It seems like just yesterday that Engadget began judging the official Best of CES Awards in January 2014, but now we’re already approaching our sixth consecutive year on the job. Over the years we’ve made some nips and tucks here and there — accessi…
Source: Engadget – Engadget will once again judge the official Best of CES Awards
I’m the kind of person who hates losing old copies of digital things—photographs, messages, emails, videos, etc. While I doubt I’ll ever take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over random emails I sent in 2007, I don’t like feeling as if I couldn’t do that if I wanted or needed to.
Source: LifeHacker – How Do I Recover Old (or Lost) Emails?
There is an issue with the first round GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards that at the moment appear to only be affecting NVIDIA’s overclocked Founders Edition model, a company representative confirmed in NVIDIA’s GeForce support forum. The confirmation follows a rash of complaints of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti cards experiencing various issues, from
Source: Hot Hardware – NVIDIA Confirms Failures In Early Batch Of GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE Cards
I’ve been using successive iterations of the Kindle Paperwhite for five years now, and yes, the new one is better than the ones that came before. It’s slightly smaller, and slightly lighter, and even a little bit brighter too. Plus it’s waterproof!
Source: Gizmodo – The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Is Just a Delight
Days before Amazon announced the cities it had picked for its HQ2, CEO Jeff Bezos had to address a separate but related concern among employees: Where is all this headed? At an all-hands meeting last Thursday in Seattle, an employee asked Bezos about Amazon’s future. Specifically, the questioner wanted to know what lessons Bezos has learned from the recent bankruptcies of Sears and other big retailers. From a report: “Amazon is not too big to fail,” Bezos said, in a recording of the meeting that CNBC has heard. “In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years.” The key to prolonging that demise, Bezos continued, is for the company to “obsess over customers” and to avoid looking inward, worrying about itself. “If we start to focus on ourselves, instead of focusing on our customers, that will be the beginning of the end,” he said. “We have to try and delay that day for as long as possible.” Bezos’ comments come at a time of unprecedented success at Amazon, with its core retail business continuing to grow while the company is winning the massive cloud-computing market and gaining rapid adoption of its Alexa voice assistant in the home.
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Source: Slashdot – Jeff Bezos To Employees: ‘One Day, Amazon Will Fail’ But Our Job is To Delay it as Long as Possible
The Thousand Oaks shooter allegedly assaulted his track coach, years before the shooting. She was encouraged to keep it quiet. The Florida high school shooter allegedly abused, threatened, and stalked people he knew. The Las Vegas shooter allegedly verbally abused his girlfriend in public. There’s no surefire way to…
Source: LifeHacker – How to Spot the Next Mass Shooter
AI can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what the AI is designed to do. Many AIs are meant to do things like help doctors diagnose disease, though other AI technologies can be turned towards more nefarious deeds. For example, a team of IEEE researchers has devised a method of harnessing an AI to generate fake fingerprints that work
Source: Hot Hardware – Researchers Hack Smartphone Fingerprint Security With AI-Driven Master Print Forgery
The Mac Mini has had a rough few years. Its last update, in 2014, was disappointing. After offering quad-core CPUs on the 2011 and 2012 editions, the 2014 model was stuck with a dual-core CPU. This meant it was actually slower at some tasks tha…
Source: Engadget – Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective
Friday November 16th is National Fast Food Day. While arguably a little too close for comfort to Thanksgiving for us all, the day—like most other made up holidays—comes with a pretty healthy amount of freebies that are worth taking advantage of.
Source: LifeHacker – Where to Get Free Food Today For National Fast Food Day
Reflective displays, like those found in e-books, offer higher efficiency than the traditional, emissive displays you’re probably reading this article on. But current reflective displays suffer from a limited color gamut and slow pixel response times. However, researchers from the Deflt University of Technology claim to have used graphene to create small pixels with a high refresh rate. The “Graphene Interferometric Modulator Display,” or GIMOD for short, was officially tested at 400hz, but the researchers claim that the pixels should work at up to 2000hz. Dr. Cartamil-Bueno said “Our GIMOD prototypes would have a resolution of more than 12K if we make them the size of a smartphone display.” The scientist’s recently released research paper says that the graphene pixels would eliminate the need for RGB subpixels, as they can “generate natural colors in the full spectrum and in a continuous manner.” They claim the new displays would be especially useful in AR/VR applications. Phys.org has a video of the 0.5″, 2500 PPI prototype in action, but time will tell if this technology makes its way to real displays.
