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Amateur astronomer strikes it lucky with first glimpse of a Supernova

The Register - 1 hour 10 min ago
What are the chances of that El Reg? 1 in 10 MEEEELION

Published today in the journal Nature is a description of a rare and difficult to capture event – the birth of a supernova (and the death of a star).…

In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to die

Ars Technica - 1 hour 22 min ago

The little system that could (continue selling despite age and competition). (credit: Kyle Orland)

About a year ago, we took a look at some historical sales data and publicly speculated that sales for the Nintendo 3DS would quickly drop after the Nintendo Switch launch. But while Switch sales continue at a blistering pace, someone forgot to tell the people to stop buying Nintendo's older portable.

Industry tracking firm NPD reported yesterday that 3DS sales in the United States are healthier than ever by some measures. In 2018, the system had its best January since 2014 in terms of dollar sales and since 2013 in terms of unit sales. This despite the fact that there were no major releases for the system in the month (though big games like Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon and Fire Emblem Warriors did come out just a few months ago).

It's hard to identify a trend in one surprisingly successful month, of course. But looking at 3DS sales more broadly shows the system continuing to find an audience in Switch's shadow. In the nine months following the Switch's late March 2017 launch, Nintendo shipped 5.86 million 3DSes worldwide. That's down just nine percent from the 6.42 million in sales over the same nine-month period in 2016, before the Switch was available. And it's down only a hair from 5.89 million shipments during the same period in 2015 when the 3DS was much newer.

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Steve Jobs' 1973 job application up for auction - CNET - News - 1 hour 26 min ago
The application for an unspecified position is estimated to be worth more than $50,000.

Tesla outsells BMW, Audi and Mercedes' flagships in their home market - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 39 min ago
There is bound to be a whole cadre of salty German executives after Tesla smokes them at their own game.

Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile - CNET - News - 1 hour 40 min ago
Or you can buy one iPhone and get an iPhone 8 free. Either way, there are catches. And questions. Plus: a terabyte of portable storage for just $41.

IIHS begins testing reverse automatic braking - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 43 min ago
If there's a new safety system, you bet the IIHS is going to see how effective it is.

SpaceX just missed grabbing part of its rocket with a big net - CNET - News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Elon Musk wanted to recycle the nose cone from the latest launch, so he sent a boat named Mr. Steven with a "catcher's mitt" to try to snag it.

Hey, Susan Purkhiser, how'd you get to be a super-awesome stunt driver? - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 45 min ago
She spends her days making the stars look like precision drivers in movies like "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Identity Theft" and "Spider-Man 3." So what's that like?

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

The Register - 1 hour 50 min ago
Thousands of livestock attacks give police paws for thought

Police have revealed plans to take the lead on tracking down hounds that attack livestock - a dog DNA database.…

AirPods 2: five ways to make Apple's wireless buds better - CNET - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
Apple's next version of AirPods could be coming this year. Here's our wish list.

BlackBerry and Nokia still struggling to make a comeback - CNET - News - 2 hours 5 min ago
A year after these once-greats staged their return, we're still waiting to be impressed.

SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband gets off the ground - CNET - News - 2 hours 7 min ago
Elon Musk's company launches two prototype satellites it hopes will be the first of thousands more beaming internet access anywhere in the world.

We still don’t know when net neutrality rules will come off the books [Updated]

Ars Technica - 2 hours 23 min ago

Enlarge / Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla )

The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal has been published in the Federal Register. Groups that want to reverse the repeal can now start filing lawsuits against the FCC.

But the rules are technically still in place for a while longer. The Federal Register publication happened on Thursday this week, which means that certain minor portions of the repeal order will take effect on April 23. But there's still no date for the official repeal of the core rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.

The repeal is contingent on US Office of Management and Budget [OMB] approval of modified information collection requirements, the FCC said. Later, the FCC will publish another document in the Federal Register "announcing the effective date(s) of the delayed amendatory instructions," the FCC said. "The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order will also be effective upon the date announced in that same document." The FCC voted to repeal its net neutrality rules on December 14,

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Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos

The Register - 2 hours 26 min ago
MPs want to know what the kids are up to

The UK Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology has begun taking submissions for an inquiry into the "Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health".…

Windows Phone is dead, but its influence lives on (The 3:59, Ep. 359) - CNET - News - 2 hours 30 min ago
On today's podcast, we talk about Windows Phone's impact, fake-news videos on Facebook and YouTube, and Dogecoin.

FCC officially publishes net neutrality repeal - CNET - News - 2 hours 40 min ago
The action starts the clock for legal challenges and last-ditch congressional action to preserve the Obama-era regulations.

Ring Spotlight Cam review - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 42 min ago
Forget about a complicated hardwired setup -- Ring's plug-in Spotlight Cam connects to wall outlets.

UPS to deploy 50 plug-in hybrid delivery trucks - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 44 min ago
This small-scale rollout is anticipated to spur great adoption rates in the future.

BoxLock Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 3 hours 6 min ago
You put the BoxLock on a container where delivery people stow your stuff. Only you and the deliverer can open the padlock.

Why states might win the net neutrality war against the FCC

Ars Technica - 3 hours 7 min ago

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Can states force Internet service providers to uphold net neutrality? That's one of the biggest unanswered questions raised by the Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal its net neutrality rules.

After the FCC vote, lawmakers in more than half of US states introduced bills to protect net neutrality in their states. The governors of five states have signed executive orders to protect net neutrality.

The major obstacle for states is that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has claimed the authority to preempt states and municipalities from imposing laws similar to the net neutrality rules his FCC is getting rid of. ISPs that sue states to block net neutrality laws will surely seize on the FCC's repeal and preemption order.

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