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Verizon fiber suffered “unprecedented” damage from Hurricane Michael

Ars Technica - 42 min 2 sec ago

Enlarge / Vehicles sit partially submerged in floodwaters after Hurricane Michael hit in Panama City, Florida, US, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Nearly 300,000 households were still without home Internet, phone, or TV service yesterday in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, as telcos scramble to repair networks damaged by Hurricane Michael. More than 200,000 of the households without cable or wireline service are in Florida, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Mobile service has also taken a big hit, with outages affecting about 15 percent of cell sites in the 21 Florida counties where the FCC is tracking hurricane-related outages.

Carriers have made progress in reducing those outage numbers the past few days. Nearly 29 percent of tracked cell sites in Florida were out as of October 11, but the outage rate has been nearly cut in half since.

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Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone

Ars Technica - 53 min 17 sec ago


Legendary PDA pioneer Palm is back as a zombie brand, and it's launching a tiny smartphone.

If you recall, Palm, creator of the Palm Pilot and WebOS, bombed out of the smartphone market and was purchased by HP. Palm died at HP after a short run of tablets and smartphones, and eventually Chinese smartphone company TCL snatched up the rights to the Palm brand in 2014, and things have been quiet since then. You might know TCL from running that other smartphone zombie brand, Blackberry.

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Pixel 3 to finally let you use external mic when recording video - CNET - News - 1 hour 13 min ago
Google says the update is coming to previous Pixel generations too.

Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this reverse merger with VMware

The Register - 1 hour 15 min ago
Undervalues tracker stock by $11bn, quips: 'Peace better than war but I still enjoy a good fight'

Michael Dell could be about to lock horns again with Carl Icahn - the activist investor is opposed to Dell Technologies going public via VMware because he claims the move will rip off existing stockholders.…

Here's what photos from the Pixel 3 camera look like - CNET - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Come check out some photos we took with the Pixel 3!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro launch: Live stream, start time, what to expect - CNET - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Huawei will try to tackle Samsung's Galaxy Note 9.

August adds new color, connect bridge bundle to smart lock options - CNET - News - 1 hour 18 min ago
August is adding a shiny, new satin nickel finish to its starter smart lock.

Google Pixel 3 review: Google pairs an amazing camera with serious AI smarts - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 21 min ago
The Pixel 3's camera already makes it a standout -- but useful Google software elevates the phone even more.

Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS vs. Galaxy S9 - CNET - News - 1 hour 21 min ago
The smaller of Google's new Pixel 3 phones throws down against the competition.

Pixel 3 vs. Pixel 2 vs. Pixel: Every spec, compared - CNET - News - 1 hour 21 min ago
Google's latest phone comes with top-tier features, but here's how it stacks up to previous versions.

Google Pixel 3 XL review: A big phone with a fantastic camera and a big notch - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 21 min ago
The Pixel 3 XL screens calls, has wireless charging and delivers the same camera experience as the Pixel 3 -- all on a bigger display.

Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware

Ars Technica - 1 hour 21 min ago

Ron Amadeo

The Pixel 3 has been one of the wildest product launches in recent memory. The leaks arrived early and continuously, starting with the screen protector leak all the way back in May. This not only gave us the basic outline of the phone, but it provided some extremely accurate renders, too, giving the Internet a look nearly five months before Google intended to ship. The initial response to the design was brutal, but it was too late—the Pixel 3 was already in the late stages of production. From there, leaks continued, and the launch lead-up felt like a slow-motion car crash. Dread it. Run from it. The Pixel 3 design arrives all the same.

It's now year three of Google's hardware initiative, and some product categories are clearly going better than others. The shining example of what Google Hardware should be is probably the Google Home brand. Google built a comprehensive lineup of unique, beautiful, well-performing hardware and paired it with industry-leading software, all at a range of prices that make the ecosystem easy to dive into.

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Hyundai, Kia want to make A-pillars 'invisible' in new patent application - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 25 min ago
This is not the first patent application of its kind, surprisingly.

Power and protect all your things with this 10-outlet surge protector for $20.69 - CNET - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
Bestek's smartly designed strip includes two USB ports as well as cable and phone jacks. Plus: two seriously sweet deals on camping gear!

Players are exploiting Black Ops 4 emotes to peek around corners

Ars Technica - 1 hour 49 min ago

Enlarge / In first-person view, you're staring at a wall. With the third-person emote camera, you can see what's coming around that corner. (credit: Twitter / GameSkinny)

The first-person perspective in shooters usually brings an inherent kind of balance to the constant battle for cover—if you peek your head out to see an opponent, they'll be able to see you as well. Over the weekend, though, Black Ops 4 players found the game's new gesture system had the unintended side effect of breaking this balance, letting players easily and safely see around cover from a third-person perspective.

When you perform a Fortnite-style gesture in Black Ops 4, the camera instantly zooms out to a third-person view with full, free-look control of the camera. The intent is for players to enjoy their own animations from any angle. But the new viewpoint also allows for illicit and completely protected peeking around walls and corners, as can be seen in multiple video and photo examples that have been posted online since the game's launch.

Developer Treyarch is wasting no time in addressing player concerns over the apparently unintended unbalancing. In a statement posted to Reddit Saturday, the company wrote that it is working on an update that will remove the free-look third-person camera from the "competitive" portions of the game.

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric first drive review: A fun EV with competitive numbers - Roadshow - Reviews - 1 hour 53 min ago
Not only does Hyundai's new electric crossover boast a long driving range and affordable price, it's actually fun to drive, too.

PS4 gamers report messaging bug that bricks consoles - CNET - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Players say it's forced them to factory reset their consoles.

A roadmap to agriculture that’s sustainable and climate-neutral

Ars Technica - 2 hours 1 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Julie Doll, MSU/NSF KBS LTER Site)

The climate crises humanity is producing due to our profligate burning of fossil fuels is happening in the face of mounting evidence that said burning was very, very bad for the Earth. Some of the problems are now officially going to come even sooner than anticipated. If we want to have a hope of even mitigating these problems, we must change our habits, preferably yesterday.

While burning fossil fuels is a huge part of the problem, food production is also a primary driver of climate change. It is responsible for about 25 to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond that it also depletes groundwater, converts carbon-sequestering forest and jungle into cropland, and dumps excess nitrogen and phosphorous into soil, water, and air. Under business-as-usual scenarios, these effects will probably at least double by 2050 since the global population is slated to increase by about a third, and the income of the global population is also slated to increase—all of those new and newly rich(er) people are likely going to want to eat and eat well.

At that point, the environmental effects of food production will be “beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity.”

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Apple reportedly buys Asaii, startup that can 'find the next Justin Bieber' - CNET - News - 2 hours 2 min ago
The acquisition could help Apple Music battle Spotify, according to Axios.

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