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The 15 best things to watch in 4K on Sky Q (69 days old [14/08/18])

Stuff’s pick of Sky’s best Ultra HD bits, updated for August

Phantom Doctrine (69 days old [14/08/18])

XCOM meets Le Carré in this stealthy and strategic Cold War thriller

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9+: the weigh-in (70 days old [13/08/18])

Which of Samsung's extra-large phones is worth your extra cash?

We Happy Few (70 days old [13/08/18])

If you could take a pill to make it all go away, would you?

Motorola Moto Z3 (70 days old [13/08/18])

It's getting 5G with a Moto Mod, but should you buy it today?

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Touch Bar (2018) (70 days old [13/08/18])

It looks like a copy and paste of last year’s Pro, but this notebook is packed with new tech

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: The weigh-in (71 days old [12/08/18])

Can Samsung top the world's best smartphone?

The 40 best iPhone and iPad games right now (71 days old [12/08/18])

UPDATED: If you’re not using your iOS devices for playing games, you’re missing out on some of the best titles mobile has to offer

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Netflix To Raise $2 Billion In Debt To Fund More Original Content (2 hours old)

According to a press release posted today, Netflix is planning to raise $2 billion to help fund new content, including "content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions." TechCrunch reports: The funds will be raised in the form of senior unsecured notes, denominated in U.S. dollars and euros, it said. This debt offering is the sixth time in under four years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds, noted Variety, which was among the first to report the news. As of September[...]

Oculus Co-founder is Leaving Facebook After Cancellation of 'Rift 2' Headset (2 hours old)

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook. From a report: Iribe is leaving Facebook following some internal shake-ups in the company's virtual reality arm last week that saw the cancellation of the company's next generation "Rift 2" PC-powered virtual reality headset, which he had been leading development of, a source close to the matter told TechCrunch. Iribe and the Facebook executive team had "fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time," and Iribe wasn't interested in a "race to the bottom" in te[...]

16-Year-Old Dethrones Tetris World Champion With Difficult Hyper-Tap Technique (3 hours old)

Over the weekend, seven-time winner Jonas Neubauer showed up at the Classic Tetris World Championship in Portland, Oregon like he has every year since it moved there in 2011. Instead of adding another championship to his name, he finished in second place this time, bested by 16-year-old Joseph Saelee who went on an amazing three-game tear. From a report: "The kid played with pure heart, the most clutch Tetris that we've seen from anyone," Neubauer said after the dust had settled. "He just really had the ability, had the natural ability, and let it shine as bright as he could in his first tourn[...]

AWS CEO Andy Jassy Follows Apple In Calling For Retraction of Chinese Spy Chip Story (4 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, followed Apple's lead in calling the for the retraction of Bloomberg's story about spy chips being embedded in servers. "They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories," Jassy wrote in a tweet on Monday. "Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract." Apple CEO Tim Cook told Buzzfeed on Friday that the scenario Bloomberg reported never happened and that the October story in Bloomberg Businessweek should be retr[...]

SQLite Adopts 'Monastic' Code of Conduct (4 hours old)

An anonymous reader writes: Undoubtedly in response to this politically motivated sort of claptrap, SQLite has released their own Code of Conduct. From the preamble: Having been encouraged by clients to adopt a written code of conduct, the SQLite developers elected to govern their interactions with each other, with their clients, and with the larger SQLite user community in accordance with the "instruments of good works" from chapter 4 of The Rule of St. Benedict. This code of conduct has proven its mettle in thousands of diverse communities for over 1,500 years, and has served as a baseline f[...]

Oxygen-Rich Liquid Water May Exist on Mars (5 hours old)

Brines suffused with the life-giving gas could offer hope for past and even present microbes on the Red Planet, according to a new study. From a report: New research suggests our neighboring world could hide enough oxygen in briny liquid water near its surface to support microbial life, opening up a wealth of potentially habitable regions across the entire planet. Although the findings do not directly measure the oxygen content of brines known to exist on the Red Planet, they constitute an important step toward determining where life could exist there today. Aerobic respiration, which relies o[...]

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them (6 hours old)

If it seems as though the app you deleted last week is suddenly popping up everywhere, it may not be mere coincidence. From a report: Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iOS and Android, enabling them to figure out which users have uninstalled a given piece of software lately -- and making it easy to pelt the departed with ads aimed at winning them back. Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics, and CleverTap are among the companies that offer uninstall trackers, usually as part of a broader set of developer tools. Their customers include T-Mobile US, Spotify Technol[...]

Chinese Company Oppo is the Latest To Be Caught Cheating on Phone Benchmarks (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: You can add another big name to the list of phone makers found cheating on benchmarks. UL Benchmarks has delisted Oppo's Find X and F7 phones from its 3DMark charts after testing from itself and news outlet Tech2 revealed that both devices were artificially ramping up processor performance when they detected the test by name. Oppo acknowledged that it always stepped things up when it detected "games or 3D Benchmarks that required high performance," but claimed that any app would run full bore if you tapped on the screen every few seconds to signal your acti[...]