Dr. Cartamil-Bueno, the inventor and researcher that fabricated the graphene displays, shares his experience as entrepreneur bringing the GIMOD technology to the market. “We showcased GIMOD prototypes of 2500 pixels per inch (ppi) in the Mobile World Congress, and many players from the display industry reacted quite enthusiastically. While participating in several business contests in Germany, I have been preparing the team and securing capital. In few weeks, we will launch the startup to commercialize GIMOD components, aiming to tackle the VR market because that is where GIMOD outperforms every other technology.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Graphene Pixels Could Lead to High Speed Reflective Displays
Sony told Game Informer that it is dropping out of E3 next year. The exact reasoning behind the decision was rather nebulous, as many PR statements are, but when asked if Sony would host an event off-site like EA has done in the past, they said “We will not activate or hold a press conference around E3.” Sony also canceled their annual Playstation Experience event, and as of now, there’s no publicly announced replacement to either event. In a separate press release, the ESA, which is behind the E3 Expo, published quotes of confidence from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Epic Games, and confirmed that Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and other industry giants will all be attending the event. Why Sony chose to drop out is anyone’s guess, but Game Informer speculates that the news will “escalate the feeling among many that E3 has simply lessened in importance in recent years.”
“PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Sony Drops Out of E3 2019
Bad Robot has revealed two more sci-fi projects. Food company General Mills, of all companies, wants to get in on the cinematic universe trend. John Marrs’ The One is heading to Netflix. Plus, what to expect from the DC/CW slate soon, and more Twilight Zone casting. Spoilers get!
Source: Gizmodo – Diego Luna on the Cassian Andor Star Wars Show, Updates From Morbius, and More
If you’re like us, you have a long list of items you hope to get on Black Friday. Like, spreadsheets and phone alarms might be involved. But if snagging a Fire HD 10 Tablet is one of your goals, you can go ahead and check that box today, because it’s already at its Black Friday price of $100. It’s almost like Amazon…
Source: Kotaku – Get Fired Up About the Fire HD 10 at Its Black Friday Price
Justin Kosslyn, who leads product management at Jigsaw, a unit within Alphabet that builds technology to address global security challenges, writes: The Internet’s lack of friction made it great, but now our devotion to minimizing friction is perhaps the internet’s weakest link for security. Friction — delays and hurdles to speed and growth — can be a win-win-win for users, companies, and security. It is time to abandon our groupthink bias against friction as a design principle. Highways have speed limits and drugs require prescriptions — rules that limit how fast you can drive a vehicle or access a controlled substance — yet digital information moves limitlessly. The same design philosophy that accelerated the flow of correspondence, news, and commerce also accelerates the flow of phishing, ransomware, and disinformation.
In the old days, it took time and work to steal secrets, blackmail people, and meddle across borders. Then came the internet. From the beginning, it was designed as a frictionless communication platform across countries, companies, and computers. Reducing friction is generally considered a good thing: it saves time and effort, and in many genuine ways makes our world smaller. There are also often financial incentives: more engagement, more ads, more dollars. But the internet’s lack of friction has been a boon to the dark side, too. Now, in a matter of hours a “bad actor” can steal corporate secrets or use ransomware to blackmail thousands of people. Governments can influence foreign populations remotely and at relatively low cost. Whether the threat is malware, phishing, or disinformation, they all exploit high-velocity networks of computers and people.
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Source: Slashdot – ‘The Internet Needs More Friction’
Thinking of buying a new console in the Black Friday sales? You may need a side of virtual sports to go with your main course. Enter EA: the publisher is heavily discounting its biggest titles to catch your eye and wallet. On offer are FIFA 19, Madde…
Source: Engadget – EA’s Black Friday deals discount ‘FIFA 19’ and ‘Madden 19’ by half
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Source: Engadget – The real villain of Netflix’s adult thriller ‘Cam’ is big tech
Recently, my son and his friends attended their high school’s Homecoming Dance. As the boys gathered at our home for pictures and pizza before their night out, I pulled my son aside and handed him a $20 bill.
Source: LifeHacker – Teach Your Teens These Five Things About Money
The Roomba 960 is a bit extravagant, but at over $100 off, it might be worth considering if less expensive robotic vacuums haven’t checked all of your boxes.
Source: LifeHacker – This Super-Smart Roomba Is Cheaper Than It’s Supposed to Be On Black Friday
Yesterday, Tesla announced that its mass-market Model 3 will use a Combined Charging System (CCS) port for slow and rapid charging in Europe. That’s different from the modified Type 2 plug that has shipped on Model 3 cars in America and both the Mode…
Source: Engadget – Will Tesla open up its Supercharger network in Europe?
After releasing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ yesterday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced Raspbian 2018-11-13 as the latest update to their Debian-based Linux distribution for these low-cost ARM SBCs…
Source: Phoronix – Raspbian 2018-11-13 Brings Hardware-Accelerated VLC Media Player