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Galaxy Note 9 ongoing review: The good and bad so far - CNET - Reviews - August 13, 2018 - 10:30pm
Samsung's $1,000 phone comes with an AI camera, giant battery and 128GB of onboard storage.

Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 10:26pm
Hacked appliances could overwhelm the grid, researchers say.

Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

The Register - August 13, 2018 - 10:25pm
Feds can now stick Redmond clouds into on-prem hardware

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use.…

Apple delays 32-person Group FaceTime chats from iOS 12 launch - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 9:56pm
You'll have to wait to FaceTime all your relatives at the same time.

VW's Electrify America launches first ad campaign... with a Bolt EV - Roadshow - News - August 13, 2018 - 9:33pm
The ads are part of a larger campaign to help steer more car buyers toward electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

Fortnite for Android no longer Samsung-exclusive: Is your phone getting it? - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 9:31pm
It's not just iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones anymore.

Bitcoin and ether are both down more than two-thirds from their peaks

Ars Technica - August 13, 2018 - 9:20pm

Enlarge / Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network. (credit:

Ether, the currency of the Ethereum network, has plunged 9 percent over the last 24 hours. The virtual currency is now worth about $290—the first time it has been below $300 this year.

The declining price is part of a broader cryptocurrency sell-off that saw most major cryptocurrencies lose value over the last 24 hours. And it's part of a longer-term trend that has seen the gradual deflation of last year's cryptocurrency bubble.

Bitcoin, the world's most valuable currency, has lost only 1 percent of its value over the last 24 hours. But it has drifted steadily downward this year, falling from a high of almost $20,000 in mid-December to $6,250 today.

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Google just did the right thing with Fortnite on Google Play - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 9:18pm
Commentary: This one little message could make a big difference.

Should the US Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?

Slashdot - August 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide

Ars Technica - August 13, 2018 - 9:00pm

Enlarge / A few gadgets we think will be appreciated this school year. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

College is a time for meeting new people, opening up your worldview, taking in new experiences, reading (please, for the love of God, read), and generally experiencing the last years of a life untainted by taxes and a daily job.

It is not a time to care about things—if I could just write “books” and leave this buying guide at that, I would. But a modern student requires a few equally modern gadgets to get through the school year, and there are certainly a few pieces of technology that can make their life on campus feel a little less overwhelming and a little more enjoyable.

So, as we’ve done a few times already this year, we’ve dug through our recent reviews to put together a list of preferred gadgets, this time aimed at those heading back to school in the next few weeks. Because we’re dealing with students, we mainly focused on the affordable stuff. (We also tried to avoid anything that could too easily become a beer bong—books, everyone, books!)

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Lenovo’s new P1 workstation packs Xeon, 64GB ECC RAM, 4TB SSD into 0.7 inches

Ars Technica - August 13, 2018 - 8:50pm

If you need more power than the typical 13-inch Ultrabook can handle, Lenovo's new mobile workstations might be the answer.

The ThinkPad P1 looks like a 15-inch Ultrabook, 0.7 inches thick and under 4lbs, but inside, it has a mobile Xeon processor, up to 64GB of ECC RAM, and as much as 4TB SSD storage. A discrete GPU, up to the Nvidia Quadro P2000, drives that display (either 1920×1080 300 nit, 72 percent of NTSC, or 3840×2160 400 nit 10-bit-per-channel supporting 100 percent of the Adobe color gamut and touch). It has a good selection of ports—two Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C, two USB 3.1 generation 1 Type A, HDMI 2.0, mini-gigabit Ethernet (with a little dongle), 3.5mm headset, and microSD, and it has 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5. The battery is a substantial 80WHr.


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This location-sharing app exposed 1.7 million passwords -- and some nudes - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 8:44pm
A study of 18 tracking apps found easily exploited security vulnerabilities.

Protecting your data on the web is about to get faster - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 8:42pm
Oh, and technology called TLS 1.3 makes the web more secure, too.

YouTube is paying its stars again, report says - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 8:41pm
This time, YouTube pays for praise.

Tweeting goodbye: Celebrities who quit social media - CNET - News - August 13, 2018 - 8:37pm
Actors Millie Bobby Brown and Ruby Rose aren't the only celebs to leave Twitter and Instagram. Here are others who've cited trolls, fan drama and too much time wasted as reasons to say sayonara to social media.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

The Register - August 13, 2018 - 8:35pm
Location, location, location!

Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn’t apply to its Maps and Search apps – which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring.…

Archaeologists use ancient dirty dishes to reconstruct climate shifts

Ars Technica - August 13, 2018 - 8:35pm

Enlarge / Artist's reconstruction of the east and west mounds at Çatalhöyük. In the foreground, you can see the newer west mound, with the older east mound decaying in the background. (credit: Çatalhöyük Research Project)

Around 8,200 years ago, melting glaciers poured fresh, cold water into the North Atlantic, causing the climate in Europe and Southwest Asia to turn suddenly colder and drier for about the next 160 years. Evidence of that event shows up in ice cores from Greenland, tree rings and lake sediments in Europe, and lake sediments and peat deposits in Southwest Asia.

How did it affect people who were only beginning to adapt to agriculture? Archaeologists can’t confidently link what was happening at an archaeological site, like Çatalhöyük in Turkey, with what pollen and oxygen isotopes say was happening 160km (99.4 miles) away at Lake Nar, because local conditions can vary.

New chemical analysis of animal-fat residue in broken pottery has now given us a clearer look at how changes in the North Atlantic impacted life at Çatalhöyük. Local climate turned slightly cooler year-round and noticeably drier in the summer, which would have reduced crop yields and food availability for local farmers’ cattle and goats. Equipped with direct evidence of local climate shifts, archaeologists examined artifacts at the site to understand how people coped with the lean times.

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