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Verizon bungles launch of $70 gigabit plan, which costs more than $70

Ars Technica - 1 hour 40 min ago

Finding out the price for Internet service shouldn't be this difficult.

Verizon's rollout yesterday of a $70-per-month gigabit Internet plan was pretty confusing.

The Verizon announcement said the gigabit service would be immediately available to more than 8 million homes and did not say that the $70 price would only be available to certain customers. But it turned out that the $70 price was only for customers who don't have Verizon FiOS service today. Existing customers who tried to upgrade yesterday were told that the standard price was as much as $200 a month.

After exchanging many e-mails throughout the day yesterday with a Verizon spokesperson, we now have a better understanding of what went wrong and what should happen next. Verizon promised a "revolutionary speed and a revolutionary price." But there's more than one price.

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Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

The Register - 2 hours 9 min ago
High priority apps get first dibbs at fast SSD storage

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS).…

Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

The Register - 2 hours 12 min ago
20-year-old Herts man slapped with two years' stripey suntan time

A Hertfordshire man has been jailed for two years after netting nearly £400,000 from the malware he wrote as a 15-year-old student.…

20 tricked-out bicycles - CNET - News - 2 hours 15 min ago
These machines look cool (and occasionally weird) even standing still.

Uber partners with Dallas and Dubai to usher in flying cars - CNET - News - 2 hours 16 min ago
Reeling in scandals and facing a lawsuit from Google, the ride-hailing company puts a focus on what it calls vertical takeoff and landing, or VTOL.

Vizio unveils 2017 sound bars with Chromecast and Bluetooth - CNET - News - 2 hours 17 min ago
Vizio has announced its latest sound bars, which incorporate Bluetooth connectivity and start from $80.

Is Google Home good at voice recognition? - CNET - News - 2 hours 18 min ago
We put the always-listening speaker's multi-user functionality to the test.

Waymo to offer public trials for its self-driving minivans - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 18 min ago
If you're in the Phoenix area, you can sign up to use Waymo's vans for whatever you need.

'Kingsman: Golden Circle' trailer brings the action to America - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
In the sequel, the Yanks are coming, and they're well-armed and sporting cowboy hats -- all the better to contrast with the natty Brits.

FaceApp is sorry its 'hot' filter gives people light skin tones - CNET - News - 2 hours 21 min ago
The filter made people's faces whiter, a flaw FaceApp's creator apologizes for and blames on artificial intelligence.

Jaguar teases XF Sportbrake wagon, will come to US this winter - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Jaguar used a very famous patch of grass to help herald the arrival of its new station wagon.

T-Mobile's all-in bet on unlimited pays off - CNET - News - 2 hours 29 min ago
The carrier's move to eliminate all options except for its T-Mobile One unlimited data plan didn't slow its momentum down.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport starts just above $21,000 - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 34 min ago
It's nice to see more affordable small crossovers.

An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre short film

Ars Technica - 2 hours 38 min ago

Behold: It's No Game, written by an AI and starring the great David Hasselhoff. (video link)

Last year, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin released the stunningly weird short film Sunspring. It was a sci-fi tale written entirely by an algorithm that eventually named itself Benjamin. Now the two humans have teamed up with Benjamin again to create a follow-up movie, It's No Game, about what happens when AI gets mixed up in an impending Hollywood writers' strike. Ars is excited to debut the movie here, so go ahead and watch. We also talked to the film cast and creators about what it's like to work with an AI.

The scenario in It's No Game is sort of like Robocop, with about 20 hits of acid layered on top. Two screenwriters (Tim Guinee and Walking Dead's Thomas Payne) are meeting with a producer (Flesh and Bone's Sarah Hay), who informs them that it doesn't matter if they go on strike because the future is AI writing movies for other AI. As evidence, she shows them Sunspring, gushing about how it "got a million hits." The fact that Sunspring did in fact get a million hits in real life, and that there really is a writer's strike threatening Hollywood, make this movie even more of a reality distortion field.

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Rubrik's tube: Cloud backup protector looks to suck up more cash – report

The Register - 2 hours 40 min ago
Now supports cloud-native apps in AWS, Azure

Storage startup Rubrik claims it is taking the lead in public/private cloud data management and says it is approaching a $100m annual run rate after 18 months of product availability.…

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' mixtape movie review - CNET - News - 2 hours 46 min ago
Putting the bangers in the big bang, these are the classic pop tunes that sum up Marvel's spacefaring sequel.

Vizio P series (2017) Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 48 min ago
The "new" version of one of CNET's favorite TVs is basically identical to last year, plus software refinements and minus the tablet remote. And that's a good thing.

Huawei Honor 6X review - CNET - Reviews - 3 hours 7 min ago
This seriously budget phone has dual cameras and a fast, accurate fingerprint reader right where I want it. Unfortunately, that's about the best it can offer.

AMD puts two GPUs and 32GB of RAM on its latest Radeon Pro Duo graphics card

Ars Technica - 3 hours 12 min ago

Enlarge / AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo GPU. (credit: AMD)

A little over a year after launching the last Radeon Pro Duo graphics card, AMD is back with an all-new version that has the same name but makes a whole bunch of changes. The new Radeon Pro Duo mashes two separate 14nm Polaris GPUs with 2,304 stream processors, 128 texture units, 32 ROPs, and 16GB of graphics RAM apiece (for a total of 32GB) into a single card. As the name implies, the card is being aimed primarily at professional users rather than gamers. It's based on the Radeon Pro WX 7100 workstation GPU, which uses one GPU with most of the same specs as the Radeon Pro Duo but with 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB.

You can find the full spec list for the card here, which will launch at "the end of May" for $999.

The card is quite different from last year's Radeon Pro Duo—that card launched at $1,499 and featured a pair of 28nm Fiji GPUs with 4,096 stream processors and 4GB of RAM each; it was also a power-hungry monster, requiring its own closed-loop liquid cooler, three external PCIe power plugs, and as much as 350W of power. The new card only needs two power plugs, uses an air blower typical of most GPUs, and has a rated TBP (typical board power) of 250W.

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Facebook testing out fact-checks attached to Related Articles - CNET - News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Now when you see an article posted on Facebook, links to third-party fact-checkers will appear alongside.

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