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2019 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $21,895 - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 1 min ago
No word yet on plug-in hybrid pricing, though.

Dealmaster: Get an Ecovacs Deebot N79 robot vacuum for $160

Ars Technica - 1 hour 3 min ago

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by a deal on the popular Ecovacs Deebot N79 robot vacuum, which can be had for $160 with a discount code on Amazon. That's a good chunk off its usual price of $200.

To be clear, the Deebot N79 is on the lower end of the botvac scale: pricier devices like iRobot's Roombas are generally more thorough at cleaning, more durable, and easier to fix with replacement parts if something goes wrong. But for a budget model, the Deebot N79 performs the basics competently. It's best used in smaller areas and shorter carpets, but it's a decent cleaner that runs quietly and does a good job of avoiding getting stuck on obstacles around the house. It also works with a smartphone app if you'd like to keep some control over it.

If you don't want a robot to invade your home, though, we also have deals on the Xbox One S, Samsung SSDs, 4K TVs, and gaming laptops. Have a look for yourself below.

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Over $18M raised on Facebook to reunite families hit by Trump's immigration policy - CNET - News - 1 hour 6 min ago
Meanwhile, Silicon Valley leaders have spoken out against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy toward migrant families crossing into the US.

Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species

Ars Technica - 1 hour 8 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Turvey et al. 2018)

Primates, especially gibbons and other apes, are rare finds in the Asian fossil record. Fossils from the Pleistocene and Holocene are most often preserved in caves, where live gibbons almost never spend time. But humans preserved the remains of at least one gibbon for posterity by burying it in the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman 2,300 years ago during China’s Warring States Period.

The unfortunate ape was buried with a noblewoman believed to be Lady Xia, the grandmother of Qin Shi Huang, the first Chinese emperor, who ruled from 259 to 210 BCE. Lady Xia also took a leopard, a lynx, an Asiatic black bear, a crane, and several domestic animals with her to her very ornate grave in Chang’an, now the city of Shenheyuan in Shaanxi Province. Morbid menageries are a hallmark of high-status burials from this period, but primatologist Samuel Turvey of the Zoological Society of London says archaeologists have never before seen a gibbon interred this way.

That’s interesting in its own right. By Lady Xia’s day, gibbons had become popular among the nobility as pets and symbols of the class of scholars and officials called Junzi. Thanks to the graceful way they swing through the trees, gibbons were considered noble in ancient Chinese culture. So it’s culturally significant to find a gibbon, presumably a pet, buried with the grandmother of China’s first emperor. But this particular gibbon, besides its proximity to power, may also represent a previously undiscovered—and now extinct—species.

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Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy - CNET - News - 1 hour 17 min ago
US justices say law enforcement needs a warrant to follow your digital footprints.

See a drone's view of a reported Texas 'tent city' for migrant children - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
The drone footage from BBC News gives a bird's-eye view of the immigration saga.

A brief history of the Chevy Blazer - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 28 min ago
The story of Chevrolet's legendary Blazer SUV.

Huge wave in Venus’ clouds changes the length of a day

Ars Technica - 1 hour 28 min ago

Enlarge / This bow-shaped wave forms only in the afternoon. (credit: ©Planet-C)

You wouldn’t expect a toy spinning top to be rotating at precisely the same rate every time you glance at it, but you probably would expect a planet to. Yet observations of Venus over the years have come up with slightly different numbers when calculating the length of a Venusian day based on its rotation.

Venus is weird enough that we have to be careful to specify what we mean by “a day.” Because Venus slowly spins clockwise as it orbits clockwise around the Sun, sunlight takes a lap around the planet faster than Venus itself does a 360. Sunrise to sunrise (metaphorically speaking, given Venus’ cloud-choked atmosphere), a day there is about 117 Earth-days long. Measurements by the Magellan spacecraft in 1990 and Venus Express in 2006 differed by about 7 minutes, though. That wasn’t slop in the measurement—it was a real change.

So why would Venus be slightly changing its rotation speed over time? The most obvious suggestion is that tidal forces from the Sun are somehow responsible. But the recent Japanese Akatsuki spacecraft spotted something strange in Venus’ clouds that shows its atmosphere may have more to do with it.

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23andMe said to be donating DNA kits to help reunite immigrant families - CNET - News - 1 hour 31 min ago
Bringing families together is core to the company's mission, tweets CEO Anne Wojcicki.

Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game

Ars Technica - 1 hour 40 min ago


Batting a ball back and forth is one of the oldest concepts in video games, dating back to the days of William Higinbotham’s Tennis for Two oscilloscope experiments in the ‘50s. In the decades since, countless games have refined the idea of what virtual tennis can be, from as-faithful-as-possible recreations of the real sport to ultra-accessible, over-the-top arcade-inspired battles of reflex and positioning.

Like previous Mario Tennis games, Mario Tennis Aces sits far on the side of the over-the-top accessibility side of the equation. Simple controls and an ultra-forgiving hit positioning system make it easy enough for even complete gaming neophytes to get into a quick game. But Aces also adds a bit more depth to the series, introducing a new power meter system that adds a new layer of psychological brinksmanship to the proceedings.

At its most heated moments, Aces starts to resemble a fighting game more than a tennis game, and it’s all the better for it—especially when you’re playing against another human.

The best defense...

The basics here will be familiar to anyone who has played a Mario Tennis game before. As the ball comes over the net, you run to where it’s going to land, hit a button to prepare your shot and use the analog stick to aim that shot to one side of the court or the other. The opponent does the same in a battle of relative positioning that ends when someone fails to return the ball.

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The monster-battery Moto E5 Supra is only available at Cricket Wireless - CNET - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
But it's really just a Moto E5 Plus in disguise.

Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

The Register - 1 hour 48 min ago
We wanted actual C-suiters, growls EU committee

Facebook has once again irked EU politicos by failing to send sufficiently senior staffers to face another grilling on the data-harvesting saga.…

Valve's Knuckles EV2 controller will let you squeeze objects in games - CNET - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
Valve tells CNET it'll announce shipping info "soon."

CNET UK podcast 539: The most exciting video games of E3 2018 - CNET - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
Old friend Luke Westaway joins the show to tell us what upcoming video games are worth getting pants-wettingly excited about, and which ones you can safely miss. Thanks, Luke.

Apple, Audi, BMW agree on standard for using smartphones as car keys - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
The Connected Car Consortium is trying to standardizing NFC technology that would let you drive your car without a traditional key fob.

Cheaper 2018 iPhones, and iOS 12 could just save your life - CNET - News - 1 hour 59 min ago
What went down in iPhone news this week.

Audi recalls, stops sale of 2012-2018 A6, A7 for sensor problems - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
This recall also covers the S6, S7 and RS7 performance variants.

Microsoft's Bing lets you find that stranger's jeans with your phone camera - CNET - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
We've all coveted things from afar. This Goole Lens competitor uses AI to help you track down info using a photo.

Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones

Ars Technica - 2 hours 25 min ago

Back when I tested Google's first augmented reality product, Project Tango, one of my favorite use cases was the Google Measure app. This would turn Tango's bevy of extra sensors into a virtual tape measure, allowing you to roughly pick any two points in the world and get the distance between them. When Project Tango died, I figured the Measure app was done for too, but Google has resurrected the app for ARCore, its new, post-Tango augmented reality framework that works on many high-end Android phones.

Tango used a time-of-flight camera, an IR projector, and a fish-eye motion camera to measure things, but now with an ARCore-compatible Android device, you can run the exact same app with normal smartphone hardware. Just point the phone at something, drag out either the "length" or "height" measurement tools onto the camera feed, and adjust the end points to measure something. When you first open the app, you have to move the phone around so it can scan the surrounding area. This isn't a fast process and can be a bit of a pain when you just want to measure something.

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After being pulled from a spaceflight in January, Jeanette Epps speaks up

Ars Technica - 2 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / Jeanette Epps, left, is shown as an Expedition 54-55 backup crewmember on December 5, 2017. She was pulled from Expedition 56 at about this time. (credit: NASA)

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to be in space right now, as the first African-American crew member living on the International Space Station. But instead she's on the ground doing all of the things astronauts do when they're not in space—training, monitoring programs, working as a capcom in Mission Control, and more.

Since being pulled from her flight in January, a mission that launched about two weeks ago for a six-month tour on the space station, Epps has remained quiet in public. NASA did not specify the reasons for her removal from Expedition 56 to the space station, saying only that, "These decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information."

However, Epps did finally speak publicly this week, appearing at the Tech Open Air technology festival in Berlin on June 21, where she was interviewed by journalist Megan Gannon. The website CollectSPACE provided a transcript of the discussion.

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