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Comment: BMW’s CarPlay subscription plan is like charging for seatbelts

9to5Mac - 3 hours 28 min ago

BMW has been the shining example of an automaker embracing Apple CarPlay until now. The German car maker was the first (and only) brand to offer Wireless CarPlay, but BMW reportedly plans to charge an annual subscription fee for access in the future.

To be clear, that’s ludicrous — and so is BMW’s reasoning…

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Google Search Will Start Ranking Faster Mobile Pages Higher In July

Slashdot - 3 hours 34 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced a new project to improve its mobile search results: Factoring page speed into its search ranking. As the company notes, page speed "has been used in ranking for some time" but that was largely for desktop searches. Starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches on Google as well. In November 2014, Google started labeling sites as "mobile-friendly" to denote pages optimized for phones. The company then spend the next few years experimenting with using the label as a ranking factor, ultimately pushing those changes in April 2015 and increasing the effect in May 2016. The label was removed in August 2016 as the company noted that most pages had become "mobile-friendly." Google now plans to wield that power again to make mobile pages load faster.

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Apple employee shuttles are being attacked during work commute to campus

9to5Mac - 4 hours 1 min ago

Every day, Apple runs a shuttle service from San Francisco to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino to help employees commute to work. Sadly, some of these buses have been attacked in the last week by unknown criminals resulting in smashed windows. Mashable confirmed with Apple that the incidents were happening but the company did not say how the buses were being damaged; presumably someone is throwing objects (rocks?) to break the glass.

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YouTube Toughens Advert Payment Rules

Slashdot - 4 hours 14 min ago
YouTube is introducing tougher requirements for video publishers who want to make money from its platform. From a report: In addition, it has said staff will manually review all clips before they are added to a premium service that pairs big brand advertisers with popular content. The moves follow a series of advertiser boycotts and a controversial vlog that featured an apparent suicide victim. One expert said that the Google-owned service had been slow to react. "Google presents the impression of acting reactively rather than proactively," said Mark Mulligan, from the consultancy Midia Research. [...] The first part of the new strategy involves a stricter requirement that publishers must fulfil before they can make money from their uploads. Clips will no longer have adverts attached unless the publisher meets two criteria -- that they have: at least 1,000 subscribers; and more than 4,000 hours of their content viewed by others within the past 12 months.

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Apple Says It Will 'Contribute' $350 Billion in the US Economy Over the Next 5 Years

Slashdot - 4 hours 54 min ago
Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. From a report: The company said it expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion, indicating that it will bring a portion of its $250 billion overseas cash back to the U.S. As of November, the company had $268.9 billion in cash, both domestically and overseas. The job creation will focus on direct employment, but also suppliers and its app business, which it had already planned to grow substantially. "We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible," chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.

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Threat of e-school closure adds to adversity for students

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 1 min ago

COLUMBUS — As one of the nation’s largest online charter schools faces the possibility that it could abruptly close after this week, students like Isabella Aquino who have found a haven in the Ohio e-school face uncertainty about how they would continue their education.

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Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dies in apparent suicide

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 1 min ago

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

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Apple announces plans for new campus, $350 billion boost to U.S. economy

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 2 min ago

Apple on Wednesday announced plans to bolster the U.S. economy over the next 5 years through job creation and other new investments. According to the press release, those plans include building a new corporate campus, creating 20,000 new jobs, and devoting some $350 billion in total resources over the next 5 years.... Read the rest of this post here

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1516213386

AGR Manet - 5 hours 11 min ago
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Apple seeds sixth betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 21 min ago

Apple on Wednesday seeded the sixth betas of iOS 11.2.5 and tvOS 11.2.5 to developers. Registered developers can install the new betas from Apple’s Developer Center, or by using each platform’s respective over-the-air updating mechanism.... Read the rest of this post here

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Apple announces plans for a new campus as it pledges $350B to US economy

9to5Mac - 5 hours 22 min ago

Apple today has announced a new commitment to contribute $350 billion to the US economy over the next five years. The news also includes the company’s expectations to create thousands of new jobs and how its US operations will grow with a new campus.

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Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features To HTTPS Only

Slashdot - 5 hours 34 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: In a groundbreaking statement earlier this week, Mozilla announced that all web-based features that will ship with Firefox in the future must be served on over a secure HTTPS connection (a "secure context"). "Effective immediately, all new features that are web-exposed are to be restricted to secure contexts," said Anne van Kesteren, a Mozilla engineer and author of several open web standards. This means that if Firefox will add support for a new standard/feature starting tomorrow, if that standard/feature carries out communications between the browser and an external server, those communications must be carried out via HTTPS or the standard/feature will not work in Firefox. The decision does not affect already existing standards/features, but Mozilla hopes all Firefox features "will be considered on a case-by-case basis," and will slowly move to secure contexts (HTTPS) exclusively in the future.

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Apple releases sixth iOS and tvOS 11.2.5 betas

9to5Mac - 5 hours 34 min ago

Apple has released new beta versions of iOS and tvOS for developer testing. iOS and tvOS 11.2.5 beta 6 are now available on the developer center and over-the-air. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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Apple taps SNL veteran Kristen Wiig for new comedy series for TV package

9to5Mac - 5 hours 57 min ago

Details about Apple’s upcoming video service continue to surface with The Hollywood Reporter reporting that Kristen Wiig will star in a comedy series distributed by Apple. Reese Witherspoon, who already has two upcoming shows through Apple, will produce the comedy show.

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Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

Slashdot - 6 hours 14 min ago
This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. From a report: The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others -- like many economists -- it's a wasteful misuse of resources. And the most wasteful part of the RFS, according to some, is biodiesel. It's different from ethanol, a fuel that's made from corn and mixed into gasoline, also as required by the RFS. In fact, gasoline companies probably would use ethanol even if there were no law requiring it, because ethanol is a useful fuel additive -- at least up to a point. That's not true of biodiesel. "This is an easy one, economically. Biodiesel is very expensive, relative to petroleum diesel," says Scott Irwin, an economist at the University of Illinois, who follows biofuel markets closely. He calculates that the extra cost for biodiesel comes to about $1.80 per gallon right now, meaning that the biofuel law is costing Americans about $5.4 billion a year.

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Apple and HBO embroiled in a bidding war over new J.J. Abrams sci-fi drama television series

iDownloadBlog - 6 hours 15 min ago

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams has written a new science fiction drama television series that’s reportedly the subject of a bidding war between Apple and HBO.... Read the rest of this post here

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Mark Twain

Quote of the day - 6 hours 41 min ago
"Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others."
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Winston Churchill

Quote of the day - 6 hours 41 min ago
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
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