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WhatsApp announces new text-based status features

9to5Mac - 33 min 36 sec ago

Starting today, popular calling and messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out some new text-based status features for its iOS app and the web.

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Android O Is Now Officially Android Oreo

Slashdot - 50 min 21 sec ago
Android O is now officially going by the name of Android Oreo. The operating system is available today via Google's Android Open Source Project. OTA rollout is expected to arrive first to Pixel and Nexus devices, with builds currently in carrier testing. The Verge reports: The use of an existing brand makes sense for Google here -- there aren't a ton of good "O" dessert foods out there, and Oreos are pretty much as universally beloved as a cookie can be. There's also precedent for the partnership, as Google had previously teamed up with Nestle and Hershey's to call Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Does the World Need Polymaths?

Slashdot - 1 hour 30 min ago
Two hundred years ago, it was still possible for one person to be a leader in several different fields of inquiry. Today that is no longer the case. So is there a role in today's world for the polymath -- someone who knows a lot about a lot of things? From a report: Bobby Seagull's fist-pumping and natty dressing, and Eric Monkman's furrowed brow, flashing teeth, contorted facial expressions and vocal delivery -- like a fog horn with a hangover -- made these two young men the stars of the last University Challenge competition. [...] They're still recognised in the street. "People often ask me, do you intimidate people with your knowledge," says Monkman. "But the opposite is the case. I have wide knowledge but no deep expertise. I am intimidated by experts." Seagull, like Monkman, feels an intense pressure to specialise. They regard themselves as Jacks-of-all-Trades, without being master of one. "When I was young what I really wanted to do was know a lot about a lot," says Monkman. "Now I feel that if I want to make a novel contribution to society I need to know a great deal about one tiny thing." The belief that researchers need to specialise goes back at least two centuries. From the beginning of the 19th Century, research has primarily been the preserve of universities. Ever since, says Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, researchers have labels attached to them. "They're professor of this or that, and you get a much more self-conscious sense of the institutional divides between domains of knowledge."

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4K Apple TV codename referenced in tvOS 11 beta 7

9to5Mac - 1 hour 33 min ago

As Apple today released another round of beta updates for iOS, macOS, and tvOS, we’re hearing more details about the company’s upcoming products. This time, developer Guilherme Rambo has dug up information about the expected 4K Apple TV.

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KGI: Apple’s iPhone 8 ahead of Qualcomm with 3D sensing tech by 2 years

9to5Mac - 1 hour 42 min ago

In a new report out by KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, the group believes that Apple has a significant lead on Qualcomm in the 3D sensing technology space. KGI reports that Qualcomm won’t be making significant shipments until at least 2019.

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Google unveils Android 8.0 Oreo ahead of iOS 11/iPhone 8 launch

9to5Mac - 1 hour 47 min ago

Google today unveiled the next version of its mobile operating system and its competitor to Apple’s iOS 11 with the official introduction of Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’. more…

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Meeting and Hotel Booking Provider's Data Found in Public Amazon S3 Bucket

Slashdot - 2 hours 10 min ago
Leaks of personal and business information from unsecured Amazon S3 buckets are piling up. From a report: The latest belongs to Groupize, a Boston-area business that sells tools to manage small group meetings as well as a booking engine that handles hotel room-block reservations. Researchers at Kromtech Security found a publicly accessible bucket containing business and personal data, including contracts and agreements between hotels, customers and Groupize, Kromtech said. The data included some credit card payment authorization forms that contained full payment card information including expiration data and CVV code. The researchers said the database stored in S3 contained numerous folders, below; one called "documents" held close to 3,000 scanned contracts and agreements, while another called all_leads had more than 3,100 spreadsheets containing critical Groupize business data including earnings. There were 37 other folders in the bucket containing tens of thousands of files, most of them storing much more benign data.

