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iOS 12 public beta 3: Should you install it?

ZDnet News - July 19, 2018 - 4:44pm
Apple has just released the third version of the iOS 12 beta. But should you install it? Is it slow and buggy? What's battery life like? Will it kill your iPhone?

Brit tech forges alliance to improve cyber security as MPs moan over 'acute scarcity' of experts

The Register - July 19, 2018 - 4:41pm
We're even short 'moderately specialist' types ...

A cross-sector alliance incorporating leading UK organisations has been created in response to government plans to develop a national professional body for cybersecurity.…

Gorilla Glass 6 tackles the problem of cumulative smartphone damage

Ars Technica - July 19, 2018 - 4:40pm


Coming soon to a smartphone near you: it's Gorilla Glass 6, the latest version of Corning's ubiquitous smartphone display cover. Gorilla Glass typically sits between the display and the outside world, protecting your precious pixels from damage. Lately, manufacturers have been using it for the back of the phone, too.

Every year, Corning says the newest version of Gorilla Glass is better than the last. Gorilla Glass 4 survived drops "up to 80 percent of the time" when dropped "face down from one meter," while Gorilla Glass 5 survived "80 percent of the time" from 1.6-meter drops onto a rough surface. This new glass concoction is designed to take multiple drops, though, with Corning saying it can survive "15 drops from 1 meter onto rough surfaces." (One meter is a little more than three feet.)

This year, the company is tackling repeated damage that is inflicted on a display. While a brand new piece of Gorilla Glass might survive any single drop, the micro abrasions incurred from multiple drops weaken the display panel and make it more likely to break next time. Corning says Gorilla Glass 6 should reach the market in "the next several months."

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Comic-Con 2018: Hands-on with DC's bold, new streaming platform - CNET - News - July 19, 2018 - 4:39pm
DC Universe is like Netflix, a comics shop and a message board all rolled into one service.

The Nissan Leaf Nismo is Japan-only forbidden EV fruit - Roadshow - News - July 19, 2018 - 4:15pm
Nissan went all-in on this car, even retuning the ECU for improved acceleration.

Nissan Leaf Nismo EV packs custom tuning, more aggressive looks - Roadshow - News - July 19, 2018 - 4:10pm
A normally sedate electric car retuned for performance? Hell yes.

Windows 10 will get better at telling time with new leap second support

Ars Technica - July 19, 2018 - 4:10pm

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One of the things that to me sums up the utter futility of existence and the inevitability of humanity's eventual extinction is the fact that the world is slowing down. About every 18 months or so, the Earth takes about a second longer to rotate on its axis, ever so slowly grinding to a halt. There's at least a possibility that when this happens, the Earth will be tidally locked to the Sun, with one side in Sun-scorched perpetual daylight (probably Texas—they frankly won't notice the extra heat) and the other side eternally dark. The future is really bleak.

But between now and then, we have to handle the problem of keeping track of the time. Not only is a day not exactly 24 hours (86,400 seconds) long, but it's also getting longer at about 2 milliseconds per century due to drag. Today, there are two main sources of time: a whole bunch of atomic clocks averaged together to produce International Atomic Time, and the astronomical time that comes from measuring how long the earth actually takes to spin on its axis. This latter time, named UTC ("coordinated universal time"), is used in science and engineering. For most purposes, it's the time reference that we want our watches, clocks, phones, and computers to be set by. Because UTC is based on the Earth's actual spinning, it slowly falls behind atomic time. Every time the gap is more than 0.9 seconds, an extra second is added to UTC—a leap second—to bring the two back in sync.

The next major update to Windows 10, likely due in October, and the next major version of Windows Server, named Windows Server 2019, will both include support for leap seconds. Whenever UTC needs an extra second to catch up, the clock in Windows will include the extra 61st second before rolling over to the next minute.

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Your Uber could now come with snacks, drinks, electronics - CNET - News - July 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
The ride-hailing company partners with Cargo. Now drivers can hawk eats through a vending machine.

Fujifilm XF10 is the cheapest APS-C compact yet - CNET - Reviews - July 19, 2018 - 4:00pm
At $500 it's less expensive than many smaller-sensor competitors. But it's got a relatively slim feature set in comparison, too.

After 500 years, a UV lamp solves the mystery of the Basel Papyrus

Ars Technica - July 19, 2018 - 3:56pm

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The University of Basel has dozens of ancient papyrus texts in its collection, but one has been known for centuries as the Basel Papyrus. The 2,000-year-old work has been in the university’s collection since the 1500s, when it was acquired from a lawyer and art collector named Basilius Amerbach. And throughout those 500 years, no one could decipher it.

The writing on the Basel Papyrus looked like the ancient Greek script commonly used during the waning days of the Roman Empire, around the 3rd century CE, but the letters were reversed, like writing held up to a mirror.

“A few individual letters were readable before, but no sense could be established,” Sabine Huebner, professor of ancient history at the University of Basel, told Ars. “There were several theories circulating [about] why the papyrus was written in mirror script: to hide a secret message? As a joke? A medieval forgery?” Generations of archivists have puzzled over the mystery since the papyrus arrived in the university’s collection, but until recently, they’d all been stumped.

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NASA aims for moon space station for live-in astronauts in next 10 years - CNET - News - July 19, 2018 - 3:51pm
The "gateway" would linger in lunar orbit, making long-term missions feasible.

Moto E5 Plus review: Not your first budget choice - CNET - Reviews - July 19, 2018 - 3:48pm
It's not even Moto's best cheap phone.

Comcast admits defeat in bidding war for Fox, clearing path for Disney

Ars Technica - July 19, 2018 - 3:30pm

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Comcast is abandoning its attempt to purchase 21st Century Fox properties, the cable company announced today.

"Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets," Comcast said in a statement.

That doesn't mean Comcast is done trying to buy media properties, however. Comcast's statement said that it will focus on its attempt to purchase Sky, a British media and pay-TV company. Comcast last week raised its bid for Sky, topping a previous offer made by 21st Century Fox.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 goes bigger on battery and screen - CNET - News - July 19, 2018 - 3:23pm
And dual cameras, too, of course.

Adobe on internal systems security hole: Panic not. It isn't critical

The Register - July 19, 2018 - 3:19pm
Researcher: Well, I think you'll find....

Adobe has attempted to play down the significance of a vulnerability in its internal systems.…

Comic-Con 2018: The best cosplay, from Thor to The Joker - CNET - News - July 19, 2018 - 3:12pm
Cosplayers from around the world gather once more in downtown San Diego to bring to life their favorite characters from pop culture. Take a tour of the most impressive costumes we saw.

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