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Razer SoftMiner lets you gain rewards with your idle PC: Is it worth it? - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 10:15pm
Your idle gaming rig could score you some new Razer gear, but it may take a while and have hidden costs.

How to get a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for $1 - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 10:04pm
Today only, double up on donuts: a buck buys you a dozen when you buy another dozen.

Best iPhone XR cases - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 10:00pm
Need some protection for your new iPhone XR? Here's a bunch of top cases to check out, all of them compatible with wireless charging.

NASA offers to school NBA star Steph Curry on moon landing - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:57pm
One NASA astronaut says Curry is promoting "idiotic conspiracy theories."

A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 9:55pm

When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its smartwatch, the big new selling point wasn't a feature we typically associate with a watch or any sort of smart device. Instead, the company added a feature that had only recently arrived in the form of specialized consumer devices: an electrocardiograph (ECG), a device made for monitoring the heart's electrical activity.

But the watch was ready before the software was, meaning an examination of the technology wasn't possible in our comprehensive review of the Apple Watch Series 4. Last week, Apple finally enabled the missing features, and we've spent a few days checking them out.

Basic features

People who haven't used the Apple Watch may not realize just how much it's an extension of an iPhone. This includes the heart-monitoring software, which requires an update to both the Watch and iPhone OSes before it will work. (This caused a small bit of confusion when the software wouldn't launch after we upgraded only the watch's OS.) Once the update is done, the Health app on the iPhone will incorporate any ECG data generated using the watch. On the watch side, the update will install a new app.

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Nintendo Switch Bundle for $340, Apple Watch Series 3 for $229, Xbox One for $219: Best deals since Black Friday - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:54pm
Black Friday is over, but sales are everywhere. Walmart has a solid Switch deal, Google's Pixel 3 price drop is back, and the new iPad is still just $250 at Target.

Volvo Trucks is bringing its all-electric semi truck to California in 2019 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:44pm
The Volvo VNR will demonstrate its capabilities for a year in California before going on sale to the whole US in 2020.

Samsung and OnePlus 5G phones: 6 things you need to know now - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:44pm
Why you won't get the full 5G experience right away.

Audi finally gets a new permanent global CEO, Bram Schot - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:35pm
Top management at Audi finds greater stability after the June arrest and October dismissal of former CEO Rupert Stadler.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

The Register - December 12, 2018 - 9:34pm
State TV can't decide whether it was duped or not

Video Every year Russia holds – and broadcasts on state television – a tech showcase of its latest products for an audience of hundreds of school kids.…

Oakland official: “We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism”

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 9:33pm

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Oakland is just one of many cities across America that is trying to sort out how it will manage the rapid influx of shared electric scooters on its streets. A new permitting process is being discussed at forums held across the city, with a vote expected within months.

After all, tech startups have sprung up with essentially the same business model: via a smartphone app, unlock a scooter for $1, then pay $0.15 per minute afterward.

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Mary Poppins Returns review: A supercali-sequel with carpet bags of charm - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:28pm
Disney's magical nanny narrative starring Emily Blunt is a sparkling reprisal of a classic.

Dealmaster: Take $100 off Microsoft’s Xbox One X console

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 9:23pm

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is a busy one, but we'll highlight a deal on the Xbox One X, which is down to $400 at Walmart.

Microsoft's beefed-up console has been down at that price for most of the holiday season, but it remains a solid discount of $100 nonetheless. While you'll need a 4K and HDR-capable TV to truly take advantage of the device—and while the PS4 still has a larger community—the One X is still a performance improvement over the Xbox One S for those who have already boarded the Xbox bandwagon. Just make sure you plan to play games that actually support its added horsepower, since the cheaper One S is already capable of playing 4K video.

If you're not an Xbox fan, though, we also have deals on Razer's DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse, Nintendo Switch games, the Apple Watch Series 3, a bunch of Amazon devices, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless crush AirPods on sound quality - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - December 12, 2018 - 9:21pm
If you're looking for the best sounding totally wireless earphones, look no further than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless.

Ajit Pai's FCC gives carriers the option to block text messages - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 12, 2018 - 9:17pm
The agency approves new rules to help phone companies combat spam texts. But opponents have censorship concerns.

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 9:13pm

Enlarge / After arriving from China, Wenhong Chen and Funina Wu, from Frederick, Maryland, are photographed at Dulles as part of the US Customs and Border Protection's newly implemented biometrics system. (credit: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog has concluded that the agency does not always adequately delete data seized as part of a border search of electronic devices, among other concerns.

According to a new 24-page document released Tuesday by DHS’ Office of Inspector General, investigators found that some USB sticks, containing data copied from electronic devices searched at the border, "had not been deleted after the searches were completed."

Investigators checked an unspecified number of drives across five ports of entry around the country.

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FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs

Ars Technica - December 12, 2018 - 9:03pm

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A Federal Communications Commission advisory committee has proposed a new tax on Netflix, Google, Facebook, and many other businesses that require Internet access to operate.

If adopted by states, the recommended tax would apply to subscription-based retail services that require Internet access, such as Netflix, and to advertising-supported services that use the Internet, such as Google and Facebook. The tax would also apply to any small- or medium-sized business that charges subscription fees for online services or uses online advertising. The tax would also apply to any provider of broadband access, such as cable or wireless operators.

The collected money would go into state rural broadband deployment funds that would help bring faster Internet access to sparsely populated areas. Similar universal service fees are already assessed on landline phone service and mobile phone service nationwide. Those phone fees contribute to federal programs such as the FCC's Connect America Fund, which pays AT&T and other carriers to deploy broadband in rural areas.

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