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Logic Pros Review: Syntronik’s massive collection of classic synth emulations

9to5Mac - 2 hours 37 min ago

IK Multimedia unleashed its brand new Syntronik software synth to the masses recently. The new AU/VST instrument is certainly one of the more impressive offerings from the company in terms of virtual sound sources, so there was no way we weren’t going to give this one a spin. more…

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Cord-Cutting Still Doesn't Beat the Cable Bundle

Slashdot - 2 hours 50 min ago
I'd like to cut the cord, writes Brian Barrett for Wired, then, the very instant I allow myself to picture what life looks like after that figurative snip, my reverie comes crashing down. From an article: Cutting the cord is absolutely right for some people. Lots of people, maybe. But it's not that cheap, and it's not that easy, and there's not much hope of improvement on either front any time soon. Not to turn this into a math experiment, but let's consider cost. Assuming you're looking for a cord replacement, not abandoning live television altogether, you're going to need a service that bundles together a handful of channels and blips them to your house over the internet. The cheapest way you can accomplish this is to pay Sling TV $20 per month, for which you get 29 channels. That sounds not so bad, and certainly less than your cable bill. But! Sling Orange limits you to a single stream. If you're in a household with others, you'll probably want Sling Blue, which offers multiple streams and 43 channels for $25 per month. But! Sling Orange and Sling Blue have different channel lineups (ESPN is on Orange, not Blue, while Orange lacks FX, Bravo and any locals). For full coverage, you can subscribe to both for $40. But! Have kids? You'll want the Kids Extra package for another $5 per month. Love ESPNU? Grab that $5 per month sports package. HBO? $15 per month, please. Presto, you're up to $65 per month. But! Don't forget the extra $5 for a cloud-based DVR. Plus the high-speed internet service that you need to keep your stream from buffering, which, by the way, it'll do anyway. That's not to pick on Sling TV, specifically. But paying $70 to quit cable feels like smoking a pack of Parliaments to quit Marlboro Lights. You run into similar situations across the board, whether it's a higher base rate, or a limited premium selection, or the absence of local programming altogether. It turns out, oddly enough, that things cost money, whether you access those things through traditional cable packages or through a modem provided to you by a traditional cable operator.

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Affinity Photo 1.6.4 update headlined by new Macro studio, 3D LUT exports [Video]

9to5Mac - 3 hours 27 min ago

Affinity Photo developer, Serif, is continuing to add big enhancements to the iPad version of its professional photo editing app. Version 1.6.4 of Affinity Photo for iPad, which comes not long after the app’s first big update, brings some compelling new features to the table for photo editing enthusiasts. more…

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Driverless Cars Need a Lot More Than Software, Ford CTO Says

Slashdot - 3 hours 30 min ago
In an interview, Ken Washington, Ford's Chief Technical Officer, shared company's views on how autonomy will change car design. From an article: The biggest influence will be how the cars are bought, sold and used: "You would design those vehicles differently depending on what business model (is being used). We're working through that business model question right now," he said. The biggest misconceptions about autonomous capabilities is that it's only about software: "People are imagining that the act of doing software for autonomy is all you need to do and then you can just bolt it to the car," he said. "I don't think it's possible to describe what an autonomous vehicle is going to look like," he added.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 38 min ago

It’s not unusual to see Juliette Keller with a smile on her face following a grueling cross country race.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 38 min ago

It’s not unusual to see Juliette Keller with a smile on her face following a grueling cross country race.

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Medina's Keller dreaming big after stellar state run

Medina Gazette - 3 hours 38 min ago
Dan Brown
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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 6 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 6 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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China to relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains

Medina Gazette - 4 hours 6 min ago

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles (350 kilometers) per hour.

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Supreme Court Asked To Nullify the Google Trademark

Slashdot - 4 hours 10 min ago
Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. From a report: What's before the Supreme Court is a trademark lawsuit that Google already defeated in a lower court. The lawsuit claims that Google should no longer be trademarked because the word "google" is synonymous to the public with the term "search the Internet." "There is no single word other than google that conveys the action of searching the Internet using any search engine," according to the petition to the Supreme Court. It's perhaps one of the most consequential trademark case before the justices since they ruled in June that offensive trademarks must be allowed. The Google trademark dispute dates to 2012 when a man named Chris Gillespie registered 763 domain names that combined "google" with other words and phrase, including "googledonaldtrump.com."

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Alexander Pope

Quote of the day - 4 hours 27 min ago
"Never find fault with the absent."
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Quote of the day - 4 hours 27 min ago
"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."
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