A Device That Can Pull Drinking Water From the Air Just Won the Latest XPrize (8 hours old)

Two years ago, XPrize, which creates challenges that pit the brightest minds against one another, announced that it would give any startup or company $1 million that can turn thin air into water. This month, it announced that the challenge has been concluded. From a report: A new device that sits inside a shipping container can use clean energy to almost instantly bring clean drinking water anywhere -- the rooftop of an apartment building in Nairobi, a disaster zone after a hurricane in Manila, a rural village in Zimbabwe -- by pulling water from the air. The design, from the Skysource/Skywate[...]

Microsoft's Problem Isn't How Often it Updates Windows -- It's How It Develops It (9 hours old)

Ever since Microsoft settled on a cadence of two feature updates a year -- one in April, one in October -- the quality of its operating system (taking into consideration the volume of bugs that emerge every few days) has deteriorated, writes Peter Bright of ArsTechnica. From the story: The problem with Windows as a Service is quality. Previous issues with the feature and security updates have already shaken confidence in Microsoft's updating policy for Windows 10. While data is notably lacking, there is at the very least a popular perception that the quality of the monthly security updates has[...]

The Register

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator (2 hours old)

And the updated code of conduct is now live, too Woke Linus Torvalds has returned from a four-week self-imposed exile to once again steer the Linux kernel, the widely used software project he founded nearly 30 years ago.…

jQuery? More like preyQuery: File upload tool can be exploited to hijack at-risk websites (2 hours old)

Flaw present for the past eight years, easy to exploit, and there are thousands of forks A serious vulnerability in a widely used, and widely forked, jQuery file upload plugin may have been exploited for years by hackers to seize control of websites – and is only now patched.…

Huge if true: We'll put customers, applications, and AI first, says Oracle at annual SF shindig (3 hours old)

Well, application revenues did rise a whopping six per cent, after all OpenWorld Oracle has kicked off the first day of its annual OpenWorld gabfest with a hard sell on applications – the chunk of the business that is, according to the latest figures, struggling the least.…

F*** = off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs (4 hours old)

No sex, please, we're the Chocolate Factory Googlers must clean up their language at work as the ads giant is being anal about references to, ahem, carnal knowledge in internal web links and documents.…

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse... (5 hours old)

Database creator explains Christian-based rules to El Reg Open-source database SQLite has told its developers it expects them to follow Christ, love chastity, clothe the naked, and not murder, steal, nor sleep with their colleagues' spouses.…

Get patching, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking (5 hours old)

AWS-stewarded net-connected platform has multiple remote code execution vulnerabilities Serious security flaws in FreeRTOS – an operating system kernel used in countless internet-connected devices and embedded electronics – can be potentially exploited over the network to commandeer kit.…

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC (6 hours old)

Server maker drags Bloomberg in note to customers, watchdog, still checking its motherboards The computer server maker at the center of a dramatic secret Chinese spy-chip story has again insisted the yarn is wrong, and called the whole thing "technically implausible."…

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry (9 hours old)

The power's in the phone, not the cloud If you've been amazed by Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana and Google Assistant, you might think continuous speech recognition is done and dusted – and that there are no mountains left to climb. However, a young British company has developed a radical new approach with spectacular results, based on low-level signal processing.…

41% of Brit biz: Setting up a price-rigging cartel is all good... isn't it? (10 hours old)

Competition regulator: Yeah, no More than a third of British businesses apparently don’t think it’s a crime to set up a price-rigging cartel, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.…

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes (11 hours old)

And you know what? The judge agreed with them A British smart meter company that missed a series of VAT payments to the taxman insisted in a Leeds court that a Chinese typhoon and Apple's iPhone 7 delivery schedule was to blame.…

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US teen is new Tetris world champion (7 hours old)

A 16-year-old boy from California has won the grand final of the Classic Tetris World Championship

Five things to know about Red Dead Redemption 2 (12 hours old)

The hotly anticipated video game is released this week.

New York police body-worn cameras recalled after explosion (15 hours old)

Police in New York are told to stop using some body-worn cameras out of "an abundance of caution".

YouTube pours money into how-to videos (8 hours old)

The video site will spend $20million (£15m) developing educational and how-to content.

Asteroid pioneers: The team who put rovers on a space rock (18 hours old)

Japan's space agency Hayabusa-2 spacecraft is the first one to place robot rovers on an asteroid's surface.

Netflix denies changing posters based on viewers' race (10 hours old)

The site responds to claims it's "misleading" users with the choices of promotional shots it offers.

Addison Lee plans self-driving taxis by 2021 (22 hours old)

The taxi firm is pitting itself against rival Uber in a race to offer self-driving car services.

Anonymous Facebook ads say 'bin Chequers' (2 days old [20/10/18])

A senior MP questions how a pro-Brexit website can run adverts without saying who has paid for them.

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg (3 days old [19/10/18])

The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.

Google takes down travel visa ads (3 days old [19/10/18])

Many sites have been charging high rates since 2010 but Google has finally taken some of the ads down.

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