020, but the squad's been around since 1996.

Dealmaster: Get Red Dead Redemption 2 bundled with a PS4 Pro at no extra cost

Ars Technica - 2 hours 45 min ago

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a new bundle that pairs Red Dead Redemption 2 with Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro console for the latter's usual $400 retail price.

Now, PS4 Pro bundles are nothing new, and there will inevitably be chances to score the console and game for less than $400 after Rockstar's latest is out. But stock of the PS4 Pro has been somewhat sporadic on its own, so if you're interested in the 4K-ready console and plan to buy Red Dead Redemption 2 anyway, it's a decent savings off the bat.

As for whether the PS4 Pro is worth it in the first place, that'll depend on how much stock you put in 4K gaming. The standard PS4 can play in HDR, and generally speaking there's little reason to pay more if you're using a 1080p TV or 1440p monitor. Still, even if it's not a generational leap, the Pro does make many games look and run smoother on higher-end screens.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story now on Blu-ray, Digital HD: Every way to watch - CNET - News - 3 hours 4 min ago
Han Solo's origin movie is ready for home viewing.

Flying cars are coming soon... well, maybe (The 3:59, Ep. 463) - CNET - News - 3 hours 5 min ago
A look at UberAir's ambitions, Instagram co-founders' exit from Facebook, and iPhone XS sales.

Fortnite season 6 is coming Thursday: Here's what we know so far - CNET - News - 3 hours 15 min ago
An official release date, some Twitter teasers and early patch notes give us plenty of things to ponder.

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